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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - May 6, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Altnnna UKtror Copyright 2001 SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2001 newsstand IN-SPORTS Penguins trailing Sabres 3-2 in series IN LIFE Center offers glimpse into immigrants QUOTABLES J'l just lived simply, I didn't go in for any expensive things." Delia Wilt, 101 Blair Christian Home "I don't know, Just live good. Don't get into any of these messes that they have today like drugs or alcohol." Charles Rabold, 100 Blair Christian Home Surviving a century: As aged population grows, researchers hunt for clues on how to live longer COMING MONDAY: In Seniors Mirror, read about couples honored as hospital volunteers. State lawmakers look to expand prescription drug coverage. From Mirror staff and wire reports Juanita Oilman survived the flu epi- demic of 1919, heavy smoking during World War II, a car accident on a North Carolina mountainside when she was 93 and the pneumonia that hospitalized her when she was 99. She has no magic recipe for her longevity: She exercised regularly, including years of balkoom dancing. But she eats anything she wants, including breakfasts of bacon and eggs. Church and family kept her centered, but a son's service in the war drove her to cigarettes. People who have lived past 100 are being studied for their secrets. Researchers are sifting through such histories, seeking the answer to what leads to a long life: good genes, good habits or just good luck. "I don't know that I've done anything said Oilman, who turned 100 in July. Maybe it's the treadmill: "Sometimes I skip a day, and I don't always get up to a mile, sometimes it's just three quarters of a mile." John LaFauci, a 101-year-old who publishes a weekly newsletter for his Smithfield, R.I., retirement complex, swears it's good genes and his avoid- ance of beef. Helen Rose, 100, a retired teacher in Waterloo, Iowa, credits a love of learning and Jesus. "This is a ripe time to begin looking at this extraordinary said Dr. Robert Butler, director of the International Longevity Center, a New York City center where researchers Please see A3 COMMENCEMENT SPEECH Shuster has been anything hut retired BY MIA ROHART Staff Writer Former U.S. Rep. Bud Shuster isn't using his retirement to brush up on his golf game. Shuster, who addressed nearly 200 Penn State Altoona students at their graduation Saturday, has been active on the local speaking scene and 'in numerous other ventures. -y He said he's had at least one speaking engage- jnent a week since his retirement earlier this Tear. Shuster also has formed his own consulting firm he balks at calling it a lobbying firm, legally, he can't lobby his former col- leagues on Capitol Hill for a year. "I don't know what the future holds in that Shuster said. His first client is a global aviation network based in Philadelphia, which is working on a jet-driven ocean vessel that "can be to the ship- ping industry what the jet engine is to the air- line the former congressman said. "It's a startup venture, but we're quite excited about he said. Saturday's talk to students could serve as practice for another item Shuster has on his "retirement" plate serving as a visiting pro- fessor at St. Francis University this fall. Shuster also is working on his fourth book he's written two novels and one nonfiction entry. a bit of a he said. "But the truth of the matter is, since I've quote-unquote I I haven't written a line." j' Please see A6 Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec State Altoona graduates walk rjpirough campus on their way to com- Saturday. BLAIR COUNTY CONVENTION CENTER They built it. But getting them to come isn't going to be that easy. With the paint still drying on a million facility, local officials face a huge challenge to establish Blair County as a player on the convention scene. But experts say it's not an impossible task because the center and the area have several built-in strengths to rally around. Luring conventions tough Mirror photos by J.D. Cavrich Above: Conventioneers walk the floor of the Mid-State Tool and Supply Co. trade show Saturday at Blair County Convention Center. At right: Harris Rabren (left) and Thomas R. White oflTW Automotive Reflnishing of Knoxville, Tenn., show Randy Smith of Brookville a spray gun. This facility is beautiful. I do shows all over the country, and of all the places I go, this is one of the nicest. Bill Sharp BY WILLIAM KIBLER Staff Writer This weekend, Blair County is showing off its new conven- tion center amid pomp and glitz. But the fun and frolic follows a daunting 10-year grind to get the facility built first proving it could work here and then finding the money to finance the plan. Now comes another daunting task, likely to last even longer finding enough events to make it all worthwhile and to make sure the county doesn't lose money maintaining the center. Barbara Chaffee, state deputy secretary for tourism and econom- ic development marketing, says the Blair County Convention Center has a chance at breaking even with its operating budget, especially with the structure of the center's financing almost entirely by grants. "It definitely has a Chaffee says, adding that it will take time. And the marketers need to keep hammering. "You have to keep a tremen- dously strong heartbeat campaign going Chaffee says. The county is hoping the Allegheny Mountains Convention and Visitors Bureau can market the center well enough to cover costs, including to pay off its esti- mated million to million in debt for the local share of grants to build the million project, Blair County Commissioner John Eichelberger Jr. says. The Blair County Convention Center and Sports Authority owns the center and is legally responsi- ble to cover any operating short- fall. However, the county has guaranteed the authority a loan that covered the local share of the project. It may not seem like much of a debt on such a big project, but for the county, it's not trivial. "I won't rest easy until it's all Eichelberger says. Please see A4 First set of conventioneers take stock of new facility BY KAY STEPHENS Staff Writer Bill Sharp has made many trips from South Carolina to attend the Mid-State Tool Supply Inc.'s annual trade show in Altoona. "I go back to when they had tents in the warehouse parking Sharp said Friday afternoon. "That's quite a contrast to this year's event." On the lower level of the newly fin- ished Blair County Convention Center, Sharp had a full-sized booth, easy access to electricity and the comfort of air conditioning for Mid-State Tool's 20th annual trade show. It was the first trade show the convention center host- ed, and Sharp was there to sell tools used by auto body specialists. "This facility is Sharp said. "I do shows all over the country, and of all the places I go, this is one of the nicest." Mid-State Tool's annual trade show, which continued through Saturday, is, expected to be a mainstay that will annually book the Blair County Convention Center. 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