Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on October 25, 2002 · Page 8
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Page 8 — Friday, October 25, 2002 REGION (gnzctte Leonard, Lois, Rouki's, etc. By BILL HASTINGS Of the Gazette Staff To ivhorn it may concern — THE PINCH HITTER— A number of unique small businesses and services have surfaced here in recent years, but none has been more enterprising in thought and creative in name than Jan Ogden's new venture, The Pinch Hitter. "It's not a temporary-employment agency," Ian says. She describes it as a short-term emergency personnel service, likening it to the role of a substitute teacher. "I consider myself retired and am only interested in one or two days (of work) at a time." She has already substituted at Cafe 701 and Vitamin Connection in Indiana and has received a number of other inquiries, including commitments she has made to some professional people. Jan, wife of former Indiana Borough Police Chief John Ogden, offers her clients a solid professional portfolio, having served for 27 years in the police department in Hawthorne, Calif., where she attained the rank of captain. She also has some secretarial experience. She believes her "pinch hitter" service is custom- tailored to offices and businesses with small staffs, especially when mere's a last-minute absence due to illness or other emergencies. "I will fill in for a maximum of two days ... whether it's food service, retail or office work. Almost anything but housecleaning," she says. The numbers are (724) 4633088 (home) or (724) 388-5569 (cell phone). ALSO IN BUSINESS — Indiana's legal community added another husband-wife lawyer team last week when Vivian Supinka was sworn in to die Indiana County Bar Association before President Judge William Martin. Vivian, who is practicing with her husband, Michael, at their law offices in Indiana arid Homer City, is a summa-cum-laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and recently graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. ... Bob Hammill's Regency Exxon along Route 286 south of Indiana is temporarily closed, pending upcoming developments, but in the interim it's business as usual at Hammill's towing and auto-repair services along Sexton Road. QUICKQUOTING— "While federal law prohibits the university from releasing academic information'about its students, federal law does permit university officials to notify parents of dependent students when their son or daughter has been part of a disciplinary action (taken) through the university." — Michelle Fryling of IUP media relations, qualifying her earlier statement that federal .privacy regulations prohibit the university from notifying parents of students over age 18 who have been apprehended for underage drinking. Added Michelle: "Simply put, IUP officials are permitted — and do — notify parents of dependent students under the age of 21 with information about infringements of lUP's judicial code. IUP also works with Indiana Borough Police so that, if a student is arrested off-campus, IUP officials take appropriate action on campus through the judicial code." FRIDAY NEWSMAKERS — The political pots are on a front burner with the Inside Indiana Nov. 5 general election fast approaching, to wit: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed Rendeli will keynote a labor council breakfast Saturday at 8 a.m. at Rustic Lodge, where area legislators and labor officials will also speak.... And state Sen. Jane Earll of Erie, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, will be in town Wednesday evening to keynote the Indiana County Republican Committee's annual fall banquet at Rustic Lodge. ... U. S. Rep. John P. Murtha, the Johnstown Democrat, has told the media that he believes Saddam Hussein will back down and avert a threatened war with Iraq, saying, "I think he will give in. He understands the U.S. will not put up with it." Murtha will be in town Nov. 1 to keynote the Indiana County Transit Authority's groundbreaking for a new $1.2 million expansion project that will house a new garage and other facilities. TRANSITION— . The recent obituary columns involved some well- known people, including: • Anthony "Tony" Lenzi, 71, of Indiana, the 25- year Army officer and head of the ROTC unit at IUP who in retirement embarked on two separate challenges, serving first as executive director of the IUP Foundation and then as the first executive director of Indiana's Jimmy Stewart Museum. Col. Lenzi, according to IUP President Dr. Lawrence Pettit, steered the campus foundation from a processor of alumni and community financial contributions to a viable fund-raising arm that in recent years has raised more than $20 million for academic development and campus growth. When the museum was established, he provided the leadership and organization that moved the project into