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BILL HASTINGS' INSIDE INDIANA: Books, coins, Larry, Harry, Love of Life, etc.

by BILL HASTINGS on September 20, 2013 10:50 AM

To whom it may concern —

Don’t be surprised if you see a line of people wrapped around the St. Thomas More University Parish this afternoon, as doors open at 4 p.m. for the 45th annual Newman Used Book Sale.

The sale, an anticipated event for many, is the only fundraiser for the church and offers a wide array of items.

There are paperback and hardback books, children’s books, magazines, sewing patterns, sheet music, audio books, DVDs, CDs, games and puzzles, cookbooks and more.

A special bag sale Sunday allows customers to fill a Newman tote bag for $6 or a plastic grocery bag for $3 with items from the tent and main lounge area.

Hours are 4 to 10 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The church is at 1200 Oakland Ave. in Indiana.


Another opportunity for fun this weekend is the Indiana Coin Club’s 55th annual Fall Coin Show, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at S&T Bank Arena in White Township.

Dealers from Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia will offer coins, currency, tokens, bullion and other numismatic items for sale.

Special security will be provided throughout the event.

The Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists along with the Indiana Coin Club is sponsoring a “Coins 4 Kids” program at 1 p.m. Each child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Children will be offered free coins, albums and books along with information on coins, currency and tokens.


The Indiana County Farmers Market will hold its annual Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday, with special activities at the market from 9 a.m. to noon at Eighth and Church streets.

The band Coastal Remedy will play, and an activity tent for children will be sponsored by the Indiana County YMCA.

There will also be giveaways, a tomato taste-testing table, locally made ice cream and the normal Saturday vendors.

“It is our biggest event of the season,” said Chloe Drew, a volunteer for the market.


A monthly flea market will be held the fourth Sunday of each month at the S&T Bank Arena in White Township, with profits to fund township recreation programs.

Vendors may set up indoors or outdoors, and the flea market will take place year-round.

Both customers and vendors are wanted.


Our recently obituary columns have included the following:

• Larry W. Garner, 66, a dedicated civil servant and longtime manager of White Township, where he started in October 1987 and served until his retirement this year.

Garner passed away Saturday in Colorado after battling brain cancer.

Garner worked for 41 years with municipal governments, in Indiana County and beyond.

His accomplishments at White Township included the acquisition of what’s now the S&T Bank Arena, the development of the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex and setting the fiscal policy that allowed the township to continue to forgo collection of a real estate tax.

He is survived by his wife, Patty; sons Michael and his wife, Lindsay, and David and his wife, Maggie; and two grandsons.

• Harry K. “Bud” Young, 88, of Indiana. Young was active in the community, and served as a neighborhood commissioner for the Boy Scouts of America. He was a Little League baseball coach.

He worked 28 years with the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association, and developed programs that identified causes of workplace accidents.

In 1969 he presented a program in State College detailing the use of the breathalyzer to determine blood alcohol content of drivers. He also helped introduce the “Jaws of Life” to emergency responders in western Pennsylvania in 1973. Young was also deputy prothonotary and clerk of courts of Indiana County in 1961 and 1962.

He and his late wife, Elsie, were local philanthropists who provided permanent endowment funds for two high school students from Indiana County to attend IUP.


The third annual Love of Life 5K Run/Walk to benefit the M. Dorcas Clark Women’s Imaging Center will be at 9 a.m. Oct. 12.

“This is the largest race Indiana hosts,” said Millie Glinsky, an organizer with the event.

Proceeds benefit local women with funds providing mammography care.

And the course is special to the race.

“The custom-designed course showcases the Indiana Regional Medical Center campus and the oncology center, where many of the walkers and runners are going to or have gone for treatment,” said Steve Wolfe, CEO of IRMC. “This course is only available for the Love of Life 5K, in honor and in memory of our many breast cancer survivors.”

For participants, some local merchants offer discounts to those with a race bib.

Stores will be identified by special signs and balloons.

Register by Wednesday to guarantee a tech T-shirt for race day. Registration is also available the day of the race.

For more information or to register, call Lynne Schiefer, race chairwoman, at (724) 422-2902 or IRMC at (724) 357-8053.


Also in October is the annual Cause for Paws fundraiser to benefit the Indiana County Humane Society.

The run/walk will begin with registration at 11 a.m. Oct. 12 at Blue Spruce Park.

“It’s fun for the whole family, especially the pets,” said Kathie Lambert, of the ICHS Cause for Paws committee.


After many years, the Searchers’ Sunday School Class of the First United Methodist Church in Marion Center will hold its final basement sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

“We want to thank all those who have come to our sales over the years and have helped us to raise monies for local missions,” organizers said.

Parking is provided at the rear of the church, located on Main Street in Marion Center.


Bethel Presbyterian Church will celebrate 225 years on Sunday. The celebration will begin with a breakfast before the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Members are invited to a covered-dish dinner following the service. … Appleridge Stone in Burrell Township, a manufacturer of stone veneer and FireRock products, is under new ownership by the Bill and Margaret Ostach family. … Congratulations to James A. McQuown, the 2013 inductee into the Alumni Hall of Fame at Purchase Line, who will be inducted at a dinner Sept. 28. … Please read but don’t bet: Indiana 42, Derry 13; IUP 38, Seton Hill 7; Pitt 24, Duke 14; Penn State 35, Kent State 13; Bears 21, Steelers 14. … Gas prices were hovering around the $3.55 mark across the region this morning. … Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, says “The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.”


Good evening!

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