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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - May 14, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAYTEENS MIRROR: German teen-ager visits pen pal!in Altoona / FREE INSIDE ........ ' """  ................... —'■■■ ' — WI               _Curve    fall    to    Akron    Aeros    in third-straight toss at Blair County Ballpark / Lif e: Music festival brings country’s biggest names to Pittsburgh / DIAltoona Mirror © Copyright 2001MONDAY, MAY 14, 2001 504 newsstand Traffic study to review impact HONORING COLLEGE GRADUATES PRIMARY 2001 Officials: Few want to take on workload By Linda HUDKINS For the Mirror Take a look at the list of candidates for Tuesday’s Republican and Democratic primary elections. Go ahead. Give it more than a quick glance. Put your finger at the top of a list of open offices and run it to the bottom. What you’re likely to see under many office titles are the words “no candidate.” In Blair County, Democratic candidates are hard to find, particularly for small boroughs and townships, Director of Elections Janice Blair said. The opposite is true in Cambria County, where ifs not easy to field a slate of Republican candidates, Director of Elections Fred Smith said. William Petre, a councilman in one of Cambria County’s smallest boroughs, said people tend to get jaded about the political process. But at the grass-roots level, he said, party affiliation doesn’t really matter. “Everybody likes to take advantage of the privileges of citizenship, but few want to take on the responsibilities,” Petre said. He’s one of five Chest Springs Borough Council members who Magistrate challenger criticizes incumbent By William Kibler Staff Writer The challenger for the district justice seat at Canan Station has charged that the 25-year incumbent is complacent, unwilling to work with police and entirely too willing to let some defendants off too easily. Jay Burlingame has it all wrong, replies District Justice Patrick T. Jones, citing lots of endorsements from retired police — who are free to speak their minds, unlike those still in uniform — and a spotless career audit record from the state. Burlingame, 41, is the director of* student and judicial affairs at Penn State Altoona, and actually moved his family across town nine months ago to get in the district so he could oppose the man that makes pressing cases against misbehaving students so difficult for him, he said. “That speaks volumes,” Burlingame said.» Initiatives he’s tried with the cooperation of local police to control behavioral problems among students have flagged because of Jones’ lack of cooperation, he said. Police are frustrated with him, and some simply tell students caught, for example, at drinking parties to go home and not do it again, rather than prosecute. Please see Criticize/Page A5 Primary ELFITION May 15, 2001INSIDE ■ Two vie for Blair Township seat. PAGE A4 ■ Contested Blair County races. PAGE A5 ■ Contested Cambria County races PAGE A5 ■ Tax collector competition in Frankstown Township. PAGE A5 are elected by the 84 adult residents in the town of 110. “People should take time out of their careers to [serve in] public office and not particularly to make money at it” Petre said, whose military service taught him to get involved. Please see Work/Page A5 Absentee, write-ins often used By Robert Igoe Staff Writer Absentee ballots and write-in ballots may not be the norm, but they still are used frequently in election campaigns as alternatives to traditional wait-in-line-cast-your-ballot-from-the-candidates* listed method of voting. Absentee balloting is common particularly among military personnel, college students and other people who usually aren’t home during Election Day. “Absentee ballots can be received by anyone who will not be in the county on Election Day,” Blair County Director of Elections Janice Blair said. 