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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - July 9, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY CONTI ST Test your smarts and win cash by picking the winner of next week’s race / SPOTTS: Mike Gonzalez helps lift Curve by shutting out Erie for the first 8 innings / BlAltona mirror © Copyright 2001MONDAY, JULY 9, 2001 50C newsstand PENN STATE ALTOONA r‘ ■ J*'r-* ?*'    **    *    T*    A .    ^    ,v    SLSC'V    -.    -s.- NM* mat; .-£^J w»*r .1- i <*«• —    s.' Teen-age drinking not lower Mirror photos by Gary M Baranec Penn State Altoona makes headway with its soccer field and track construction. The field is slated for completion Oct. I, but the new soccer teams won’t be able to use the field this season. PLAYING PROGRESS Soccer, track to sport new turf for events By Tiffany Shaw Staff Writer (Jenn State Altoona will have W0 a new track and field ready I to open this fall, but not in time for the school’s inaugural seasons of mens’ and womens’ soccer. Campus officials believe the new sports programs will help convince students to stay at the local campus for all four years of their education, instead of transferring to University Park. That phenomenon has been seen already with the baseball team, according to Sports Information Director Brent Baird. “Student athletes decide to stay here and complete a four-year degree so they can play all four years,” he said. Most players who transfer to University Park to finish their degree have to give up their sports careers, he said. Please see Progress/Page A5 KICKS TO COME The first Penn State Altoona men’s soccer team looks strong, according to sports information director Brent Baird. The team will be under Coach John Parente, a doctoral student at University Park who has worked with community teams in State College. The first women's soccer team also looks strong and will be stocked with many incoming freshmen, Baird said. The women are led by Coach Jim Fee of Altoona, who coached at Altoona Area High School and worked with Penn State Altoona club teams. This fall's schedules for the soccer teams are available on the campus Web site at www.aa.psu.edu/sports. The site soon will contain updated photos of the new track and field construction. ■ Despite laws, poll shows numbers remain widespread. By Will Lester The Associated !*ress WASHINGTON — Two-thirds of Americans — both adults and teenagers — say they support the legal drinking age of 21, an Associated Press poll shows. Teen-agers support the law even though teen drinking remains widespread. Even more people — three-fourths of both teens and adults say they think laws on the drinking age should be enforced more vigorously, according to the poll conducted for the AP by ICR of Media, Pa. The enthusiasm among teens for strict enforcement is not as unusu a1 as it may seem, said Ralph Hingson, a researcher on alcohol and youth at Boston University’s School of Public Health. “In a given year, the majority of high school seniors drink, but only a small proportion are drinking heavily,” Hingson said. “On bal ance, they are supportive of legislation that will reduce the risks to themselves. Teens recognize the «ri eons pager. Question iUk , . Who is you favorite rf** Altoona Curve player month: ■ TeenFest hopes to build on success ■ For a list of quick facts from the poll / Page A5 seriousness of drinking and driving." After dropping significantly in the 1980s, when the legal drinking age was raised to 21 in all 50 states, the level of teen drinking has settled in at a rate many consider too high and a continuing health hazard. School officials and drug abuse experts are looking for ways to regain momentum against a problem associated with 2,273 traffic fatalities among people 15 to 20 in 1999, the most recent statistics available. Please see Drinking/Page A5 Hot line allows youth to help Ithel Sheeder checks grade stakes at the site of Penn State Altoona’s new soccer field and track. General contractor of the development project is Krierger Contracting Co. Inc. of Duncansville. capitolwire.com HARRISBURG — This summer, the state is looking for a few conscientious party busters. Using a 3-vear-old, but apparently underused telephone hot line, kids — many not old enough to remember when dropping a dime on someone actually involved spending IO cents — can tip police to incidents of underage drinking. They can do it with a free call and more Importantly, authorities say, without identifying themselves. In the crosshairs are social gatherings, watering holes, beer distributors and state-owned liquor stores where the under-21 crowd has access to alcohol. Since October 1998, the telephone number — (888) UNDER-21 — has offered Pennsylvanians of any age a nearly painless way to draw attention to suspicious parties or establishments that are selling illegally to minors. The state police, the state Liquor Control Board and Pennsylvanians Against Underage Drinking administer the line, which is thought to be the first statewide effort of its kind in the nation. Please see Help/Page A5 I Venus Williams retains women's title at Wimbledon PAGE Bl I Patrick Rafter, Goran Ivanisevic face off for men’s title today . IN STORTS Old Bedford Village drying some debt By Beth N. Gray For the Mirror BEDFORD — Officials of Old Bedford Village acknowledge the tourist attraction incurs more than its share of waterline breaks, repeatedly asks for relief on water and sewage bills and is delinquent in paying. But plans are under way to fix all that, village Executive Director Pain Roub told the Bedford Township Municipal Authority Thursday. INSIDE: Consulting service at Old Bedford Village awarded contract for Lewis and Clark Historic Site / Page A3 The village owes the authority $16,695 for water and sewage services dating to October. The amount includes about $3,000 for 380,000 gallons of sewage treatment fees, which are based on water consumption. The gallonage represents water lost into the ground during two recent line breaks, meaning the water never went into the sewage system. “The infrastructure at the village is in disrepair," Roub said. “It does seem we’re always plagued with waterline breaks. We want the authority to know we’re working on that and not taking advantage of you,” she added as she requested relief from the most recent $3,000 billing. “We’ve been having problems with the village for more than 20 years,” authority member Dick Bugle said. "We’ve probably forgiven debt in excess of $20,000 for [yourl water and sewer.” “We’ve been assured in the past these things would be corrected and you’d pay up,” Wayne Bennett said. The authority has a legal responsibility to its bond holders to collect money due, Bennett said. Please see Bedford/Page A3 ■■■MM DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 7    22910    0005/D    4 BIG FOUR 9    5    8    4 I Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Mostly sunny, 85° ■ Forecast, A2 □ local Business Movies Obituaries Opinion [T] SPORTS Local Scoreboard A7 A5 A9 A8 B4 B5 lh J3 NATION Classifieds    C2-10 0UFE Comics    D5 Community    news    D2 Puzzles    D4 Television    D4 INSIDE Altoona iRtrror [THE GR EAT COM BJ NATI ONI Call us today...Make money today. Ask for THE CHEAT COMBINATION of MIB HOR CLASSIFIEDS and Phone (814) 946-7422 or fax us at (814) 946-7547_ -..•*. ■    -se    mm    sal Shedding some light on caves PAGE D3 ;

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