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BILL HASTINGS' INSIDE INDIANA: Grads, walkers, decathlon, Hoge ...

by BILL HASTINGS Of the Gazette staff on May 17, 2013 10:50 AM

To whom it may concern —

IT’S COMMENCEMENT time again at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where more than 1,900 students will graduate Saturday in two ceremonies at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.

The 9 a.m. ceremony includes students from the colleges of Fine Arts, Health and Human Services, and Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

The 1:30 p.m. ceremony will be for students from the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology and the colleges of Education and Educational Technology and Humanities and Social Sciences.

Of note, several local students completing bachelor’s degrees will graduate with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average. Congratulations to the following: Tabitha Lynn Bowers, Rossiter, early childhood and special education; Jesse Carnevali, Northern Cambria, Spanish education; Tayler Giffen, Blairsville, psychology; Camille Kaszubowski, Indiana, history major and women’s studies minor; Sarah Kudlawiec, Hastings, speech-language pathology; Meghan Lou Mack, Indiana, biology; Luke David Piper, Indiana, biology and philosophy; Johanna Rahkonen, Indiana, English; and Brent Stevens, Indiana, economics.


In April, communities across Pennsylvania participated in PA One Book to encourage children “to take an active approach to reading.”

The Children’s Advisory Commission of Indiana County presented the program locally and deemed it a success.

More than 23 Indiana County sites participated, with 25 readers from across the county visiting day cares and pre-K and elementary classrooms to read “The Bus for Us.”

Nearly 700 children and 85 adults participated.


A cornerstone laying ceremony for the base of the “Rest on Arms” Civil War memorial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Silas M. Clark House in Indiana.

The memorial is a life-size statue of a Civil War private atop a barn stone base, according to organizers, who hope to erect the statue this summer.

The memorial is intended to honor Indiana County’s Civil War veterans, numbering about 2,800.

The project is through the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, John T. Crawford Camp #43, with support from the Indiana County Tourist Bureau and the Historical and Genealogical Society of Indiana County.

State Sen. Don White will be the keynote speaker at Saturday’s ceremony, and a reception will follow.

THE INDIANA THEATER along Philadelphia Street will show “Beauty and the Beast” at 2 p.m. Sunday and “Argo” at 7 p.m. Admission is a suggested donation of $5. This is part of the community movie series program.

Movies on May 26 are “The Lion King” at noon, “Amour” at 4 p.m. and “Django Unchained” at 7 p.m.

CHRIST OUR SAVIOR Orthodox Church will hold a roast beef and holupki dinner Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the church, Tanoma Road and Route 286 East.

Cost is $10 for adults and $3 for children ages 5 to 12. Children 4 and younger eat for free.

The public is welcome, and a fast takeout line is available.

TICKETS WILL be on sale from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Indiana Elks for a fundraiser July 20 that will benefit lung cancer research through the Lung Cancer Partnership in honor of the late Indiana resident George Bland.

There are two options for tickets.

A $20 ticket involves a traveling cruise event with five stops beginning at 1 p.m. at the Ciera Lounge in Kittanning and ending at the Elks in Indiana. At each stop, participants will receive a ticket to be eligible for a grand prize.

A $15 ticket does not include the cruise event, but allows for participants to enjoy a pasta buffet, live music, raffles, door prizes and more beginning at 4 p.m. at the Elks.

For more information or to purchase a ticket, call Rick Bland at (724) 388-2983 or Chris Bland at (724) 422-9960.


Clymer Family Medicine’s walking program will resume for the year on Monday.

The program is an annual initiative for anyone who wants to increase their level of physical activity, and it is open to the public. Walkers meet at 9:30 each morning Monday through Friday at the Church of the Resurrection parking lot for a 1- or 2-mile walk.

The course setup is designed for those who have trouble walking, and the walks are led by CFM staff.


Citizens’ Ambulance Service will kick off EMS Week with free hands-only CPR classes from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Indiana Mall’s center court. The class takes about 10 to 15 minutes.


Downtown Indiana’s fourth annual Downtown Decathlon is fast approaching — from 5 to 9 p.m. May 31 at various Philadelphia Street establishments. Proceeds benefit the Lucy Donnelly Memorial Fund, which goes toward the installation and maintenance of holiday lights and events in Indiana.

A registration fee of $200 per team of four to eight participants is required by next Friday. To register or for more information, call (724) 463-6110 or email


Merril Hoge, ESPN analyst and former Pittsburgh Steelers running back, will sign autographs of his book “Find a Way — Three Words That Changed My Life” from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday during the Luther Ford Lincoln grand reopening.

Hoge was drafted by the Steelers in 1987 and played in the NFL until 1994, leading the team in rushing and receiving in four of his first five years, and setting a record in his second year for receptions by a running back (50).

Hoge wrote his book in 2010, which covers how he overcame obstacles in his life to play in the NFL.


To celebrate Memorial Day, the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store at the Fourth Street BiLo plaza will hold a special sale starting Monday for the next two weeks.

Any item of clothing that contains red, white or blue may be purchased for $1, except gowns and formal wear. As always, proceeds benefit the needy.

The store will be closed on Memorial Day.


The Indiana County Chamber of Commerce is now on Twitter. Follow @IndianaCoCoC for news, sales and special offers from the chamber’s 800-plus member businesses in the region. … Gas prices are hovering around the $3.39 mark this morning … Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, reminds us that it is only those who never do anything who never make mistakes.

Good evening!

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