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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - May 15, 1986, Altoona, Pennsylvania Altoona Mirror vol. Lois no. 285 of our 11 us year phone 946-7411 a Altoona pa., thursday May 15, 1986 final edition 30 a copy most citizens have probably heard a the latest about Boyertown Usa Quot Boyertown is for real. Anthony forgone is for a builder Ralph Albara Noby Tom Gibb staff writer one of the rumours of Choice around the Boyertown Usa pro eel last week was that Park owner Anthony Forgione was getting set to buy the Sheraton Altoona the Back Wall and Jethro s restaurant. The supposed Sale Price 16.5 million. And was there any truth to it All Quot no Quot said Sheraton generalboyertown2nd of 4-part series manager Suzy Elliott who admitted to having heard the tale repeatedly herself. Quot there a absolutely no basis to it. All he Sheraton part owner Joseph Haller has to do is have lunch with or. Forgione or talk to him on a Street Corner and there Are rumours Are one thing Boyertown Usa has t been Short on. From widely circulated tales of trouble among the eight lenders putting together Boyertown a estimated $4 million loan package to Well travelled stories that Park contractors were regularly being stiffed the Rumor makers have worked hard on the Boyertown project. Quot you be got to expect that with a project of this size with this much interest there Are going to be a lot of rumours Quot one local banker said. Indeed it is the scope of Boyertown a and the potential financial Impact a that has captured a lot of interest in the development of this amusement see Boyertown on Page a3 the rumours Mirror photo by David s. Love bile Boyertown Usa builds so do tile rumours about tile amusement Park United press International nasal a recommended configuration for the permanent . Space station is seen in this Rockwell International concept. The proposed $8 billion station has a Quot dual keel Quot setup that will contain four habitable modules. Story and another photo on Page a3. By Jeff Mulhollem staff writer at this time next year voters will be considering the Altoona mayoral primaries and candidates May be announcing their intentions As Early As this december. But judging from political scuttlebutt and recent Public exchanges Between current democratic mayor David l. Jannetta and Republican City councilman Kart r. King an intriguing race May already be developing. Predictably the politicians Are Down playing any growing Competition or friction Between them and both have indicated they really analysis Don t intend to pursue Altoona s highest office. But events and circumstances May dictate otherwise Over the next 12 months or so. King. 38. A former broadcast newsman who worked for several local radio stations during the last decade left the rest of the candidates eating his dust in last november a general election for two City Council seats. The father of three appears to be the local gop s brightest Light. He has proven he appeals even to some democratic voters. King of course will be in the Middle of his elected term in office when the 1987 mayoral election Rolls around so in at least one sense he has Little to lose by running. But Kings image a Sterling shortly after his impressive election showing a May have been tarnished somewhat if Only through close association with the recent political blundering of cop comrades City controller Travis b. Young and councilman Donald c. Grabill. Since under the commission form of government the mayor has no More real Power than the four councilmen. Occupying the mayors ceremonial seat is largely an ego trip. Does Kings ego need the Job that May be the question. King has said he is pondering a future in politics a and one would expect him to look higher than City Hall. A loss in a mayoral race could be damaging in the Long run. Jannetta 34, a Captain in the Pennsylvania air National guard left the impression with Many in the business Community during the past year that he plans to be a one term mayor. Also a father of three Many speculated that the mayor would leave City Hall for a better Job before fulfilling his present four year term. Jannetta narrowly lost a bid to see City Hall on Page a3 a a ponders amusement tax of 10% by Usa m. Sherry staff writer Bellwood a residents in the Bellwood Antis school District will not see a hike in real estate taxes in the 1986-87 school year but a string of new taxes May be on the horizon. School directors wednesday night adopted a tentative budget of $4.7 million Down by is million from last year. The fiscal plan hinges on the tax rate of 68 Mills the same As in 1985-86. But the school Board is now considering adopting a $10 occupational tax a to percent amusement tax and a mechanical device tax As a Way to raise needed funds for future building projects. Board president Allen Cherry said that unlike the past few years the school District will Start this year with a balance of $205,000 a As opposed to a deficit. Cherry said the District has managed to pull itself from the financial disasters that have plagued it and can now undertake some projects that have been on hold. But those building projects will require More Money and Cherry said that Money should come from the new taxes. In a 7-2 vote the Board