BILL HASTINGS' INSIDE INDIANA: Archaeology, 'Goose,' Randy, 'Rob,' stacks, etc.
To whom it may concern —
YOUR WEEKEND CALENDAR
Families and students alike are encouraged to attend an open house celebration of International Archaeology Day and Pennsylvania Archaeology Month from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday in the IUP Archaeology Labs at the McElhaney Hall ground floor on the IUP campus.
The day includes a 3-D modeling demonstration, displays of artifacts, activities, slide shows, a geophysical equipment demonstration and more.
Thirty-five decorated bras will be on display for public voting today, Saturday and Sunday as part of the annual Bras for the Cause event at Indiana Mall.
The event will culminate in the awards gala and bra auction at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Dingbats Restaurant in the mall. Admission is $5 and includes free appetizers. There will also be a basket raffle and 50/50 drawing.
Christ Our Savior Orthodox Church will host a ham and holupki dinner from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the church at Tanoma Road and Route 286 East. The cost is $10 for adults, $3 for children ages 5 to 12 and free for children 4 and younger. The public is welcome, and takeouts are available.
SAVE THE DATE
Things will be swinging Nov. 9 at the Indiana Elks Lodge, where a benefit Swing Dance — complete with dance lessons — is scheduled.
Dance lessons by IUP professional dance instructor Joan Van Dyke will be offered from 7 to 8 p.m., with a swing dance from 8 to 11 p.m.
The cost is $25 at the door and $20 in advance. Proceeds benefit P.E.O. Scholarships for Women, which support thousands of women a year through grants that support advancement and education.
Tickets are available through Kate at the Indiana Free Library, Barb at (724) 388-2171 or Pat at (724) 388-6037.
And it's time once again for the annual Evening in the Stacks fundraiser, set for 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Indiana Free Library. This event is the library’s major fundraiser each year, and features music, local artists and food.
A special feature this year will be the auctioning off of two chairs, “each inspired by a book and painted by IUP art majors in the artistic style of the era,” according to organizers. Eight other chairs will be sold by silent auction from Nov. 1 to 25.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door and are available at the library or by calling (724) 465-8841.
Another fundraising option is to purchase a star, which will hang in the library until the end of the year, for $50 for a large and $100 for a super.
Trauma in the Woods, dubbed “the region’s premier hunting seminar,” will be presented by Citizens’ Ambulance Service at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.
And this certainly prompts a reminder to be careful of the deer, especially on area roadways.
This is rutting, or mating season, and the deer are on the run and as always pose a threat to area motorists.
Early Tuesday morning a doe was spotted on Philadelphia Street between 10th and 11th streets. Later that morning a doe was seen lying on the sidewalk on Philadelphia Street near 15th Street where it had apparently been hit by a motor vehicle.
Our recent obituaries included the following:
• Marvin “Goose” Goslin, 64, a prominent sports figure in the Pittsburgh media who retired as a broadcaster and sports director for KDKA radio, succumbed to a heart attack on Oct. 12.
A graduate of IUP, “Goose” was a music major in his freshman year in 1967 and then switched to history and English in his second year. He worked the late-night shift as a DJ at WDAD and later was an analyst for Indiana University of Pennsylvania football games.
With his musical background as an accomplished vocalist, he often sang the national anthem before Pittsburgh Penguins hockey games.
In 1983 he became the morning sports anchor for KDKA radio and was a member of the top-rated “K-team” with John Cigna and Fred Honsberger, where he became known as an “entertaining character.”
• Randy D. Fleming, 58, who helped his family build one of Indiana County’s most recognized Christmas tree farms, died unexpectedly Tuesday when a stream bank at his farm gave way under the weight of a tractor, causing it to roll over and pin him underneath.
Fleming is being remembered as a quiet and genuine man who worked hard to produce quality trees.
He spent his life working with his late father and brothers at their Christmas tree farm.
He was also active in the Indiana County Christmas Tree Growers’ Association and Trees for Troops program.
According to his obituary, Randy was known as “Big Fella,” not only because of his physical stature, but because of the size of his heart and the love he had for his family.
• Robert “Rob” Grumbling, who passed away unexpectedly on Sunday at his home.
Rob was the superintendent of maintenance, buildings and grounds in the Penns Manor Area School District, and was “one of the most dedicated people I have even known when it came to his work at Penns Manor,” according to cousin and school board member Jill Eckenrode.
She writes: “He spent most of his spare time, even after his regular work day was over, at the school. He was a gifted mechanic and electrician and could fix anything.
“What made him special, however, was his love for our district and his willingness to go out of his way — on any day at any time — to do whatever it took to keep things at the schools running in utmost order.
“His loss has affected many,” she said.
”Our family and our district is in deep mourning, but his legacy will be evident by all he did for us and for Penns Manor.”
SHOP TALK AT SIX
Gas prices are hovering around $3.44 a gallon here today. … Please read but don’t bet: Indiana High 17, Knoch 10; IUP 27, Edinboro 7; Pitt 42, Old Dominion 10; Steelers 17, Ravens 17 (OT). … Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, says, “A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country.”