Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on September 15, 1990 · Page 1
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Who's in the news There is good news today in The Indiana Gazette about the following area people: Shannon Shearer Griffith, Hal Wingard, Mary Jo Spence, Christy Bungo, Jen Witherow, Mike Mentch, Jessica Risinger, Alicia Rich, Chelsie Brown. Monkey business Jealous monkeys often refused a treat if they saw another.monkey get a better payoff — a grape. Page 10 Election issue? President Bush's request for $87 billion, some of which will go to train Iraqi soldiers, has voters concerned. Page 9 L WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 17, 2003 Vol. 100 - No. 26 28 pages — 4 sections WWW .com Forecast Mostly clear tonight; low 53. Rain likely Thursday; high 72. SO cents eeting a need County's first school for autistic children opens in Indiana By CHRISTINE LIVENGOOD Gazette Staff Writer A simple idea has the ability to manifest into a goal. A goal into a plan. A plan into a reality. The idea was for a school for autistic children in Indiana County. The closest school for autistic children to Indiana County is The Watson Institute in Sewickley, about 20 miles west of Pittsburgh. The institute accepts children from Allegheny County and 11 surrounding counties, but not Indiana County. And since autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability with one in 250 children born with it, Dana Monroe of Milestones Community Health Care in Indiana decided that something needed to be done for autistic children in the area. Her idea became a reality in June when the Milestone Achievement Center (MAC), a private school for autistic children licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, opened its doors along Gompers Avenue behind the Open Door. "It's going great," said Karrie Miller of Indiana, MAC's director and one of the two teachers at the school. "The parents are just thrilled about this, they really are. It's just amazing.... The parents have just really supported it." According to the Autism Society of America, autism is a "complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life." Autism affects the normal development of brain functions in areas like social interaction, senses and communication. For example, to most people a pear tastes sweet, a cactus feels prickly, a cat's fur soft. For a person with autism, pears can taste bitter, a cactus is soft while the cat's fur is painful to the touch. MAC, which offers both a full-day and half- Continued on page 8 Indiana University of Pennsylvania graduate Matt Scott is one of two teachers at the Milestone Achievement Center. (Gazette photo by Tom Peel) Autism on rise in U.S., experts say By CHRISTINE LIVENGOOD Gazette Staff Writer According to the Autism Society of America, autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. The result of a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain, autism affects normal development in the areas of social interaction and communication skills. Autism is one of five disorders under the umbrella of Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD), a category of neurological disorders characterized by "severe and pervasive impairment in several areas of de- velopment." The other four are Asperger's Disorder, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, Rett's Disorder and PDD-Not Otherwise Specified. Autism, which occurs four times as often in boys as in girls, is the most common PDD, affecting about two to six out of 1,000 people. As many as 1.5 million Americans are believed to have some form of autism, and that number is on the rise. During the 1990s, the U.S. population grew 13 percent, the number of disabilities grew by 16 percent, and the number of cases of autism grew 172 percent. : Based on statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and other governmental agencies, according to the ASA, autism is growing at a rate of 10 percent to 17 percent a year, meaning as many as 4 million Americans could have autism in the next decade. There is no known single cause for autism, but it is generally accepted that it is caused by abnormalities in brain structure or function. Brain scans show differences in the shape and structure of the brain in autistic versus non-autistic children. Researchers are still investigating the cause. Symptoms and characteristics can present themselves in many different combinations and levels of severity. Symptoms include: • Resistance to change Continued on page 8 Many flee, a few stay By ALLEN G. BREED Associated Press Writer MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. — Traffic streamed inland from the vulnerable Outer Banks today as residents and visitors alike headed for higher ground ahead of approaching Hurricane Isabel. Thousands more were ordered to evacuate in Virginia. Isabel was a strong Category 2 storm today, with sustained wind near 110 mph, weakened from the weekend when it had 160 mph wind and held the top Category 5 rating on the Saffir-Simp- son Hurricane Scale. Forecasters predicted little change in strength before landfall for Isabel, the biggest storm to hit the region since Hurricane Floyd in 1999. "Right now, the forecast calls for it to maintain the intensity it's at currently," meteorologist Bill Read said at the National Hurricane Center. About 100,000 people along the North Carolina coast had been urged to evacuate before the storm hits land sometime Thursday morning along the Outer Banks, where rough surf Hurricane watch areas Tropical storm areas Thursdayj|^ B ".Hatteras; .. Charleston f , avannah, --«-* , Wednesda cksonville ^ , L ir 6 o ^ 300 mi SOURCE: AccuWealher AP already was pounding the thin, 