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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - June 30, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY GRAD TAB: Meet the Class of 2001 from ll area high schools /_ SPORTS: Neighbors warned that Penguins player is a convicted sex offender / LIFE: Comfort and whimsy are key ingredients to decorating a second home / DIAltoona Mirror © Copyright 2001SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 2001 500 newsstand Liquor permit hearing planned By Tiffany Shaw Staff Writer Logan Township supervisors have scheduled a public hearing on a proposal to bring a liquor license to Lakemont Park. The hearing will be held at ll a.m. July 26 at the township building. The food concessionaire at the park applied to supervisors to allow for the transfer of an existing license that would allow the group to provide alcohol for groups that book catered events. With almost a month to go before the hearing, one supervisor has come out against granting the license transfer while the remaining two are keeping open minds. Boston Concessions Group Inc., which provides catered food at the park, has tried to obtain a liquor license at the park for more than a year, but the initial request was denied last year by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. Now they have a second chance under a new state law that would allow them to purchase and transfer an existing license from Altoona and move it to Logan Township, pending the supervisors’ approval. Park General Manager Barry Kumpf said the park would be able to regulate alcoholic beverages if they were in charge of the liquor. Park patrons who book events now can bring their own beer and wine to the pavilion area. But some of the groups leave coolers of beer or wine unattended while they party, and that could cause problems if teens or children find the alcohol, he said. “What we’re trying to do is gain some control over what potentially could be a bad situation,” Kumpf said. “While we’re not having a great deal of problems — why wait until we do.” If the park had a liquor license, they could provide their own trained bartender to sell and serve the alcohol and keep a cautious eye on it. That would keep young people from the alcohol and prevent intoxicated patrons from drinking more, Kumpf said. Please see Liquor/Page A5 BLAIR COUNTY ECONOMY Mirror photo by J O. Cavrlch Jill Robison of Altoona (left) gets a form and application Friday from Rebecca Ritchey, a Sheetz inbound freight specialist. Sheetz is gearing up to fill more than 200 positions being created throughout the company. The company will conclude a job expo today at the Blair County Convention Center. WHO’S HIRING In tough economic times, some area companies still looking for workers By Michael Emery Staff Writer Recent headlines in the news read like a laundry list of local plant closings, job layoffs and furloughs. A mere sampling of those headlines reveals the scope of the problem: Norfolk Southern closing Hollidaysburg Car Shop; Butterick will close its facility in Altoona; C-COR electronics plant shutting down, 490 jobs gone; JLG plant closing leaves 265 jobless; Westvaco hit by slowing economy; furloughs announced; Small Tube cuts 30; New Pig Corp. furloughs employees for first time in company history. Lately, it seems that not a day goes by without some negative news on the local job front. In light of all the layoffs, when a local company announces it’s hiring, that’s news. And this week there was good news on that front when several local companies mounted hiring campaigns, while several prominent job fairs, including one in the chronically understaffed health-care field, were held. Two local companies — Sheetz Inc. and North American Communications — announced plans to hire. Sheetz is concluding a two-day job expo from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the Blair County Convention Center. Company representatives are available to discuss employment opportunities that will become abundant with the company in mid-September. With the construction of a new 310,000-square-foot Sheetz Inc. warehouse/distribution center in Greenfield Township, Sheetz is gearing up to fill more than 200 positions being created throughout the company. “About 130 of the job openings will be at the new warehouse and distribution center, and that’s just the startup numbers,” said Amy Hanna, spokeswoman for Sheetz. “There will be about 50 jobs available in stores, and that encompasses store managers; salespeople; and corporate support staff, including information technology and finance positions. CLI Transport, the company’s petroleum transportation company, is also hiring drivers.” Anyone interested in available job opportunities with Sheetz is encouraged to attend the company’s job expo to complete an application, turn in a resume and meet with company representatives. Please see Hire/Page A3Licensing of ATVs approved■ New law requires insurance, covers snowmobiles as well. By Robert Igoe Staff Writer A new state law, signed recently by Gov. Tom Ridge, requires liability insurance, registration and titles for all-terrain vehicles. The bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Merle Phillips, R-Northumberland, said the bill will not hurt responsible riders but will make those who operate these vehicles improperly more responsible for their actions. The measure goes into effect in 120 days. “This legislation is designed to give up a clearer method of enforcement by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources,” Phillips said. “Under this new law, we will title and license snowmobiles and for the first time, issue license plates for both snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles. A license plate will help enforcement officers in state parks track down violators, Phillip said. “This will also help landowners deal with violators who ride their ATVs and snowmobiles, without permission, on private lands." he added. Phillips said the bill also gives DCNR more flexibility in making improvements to existing trails and will help build new trails on private lands. But one local ATV dealer said the license plate provisions aren’t good for riding. “I think it will hurt the sport,” said Dick Saylor, owner of Saylor Honda Sea-Doo in Altoona. “It will just be more money that people will have to spend, and that will not encourage sales.” Saylor said titles have been a requirement for ATVs for five years and that the state Department of Environmental Protection requires an identification sticker for these vehicles. ATVs used on farms or for similar businesses are exempt from the licensing provisions of the new law. Fines imposed on those violating the law are increased substantially under the new law — not less than $50 or more than $200 for a first offense and $100 to $300 for subsequent offenses. The ATV bill was one of several signed this week by Ridge. They include: ■ HB 155, which strengthens the state’s “Keep Right Except To Pass” law and stiffens penalties for unauthorized use of emergency lights on vehicles. It also allows vehicles delivering human blood and organs the same right to disregard regulations for passing other vehicles that other emergency vehicles have. ■ SB 236, which increases the distance that a farming vehicle can be driven on public roadways to a repair or service facility from IOO miles to 150 miles. ■ SB 237, which allows for the purchase of an annual Please see ATV/Page A3 Judge takes vet’s guns as part of plea Steven L. Rider of Wehnwood Road said a loud noise keyed a flashback to the Vietnam War, which caused him to open fire on lour Penn Stale Altoona students. By Phil Ray Staff Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG - A Vietnam veteran who shot at four Penn State Altoona students last year when he said a loud noise keyed a flashback to his war experience will have to get rid of all his guns for the duration of his nine-year term of probation. “You cannot have guns in your possession or anywhere near your property,” Blair County Judge Jolene G. Kopriva told 51-year-old Steven Larry Rider of 2914 Wehnwood Road. Rider entered no-contest pleas Friday to charges of aggravated assault, terroristic threats and criminal mischief in connection with a Nov. ll incident in which he ran onto his front yard and opened fire on the students. Rider contended he heard a loud noise that awoke and startled him. He fell as he was getting out of bed, he said, enhancing the fear. A psychiatrist reported to the court that Rider was acting defensively, at least in his own mind. Kopriva said the defendant is “mentally damaged” and must learn not to react like he does to noise. One way to help Rider deal with his problem, the judge said, was to take away his guns. She said if he acquires other guns as replace-mentd, he will be in violation of his probation and placed in prison. Rider’s attorney, R. Thomas Forr Jr., said a Pittsburgh therapist Rider has been working with believes he can be helped, and the judge ordered therapy as part of his sentence. The judge said she placed Rider on probation so he could continue to operate a farm market with his wife in Juniata Gap. He was given five years probation for the aggravated assault charges, three years on terroristic threats and one year for criminal mischief. In March, Judge Norman D. Callan rejected a similar plea agreement and called Rider a dangerous individual. Kopriva accepted the plea agreement Friday that placed Rider on probation but went a step further, ordering him to be on a home monitoring program, using an ankle bracelet, for 90 days. An insanity defense was a strong possibility if Rider had gone to trial, according to papers filed by his attorney. Please see Plea/Page A5 FLYING high Mirror photo by Jason Sipes A shadow is cast by the power parachute flown by Ray Pickens of Virginia. Pickens traveled to Osterburg for a gathering of Ultralight flying vehicles at Ickes Recreational Park. The event runs until Sunday. DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 BIG FOUR 9    4    10 ■ Lottery numbers, A2 7    22910    00050k    4 I    f WEATHER Hazy sunshine, 86° ■ Forecast, A2 Alto ana mirror HQT-ADS.Qom We’re white-hot! ■■■■■■■■ MMI# <#1.. - [the great combination! Call us today...Make money today. 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