To whom it may concern —
After weeks of a going-out-of-business sale, the Bon-Ton store at Indiana Mall has officially closed its doors.
All Bon-Ton locations were closed by 5 p.m. Wednesday, according to a corporate Bon-Ton post on Facebook.
Area customers lamented the loss, saying the store will be missed in the community.
On a brighter note, Spirit Halloween is now open at the mall with all your Halloween needs.
It is located in the former Kmart.
Senior LIFE Indiana, which offers a “team-based model of care based on the idea of effectively and efficiently treating patients with multiple chronic conditions outside the hospital setting,” will celebrate LIFE Week from Tuesday to Friday at its center, 1220 Wayne Ave., White Township.
According to a news release, “the special week recognizes the efforts, volunteerism and extraordinary talents of the Senior LIFE staff and members.”
There will be activities and events meant to engage Senior LIFE with the community. All activities will be at the LIFE Health and Wellness centers.
LIFE members can see their PCP and participate in rehabilitation programs, eat lunch together and participate in social activities such as bingo and arts and crafts.
Each day, the center will be open for complimentary lunch and tours for the community.
Schedule a luncheon visit by calling (724) 464-2273 or by visiting www.SeniorLIFEPa.com.
Our recent obituaries included Tomes V. “Tom” Karahalios, 88, who passed away Aug. 24.
Tom was the owner of Tom’s Pizza on Seventh Street in Indiana.
A native of Greece, he came to the U.S. in 1959, according to his obituary, and married wife Smaro on Jan. 22, 1960.
The couple opened Tom’s Pizza Palace in 1970 on Philadelphia Street, but that location was devastated by fire in 1986.
After the fire, they reopened at the current location.
“Tom loved working at the restaurant and liked talking with people, especially the children of his customers,” his obituary said. “He enjoyed telling stories about his life. Tom also loved music. He was a veteran of World War II, having served his country in Greece.”
Tom is survived by his wife of 58 years; his children, William A. Karahalios and Kristina A. Karahalios, both of Indiana; and several nieces and nephews.
FIELD DAY FUN
The Armstrong County Conservation League will offer a Family and Youth Field Day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Kiski Township Sportsmen’s Club, Wilson Road, off Route 156, near Avonmore.
Children ages 8 to 16 and their families can participate in the free event, which includes various adult-supervised activities such as rifle shooting, archery and more. Participants will receive a free T-shirt.
Parents are encouraged to attend and participate.
A free lunch will be provided for everyone.
Registration for this event is encouraged. Visit www.pgc.pa.gov, and under the Education tab, select Youth Programs, then Field Days Registration.
In the 1800s, families would spend Sunday afternoons in graveyards where their loved ones were buried. It was considered a good way to reconnect with living relatives and pay respect to those who had passed on.
These same relatives through the years took time to maintain those cemeteries for future generations.
We invite ancestors of those buried in the Curry Run Cemetery and those interested in cemetery restoration to spend the day Sept. 8 to pay homage while helping to repair and clean headstones.
The cemetery is located on Route 422 West just east of Shelocta.
Gather at 10 a.m. with the board of the cemetery to carry on the tradition.
Please call Linda Dreischalick with questions pertaining to the day or cemetery information.
Anyone unsure if their ancestor is located in the cemetery may call with questions at (724) 549-1027.
Save the date for Saltsburg’s Town-Wide Yard Sales, set for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 8.
Maps are available the day of the sale at 813 Salt St., Saltsburg.
Organizers say there are more than 40 households participating in the sale, which will offer something for everyone.
For more information, call (724) 639-3728.
It’s tea time at the Historical and Genealogical Society of Indiana County and you are cordially invited to partake of tea, pastries and a program on Victorian parlor games and entertainments.
What did guests do at gatherings during the late 19th century? How were dinner party guests entertained before and after dinner? These questions and more will be answered through a talk and living history presentation.
Guests will be greeted at the Historic Clark House by members of the 19th century Indiana community and will help you join in the fun and enjoy an afternoon of tea and historic entertainments.
The Autumn Victorian Ladies’ Tea will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Clark House.
Tickets are available now and are $20, with members receiving a discounted rate of $15. Tickets must be purchased in advance and sell quickly, so mark your calendars and call (724) 463-9600 or email ichistoricalsociety@gmail. com for more information.
SHOP TALK AT SIX
Gas prices in Indiana today were running at $3.08 and $3.09 a gallon, compared to $3.03 statewide and $2.83 nationwide (www.pennsylvaniagasprices.com). … Football scores: West Mifflin 26, Indiana 14; Pitt 28, Albany 14; Penn State 35, Appalachian State 10. … Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, says it was the late American author Arnold H. Glasow who observed, “In life, as in football, you won’t go far unless you know where the goal posts are.”
This column is compiled by Gazette staff writer Margaret Weaver. Email items for submission to email@example.com.