Page 12 — Tuesday, September 16, 2003 REGION e jlubiatta School board dips into snow days early Carl Kologie Daniels a hit atlUP Charlie Daniels was in town Sunday evening. And to the delight of a full house at Fisher Auditorium on (he Indiana University of Pennsylvania campus, he brought his band with him. It was one of diose down- home country concerts where Daniels stepped out onto the stage, introduced himself and for the next hour and 40 minutes it was all foot-stomping music. Mis signature "bullrider" hat and buckle were not only evident on stage but also throughout the crowd as the Charlie Daniels followers stood up and cheered or waved their arms in approval at their favorite numbers throughout the evening. Daniels is one of those "good old guys," and he let everyone know about his love of God and country as he introduced the tunes that were special to him. His emotional rendition of "Mow GreatThou Art" from his album of gospel music was a crowd plcaser. Me told the audience he was an advocate oflocking up violent offenders for life. He said those who are convicted of violent crimes should not be released from prison because they will commit the same violent crimes again. Daniels, who is noted as being outspoken, also warned the audience to "watch your children." He said there are organized groups that prey on innocent young people. Me also paid special tribute to the late Johnny Cash, who was not only a good friend but was a presenter along with his wife, June Carter Cash, when Daniels won a Grammy. In honor of Cash he sang "Folsom Prison," to the approval of those in attendance. When he came out for a curtain call, he played the national anthem and men asked members of the crowd what song they would like to hear "What a surprise this is," he said, as the audience shouted out, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." It was a fitting finale for the first show of the season for On Slagc, the arts and entertainment series at IUP. Saturday was a great day for the Nippes Foundation. Mike Gaydosli, tournament director, said 160 golfers participated in a fund-raising golf tournament at the Indian Springs Golf and Country Club. The late Mike Nippes was employed by Indiana Borough and was fatally stricken with a heart attack at the age of-13 in July 2002. This is an annual event and the proceeds are invested in a foundation for the education of "Nipper's" two small children, limma Kelly and KathrynAnn. Gaydosh said contributions arc still being accepted and between $3,500 and $5,000 will go into the foundation this year. Organizing the event is no easy task because the participants went from the golf course to the Red Barn Sportsmen's Club for dinner and prizes. The winning foursome in the A division was Joe "Meatball" Silvcri, John Caruso, Butch Leonard and Tony Pratt. The B division winning foursome was Scott Cunningham, Steve Smith, Ernie Lorelli and Dave Cesario. The grand prize winner of $1,000 was Nick Moore of Homer Cily. "It's good to make a couple thousand each year," said Gaydosh, who is Nippes' brother-in-law and plans to make tin's an annual event. If you are traveling down Philadelphia Street and notice activity that looks like construction work at the Indiana Free Library, that's exactly what it is. A new elevator shaft is being installed in the structure at (he corner of Ninth and Philadelphia streets and should have little effect on visitors to the library or the Jimmy Stewart Museum. By RANDY WELLS Gazette Staff Writer MARION CENTER - Only three weeks after the start of classes, the Marion Center Area school board Monday evening dipped into die supply of planned snow days to revise the school calendar. The directors decided to use Jan. 19, 2004 — the first day in this school year scheduled as a snow make-up day — to recoup the day of classes lost on Aug. 27 when much of the district was left without electricity following Teachers' contract approved Continued from page 1 of the contract. The contract also set the minimum first step of the salary schedule at $28,000 in 2003-2004, $29,000 in 20042005, $29,500 in 2005-2006, $30,000 in 2006-2007 and $31,000 in 2007-2008. The starting salary under the previous contract was $18,500. Board President William L. Naser said that $31,000 per year is the average starting salary in the state. Naser also pointed out that Apollo-Ridge has the lowest raise and salary scale in Armstrong County, and the lowest salary scale of any contiguous district. "We are the poorest school district in the area," said Naser. "I think we have a fair contract for what the district can afford," said Shaffer. Naser explained the formula that the state uses to determine how much money each school district gets and why Apollo Ridge salaries are lower. "What it's based upon is the total income of residents divided by the number of students, plus the total value of property divided by the number of students," said Naser. The contract will now award long-term subs, who have taught for at least a 90-day period, 80 percent of the first step