Regional • IUP welcomes Grand Valley State Page 12 • Baseball splits up Page 13 • Volleyball season opens Page 15 The Indiana Gazette Friday, September 10, 1993 — Page 11 Recognition of county's industrial heritage sought By MARY ANN SLATER Gazette Staff Assistant Several Indiana County business and tourism leaders believe the industrial heritage of the county deserves more attention than it is receiving from a plan drawn up by the Southwestern Pennsylvania Heritage Preservation Commission. Members of the Indiana County Heritage Committee, the local unit for the SWPAHPC, as well as leaders from business and government in the county, expressed reservations with the plan Thursday morning. They met with Randy Cooley, executive director of the SWPAHPC, in the commissioners' hearing room in the county courthouse. As it now exists, the Southwestern Pennsylvania Industrial Heritage Route, the corridor that joins the key historical sites in the nine-county region of the America's Industrial Heritage Project, runs only through the southern tip of •Indiana County. Saltsburg Canal Park is the only Indiana County site along the corridor. The corridor is expected to be the route tourists will travel to visit historical sites in the area. County officials such as Peg Robinson, of Downtown Indiana, and Laurie LaFontaine, chair of the Indiana County Heritage Committee, questioned Cooley on why so many of the county's historical sites — such as the Silas M. Clark House in Indiana and the Ghost Town Trail near Dilltown — had not been placed on the corridor. Cooley said that the corridor, as now drawn, is only a concept plan. He told the audience of approximately 20 to work with the SWPAHPC to revise the proposed corridor. "Indiana County has never been bashful. I'm counting on the fact that you won't continue to be bashful" in telling us how you want this proposed corridor to be changed. But he added, "The corridor — what I will call the core route for lack of a better name — can't do everything for you. You need to participate in the development of a route for Indiana County." That separate route would be a "sub-loop" off the main heritage route. Cooley cited Huntingdon County's at- tempts to draw up their own sub-loop route off the main heritage route. This sub-loop can channel visitors to sites in the individual counties that the major route bypasses. He said the the SWPAHPC was offering grant money to each of the nine counties of the AIHP region to develop a plan to promote potential tourism for their own attractions. Cooley also summarized the potential impact that AIHP may have in the nine- county region. Estimates indicate that, with an investment of $400 million dollars over the next 10 years, AIHP projects will generate 1.9 billion tourism dollars and create 5,000 permanent jobs in the area. He also rebutted national criticism of the AIHP that has surfaced in the past few months. He pointed to a report from the U.S General Accounting Office that an audit should be made of the SWPAHPC's accounts. "For the last five years, the Commission hasn't had their own set of books. The Commission had paid the National Park Service (which used to oversee the SWPAHPC) to keep its books. How could they (the books) be messed up?" Critics are softening their views on AIHP when they see how it can serve as a model elsewhere in the U.S. for historical preservation and tourism promotion, Cooley said. He admitted that AIHP had gone through some "growing pains" and that some mistakes had been made, but those mistakes were made out of confusion and not from anything illegal. Penns Manor coaching staffs undergo changes By JIM KENNEDY Gazette Contributing Writer KENWOOD — The Penns Manor Board of Education did some altering of its coaching staffs at Thursday night's board meeting. After an executive session to discuss personnel matters, the board took the following action: Hired Dean Weaver as junior high boys' basketball coach. Accepted Dave Tatarko's resignation as girls JV basketball coach. Accepted Ron Fulton's resignation as boys JV basketball coach and then hired Fulton as girls JV coach. Accepted Paul Tatarko Jr.'s resignation as assistant volleyball coach. Hired Lori Thompson as interim assistant volleyball coach. Hired Dean Weaver as junior high boys' basketball coach. Present were board members Ronald Beilchick. Melissa Emery- Two persons listed missing by state police State police today report two women have been reported missing. The summary: RURAL VALLEY - Cheryl Craft, 34, of Rural Valley has been reported as missing to "state police from the Kittanning Station. She was last seen around 9 p.m. Tuesday, police said. CRAMER - State police from the Indiana Station have been notified