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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - May 4, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY REI‘^0^ Emmanuel Community Church celebrates first anniversary / ?E'.    -g- Rick Nead, Rhonda Salsgiverwin Bowlers of Year tourney/_ 1A preview of what’s coming to the movie theaters this summer / DI big gun endorses Shuster By Robert I(iOE Staff Writer GREENCASTLE — Republican Bill Shuster garnered his biggest national endorsement for Congress to date Thursday as U.S. Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert offered his seal of approval. Shuster, who will battle Democrat Scott Conklin and Green Party candidate Alanna Hartzok for the vacant 9th Congressional District seat in the May 15 special election, welcomed the Illinois Republican’s endorsement at a fund-raiser at the Comfort Inn. “We need good common sense in Washing HT ton, and I need good I people on our side of the aisle that we can count on, who know what it’s like to run a business and make a dollar,”) Hastert said. Hastert said lawmakers are busy trying to pass the budget, and they hope to celebrate passing a budget that contains parameters for the biggest tax reduction in the country’s history. The tax cut has been a keystone of Shuster’s campaign, and Hastert said Shuster also would be a valuable ally to reform health care. “The first thing we do is pass some com-mon-sense health-care relief for the American people,” he said. “We need to make sure that everyone gets the health care they need without being sorted out, and that their employers can afford to provide it.” Before returning to Washington, Hastert said he was pleased to help Shuster raise funds and awareness in his district. “My view is that they best way to guarantee a good election is to go to the local area and make sure that the voters make an investment in their candidate,” he said. “The problems stem from people who go to Hollywood or New York City and raise funds from people who don’t support you and that you don’t serve.” Some say the visit from Hastert shows how serious the GOP is about retaining the 9th District. Please see Endorse/Page A6 Hastert Food service workers at the center prepare sea bass on a bed of cous coils and filet mignon with baby vegetables for guests Thursday. By Ray Stephens Staff Writer Local leaders offered repeated affirmations Thursday that Blair County is in the convention business with a first-class center as the main attraction. “How proud we are tonight to see the symbol of our progress,” said state Senate President Pro Tem Robert C. Jubelirer, R-Blair. “We have put Blair County on the map in a big, big way.” Jubelirer was among more than a dozen people armed with scissors, who stood shoul-der-to-shoulder Thursday afternoon to cut a piece of the red ribbon stretched outside the Blair County Convention Center. When the job was finished, retired U.S. Rep. Bud Shuster, R-9th District, was left holding a big red bow that he draped around his neck.. And when Shuster spoke three hours later at the opening night banquet, he was still wearing the ribbon. “After tonight, after seeing this facility, eating this five-star food, I can say this simply isn’t a Blair County Convention Center or a ■ Our Opinion: New center will be heavy-hitter in Blair County’s lineup / Page A8 ■ Party atmosphere, low traffic dominate grand opening / Page A7 central Pennsylvania convention center,” Shuster said. “It’s a world-class convention center.” Shuster, who secured $37 million in federal funds to contribute to the $54 million project, Thursday night joined Jubelirer and others at the Mlegheny Mountains Convention and Visitors Bureau annual membership recognition dinner, the center’s first banquet. Standing on the stage of the convention center’s ballroom that will bear his name, Shuster, with cameras enlarging his image on two projection screens, recalled how he and Jubelirer met with Gov. Tom Ridge to ask for state funding. “I heard Tom say he’ll do it, so I said, ‘Bob, let’s get out of here,’” Shuster said. Please see Center/Page A7 Woman wins a judgment against Jehovah’s Witness CLEONA (AP) — A Lebanon County woman who said she repeatedly told Jehovah’s Witnesses to stay off her property won a $632 judgment against one of them who showed up at her door and woke her up anyway. Jennie Basiago was awarded the money by a local district justice after filing a ci vil trespassing complaint against Bernadine DiStefano, a member of the Palmyra Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Basiago said followers of the religion came to her home every few months for 12 years, and she called two Kingdom Halls in October and threatened legal action if the visits continued. But two Jehovah’s Witnesses awakened the late-shift worker in February after driving down a 300-foot lane past eight no-trespassing signs and three dog-warning signs, Basiago said. “I just reached my limit,” Basiago said. DiStefano said the visit was an accident. Basiago was on a list of homeowners who had requested no visits, but officials in East Hanover Township assigned new addresses in the area and the list was not updated. “Survivor” contestant Tina Wesson is shown at an undisclosed location in the Australian Outback during an episode of the show. Wesson outlasted two men to claim the $1 million prize, which was announced Thursday. Million-dollar smile Tina Wesson outplays, outwits, outlasts to become ultimate Survivor of Outback The Associated Press By Michael Emery Staff Writer Tina Wesson, a 40-year-old nurse and mother of two children from Knoxville, Tenn., became a millionaire in the Australian Outback. Wesson outlasted 15 other contestants in the CBS show “Survivor,” with the final episode airing in a two-hour special Thursday night. The show was playing to sporadic crowds at pubs and nightclubs throughout Mtoona, but the biggest cheer of the night came from Zach’s Sports and Spirits when Aramis Ramirez blasted a sixth-inning home run at PNC Park in the Pirates’ 4-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants — a game featured on a TV screen opposite of “Survivor.” There was at least one group of voracious sun ivalists in the city, though. Please see Smile/Page A5 DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 7 '22910 00050 a I BIO FOUR$826 I Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Mostly sunny, 86° ■ Forecast, A2 Chrysler - Plymouth Jeep 1549 Pleasant Valley Blvd. Altoona, PA 943-6167 DLOCAL Q NATION Business A9 Classifieds C4-14 Hospitals A11 Obituaries AU □ ufe Opinion A8 Q SPORTS Comics Community D5 news D2 Local B4 Puzzles D4 Scoreboard B5 > Television D4 INSIDEIN NATION For thousands of elderly Americans each year, a broken hip is the start of a downward spiral toward death. Medical experts are searching for ways to improve the survival rate. PAGE ClAltana Mirror © Copyright 2001 VZFRIDAY, MAY 4, 2001 500 newsstand9TH DISTRICT RACE Another ll We have put Blair County on the map in a big, big way Pf More than 800 people watched a seven-minute video of the chronology of the Blair County Convention Center that was played at a dinner celebrating the facility’s grand opening. Mirror photos by Jason Sipes CENTER STAGE Officials retrace steps that led to facility’s opening Former U.S. Rep. Bud Shuster (left) and state Senate President Pro Tem Robert C. Jubelirer, R-Blair, share a laugh after the ribbon cutting. ;

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