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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - July 6, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY RFJGEON: Water Street church prepares meals for highway workers /_ SPORTS; Jennifer Capriati’s Grand Slam hopes dashed at Wimbledon /__ LIFE: Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts hosts arts, food and entertainment / OIAltoona mirror © Copyright 2001FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2001 500 newsstand ■■■■■■■■■VP Judge denies dealer bond ■ Sentencing in selling drugs in school zone sends woman to state institution immediately. By Phil Ray Staff Writer Zelda Jean Graham, a 41-year-old mother of two, became the first Blair County resident to be sent to a state correctional institution for selling drugs in a school zone — an area within 1,000 feet of Wright Elementary School. Graham of 1114 17th Ave. burst into tears Thursday when Blair County Judge Norman D. Callan refused to set her free on bond pending the outcome of an appeal to the Pennsylvania Superior Court. Callan has allowed sentenced defendants go free while their cases are appealed to a higher court, but Blair County Assistant District Attorney Richard Consiglio pointed out to Callan that defendants who have been sentenced to more than two years in prison are not entitled to tend while their cases are on appeal. The judge agreed and told Graham she must go to prison immediately. Graham asked for a few days to get her affairs in order, but Callan replied that she had since April, when She was convicted by a Blair County jury of conspiracy and possession with intent to deliver. Blair County Assistant Public Defender Mark Zearfaus, Graham 's attorney, said he will challenge Graham’s two- to four-year manda tory sentence she received for selling crack cocaine within a school zone. Zearfaus argued that Graham was not informed that prosecutors would be seeking the two-year mandatory sentence for school zone sales until after a jury convicted her. Please see Bond/Page A4 Survey first step for action Food stamps cut back For more survey results, see Page A5 11 mi nm(iim-j(13    _ Comparing the responses of Ebensburg residents and business leaders on key issues from a survey conducted by borough officials: Garbage collection Ebensburg-Cambria Township relations Residents    Residents    Businesses 55% remain as is 29% exclusive hauler, residential bills 11% exclusive hauler, pay through taxes 43% share services, examine consolodation 17% share services, no consolodation 15% remain separate entities 24% not sure 59% share services, examine consolodation 16% share services no consolodation 8% remain separate entities 10% not sure Ebensburg Airport Residents    Businesses 39% no borough funding 39% not sure 20% continue local funding 41% no borough funding 27% not sure 29% continue local funding Green area on p» 1 rest' Mirror graphic by Tom Worthington ll By Mia ROBART and Jay KNARR Staff Writers Ebensburg — The borough recently collected and assembled responses to a survey, sent out in April, in which borough residents answered questions about everything from sidewalks and truck traffic to their willingness to consider sharing services or even consolidating with Cambria Township. The survey was the first step in a new community action plan, according to Community Development Director Nicole Wood, who organized, distributed and analyzed the survey. “We’re going to come up with a plan based on what the residents told us needed to be done and what that they were unsatisfied with," Wood said. One portion of the survey sure to be reviewed and revisited are the statistics on shared services and the consolidation of Ebensburg Borough and neighboring Cambria Township. Consolidation, a word once considered taboo by many of the small municipalities seeking to maintain Mirror photo by Gary M Baranec Kids play street hockey Thursday at Memorial Field at Marion and Triumph streets in Ebensburg. their individual identity in the region, has since become a feasible option in the face of declining populations and increased competition among the commonwealth’s nearly 2,700 municipalities for federal and state funding. According to the survey, 43 percent of Ebensburg residents are in favor of sharing services and at least considering consolidation. The survey also shows 59 percent of the businesses in Ebensburg are in favor of the same measures. Cambria Township residents were not surveyed. In the wake of Barnesboro and Spangler's thus-far successful consolidation into Northern Cambria Borough on Jan. 1,2000, municipalities such as Franklin borough near Johnstown are taking a serious look at the benefits of consolidation. Ebensburg Mayor Charles Moyer says many more questions need to be answered before Ebensburg and Cambria Township sit down to discuss consolidation, but that the survey shows many in the borough feel ifs worth talking about. “It’s a topic that arises frequently,” Moyer said. Please see Survey/Page A5 ■ Single recipients who are able to work could lose eligibility. By Kay Stephens Staff Writer Some Altoona residents are expected to lose their ft xxi stamp eligibility during the coming year because the city did not secure another waiver under federal