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BILL HASTINGS' INSIDE INDIANA: Cello Fury, valentines, neighbors, Chops, etc.

by BILL HASTINGS on January 31, 2014 10:50 AM

To whom it may concern —


Kick off your weekend with a rockin’ good time at tonight’s Indiana Orchestras Rock! event, where string students from fourth to 12th grades will join the Pittsburgh band Cello Fury — three classically trained cellists and rock drummer.

The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Indiana Area Junior High auditorium and is free to the public, with donations accepted.

Students will play some of their own pieces, and accompany Cello Fury on others.


The Indi-Anna Chapter of Sweet Adelines International will once again offer singing valentines to area residents and office workers this Feb. 14 to brighten the day of any loved one.

The chorus will sing either in person at a home, office or business, or over the phone.

To reserve a singing valentine for your sweetheart, spouse, child, parent, grandparent or special friend, call (724) 479-0747.

Your recipient will receive a choice of two songs and a flower.

The cost is $25 for an in-person appearance and $10 for a singing phone call.


Add the following people to your list of good neighbors, the folks who plow out neighborhoods and shovel sidewalks after storms: Eric Baker, Bob Smith, Carrie Bloomquist, Bev Pozza, Armour Cribbs, PJ Belin, Theo Turner, Rick Leonard, Indiana; Ron Fallara, John Choma, Wally Cook, Charlie Peace, Homer City; Patrick Overdorff, Brush Valley; Fred and Sue Maize, Joe Mauro, Dave Anderson, Ron Fairman, Clyde Mentch, White Township; Paul Miller, Robinson; Richard Bothell, Tanoma; Ken Craig, Hillsdale; Jeff and Laurie Forsythe, Marion Center; Rick Rodkey, Armagh; Joe Bertolino, Elderton; Richard Martin, Clymer; and Bob Lydic, Burrell Township.

Do you have a good neighbor you want recognized for their efforts? Email their name and hometown to, or leave a message at (724) 465-5555, ext. 283. Please spell out the names left in phone messages.


Our recent obituaries included Ron Boring, 64, known to everyone as Chops, who passed away Saturday.

Anyone who has ever driven through Saltsburg on Route 286 would spot Chops sitting in his wheelchair, usually at the main intersection in the southern Indiana County town.

One of his favorite spots was on the corner across from the drugstore, where he would wave to everyone as they made the turn or stopped at the stop sign.


Don’t forget about the annual fundraiser for Evergreen Boys & Girls Club, a Mardi Gras event set for March 4 at Benjamin’s Restaurant in Indiana from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The event will feature a silent auction, carnival raffle, Miss Freddye performing jazz, and food with a New Orleans flare.

There are 200 tickets available for this event, and Benjamin’s will be closed to the public during the event.

Tickets are $50 for an individual and $80 per couple, with various options available.

Visit or the Evergreen Boys and Girls Club of Indiana County Facebook page to purchase tickets.


Make plans now to attend the Indiana County Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Business Expo, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, at the Indiana Mall, according to chamber President Jim Struzzi. More than 60 businesses will be exhibiting, and live music and guest speakers will be featured throughout the day. … Gas prices were pegged at the $3.55 mark across the county this morning. … Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, says he heard it elsewhere: “True friends stab you in the front.”

Good evening!

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