in the salary schedule. The contract also gave the volleyball and softball coaches . pay equal to that of baseball coaches. There will also be a $20 longevity bonus, starting this school year, given to supplemental employees for each year of service. The contract also allows the board the ability to hire the most qualified applicant for supplemental positions subject to the grievance procedure. Naser said that the board was formerly limited to only hiring candidates who were part of the union. "It's a benefit to be able to select the best person for the job," said Naser. The contract will give teachers a $500 bonus if they don't miss any days of work in a school year; however, they will have to relinquish the 10 sick days they accumulated during the year to qualify for the money. Also, the compensation for any unused sick days for retirees was increased. Under the previous agreement, a retiree who had between one and 50 days left over would be awarded $10 per day and $5 per day for each day over 50. The new contract sets the rate at $10 per day for between 1 to 50 days, $20 for 51 to 100 days and $35 for 101 to 150. The contract also states that an employee can only be covered under one district-paid insurance plan. Employees have a choice between Select Blue or indemnity insurance, and now if both spouses work for the school district, they are not permitted to participate in different plans. Anyone who opts out of the insurance plan with dependent coverage will receive $2,000 or $1,300 for single coverage. Isabel headed toward state Continued from page 1 to meet today with officials from the state police, the state Department of Transportation, county government agencies, the Red Cross and others to plan for Isabel's aftermath. In the meantime, he said, the agency was "getting the word out to the general public that they should check their disaster supplies." Officials advised the public to assemble an emergency kit containing several gallons of water, prescription medication, a battery-operated radio and food that does not require cooking. severe thunderstorms the day before. Jan. 19 will now be a class day. Donna Bruder-Smith, principal of the district's elementary schools, said she was •-> very., pleased with parents' particijpa- u'on at open house programs on three evenings last week at the three elementary buildings., Bruder-Smith said parental participation at all the schools . averaged 66 percent, and at one Creekside-Washington classroom, the parents of 93 percent of the students attended the open house activities. Marion Center School District The board agreed to replace aging chairs and desks in three high school classrooms at a cost of $9,706 from the capital projects budget and approved spending $5,389 for new partitions for the Family Consumer Science rooms. The board accepted the resignations of Jeff Diinlap as the head softball coach, Bob Young as the junior' high wrestling coach and Heather Camp Mago- lis as me assistant swim coach. Josh Stumpf was approved as a volunteer cross-country coach. Danielle North was added to the district's list of substitute teachers. Leah Schurr, Ron Bradford, Joan Wells and Tina McQuillen were added to the district's instructional aide substitute list. Susan Fleming, Heidi Lambing, Pamela Small and Lovell Rearick were added to the list of substitute cafeteria workers. At its monthly work session last week, the board hired Nicole Shields and Tracey Fleming as in- structional aides at salaries of $6.50 per hour. Like administrators in other Pennsylvania school districts, officials in the Marion Center district continue to guide the dis)- trict into the new school yeaj without knowing exactly hoy much financial aid the district will receive from the state, ..'. t» Business Manager .Rjchard Martini told the board ^mat the district has about $1.3 million on hand, including the district's rainy day fund. The district's bj- weekly payrolls require abou't $350,000. i Manager: Ryahjspecial type of hitter . Continued from page 1 • since he was recalled from Rochester. ' "The uiing that's impressed me the most," said Ulger, "is the ability that he has to come off the bench after not playing for two or three days'in a row and put a good swing on a ball." Ulger said Ryan brings the desired 'mind-set to the plate whenever called on in pinch-hit situations. '•"-. . "You have to have the mind-set like you're going to get three good swings when you walk up to the plate," he said. "If you strike out, you strike out. But you're going to put good swings on the ball and, hopefully, you get something in the strike zone. "You prepare yourself mentally, you watch the game, you know what the pitchers will try to do to , you. Then you have to get a pitch to coordinate with the plan that you have in mind.'