(Saaettc REGIONAL Sunday, March 4, 2001 — B-3 Ridge's lower profile may be only temporary By CLAUDE R. MARX Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON - What a difference a year made for Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge at the National Governors' Association meeting. When the group met in Washington last week, Ridge spent most of his time talking to colleagues about issues such as Medicaid reform, education, and reducing suburban sprawl. The governor made no headlines in the national press and did not appear on any of the weekend network television taik shows. Most of the press interest came from reporters who cover Pennsylvania politics either in Ilarrisburg or Washington. Quite a contrast from last year's meeting, which took place while Ridge was mentioned as a possible running mate for' then-candidate George W. Bush. During the 2000 meeting, Ridge appeared on CNN's "Capital Gang" and NBC's "Meet the Press" and was a featured guest at the Sperling Lunch, a gathering of some of Washington's senior political reporters. During those interviews, Ridge talked about his own accomplishments and his rationale for supporting Bush over his other friend. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. Ridge also resisted efforts to goad him into criticizing the GOP's conservative wing, which has long disliked him because of his support for abortion rights and his opposition to certain weapons Viewing Washington systems while he was in Congress. If Ridge is disappointed about the reduced interest in him by the national press or about not being vice president, he is keeping it to himself. He was optimistic and philosophical when asked about it last Thursday. "I have never gotten away from the notion that I have fun being governor. There are plenty of lights shining on that. There is a time and place for everything and it was neither the time nor the place," he said. University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato said Ridge's days on the national stage are not over. "It can't bother him too much be- Obituaries Vere Pifer Vere E. Pifer, 85, Punxsutawney RD 3, died Saturday, March 3, 2001, at PunxsutawneyArea Hospital. The son of Luther and Anna Keller Pifer, he was born April 26, 1915, in Henderson Township, Jefferson County. Mr. Pifer married the former Sara Fye on Sept. 30, 1937. He was a member of Paradise United Church of Christ. He was also a member of the John W. Jenks Masonic Lodge 534; Coudersport Consistory; Jaffa Shrine of Altoona; Jefferson County A.T.V Shrine Unit, where he had been president; Royal Order of Jesters Court 70; B.P.O. Elks 301; Loyal Order of Moose 954; P.O. Eagles 1231; and the Punxsutawney Hunting Club. He had been employed as general superintendent for the Williamson Shaft Co. for 43 years. Surviving are three sons and two daughters: Dale Pifer, Sykesville; Arnold Pifer, Indiana; Larry Pifer, Meadville; Mrs. Thomas (Sandra) Buhite, Fairbanks, Alaska; and Mrs. Gary (Sally) Koppenhaver, Punxsutawney RD 3; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; one brother and two sisters: Charles Pifer, Reynoldsville RD 3; Clara Stone, Powersight, Mo.; and Carrie Peterson, Warren. He was preceded in death by his wife, on March 6,1982; two brothers, Martin and Sterling Gale Pifer; and one sister, Savannah Weber. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 . and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Deeley Funeral Home, Punxsutawney, where members of the John W. Jenks Masonic Lodge 534 will assemble at 7 p.m. Friends will also be received at the Paradise United Church of Christ from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, at which time a funeral service will be held, with the Rev. Barry Fillman officiating. Interment will be made in Lakelawn Memorial Park, Reynoldsville. Ernest Milliard Ernest Milliard, 91, of Indiana died Friday, March 2,2001, at the Indiana Hospital. A son of Isaac and Myrtle Bish Hilliard, he was born Feb. 27,1910 in Coolspring, Jefferson County. Mr. Hilliard lived most of lus life in Indiana County where he was a coal miner for R&P Coal Co. and a self- employed farmer. He was a member of UMWA of Homer City and attended the Indiana Wesleyan Methodist Church. Surviving are one son, Everett R. Hilliard and his wife, Mary, Indiana; one daughter, Alberta M. Boyer, Lititz; two brothers John Hilliard, Punxsutawney; Fred Hilliard, Hazen; two sisters: Florence Kunselman, North Towanda, N.Y.; Nellie McKensy, Buffalo, N.Y.; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Erne! B. Eckman Hilliard; one son, Ernest F. Hilliard; four brothers: Charles, James, Lawrence and Wilbur Hilliard; and two sisters Mary Pilon and Masie Hull. Friends will be received from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at Robinson-Lytle Inc., Indiana, where a funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Jon A. Treese officiating. Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Indiana Wesleyan Methodist Church, 12th and Church Streets, Indiana, PA 15701. Funerals BIERER, Laird E. Pete, 11 a.m., Clark Chapel of Elderton COLEMAN, Kathryn Popovich, 10 a.m., St. Bernard of Clairvaux Roman Catholic Church, Indiana (Bowser-Minich Funeral Home, Indiana) GREENE, Ralph E, 3 p.m., Robinson- Lytle Inc., Indiana HILLIARD, Ernest, 11 a.m., Robinson-Lytle Inc., Indiana KLASH, Gladys H., 1:30 p.m., Robinson-Lytle Inc., Indiana cause he knows he is going to be back. He's a two-term governor of the only northeastern state the Republicans have a shot of carrying in the next election and the party will find a way to use him," Sabato said. "Ridge is not bothered by liis decreased visibility because he's never struck me as the kind of guy who needs to be in the spotlight. He is not shy about promoting himself but he does not crave attention the way other politicians do," Sabato added. Though his profile is lower, Ridge still has chances for national involvement. As chairman of the Republican Governors Association, Ridge will raise money for GOP candidates and gain important contacts if he decides to run for president in 2008. He also is looked to as a spokesman for the party's policy achievements. Last Thursday, Ridge appeared before a House committee hearing here about his administration's successes in improving student performance. Ridge testified with Sen. Tom Carper, D-DeL, and it was nothing less than a mutual admiration society. Even when they disagreed on the merits of public subsidies for private education, they were on friendly terms and even ribbed each other. Ridge also was remiaded of the downside of being on the national stage when Carper revealed a little- known fact about the governor. His nickname in Congress was T- bone. Then-Rep. Bill Richardson, D- N.M., gave Ridge the moniker when they played on opposing teams in the annual congressional baseball game. Ridge speculated that it might be a reference to either his love for steak or his stocky build. Richardson could not be reached for comment. Most of Ridge's discussions center on meatier subjects. That is why his profile may rise again. Claude R. Marx covers Pennsylvania issues in Washington for The Associated Press. The Indiana Gazette on the tntfrnct Gladys Klash Gladys H. Klash, 96, of Indiana, formerly of Strongstown, died Friday, March 2, 2001, at St. Andrew's Village. A daughter of William and Catherine Bennett Albright, she was born March 4,1904 in Strongstown. Mrs. Klash lived most of her life in Indiana County where she was a homemaker and helped her husband operate Klash's Service Station for many years. She was a former member of Maple Grove Church of God, Perm Run and its Lady Missionary Society. Surviving are her husband of 72 years, August M. Klash; one son, August "Scott" Klash and his wife, Sally, Strongstown RD; four daughters: Pearl Pyer and her husband, Thomas, Homer City; Lexie Frederick and her husband, Donald, Strongstown; Patty Sleppy and her husband, Dale, Penn Run; Helen Bosley, Indiana; 10 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers: Emmett, Leland, George and Edgar Albright; and five sisters: Edna Sowers, Cieo Albright, Mary Tanner, Fern Hagens and Eldie Cramer. Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. today at Robinson-Lytle Inc., Indiana, where funeral services will beheld at 1:30 p.m. Monday with die Rev. Dr. Daryl S. Jeffers officiating. Interment will be in Pineland Cemetery. Ralph Greene Ralph E. Greene, 87, of Indiana died Friday, March 2,2001, at the Indiana Hospital. A son of Rev. John C. and Katherine Affolder Greene, he was born March 24,1913 in Belle Vernon. Mr. Greene lived most of his life in Indiana County. He attended the Fundamental Baptist Church and re- cendy attended Christian Missionary & Alliance Church, Homer City. Mr. Greene worked as a UMWA coal miner, truck driver and a farmer. He was an avid hunter and oul- doorsman. Surviving are his wife of nearly 65 years, Loella M. Smith Greene; three sons: Elder R.C. Green and his wife, Patricia, Indiana; John H. Greene and his wife, Phyllis, Yorktown, Va.; Ralph E. Greene Jr. and his wife, Carol, Indiana; one daughter, Kathy Bennett and her husband, Harry, Bellbrook, Ohio; one sister, Esther McCurdy and her husband, Raymond, Homer City; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers: James, Lewis and Russell Greene; and two sisters: Ruth Reid Quick and Mrs. Kenneth (Vera) Slormer. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Robinson- Lytle Inc., Indiana, where funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday with the Rev. Ronald Wallace and Mr. Greene's nephew, the Rev. Harry Greene officiating. Interment will be in Blairsville Cemetery. Fugate joins medical staff at hospital The Indiana Hospital Board of Directors recently approved Douglas S. Fugate, MD, orthopedic surgeon, as a member of the hospital's medical staff. Fugate received his medical degree in 1984 from Halmemann University of the Health Sciences in Philadelphia. He completed a one-year internship at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, and a four-year orthopedic surgery residency at the Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu. He received a bachelor's degree in biology from Wheaton College in Wheaton, III., in 1980. Fugate became board certified in orthopedic surgery in 1992 and has been a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons since 1993. His professional experience includes serving on the medical staffs of Philipsburg Area Hospital in Philipsburg, Pa., the General THOSE OLD PHOTOS West Indiana's Fire Company occupied the same site as the present day Community Center at Philadelphia and North Ninth Street The building at left is the present day Ninth Street Deli. This old photo was submitted by John F. Busovicki. Schools warned about Internet site WARRENDALE, Pa. (AP) — An Internet site mat lets parents capture memories of their children's school activities might unintentionally be capturing the fancy of child-sex predators, according to area school officials and an Internet watchdog group. The American Sports Photo Network, a subsidiary of Photowave based in Marshal! Township, a Pittsburgh suburb, pays employees across the country to photograph students at sports and cheerleading events. Those pictures are available on a Web site for parents to download later to make calendars and other keepsakes. But Blue Ridge Thunder, an Internet watchdog group, said the site and others like it are ripe for abuse by pedophiles who can log on and view the pictures — although that's not Photowave's fault. "Decent people have no idea (of the potential abuses), because we DOUGLAS S. FUGATE ... Orthopedic surgeon ... Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.. and the 93 rd Evacuation Hospital in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm. His office, the Center for Or- thopaedics and Sports Medicine, is located at the 119 Professional Center, Suite 307,1265 Wayne Ave., Indiana. don't think in a sick, perverted way,'' said Lt. Rick Wiita, of the Bedford County (Va.) Sheriff's Office, where Blue Ridge Thunder is based. Cliief Michael Bookserof die Bellevue Police Department in suburban Pittsburgh is a member of the Governor's Community Partnership for Safe Children. He said pictures of local students online can expose them to predators worldwide. "Ten years ago, whenever your kids went to the corner, they learned what they learned on the corner," Bookser said. "Now, with the Internet, they're on a street corner in Amsterdam. That's what the Internet is." Kirk Russell, vice president of marketing and sales for Photowave, said noone has raised such concerns with his company before. "This is news to me and news to our company," Russell said. "If mis is the issue, I don't see how we would have a viable business. We're all parents. I certainly would not do any- Commodore man seriously hurt in wreck JOHNSTOWN — A Commodore man remanined in serious condition at the intensive care unit of Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, a nursing supervisor said Saturday night Wilbert Patterson, 54, of Commodore and three other people were injured in a collision Thursday morning at the intersection of Routes 286 and 240 near Commodore in Green Township. \VHda Patterson, 50, was listed in fair condition today at Memorial Medical center. Officials said the others hurt in the wreck, 47-year-old Catherine Sinclair and 14-year-old April Sinclair, both of Starford, were treated and released from Indiana I lospital. A 2-year-old hoy, Fason Goss of Commodore, was strapped into a child restraint seat in the Pattersons' car and escaped without injury, according to state police from the Indiana Station. thing to jeopardize the safety of children." Russell said the company has had only five parents contact his company about removing their child's picture in 1 1 A years. "We have over 330,000 images. We do not post any images without authorization from the organizations," Russell said. But officials in several Pittsburgh- area school districts said they were unaware that pictures of some of their students were posted on the Web site. "I'm not aware of it. This is news to me," said James Manley, superintendent of the Pine-Richland School District. "Our position is to do our best not to place student pictures on Web sites, even our own Web site." Mars Area Superintendent William Pettigrew said he, too, wasn't aware of student pictures on the Web site — but after checking into it, learned that parents gave Photowave permission to post pictures of individual students. But Pettigrew said the district has no agreement with the company. Russell said the site uses a security feature on photos that are not purchased that prevents them from being saved on computer disks. But when photos are viewed on the site — which identify the atfilete or cheerleader's team name and state — they can be reproduced or altered. "The simple fact is that sites such as that can be used for some very evil purposes. That may not be the intent," Wiita said. "This site may not be alone in that... (but) it's fraught with danger. We encourage our schools and everyone else not to do that." (On the Net: American Sports Photo Network, http://ivww.aspn.com; Blue Ridge Thunder, http://www.bluerid- gethunder.com) Local briefs Purchase Line holding driU competition The Purchase Line High School Majorettes and Purchase Line Band Boosters will hold their Ninth Indoor Guard, Majorette, and Percussion Competition Saturday, March 10, at 3 p.m. in the Purchase Line High School gymnasi n. The following schools will participate: Tyrone, Windber Area, Forest Hills, Glendale, Ridgway, Bcllwood Amis, Elk County Christian, Johnstown, Central Mountain, Inspiration Independent Twirlers, Claysburg- Kimmel, I lomer Center, Westmont, DuBois, Penn Cambria, Central, Masquerade Independent Guard,and Purchase Line. Kiski state police report APOLLO — State troopers at the Kiski Valley station investigated 76 criminal offenses in February, made 43 arrests and cleared 42 cases, according to a monthly report of officers' activities. Sgt. Bradley Shields, the station commander, reported that officers investigated 36 accidents in which 22 people were injured and one was killed. Four of the accidents were hit-and-runs. Troopers wrote 327 traffic citations, issued 279 warnings and arrested 10 motorists for driving under the influence, according to Shields. Bowl For Kids' Sake to be held March 24 The Bowl For Kids' Sake bowl-a-thon will be held Saturday, March 24 at Mohawk Lanes in White Township. Proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters oflndiana County. Festivities include pizza, drinks, fun and prizes, including a Whitewater rafting trip, a Cook Forest weekend getaway, a Steelers autographed football, golf package for Meadow Lane and many more. For more information contact Big Brothers Big Sisters at 463-3377.
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