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BILL HASTINGS' INSIDE INDIANA: Airport fest, Mommas, poppas, etc.

by BILL HASTINGS Of the Gazette staff on June 14, 2013 11:00 AM

To whom it may concern —

THE POPULAR Jimmy Stewart Airport Festival will be the highlight in the county this weekend, offering fun for the entire family.

The festival is open from 8 a.m. to dusk.

Highlights include a rare, iconic World War II-era aircraft called Tinker Belle, the last remaining C-46 Commando cargo plane still flying in the lower 48 states.

It is operated and managed by the Warriors and Warbirds Museum in Monroe, N.C.

Other festival favorites include pancake breakfasts from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days, free airplane rides to youths ages 8 to 17, and a free WWII big band-era hangar dance from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday.

Admission and parking are free.


Participants in the PA Hero Walk, to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, will move through the Indiana County area on Thursday as part of a 320-mile walk from Philadelphia to Lower Burrell.

Walkers are expected in Blairsville around 8 a.m. Thursday and will enter Apollo at 5 p.m. that night.

In conjunction with the event, there will be a Blairsville Hometown Hero Walk at 6:30 p.m. the same day.

Registration with a $20 donation will be from 6 to 6:30 p.m. at the BiLo parking lot in Blairsville, with the walk ending at the bandstand.

Participants who are veterans are urged to wear a mark or symbol of their service.

For registration information, call Bob Nolan at (724) 840-4233 or Amanda Hudson at (724) 787-6191.

46 Mommas

Kudos to Kristin Lotton, of Indiana, who will join the 46 Mommas team for the St. Baldrick’s Shave for the Brave event on June 30 in San Antonio.

The donor-centered charity focuses on funding childhood cancer research.

The common thread joining the 46 Mommas team is that they all have a child with cancer. The name represents “the reality that on average 46 families each weekday receive the news that their child has cancer,” according to the organization.

Lotton will shave her head in honor of her son Anthony, 3, who was diagnosed with lymphoblastic leukemia in 2011 and is going through long-term maintenance for the disease.


Local radio personality Josh Widdowson, who hosts the WPXZ Morning Show and is a news anchor for AM 1450 WDAD, will add introductions and film history to the weekend matinees at the Jimmy Stewart Museum on Philadelphia Street in Indiana.

“We are so pleased and excited to add this informative and fun feature to our matinees,” said Tim Harley, the museum’s executive director. “I’m sure our guests will enjoy it.”

According to Harley, Widdowson “brings his great cinematic knowledge to share and provides some very interesting insights into the films of James Stewart.

Matinees are shown at 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

This week, in honor of the Jimmy Stewart Airport Festival, the movie will be “The Spirit of St. Louis,” with Stewart, Patricia Smith and Murray Hamilton. It tells the story of Charles Lindbergh’s 1927 flight across the Atlantic.

The cost is $7 and includes admission to the museum.


The Indiana BPOE Lodge #931 will host its annual Flag Day service at 2 p.m. Saturday at the lodge on South 13th Street in Indiana.

The service is open to the public.

Speakers will be Mayor George Hood, state Rep. Dave Reed and Sheriff Robert Fyock.


Denise Matthews is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Denise’s Antiques in style. On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., activities will include an auction, door prizes every half-hour, grilled hot dogs, an ice cream truck and a 20 percent off sale. The shop is located at Routes 119 and 110. For more information, call (724) 349-4001.


In honor of Father’s Day, Christ Our Savior Orthodox Church will offer a chicken and holupki dinner from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the church at Tanoma Road and Route 286 in Rayne Township.

The cost is $10 for adults and $3 for children ages 5 to 12. The public is welcome, and a takeout line will be available.


Don’t miss Hiram & the Walkers at Sunday’s Concerts in the Park Series at Memorial Park from 5:30 to 7 p.m. They will be playing doo-wop/oldies. … Gas prices at local pumps have edged up to $3.50 per gallon. … As we celebrate Flag Day today, Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, reminds us of the sage words of statesman Henry Cabot Lodge: “It is the flag just as much of the man who was naturalized yesterday as of the man whose people have been here many generations.”

Good evening!

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