Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on October 26, 2002 · Page 14
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Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania · Page 14

Indiana, Pennsylvania
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Saturday, October 26, 2002
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Page 14 — Saturday, October 26, 2002 REGION ,3lnbiana (gazette IUP looking to be leader in security training Fire gutted Hodak's Lounge in Clymer this morning. No injuries were reported in the blaze that took three fire companies an hour to get under control. {Gazette photo by Tom Peel) Fire guts business in Clymer CLYMER — Fire of undetermined origin early mis morning gutted Hodak's Lounge on Franklin Street in Clymer. Fire Chief Mike Keith of die Clymer Volunteer Fire Department said the fire started at about 1:45 a.m. and was concentrated in the kitchen area of the one-story business. Keith said the main area of the bar and lounge were heavily damaged. Firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control in about an hour but were at the scene until 6:45 a.m. Keith said the lounge is owned by Steve Hodak. The bar was closed when the fire broke out and no one was injured. Keith said he did not know whether Hodak had insurance on the building or where Hodak lived. Hodak could not be reached for comment this morning. Firefighters from Commodore and Cherryhill fire departments joined Clymer firefighters in bat- ding the blaze with the Rapid Response Team of the Indiana County Emergency Management Agency serving on standby duty at the scene. Keith said the cause of the fire is being investigated by a state police fire marshal. Firefighters pumped over ballot issue Continued from page 1 He said the applications must compete against those for economic, community development, infrastructure and other projects throughout the state. He said that a recent DCED report found that emergency services statewide received a total of $3.9 million out of the last $69 million in grants awarded by the agency. Stutzman said he hopes the legal wording of the referendum does not confuse people and keep them from voting yes. Here is how the Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services Referendum question appears on ballots: "Do you favor the incurring of indebtedness of up to $100,000,000 for the purpose of establishing a program that utilizes capital and other related methods to enhance and improve the delivery of volunteer fire and voluntary emergency services in the Commonwealth as hereafter authorized by statute?" In plain English, according to the state board of elections, voters in Pennsylvania are being asked whether they want to give legislators in the General Assembly the approval to borrow $100 million and to enact a law, Act 89 of 2002, to establish a program to provide funding in various forms for volunteer fire companies and voluntary emergency services. Stutzman said people are being asked to vote yes whether they understand the referendum or not because its approval will provide an opportunity for funding that is currently not available for the fire compa- nies and emergency services. "The fact that people have to vote to approve the referendum is scary," said lohn Gromley, president of. the. Clymer Volunteer Fire Department. "We have announced the" importance of voting yes at various activities at the fire hall because we need an opportunity for state funding to help us. The municipal governments and the people we serve have supported us well over the years. We hope they will vote with their hearts and approve the referendum." Dan Duralia, chief of the Blairsville Young Men's Volunteer Fire Department, said his company is following the lead of the Pennsylvania Volunteer Firefighter's Association by urging people to vote yes. "Basically, the special fund in the state budget would give an opportu- nity to apply for funding to supplement fire company operations." Duralia said. ... ."We are,confident that the legislators who represent our county will do everything they can to help us if the referendum is approved." Carol J. Galinac, fund-raising coordinator for die Coal Run/Mclntyre Volunteer Fire Department, said, "It would be great if the referendum passes. The bond issue might make it easier for us to obtain grants to replace a tank truck and buy a truck to fight brush fires, and to replace windows in the fire hall." "We have a copy of the ballot in the fire hall with an X in the Yes Box," Galinac said. "We are urging people — at bake sales and other activities in the hall — to vote for the referendum." By CHAUNCEY ROSS Gazette Staff Writer Indiana University of Pennsylvania expects to achieve national recognition for a package of grant-funded programs that train people to prevent and respond to disasters and terrorism, campus officials said Friday. Bundling the programs together as the Institute for Homeland Security Training, IUP has taken a role as one of a few American universities that help to maintain national security. That's according to Mark Holman, a deputy assistant to the president in the Office of Homeland Security at the White House. Holman, a longtime aide to Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge, serves on the IUP council of trustees. "IUP has a unique opportunity to meet an urgent national need," Holman said. "There will be others involved in this training nationally, but IUP has a wonderful start. "In the early 1970s, IUP carved out a niche in safety sciences, which has become a very effective program. Our graduates are employed immediately. I think that the homeland security niche we have started here will enable IUP to also become a