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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - November 11, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania USA WEEKEND THANKS AMERICAN STYLE FREE INSIDE LIFE: ARTIST'S NEW GALLERY FEATURES LOCAL SCENES PAGE Dl Bellwood, Huntingdon, JV in D-6 playoff action Steelers, Browns both look to bounce back Altnona iWtrror Copyright 2001 NOVEMBER 11, 2001 newsstand Bowl scouts join crowd in Illinois' packed house with PSD BY-NEIL RUUKI. Associate Sports Editor CHAMPAIGN, 111. It's a.m. Saturday on Sixth Avenue, four hours Before kickoff. The street here, full of University of Illinois shops, bookstores and memorabilia, is nearly desolate. it's a far cry from College Avenue on the Penn State Extra: PAGES C1, C2, C13 College Football Saturday: PAGE C5 day of a Penn State home game. Newspaper and TV advertisements ran all week to hype the game, and the Mini, thanks to a walk-up sale of tickets, managed to SBll out Memorial Stadium. Marketing efforts gained serious momen- tum as Illinois rallied to beat Penn State, 33-28, before approving fans. Illinois sold nearly tickets in less than a week, marking twice since 1994 that it sold out consecutive home games, Illinois has drawn more than in Memorial Stadium twice this year, despite enjoying its best year since the Rose Bowl season of 1983. "People seemed to want to wait and see how this team Illinois football sports Information director Cassie Arner said. "It's picked up a lot lately." Now 8-1, Illinois remains in the hunt for the Big Ten title and a berth in the BCS championship series. Bowl scouts from the Fiesta, Sugar and Citrus were on hand, and they weren't here to see Penn Because of the Mini's progress, coach Ron Turner's name comes up with other jobs, including in the NFL. While he is happy with Illinois, he also acknowledged being a, billboard for ticket sales can be draining. "It would be nice to be able to talk about how we're going to try to stop [PSU quar; terback] Zack he said. WAR ON TERRORISM: More on A6, B1 Attacks Have us seeking comfort BY MICHAEL EMERY Staff Writer Since Sept. 11, food, fur and fuzzy teddy bears have been very popu- lar According to dietitians and psy- chologists, stress Americans have. felt since the attacks has led many to seek comfort in a variety of ways. For years, children have found security and comfort in teddy bears arid never more so than during the past two months. Teddy bear sales have been soaring nationwide. Elementary school children nationwide have sent teddy bears Eo.tchildren in New York and YVashington as a way to offer com- fort. In addition to sending tecidy bears as gifts, many children are getting them for their own comfort. Pet sales also have skyrocketed during the past two months. can provide people with a lot of comfort and said Cristi Cannarsa, owner of Doggie Den, 510 40lh St., Altoona. The Doggie Den expanded its pet grooming shop to a full line pet store this weekend. Although Cannarsa dfdn't plan it, she's opening at just the right time. "We can't keep enough dogs in stock at this Cannarsa said. "We have fox terriers, cairn terri- ers, mini pinschers, chihuahuas, Sheities and beagles, and as soon as we get them in the door, people are buying them and taking them out. Our grand opening for the pet shop [was but the demand was so great that we start- ed selling them before the actual grand opening." comfort some find in teddy bears and pets, others find in food. In fact, if someone is looking for an excuse to go off his or her diet, there's oho now. According to dietitians and psychologists, stress Americans have felt since the attacks has led many to indulge in excessive eating of comfort foods. "The No. 1 predictor of diet failure is said Connie Diek-man, a registered dietitian and spokes- woman for the American Dietetic Association. "The last two months, without question, whether people feel it or not, has been a very stress- ful time. People aren't thinking about eating healthy." i.Please see A 7 VETERANS DAY CELEBRATIONS Mirror photo by Jason Sipes Veterans hold flags marking different conflicts during a ceremony in Gallitzin Saturday. Wartime memories hold many meanings 3UIJJ trfi w Mirror photo by J.D. Cavrich Guest speaker Ray Lenz recognizes veterans at Penn Cambria Middle School's Veterans Day program Thursday. By WIU.IAM KIHLKH Staff Writer hen Domenic Rocco was growing up in Cambria County, older guys he admired, holshots who sometimes patted him on the head, went to World Wai- II. In the windows of their families homes were stars, and some of those stars turned to gold. That filled Rocco with sadness because it meant those guys had died. Some of those who came back, had parts missing. There was a submariner without an arm, another soldier without a leg. They seemed the same, Jovial. The submariner used to watch Rocco and his friends play ball. But he couldn't playranyinore. And some of them drank a lot. Yet Rocco always felt one with them in spirit. Rocco had no intention to join the service, until he landed a "crummy" job in Ohio. He real- ized he didn't want to be a coal m i tier like so many other Cambria Countians, and he enlist- ed in the Army. It turned out he liked the life. So he stayed. Eventually, he went to Vietnam, earned a Purple Heart and became one with those older guys. As a retired brigadier general, he'll talk today about what Veterans Day means to him after the parade downtown. It's different for Carl Earner. He never was in the'service. As proprietor of a landscaping business, he was working this week around the Wall that Heals, which honors American victims from the Vietnam War. Please see A13 MORE INSIDE Van Zandt VA Medical veterans m weekjonjj'senes of events students at Starfdintj'.Stoiie Elementary ,PAGEA13' Youth discover appreciation for vets after Sept 11 PAGE B1 Court likely BY PHIL RA.Y Staff Writer The Blair County court administrator said Friday that disposition of cases will face delays early next year unless the state court administra- tor assigns visiting judges to the county. Michael Reighard said delays will happen because Judge Norman D. Callan's 10-year term in office ends Jan. 7, making Blair a three-judge court until the state Senate confmns a temporary replacement. A spokesman for vurTlurilur state Senate Presi- f THE TIMEUNE dent Pro Tern and j Lt. Gov. Robeit c. ;_ ;judge Norman D. Jubehrer said l allan will not be a quick process. Gov. Mark Sch- weiker will ap- point a judicial advisory commis- sion to find quali- fied candidates soon after Callan's term ends. He also will make a recom- mendation to the Senate within 90 days after Jan. 7. until rep'laceitte'iit .W I Services of visiting judges" may be needed if delay." l occurs, -s .'s Sov. MarkSphwelkerwilP appoint a judicial advisory commission to seek tf-i candidates, Schweikerwili make >1 reco m m en d af i on to Senate 'I by ;_. -v f, Senate must David Atkinson, candidate by a r Jubelirer's spokes- voie man, said two- thirds approval by the Senate could take time because bipartisan sup- port is needed for confirmation. He said it is rare if only one county needs a judge. Normally several counties are seeking new judges, which means a negotiation process takes place to obtain fjiat bipartisan support. Callan, who twice received appointments dur- ing the initial stages of his judicial career, esti- mated last week that finding his replacement could take up to seven months. Blair County will need the services of visiting judges if there is a delay, particularly on the civil side of the court, Reighard said. Reighard has requested visiting judges from the state court administrator. Callan, who has served as a Common Pleas Court judge for 12 years, was not retained in Tuesday's by more than out of votes cast. The judge, despite his election setback, was'in court Friday hearing criminal cases, saying he still is undecided about his future or whether he will run for another term on the bench when the position comes up for election in 2003. Meanwhile, Reighard has been instructed ..fry the remaining three judges, Thomas G. Peoples, Hiram D. Carpenter and Jolene G. develop a plan for the judges so they can pickftp Callan's criminal court caseload. 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