that Velma Jean Cayhill, 61, of Cramer was last seen at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Seward. She was reportedly driving a red 1979 Chevrolet Chevette, with Pennsylvania registration 8T668. Gillo, Steve Kochman, Thomas Strong, Joseph Swanderski, Paul Tatarko, Robert Westrick, and Robert Packer. Jerry Dick was excused from the meeting. The board also approved a list of 13 security guards who will be used to patrol the school grounds during the construction currently going on at the high school. Dr. Edward Meshanko, district superintendent, said the guards will be rotated so each one will have a chance to work. Meshanko said the guards will provide continuous security coverage for the district. Meshanko also gave the board an update on the Successful Students Partnership, a program that allows students to go into the community to perform public service. The board saw a video of the projects the students completed last year, which included work at the community parks in Penn Run and Alverda. The students also painted parking meters and the little league field fence in Clymer. "The students were well received in the community," Meshanko said. "We're always going out into the community asking for things, and it was nice to go out and give something." Meshanko said a $5,000 grant providing the funding for the projects included materials, transportation and lunch for the students. The students spent two days on the projects. In other action, the board: » Hired William Fish as a bus driver for the 1993-94 school year. * Added Kimberly Boyce to the teacher substitute list. * Appointed Melissa Emery-Gillo and Steve Kochman as legislative representatives to the Pennsylvania School Board Association. The board will hold its next regular meeting Oct. 14,1993. Walk to beat cancer The 5-mile walk-a-thon sponsored by the American Cancer Society will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10 at the Mack Park Pavilion. Planning the event are, from left, Dan McGregor, co-chairman; Denise Henry, school coordinator,- and Mike Duffalo, event co-chairman. Registration begins at 1 p.m. Call the American Cancer Society at 465-4012 or Mike Duffalo at 639-9401 or 249-6640 for more information. (Gazette photo by Tom Peel) Homer-Center hires teacher to ease crowding By PAT RICH Gazette Staff Assistant HOMER CITY — The Homer-Center School District hired a teacher from Blairsville last night to ease a lopsided student-teacher ratio in the fifth grade. The vote to hire Christine Grego came late in the meeting, after a 55-minute executive session followed an earlier attempt to hire Grego that failed. During the superintendent's report by Joseph Marcoline, a motion was made by board member Elizabeth Hovland to hire Grego to fill a newly-created position in the fifth grade at a salary of $26,950 per year. But the motion died for the lack of a second. In August, the board unanimously approved the new position following complaints from parents that there were too many fifth-grade students for the three teachers in that grade. According to Dan DeMarines, elementary principal, there are currently 87 fifth grade pupils. Grego, who was a student teacher at Homer-Center last year and a May graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, unofficially resumed that post on Sept. 7, the first day of school. Following the executive session, and at the conclusion of Marcoline's report, another motion was made to hire Grego. This time, the motion passed on a 4-2 vote. Voting for the hiring was board president Bernie Smith, Hovland, Geary Short, and Leonard Evansic. Voting against the motion was Michael Grimes and Donald Walker. Board members Elizabeth Baran and Mary Jane Dellafiora were absent. Following the meeting, Walker said he voted against the motion because he felt there was somebody more qualified than Grego. Grimes said he felt "we needed someone with more experience." Smith said many of the board members were "unfamiliar with the recommended candidate," which is why they hesitated to approve the hiring before discussing her qualifications during the executive session. In other business, the board: # Approved the employment of Dena Strini as a long-term substitute third-grade teacher to fill a position created by a sabbatical for the first semester of the school year. Her salary will be $26,950, prorated to the number of days worked. » Approved the permanent status of Patricia lezzi, elementary secretary, who satisfactorily completed her probationary period Aug. 29. » Approved the resignation of Ross L. Frazer as the school district's physician. » Approved renewing the Student Teacher Placement Agreement between IUP and the school district, in which the