rules. those affected will be food stamp recipients judged as able-bodied Altoona adults with no dependents and minimal or no work. Those who work at least 20 hours a week can continue to qualify for food stamps. The change took effect June I but will be phased in during the coming year, when recipients are up for a review of their benefits, said Robert Lena, director of the Blair County office of the state Department of Public Welfare. “It’s not going to be a massive across-the-board type of action," Lena said. No estimate was available on how many Altoona residents would be affected. “Only those able-bodied people without dependents are included, so it won’t affect anyone who’s head of a household who has kids,” Lena said. “Pretty much, I think we’re looking at the single individuals who are able to work, and they’ll only be impacted if they’re not working 20 hours.” Altoona is one of four cities and eight counties that the state Department of Welfare recently told to begin terminating food stamp eligibility of needy able-bodied adults without dependents. The other cities were Erie, Reading and York, and the counties were: Columbia, Fulton, Lackawanna, McKean, Northumberland, Susquehanna. Tioga and Venango. While Congress in 1996, as part of a budget balant' ing measure, imposed restrictions to limit food stamp distribution, Altoona residents were among those exempt from restrictions because the city was considered an area that lacked sufficient jobs. In the latest review of economic conditions, however, the state Department of Public Welfare decided that able-bodied Altoona adults receiving food stamps no longer would be exempt from the work requirement. That’s likely to force some to take parttime minimum wage jobs. Those who do so before a review of their benefits will continue to receive food stamps, Lena said. Berry Friesen, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Hunger Action Center, said that removing Altoona, as well as other cities and counties from the federal exemption, stirs concern. His agency is a private, nonprofit anti-hunger group dedicated to seeing that Pennsylvanians have enough to eat. Please see Stamps/ Page A7 HOMEMADE CANNON DEATH Ruling to file charges expected next week Hemp-fueled car makes pit stop in area By Phil Ray Staff Writer Blair County District Attorney Dave Gorman said Thursday that a decision could be made next week if charges will be brought in connection with the Tuesday night death of a 9-year-old struck with a piece of pipe when a homemade cannon exploded. Kyle Dolan of Wilmington, Del., was visiting a Logan Township residence, 723 Pottsgrove Road, and was part of an Independence Day eve celebration when a piece of the pipe broke off the cannon’s wooden base and traveled*^bout 120 feet where it hit Dolan, 9, in the face. He was killed instantly. The pipe was about 3-feet in length and an inch wide. The 15-year-old who made the cannon and fired it talked to the deceased youth’s father, Kevin Dolan, Wednesday. The teen-ager apologized to the father, and Kevin Dolan replied, “He faced up to what happened. I told him not to forget my son and turn this into something good from here on out,” according to a report in the Wilmington News-Journal. Please see Ruling/Page A7 Mirror photo by J.D. Cavrich People admire the hemp-fueled Mercedes Benz that was displayed at the Kmart parking lot and Sinking Valley Fairgrounds. By Robert Igoe Staff Writer Ariother battle for the legalization of industrial hemp in the United States kicked off Thursday in Altoona. Citizens Action Group sponsored a visit by Solution to Pollution’s hemp-fueled Mercedes Benz, which was on display at the Kmart parking lot and the Industrial Hemp Festival at the Sinking Valley Fairgrounds. In a time when the country’s energy situation is an everyday concern, the organization is touting the diesel-engine vehicle as an example of what can be accomplished through the legalization of industrial hemp, which was one of the nation’s biggest cash crops until it was MNHMM DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 22910 00050) BIG FOUR9    0    9    3 I Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Mostly sunny, 76° ■ Forecast, A2 QLOCAL Q NATION Business A9 Classifieds C5-12 Movies Obituaries Opinion A4 All A8 QI LIFE SPORTS Comics 05 Local B4 Community news Puzzles D2 D4 Scoreboard BB Television D4 abolished in the 1930s by the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. The car arrived in Altoona from the starting point of Washington, D.C., where it began a 10,000-mile journey to demonstrate the viability of hemp oil fuel. Kellie Siglar said hemp also creates a similarly clean fuel that would work in gasoline engines. Hemp advocacy groups say that besides a fuel that cuts pollution by 90 percent, hemp would require 6 percent of the county’s fannlands to produce the nation’s energy, paper and textile needs, produces better quality cloth and paper with far less pollution as well as food products. Please see Hemp/Page A12 INSIDE NATION Amtrak looks beyond passengers in pursuit of revenue. PAGE Cl2002 JEEP LIBERTY 4 Wheel Drive NOW IN STOCK!Sb&Th Chrysler - Plymouth - Jeep 1549 Pleasant Valley Blvd* Altoona, PA 943-6167 ;

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