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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - June 28, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Sports: Pirates call up ex-Curve player FigueroaLife: There’s plenty to do to celebrate Fourth of July DIAltana Mirror © Copyright 2001 THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2001 50C newsstandPlan to drop hunting age comes under fire Bv Robert Igoe Staff Writer HARRISBURG — Some state legislators think a proposal to allow 10-year-olds to hunt is off the mark. But others, including a local representative who is backing the bill, think it’s right on target. Under the bill, introduced by Rep. Bruce Smith, R-York, the state’s minimum age for junior hunting licenses would be lowered by two years to IO. The bill is in the House Game and Fisheries Committee, which Smith chairs. One local legislator says the recreational aspects of hunting have a positive effect on youth. “Hunting is a quiet, sitting sport, and children have to learn to be still,’* said Rep. Gary Haluska, D-Patton, the bill’s lone co sponsor. Haluska said the bill was written with safety and parental responsibility in mind. “We’re not going to just put kids in the woods with high-powered rifles. That’s not our intent,” said Haluska, who serves with Smith on the House Game and Fisheries Committee. Haluska said younger hunters first would have to pass the state’s Hunter-Trapper Education Course and would be required to have a parent within voice range. Altoona sportsman Dick Yon said the lowered age can work “I don’t have a problem with it as long as they’re getting the proper training,” he said. “The hunter safety course is pretty sufficient, but for 10-year-olds, the state might want to add a few extra hours for them.” Yon said there probably are 10-year-olds who already hunt on private farms across Pennsylvania, although it’s illegal. Some legislators say the proposed bill lowers the hunting age too dramatically. Please see Ago/Page A9 Th# ag# of th# offender involved A look at hunting-related shooting incidents in Pennsylvania Years of experience of the offender involved Year Under 12 12-15 16-20 21-50 Over 50 Year Under 2 I 2-5 6-10 10+ 1998 0 12 6 49 15 1998 10 46 1999 0 8 13 39 11 1999 10 18 11 29 2000 0 5 10 26 21 2000 1 I ll 5 45 Source Pennsylvania Game Commission Note includes fatal and nonfatal shootings Mirror graphic by Tom Worthington It Officials reject housing proposal By Kevin Ott Staff Writer DUNCANSVILLE — Blair Township supervisors denied a developer’s request to build a 68-unit housing development, asking instead that he break the project into smaller phases to minimize the traffic impact. Wednesday night’s decision by supervisors John Nigro, David Burchfield Sr. and Terry Claar to block the Greystone Estates development plan was met with mixed reactions from township residents who attended the meeting in force. "What you’re trying to do is fine, but it’s not going to get these people off my back,” said developer Jeff Long, who proposed the development near the Penn Farms neighborhood. If Long comes back to supervisors with a revised plan in several phases, the first phase would contain between 25 and 30 new houses. Penn Farms residents feared the proposed development — with 68 houses — would empty too much traffic onto nearby Meadow Lane and make that road’s intersection with Forsht Drive more hazardous. But a $5,900 traffic study commissioned by supervisors indicates otherwise. The report, compiled by Engineering Specialists of Indiana, revealed a boulevard-style divided road — previously suggested by Long — may not be necessary, but a small access road for emergency vehicles would be appropriate, township solicitor Frederick Gieg Jr. said. But Gieg endorsed the idea of phasing in the development. He also noted that as the development is built, the township will have to install new guardrails and likely widen Meadow Lane. “There is a safety issue there that we have to look at, beyond what the plans are,” Gieg said. In keeping with the phased-in version of Greystone Estates, Long would have to resubmit plans to the supervisors and have them approved. “I’m not too crazy about losing another couple of months,” he said. In light of neighborhood concerns and the new timetable of the project, Long offered to meet with residents in an attempt to develop a compromise that would allow him to develop the land while allaying local fears about increased traffic. • Please see Housing/Page A6 SUMMER TRAVEL Mirror graphic by Tom Worthington ll Central Pennsylvanians have plenty of places to choose for vacation spots By Michael Emery Staff Writer It’s the big question every summer: Where to go for vacation? The beach is always a popular choice. Resorts are another favorite destination. Amusement parks typically are filled this time of the year. Cruise ships get booked up early. It’s a safe bet casinos will attract a fair share of vacationers, too. Adventure trips such as