BILL HASTINGS' INSIDE INDIANA: Bonnie, movies, 'Doc,' dinners, etc.
To whom it may concern —
FROM THE MAIL
Home native Bonnie McGill has been awarded the prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship by the National Science Foundation.
The award will cover her stipend, tuition and health insurance costs for three years at Michigan State University, where she is pursuing a Ph.D. in ecology while “investigating how changes to precipitation frequency and intensity from climate change will alter large-scale row-crop agriculture’s effects on water quality.”
Bonnie has deep Indiana County roots, according to her grandmother, Judy Moorhead Holsinger, who sent in the good news.
“She is the great-great-great-great-granddaughter of Judge Thomas White, the namesake of White Township and White’s Woods; she is the granddaughter of Judy Moorhead Holsinger, assistant to the president of IUP during the 1980s; and daughter of Patty Moorhead, descendant of Fergus Moorhead of Moorhead’s Fort — the first white settler in what would become Indiana — and Kevin McGill of McGill Sign Co.”
Bonnie is a 2002 graduate of Marion Center Area High School. She graduated summa cum laude from Washington & Jefferson College in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in biology, and was previously employed as a lab manager at Duke University in Durham, N.C., prior to matriculating at Michigan State University.
YOUR WEEKEND CALENDAR
The Clymer Slovak Club, Clymer Fire Company and Cherryhill Fire Department will host a spaghetti dinner, basket raffle and dance to benefit the family of Jason Drew, who was killed by a falling tree limb in February.
The dinner will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Clymer fire hall. It is $6 and includes spaghetti, meatballs, salad, a roll and dessert. Children age 5 and younger eat free, and takeout is available.
A dance will be from 7 to 10 p.m. with music by Mark & Sean. Alcoholic beverages and pizza will be available then for a donation.
Basket raffle tickets will be sold at both the dinner and dance.
THE PUBLIC is invited to the sneak preview of “TWIN REFLEX,” a “feature-length film produced in Indiana County by a team of Indiana natives,” according to the invitation.
The film is by local production company Vinegar Hill and follows Roy, who battles insomnia and spends his nights watching a neighbor’s comings and goings until the neighbor is found dead and he is blamed.
Vinegar Hill co-founder David Altrogge said the science fiction film was improvised using only an outline instead of a traditional script.
The sneak preview will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex in White Township. A 9 p.m. after party is set at The Coney.
Reserve your tickets at www.VinegarHillCreative.com/ticket.
A SPAGHETTI dinner is set from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Bethel Presbyterian Church, 1470 Bethel Church Road, near Aultman. This is an all-you-can-eat dinner, and includes spaghetti, homemade meatballs and rolls, salad, beverages and dessert. The cost is $8 for adults and $3 for children ages 5 to 12. Funds raised will go toward the church’s charities.
The recent obituary columns included:
Jeffrey Dean Kelley, 65, of Clymer, who passed away April 12.
Dr. Kelley established his chiropractic practice in Clymer in 1988, providing care to his many patients over the next 25 years, according to his obituary.
“Doc” was also an accomplished guitarist and played both individually and in various bands in many venues. He was also very proud of winning the Western Pennsylvania Blues competition in 2010.
Denice D. Conner, 53, of Indiana, an active member and caseworker at The Salvation Army.
For the last 23 years, Denice was director of the Salvation Army’s Ark of Learning program, which provided free tutoring for children after school.
She was also a tax preparer for H&R Block for the past 25 years.
Need some dental work done but don’t have insurance?
The office of Philip J. Losco, D.M.D., at 155 E. Market St., Blairsville, will hold its annual Free Smiles day from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on May 3.
The event offers one of the following: a free cleaning, filling or extraction.
Patients must be 18 or older, and no appointment is necessary as it is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Free blood pressure screenings will also be available.
Questions? The office number is (724) 459-6240.
SAVE THE DATE
The Apollo-Ridge Middle School LEO Club, a youth service organization through the Lions Club, is selling advance tickets to a spaghetti dinner scheduled from 4:30 to 7 p.m. May 2 at the cafeteria.
The dinner will raise money for FOCUS Pittsburgh, an organization affiliated with the family of Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu that helps people in need of Food, Occupations, Clothing, Understanding and Shelter.
The cost is $8 for adults and $6 for children ages 4 to 12. Tickets will also be sold at the door.
Dinner includes spaghetti with marinara or alfredo sauce, meatballs, salad, garlic bread sticks, cake and a beverage.
The group’s goal is to raise $500.
SHOP TALK AT SIX
Gas prices are hovering around $3.49 in the Indiana County area. … Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, said it is an appropriate time to quote author Mark Twain, who once said: “In the spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.”