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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - January 17, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Sports: Ebensburg’s McKavish boosts NFL chancesLife: Tips on creating the best Super Bowl snacks DIAltoona mirror © Copyright 2001 By Mia Rohart Staff Writer CLAYSBURG-Andrea Seabrook, who has skied since she was about IO years old, said the skills involved in skiing are not transferable to snowboarding. “It’s like the difference between roller skating and riding a skateboard,” she said. Seabrook and her fiance, Chris Mandra, are enjoying snowboarding for the first time this week at Blue Knob All Seasons Resort. The couple has joined a multitude of outdoor enthusiasts, ski resorts and sports equipment retailers in taking advantage of the early winter and continuing cold streak. “Sales have been wonderful,” said Conrad Sikirica, manager at Ski Den Sports in Johnstown, which also has a shop in Lakemont. Sales are up 40 percent to 50 percent from last year. Sikirica attributed this in part to the early snowfall in November and December. Ski Den Sports sells and rents ski and snowboarding equipment. Sikirica suggested that people rent snowboarding equipment for the first year until they are sure they enjoy the activity enough to make buying the equipment practical. Many parents rent equipment seasonally for their children, who still are growing, he said. Cross-country skis have been the hottest sellers this season. “Last year we couldn’t give a pair of them away,” Sikirica said. Cross-country ski sales have skyrocketed across the country, and manufacturers can’t keep up with the demand, Sikirica said. Please see Skiers/Page A7WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2001 SKIERS Early winter weather heats up sales, rentals of outdoor sporting equipment 500 newsstand Mirror photo by J.D. Cavrich Above: Skiers ride a lift up the mountain at Blue Knob All Seasons Resort. At left: Kurt Fink, manager of Ski Den Sports in Lakemont, installs bindings on a pair of cross-country skis. Nominee for attorney general vows to enforce laws as written By Mark Sherman Cox News Service WASHINGTON — Voices were raised. Interruptions were made. 'The ghosts of pitched battles past were invoked. John Ashcroft came before his former Senate colleagues Tuesday, pledging to enforce “the laws as they are written” in a bid to win confirmation as attorney general. “So help me God,” Ashcroft said, concluding his opening statement with his right hand raised. Seeking to quiet critics of his 24-year record as an outspoken conservative Republican, Ashcroft made a separate com mitment to uphold abortion rights, which he opposes. “If confirmed as attorney general, I will follow the law in this area as in all other areas,” the Missouri Republican said. “The Supreme Court’s decisions on this have been multiple, they have been recent and they have been emphatic.” A divided Senate Judiciary Committee opened the first of several days of hearings on Ashcroft’s nomination, with all Republicans in the 50-50 Senate apparently prepared to support him, making the organized effort to defeat Ashcroft a difficult one. Please see Nominee/Page A4 John Ashcroft, Presidentelect George W. Bush’s choice for attorney general, listens during his confirmation hearing Tuesday on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The hearings will continue through Thursday. The Associated Press Republican candidates pledge unity By Robert Igoe Staff Writer HUNTINGDON — As Bud Shuster’s last day as Pennsylvania’s 9th District representative to the U.S. House draws near, possible successors are continuing to plead their cases, though it is a message of unity and support as well. Seven contenders presented their arguments before the Huntingdon County Republican Committee Tuesday night at the committee’s regular meeting at the courthouse. They    were Blair County Commissioner and county GOP chairman John Eichelberger Jr., state Rep. Patrick Fleagle, Fulton County Treasurer Bonnie Mellott-Keefer, state Rep. Lynn Herman, Centre County Commissioner Connie Lucas, Blair County businessman Bill Shuster and Mifflin County resident Monte Kemmler. Another possible candidate, Blair County Commissioner John Ebersole, was not present. “People need to focus on things that are going to have a long-term benefit for the community,” Eichelberger said. “Those interested in this congressional seat need to think about that, because it’s not one person’s vision: it’s a team effort.” Eichelberger is the only one of the seven who has not declared officially his candidacy, but he said he will reach a decision within a week. Fleagle said that the pool of possible candidates is one of the deepest ever, and he said that will help produce a quality nominee. “I want to be the next congressman,” he said. “But I can say this: How many times have you had so many great candidates like this? What if we had this many good contenders fighting over every office? Whoever the congressman or congresswoman is going to be, we’ll get a good one.” Mellott-Keefer said she hopes the candidates will follow her example and run a positive campaign. “I have had a lot of media call me and try to get me to say something negative about the other candidates,” she said. “I will not do that. I will run on my own merits. Please see Unity/Page AS I I Mirror photo by J. D. Cavrich Bill Shuster, with his wife, Rebecca; son, Garrett; and daughter, Ali; standing by his side, officially announces his candidacy Tuesday for the congressional seat vacated by his father. Son rises in 9th Bill Shuster jumps into the fray for his father’s seat in Congress By Robert Igoe Staff Writer Bill Shuster announced Tuesday that he’d like to be the next representative to Congress from Pennsylvania’s 9th District stressing that despite similarities in purpose and interest to his famous father, his political career is his own. “My last name alone is no reason to support me,” said Shuster, officially entering the crowded Republican field for the seat that will become open when his father, Bud Shuster, retires Jan. 31. “I believe that I am the most qualified candidate and hope that you will agree with me.” Shuster read a list of nine reasons that he believes makes him the top candidate for the seat, including his experience in both the private sector as president of Shuster Chrysler and his work with Goodyear Tire and Rubber and in the public sector as a member of the Highway Users Federation, a public policy research organization. Bill Shuster also has experience with the re-election campaigns for U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., and Gov. Tom Ridge, and has worked with Blair County’s Republican Committee. “I am not a politician,” he said, “but I have in-depth knowledge of Congress and personal relationships with numerous people in the Bush administration.” Shuster said, if elected, he hopes to gain a seat on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee that his father chaired, but he also would be interested in a seat on either the Agriculture or Education and Workforce committees. Please see Son/Page A5 MHI DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 22910 00050 V a BIO FOUR 6 0 6 0 I Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Mostly cloudy, 34° ■ Forecast, C2 HC3T-ADS.com We're white-hot! Altoona mirror rtHE GREAT COMBINATION] Call us today...Make money today. 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