Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on October 28, 2002 · Page 12
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Page 12 — Monday, October 28, 2002 REGION 1KI}C <3)uhiann (Snsctlc John Phillips oh baby "A baby is an inestimable blessing and bother." — Mark Twain Why is it that the older I get the more I like babies? I never used to like babies— check that, I never used to really notice babies. r I always thought that new- horns were ugly and looked alike, all pink and wrinkled, like a day-old rat. My perspective has changed with the passing years, and I'm not sure why. I now find myself smiling when I see a baby or a young child — and I am reminded of that day years ago at what used to be Indiana Hospital when the nurse in the pediatrics department said, to no one in particular, "We love babies here." I pretty much feel the same way now for some reason. Could it be that babies represent a beginning and I am approaching an end — life versus death? Or is it just because babies are so cute, so innocent, so huggable? I was a cute baby; yes I was. Mom told me I was, and why would she lie to me? And I remember lying in my crib and my aunts cooing over me and saying, "Aren't you a little cutie." Ah yes, I remember the day well. It was a beautiful April morning when I was bom (6 a.m., I think) — bells pealed and trumpets blared, announcing my arrival. Sadly, practically no one was listening, a non-reaction that was to shadow me for the rest of my life. But even though I was a cute baby, 1 never passed that label on to any other babies — until now. So what is it about babies that appeals to us so much? Is it that they represent the continuation of the species — that we see in them the future of humankind? I know that parents, and especially grandparents, take comfort in the fact that their lineages will be continued, that the seeds of their bloodlines will be sown for many years to come. It's something more than that, though. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that we love puppies and kittens (cats need not apply, thank you). They are cute, they are vulnerable, and they need us. They need us! It's great to be needed. It gives us a reason to get up in the morning. Those among us who don't feel needed are those among us who may develop problems. Children bring us together and sometimes they split us apart — not their fault, but our fault. This is probably not a good example because the sniper guy obviously had some kind of emotional or mental problems unrelated to children, but he did have a kid situation — he could- n'l see his because of a court order. That is not to say that thai was what sent him off on a killing spree, but it may have had an effect on his already shaky emo- tionai state. We'll probably never know his true motive. But that's getting off the track. I like babies and I like little kids. I like to see kids outside playing and enjoying themselves — it reminds me that I was once like them. When I see kids playing in their yard when I drive by, I beep the horn and wave, like an engineer on a locomotive. I could probably be arrested for it nowadays, but most of the kids wave back and everything is all right. Sometimes I think that I would have made a good elementary- school leacher. I think mat I could have had a positive impact on the life of young children. What a legacy that would be, huh, to help make a change for the better in a young child's life? What career could be more important than that? It's too late to go that way, though, so I suppose I'll just have to be content with loving babies and little kids. They do make me smile. (John Phillips is a Gazette assistant editor. His column appears Mondays and Thursdays. He can he e-mailed at jphil@indi- anagazelte.net.) Pleasing pumpkins Sunday, volunteers from two organization's at Indiana University of Pennsylvania — the Sigma Kappa sorority and Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity — helped residents of St. Andrew's Village in White Township get ready to celebrate Halloween. Right: Nicole Smith of 'Harrison City, president of Sigma Kappa, helped Margaret Lechman decorate a small pumpkin. Above: When finished, some of the pumpkins had smiley faces meant to cheer St. Andrew's residents during the ghoulish days of ' Halloween. (Gazette photo by Melissa Pucillo) Mystery gas killed .116,. doctors say Continued on page 12 were confined for three days — little movement, lack of water, food and sleep, severe psychological stress — and by the chronic medical problems some suffered. "In standard situations, the compound that was used on people does not act as aggressively as it turned out to do," Seltsovsky said. The Moscow Health Department said 405 former hostages, including nine children, remained hospitalized today after 239 were released. On Sunday, doctors had said 646 people remained hospitalized, 45 of them in very serious condition. Two foreign women, one Dutch and one Austrian, died,.and officials in Kazakhstan said a 13-year-old girl from their country died — one of three children who perished. There were about 800 people in the theater when it was seized by Chechen gunmen during Wednesday night's performance of the popular Russian musical "Nord-Ost,". or "North-East." Anguished relatives crowded the gates of Moscow hospitals, begging for news of their kin, while others scoured the city morgues. Tatiana Lukashova's 26-year-old daughter, Masha Panova, was a hostage and now is missing. Lukashova saw a broadcast on the ORT television station Saturday that showed her daughter lying on a mattress in a hospital corridor with an oxygen mask on. "But we didn't hear what hospital it was, and our search through all the hospitals was in vain," Lukashova said in a telephone interview. "It's unbelievable," she said, tears choking her voice. "Even the head of the district where we live went to meet officials of ORT to find out in which hospital they filmed the girl, but they told him they can't tell without permission from prosecutors." Even diplomats had trouble rind- ing information about the estimated 70 foreign citizens among the hostages. U.S. consular officials searched the city's hospitals for one of two American citizens known to have been hostages. . Purin~"declared today "a" day of' mourning. for the victims of the hostage crisis. Schools in Moscow were open today and started the day with a moment of silence, but many children's activities were canceled. The death toll among the hostages stood at 118 on Sunday, including the 116 who died from effects of the gas, a woman who was shot in the early hours of the crisis and a hostage killed by a gunshot wound to "It's unbelievable. Even the head of the district where we live went to meet officials of ORT to find out in which hospital they filmed the girl, but they told him they can't tell without permission