biking and hiking are growing in popularity. Some travelers prefer going overseas. The Allegheny Mountains Convention and Visitors Bureau wants vacationers — particularly local vacationers — to add another destination point to their list of hot spots: the Southern Allegheny Mountains. The visitors bureau’s Heritage Committee started a vacation package this summer called The Discovery Deal. The Discovery Deal allows vacationers to visit six local attractions with the purchase of one ticket, costing $20 for children ages 5 to 12 and $27 for those older than 12 years old. Those purchasing tickets for The Discovery Deal will save 25 percent on trips to the six vacation sites: ■ Baker Mansion Museum; ■ DelGrosso’s Amusement Park; ■ Fort Roberdeau; ■ Horseshoe Curve; ■ Lakemont Park and The Island Waterpark; ■ Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum. The Discovery Deal tickets are good for SUMMER WISH LIST The top 10 U.S. destinations travelers would most like to visit this summer: 1. Florida 34% dtkX 2. California 32% J ■? 'J 3. New York 12% 4. Hawaii 12% MAHR 5. Texas 10% 6. Nevada 9% 7. Colorado 9% u iiriL 8. Virginia 7% SMP 9. South Carolina 7% 10. Wash., D C. 6% Source: Travel Industry Association of America admission to all of these six attractions once this summer and are good through Oct. 31. “We tried to include a variety of local attractions in the deal to allow people to experience different types of activities,” said Mindy Parker, director of marketing at the visitors bureau. Discovery Deal tickets can be purchased at any of the six participating attractions. “The initial response to the deal has been good,” Parker said. “I’m anticipating that local residents will enjoy the multiple venue tickets, because it Please see Destination/Page A5 Springs cash distribution was planned ■ Bud Shuster says he authorized money dispersal to allow Pa. to keep the funding. By Beth N. Gray and William Kibler Altoona Mirror BEDFORD - Former U.S. Rep. Bud Shuster, R-9th District, dispersed $18.6 million in federal money earmarked for the Bedford Springs project before he retired so Pennsylvania wouldn’t lose it, he said Wednesday. The money had remained on the books for years, and because the Springs project has been so uncertain, the funding was at risk of being taken back in one of the Appropriations Committee’s annual sweeps for “unobligated balances," Shuster said. “The fundamental fear is that the money was going to get rescinded,” he said. His pending retirement made dispersal more urgent, he said. Shuster originally wrote the money into law with “flex” language that allowed him to disperse it. he said. He asked his staff to identify likely Pennsylvania projects that needed the money, and the staff checked with PennDOT to compile a list. About $8.38 million went to nine projects in Shuster’s District 9; the remaining $9.98 million went to six projects outside the district — in Erie, Allegheny, Westmoreland, Greene and Dauphin counties. Shuster left some money — he guessed about $1 million — in the pot for the Springs to help restart federal funding if the project becomes reality. The money earmarked for the Springs also had the potential of being used for the Hollidaysburg bypass — another project that is uncertain ever to happen, according to transportation officials. Shuster estimated that the $18.6 million has been unused for IO or 15 years. Bedford County Planning Commission Chairman Tom Cunningham doesn’t think it was that long — he guessed an original $2.5 million sat for seven or eight years and much of the rest lay for only a couple of years. Cunningham conceded the Springs project is uncertain. “It’s very shaky,” he said. But he’s not happy to see any of the money Shuster obtained go out of the district. "He worked hard to get that money, and it’s a shame to lose out on it,” Cunningham sai*d. “(Yeti I can’t take issue with Bud because he’s been too good to us.” All the money actually went to projects within the district, if only indirectly, PennDOT regional spokesman Asbury Lee said. The money that went outside the district did so to make up for shortfalls in other districts because of prior transfers of money into District 9, Lee said. Not having much money in the Springs pot could make it harder to restart the project, Cunningham said. Bedford County officials are looking at selling tax-free bonds to do the project, and the lack of money might make selling such bonds more difficult, he said. Please see Springs/Page A12 Mirror file photo Redevelopment of the Bedford Springs Resort, shown abandoned in this May 1998 file photo, has been plagued with problems for years. DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 7    22910    00050    a BKI FOUR7 6 $ B I Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Mostly sunny, 89° M Forecast, A2 / \ Hd(T-A OS. po rn We're white-hot!Altun un Mirror THE GREAT COMBINATION Call us today...Make money today. 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