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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - November 23, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania PIAA showdown Altoona squares off with Erie Cathedral Prep I DELIVERY ;| Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 7 -'22910 00050 a *    I BM FOUR • 3 • • ■ Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Partly cloudy, 58° ■ Forecast, A2 v NOVEMBER SERVICE SPECIAL 1 A% ACCT ANY service iv vr I PARTS & LABOR 2)*7h Chrysler - Plymouth - Jeep 1549 Pleasant Valley Blvd. Altoona, PA    943-61 67 Not valid with qny other offers Excludes parts only purchase Qlocal ■ti 0 NATION Business A9 Classifieds CG-14 Hospitals Obituaries A13 A13 Movies C5 Opinion A8 GI UFS | Hi STOOTS lf Comics D5 NFL roundup B2 Community news D2 Puzzles D4 Scoreboard B5 Television D4 INSIDEAltoona mirror © Copyright 2001    FRIDAY,    NOVEMBER    23,    2001    50«    newsstandAfghan fighters to leave to buy ball fields built on property in violation of the Clean Water Act, By Walt Frank KunduzBALD EAGLE BASEBALL Wetland solution pitched■ PennDOT offers MIXING POT Staff Writer TYRONE — PennDOT and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are helping the Bald Eagle Baseball Association get out of a messy situation. When the association built its two baseball fields off Old Route 220 in Snyder Township in 1997, part of the fields were constructed on a wetlands area. The association also failed to secure proper permits to do the work, said Frank Plewa, Corps I enforcement officer for Blair and several surrounding counties. “They did not get the required permits to build the fields,” Plewa said. “Whether they knew it or not, they are still required to get them." “Proper procedure was not followed.” said Charles Diehl, chairman of Snyder Township supervisors, "The township had nothing to do with it." Rose Black, baseball association president, admitted she was not aware that between 5 and 6 acres of the 8.65-acre tract donated to the baseball group by local businessman Tib Miller was a wetlands area. The Army Corps has cited the association and the contractor who built the field for a violation of the Clean Water Act for building the fields on wetlands, Plewa said. The association has not been fined, but penalties are possible if the situation isn’t resolved soon. “We have been bending over backwards to work with them. The ball field is there; the problem won’t go away,” Plewa said. “We are trying to work with them to come up with a good solution.” PennDOT officials have come up with a potential solution. PennDOT has offered to buy the property from the baseball association, said Rim Bartoo, environmental manager for PennDOT’s District 2. “We are trying to help them out We could use that as part of a wetlands mitigation project for the Route 220 project,” Bartoo said. “Since they are already in violation and the Army Corps is breathing down their necks, we thought it could be a win-win situation for everybody. We would buy it from them and then restore it to a wetlands.” The baseball association has agreed to consider PennDOT’s offer, Black said. If the baseball association agrees to sell the property, it then will be faced with trying to find another site for a baseball field. The local fields are used each summer by more than 60 children between the ages of 4 and 15, Black said. Plewa and Diehl are willing to try to help the baseball group find a new location. Mirror Staff Writer Walt Frank can be reached at 94&7467 or [email protected] Mirror photo by Jason Sipes Tonya Deem, a volunteer at the Geeseytown Fire Hall, begins to set a full Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings Thursday, which was served by the dirt-track-racing Deem team.Mixed crowd attends Deem's dinner By William Kibler Staff Writer The brakes on Bobby Hines’ ’85 Cadillac are too badly worn to risk going to his family homestead in Mansfield, Ohio, for Thanksgiving dinner, so he let Gary Deem’s pit crew handle the problem. The brakes are still bad, but Hines had his fill of turkey and fixings at Geeseytown Fire Hall Thursday, served by the dirt-track-racing Deem team and its members’ families. “It was like a big Thanksgiving dinner you see on TV,” said Elizabeth Rotosky, who came with Hines, their son Daniel, ll, and friend Wayne Miller. They could have gone to Rotosky’s relatives in this area but preferred the fire hall, remembering how friendly everybody was last year, Rotosky said. Deem’s crew couldn’t have fussed over them more. They constantly were asking: “Can we get you something else?” “Is every thing OK?” "Can we get you something to go?” Nothing can replace family, Rotosky said, but it’s nice to have strangers treat you just as good as family would have. The crew served 300 meals, including takeouts, Deem said. It was free, although donations were accepted. Everyone who came was welcome. Not everyone was poor. There were stockbrokers and car dealers. There were a lot of middle-class people. Please see Dinner/Page A3 By Ellen KNICKMEYER The Associated Press BANG I, Afghanistan — Taliban commanders agreed Thursday to let northern alliance troops into their last stronghold in northern Afghan istan to oversee a surrender of the besieged city of Kunduz, anti-Taliban officials said. Alliance fighters, apparently unaware of the breakthrough, launched a chaotic offensive outside Kunduz just as details of the agreement emerged. Fighters attacked Taliban positions east of Kunduz with rocket launchers, artillery and tanks. Commanders said they also pushed toward the airport. In Washington, Marine Lt. Col. Dave LaPan, a Pentagon spokesman, said Thursday that 75 U.S. aircraft struck Taliban military forces, tunnels and caves during the previous 24 hours, concentrating on the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar in the south and the Jalalabaid area in the east Under the purported deal for the surrender of Kunduz. reached during negotiations in the alkanet‘held city of Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghan fighters would be allowed to leave the city, the alliance said. Arabs, Pakistanis and other foreign fighters loyal to Osama bin Laden would be placed in camps until the alliance and the U.S.-led coalition can decide what to do with them, alliance officials in Tajikistan said. Please see Kunduz/Page AllLawmakers adjourning not likely By Robert Igoe Staff Writer Normally, members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate are beginning the second month of the adjournment of the fall and winter session. Of course, these are not normal times. With the threat of a recession looming over the heads of many Americans, lawmakers are not expecting a break from the action. “It’s been very difficult to schedule anything,” U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-9th District, said. “I don’t know that we’re going to acfjourn this year. There are too many things going on right now that the president may need us to go in and vote on legislation that needs passed. We could see a day here, a week there to get things done.” When the House and Senate return Tuesday, they will work on passing an economic stimulus package to present to President Bush. Shuster said the House has taken care of its end of the deal. “The House has already passed our stimulus package; we’re now waiting on the Senate,” Shuster said. “Ours was fairly well-balanced, leaning toward tax reduction for businesses and individuals. Also, we provided for more money to be given to states to extend unemployment benefits.” Please see Lawmakers/Page All A LEG UP GOULD GETS KICKS AT PSU FREE INSIDE WAR ON TERRORISM: BRIDAL RETAILERS REPORT SURGE IN SALES ► PAGE C4 & Altoona landmark • celebrates the season ;

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