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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - June 17, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Rail Kings redux Neil Rudel has a ball catching up with Altoona's 1.1 minor league trailblazers INSIDE TODAY NATION: OxyContin abuse reaches epidemic levels Bl Cory Giger grades the Curve's first half Altoona iKtrrar Copyright 2001 SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 2001 newsstand Comparing statistics from the Bureau of Liquor Control bniorcemenl from January to April for 1999, 2000 and 2001. S Complaints investigated a Citations issued B Minor arrests S Adult airesls 1999 2000 2001 Sotmx: Bureau of Liquor Control Liquor complaints soar Mirror graphic by Tom Worthington I Number of calls to LCE has tripled over the past three years. BY TIFFANY SHAW StaffWriter The number of complaint calls about bars and taverns received by state liquor control officials has risen dramat- ically over the past three years. In the first four months of 2001, agents of the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement investi- gated more tlian complaints compared to just more than during the same period in 1999 and in 2000. In March, officers across the state investigated a record- setting complaints. Locally, the trend is mirrored with Alloona area officers; investigating 922 complaints in January through March .of; this year compared to 621 during those months in 2000. yj Complaints range from underage drinkers trying ;fq obtain alcohol to noise escaping from the bars to assaults.: Liquor control officials and bar owners don't have any con-: crete ideas on the dramatic surge, but they have theories. Sgt. Charles Strobert, district commander of the LCE based in Hollidaysburg, thinks the influx of calls can be attributed to ongoing efforts to crackdown on liquor law violations. Please see A3 LOCAL POLITICS Mirror photos by Kelly Bennett First-year Congressman Bill Sinister listens intently during a meeting last week in his Washington, D.C., office. Bill Shuster's got a double tough challenge in his new job being the new kid in town and trying to escape his father's shadow. FRESHM BY ROBERT IGOE StaffWriter WASHINGTON buzzer. Like the Bat Signal in Gotham City or an air raid siren in World Wai- II London, the buzzer gets an immediate response, ringing through all the House of Representatives office buildings and sending Bill Sinister and the remainder of the House members running for the elevators, stairs and escalators which lead to the House's private subway, which carries the mem- bers to the U.S. Capitol in order to cast their votes. And 28 days into his first term in office, Sinister is learning that in this Congress, every vote counts. Please see A4 MORE INSIDE Inside Politics: Mews, notes, votes and quotes. Page A4 Financial disclosure infor- mation for all of the stale's federal legislators. Page AS Traveling abroad? Passport rules for kids have changed BY KAY STEPHENS StaffWriter planning to trav- el abroad with children under 14 will soon have a new rule to follow in applying for passports. As of July 2, the U.S. Department of State is requiring both parents to apply in person for a passport on behalf of any child under 14. If both parents cannot appear, the one who appears will have to provide written evidence as to why the gther is not available. Blair County Prothonotary Carol Newman said 'this new rule will be enforced at her office and it will probably be inconvenient for many appli cants. MORE INSIDE In Travel: Alabama's Redneck Riviera D6 In USA Weekend: Vacations are becoming quests for education and reconciliation. "We do a lot of kids' Newman said. "At least a couple of hundred a estimat- ed Deputy Prothonotary Helen Eicher. The U.S. Department of State is changing the iiiles because of legislation designed to protect children from being abducted or taken out of the United States without notification of a parent. "International parental child abduction is a major, major, major problem in this country, and this law is an effort by Congress to lessen the pos- sibility that U.S. passports can be used in these said Christopher Lamora, public affairs officer with the Department of State. Lamora said that Blair County, because of its proximity to a major university such as I'enn State which attracts foreign students, has likely experi- enced child abduction cases, where one the parent obtains a passport for a child and leaves the coun- try without the other parent's knowledge. Please see A6 FATHER'S DAY 2001 In business world, many sons also rise BY CRAIG WILLIAMS Staff Writer There is no better indicator of how the dads of the world have helped build America than a quick glance through the phone directory. There you will find ample evi- dence that fathers have influenced local commerce, or at least, local advertising. A. close look at companies' names will reveal W.S. Lee Sons, Bryce Saylor Sons, K.W. Focht Son, Newhouse Son, GB Son and J.G. Gosnell Son. All these businesses in trucking, steel erection, general contracting, remodeling, siding and woodwork- ing proudly display the tight bond between father and son. This inherent relationship has existed in many cases for genera- tions as businesses are handed down from father to son to grandson. For others, dad is just getting used to sharing the office with his boy. "It has always been a part of my said Sean McLanahan of the family's mining and agricultural machinery firm McLanahan Corp. of Hollidaysburg. "So there were some things I knew, but there was still a learning curve." Scan entered his family's business as a sixth generation McLanahan. In a way, the McLanahans could be called America's finest example of father and son relationships even if it isn't evident in the company name. Originally started in 1835, the company is recognized as the nation's oldest continuously operat- ed, family-owned foundry. Today, Sean's biggest challenge is not learning how to fire the furnace, but in dealing with all the govern- ment regulations. In these matters his father, Michael, proves invaluable. MORE INSIDE In USA Weekend. Seeking a link between the occupations of fathers and sons. In Opinion: Don't strike out as a In Nation: Seme single fathers are to start a parenting reyo-... i In Spoils. Jim Lane's classic Fathers Day column. C1 In Life: Job stress and an over- abundance of distractions have left Americans baffling "The Superman Syndrome." "He taught me to focus on the details in insurance matters, employment rules and regulations from the Sean says. "Things I never really gave atten- tion to when I was younger." Sean remembers the family busi- ness was always part of family life. "When dad took vacations, we always stopped at other manufac- turing plants along the way. Back then you could stop in and just ask for a tour, unlike today where you must first get approval from the cor- porate headquarters. We would stop the car and go in for a visit. Even then I was fascinated with big machines. I still am." Sean said the greatest asset of joining a family firm is that there was always good advice at the din- ner table. "He has allowed me to grow on my Sean says. "He is more of a person for guidance and advice. Hut in the end, he is still the boss." Please see A9 Mirror photos by Gary M, Baranec Altoona's Craws: Mike (left) and his father, Vernon. [V DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: or (800) 287-4400 2291 (TOPI 50" BIO FOUR 5 (Trl, I Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Sunny and warm, Forecast, A2 DRtrrar [THE GREAT COMBINATION Call us today...Make money today. 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