BILL HASTINGS' INSIDE INDIANA: Tourism, Angelo, benefits, jazz, etc.
To whom it may concern — LOCAL TOURISM officials are busy gearing up for the “Our Region on Parade Expo,” to be held in April at the Indiana Mall.
This event will be the first to exclusively showcase regional tourism attractions.
“The purpose of this tourism expo is to give our local attractions, businesses and organizations in the tourism industry an opportunity to showcase what they can offer visitors,” said Penny Perman, executive director of the Indiana County Tourist Bureau.
The bureau, along with Thunder Mountain Lenape Nation, are sponsoring the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 6, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 7.
It is expected that booths representing both Indiana County and surrounding counties will be at the expo.
Exhibitors seeking more information about obtaining a booth can call Pat Selinger, of Lenape Nation, at (724) 639-3488.
Though spring is technically here, winter still hasn’t left! Add the following area residents to your list of good neighbors, the folks who plow out neighborhoods and shovel sidewalks following snowstorms: Dave and Debbie Malicky, Clymer; Mike and Tonya Kendra, Strongstown; Charlie Eisenhart, Home; Glenn and Sherry Beatty, Indiana; and Skip Hartnett, Clymer.
The recent obituary columns included some well-known personalities, including Angelo LoPresti, of Lorain, Ohio, and formerly of Homer City, one of those all-American barbers who ran a shop in Indiana before moving to Ohio. He earned some media acclaim on Nov. 7, 2010, when he turned 100. He passed away on March 1 at age 102.
Cindi and Damian Kordell, who recently sold the Home Made Restaurant to longtime employee Wendy Weeks, will hold a “Passing of the Torch” celebration Saturday to mark the event.
The Kordells have retained ownership of the adjacent mini-golf course and Home Make Ice Cream Shoppe, and have added an ice cream truck.
They will travel around Indiana County with homemade ice cream and “Zeekies,” a signature treat of a homemade ice cream sandwich made with cookies.
Work is progressing on the expansion and remodeling project at Subs and Suds at Fifth and Philadelphia streets, a project that includes new second-floor apartments.
The Homer City Fire Department will host Super Bingo to benefit Habitat for Humanity on April 7.
A 12-card package includes jackpots and early birds. Doors open at noon, with early-bird games beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the fire hall.
The cost is $25. Need more information? Call Lisa at (724) 388-1132 or Nikki at (814) 322-2247.
PATTI MEHALIC is organizing a basket auction to benefit the family of Jason Drew, who was killed by a falling limb in February, leaving behind a wife and three young sons.
The basket auction will be from 6 to 9 p.m. April 20 at Indiana Fire Association West. Food and drinks will also be available. Tickets are $10 and are available in advance by calling Mehalic at (724) 388-4146.
A benefit dinner for the Drew family sponsored by the 9th Street Deli and Young Brothers Tae Kwon-Do will be held today from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Indiana Masonic Hall, 42 S. 11th St., Indiana. On the menu are spaghetti and meatballs, rolls and dessert. Takeout will be available. The cost is $6 per person.
A second dinner to benefit the family is being served from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 14 at Nap’s Cucina Mia, 1033 Philadelphia St. Participants will have their choice of pasta in a red or white sauce. Meatballs and salad may be added. Takeout orders will be available.
Donations for the family may be sent to American Funds, c/o S&T Bank, 800 Philadelphia St., Indiana PA 15701, Attn: Bill Simmons. Donations also are being solicited through www.youcaring.com.
JAZZ IT UP
“Elevations,” one of Pittsburgh’s premier jazz trios, will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Spaghetti Benders. Jeff Bush will perform on trombone, and Dr. Michael Stalteri will join in on the saxophone with others.
SHOP TALK AT SIX
PetSmart, the new pet shop at Town Fair shopping center on Ben Franklin Road, is in the midst of a soft grand-opening. … Gas prices were hovering at the $3.75 mark. … Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, says too many people vote their resentment, not their appreciation.