INSIDE INDIANA: Fairs, Nance, jazz, doughnuts, etc.
August 22, 2014 10:54 AM
by BILL HASTINGS

To whom it may concern —

Signs that summer is fading fast are popping up all over town, from the fairgrounds at Mack Park to the campus at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

About 14,000 students are expected to trickle in during staggered return times this weekend, with classes set to start Monday. Some have already returned: international students, athletes, band members and others involved in extracurricular activities.

Another sign of summer’s imminent end, the annual Indiana County Fair, begins Sunday.

Be sure to head to the fairgrounds next week for a taste of the treats, sights and sounds of the fair.

And for those who can’t wait for the cooler temperatures fall and winter will bring, the ice skating rink at S&T Bank Arena in White Township opens Aug. 30 for public ice skating.

When St. Bernard Regional Catholic School welcomes students back on Tuesday, they will be greeted by new teachers for art (Kristen Green), music (Karen Marshall) and preschool (Heather Miller).

Founded in 1930, the school has an open enrollment policy and accepts students of all faiths.

IN HIS HONOR

The James Nance Memorial Highway — a section of North Fifth Street and North Fifth Avenue in Indiana and White Township — will be dedicated Aug. 29 in honor of the former professional football player.

Many consider Nance the county’s greatest athlete. He opened the decade of the 1960s by winning a PIAA wrestling championship as an Indiana High School junior and closed it as the most prolific rusher in American Football League history. Those achievements sandwiched a second state wrestling crown, two NCAA wrestling titles as a Syracuse University heavyweight, an appearance in the Sugar Bowl, an AFL Most Valuable Player award as a member of the Boston Patriots and league rushing records that will stand for eternity.

Nance was raised along North Fifth Avenue.

The dedication will take place at 7 p.m., and the football team will wear decals on their helmets that say “Nance” over the number 31. The Indians will play their season opener that night at Fifth Street Stadium against Mars.

SAVE THE DATE

The annual Love of Life Campaign, which benefits Indiana Regional Medical Center’s M. Dorcas Clark, MD, Women’s Imaging Center, will kick off with the Love of Life Street Party on Thursday.

The event will be from 5 to 8 p.m. at IRMC Park, North Seventh Street.

Jazz, folk and rock music by Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing, a four-piece acoustic band, will be the entertainment for the evening. There will also be a silent art auction, featuring works from local artists including Patrick McKelvy, Mark Altrogge, Courtney Scherf, Darlene Palmer and Loyal Hannah’s Quilt Guild.

The Love of Life Campaign culminates Nov. 21 with the drawing for a custom diamond ring, donated by local jeweler Gary Wyant.

For more information or to buy tickets for the ring, call (724) 357-8053.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is set for 11 a.m. Thursday on Windy Ridge Road for the Indiana County Municipal Services Authority’s latest waterline construction projects.

ICMSA, the Indiana County Development Corporation and Penn VEST partnered to install a new water system at with 12-inch mains and a storage tank of 700,000 gallons to serve the newly created Windy Ridge Business and Technology Park.

To attend, RSVP to (724) 349-6640, or email at mduffalo@icomsa.org.

BUSINESS BYTES

Donut Connection, which had recently closed the doors on Philadelphia Street location, will reopen Monday under new ownership.

Portia Diaz and her husband, Philip Stolitza, are the new owners. They also own the local company Greener Solutions LLC, which provides eco-friendly building materials. In addition to doughnuts and breakfast sandwiches, there are plans to add “some exciting new lunch menu items,” according to the business’s Facebook page.

The previous owner was Lori Delpra, who operates Subway sandwich shops in Shelocta, Clymer and the SouthTowne Plaza in White Township.

SHOP TALK AT SIX

The St. Vincent de Paul store in Valeski’s BiLo plaza will hold a bag sale from Monday to Sept. 12, when customers can fill a paper bag for $5, or pay half-price for each item. … Gas prices today in Indiana ranged from a low of $3.49 a gallon to a high of $3.59, compared to a state average of $3.46 and a national average of $3.43 (www.pennsylvaniagasprices.com). … With the start of school coming up next week, Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, recalled the quote by the late South African leader Nelson Mandela, who said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Good evening!

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