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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - June 9, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAYHUNTINGDON COUNTY: Web design firm working on project for software giant Adobe / A4 SPORTS: Devils, Avalanche face deciding Game 7 in Stanley Cup finals / Bl_LIFE: Haven’t had your home’s electrical system checked lately? Maybe you should / DIAltoona mirror © Copyright 2001 SATURDAY, JUNE 9, 2001 A year later, gas price war rages on 500 newsstand By Walt Frank Staff Writer Is there a gas price war in the Altoona area? It depends on whom you talk to. “I would say there is a gas price war, but it is not really with us," said Connie Ross, manager of the Sunoco station at 1700 Seventh Ave. “It is between BP and Sheetz.” “I don’t call it a price war. BP is a giant among oil companies. I call it a turf battle,” said Tim Sheehan, owner of A-Plus Minit Mart, 522 Allegheny St., Hollidaysburg, which sells Sunoco gasoline. When BP Express opened in June 2000, it started selling gasoline around 20 cents per gallon lower than the average price. "I think someone infringed on BP’s territory, and they moved into this market because of that. They are the big dog on the block right now." When BP Express opened in June 2000 at Pleasant Valley and Logan boulevards, the company started selling gasoline around 20 cents per gallon lower than the average regional price. Company officials said they were offering lower prices to promote the new station. However, one year later, BP continues to offer those lower prices. The Sheetz store across from BP quickly matched the low prices and has continued to do so. The Sunoco station on Seventh Avenue also joined the competition. “We do a survey every day, and we follow the price set by BP," Ross said. BP Express, Sheetz, Sunoco and A-Plus were selling regular unleaded gasoline for $1,269 per gallon Friday, well below many others in the area. Sheehan said he was offering low prices before BP came into the picture. Sunoco is the largest purveyor of gasoline in Pennsylvania, with one-third of the total volume in the state. Please see Gas/Page AIQ Wolf residents steamed over trains’ fumes By William Kibler Staff Writer Some Wolf Court residents are fuming over diesel exhaust they say gets into their apartments from Norfolk Southern Corp. locomotives idling on the tracks across 10th Avenue. The fumes make dark smudges on surfaces, wake up at least one resident with the smell and may aggravate respiratory problems. In response to the complaints, Norfolk now idles helper engines — which wait to push or pull trains up the mountain — elsewhere when it can, but configuration of sidings and switches won’t allow the company to abandon the spot near the apartments altogether, Norfolk Southern spokesman Rudy Husband. “We do try to minimize the impact,” Husband said. Many residents complain about the fumes, and probably everyone would like to see the waiting spot moved, said the building manager, an employee of Calibre Residential of State College who asked not to be identified. But it’s not a safety problem, the manager said. Management tested the air and found it was normal with no carbon monoxide. The fumes get on walls, on cupboards, cling to plastic dishes and turn plastic foam cups black, fifth-floor resident Carole Johnson said. TV and computer screens seem to draw it, maybe because of static electricity. Johnson, who likes to keep her windows open, showed smudges Mirror photos by William Kibler Exhaust fumes from idling Norfolk Southern locomotives are leaving black residue on the television in Carole Johnson’s apartment, which has to be wiped off, (above) and a cup left on the balcony at Betty Weidlich’s place (below). outlining a little of the perimeter of a picture on the wall, tissue paper darkened by wiping her TV and Please see Fumes/Page AIQ RELAY FOR LIFE Mother, daughter survive together By William Kibler Staff Writer It isn’t supposed to happen that way. But consider: In April, six years after Ginny Berkheimer got breast cancer at 38, her mom, Leah Barrener, found out she, too, had cancer. After she cried a few minutes, Barrener turned to her daughter and ordered a Relay For Life can-cer-survivor T-shirt. ■ Survivors’ Lap ‘like taking back your life’/ Page AIQ Berkheimer is in charge of the cancer-survivor shirts as part of the annual overnight get-together at Mansion Park, which celebrates a year of fund raising for cancer research and inspires and encourages patients, ex-patients, their families and the people who give money to find cures. The shirts are green for hope, and who could fail to be hopeful when you are among 320 cancer survivors walking around the track, with thousands of regular relay participants lining the inside clapping? In costumes of Broadway plays such as “Grease,” “West Side Story,” “Wizard of Oz,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Hair”? Please see Relay/Page AIQ Above: Joni Hudson of Duncansville dances the Macarena with her group from Betty G’s Sewing and Alterations. The group dressed in the theme of the show “South Pacific.” At right: A group walks around the track at Mansion Park Friday afternoon. Mirror photos by Kelly Bennett Bartender, steward charged in video poker machine raid By Tiffany Shaw Staff Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG - A bartender and steward of the Fort Fetter American Legion Post were charged with unlawful gambling after two video poker machines were seized. Members of the state police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement served a search warrant April 18 on the American Legion Home Association of Hollidaysburg, 116 Allegheny St. According to the LCE, two Dodge City Video Poker machines were found along with nearly $4,300 in cash used as payoffs for the machines. Criminal charges were filed in part because the club is a third-time offender, Sgt. Charles Stro-bert said. The LCE usually files charges against the club but this time filed additional charges against the employees, he said. Legion official and supporter James Shoemaker was unaware Friday that charges were filed. “It’s just ridiculous they pick on us,” he said of the state police. “We’re just trying to do some good things for the community, and that’s all I’m going to say.” Please see Raid/Page AIQ Donaldson’s still uncommitted to district attorney nomination By Phil Ray Staff Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG - All the paperwork is in place, but attorney Robert S. Donaldson still has not decided if he will run on the Democratic ballot for Blair County district attorney in November. Donaldson, a Republican, paid the $100 filing fee Friday and signed a loyalty oath, two steps required for him to accept the Democratic spot on the fall ballot, a position he won by write-in during the primary election in May. The Hollidaysburg native also sent the director of elections in Blair County, Janice Donaldson Blair, a letter stating that while he has taken the steps to be included on the ballot, he has until Aug. 13 to withdraw his name — or 85 days prior to the general election. The letter stated he will evaluate a run as a Democrat “for a period of time.” After the May election, Blair asked write-in winners to notify the county by June 12 if they intend to accept or reject the nomination. Donaldson said the steps he took Friday afternoon reserves his spot on the ballot — if he decides to accept the nomination. Please see DA/Page AIQ ■■NHI MMM DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 7 '22910 00050    4 V    J BIG FOUR 2    0    3    1 I Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Mostly sunny, 76° ■ Forecast, A2 Altoona mirror THE GREAT COMBINATION Call us today...Make money today. Ask for THE GREAT COMBINATION of MIRROR CLASSIFIEDS and    I) Phone (814) 946-7422 or fax us at (814) 946-7547 □ local Q NATION Business A9 Movies A10 Obituaries A11 Classifieds C3-12 Opinion A8 QI LIFE |Hl sports Comics D5 Local B4 Community news D2 Puzzles D4 Scoreboard B5 I Television D4 INSIDE "ii1 Mirror photo by Jason Sipes Traffic lines up on Plank Road to take advantage of one of the cheapest prices for gas in the area at the BP station.PETROL PRICES Some random gasoline prices throughout the area: Breezewood BP..................................$1.599 (self service) Irwin Citgo, Clearfield.......................$1,559    (self    service) Barber Oil Co., Ebensburg................$1,539    (self    service) Barry's Service Ctr., Huntingdon $1,569 (full service) $1,739 (full service) ;

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