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Following the recent cancellation of the production of “Finding Neverland” due to concerns regarding the rapid spread of COVID-19, it was announced Monday that all remaining productions for the IUP Lively Arts Ovations Season and I (HEART) IUP performances/events associated with the College of Fine Arts are canceled for this season.

These performances will not be rescheduled and there will be no other shows presented in their place.

Also announced was the cancellation of the remaining exhibitions and events for IUP’s University Museum and Kipp Gallery.

A complete list of the ticketed events that have been canceled and will be refunded are:

• “Finding Neverland”

• “It’s Just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus”

• West Virginia Dance Company

• IUP Jazz Festival

• The Acorn Project

• IUP Bands: Chamber U2 Prism Collage

Patrons who purchased tickets to these events will be contacted by letter and email in the coming days to detail the refund process. No action is required on the part of patrons who purchased tickets and wish to receive refunds. Any questions regarding refunds should be directed to the Lively Arts at lively-arts@iup.edu or by calling (724) 357-2787 (ARTS) and leaving a message. Please note that the Office of Lively Arts is open, but staff members are working remotely to help follow directives about social distancing and to actively minimize the risk of transmission of the virus.

A complete list of the canceled non-ticketed events for the University Museum and Kipp Gallery includes:

• MFA Thesis Exhibition and Reception

• The University Museum Goes Downtown: Polish Posters Exhibition and Reception

• BA and BFA Exhibition and Reception

Curt Scheib, Dean of College of Fine Arts at IUP said, “Above all, we value the health and safety of our entire community. We look forward to welcoming everyone in the fall as we come together to share the power and beauty of the arts and the importance of the arts in our lives.”


The Grant Township municipal office and Tax Collector Carol Ryen’s office will be closed to the public until further notice.

All tax payments should be mailed to the tax office, 1470 Nashville Road, Rochester Mills, PA 15771, or deposited in a drop box outside the office.

“Payments will still be processed and a receipt will be returned via mail,” Ryen said. “A drop box has been provided for payments by check or money order only. No cash.”

She said anyone with tax questions can call (724) 286-9235.

Meanwhile, township officials said all office requests should be left on the answering machine at (724) 254-1530 or by email at granttownship@ymail.com.


The Young Township building, 1412 Park Drive, Clarksburg, is closed to the public.

The township board of supervisors is asking that everyone to contact the office with questions or concerns for the board meeting scheduled April 9. The township office can be reached by phone at (724) 726-8229, by fax at (724) 726-1028 or by email at youngtwpsupervisors@yahoo.com.

Township officials said those questions and concerns will be put on the agenda and the supervisors will address them by email or contact those making such queries by telephone.

The supervisors also ask, if there a problem with a township road, to contact the office by phone.


State Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D-Vandergrift, said Monday that his 55th Legislative District constituent offices in Harrisburg, Vandergrift, Derry and Latrobe have been ordered to close in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, he said in a news release, he and his staff still can be reached by telephone or email.

His 55th Legislative District extends from Vandergrift through the Kiski Valley to Saltsburg (his only Indiana County constituency), and includes such communities as Apollo, Avonmore and Latrobe. Locally, his Derry legislative office can be reached at (724) 694-5298.


Two events scheduled for the Bolivar Fire Station has been canceled, the monthly bingo on April 1 and the annual Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for April 5 at 2 p.m.


A virtual food drive has been set up to help stock Salvation Army food pantries across western Pennsylvania, including that at the Indiana Worship & Service Center, 635 Water St.

Individuals can choose from a list of most needed items to donate to a local Salvation Army right in their community, at www.salvationarmywpa.org/virtual-pantry.

The Army’s Western Pennsylvania Division office in Pittsburgh also said that financial contributions are needed to respond to demand and support local economies through the purchase of goods.

Meanwhile, the option of dropping off items at the Indiana center still exists for those who have extra basic necessities that can be given to someone in need. The division said items needed include:

• Nonperishable food. Food items must be packaged in sturdy cans, boxes or bags, but not in glass. Acceptable items include canned meals (soup, stew, chili), tuna, boxed instant meals (mac and cheese, Hamburger Helper), peanut butter, canned fruit, canned vegetables, canned beans, pasta and spaghetti sauce, rice, cereal, healthy snacks, flour and sugar.

• Baby supplies. This can include formula, food, bottles, pacifiers, diapers and wipes.

• Hygiene products. This includes unused items such as hand sanitizer, soap, shampoo, toothbrushes and toothpaste, razors, deodorant, hairbrushes and combs, and feminine hygiene products.

• Cleaning and sanitizing items. This includes antibacterial spray (such as Lysol), antibacterial wipes, bleach, dishwashing detergent and laundry detergent.

• Paper products. This includes paper towels, tissues and toilet paper.

Financial donations also can be made at www.salvationarmywpa.org/coronavirus or by calling (412) 446-1500. The Indiana Worship & Service Center can be reached at (724) 465-2530.


Amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and pending supply chain shortages throughout the United States, the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining in Burrell Township said the mission of its affiliate America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, is to drive collaboration in industry to meet the needs of the U.S. government and manufacturing base.

In a statement Monday, NCDMM and America Makes said “we are actively working on creating a central repository of partners that are ready and willing to assist in this time of crisis. We are collecting their capabilities and capacities so the needs on the front lines can be met effectively and with safe, quality products. We are proud of the incredible innovation that we have seen throughout the industry and will have more information shortly about how to ensure that innovation is meeting the direct needs of America’s health care workers.”