- V "Mike has done' very well. Every time up it seems like he gets a good swing on the ball. And it's been fun, because to have that kind of guy is a rarity in baseball, the.guy: who can hit coming off the bench after not playing for three or four days in row." • That is just'what Gardenhire was looking/for when the Twins called Ryan.up from Rochester. "We were looking for somebody off the bench who can hit a fastball," said Gardenhire. "And he can do those things." "Whether I start or pinch hit late in the game," Ryan said, "I'll just try to do my job. Whatever job he asks me to do I'll do." . He has fulfilled many of Gar- denhire's expectations. "He's been great," Gardenhire said. "He's swinging the bat well, and I think he's kind of got renewed life again being back in the big leagues." "We always knew he had a natural swing," said Ulger. "Its just a matter of getting an obpditunity to play. And he's definitely shown he can hit coming off the bench " Ryan rejoined the Twins on Aug. 12 despite spending most of season with his batting average near .200. .' - • "I think I got hot at the right time down there," he said. "I think they needed a lefty off the bench, and I was the guy they called up. I'm just glad I got the opportunity." "He didn't have a great year this year by any means," Gardenhire said. "But we thought the kid could hit. I've always thought hp could hit. . jf' "Coming off the bench, you have be a special type of hitter. And he has the bat speed, and hte can hit a fastball. And that's one reason that we ended up getting him up back here." i One of the reasons Ryan has been getting playing time is : a slight groin pull suffered by Jones that has reduced his role to that of designated hitter. Gardenhire thinks Ryan can become a starter in the big leagues on his own merits. j "Just because you start out in a situation in this league, it doesn't mean you end up there," he said. "If you swing the bat wejl enough, you. can take over a' position, you can become a startei:. And he has a good enough bat where he can do those things." j Fans to salute football team's seniors PURCHASE LINE — Senior football players from Purchase Line High School will be saluted by their fans at their regular-season game with Penns Manor High School, scheduled for Oct. 3. This season, the Purchase Line football field is torn up while contractors construct a six-lane track around the field. All high school football games are being played at venues away Purchase Line School District from home. A salute to Purchase Line senior, players had been scheduled for Oct. 24 at Saltsburg High School, but school board member Ron Small had said that Saltsburg was too far to travel for some Purchase Line fans. The Purchase Line school board agreed Monday at a special meeting to change the date of senior salute night to Oct. 3, even though the game falls in the middle of the football season and not at the end of it. In other business, the board voted to give Vasco Asphalt of Massillon, Ohio, a two-week extension to finish the track. Vasco had been expected to finish its work by Sept. 30, but it now has to make repairs to the jumping area, where the triple-jump and long-jump events will be hel(j. Under the extension, Vascij should finish its work by Oct. 15; The board hired Lesa Conners to be the business-office secretary. The position is for 10 months and the hourly wage is $10.47. It also conducted a disciplinary hearing for a student. The results were not announced. ; — Mary Ann Slater Response on speed study expected by Friday By JASON L LEVAN Assistant Managing Editor " '' v ARMAGH — The East Wheatfield Township supervisors are waiting to hear from the state Department of Transportation about a speed study on Route 56. The transportation depart Wheatfield ment, in a letter to the TOWIIShlp supervisors, said a response can be expected by Friday on whether the speed limit will be lowered to 35 mph. The road between Armagh and Seward has posted signs of 55 mph and 45 mph. The supervisors read the letter during their meet- ing Monday. . •> Several/ > township - residents •have demanded 5 the>speed'limit 'be' lowered to 'slow speeding trucks that they say are excessively loud. . In other business during the meeting, the supervisors: • Voted to pay Quaker Sales Corp. of Johnstown $12,450 to pave parts of Armerford and Franklin roads in Dilltown. The township will pay $5,250 of that amount; Barrett Lumber Co. of Dayton will pay $7,200. While the company was hauling timber, Barrett damaged parts of the roads and has agreed to pay to pave those sections. The supervisors decided to pave much of the rest of the roads while the work was being done. A total of 2,515 ' ' ' square yards will be paved. - • Voted to craft an ordinance stating 'their ! interititb' ; appry ; to the Local Government Capital Project Loan Program for a low- interest loan for property along Route 56 that the township has agreed to purchase. The supervisors have not yet decided what amount they will borrow. The purchase price is $425,000. The supervisors plan to move the township office and garage to the new property. • Received $400 from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board as its share of liquorrli- cense fees from the township's two liquor-license holders, Griffith's