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by BILL HASTINGS on January 17, 2014 10:50 AM

To whom it may concern —


This weekend, Indiana will be bustling as students at Indiana University of Pennsylvania return once again. Classes begin Tuesday for the spring semester. Residence halls will open at 8 a.m. Sunday. Students will have a day to settle, as there are no classes Monday due to Martin Luther King Day.


Sacred Image Med Spa, which opened in October at 580 Philadelphia St., Suite 100, will offer periodic open houses in the coming months to showcase the facility that offers laser hair removal, photofacials, microdermabrasion, laser tattoo removal and all forms of skin rejuvenation.

The owners are Sean Hughes, who attended the National Laser Institute in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Dr. Dinikar Golla, of the Golla Center for Plastic Surgery in Pittsburgh.

During the open houses, anyone can stop in to discuss products and services, Hughes said, and enjoy a snack and drink.

Hughes chose Indiana as a location because he “felt it was a service-based business that the area would benefit from.”

The group also offers free consultations and financing.

For more information, visit


Add the following people to your list of good neighbors, the folks who plow out neighborhoods and shovel sidewalks after storms: Frank Kinter, Todd Hozak and sons Hunter and Dakota, Indiana; Ron Moyer, Robinson; Jim and A.J. Shellenbarger, Craig Lenglet, White Township; Tom McCoy, Old Route 56 West; and Frank Slater, Nolo.


Our recent obituaries included the following:

• Nancy Noker, of Indiana, who passed away Jan. 10. Nancy was known for being the switchboard operator at Indiana University of Pennsylvania from June 1962 to June 1997.

According to her obituary, she enjoyed dealing with the students, and was dubbed in a front page Penn article as “the voice of IUP.”

• Patrick “Pat” Bence, 61, of Clymer, who passed away Tuesday. Pat loved basketball and was a teacher and coach of boys’ basketball at Harmony High School, girls’ basketball at Penns Manor High School, Penns Manor boys’ elementary basketball, gymnastics and Clymer Little League, where he was instrumental in the renovation of the field, according to his obituary.

He also previously served as Clymer Borough council president and on the Penns Manor school board.


Don Morgan, of Avonmore, is leading a fundraising campaign to provide a new entrance road to Westview Cemetery on Route 981 in Avonmore.

The road needs to be leveled and repaved from years of wear and tear, according to organizers, who say the project is important because “Westview is the final resting place for many loved ones of local residents.”

Those who wish to donate to the project can mail checks to an account set up for that purpose at First National Bank, 437 Westmoreland Ave., Avonmore, PA 15618.

Questions? Call Morgan at (724) 840-0814.


The annual Home Expo Vendor Show is set for today through Sunday at the Indiana Mall, where vendors will showcase the latest in home decor, health and beauty supplies. … Both IUP basketball teams will return home Saturday for a doubleheader against California, where it will be Scout Night at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex. All Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in uniform will receive free admission and a coupon for a free hot dog and drink.


Gas prices today in Indiana were running at $3.55 a gallon for regular unleaded. … Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, says he read it elsewhere: “Success doesn’t change a man, it only reveals who he is.”

Good evening!

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