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INSIDE INDIANA: Citizens', Son Day, Tony, Rudy, etc.

by on July 25, 2014 10:49 AM

To whom it may concern —

ANSWERING THE CALL

Organizers of Citizens’ Ambulance Service are preparing to mark its 50th anniversary, and they are reaching out to current personnel and alumni of the organization to attend a celebration this fall.

The event will be held Sept. 12 through 14 at the Chestnut Ridge Resort in Burrell Township.

The ambulance company was founded in 1964 through a grass-roots effort led by Jerry Esposito and Indiana’s Junior Civic Women’s Club. Today, it has five stations and is constructing another station and training institute along Route 422, west of Indiana.

Email Dottie (Postles) Staffen, 50th anniversary chairwoman, at dmstaffen@comcast.net for more information or to reconnect with the organization.

A FEET OF MARKETING?

Have you seen the billboard along North Fourth Street going south into Indiana?

The cryptic sign says “Indiana needs a new shoe store” and directs passers-by to the website www.shoecanitbenow.com.

It turns out the billboard sends you to a website with not much more information, but it promises more details to come.

What the site says: “We think Indiana, PA needs a new shoe store. A place where you can find your sneakers, work boots, kids shoes, and every other need — all in one place. That’s our mission; to give that to Indiana. But we ain’t saying who we are. Who could we be now?”

A media inquiry by the Gazette has not yet been returned.

The website also says the yet unannounced store has a focus on community service, offering to pay for new paint for a school, church or business, or to donate finger paints to a school or day care.

Instructions on how to obtain the free paint for your organization are on the website.

YOUR WEEKEND CALENDAR

The Indiana Community Garden will hold a Taste and Tour event at 10 a.m. Saturday at the garden, J.S. Mack Community Center, White Township.

Kay Snyder will present the tour, speaking on the new meditation garden, bats and the bat house, and other initiatives. Samples of fresh food will be available, as well as hand-on children’s activities.

This program was rained out last week.

If it's grilled chicken and halushki you crave, stop at St. Anne’s Byzantine Catholic Church in Clymer Saturday for the annual dinner.

This dinner is for take out only, from 11 a.m. until all is sold out. The food will be sold from the church parking lot at 360 Franklin St.

The meal, which is served with baked beans, a roll and dessert, costs $10.

SONNY DAY

The sixth annual Son Day in the Park is set for 2 to 8 p.m. Aug. 3 at Sherman Street Park in Clymer, where a free day of Christian music, food and fun is planned by organizer Judy Greene and all her helpers.

The all-denominational event include a Kiddie Korner, live puppeteers, food and fellowship.

CONDOLENCES

Our recent obituaries included the following:

• Anthony “Tony” Georgiana Jr. passed away at his home in Carmel, N.Y., at the age of 80.

Formerly of Indiana, Tony owned and operated the Hitching Post Farm Market, which was located on Wayne Avenue in White Township. Tony was an admired and respected businessman and operated the Hitching Post for many years.

• Rudolph “Rudy” Gaston died recently at his home in Blacklick Township at the age of 82.

He owned and operated a dairy farm near Blairsville.

Rudy is well-remembered by Blairsville High School football and wrestling fans.

He led Indiana County in scoring in 1950 as a halfback for the high school football team and finished second in the PIAA wrestling tournament, which at that time had only one class.

SAVE THE DATE

Dillweed Bed & Breakfast, in Dilltown, will host a free garden concert from 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 3.

On the lineup is gospel/inspirational music by New Journey and Crucified.

Food and refreshments will be available for sale during the concert, and those who attend should bring folding lawn chair or blanket.

The bed and breakfast is along Route 403 a mile north of Route 22 in Dilltown, next to the Ghost Town Trail.

The owners of Blossom Hollow Farm, 162 Blossom Hollow Road, Commodore, have invited the public to see their new free stall barn and milking parlor at an event from noon to 8 p.m. on Aug. 5.

The open house includes a meal and tour of the facility.

The operation, owned by Walter and Yvonne Learn, was named a Century Farm in 1976.

SHOP TALK AT SIX

Gas prices in the Indiana area today were running at $3.79 a gallon, according to www.pennsylvaniagasprices.com, which reports the state average at $3.65 and the national average at $3.53. … Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, says the late children’s author Theodor Geisel, better know as Dr. Seuss, had it right when he said, “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”

Good evening!



Bill Hastings is columnist for Gazette and a former longtime managing editor. His column, Inside Indiana, appears every Friday. hastings@indianagazette.net
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