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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - October 28, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Ill Abstract concepts 'SAMA' displaysvcity''native constructions collages INSIDE TODAY Banker has helped Hollidaysburg grow NATION: Molecular farming takes root Bl Copyright 2001 UKrror OCTOBER 28, 2001 newsstand Overcoming economic spiral Finding job after layoff from stable position hard. BY CRAIG WILLIAMS 'Staff Writer Nearly layoffs during the past two years have workers scrambling to make ends meet. Some arc lucky: Relatives, friends or their own cre- ative initiative provides that much needed paycheck. Others are living on borrowed time as they ride out severance pay or file for unemployment. But for many, there is no alternative.. There is help in the form of programs operated through the CareerLink, the new job training office on Fairway Drive. The services offered include courses in resume writing, interviewing skills, money for col- lege and subsidies for on-the-job training. Many are discovering it isn't easy trying to find a job after years of stable employment in the slowing economy. Richard Sports drove a Faith Vending delivery truck for 17 years throughout Blair County. Then the unthinkable happened one year ago. The company cut jobs, and he lost his position. Please see All Displaced workers unite to find new employment BY MIA ROHAKT Staff Writer Gilbert Leech didn't want to trade in his new full- size Chevrolet truck to lease a smaller Dodge truck. But after he and his wife, Nicole, were laid off from different companies on the same day, they're doing what they must to make ends meet. The Leeches are two of workers who will be unemployed by year's end, according to Joe Eckels, 54, who was laid off from Butter ick. Eckels and other displaced workers formed the ECONOMIC SUMMIT ON JOB CREATION PAGE A10 Blair County Joint Committee for Employment Opportunities to help displaced workers. Former workers from Butter ick, Huck Jacobs on and C- are represented, Eckels said. Transition teams helping displaced workers are not new, said Sharon Burk, a regional representative with the rapid response coordination services with the Bureau of Workforce Investment. Please see AID WAR ON TERRORISM: Anthrax: Learning how little we know BY KOLATA New York Times News Service It is nearly a month since the U.S. government announced that a Florida man came down with inhala- tion anthrax, a disease that almost no doctor in the United States ever had seen and few had thought about. "It is an isolated Tommy G. Thompson, secretary of health and human services, said at a While House briefing Oct. 4. "There is no terrorism." Soon, of course, it became clear that the patient, 63-year-old Robert Stevens, was the victim of a terrorist attack. And now, with seven cases of the deadly inhalation anthrax con- finned in addition to seven of the .easily curable cutaneous type, scien- tists and government officials have .to rethink everything they thought they knew about anthrax, and they candidly admit that much of what they thought was wrong. The biggest lesson so far, some say, is that despite years of dis- cussing and imagining how a bioterrorism attack might occur, and how it might be recognip.ed, the actual attack took everyone by sur- prise. And experts say that is the 'nature of terrorism. "The more you prepare for one kind of surprise, the more they are likely to come in an area you're not prepared a senior govern- ment official with knowledge of the situation said. Please see A12 LIVING LEGEND 324! Mirror photo by Jason Slpas Perm State University football players carry coach Joe Patemo in celebration of his record-breaking 324th victory Saturday. WAY TO GO JOE PSU football coach breaks win record BY NEIL RUDEL Associate Sports Editor UNIVERSITY State football coach Joe Patemo's players tried to douse him with Gatorade, carried him to amidfield ceremony and out of Beaver Stadium Saturday. They seemed 19 enjoy being part of his record- breaking 324th victory the most in the NCAA Division I-A football's much as he did. "I was amazed with the emotion in the Paterno told a packed post-game press conference after the Nittany Lions' 29-27 vic- tory over Ohio State Saturday. The win broke the mark previously held by Alabama coach Paul "Bear" Bryant, who retired after the 1982 season. "All of us are a part of receiver Bryant Johnson said. Some of the players thought the record would mean more to them in the future. "1 don't think of Joe as a leg- safety Shawn Mayer said. "I think of him as my coach. But later on in my life, I'll think I'll look back and say I played for a coach who was a legend. Being on the field and contributing to get that win to beat the record fpels real good." Senior defensive end Bob Jones presented Paterno with a ring inscribed "324." "He doesn't have to be tailback Larry Johnson said. "He's chosen to help athletes that need help, especially if they want to be at the next level." "I'm very happy for defensive end Michael Haynes said. "He deserves this. He's sacrificed players saying if you don't do it the right way, if you don't go to class, you're not going to. play." Jones and defensive lineman John Bronson led a contingent of players carrying Paterno. Larry Johnson said a couple of freshmen tried to soak Paterno with Gatorade but caught line coach Bill Kenhey instead. "Joe's coming off the Larry Johnson said, "so I'm kind of glad they missed." COMING TUESDAY Thfl Altoona Mirror will publish a special j section Palerno's career The s" will Include coverage and analysis frp'rnf Neil Rudel and a 'color, full-page poster, ioofp for it In Tuesday's Mirror. Residents serve community in lesser-known elected offices BY LINDA HUDKINS 'For the Mirror LORETTO Joe Melusky got himself elected to public office, a sign that he's willing to practice what he teaches in his political sci- ence classes at St. Francis Univers- ity. Never heard of the guy? That's probably because he didn't post campaign signs or send letters asking for votes. The office he holds isn't exactly high-profile. In fact, he was elected when two voters wrote his name on a ballot for judge of elections in Blair Town- ship. Melusky recently discussed the importance of serving in local public office on a panel at St. Francis University's Day of Reflection. Communications professor Brent Ottaway, a Blair Township resident, hosted the session. "It's not for the glory that one does said Ottaway, a member of the unpaid Hollidaysburg Area school board. His wife, Ellen Ottaway, is inspector of elections in Blair Town-ship, elected by a single write-in vote. Five panel members, including Melusky and Ottaway, told how they offered themselves for service in a small-town public office. Please see A3 Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 8 Lottei-y numbers, A2 Cloudy and cold, Forecast, A2 Fiore's Storewide Furniture Sale NO INTEREST APRIL 20021 SHOP-TOO AY NOOM PM MOM. A Tires, o-o ROWE CONTEMPORARY SOFA CHAIR 8-wny Handlkd Spring Construction SAVE 63% SALE V Newsmakers Obituaries _ Opjnion___ Politics Strarige_Brmv World news Aljj 134 IB3 Outdoors C9 Scoreboard C8 Movies________D3 Puzzle___________D4 Travel D6 Slocks E2j_3 CDs, MuTuais E4 Couples___