district hires IUP education students to fulfill educational requirements. # Approved hiring Joy Wilson as assistant marching band director at a salary of $1,416. # Adopted policy 5010, which will require all potential employees to successfully pass both Act 33 and 34 of 1985 clearance. Act 34 is a criminal history record by the State Police and'FBI, Act 33 identifies an alleged perpetrator of child abuse. # Adopted policy 3035, authorizing replacement of a cafeteria meal ticket for a student who has forgotten his or her ticket, up to three per student per school year. After the third replacement ticket has been issued, a letter will be sent home to the parents and the student will be expected to either bring a lunch or pay full price for a school lunch. » Announced that homecoming is set for Friday, Sept. 24, against Bishop Carroll High School, and that school pictures for high school underclassmen will be taken Friday, Sept. 24. Books, bricks, Nap's, Tom, Tres, Tracy... By BILL HASTINGS Of the Gazette staff To whom it may concern — RESULTS OF A RECENT National Adult Literacy Survey were "shocking," according to U.S. Education Secretary Dick Riley who said Wednesday the findings should be a "wakeup call" for every American. To support Riley's contention, a wire service story Thursday said as many as 40 million of the nation's 191 million adults have only the lowest level of skills, including the ability to read. Concerned teachers and community leaders in Indiana County, however, have been alert to the declining literacy rate in recent years and have been conducting ongoing efforts to correct the situation. And the timing of their current Literacy Week activities could not be better, considering the surfacing of the national literacy survey results this week. Sponsored by the Indiana Literacy Council, the Indiana County Reading Council and the Gazette, a full-fledged "Literacy Day" program will be held tomorrow at the Indiana Mall with the activities to include a storybook character parade, storyteller Kathy Hanners, community readers, drawings, children's craft table and a kickoff for the children's book drive. A UTUMN BOUQUETS — Workers behind Indiana's new Y Teen Center at Seventh and Philadelphia streets are sky high in their praise of general contractor John Morganti and many other Indiana area craftsmen whose volunteer efforts have made the new teen-age facility a reality. Linda Spadafora, one of the concerned parents who grabbed the oft-talked-about project by the horns earlier this year, says a big moment arrives at 1 p.m. tomorrow when a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony will mark the opening of the new center. The ceremony will be followed by an 8 p.m. street dance on North Seventh St. between Philadelphia St. and Nixon Ave. Adding a postscript, Linda says the teen center's recent benefit variety show, "Stars Over Indiana," was a major fund-raising success, thanks to the leadership of Sam Wingrove and the support of the entire community. SHORT TAKES — Nap's Cucina Mia, the unique pasta restaurant in the 1000 block of Philadelphia St. that is operated by Mary Jo Karas and named for her father, Nap Patti, is in the midst of its first business anniversary promotion ... Keystone Rehabilitation Center will hold an open house from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at its new branch operation at the Saltsburg Plaza ... Diamond Drugs in the 600 block of Philadelphia St. is getting a new paint trim ... Ames Department Store in the Indiana West Plaza on West Pike will unveil its new Crafts & More specialty department Sunday, Sept. 26. The new department, a one-stop craft shop, carries more than 15,000 craft items ranging from needlework and paints to wicker materials ... The IUP Public Relations Department's announcement Thursday that student affairs v.p. Dr. David DeCoster has requested a return to a full-time faculty position may clear up earlier reports that there has been a "shakeup" in the university's upper administrative echelons ... And for the returning IUP students and townspeople who have inquired: Indiana's new permit- parking ordinance that restricts parking on borough streets, primarily in areas that border the campus and the downtown, is in effect only on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. NAMES IN THE NEWS Nick Swentoskv, son of Denny and Linda Swentosky of Avonmore RD 1 and a graduate of Apollo-Ridge High School, has joined Penn State U.'s Marching Blue Band as a freshman saxophone player ... Amy Bowman, daughter of William and Mary Bowman of 1271 School St., is serving one of those enviable internships that will complete her undergraduate work at IUP. A hotel, restaurant and