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BILL HASTINGS' INSIDE INDIANA: Randy, golf, Brad, Anna, jazz, etc.

by BILL HASTINGS on August 09, 2013 10:49 AM

To whom it may concern —

You might spot a familiar face onstage at the First Niagara Pavilion near Pittsburgh when bands including Shinedown, In This Moment and Papa Roach play there on Aug. 20.

Indiana County native Randy Weitzel Jr., son of Randall Weitzel Sr., plays guitar for “In This Moment.”

He moved to Los Angeles in 1995, and recently just finished a tour in Europe with Papa Roach, according to his dad.

The heavy metal band will soon start their next tour ending in the Eastern U.S.

Some local people may remember him from the local band Phantom Crew, in the 1990s.


It’s not too late to sign up for the two-man golf scramble hosted by the Cherryhill and Clymer fire departments at 10 a.m. Saturday at Cherrywood Golf Course, Diehl Road, Penn Run.

The cost of registration is $25 per player. There will be cash contests, and a picnic-style lunch will be served.

Register at the tournament.

The winning team will receive $100 each, and second-place finishers will receive $25 each.

This event benefits the fire departments.


The congregation at Grace United Methodist Church in Indiana recently learned that its pastor of 13 years, the Rev. Dr. Brad Lauster, has been appointed by the bishop to serve as supervisor of the Washington District in southwestern Pennsylvania. His appointment takes effect Sept. 1. In his new role, he will oversee 47 pastors in 88 churches.


The Shades of the Past car show, co-sponsored by Grace United Methodist Church and the Indiana County YMCA, will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Y.

Dash plates will be given to the first 100 cars registered for the event.

Free ice cream will be available.


The Suicide Task Force of Indiana County recently announced the first Walk for a Wonderful Life 5K to kick off National Suicide Prevention Week in September.

The walk is Sept. 8 at the Mack Park grandstand and track area, where registration begins at 1 p.m., and the walk starts at 3.

The registration fee is $15 for participants age 13 and older. Those who register and pay before Aug. 29 will receive a free T-shirt.

To personalize the shirt, a “Walking in the Memory of …” line can be added for $5, and additional shirts can be ordered for $10.

Register online at http://www.

Proceeds from the event benefit community awareness programs provided by the task force.


Our recent obituary columns included Anna M. Deabenderfer, 76, of Indiana, who passed away Aug. 1.

Anna, who “had a smile for everyone she encountered,” according to her obituary, worked at Valeski’s Fourth Street BiLo for many years in the bakery and deli.

Anna was also known for making the halupki sold at the Penns Manor football’s tailgate tent.


Downtown Indiana will offer shoppers a Summer Sidewalk Sale today and Saturday, where “the streets will be paved with savings,” according to organizers. … Staples is kicking off a national school supply drive. Beginning Sunday, you can drop off supplies at the Staples store in White Township through Aug. 18, and the office supply store will put the supplies in the hands of local BGCA students.

Staples customers can also continue to donate $1 or more at their local Staples store through Sept. 28. Money raised benefits the Boys and Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania. … Spaghetti Benders on Philadelphia Street in Indiana is hosting a jazz party from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday. On the menu, so to speak, is Kupkake Jazz, with Dr. Michael Stalteri and daughter Jeanne Marie. … Gas prices have dipped to $3.59 per gallon. … Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, says vacation travel reminds him of the Chinese proverb: “He who returns from a journey is not the same as he who left.”

Good evening!

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