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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - July 4, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Have a safe and happy I DclGrosso's Park: 10 p.m. I Lakemont Park: 10 p.m. I Morrisons Cove Park: p.m. I State College: p.m. INSIDE TODAY SPQRYS; Hyzdu's back up; Davis heads south HI. LIFE: Local chefs have the skinny on dining out Dl Altmma Copyright 2001 WEDNESDAY, JULY 4, 2001 newsstand Independence Day 2001 'gi Finding inspiration in our founding fathers Jubelirer Fancies Franklin Franklin 'A guiding force' Shuster Admires Jefferson Jefferson 'A visionary' BY ROBERT IGOE Staff Writer At 225 years, the United States, as a nation, is fairly young. Yet in less than a quarter of a millen- nium, a nation formed through a rebel- lion of 13 colonies from England has stretched its borders from one ocean to the next, its influence across the entire world and its spirit and innovation into the reaches of outer space, which until recently only had been guessed about. So to our state and federal lawmakers, the Fourth of July is a day to reflect on those founders and leaders who preceded them, the men and women to whom the torch of a nation's freedom has passed MORE INSIDE Are we more or less patriotic today, 225 years after trie lirst Independence Day? Paged through war and peace, prosperity and famine, confidence and fear, unity and division, destruction and renewal. For some, deciding who made the biggest impression on them is no easy task. "I can make a case for any one of a num- ber of great men, but if I had to choose one, it would be Benjamin state Senate President Pro Tern Robert Jubclirer, K-Blair. "He was a Pemisylvanian and a wise guiding force of the era who cast a Jarge shadow across American history." But Jubelirer said there are a number of other Americans who could be considered as his heroes. "Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and George Washington come to he said. Jefferson, an author of the Declaration of Independence and our third president, is the choice of U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R- 9th District. "You can't help but admire the intellectual firepower he said Shuster, R-9th District' 7 te was a visionary in the Louisiana Purchase, seeing the need to expand our borders and stretch from sea to shining sea. Please see A4 AN AMERICAN AT LAST Altoona's 'first lady' enjoying the little things about U.S. citizenship BY WILLIAM KIBLER Staff Writer Type in the name of Cristina Martin's great- grandfather, Juan Guillermo Iribarren, into a World Wide Web search engine and you'll get a volley of hits, including a portrait of the Venezuelan general's chiseled face and a Spanish synopsis of his early 19th century exploits for South American freedom. There arc phrases such as "brttlante carrera militar" and "ideal emancipator" and references to tlie leader he served, Simon Bolivar, the George Washington of five nations on that continent. Heady stuff, and Cristina's proud, but Altoona's first lady she's Mayor Thomas Mai-tin's wife felt a greater sense of pride recently when she became an American citizen and registered lo vote. "I feel I have she said with a ques- tioning inflection, to explain her thoughts after visiting the eleclion office in Hollidaysburg. She's been in America 28 years, had a green card for 23 and first was married to a doctor in her native Venezuela. She had promised her father exiled from his post as president of Venezuela's Congress after a 1958 democratic coup never to become a full-fledged American, out of loyalty to her former country. So she kept quiet in embarrassment when other South American doctors' wives in her cir- cle all those years chatted about American citi- zenship and what it meant to them. Then came her divorce and her acquaintance with Martin. Cristina said when Martin met her father, who Martin still calls the older man Don Antonio out of respect, her father began to soften on the subject of U.S. citizenship. Ho no longer checked her passport, never even spoke about it anymore. Please see A3 Mirror photo by Jason Sipes Cristina and Tom Martin try to incorporate the feel of Mrs. Martin's native Venezuela into the stonework on the patio at their Altoona home. is among the last hurdles for those seeking citizenship Cl Michael Souk circa i960 Michael Soult served 20 years in prison for his role in a brutal 1980 murder. He was out for less than a year before finding trouble once again. Murder figure back in custody Case raises many questions about how the mentally ill are treated in the judicial system. HY PHIL RAY Staff Writer An AHoona man who spent 20 years in prisons and mental health facilities for helping his broth- er kill a city woman in 1880 is back in state prison for violating his probation, a move that displeas- es his defense attorney who said his client instead should be in a mental health facility. The case of Michael Soult taps into one of the most perplexing problems facing the justice sys- tem in Blair County, what to do with a mentally ill or mentally retarded person who commits a crime. Blair County District Attorney Dave Gorman said the Soidt case is probably an extreme exam- ple to use in discussing solutions lo the problem. Gorman said Soult was involved in a murder Uiat was not caused by his mental illness, but the killing may have been an extension the illness. But Blair County Judge Jolene G. Kopriva said she finds the Soult case troubling. She said the situation causes worry in the com- munity because of Soult's mental instability, but there are other concerns, including the idea that the prison system is being used as a warehouse for an individual who is mentally retarded and menially ill. During a recent hearing, public defender Don Speice said that Gorman and the prosecution want to place Soult in a state prison "under the guise that is toe best place for him and society to receive treatment. I strenuously disagree with that." In 19110, Michael Soult was charged with helping his brother, Charles, kill 22-year-old Betty Shade, Charles Soult's estranged girlfriend. Please see A4 Weather driving up wholesale milk prices From Mirror staff and wire reports Reduced milk production and rising demand fueled by hot weath- er are driving wholesale milk prices higher across the country, experts said. Prices rose steadily throughout 2000 and have continued their climb through the first five months of this year. Prices are nearing lev- els not seen since 1998. Throughout Pennsylvania, the price for milk is nearing per hundredweight, which is about 80 cents higher than the price in March and about higher than the statewide average of between September 1999 and September 2000. Milk on the wholesale market is sold in 100-pound units, which equal about gallons. Luke Brubaker, a Mount Joy dairy fanner and member of the state's Milk Marketing Board, said a hot summer is adding to demand, which is pushing the prices even higher. "The reason the price has been going up is that, across the United States, production is Brubaker said. "We're down about cows from last year, and demand for milk is lie said. "There's good consumption of cheese, of milk and ice cream." Figures released June 15 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture revealed that May 2001 milk pro- duction in the 20 states for which the USDA reports monthly was million pounds, down 1.1 per- cent when compared to May 2000. The 20 states for which the USDA reports milk production are: Arizona, California, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. All but the following states were down when comparing May's milk production with a year ago: Indiana, up 17.3 percent; Idaho, up 5.8 percent; New Mexico, up 3.8 percent; California, up 3.3 percent; Michigan, up .'1 percent; and Ohio, up 0.3 percent. The biggest drops in milk pro- duction came from; Texas, down 11.7 percent; Arizona, down 10.4 percent; Missouri down 9.7 per- cent; Minnesota down 6.2 percent; and Vermont, down 5.7 percent. Please see A6 Breakdown of billion dollars earned Pennsylvania agricultural cash receipts: Milk: 42% Other: 22% Eggs: 07% Mushrooms: 07% Greenhouse: 08% Cattle: 09% Soured PA Acf Mirror graphic by Tom Wonhington II DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: M6-7480 or (800) 287-4480 V. 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