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BILL HASTINGS' INSIDE INDIANA: May Mart, prom, Scouts, Stossel ...

by BILL HASTINGS Of the Gazette staff on May 10, 2013 10:49 AM

To whom it may concern —

IF YOU aren’t yet done with your Mother’s Day shopping, perhaps tonight would be a good night to finish.

Downtown Indiana’s Lovin’ Every Second event will offer the opportunity to fill those last-minute Mother’s Day needs ahead of Sunday.

Downtown stores will offer various deals, some especially for Mom, from 5 to 8 p.m.

And with a theme of Summer’s In Sight, there will be plenty of deals on summer-themed food at participating establishments.

Entertainment will also be available, with Frank and Dave at Spaghetti Benders from 6 to 9 p.m.; open mic night with the Indiana Players at 7 p.m.; and the opening of the show “Smicksburg Potters — New Works,” featuring Betty Hedman, Donn Hedman and Nancy Smeltzer from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Artists Hand.

ANOTHER SIGN that May is well under way in the Indiana area is the annual May Mart, sponsored by the Indiana Garden Club.

The event is set for 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 17 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 18 at S&T Bank Arena in the White Township Recreation Complex.

This year’s event, the 38th annual, will feature flowers, crafts and foods from more than 100 vendors from various areas, according to organizers. And don’t worry: The locally famous mushroom sandwiches and strawberry pies will be available at the Indiana Garden Club’s food booth, in the indoor food area of the center.

Be sure to walk through the club’s Orphan Court, where homeless plants are waiting to be adopted.

Live entertainment is scheduled throughout the event, and a Kid’s Korner will offer activities for children.

ELECTION SEASON is also going full swing, with highlights of the primary election being 10 candidates vying for five seats in the Indiana Area School District and 12 (nine Republicans and three Democrats) running for White Township tax collector. Don’t forget to visit the polls on May 21.


The Indiana High School After-Prom Committee will host the annual Grand March beginning at 3:20 p.m. May 17 at the Indiana Senior High School auditorium.

The march will feature more than 100 students who will attend “Moonlight Masquerade, Prom 2013.”

Students and their guests will be featured onstage for photo opportunities.

To attend the march, a $2 donation is required, which funds future prom events.

Guests should enter from the Lower Commons doorway.


Curves of Clymer’s members and staff have something to be proud of with the notification that they were among the top 50 Curves in the world regarding donations to food pantries.

Members donate to ICCAP food pantries in the Clymer, Commodore and surrounding areas, and always surpass the previous year’s record for their annual food drive.

Of the top 50 clubs, Curves of Clymer placed 15th for the most food raised per enrolled member.

The food drive is held each March.

MEANWHILE, ongoing projects in the central Indiana area include the demolition of the former BiLo Plaza on Wayne Avenue and work on the interior of the former CiCi’s Pizza at Regency Mall.

Closing permanently two weeks ago was the Oakland Avenue Caf← along Oakland Avenue.

Owned and operated by Len Marsinko for 10 years, the delightful shop will be missed by its customers, especially the academicians enjoying their mid-morning thirst-quenchers.

And for our newcomers, the Oakland Avenue shop followed a litany of coffee shops at the same location — the 10th Street entrance to another landmark, the historic Oak Grove.

Some of the predecessors? The Wigwam, The Teepee, The College Dell, The Campus Dell, Lefty’s and others dating to the pre-World War II era.


The Indiana Lions Club will hold a turkey dinner benefit from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Indiana Lions Health Camp, Lions Health Camp Road.

Tickets are available at the door and are $10 for adults and $4 for children younger than 12.

Takeout will also be available.


Next weekend the Mack Park Fairgrounds will be teeming with Boy Scouts as the 105th Jimmy Stewart Camporee will be held May 17 to 19.

This event has been held every 10 years on Stewart’s birthday weekend since the hometown movie idol celebrated his 85th in 1993.

The event was the brainchild of Indiana attorney Jay Rubin and when it was held in 2003 the Scouts were introduced to the Jimmy Stewart Good Citizenship Award, an honor available to Boy Scouts nationwide.

Scouts in Troop 11, Indiana, were the first to receive the award, after completing the requirements, at the camporee 10 years ago.

A featured guest will be U.S. Congressman Glenn “G.T.” Thompson, of State College, who attained the Scouting rank of Distinguished Eagle and will present the award to those who have completed the requirements next Saturday evening.

THE STOSSEL family is inviting the public to participate in their sixth annual American Heart Association fundraiser to remember Bob Stossel and other community members who have been affected by heart disease.

The fundraiser starts at 6 p.m. June 1 at Culpeppers in Indiana.

Donations will be accepted at the door.

There will be live music by The Simple Groove and Somebody to Love, along with a basket raffle.

For more information, email


Kudos to Fox’s Pizza of Indiana owner Earl Miller who on Thursday donated 15 pizza to nurses at Indiana Regional Medical Center in honor of National Nurses Week. ... Gas prices were hovering around the $3.38 mark as of this morning. … Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, said he read it elsewhere: “Everyone likes doing business with people they know.”

Good evening!

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