leader in security. "This industry will develop. The range of where this can go for the university is much broader," Holman said. "Ten years from now, we'll look and see this program as a hallmark initiative that's going to meet a national need." Dr. Robert Friday, the associate dean for corporate relations in the Department of Continuing Education, gave a Power Point presentation to update the IUP council of trustees at their quarterly meeting Friday. The institute puts IUP on a par with schools renowned for technology development, such as Carnegie Mellon University, but for a different reason, Friday said. "Technology is often what we look at when we think of the answers, but technology is simply a tool," Friday said. "It is useless Lf you do not know how to use it." Some of the components of the instituteare: '-''"""" -^"•—•*— -• • The Weaponsjof-Mass^iestxucr.., tion unit that, in August "2601, trained its first civilian support teams. One month later, they were deployed at the World Trade Center. • The National Environmental Education Training Center that, since 1994, has developed ways to protect the health and safety of workers who IUP has a unique opportunity to meet an urgent national need. There will be others involved in this training nationally, but IUP has a wonderful start." — Mark Holman, deputy assistant to the president in the office of Homeland Security respond in the aftermath of biological, chemical or nuclear disasters. • The National Emergency and Disaster Information Center, which helps 911 centers to give the best directions to police, firefighters, and other emergency resporiders at the time of a disaster or attack. • The Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, a unit that gives training in detection and prevention of attacks on computer networks. "lUP's role is to lead the thinking of the deployment of those individuals who need to respond," Friday said. " With the Institute for Homeland Security Training, we prevent, prepare, detect, respond and recover. It's a comprehensive solution." Government grants of $7.3 million have helped to launch and run the programs so far, Friday said, and another $12.5 million is needed to properly upgrade, expand and continue them. IUP should eventually see funding from Washington and some state governments, Holman said. "Congress has not enacted a budget and the president's $3.5 biliion request for first-responder training is in jeopardy this fall because there is no appropriations bill," Holman said. "That may trail into next year and its something that ought to be a congressional priority. "Money for cyber-security through federal entities is available. The National Security Administration is clearly in need of training and new resources. "To Congressman (John) Murtha's credit ...the only bill that was signed was the defense appropriations bill, which is why there is some money flowing to these programs in this fiscal year," Holman said. "That is very fortunate and we'll continue to push more to get Congress to do the rest of its business." What do you think? SEND YOUR LETTER TO THE EDITOR TO THE INDIANA GAZETTE, P.O. Box 10, INDIANA, PA 15701 11 found in contempt of court Eleven defendants in ihe Indiana County Court of Common Pleas were found in contempt of court for failing to pay child support in recent cases. The charges were filed by the court's domestic-relations division. According to the division, the defendants and their judgments are: • Mark B. BIystone, 40, of Blairsville, ordered to pay $750 in support. • Emil Meaning, 37, of Indiana, ordered to pay $2,000 in support and to participate in a job training program to find employment. • Amber Lautenbacher, 27, whose address was kept confidential, must pay $1,250 in support. • Michael Lych, 40, of Robinson, ordered to pay $2,600 in support and to participate in a job-training program to find employment. • Douglas Manners, 25, of Indiana, ordered to pay $750 in support. • Gregory Packer, 30, of Robinson, ordered to pay $822 in support. • Bridged Schubert, 20, of John- stown, ordered to pay $750 in support. • Tina M. Shields, 40, of Shelocta, ordered to pay $471 in support. • Angle K Stancombe, 27, of Indiana, ordered to pay $350 in support and to participate in a job-training program to find employment. • Ryan A. Walker, 35, of Indiana, ordered to pay $1,000 in support. • Thomas A. Williams, 21, of Blairsville, ordered to pay $500 in support. Road work scheduled The following is a list of road work heing done by PF.NNDOT next week in the Indiana County area. Tail ditching— Route 954, Fulton Run Koad; Route 1042, Locust Road; Route 202, Camerons Road; Route 4001, Five Points Road Bridge maintenance— Route 403, Pine Township Manual patching— Route 2008, Climax Road Milling — Route 56, Brush Valley; Route 403, Strongstown area Shoulder restabilization— Route 3027, Blackleggs Road Spray, dust, oil shoulder— Route 3027, Blackleggs Road Sign repair and replacement— Route 3003,Tunnelton Road Mowing— Route 1046, Canoe Ridge Road; Route 1047, Bair Road; Route 1049, Domhs Hill Road; Route 1054, Buffalo Lodge Road Shoulder preparation and barrier replacement— Shelocta to Indiana bypass (delays anticipated) Interchange upgrade— Blairsville Interchange (detours and lane restrictions in effect; delays anticipated) Clearing, utility relocation and shoulder replacement — Route 22, Gas Center Relocation of utilities— Homer City Borough, Burrell and Center Townships JUST FOR KIDS: SHORTCUTS, PAGE E-8 EVERY SUNDAY ATTENTION A search has been made to locate employees or contractors who worked at FISHER SCIENTIFIC in Indiana, PA at any time during the 1950's through the 1970's. 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