agreed to advertise its intention to adopt an occupational tax for anyone living in the District who earns at least $1,000. Again in a 7-2 vote the Board agreed to publish its plans to Levy a to percent amusement tax on any entertainment facility in the District. Legally Antis township is entitled to half of the tax. But Cherry said Quot the township has not seen fit to enact Fred Delgrosso. Owner of Blands Park in Tipton questioned the Board on its plans for collecting Money from the amusement Park. See a a Board on Page a3 Compromise keeps tourism under chamber election a talk flies at City Hall could Jannetta King be squaring off for Battle next year by Phil Ray staff writer the ruckus Over tourism in Blair county was apparently settled behind closed doors today As the county commissioners and the Altoona area chamber of Commerce came to a Quot consensus a that an 11-member steering committee would direct the Day to Day operations of the Blair county tourist. Convention and visitors Bureau. The decision will keep tourist promotion in the county under the Wing of he chamber and will funnel More than $100,000 in private and Public funds into its coffers for tourist promotion. The chamber now will be Able to proceed with its plan to designate a full time director of tourism and to initiate Blair county a first major Effort to attract visitors and conventions to the area. County commissioner John j. Ebersole called the steering committee idea Quot an effective Donna d. Dorily said she was not a Quot Strong advocate a of a separate tourism Agency for Blair county and she thinks the steering committee idea will be Quot a very effective Way of handling William c. Stouffer the chairman of the Board said he would have no comment at this time. Stouffer wants to pass the idea by a group which has been advocating a separate tourism Agency before commenting publicly on the idea. However one member of that group Margaret Donnelly a Duncansville businesswoman and a former chairman of the convention Bureau said she suggested this very Compromise to chamber president John Kazmaier Back in March. She received no answer then. She said the same idea was contained in a letter presented to the county commissioners two weeks ago. She said the steering committee idea should be tried to see How ii works but she held open the possibility that her supporters would still be in favor of a separate organization in the Long run. The county commissioners have agreed to try the steering committee As a Compromise to avoid fragmenting the business Community but Ebersole emphasized that the new arrangement will be in place Only until july i 1987. Of it Isnit working changes can Tornado then he said after the session at the chamber building in downtown Altoona today. The tourism Effort in Blair has been a part time one until now. The chamber recently came under severe criticism from a local group comprised of Motel and other business people who Cater to the tourist Trade for not adequately promoting the county. They suggested a separate Bureau be designated by the county commissioners As the tourist promotion Agency for the county. Thus making that Bureau eligible for state funding. The debate has raged for More than a month. The commissioners cracked the ice last thursday when Stouffer hand delivered a letter to the chamber proposing an 11-member committee be established with five individuals from the chamber five appointed by the commissioners. And a county commissioner. In the Mirror births.b2 business.c5 classified.c6-u comics.d9 crime.b8 crossword.,.d8 or. Gott.d8 going out.c2 hospitals.b2 lifestyle.cl-4 local. Bi-7 movies c4 obituaries. B3 opinion a4 school b6 sports dl-7 weather a6 circulation .35,400 Gorbachev worst Over at chernobyl Moscow up a a grave and grading soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev told the nation in a televised speech that the chernobyl nuclear Accident was a sex tra Ordinary and dangerous Quot but that the ruling politburo was in control of the situation. The nearly 30-minute speech wednesday marked the soviet leaders first Public comment on the april 26 Accident. But his address was characterized by attacks on the West descriptions of soviet heroics and a dearth of new information. He did. However report that nine people had been killed a one More than in previous reports. Two died in the initial explosion at the Plant and seven in hospitals he said adding that 292 people remained hospitalized with radiation sickness. And the names of the two people killed in the explosion were released for the first time a Vladimir Shishenok an automatic systems adjuster and Valery Kho Demcuk a Plant operator. Gorbachev 55, whose temples were grayer than during his last television speech almost two months ago. Said the Accident had Quot painfully affected soviet people and caused the anxiety of the International he spoke of a heroic a and Quot selfless Quot soviets and said he hoped there would be an Opportunity to name Quot these courageous Quot we encountered in reality such a sinister Force As nuclear Energy that has escaped control Quot he said. Quot it is possible to say today that the worst has passed. The most serious consequences have been averted a said Gorbachev

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