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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - October 7, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Paintball requires skill, strategy Altaona iUtrrar Copyright 2001 OCTOBER 7, 2001 Bon Secours rallies with modest gain BY WILLIAM KIDLKK Staff Writer Altoona Hospital is 'anemic financially, but across town, smaller Bon Secours has gone from anemic to robust. While a million operating deficit and shrinking investment income recently forced Altoona to purge 90 .jobs, Bon Secours-Holy Family Hospital has recov- ered from a m illion loss last year to post ALSO IN BUSINESS William Gate, dean at Penn Stats Altoona, will return to the classroom PAGE E1. a "modest gain for the fiscal year just ended. "As far as hospitals go, we're in better shape than Bon Secours Chief Executive Officer Barbara Biehner said. "This certainly was a good Chief Financial Officer Dave McConnell told the board at Bon Secours annual meeting. Bon Secours has problems like all hospi- tals with low reimbursements from Medicare, Medicaid and managed care and high costs for registered nurses, phar- macists and blood products, Biehner said. But the hospital is the right size and work- ing efficiently now. With the help of opportunities created by Altoona's problems, Bon Secours' business has grown about 20 percent for inpatient and outpatient It added patients during Altoona's late-summer strike last year. It also added patients when it made a deal with Geisinger Health Plan after Geisinger broke up with Altoona last year. Altoona claims it later got most of those patients back, but Biehner disputes that. Bon Secours' ongoing heart-care program, which competes with Altoona's, also helped. Please see Bon A9 BON SECOURS'STATS Last year: S2.1 million loss. Growth: 20 percent. Patients: Added patients during Altoona's strike and after deal with Geisinger Health Plan. Bed capacity: 167 available; may open 14 additional beds it's licensed for. Current fiscal year'budQet: million. 2001 Rail buffs keep rockin' BY MICHAEL V. EMERY Staff Writer Like the spectacular red-and-gold trimmed Pennsylvania Railroad E8 locomotives of the late 1940s and '50s, Railfest 2001 is chug- ging along at full steam this weekend. The seventh annual Railfest continues today from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Altoona Railroaders -Museum and aboard trains. The event started on the fast track Saturday with crowds packing the museum and riding trains. Horseshoe Curve train excursions were popular Saturday, and four more are scheduled for today, at 8.35 and 11 a.m. and and 350 A limited number of tickets are available. ;Cumnjins McNitt, executive director of the i Railroaders Memorial Museum, advised local residents interested in riding the train to show iip'early today for tickets. Long-distance travel- ers' are advised to call the museum at 946-0834 to inquire about Unavailability of tickets. Railfesl Has seen its share of long-distance travelers over the years. Last year's record attendance of visitors included guests frOln five continents and 39 U.S. slates. ....iThe trend has continued this year. A group from Australia made a visit to Railfest Saturday. "Residents of New York, New Jersey, Texas, California, Michigan, Ohio, Maryland, Massachusetts, Kentucky, Connecticut and North Carolina also have come. "Railroad and train fans throughout the world know of Railfest, and many have come here to see it and participate in McNitt said. Steve Gable, Bill Lupoli and Tom Priesner of Edison, N.J., are "three large-scale model rail- road buffs" who are building a railroad weekend around Railfest. They will make a side trip to East Broad Top Railroad today. We read about Uailfest in some railroad mag- azines and model railroad magazines, and from there, we learned more about it on the Gable said, "It seemed like a great event if you're into railroads and trains, so we decided to make the trip." Please see A3 Mirror photo by Gary M. Bararcec Jeremy McClure of Cleveland checks out controls of Locomotive Nancy at Railfest Saturday. Jeremy has been a train buff all his life, all three years. His parents took him to Railfest for his birthday. Victims' services reaching juveniles BY PHIL RAY Staff Writer Linda Ringdal and Tina Raichle say they work for the Blair County Court system because they want to help people. That leading them into uncharted territory as leaders of an 18-month-old program to aid victims of juvenile crime. Rjngdai and Raichle are 'undergoing exten- sive training in what has become a new field of expertise in Pennsylvania, victims' services. About 400 to 450 petitions are filed annually in Blair County's juvenile court. Juveniles have drug problems just like adults. They commit assaults, thefts and burglaries, just like adults. The victims of those crimes experience the same problems as victims of adults' crimes. They have been injured. They are scared. They sometimes fear retaliation. They know little about the court system, Blair County Judge Thomas G. Peoples said. "They have already been a victim. I hope when they come here; 1 hope they don't feel like a victim again, a victim of the court Peoples said. For more than a decade, county government provided aid to the victims of adult crime, but over the years, nobody paid much attention to those who were robbed, assaulted or vandal- ized by youth under 18 years old. "For a long time, I said those who are injured by a juvenile should not have less attention paid to them than those injured by an Peoples said. Yet Peoples, like others in the court system, were stymied by the lack of money to create a program for the victims in the juvenile justice system. Circumstances began to change in the late 1990s because of an expanded philosophy of juve- nile justice, supported by former Gov. Tom Ridge and Blair County Commissioner Donna Gority. Please see A12 Mirror plioto by J.D. Cavrich Pcnn State Coach Joe Paterno cheers the offense during a drive. For full coverage, see Penn State Extra on Page Cl, C2, C13. Subscription or home delrvery questions: 946-7480 or BMFOUR 6 I Lottery numbers, A2 WCJOHEX Partly sunny, Forecast, A2 Securing open country an issue BY JERKY SCHWARTZ The Associated Press You are Tom Ridge. Your job is to ensure that our homeland is secure from terrorism. This is what you mus t protect: Almost bridges, water systems, more than power plants (104 of them miles of interstate pipelines for natural gas, 463 skyscrapers (each more than 500 feet nearly miles of border, airports, stadi- War on Terrorism PAGES A11.B1 urns, train tracks, the food sup- ply, schools, industry. More than 285 million people, spread out over square miles. "If you start out defending the homeland with the premise that you're going to defend every high profile, highly vulnerable target, you said Donald Hamilton, deputy director of the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism in Oklahoma City. "If you can't fill a yellow legal pad with hard-to-defend targets in 30 minutes, you're not think- ing very hard. Oil pipelines, the Holland and Lincoln tunnels, the food supply you could sink the whole national budget into trying to defend these things very quickly." 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