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BILL HASTINGS' INSIDE INDIANA: Powering up, fond farewells, Bon-Ton

by BILL HASTINGS on September 13, 2013 10:49 AM

To whom it may concern —


Several area schools are among 48 participating in Consol’s Power Up social media contest, vying for votes to be awarded a $10,000 grant from the energy company. Forty-three schools in Pennsylvania are taking part along with five in Ohio.

Participating schools in the area are Blairsville, Derry Area, Homer-Center, Indiana Area, Marion Center Area, Penns Manor Area, Purchase Line, Saltsburg and United.

As of this morning, Indiana Area was in first place in Pennsylvania, and Homer-Center was in third.

Voting is open until May, and one school in Pennsylvania and one in Ohio with the most votes will be awarded grants. To vote, visit



Two local businesses are joining together to display and sell their wares this weekend in the Shado-Wood Village neighborhood of White Township.

Simply Soy Candles and Tarts and Personalized Framed Creations and Embroidery will sell their items — which include primitive handmade crafts, embroidered tea towels, rag wreaths and candles — from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at 80 Shady Drive.

In addition to seeing what is on display, guests can purchase items at the open house or place an order for certain handmade items.


The St. Vincent De Paul Thrift store in White Township will be closed Saturday so staff can switch out merchandise and reopen at 10 a.m. Monday with gently used clothing for the fall and winter seasons, including jackets and coats.

“Volunteers will work all weekend to bring in a new array of clothing that has not been available before at the store,” said Nicholas Kolb, president.

The store is located adjacent to Valeski’s Fourth Street BiLo.


The Bon-Ton will hold its annual Goodwill Sale starting next Thursday, when customers can receive coupons good on almost anything in the store by bringing clothes to donate to Goodwill.

This offer runs through Oct. 5, and Thursday is triple coupon day, when customers will receive three coupons for their donation.


Intimately Yours, the lingerie shop owned by Gina Lehman along South Seventh Street in Indiana, will close its doors Sept. 28.

The closure leaves Lehman “with a heavy heart and great sadness,” she said. “I truly appreciate all of the support of my friends and loved ones over the last year and a half!” she said. “This isn’t an ending, it’s a pause and wait and see what’s next!”

Also closing this month is Backstreet Records, with the last day of operations set for Sept. 26.

In-stock CDs and DVDs are 30 percent off and going quickly, according to owner Dave Anderson.


The Communities at Indian Haven will hold a therapy alumni reunion for all discharged rehabilitation patients from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 25 in the courtyard, weather permitting.

Food, drinks and door prizes will be provided.

Therapy patients should look for their invitations in the mail, and anyone who did not receive an invitation should call (724) 465-3900.

“This reunion will provide our past residents a time to revisit The Communities at Indian Haven and see how others are doing and to check in with their therapists,” according to a news release.


Excitement is brewing for the 45th annual Newman Used Book Sale, set for next weekend at St. Thomas More University Parish and Catholic Student Center on Oakland Avenue.

The book sale will be from 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

For more information on the sale, which has become a regional attraction, visit


And speaking of books, a Silpada jewelry party to benefit Homer Center Public Library is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the library, 6 N. Main St.

For more information, call (724) 479-3616.


A veterans Car and Bike show, with proceeds set to benefit returning veterans, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 21 at The Summit Church, White Township.

The entry fee for cars is $15 and $10 for bikes.

Cars and bikes entering the show must arrive between 7:30 and 9 a.m.

Donations will be accepted from patrons to view the cars and bikes.

For more information, email


A benefit for the Hunt of a Lifetime Foundation will be held Sept. 22 at the year’s final 3-D archery shoot at Keystone Sportsmen’s Club, Atwood.

Hunt of a Lifetime grants hunting and fishing adventures for those 21 and younger with life-threatening illnesses.

The event Sept. 22 will also offer a basket raffle with gifts worth several thousand dollars, according to organizers.

This year’s recipient of the Hunt of a Lifetime is Brandon Fulmer, 15, of Glenshaw, who has been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.


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

Tickets are available at the door and cost $10 for adults and $4 for children under 12.

Take out is available.



Christ Our Savior Orthodox Church at Tanoma Road and Route 286, Rayne Township, will host a roast beef and holupki dinner from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

The cost is $10 for adults, and $3 for children ages 5 to 12.

The public is welcome, and takeout is available.



Don’t miss the grand opening of Saltsburg Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at its new location at the Salt Center, Walnut Street entrance. … Gasoline prices today in the Indiana area were running at $3.59 a gallon for regular unleaded. … Please read but don’t bet: This weekend on the gridiron, it’ll be Mars 28, Indiana 10; Penn State 24, Central Florida 14; Pitt 17, New Mexico 14; and IUP 42, Cheyney 6. … Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, chuckled over this quote: “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”

Good evening!

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