Who's in the news • There is good news today in The Indiana Gazette about the following area people: Linda D. Fancella, Nicole E. Hough, Elmer and Mildred Wojcik Ogoreuc, Mabel Lenz, Scott and Melaney Brubaker, Lesa Conners, Brooke Ibanez, KristenTaddie, Amanda Sullinger. Ducks in a row Ducks didn'tseem to mind the flash-flooding in Philadelphia's far western suburbs that has trapped cars, closed schools and caused hundreds to be evacuated. Page 5 Recall recalled The vote to recall California Gov. Gray Davis was postponed indefinitely Monday. PageS TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 16, 2003 Vol. 100-No. 25 24 pages — 2 sections www.mdianagazette.com Forecast Mostly clear and cool tonight; low 48. Mostly sunny Wednesday; high 74. 50 cents Manager: Ryan 'special type of hitter' By RICK WEAVER Gazette Sports Writer CLEVELAND — A year ago, Michael Ryan was getting a few at-bats here and there, playing a few innings afield to give the likes of Torri Hunter and Jacques Jones some rest in advance of the American League playoffs. - This year the Twins again are in a playoff race. But this time, Ryan is neither a spectator nor a passenger. "Last year when I got called up, they already had the division clinched," he said, "and I would be put in the game just to get people a rest. Now he's putting me in the lineup. I'm trying to make the best of any chance I get and help this team stay in first." The 1996 Indiana High graduate made his sixth start of the season Monday night in the Minnesota Twins' 13-6 victory over the Cleveland Indians. His two- run single, a flare to right field off reliever Rafael Betancourt in the sixth inning, continued an eight- run rally that gave Minnesota a 9-2 lead. The eight runs were the most scored by the Twins in an inning this season. Ryan also flied out to left in the third inning, hit into an inning- ending double play in the fifth, flied out to center in the eighth and tapped out to the pitcher in the ninth. And one day after a fly RYAN Ryan bounces back after aball bounces off his head, page 13 ball glanced off his forehead into the glove of Dustin Mohr, he robbed Victor Martinez of possible extra bases with a fine leaping catch in the sixth. "He hit it high enough that I could get back to the fence, at least get a hand on it to know where I was," Ryan said. "It gave me some time to time my jump. I did everything I was taught." That's what instruction in the Indiana youth leagues can do for a player. . : "Huge catch. That was a big play," said manager Ron Gardenhire. "He made a helluva play." Ryan takes a .375 batting average into tonight's series opener against the White Sox at Minneapolis. Seven of his 12 hits — three home runs and four doubles — have gone for extra bases. "We feel comfortable with him being able to play in these situations," said Gardenhire. "He's been one of our kids who have developed very nicely, and we're able to use him in these situations. It says a lot about him, and it says a lot about our organization." "Who knows? He might be our starting right fielder one day," said Twins batting coach Scott Ulger. "Anytime I come in and see my name on the lineup, I get excited to play," Ryan said. "And whenever he calls my number to go in late in the game, 1 get excited. I'm just trying to do my best to help this team get in the playoffs. And whatever I need to do, I'll do. (Whether) it's pinch hit, pinch run, lay a bunt down or go in there and start, I'm ready to do anything." It's not to suggest that Ryan has become a full-fledged regular — yet. But in the eyes of Gardenhire, Ryan has filled a vital role as the Twins take aim at their second consecutive Central Division championship. "You have to play your way into the role," Gardenhire said. "And he's done that. He's a good role player, he comes off the bench, and he's proven he can bang the fastball out of the ballpark. So you understand your situation and go from there." Ryan is batting .333 (3-for-9) as a pinch hitter in the short time Continued on page 12 ring for worst ^*^ Hurricane Isabel could be first to hit state siiice'54 ., ,. BURG ~r Emergency, offl-j cials in central and eastern Pennsyi-' vania have begun planning for the, possibility that Hurricane Isabel or its re/iraants wjll bring high winds and heavy rains info the state by Friday morning.'- ,- • . Weather- All of East Coast S sre to a d s ay prepares, page 7 had slight- - ; ~^~ ty differing projections on the storm's track, but they agreed that the heaviest rain would, 1 fall ^Thursday night -and, continue into Friday, while sus- . tained winds would weaken as Isabel moved thro.ugh Pennsylvania. v John LaCorte, a* meteorologist with the National Weather Service in State College, said it was still expecting the center of the storm to enter the state somewhere around Chambersburg or Gettysburg, with .winds just below the. hurricane-strength threshold of 74mph. Private forecaster AccuWeather Inc., also based in State College; pro"- jected that the storm's center would track somewhere between Harrisburg and Johnstown, with the highest winds on the eastern side of the ,•-->£• 11^: Brfan Cosseff of Coflegewfc, Ptt v Wt, ofid Jikwan Son of Korea fought the waves while fishing at Ocean City, Md., Monday. "; . . : (AP photo) storm, meteorologist JohnKocetsaid.'' "Ifs going to have a path over land, > and it's going to weaken prettjrtjuick- ., ry," Kocet said. "By the time it gets to Pennsylvania, it won't be more than a ' Category! hurricane," \ the weakest variety with winds, of 74 mph. ; to 95 mph. _ "* • j* / j-> . v , The Pennsylvania Eme'rgenipy Man-J agement Agency held & cbnferehce,, call with the National Weather Ser- '-, - vice and county emergency-manage- ' rhent agency heads on Monday irhbrhing, said ^EMA spokesman Ron Human. " -• . ;""The.tough.thin^>, right now it's ."still three to four days out, but basically (PEMA is) just'giving these guys the heads up," Human said Monday. "Essentially what we're doing at this point is saying, ,'Reyiew your plans, 'make sure you're'reacH/."' , ' ' - Randy Gockley,,airector of the Lan- c^ster,County Emergency Manage- ment'Agency, said his staff planned Continued on page 12 , Still curious? For more information on Hurricane Isabel, go on the Net. . • National Hurricane Center: www.nhc.noaa.gov • Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency: www.pema. state.pa.us • National Weather Service in State College: www.nws.noaa.gov/ er/ctp Teachers' contract approved By BILL ZIMMERMAN Gazette Staff Writer The Apollo-Ridge school board unanimously approved a contract with its teachers during a work session Monday night. The agreement between the Apollo-Ridge Education Association and Apollo-Ridge School District will be retroactive to Aug. 28 and continue until Aug. 1, 2008. B°M d . ™ m , bers Apollo-Ridge Gerald J. Medice, r ° ., Mark V. Rollinson School District and Sheila A. Martin ~~~ were absent from the meeting. The teachers approved the contract Sept. 11 and the board unanimously passed a resolution so the contract could be approved during the work session rather than a committee meeting. "It feels good," said board member Debra L. Schrecengost, "I think it was fair for the teachers and the taxpayers." "I think we're all happy that the district can move forward and concentrate on education," said board member Mark. L. Shaffer. Shaffer said the goal was to make sure that taxes wouldn't increase to meet the provisions of the contract. The contract included the following changes: The weighted average raise will be $1,948.19 and the senior staff (teachers with at least 16 years experience) raise will be $1,231.53. The stale average for raises in 2002 settlements was $1,997.75 and $1,776.80 for 2003 settlements. The salary increases will cost the district an estimated $108,759 per year over the five-year life Continued on page 12 INSIDE Deaths Obituaries on page 4 ADAMS, Carol Adams, 57, Black Lick DECARLO, Anthony W. "Tony," 83, Homer City INGRAM, Henry McConnell, 64, Squirrel Hill PARDEE, Walter Eugene, 44, Plumville STITT, Mildred Roselene "Mid," 69, White Station, Conemaugh Township Late death MILOSER, Noelle Madison, 2, Marion Center RD Teddy "Who loves himself best need fear no rival." — Latin proverb Index Classifieds 22,23 DearAbby 24 Entertainment 20 Family •• 10 Lottery numbers 2 Outdoors. -14 Today in History. 24 Sports 13-19 Stocks... • 4 TV-Comics 21 Viewpoint —-6 IndlanaHi'ACounry 1803 y° J Montgomery Township, page 11 Drawing board The Blairsville-Saltsburg school board is not yet happy with plans for renovations to Saltsburg elementary- and middle-senior high schools. Page 4 Link tested Claims of ties between Sad- dam Hussein and al-Qaida are being tested, and the family of an FBI chief killed in the Sept. 11 attacks has sued Iraq. Page? Nature's weekend Researchers have found that the daily range between high and low temperatures changes on weekends in many areas, an effect they say must have human origin. Pages 62009 Study calls most school snacks unfit By EMILY GERSEMA Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON — While children need to exercise to keep their waistlines trim, schools could do their part by offering healthier snacks in school in place of junk food and sodas, activists say. As part of a campaign to reduce the number of sugary soft drinks and candy bars sold in schools, the Center for Science in the Public Interest put out a list Monday of some of the healthi- your Internet Services, www.yourinter.net, The Preferred Interne,! Provider Of IUP (724)46^)106. Mohawk Carpet Month, Special Prices. Call 724-34&S821 Helman's Orchard Now Open. 724-349^7841 est and worst snacks for children. Chips Ahoy! and Oreo cookies, high in fat, topped the list of the worst snacks, followed by Pepsis and Coca-Colas, artificial fruit juices, Hostess snack cakes, and Keebler Club & Cheddar Sandwich Crackers. The group also deemed candy bars like Kit Kat Big Kat and Snickers as bad snacks, along with Starburst Fruit Chews. Although milk would seem to be a healthy alternative to soda, the center noted that chocolate whole milk and flavored whole milk are high in saturated fat. Margo Wootan, the center's nutrition director, said schools should substitute for the unhealthy snacks nutritious items such as unsweetened applesauce, fruit cups, Nestle Nesquik fat-free chocolate milk, lowfat and fat-free milk, bottled water, 100-percent orange juice, traditional Chex Mix, Nature Valley crunchy granola bars and raisins. Children should cut back on sweet and fatly food to help curb the nation's growing obesity problem and to prevent develop- ment of diabetes, heart disease and other illnesses associated with being overweight, Wootan said. Fifteen percent of children age 6 to 19 are overweight, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Wootan noted that children can easily take in hundreds of calories in one product. A 20- ounce bottle of cola alone, for example, contains 250 calories. "A 110-pound child would have to bike for 1 hour and 15 minutes to burn off a 20-ounce Coke," Wootan said. Cheese Pizza Tonight- Ironwood Grill Doud's Of Piumville, Biggest Floor Sample Clearance Sale Ever, Starts Thursday Gazette Classifieds Work, Call (724)485-5565 Fire in the sky Gazette photographer Teri Enciso captured an array of brilliant hues against Monday evening's dense fog. This building is between Indiana Area Senior High School and Bi-Lo on North Fourth Street.
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