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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - June 19, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania SPORTS: ALTOONA HIRES WRESTLING, BASEBALL COACHES BlAltana Mirror © Copyright 2001TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2001 50( newsstand Lake crash claims a life By William Kibler Staff Writer TYRONE — A 51-year-old Tyrone man died after a personal watercraft driven by his son rammed him, after he had fallen from another watercraft in a Michigan lake Saturday — the day before Father’s Day. Mario Paese was riding on a watercraft driven by his brother-in-law Gregory Heller, with his son Marco, 16, following to the side, when both boats turned sharply and Mario fell, according to the Hillsdale County, Mich., Sheriffs Department and a family member. Marco’s watercraft hit his father in the side. Marco got off the craft and helped get his father onto another watercraft. They took him to shore, where he lay and complained about a sore side but didn't seem badly hurt, the victim’s brother, Santo Paese of Harrisburg, said. But Mario soon complained of increasing discomfort and bloating, and they took him by pickup truck to Community Hospital of Williams County, Ohio, IO or 15 minutes away, said Santo Paese and Larrie Herman of Derman Funeral Home, Tyrone. Doctors found Mario had internal bleeding and summoned a medical helicopter to take him to a trauma hospital in Toledo, Ohio, but he died of a lacerated liver before they could get him onto the helicopter, Santo Paese and Derman said. Mario was conscious until doctors at the hospital rendered him unconscious to treat him, Santo Paese said. Mario believed he was going to be OK, Santo Paese said. It’s possible Mario might have lived if the first hospital were equipped for trauma, Santo Paese said. The family is conscious of the irony of the accident happening the day before Father’s Day, said Santo Paese, who found out on the way back from his own family’s pre Father’s Day outing. Santo Paese said Marco has been sitting with him and talking about his dad. “The boy is very sad." Born in Cosenza, Italy, Mario came to the U.S. around age 18, two years after Santo Paese arrived, Santo Paese said. His brother was the greatest guy he knows, Santo Paese said. “He Please see Accident/Page A3 GARBAGE COLLECTION vt Mi tar Mirror photo by Jason Sipes Employees of Burgmeier’s Hauling collect trash Monday on Second Avenue. Burgmeier buyout of WSI clutters city trash picture By Ray Stephens and William Kibler Staff Writers Burgmeier’s Hauling and Recycling has become the area’s largest residential trash hauler by taking over several routes of the financially troubled Waste Systems International, known locally as WSI. In letters to local customers and in advertisements, Burgmeier’s announced the change, which had an immediate effect for some local residents by changing their traditional trash pickup day. The change also is expected to generate a new price schedule. WSI, with headquarters in Wilmington, Del., in January filed Chapter ll under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, allowing it a chance to hold off its creditors while reorganizing its business. In April, the company asked to terminate its registration as a public reporting company. By acquiring the WSI routes, Owner Dave Burgmeier will double his company’s residential customer count by adding 19,500 customers in Blair, Bedford, Cambria, Somerset and Huntingdon counties.IN THE LETTER Burgmeier’s Hauling and Recycling sent letters to local customers to announce changes in trash routes: ■ the traditional pickup day will move; ■ a weekly pickup schedule for recyclable materials will be announced; ■ a new price schedule is expected but has not been announced. In Blair County, Burgmeier’s and WSI were considered the two largest residential trash haulers with at least 5,000 residential customers each. Most of the county’s other 35 haulers have 1,200 or fewer customers, according to figures compiled by the Blair County Department of Solid Waste. Burgmeier said he and his staff intend to blend the WSI customers into existing routes. “It will take a little time,” Burgmeier said Monday, “but I think it will work real well for both our customers and for us.” To handle the additional workload, Burgmeier said he added about 30 workers, bringing his staff to about 80. Of the 30 new employees, 25 are former WSI employees who are familiar with the WSI routes. Burgmeier said his new customers should get a letter from his company with a designated day for trash pickup and starting July I, a weekly pickup schedule for recyclable materials. The letter also states that customers will receive a letter about billing. Some customers paid their WSI bills in three-month increments or more so not everyone is on the same billing schedule, Burgmeier said. He also said that he intends to provide WSI customers with the same discount deal he offered several months ago to his customers. In that deal, he offered a