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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - July 29, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY NATION: Paper mills closing nationwide SPORTS: Altoona First loses in NABF Cl Supershoppers think about holiday year-round Copyright 2001 Hosting cyclists rewards families BY WILLIAM KIBLER StaffWriter Bicyclist Tyler Hamilton's pic- tiu'C was in USA Today Friday he was handing a water bottle to teammate Lance Armstrong as they pedaled toward Armstrong's third straight victory in the world's biggest bike race, the Tour de France. Not many years ago, Hamilton, of Massachusetts was sitting in the front yard of Nora and George Kunstbeck's Greenwood home, playing a game in which partici- pants cram inarshmaUows into their mouths until they can't say "Huggy Bunny" anymore. One year around the Kunst- becks' campfirc, Hamilton set a Huggy Bunny record of 2G marsh- mallows. As a Tour de Toona host family for 12 years, the Kunstbecks got to know some world-class athletes Armstrong raced a way that just doesn't happen at auto- graph shows where visitors plunk down money for a brief interaction with a bored sports star. Having hosted him four times for the local Tour, the Kunstbecks keep in touch through1. Christinas cards. Nora said Hamilton was like a "little teddy lovable enough that you wanted to squeeze him. He was authentic-and unpreten- tious enough to stuff his mouth with sweets in a silly game. Hosting is a rich experience not only for locals, but for guests, too, who face the alternative of finding their own accommodations at races. Going to faraway towns and fending for themselves in race after race has soured many cyclists on the sport, said Bill Hamilton, Tyler Hamilton's father, of Marblehead, Mass. Please see A7 COMING MONDAY A preview of Ihe week's racing and a look back at last year's results inside a special Tour de Toona supplement tree inside Monday's Mirror. THIS WEEK Find complete coverage of tlie 15th annual Tour de Toona all this week in the Mirror. J DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions-. 946-7480 or (800) 287-4430 iMtrrnr JULY 29, 2001 From moving mountains to demolishing buildings, it's not unusual to see signs declaring "Blasting Ahead" on the roadways of America during the summer construction season. Mirror photos by Gary M. Baranec A frustrated Dave Helsley, branch manager of the Somerset division of D.C. Geulich Explosives of Clearfleld, assesses his options after a failed attempt to implode a 600- ton, 87-foot communications tower in Sideling Hill near Breezewood. WHAT A BLAST Businesses lower boom on variety of projects BY CRAIG WILLIAMS Staff Writer fou could never get it out the whole f job is solid said Dean I Morningstar, PennDOT project manag- er for the Water Street bypass. Although it is only a two-mile sidestep cen- tered at Route 453 and Route 22, it requires heavy work to cut a gap through the mountains. And for more than 100 years, there has been no better way to move rock than explosives. Regionally, there are many companies that use explosives to clear the way for new con- struction. From moving mountains to demol- ishing buildings, it's not unusual to see the signs declaring "Blasting Ahead" on the road- ways of America during the summer construc- tion season. Once just a crude way to remove masses of rock and stone, this pyrotechnic craft now is being used to take down buildings just a few feet from other buildings, as with the Three Rivers Stadium implosion earlier this year. Don Ansell of Stoystown packs sticks of Orica USA explosives into holes drilled into the tower. Blasting experts brought down the old con- crete stadium without disturbing the new sta- dium, under construction just a few feet away. Please see A6 newsstand: HEALTH CARE License restored at home Williamsburg Cove Manor's full status restored after probe of bedsore complaint. BY PHIL RAY Staff Writer WILLIAMSBURG A Williams- buvg personal care home's license has been restored now that the facility has adopted procedures to care for residents who are prone to bedsores, a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of Pub- lic Welfare said. Charles A. Liebal, 2G, of 120 E. First St., Williainsburg, co-owner of Williamsburg Cove Manor, was arrested earlier this year by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. Liebal was charged with neglect of an 84-year-old resident who developed a bedsore so severe in December that she had to be trans- ferred to Bon Secours-Holy Family Hospital in Altoona for an opera- tion. Investigators said the sore was so bad that when a nurse at anoth- er personal care home removed the bandage covering it, small insects flew out of the wound. The resident was transferred from Bon Secours to Altoona Hospital Center for Nursing Care and then to Homewood Retirement Center hi Martinsburg, where she died in March. Susan Aspey of the welfare department, the state agency in charge of personal care homes, said that on Jan. 12, after an inves- tigation of the bedsore complaint against Williamsburg Cove Manor, the home was placed on a provi- sional license. The home was required to devel- op procedures to deal with bed- sores, and when the home was rcinsprjcted May 29, no further deficiencies were found, she said. The regular license was restored two weeks ago. Liebal did not refiirn messages for comment about the criminal case or the overall program at the home despite repeated calls to the home and to Liebal's attorneys.- Blair County Judge Hifam Carpenter sentenced Liebal to the Accelerated Rehabilitative Dispos- ition program. Liebal also was ordered to spend 12 months oil probation and provide 100 hours of commu- nity service. ARD is a pretrial program, which means that the neglect charge against Liebal will be sus- pended temporarily while he serves his probation. Please see A3 Miners new CEO looks to brighten financial picture Bv LINDA HUDKINS For the Mirror HASTINGS Michael Lauf says he found a "jewel in the Nile" when he took over as president of Miners Hospital seven days ago. Everything ho saw during his first days on the job impressed him, beginning with the hospital's "outstanding" infection control record. He was surprised by the quality of inpatient and outpatient facili- ties and critical care units with private rooms; shocked at how clean, friendly and nice the hospi- tal and employees are; and pleased wilh the technology level that enables people to have sophisticat- ed tests done in their rural back yards. But he also was welcomed to a facility where financial projec- tions estimate a loss of more than million tin's year. The problem, as he sees it, is the hospital is underused. It's a prob- lem that he believes can be fixed. "Working with the community is going to be a top Lauf says, referring to his former Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec Michael Lanf, new chief exec- utive officer at Miners Hosp- ital in Hastings, took over last week for Dan Reaman. employer, Windber Medical Center, where a wide variety of community- baser] programs attracted local resi- dents to become comfortable with the hospital, Please see A9'; BWFOUR ?j 3 49 Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Periods of rain, Forecast, A2 Mirror oooooo noooooo Bucks J2I LOCAL Obituaries A1 1 Opinion A8 Politics A4 j NATION Newsmakers B4 SPORTS Outdoors Scoreboard I Astrograph I Movies Puzzle i Travel BUSINESS C9 ce D4 D3 D4 be Stocks CDs, Mutuals -E4 Q CLASSIFIED C3 COMMUNITY NEWS'; Couples G2 Yesteryear G3 ;