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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - July 5, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Sports: Adam Hyzdu homers twice in Pirates winLife: AHRT adds modern twist to Biblical tale DIAltoona mirror © Copyright 2001THURSDAY, JULY 5, 2001 500 newsstand Weather has mixed effect on local crops By Michael Emery Staff Writer Fluctuating weather throughout the spring and early summer has had a mixed effect on local crop production, area farmers said. After a slow year for garden and berry crops, local production has been average or above average for corn, melons, zucchini and more. “The hot spell through .June and the heavy rains were hard on the strawberries this year, but the peppers, cantaloupes, tomatoes and com have grown fast in June with the hot, humid weather,” said Bob Baronner of Baronner’s Farm Market on North Juniata Street, Hollidaysburg. “I didn’t want the hot weather for the strawberries, but I wanted it for the corn,” said Sam Weyant of Weyant Berry and Vegetable Farm in Claysburg. “It did hurt the strawberries a bit, but my com has been coming in very well. ‘‘My early tomatoes and late tomatoes look beautiful, too,” Weyant said. The strawberry season at Baronner’s Farm Market usually lasts four weeks, but this year’s w eather limited the season to just more than two weeks. The strawberry season at Weyant Berry and Vegetable Farm also had a limited run of three weeks. But Weyant said overall the strawberry season was fair to good. Garden vegetables, on the other hand, such as snap peas and green beans, had subpar seasons. While the com season started slowly, recent hot. humid and rainy weather conditions have pushed area com crops back on schedule and, in some cases, ahead of schedule. Please see Crops/Page AIQ Sam Weyant opens an ear of corn at the Weyant Berry and Vegetable Farm in Claysburg. Mirror photo by Kelly Bennet! CELEBRATING 22S YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE Boy killed in cannon accident Mirror photos by Kelly Bennett JB bove: Spectators watch the fireworks display Wednesday night from the parking lot at Lakemont Park. At left: Jeremy Mock, IO, Williamsburg, talks to Lt. Daniel Lucas, Bellefonte, of Cluggage’s Rangers at Fort Roberdeau about Revolutionary War battles. About 400 people gathered at the Sinking Valley fort to celebrate the Fourth of July with a reading of a speech written by Gen. Douglas MacArthur and patriotic music. Staffers at Fort Roberdeau spent the day in costumes that reflect Revolutionary times. Please see story, Page A3. ■ Homemade device propelled a pipe that struck the 9-year-old in the face. By Ray Stephens Staff Writer The death of a 9-year-old Wilmington, Del., boy during a family gathering Tuesday night in Logan Township could have happened anywhere and to any family, Blair County Coroner Patricia Ross said Wednesday. Meanwhile, Blair County District Attorney David Gorman and Logan Township police Chief Steve Jackson said Wednesday that they will study the situation to determine if criminal charges are warranted. About 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, Kyle Dolan died when he was struck on the head by the pipe of a homemade cannon when the pipe was propelled through the backyard of a Logan Township residence at 723 Pottsgrove Road. Police said the 1 * -inch pipe, propelled after gunpowder inside was ignited. The pipe broke away from its anchor and hit the boy. Ross said the cause of death was a massive head injury from an explosive device. “This was a horrible tragedy,” Jackson said. Dolan, son of Kevin and Shelley Dolan, was in Logan Township with his family, visiting friends and relatives. On Tuesday night, they were attending a holiday gathering at the rear of Thomas Weber Jr.’s residence on Pottsgrove Road in Greenwood. Jackson said a 15-year-old neighborhood youth at the gathering ignited a fuse meant to react with the gunpowder to discharge a mar- ■ Boy who fell in pool over the weekend dies / Page A2 ble put inside a pipe. The pipe was attached to a two-by-four "He lit the fuse and when it discharged, the pipe ripped away from the board and traveled as a missile, about 40 yards, striking the child in the face,” Jackson said. Ross said the 9-year-old died instantly. “I rushed over to save someone, and it turned out to be my own son," Kevin Dolan told the Wilmington News-Journal. Ambulance crews were summoned and took the child to Altoona Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Jackson said the 15 year-old youth had no intention of hurting anyone. The homemade cannon was aimed away from the property and officers identified the area struck by the marble. "There was no intent to harm anyone here," Jackson said. “It was a foolish thing to do ... and what are the chances of [the pipe) hitting someone when it could have gone in so many other directions?” The coroner said the 9-year-old, like others at the gathering, was standing away from the site where the teen-ager was lighting the device. A campfire was going. "This could have been my family or your family or anyone’s family,” Ross said. About 30 people, including adults and children, were there. "This wasn’t something where the kids were just left out back. This was a supervised party," Ross said. The teen-ager who ignited the device, who neither Ross nor police identified, did not know the danger involved, Ross said. He was not related to the victim. Please see Cannon/Page A9 Left-lane driving less restrictive By Michael Race Capitolwire.com HARRISBURG — By summer’s end, motorists on Pennsylvania’s highways will find driving in the left lane to be a bit less restrictive. Gov. Tom Ridge signed a bill last week that eases the state’s controversial left-lane rules, which were put on the books less than two years ago by a state senator who found left-lane lingerers to be a pet peeve. The existing law prohibits driving in left lanes of divided highways unless a motorist is passing other vehicles or preparing to make a left turn. The revised law, which takes effect Aug. 25, allows drivers to use the left lane for passing, preparing to turn, allowing drivers to merge onto the roadway or when “traveling at a speed greater than the traffic flow.” It also prohibits trucks weighing more than 10,000 pounds from using the left lane unless preparing for a left turn or exit. Both the old and new laws allow police to suspend the left-lane restrictions if needed to control or divert traffic. The original left-lane law was the brainchild of state Sen. Vince Fumo, D-Philadelphia, who insert DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 22910 0005*3 BKS FOUR 2    2    7    9 ■ Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Chance of showers, 76° ■ Forecast, A2 T ed it into a 1999 bill that toughened the standards for teen-age drivers. At the time, a spokesman for Fumo said the lawmaker and many of his constituents had grown weary of inconsiderate motorists who had a habit of "hanging out” in the left lanes, preventing others from passing. During 2000, state and local police cited 998 motorists for left-lane violations, according to statistics kept by the Pennsylvania State Police. Each driver faced a $25 fine plus other costs that pushed the penalty for each violation to about $94. Please see Driving/Page A9 City council campaign sign caper dispute still not over By William Kibler Staff Writer Tom Shaheen is signaling he may not be ready to pull out of the great City Council primary election campaign sign caper dispute. Shaheen has accused fellow Councilman Ron Reidell of yanking out a Shaheen City Council sign from commercial property on Logan Boulevard. The theft accusation has passed like Morse Code blinking, from tower-to-tower, from Shaheen Reidell Altoona Police to the Blair County District Attorney to the state □ LOCAL Q NATION Business A6 Classifieds C3-10 Comics A4 Obituaries A9 Qufe Opinion A8 SPORTS Movies D3 That’s Racin' B3 Dear Abby Puzzles D5 D5 Scoreboard I5 Television D5 Attorney General, because of conflict-of-interest concerns. It has come back to Shaheen, with a recommendation from the state that if he wants to pursue it, he should file a summary criminal mischief complaint with a district justice. The attorney general’s office doesn’t handle cases of that low magnitude, Shaheen’s lawyer, Steve Passarello, said. Please see Sign/Page A9 INSIDE IN STATE Plans to build two new minor league baseball stadiums are moving forward on opposite ends of Pennsylvania. PAGE A5 Altoona iUtrror [the great combination! Call us today...Make money today. 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