monthly rate of $12.95 to those who signed a three-year collection contract and separated their recy-clables on a rotating basis. “It would be a nightmare to do it right away,” Burgmeier said. While Burgmeier’s takeover of the WSI routes makes his company the largest in area residential trash collection, some other local haulers said that doesn’t concern them. Please see Trash/Page A7OT for nurses at issue■ Legislation unveiled today would eliminate shifts now mandatory. By Robert Ickye and William Kibler Staff Writers Legislation will be introduced today in Harrisburg to prohibit hospitals from enforcing mandatory forced overtime for nurses except in emergency situations. State Sen. Mary Jo White, R-Venango, will introduce the measure, which has the backing of the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association. Supporters of the measure said it will benefit patients and nurses by giving nurses more right to refuse extra hours. But hospital officials, already dealing with financial woes and staffing shortages, are concerned how it may affect them. Mandatory overtime is one of several issues being fueled by a nursing shortage and contributing to an ongoing effort to unionize nurses across the state. The PSNA, which has been a driving force behind this legislation, issued a position statement that says mandator overtime too often is an abused method of filling short shifts. “The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association opposes the routine use of mandatory overtime for staffing health-care facilities,” the paper states. “Mandatory overtime is not accepted by the PSNA as an appropriate method of staffing. Facilities are responsible for having the appropriate numbers of nurses to care for patients in their charge.” While Judy Boerger, Altoona Hospital’s senior vice president for nursing, agreed that the lack of nursing candidates is part of the problem, she said it goes deeper. “What makes it difficult is that when we get sick call-offs, it creates unexpected vacancies,” she said. “We try to manage the hours and fill the vacancies without calling in other nurses, but we still have patients that need our care, and no matter how much we try to avoid overtime, patient needs come first.” Voluntary overtime isn’t so bad because there usually is time to make arrangements for things such as child care and enough time to get needed rest, said Sue Flowers, vice president of Healthcare PSEA, a nursing union. But hospitals often impose mandatory overtime when nurses are getting ready to go home after a shift, which forces them to scramble for child care and continue working when they ought to be going to bed, Flowers said. Nurses average 43 years old, and it’s not as easy for most of them to work a shift-and-a-half or double as it is for a 20-year-old, she said. It’s not safe for patients, either, she said. “Would you want somebody working 16 hours to be giving you your medications in a critical care setting?” asked Flowers, who is a critical-care nurse at Indiana Hospital in Pennsylvania. The PSNA contends that mandatory overtime doesn’t serve patients. Please see Nursing/Page A6 sliding home Mirror photo by Kelly Bennett Curve outfielder Tony Alvarez dives home to score from third base on a wild pitch Monday night against the Reading Phillies at Blair County Ballpark. / Page Bl East Carroll Township residents upset over dirt bike race course Residents in East Carroll Township, near Carrolltown, are upset over noise from a dirt bike track. They have taken their complaints to township supervisors. By Linda Hudkins For the Mirror CARROLLTOWN - The East Carroll Township supervisors don’t want to get into the business of regulating the noise that comes from a dirt bike track on private property. Some residents think they should. On Monday, township supervisors Francis Miller, Ted Farabaugh and Don McNulty voted to table an ordinance prepared by their attorneys that outlined specifically when and where people can make noise and exactly how loud they can be — down to the decibel. Solicitor Dennis Govachini offered a crash course on decibel levels. The least perceptible noise is ranked zero, and a sound that causes pain is 130. He listed some familiar activities according to noise level: shouting in the ear, a power saw and a leaf blower, 110 decibels; tractor, 90 decibels; and thunder, 120 decibels. Noise issues came to the forefront in East Carroll, a rural township of 1,796 residents, a few months ago when 56 people signed a petition complaining about the noise coming from people riding dirt bikes on a property on Dutch Road. The property is owned by John P. Lanzendorfer of Duncansville. Please see Noise/Page A6 Mirror graphic by Tom Worthington ll DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 22910 00050 BIG FOUR 4    6    5    4 ■ Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Sunny and hot, 92° I Forecast, A2 Altoona iMtrror I THE GREAT COMBINATION f Call us today...Make money today. 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