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THE GREAT^COMBINATION of MIRROR CLASSIFIEDS and IO'I • \I>> Phone (814) 946-7422 or fax us at (814) 946-7547 □ local H NATION Accidents/crime A7 Classifieds C2-8 Hospitals A7 Obituaries A7 □ life Opinion A6 O SPORTS Comics D5 Community news D2 High schools B4 Puzzles D4 Scoreboard BS V Television D4 2 die when plane crashes after 6 miles in flight By Tiffany Shaw Staff Writer SUMMERHILL — Two men were killed Sunday when a small plane crashed in Cambria County less than 6 miles from takeoff. The plane was found Sunday afternoon after several hours of searching near the old Mine 38 in a section of Jackson Township off Swigle Mountain Road near the Croyle Township line. The names of the victims were not released Sunday night by the Cambria County Coroner’s Office. Coroner Dennis Kwiatkowksi said one man was 50, the other 49. One was from the area but the other was from Pittsburgh, he said. Details of the crash, including what might have gone wrong so close to the airport, also were unavailable. The Jackson Township police led the probe until investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board arrived to take over. Arlene Salac, a spokeswoman for the eastern region of the Federal Aviation Administration, said preliminary information showed the plane crashed 5.7 miles north of the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport, killing the two people on board. The single-engine Cessna 150A was registered to Michael C. Benko, 198 Leidy Lane, Johnstown, and was registered Oct. 23,1991. Although Benko owned the plane, it doesn’t mean he was one of those on board, Salac said. The crash was reported to the FAA at 2:12 p.m., she said. An FAA official from the Cleveland region said the plane number N7064X was headed from Johnstown to Ebensburg. The plane left Johnstown at 11:40 a.m. Sunday for what should have been about a 19-mile flight. The spokesman said the communications center showed the family reported the plane long overdue for landing, and the Cleveland center published a routine alert around 5 p.m. That alert was canceled at 6:38 p.m., and the center assumed that meant the plane had been found at the airport. The Air Force picked up a beacon from the downed aircraft and sent out a search plane, Kwiatkowski said. Please see Right/Page A7 INSIDE Just say cheese PAGE 03 By Ray Stephens Staff Writer DUNCANSVILLE - Blair Township supervisors are hiring an engineering firm to do a traffic impact study in the area of a proposed controversial housing development. Supervisors John Nigro, David Burchfield Sr. and Terry Claar have voted to pay $5,900 to Engineering Specialists of Indiana to perform the study that will examine potential traffic the Greystone Estates development will generate in the Penn Farms neighborhood and any efforts to lessen the impact. Township engineer Paul Kirby said the study would review key intersections in that area. Neighbors in the Penn Farms area fear the 68-unit housing development will empty an excessive amount of traffic onto the narrow Meadow Lane and make the intersection with Forsht Drive! more hazardous. Township solicitor Frederick Gieg Jr. said the traffic study should look at the need for traffic lights, one-way streets and review the impact on area roads. The action is one way supervisors are attempt ing to address the neighbor’s concerns, Gieg said. “It’s going to cost them some money, but I think it’s important,” Gieg said. Developer Jeff Long proposed a boulevard-style or divided road through Greystone Estates as a way to meet the township’s requirement that any development with more than 20 parcels have two access points. While township supervisors in February 2000 approved preliminary plans for that type of road, neighbors since have protested. The protests caused supervisors, residents and Long to look for another access route through neighboring land. But Nigro said at Tuesday night’s supervisors meeting that nothing has worked out. Long has secured all the necessary approvals for his project except an OK on a developer’s agreement that township supervisors need to vote on. Kirby said Long could have asked supervisors to vote Tuesday so he could move forward on his development. Instead, Long granted the township a 90-day extension so the traffic study could be done. Please see Traffic/Page A8 Mirror photo by Jason Sipes St. Francis University President the Rev. Christian Oravec delivers opening remarks Sunday at SFU’s 150th commencement at Maurice Stokes Athletics Center in Loretto. Valedictorian of the class of 2001 was 36-year-old Philipsburg resident Lisa Onink, who majored in social work. The class was one of the largest to graduate in St. Francis ' history with 500 students. The featured speaker was the most Rev. Gabriel Montalvo, Apostolic Nuncio, Pope John Paul IPs official representative in the United States. Juniata College also held commencement ceremonies Sunday with more than two-thirds of graduates donning a green ribbon, representing their signing of a pledge started by an Altoona student. I Page A4 ;

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