high gear, laying die groundwork for what has matured into Indiana County's tourism centerpiece. • Leonard B. DeFabo, 74, of ShadoWood Village, a professor emeritus of IUP who was active on both the campus and in the community, having founded the once-popular I-Uppers, who gained both national and international recognition, and serving as longtime choir director at the Newman Center. Recognized as a "students' prof" on campus, De- Fabo was perhaps best known as an academic adviser for IUP athletes, a role he continued into retirement and within days of his sudden passing last Saturday • Mrs. Ray (Lois) Antram, 74, of Indiana, wife of the retired state trooper, a 45-year production and newsroom employee of The Indiana Gazette and a loyal worker for the American Red Cross. Echoing earlier coverage of her death, Lois was a perfectionist who didn't tolerate sloppy work in the newsroom, frequendy scolding writers, especially those involved widi obituary preparation. To Lois, accuracy was a religion and the dictionary her Bible. THEIR LAST CHANCE?— • A lack of public interest could cost Homer City Borough its opportunity to have an organized neighborhood-watch program, according to Mayor John Pulliam, who has scheduled another public- interest meeting for Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the town fire hall, where the state police will be represented. State police, he says, require at least 20 townspeople to show an interest in the program, but two ear- lier meetings drew only sparse attendance. "Only 11 came to the last one," Pulliam said. "If we don't have a good turnout this time, that will be it. I'm letting it go." NICE PEOPLE TO KNOW— Thanks to the generosity of borough council, Clymer's traditional Halloween parade will be held as scheduled Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ... and the kiddies will be assured of receiving their usual bags of treats. Council members recently approved a donation of about $400 for the purchase of the treats after hearing from the local fire chief, Mike Keith, that his department's fund for such activities is depleted. Firefighters had been footing the bill for the treats in recent years.... Birthday bests (his 70th) to local businessman.Albert "Teke" Corte who is another one of those former newsboys who "have done well." VILLAGE VIGNETTES —United Way Executive Director Patti Simmons says the campaign's annual Dunkin' Donuts Day will be held Nov. 1. Orders may be faxed to the United Way office at (724) 463-0278, and the doughnuts will be delivered throughout die Indiana area. ... On a related note, Cruise Planners of Rural Valley is the sponsor of the Indiana County United Way's Caribbean Cruise giveaway, part of the agency's 2002 campaign. The United Way's 2002 campaign drawings also include a grocery giveaway at the Giant Eagle supermarket and the awarding of a new automobile. ... The Bruster's ice-cream shop on Ben Franklin Road will hold its annual Pajama Weekend tomorrow and Sunday with persons clad in P.J.'s to receive a free single-scoop waffle cone. Manager Judy Ferringer says recipients must be at least 16 years of age. YOUR WEEKEND calendar includes Band Fest 2002, featuring seven high school bands, that will be held Saturday evening at Indiana's Fifth Street Stadium ... The annual crafts show Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Indiana Junior High School'gymna- sium ... Saturday night's production of "Who Killed Al Dente?" a musical murder mystery that will be staged by die Indi-Anna Chorus of the Sweet Ade- lines at 7:30 p.m. at the junior high school auditorium ... the Rainbow Diamond Glass Club's 19th annual glassware and antiques show and sale Saturday and Sunday at the Best Western University Inn ... And the Homer City Kiwanis Club's 26th annual spaghetti dinner, which will be served Sunday afternoon at the community fire hall. SHOP TALK AT SIX— Kim Conrad and Roxanne Krisak are celebrating an eighth business anniversary at their popular Rouki's Restaurant and Catering Service in the downtown Atrium. ... In response to the inquiries: Several parties have expressed an interest in the vacant Ames Department Store location at the Regency Mall but there are no immediate developments to report. ... The Trailz End bicycle shop in the 500 block of Philadelphia Street is moving to the former Cycle Sport location in the Indiana Theater building. ... Please read but don't bet (27-8): Fox Chapel 27, Indiana High 20; IUP 21, Lock Haven 14; Pitt 28, Boston College 24; Ohio State 30, Penn State 17; and the Steelers 21, the Ravens 13... Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, reminds his readers that daylight-saving time means spring ahead, fail back. Good evening! Conventional wisdom fails Continued from page 1 Dietl said he felt so good Thursday about his forecast, "it's like I picked the right team and won the World Series." There is no doubt the sniper has been one of the most confounding phantoms to profile. The killings started in a spree, with six victims shot in 30 hours, then mutated into more methodical, single-shot attacks, and finally, a ransom note was found, implying profit as a motive. Military experts had insisted the killer was not a soldier or he would have chosen the more accurate .308-cailber bullet dial the military issues, not a .223. Muhammad was a Gulf War veteran, in the Army for nine years. The .223-caliber bullet was his signature, authorities said. Some people tried to find a pattern in die killings, considering, for example, why three shootings took place near a Michaels craft store. Many experts say that was coincidence. Terrified residents of Montgomery County, Md., were convinced the sniper was a local. It was in this land of nice cars and fat squirrels that the mysterious killings began on Oct. 2. The targets seemed to have been carefully surveyed, the escape routes well planned. "He is one of us," said Maria Figueroa, who lives across the street in Asperi Hill, Md., from the most recent killing. She said this Wednesday and most of the neighbors clumped around her nodded. "How else could he keep getting away? , Ultimately, Montgomery, Ala., not Montgomery County, Md., provided the crucial link that cracked the case. Muhammad was a drifter. He hardly ever lived in Montgomery County, Md. But he is suspected in a fatal shooting in Alabama. Many profilers said the killer did not have children, or he would not have shot a school boy two weeks ago. Muhammad is a father of three. DeLong says she was wrong about the shooter being a firefighter or construction worker. But she was vindicated, she said, on her assessment of the sniper as a "macho guy, all into this stealth ninja stuff." "Just look at him," DeLong said, referring to a mug shot of Muhammad. "You know he is." The profiling continues. The hunt for the sniper has been a TV story from the beginning, a ratings-boosting mystery with some people so hooked they spent an hour last night watching a tree stump get loaded into a U- Haul. Criminal profilers were die perfect filler, always ready to offer an insight when the action lulled. Many were former police officers, but the range stretched from special forces soldiers to academics to psychologists and even psychics. Statistics from past cases apparently threw many profilers off. According to a database compiled by James Alan Fox, a criminologist at Northeastern University and one of the most widely quoted experts, 55 percent of sniper killers are white. The average age is 26, and 91 percent are under 40. "The stats are often guides," DeLong said. Profiling can result in rigidity. Though officials did not release a composite sketch of the suspects, most law-enforcement experts assumed the sniper was white. The police could have been looking for somebody like Timothy McVeigh driving a minivan, reported to be the getaway car, not two black men in a Chevy Caprice. "I wouldn't be surprised if the suspects just passed right by," Levin said. Deitl, who worked as a detective for 15 years before starting a security consulting firm, Beau Dietl & Associates, said he "just had a feeling it was two people, at least one young," behind the killing spree. Several experts had speculated that there were two suspects involved. But much of mat was fueled by a witness who saw a white minivan leave the scene of a shooting with two people inside. There is no evidence that Muhammad or Malvo ever drove a white minivan. Many profilers had said die end to the sniper case would come when the sniper or snipers got sloppy. That seems to have happened. Sleeping in a car alongside the interstate, just hours after a televised suspect bulletin went out, would probably qualify as sloppy. So much for the conventional wisdom that the sniper wa; fixated on television. CONEMAUGH HEALTH SYSTEM Nothing kills more Americans than coronary heart disease/ 7 Most heart attacks start slowly, with only slight discomfort. Clot-busting drugs can actually stop some heart attacks in progress. An experienced cardiac team is essential to ensure a good surgical outcome. Reduce fat and cholesterol in your diet. My previous lifestyle led to my bypass. I'm lucky I'm not that 'other' kind of statistic. Rich Rickley Grandpa, Salix It's your health, You should know. We not only taught Rich about the risk factors that led to his needing a quadruple bypass operation, we taught him how to lead a healthier life. And we can do the same for you.. .about heart disease, or anything else that relates to your health. For more information, call our Nurse Connection at 800-587-5875 or visit our web site. And, as always, call your primary care physician about anything that doesn't seem right. 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