institutional management major, Amy is interning this fall at Disney World's Polynesian Resort at Orlanda, Fla., under the Disney College Program ... Homer City Police Lt. Louis Sacco will return to duty later this month following completion of a medical leave. His post was filled in recent weeks by David Kanouff... Tres Lawer of Treese Ave. was the winner of the Weatherby Lasermark rifle that was given away by the Indiana County Blind Ass'n at the Indiana County Fair ... State Reps. Sara Steelman and Tim Pesci will join members of the Indiana County Boroughs Ass'n in a tribute to former Clymer mayor and councilman Norman Richardson at the association's Sept. 15 meeting. Richardson has rendered more than 30 years of service to both the county organization and Clymer Borough ... When Tracy McCarthy of Indiana won both the feature and a heat event at last Saturday's demolition derby at the Indiana County Fair, fans and officials of the fair's annual derbies immediately began to search their memories. Tracy may be the first woman ever to win a feature on the Mack Center track. UPCOMING — Sunday will be a blue-ribbon day at the St. Louis Church in Lucernemines as the parish holds its annual festival, one of the more popular ones in the area, at the church grounds on Lucerne Road. The menus include all of the festival's traditional goodies (spaghetti, open-spit roast beef sandwiches, hot sausage, halupkis, etc.), a bundle of games and entertainment, and a 5 p.m. Concert by "Energy," billed as one of the nation's top polka and variety bands ... The Laurel Highlands Kennel Association's annual dog show at Blue Spruce Park near Ernest on Sunday will draw a record number of entries from numbers of states and Canada with show officials also expecting the attendance to top last year's 4,000 figure ... Also on your Sunday calendar is the Eastern Orthodox Foundation's annual Welcomefest with the attractions to include roast beef dinners, ethnic foods, helicopter rides, a flea market and craft show ... And the popular Cookport Fair opens Sunday with its traditional harvest services. ALSO- The Indiana Zonta organization's annual Coats for Kids campaign, which gets under way next week, carries special significance this year with the area's economy still in the doldrums. Three hundred Indiana County families have already filed applications through the Salvation Army for the clothing items, particularly for their kiddies. Zonta will be collecting coats, hats, mittens and boots for the youngsters (and the adults, too) at drop-off locations at the Salvation Army and during business hours at the Indiana Gazette, the Gregor factory in the 1100 block of School St., and Suite 303 at the 119 Professional Center on Wayne Ave. SHOP TALK AT SIX- Homer City Borough may soon switch its Main Street traffic light to a flashing light system if present studies warrant the move ... The Indiana Community Center at Ninth and Philadelphia streets will be smoke-free for a 60-day trial period on a request from Mayor J. D. Varner ... Downtown Indiana will hold a Light-Up Night for IUP students from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, with the businesses to feature special promotions for the campus guys and gals ... Next Wednesday will also find members of lUP's Alpha Xi Delta sorority lining up quarters for charity along the curb on Philadelphia St. from Sixth and to Ninth streets as part of their annual "Quarter Mile" drive for charity ... Riders of Indiana County Transit Authority buses will soon find four new clear plastic shelters in the downtown Indiana area for their convenience during inclement weather ... Clymer Post Office officials are inviting their customers to a Customer Appreciation Day next Wednesday to mark completion of their paving and landscaping improvements ... Stewart Bus Lines of Clarksburg will hold its annual School Bus Safety Fair next week at the Indiana Mall with the program to focus on educating people to school bus safety. Games for the kiddies will add to the fair that runs from 6 to 8 p.m. daily ... An add to our note last week on the Indiana Country Club golfers who participated in the recent state seniors tourney at the Huntingdon Valley Golf Club in the Philadelphia area: the ICC's Herbert 'Curly' Lydic placed second in his age group (75-80) with scores of 88-78-166 ... From our please-read-but-don't-bet dept.: Indiana High 27, Greater Johnstown 7; IUP 24, Grand Valley State 21; the Steeleres 30, Los Angeles Rams 20 ... Picking it up from a Reader's Digest fan, Willie, our ex-shoe shine boy, says some politicians are like diapers. They both need changed often ... ana for the same reason. Good Evening!
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