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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - July 8, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Doing it for dad Cl Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins Pepsi 400 at track where father died ^ALTOONA I WM ^MIRROR INSIDE TODAY SPORES: Curve rally in bottom of 9th inning / Cl BIZ: A check of the region’s economic pulse / El Altoona mirror © Copyright 2001SUNDAY, JULY 8, 2001 $1.50 newsstand Blair music association folding Mirror fiie photo The civic group brought Mummenschantz to Altoona in 1997. By Linda HUDKINS For The Mirror They introduced local audiences to world-renowned cultural artists such as operatic diva Beverly Sills, pop singer Harry Bellefonte, cellist Andre Segovia and the Swiss mime troupe Mummenschantz. But after 57 years, the Blair County Civic Music Association is taking its final bow. I Competition, lack of interest cited Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art celebrates 25th year, PAGE DI “Maybe the time has come, the Walrus said, to think of other things,” said First Vice President Charlotte Morris, adapting a line from Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking Glass.’’ In the last two years, competition from larger venues, rising entertainment costs and an inability to get younger patrons to commit to a five-concert series made it impossible for the association to sell enough season tickets to stay afloat, members said. "We actually are closing our doors,” said Lucy Stover, third vice president and campaign chairwoman. “Fifty-seven years with wonderful success, except for the last two," Stover said. Please see Music/Page A6 Game panel aims for safety capitolwire.com HARRISBURG — In a month or two, Betty J. Johnson will spend part of most days in a small, bullet-resistant glass house. She’s not throwing any stones. “I think ifs a good idea,” said Johnson, who is lobby receptionist at the Pennsylvania Game Commission headquarters. By mid-July, the commission will supervise the installation of an enclosure around Johnson’s oversized desk area. It’s just another facet in a continuing effort to make state offices more secure places to work — from metal detectors in the state House and Senate chambers to surveillance cameras and swipe-card entry systems in outlying state agency buildings. “There is a heightened awareness that they’re exercising throughout state government,” said Jerry Feaser, commission spokesman. “We are making some changes consistent with that.” Johnson usually is one of the first members people In the public encounter when visiting the commission’s central office, a few miles from the state Capitol. With confidential lists of hunting licenses upstairs and a well-stocked armory one flight down, the commission wants to make sure the building is secure, Feaser said. In April, employees started carrying coded ID badges, which let them open doors that are locked to the general public. Before installation of the new security system, Johnson sometimes felt helpless as outside salespeople ducked into employees-only entrances before she could say anything. Johnson now is the keeper of authorized visitor passes, and her new glass enclosure will prevent people from grabbing at the badges or anything else on her desk. The bullet-resistant material also will, of course, deter people from discharging other kinds of arms in her direction. “We are a state agency, and as such, we are subject [to] any kind of threat that any other state agency or federal agency faces,” Feaser said. Please see Safety/Page Alo OUTDOORS INSIDE... V In the woods column: Hunting in Missouri event for thrills and laughter. Epeards-Lounge vest tailor-made to accommodate needs of all turkey hunters. V Native Altoonan earns a living as fishing guide in Florida. YOUTH SPORTS NNfSiSMMHMNMMHMHHRjIMi DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 Mirror photo by Gary M Baranec Umpire George Green calls A.J. Rispoli out after a tag by Matt Gaeto in a recent Independent Little League action. More and more kids are getting out of baseball after their Little League years. WHERE HAVE u ... Toast to the old days and DiMaggio, too, and old Drysdale and Mantle, Whitey Ford and to you. — “A Sight For Sore Eyes,” Tom Waits J) By