from prosecutors." — Tatiana Lukashova the head early Saturday. Moscow officials said today that relatives of the dead would receive about $3,150 in compensation, while hostages who survived would get half that, Interfax reported. The city will pay for funerals, it said. Officials said three gunmen were captured, and authorities searched the city for accomplices who may have escaped. The Federal Security Service said 50 assailants were killed at the theater, and several were shot in the head apparently as they lay incapacitated from the gas. Meanwhile, security remained tight in the capital and police arrested a Chechnya resident in Moscow after finding an explosive substance on him and in his car, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported Monday. The man also had extremist Muslim literature, it said. Some of the attackers who burst into the theater Wednesday night had explosives strapped to their bodies; 18 were women who said they were widows of Chechens killed by Russian forces. They mined the theater and threatened to blow it up unless Putin withdrew Russian troops from the rebellious, predominandy Muslim region ofChechnya. Russian forces pulled out of Chechnya after a devastating 19941996 war that left separatists in control. In the autumn of 1999, Putin 'sent troops back in after Chechnya- ^ased rebels attacked a neighboring region and after apartment bombings that killed about 300 people Were blamed on the militants. In 1995 and 1996, rebels seized hundreds of hostages in two raids in southern Russia near Chechnya, and dozens of people died in both cases. Many of them were killed when Russian forces attacked the assailants. Total population of Indiana County 89,604 Estimated population age 50 & over 18,344 The goal foi 2002 is 40% of persons 50 & over, or 7,337 inoculations Kick The Flu Age 50+ -so .8. -&- W) Q) § 1.l ''V&i : #Q[ Shots 2002 To Date 2002 To Date 'Bigs' mentor little brothers, sisters Continued from page 1 Sheppard, a junior philosophy pre- law major. He has been a mentor, what the volunteers refer to as a "big," for about a year. "I was doing work study at the office" of Big Brothers Big Sisters, Sheppard said, "and I got to know the kids. I didn't think I had time to be a big, but I decided to get involved. It turned out pretty good." The children thai the bigs are matched with are known as "littles." Sheppard said he and his little play sports, Sheppard goes to his little's games, they have dinner together, and he is teaching him how to play the keyboard. "The benefits don't just go one way," Sheppard said. "It helps us both to mature. I see him going through some of the same things I went through. It's not all about giving; it's also about receiving-" What makes the relationships possible and allows the organization to exist is the funding it receives from donors, fund-raisers and the United Way. No fees are charged for the program, and it receives no local, state or federal money. "It becomes difficult to End funds because there are a lot of organizations out there and it is really competitive," Caldwel! said. "Without the United Way, we couldn't survive." Big Brothers Big Sisters is one of the 20 agencies in Indiana that the United Way supports. It became a member of the United Way in 1992. Twenty-seven percent of the agency's budget comes from the United Way. That money is used for the traditional one-on-one program. The United Way's yearly campaign drive runs through Jan. 15. This year, its goal is $800,000. The money is divided among United Way member agencies based on need and the types of programs being sponsored. In March, a board consisting of donors reviews each of the supported agencies and decides how to allocate the money. YMCA to begin swim session Kick the flu The Visiting Nurse Association of Indiana County will hold its final flu-shot clinic Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. near The Bon- Ton at the Indiana Mall. The VNA is urging county residents, especially those over 65, to receive the vaccinations. The Indiana County YMCA is beginning its new eight-week swim session this week. The days available for lessons are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. The classes are for preschool, Water Babies and Tiny Tots for ages 6 months to 2 years, and Shrimp and Seahorse for ages 3 to 5. There are also progressive-swimmers classes for ages 6 and up: Guppy, Minnow, Fish, Flying Fish and Shark. For additional information, contact Adam Weis at the YMCA, (724) 463-9622. READ COLUMNIST CARL KOLOGIE, TUESDAYS The Indiana Gazette on the 'Net 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. If you were employed at this facility during said time period and have knowledge of asbestos-containing products utilized, please contact Jason, Jill or Donna toll-free at (800) 471-3980 COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE (The former Rice's Cafe) Tuesday, October 29 • 6:00 P.M. 17 Miles North of Indiana, PA and Three Miles South of Hillsdale, PA, along busy traveled Route 286 This one and one-half story frame and masonry commercial building with large basement area consist of several rooms that could be adapted for living quarters. First floor has a large Bariquet room, medium size banquet area, smaller dining area, large kitchen, and rest room facilities. Second floor has a five room apartment, large room, and three outside entrances. Main building is heated by oil fired hot-water heat, large banquet hall approximately 38 ft. by 100 ft. fs heated by propane gas. Well water supply. All is situated on a 3.16 acre parcel of land that fronts on busy traveled highway Route 286 and side fronts on paved T228 Roadway. The above described real estate was used as a restaurant and a banquet enterprise for many years. But however, it has possibility of being converted to housing, automobile sales and service, second hand shop, new and used furniture, lumber and building supplies, farm machinery and gardening, cabinet making, groceries and many other retail enterprises. Unlimited possibilities, large parking area and structure to promote business. Many pluses. LOCATION!!! LOCATION!!! LOCATION!!! Plan to inspect October 28, 2002 from 6:00 KM. - 8:00 KM. or any other time by appointment. Gigantic Opportunity Knocking-Do Not Hesitate!!! TERMS: $10,000.00 down time of sale, balance upon delivery of Deed. Sale subject to confirmation by sellers. Other terms and conditions will be given at time of sale.Also will offer All restaurant equipment at 6:30 PM. day of sale. Statements made at time o( sale tafce precedence over any or nil advertising or statements made prior ID sale. FOR FURTHER DETAILS CONTACT. Pete Stewart & Son Auctioneers and Realtors 923 Philadelphia Street, Indiana, PA Phone 724-463-0715 License Number AU-OOO9O4-L Since 1952

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