120-mile-long chain of islands. The evacuation had been steady and orderly. "Even a lot of old salts are bailing out," Brian Simmons said as he placed plywood across the window of Stoney's Seafood in Avon. Continued on page 4 Heavy rain main concern in state By MARK SCOLFORO Associated Press Writer HARRISBURG — Whether Isabel remains a hurricane, is downgraded to a tropical storm or is just a severe rainstorm by the time it hits Pennsylvania, the weather system's potent mix of high wind and heavy rain poses a serious risk to a flood-prone region already soaked by a rainy summer, officials said Tuesday. Pennsylvania Emergency Man^ agement Agency director David M. Sanko warned mat torrential rains expected from Isabel could trigger flash flooding. He urged state residents to clear drainage areas and assemble disaster supplies as a precaution. "Because of the very wet spring and summer, the soil is saturated, the rivers are either normal or above normal.... The conditions arc ripe for flooding this weekend if the storm strikes," said Susan Obleski, spokeswoman for the Susquehanna River Basin Commission. The commission's flood warning and forecast system indicates that as litde as 2 to 4 inches of rain will be enough to send small streams and creeks over their banks. The National Weather Service on Tuesday said the center of the storm was most likely to enter Pennsylvania near Bedford County in the west-central part of the stale. The storm's projected speed also has been lowered. "If it's going slower, that means it's going to be over the state longer, which means the precipitation is going to be a litde bit Continued on page 4 INSIDE Deaths Obituaries on page 4 HOUSER, B. Dean, 85, Kittanning MILOSER, Noelle Madison, 2, Marion Center RD Late deaths CALDWELL, Virginia Mitchell, 87, Blairsville -TAYLOR, Henry Edward, 60, Homer City Index Classifieds. 20-22 DearAbby 14 Entertainment 18 Family ...17 Food 15-16 Lottery numbers .2 Today in History 14 Sports 23-28 Stocks 4 TV-Comics 19 Viewpoint ...6 Thi»ntw»pap«r fa printed on nKydabl* PfMr- Pt**t« recycfa. N*w*pap«r commits copyright C 2003 Indiana Printing and PuhHiMna Co., (ndtona, Pa. Elsewhere • A new tracking system that marks newborn calves with coded tags could help health officials quickly locate the source of an outbreak of food-poisoning. • Scholars are concerned that a congressional fight for the presidency could make things worse if the president and vice president were unavailable during a crisis. Page 9 Need for speed State lawmakers are pushing telephone companies to roll out high-speed Internet service faster. PageS Teddy "There is no grief which time does not lessen and soften." — Cicero, Roman scholar (106-43 B.C.) Student housing complex forWyoTech opposed By JOHN COMO Gazette Staff Writer BLAIRSVILLE — Build a new swimming pool or sell the 15-acre community park for the construction of single-family homes. Don't sell or lease the land for the construction of apartment buildings for students of WyoTech, the new automotive technology school along Cornell Road in the Indiana County Corporate Campus in Burrell Township. That was the message delivered Tuesday to the Blairsville Borough council by the town's planning commission and more than 50 residents. It was standing room only hi the small council chambers that normally seats about 25 people. In a letter, the planning commission said the construction of 15 to 20 homes for families would provide a stronger tax base for the borough than a student housing Blairsville Borough complex in the park. Six of the residents spoke and received strong.support for their opposition to an Aug. 18 announcement by the council about the possibility of leasing the land in the park for the construction of housing for up to 400 students. Bids will have to be accepted by the council on the sale of the park land that is owned by the borough. In May 2000, the council rejected bids of $7,000 and $8,000 for the purchase of 1.3 acres of land at the park along Grandview Avenue. The council received petitions with 200 signatures of people who oppose the apartment complex. Gene Pellegrene, who lives near me community park, said the signatures were a sampling of residents on 22 streets in the town who are Continued on page 8 Find! settlement with aide OK'd By ELAINE JACOBS Gazette Staff Writer A settlement has officially been reached between Armstrong-Indiana Intermediate Unit 28 and a teacher's aide suspended in April for visibly wearing a cross necklace in the classroom. ARIN's board of directors at its regular meeting Tuesday approved a settlement agreement "with Brenda Nichol, allowing her to keep her job as an aide in a classroom for spe- — ; cial-needs students at Penns Manor Elementary School. Also in the settlement, ARIN agreed to remove any reference to Nichol's suspension from her job record, delete from its employee handbook rules prohibiting employees from wearing religious jewelry or clothing in the classroom and pay legal fees of $24,000 to the , Continued on page 8 ARIN Intermediate Unit Helman's Orchard Now Open. 724-34^7841 Lots Of Canning Tomatoes, Sweet And Hot Peppers, Mclntosh Apples, Cauliflower and Kraut Cabbage. Yamick's Farm, 72*3493904. Lots Of Fresh Butter And Sugar Sweet Corn... Yarnick'sFanm, 724-3493904. Affordable Interiors Six Month Same As Cash! Mohawk Carpet Month. Call (724)3493821. Doud's Of Plumville, Biggest Floor Sample Clearance Sale Ever, Starts Thursday Your Internet Services, www.yourinter.net, The Preferred Internet Provider Of IUP (724) 4634)105. Wine Juices... Lamantia Produce, (724)459-8201. New Adoption Fee Scale At ICHS:724465-PETS Wood- Fired Cheese Pizza Tonight.. Ironwood Grill

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