Tavern, near United High School, and Joyland Tavern in Cramer. • Received $32.48 in lieu of taxes from the Pennsylvania 'Game Commission. The payment is made based on the amount of state gameland in the township. • • c • Hired Martha Felton to clean the township office at $6.36 per hour for up to six hours every two weeks. Pearl McCullough and Shirley Stiles also applied for the job, but supervisors Roberta Naugle and James Donelson decided to hire Felton because she has cleaned for the township in the past. Supervisor. Kenneth Umholtz was absent from the meeting. . i • Voted to extend a service agreement for one year with Copy Tech Office Systems Inc. for a copy machine for $363.66. Buyers Trucks V Cars and Internet Prices TriStar Motors spokesperson, Kendrell Bell likes this competition as they take on a major Pittsburgh area dealership! Western Pa. You may remember that last time that an Indiana County auto dealer was in a national competition pitted against all of America's Ford and Chrysler dealers. The dealers who would win the competition were off to a luxurious vacation compliments of Ford and/or Chrysler Motor Company ... Well the Indiana County dealer won that contest. Now turn the page to the year 2003 and the competition is on all over again, but much more fierce. The Indiana County dealer is Tri-Star Motors and they have been challenged by the factory in a heated contest with another Pittsburgh area dealership. Tri- Star stands to" lose thousands of dollars should they fall short of this goal. . General Manager, Al Pagliei, has they to say, "If anyone reading this article is even remotely interested in buying a vehicle, now may be the best time ever! Factory rebates and incentives are at an all-time high. I've directed our sales team to sell Ford, Mercury, Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles regardless of profits. In order for us to reach this goal we will have to sell them at a breath taking pace. To us this competition is serious business. Factory window stickers are not an option. We've Tri-Star will Quote prices and appraise trade-ins right over the phone! discounted nearly 200 new new, fresh c: trucks, vans ani SUVs as much as $3,500 beloW private dealer invoice . . . not window sticker ... I said dealer invoice. Every single Ford, Mercury, Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep including 'nearly 120 red-hot Ford Super-Duty trucks is up for grabs. During this final period of the month all vehicles without exception ill be sold below internet prices! Plus we'Hdo something that no other dealer wants to do ... We'll quote you prices right over the phone, and we'll appraise your trade-in right over the phone also. Just call Tri-Star at 724-459-9300 and ask for a manager." ,. The Tri-S»ar dealership touts the area's most unique selection of Ford, Mercury, Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep Trucks and SUVs. During this final .count- down buyers will find negotiating unnecessary The bare minimum discount prices will tell the story. Paglici has this to add, "There are five great reasons to buy a new Ford, Mercury, Chrysler, Dodge or Jeep car or truck from Tri-Star now, beside the below internet prices: 1. Financing as low as 0% A.P.R for up to five years and zero down payment and zero payments for 90 days! 2. If you're driving anything other than a Ford, Mercury, Chrysler, Dodge or Jeep trade it in and deduct an additional $500 from the already discounted price! 3. Take delivery by the 18th and all extended warranties arc 50%, off! And... 4. AH'factory accessories purchased will be discounted a full 20%. 5. Every vehicle sold through September 20th, includes three years oil, lube and filter changes. (Limit four per year, excludes diesei and synthetic oils). Make no mistake about it, we are prepared to do whatever nee- essary to win this national competition. There is more good news . . . Buy a new Ford, Mercury, Chrysler, Dodge or Jeep during this end of the month offer and Tri-Star will pay off your old vehicle no matter how much you owe.* If you owe less than its cash value then your financed amount will be reduced by that amount and if you owe more it will .be restructured into a brand new loan. You can use your rebate money to pay off high interest credit card bills, reduce your monthly payments or just put up to $5,500 dollars in your pocket and do with it however you please! This event takes place Monday, September 15th through Saturday, September 20th, 2003. 9:00 a.m. 8:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. At Tri-Star Motors Ford, Mercury, Chrysler, Dodge or Jeep, route 22, Blairsville, Pa. If you are in need of a vehicle and have been experiencing credit problems, Tri-Star has a special confidential 24-hour credit hot-line that you may call anytime night or day. Phone 1-800-865-0312. If you want directions or prices and appraisals quoted over the phone, call 724-459-9300 and as for a manager. * Credit approval required. Advertisement.
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