Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on October 30, 2002 · Page 8
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Page 8 — Wednesday, October 30, 2002 REGION ©nsette FOCUS ON NATURE — Noted nature photographer Bill King, author of "Armstrong County, A Place for All Seasons," will take a close look at the wonders of nature in the next Friends of the Parks program Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Blue Spruce Park Lodge. King will present a slide program titled "Mountains, Hills and Wild Flowers." The nesting swan at Blue Spruce, above, is an example of the nature subjects waiting for iocal photographers. More information on the free program is available by calling Blue Spruce Park at (724) 463-8636. (Photo by Larry Turton) Man hikes Appalachian Trail Continued from page 1 occurred to me to raise money while I was doing it," he said. He began publicizing his hike, taking pledges in an attempt to raise $10,000 for the kidney foundation and setting up a Web site to publicize his quest and to create awareness of kidney disease. In May 2001 he began his hike in Springer Mountain, Ga. Four months and 1,632 miles later, he was forced to abandon his quest at Manchester Center, Vt., when he received word that his father, Joseph Grusky, was critically ill. He returned home — just south of Punxsutawney near the Indiana County village of Covode — and took care of his ailing father, who died last October. In mid-August, the 29-year-old Grusky returned to Manchester Center to finish what he started. This time he was accompanied by two hiking friends: J.T. Cooper of Punxsutawney, a longtime friend who had hiked the trail in 1997, and J.D. Goodall of Harrisburg, whom he met on the trail. Less than two months later, on Oct. 8, SandQy reached the peak of Mount Katahdin, Maine, completing the last 536 miles of the Appalachian Trail for a total of 2,168 miles, and raising $8,000 for the foundation. Did he find what he was looking for — a direction for his future? • "I didn't corne up with the answer, although I've got a few ideas," he said. "I did learn that there's more to life than making a lot of money. I learned that I could live on a lot less. I don't need a high-paying, high- stress job. I could do something I enjoy for less money." Yellow Creek working to repair leak Continued from page 1 bottom. Bisbee said the divers — wearing dive suits with heated water circulating through them to keep the men warm — are removing tree stumps and other debris from around the gate, and will videotape the gate's operation so that engineers can decide what needs to be done to stop the leak. The divers will also place temporary aluminum plates across the inlet grates of the gate. The water pressure will hold the plates against the grate and shut off the flow of water so that repairs can be made from the bottom of the dam's control tower. "Once we know the extent of the repairs, we'll put out bids for corrective work," Bisbee said. The UCI divers will also be inspecting gates on dams at several other state parks. Candidates make pitch to voters during forum Continued from page 1 rising medical malpractice insurance premiums and regulations on home-schooling. "House Bill 2560 as proposed will lift restrictions for parents so they, not bureaucrats in Harrisburg or Washington, will have the ultimate decision on the best way to educate their kids," Coleman said. "Pennsylvania is one of the most over-regulated states for home education and I support House Bill 2560." Reed said he also fully supports the 'legislation. "Although I went to public schools, my parents made-my homework and my studies my top priority when I was growing up," Reed said. "I can't think of anything more heartening than when parents step forward and take full responsibility for educating their children in their home." Steelman said she is against HB 2560 as it is written. "Representative Coleman describes a scary situation of over-regulation, but he is not describing Pennsylvania," Steelman said. "Home-schoolers in Pennsylvania have a great deal of freedom to choose the options mat they want to adopt to teach their children at home. If we completely do away with all regulations, as this bill will do, some children will fall through the cracks and not receive the education COLEMAN that they need and deserve. I don't think we should abolish accountability for any students." Congressional candidates Bill Choby, a Republican from Johnstown, and John Henry, a Democrat from Breezewood, voiced clearly different positions on federal issues although they are not running against each other. Choby is challenging Rep. John Murtha in the 12th District; Henry opposes Rep. Bill Shuster in the 9th District. Not surprisingly, their responses — to questions about whether to wage war with Iraq, government aid to the needy, federal tax cuts and helping senior citizens pay for prescription drugs •— followed party lines. The state office candidates answered questions for 40 minutes of the hour-long forum and the congressional candidates were given the remaining time. But the questions weren't hard-hitting enough, according to some of the audience members who were questioned in an informal poll afterward Haitian migrants risk lives to reach coast of Florida Continued from page 1 to the scene and spoke to some of the migrants. "The Cubans that were on the same boat will be released. The Haitians will probably be deported. It's a double standard." Gov. Jeb Bush said he spoke to White House officials about the migrants' status and was assured they would receive "fair and decent treatment." The U.S. Coast Guard spotted the 50-foot wooden vessel Tuesday and followed it for about two hours, said Coast Guard spokesman Luis Diaz. The boat ran aground about 500 yards from shore and the immigrants ran to land near Hobie Beach on Virginia Key, just southeast of Miami's downtown. "They were all over the front of the boat, the top of the boat, the back of the boat. They were all over it," said windsurfer Ovidio DeLeon, who witnessed the scene. "Then they started jumping." Some of the Haitians jumped from the deck; others, including small children, were lowered into the water to struggle to shore. Once on land, they ran into the streets, many trying to flag down cars and causing the six-lane Rickenbacker Causeway to be shut down for more than three hours. "The boat people phenomenon is a manifestation of distress," said former Haitian President Leslie Manigat. "Haitians have no hope because their government has failed to give them any." About 4,000 immigrants have been interdicted at sea this year, including about 1,500 Haitians, Coast Guard Commander Jim McPherson said. "It didn't change my views," said Edwina Void of Indiana, a member of the League of Women Voters. "The format doesn't allow for debate and allows no more than canned responses." "It was worthwhile, but I was a little disappointed in the caliber of the questions," said Bob Shotts of She- iocta. Shotts said he did not submit any questions. Most called the event informative, but some said it would shape the way they vote next Tuesday. "When I vote, I wonder who are these people?" said Dehbie Caldwell of East Wheatfield Township. "This is valuable, it gives you a sense of their competence and personalities." "I registered Democrat, but I decided to vote for Dave Reed," said Laura Bence of Indiana, an 18-year- old Indiana Area Senior High School student who will vote in her first election. Indiana High student Andy Smith, 17, of Indiana — who is not old enough to vote — said he was interested in getting to know the issues. "I wanted to see how the candidates interact with each other and find out what they believe," Smith said. But he's not ready to be a lobbyist. "I'll probably tell (my parents) what they said, but let them decide how to vote." 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