Michael Emery Staff Writer In a promo for the cable sports channel ESPN Classic, there is a highlight of Willie Mays’ dramatic over-the-head catch in Game I of the 1954 World Series, followed by the channel’s tag line, “Are you old school?” The ad is meant to attract sports enthusiasts who relish great moments in sports history. But with today’s declining interest in baseball, the ad might be thought to suggest that the sport of baseball itself is old school. Known as the national pastime, baseball is trying to overcome a decline in interest that seems to indicate the sport is past its prime. In today’s world of the Internet, computer games, roller and ice hockey, skateboarding, youth soccer and year-round basketball, baseball is battling for the attention and interest of young people. The number of children playing baseball nationally has dropped 20 percent since 1977, according to the Sporting Goods Manufacturing Association. Please see Gone/Page A3 boys of summer gone? Changing times, plethora of other options pulling kids off diamonds The most popular organized sports for youngsters aged 6-T7: Sport Total % Basketball 10.02 20 7% Soccer 9.59 19 8% Baseball 7.48 15.4% Slow-Pitch Softball 3.56 7 3% Tackle Football 2.86 59% Swimming/Diving 271 5 6% Track & Field 2.54 5 3% Volleyball (court) 2.39 -I 9% Cheerleading 1.87 3.9% Touch Football 1.43 3.0% Fast-Pitch Softball 1.35 2.8% Tennis 1.09 2.3% Source American Sports Data Inc Mirror graphic by Tom Worthington ll EVERY MONDAY: Youth baseball roundup in Mirror Sports BIG FOUR 2    7    9    4 I Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Showers possible, 85° ■ Forecast, A2 2002 NO DOWN PAYMENT NO MONTHLY PAYMENTS NO CARRYING CHARGES STOREWIDE ■BK    EES SAVINGS TO 60% jK    ... m    ■—-y | Upholstered in durable Herculon fabric, soft and comfortable, (without tray) SOFA-Retail $1388, SHOP TODAY NOON 4, MON.-FHI. 9-9, SAT 10-5:30 -UMM* *U«*ASt SHROM PSK. TEM •Sat Stat ta tart State road money exits ■ Bud Shuster’s absence is keenly felt as project funds dwindle. By Claude R. Marx The Associated Press WASHINGTON — During the last IO years, Pennsylvania officials had a two-word solution when they needed help in getting transportation money: See Bud. That was a reference to the immense power former Rep. Bud Shuster had over transportation projects even before starting his six-year tenure as chairman of the Transportation Committee. Since the Pennsylvania Republican’s resignation in February, it has been a different story. Already, the House has cut funding for construction on a suburban Philadelphia train line from $30 million to $18 million. “The current delegation is well-meaning, but it is not the same,” said a lobbyist who has been working on helping Philadelphia get more public transportation funds. The full impact will not be known until Congress rewrites the five-year transportation spending bill in 2003. Most transportation funding is governed by the five-year, $208 billion spending bill Congress passed in 1998. That measure, enacted at the height of Shuster’s power, gave Pennsylvania an average of $1.3 billion per year in funds, an increase of 59 percent over the previous five years. By contrast, Illinois and Ohio each average $1 billion per year, while Michigan’s average is $872 million. “We were well taken care of by the funding formulas and the specific projects that were approved. It will be a challenge to match that again,” PennDOT spokesman Richard Kirkpatrick said. The measure funds 186 projects in the state, but some funding levels are subject to yearly review. Please see Money/Page A4 POLITICS INSIDE... ■ Gov. Ridge kicks off campaign tor Declaration ot Independence signing ■ The week’s political news, notes, votes and quotes. ■ Little-noticed tobacco bill provision discourages lawsuits against cigarette makers. ■ Lawmakers looking to build mail processing and printing facility with hefty price tag. PAGE A4 □ local Crime/accidents A11 [r SPORTS Outdoors C9 U BUSINESS Stocks E2y3 Hospitals AU Obituaries All Scoreboard C8 CDs, Mutuals E4 V/uiiuai iv«u ^ ■ ■ Opinion A8 □ life Q CLASSIFIED Q NATION Astrograph D4 0 COMMUNITY NEWS Newsmakers B3 Movies D3 Puzzle D4 Couples G2 Nation in a minute B2 Travel D6 Yesteryear G3 ;

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