BILL HASTINGS' INSIDE INDIANA: St. Patty's, Erla, Vince, Wendi, etc.
March 15, 2013 10:50 AM
by BILL HASTINGS

To whom it may concern --  While students at Indiana University of Pennsylvania may have celebrated St. Patrick's Day early last weekend, ahead of their spring break departure at the end of classes today, the community will line the streets for the 22nd annual St. Patrick's Day parade on Saturday.

Wee laddies and lassies are invited to take part in a leprechaun look-alike contest that begins at 10 a.m. at Spaghetti Benders, where participants will be judged prior to marching in the parade.

The parade will begin at 11 a.m. at Fifth Street and will travel down Philadelphia Street to Ninth Street. It will feature the Laurel Highlander bagpipers and the usual favorites of firetrucks and community organizations.

ALSO ON your weekend calendar is the 34th Home Show sponsored by the Indiana-Armstrong Builders Association. The show, a popular yearly attraction, will feature 100 exhibitors and 135 booths displaying a variety of products and services related to home building and remodeling. The Home Show will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. today, noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the S&T Bank Arena at the White Township Recreation Complex. Admission is $3 for adults; children under 16 are free if accompanied by a paying adult. There will also be a concession stand, and parking is free.

"Consumers can visit with contractors and specialists in all different trades," said Matt Houser, the association's 2013 president. "There's something for everybody."

THINKING SPRING

The Indiana Community Garden group has set its sights on spring with plans that include a nine-bed expansion of the garden in Mack Park at the corner of South Sixth Street and Carter Avenue, according to representative Faye Catlos.

And that's not all. Other upcoming projects include an additional community plot, designed by the Indiana Garden Club, and the construction of a screen around the gas well. The group will also plant apple trees, Catlos said. An open meeting will be held at 10 a.m. March 30 at Indiana Free Library, and Building Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Beds are still available for purchase by members of the community. Visit www.indianacommunitygarden.net for more information.

AND THE WINNER IS ...

A friendly competition at the Lifesteps VIP Serve Battle of the Banks event at Culpeppers raised $2,000 for the Lifesteps Family Caring Fund, according to Nikki VanDyke, a community relations representative with Lifesteps Inc. VIPs from First Commonwealth, Marion Center, Indiana First and S&T banks worked with Culpeppers' staff for four hours March 7, collecting tips to see who could raise the most. Marion Center Bank emerged the winner with more than $450 in donations.

POTPOURRI

Colleen Chambers of the Indiana County Historical Society this week praised volunteer Erla Seacrist for her efforts to raise funds for the society's museum.

"We are all not only very proud of her efforts, but we are amazed at her results," Chambers said.

As a volunteer, Erla collects items from members, volunteers and others to sell at the museum, with proceeds benefiting the society's preservation efforts. Erla will hold a half-price sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the gift shop.

"Many of the items are unique to Indiana, having been donated from old family collections," Chambers said. "Other items are Cat's Meow, jewelry and pins, old yearbooks and glassware."

GOOD NEIGHBORS

Winter isn't over yet! Add the following area residents to your list of good neighbors, the folks who plow out neighborhoods and shovel sidewalks following snowstorms: Marianne Housholder, Vince Lazor, Paul Smith and Evan Bertig, Coral.

TUNING IN

Wendi Harshyne Pallozzi, daughter of Karen and Larry Harshyne, formerly of Elderton, will be a contestant on "Wheel of Fortune" March 27. Wendi is an associate supervisor for Merck of Quakertown. She and her husband, Joe, are the parents of Nathan and twins Olivia and Josh. Wendi is the granddaughter of Carrie and Don Harshyne, of Indiana.

"All root for Wendi," said Don.

HEALTHY LIVING

Indiana Rotary will sponsor its annual multiphasic blood analysis testing event this Saturday and March 23 at the Indiana County Technology Center, 441 Hamill Road, White Township.

"The comprehensive battery of blood tests can be an important part of your physician's assessment of your current health," said the Rev. Bill Geiger, speaking on behalf of the Rotary. The cost is $38 plus a $5 administration fee, and additional tests are available at a fee with a separate physician order.

For more information or to register, call (800) 234-8888.

SHOP TALK AT SIX

The IUP Center for Family Business will honor the Sheetz family, of Sheetz convenience stores headquartered in Altoona, as the Distinguished Family Business 2013 at an event April 25 at Eberly Auditorium. RSVP to (724) 357-2323. ... Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, asks, "If winter comes, can spring be far behind?"

Good evening!

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