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BILL HASTINGS' INSIDE INDIANA: Folk fest, library, Mike, Bill, Jude, etc.

by BILL HASTINGS on September 06, 2013 10:50 AM

To whom it may concern —

The 500 block of Philadelphia Street will be filled with activity tonight and Saturday with the inaugural Northern Appalachian Folk Festival, which kicked off Thursday with a performance by folk and bluegrass musician Gordon Glen and a one-woman musical by activist Sue Massek.

The festival is a celebration of the history and cultural traditions of the Appalachian region, which includes our area of western Pennsylvania.

Tonight’s events include a puppet parade at 5 p.m. from The Artists Hand Gallery in the 700 block of Philadelphia Street to the festival’s outdoor stage at Sixth and Philadelphia streets.

Musical acts begin at 6 p.m. with performances every hour, and there will be food stands and more.

Saturday’s events, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., include free community workshops on various topics, along with more performances and a Children’s Alley with games, music, arts and crafts.


The Saltsburg Library will host a grand reopening on Sept. 14 at its new location at the Salt Center, where patrons should enter through the Walnut Street entrance.

The celebration will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will be children’s story hours, a free raffle for a ladies Seiko watch, a book sale and refreshments.


Kudos to Mike Wilson, Bill Rice, Ray Mora and the Commodore Volunteer Fire Department for some recent work to beautify areas around town.

John and Karen Roach would like to thank all involved “for working so hard to make our town beautiful,” Karen said. “It is very much appreciated.”

Work performed by the group included the placement of a park across from the fire hall and some weed-eating through Commodore.

“It’s beautiful,” Karen said.


CONGRATULATIONS TO Dick Clawson, an Indiana resident who has been deeply involved in the American Legion and Youth Baseball programs, who was inducted into the Pennsylvania Legion Hall of Fame at a special ceremony and banquet held July 29 in Boyertown.

He has followed his sons through Little League and Youth Baseball and in every phase of the game has taken a leadership role.

In the Legion program, now Youth Legion, he was invited to be a commissioner and ran the regional tournaments.

He became the Western Region director and in 2006 was appointed to the state chairman position for Youth Legion Baseball, and since that time has directed regional and state tournaments, most recently the state tourney held in Homer City.

Clawson has made a lasting impact on Youth Legion Baseball, bringing tournaments to Indiana County and changing the format to its present form, most notably moving the starting date to Saturday, instead of Tuesday, a format now followed by the Senior Legion program.

He also helped the state convert from metal to wood bats. Pennsylvania is one of 38 states where both Youth and Senior Legion have made that change.

Clawson joins a list of Indiana Countians elected to the Legion Hall of Fame that include Jack Benedict, Mark Bertig, Carl Kologie, Don Myers, Don Stitt, Barry Thomas and John Zedick.


I Do Therapy, a massage therapy business in the Rend Building, downtown Indiana, is offering discounts during September in exchange for donations of nonperishable goods.

Each nonperishable item donated by clients will equal a 1 percent discount on services and merchandise.

The discounts can be added together for up to 50 percent off to be used at one time, and there is no limit on how many times you may donate.

The items will be donated to the Chevy Chase Community Center.


And the last Yappy Hour of the summer at Benjamin’s to benefit the Indiana County Humane Society will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

The event offers free appetizers, half-price drinks and furry door greeters.

“Bring your best friend and enjoy a nice evening out for a great cause,” said hostess Peggy Bruns.


Reservations are being accepted until Sept. 16 for Masks, Music, A Night in Venice: The University Museum Gala.

The gala is set for 6 p.m. Sept. 21 at Sutton Hall. Tickets to the event, which benefits IUP’s museum, are $125 per person.

The evening includes cocktails and appetizers in the museum, followed by dining, music and Venetian-style entertainment in the Blue Room.

Masks are encouraged.

For more information, call (724) 357-2397.


Another event to watch for is Band Fest, set for 6 p.m. Sept. 21 at Andy Kuzneski Field, Indiana Area Senior High School.

Listen to the music of marching bands from Freeport, DuBois, Penns Manor, Blairsville, Northern Cambria, Marion Center, Burrell, Punxsutawney and Indiana high schools.

The IUP marching band will end the show.

The concession stand opens at 5 p.m.


Registration for the Run/Walk for St. Jude, through Lake’s 24-Hour Fitness, will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, with the event starting at 10:30 a.m.

The donation to participate in the 1.75-mile walk or 3.42-mile fun run is $10. Sign up at the front desk.

Other St. Jude events through Lake’s include a “Push for St. Jude” one-minute maximum pushup and sit-up contest on Sept. 20, and a “Lift for St. Jude” competition on Sept. 28.


Other weekend events include the first Walk for a Wonderful Life 5K to kick off National Suicide Prevention Week. The walk is at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Mack Park track area, and registration begins at 1 p.m.

The fee is $15 for participants age 13 and older.


Please read but don’t bet on it: IUP 27, Southern Connecticut State 10; Steelers 23, Titans 17; Penn State 35, Eastern Michigan 17; Indiana 26, Franklin Regional 21. ... Gas prices were hovering around the $3.69 mark this morning across the county. … Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, says he heard it elsewhere: “Most people would rather be certain they’re miserable than risk being happy.”

Good evening!

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