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BILL HASTINGS' INSIDE INDIANA: Tres, Brunsies, Luxury Raffle, Sweet Adelines, etc.

by BILL HASTINGS on October 11, 2013 11:00 AM

To whom it may concern —


It’s not too late to sign up for the third annual Love of Life 5K Run/Walk set for Saturday in Indiana to support the Women’s Imaging Center at Indiana Regional Medical Center.

“Close to 400 runners and walkers have already registered, making this year’s 5K the largest yet,” said Lynne Schiefer, race chairwoman.

Registration is available from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. at Pita Pit on Philadelphia Street.

“What makes our 5K unique is that all the money raised goes directly to our Women’s Center to be used for mammography care and breast cancer treatment for men and women of our community,” said Millie Glinsky, event planner.

The start gun goes off at 9 a.m. at S&T Bank.

Events following the race include prizes, music and an “Eat, Run, Shop” event, where race participants can receive special incentives and discounts, and the chance to win a $250 gas card.

Bright pink signs will mark participating stores.

For more information, call Schiefer at (724) 422-2902.


A BENEFIT event will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Clymer Slovak Club, where DJ Chris Barr will entertain the crowd.

This event benefits IRMC’s M. Dorcas Clark Imaging Center, and participants are encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness.

The public is welcome to attend.


Tres Lawer is the new owner of 1830 Fitness, formerly The Gymm, at the Renaissance Circle in White Township, where he has added new machines and offers classes and other amenities.

Lawer hopes the facility will be a place “for everybody, where everyone feels comfortable.”

1830 Fitness is open 24/7.

Lawer is the property manager at Renaissance Circle and purchased The Gymm in August.


ANNIVERSARY BESTS to India Grill at 1047 Philadelphia St., where Manuel Nahrona and chef Prasanta Mondal are celebrating one year of business.

In honor of the anniversary, all lunch box specials and entrees will be buy one, get one 50 percent off on Thursday.


AND MEMBERS of the HOGs, or Harley Owners Group, from Z&M Cycle Sales in Greensburg, will travel to Whitey’s Peetza & Eatery in Coral for a charity ride Sunday and are expected to arrive between 11:30 a.m. and noon.

Whitey’s owner Steve White will donate 10 percent of the day’s proceeds to Four Footed Friends and the Indiana County Humane Society.

All are welcome to attend.


BRUNZIES, a new bar located at Fifth and Philadelphia streets, opened earlier this week.

Owned by Ben and Peggy Bruns, who own Benjamin’s and Subs ’N Suds, the new establishment is managed by their son, Kris.

Brunsies can be accessed from a main entrance on Fifth Street or through the adjacent Subs ’N Suds.


Advance tickets are on sale now for “A Lifetime of Music,” this year’s annual show by the Indi-Anna Chapter of Sweet Adelines International, under the direction of Mary Lou McKinney.

The show is set for 2 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.

The award-winning quartet Frank the Dog will offer “barbershop with a bite,” and there will be special presentations by the Marion Center High School Chorus and Young Women in Harmony.

For tickets, call (724) 479-0747 or visit for more information.


TICKETS ARE also on sale for the annual Indiana Rotary 2013 Charitable Luxury Raffle set for Nov. 2 at Indiana Country Club.

Tickets are $200 and admit two people for dining and the drawing, beginning with a social hour from 6 to 7 p.m.

Proceeds benefit various charitable organizations in Indiana County.

The evening includes more than $15,000 in prizes, including a $7,500 grand prize and 11 additional cash and merchandise prizes.


MARK CRITZ, a candidate for lieutenant governor in the 2014 gubernatorial election, will speak at this year’s Indiana County Democratic Fall Banquet on Oct. 25 at the Indiana Holiday Inn.

Critz formerly served as a congressman for the 12th District, and was district director for Congressman John Murtha.

A graduate of IUP, he will address critical issues facing Pennsylvania.

The event begins with a social hour at 5 p.m. with music by Grist for the Mill, and an Italian buffet will be served at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $30, and reservations are due Thursday. For more information, call (724) 349-3535.


Do you know someone deserving of an award?

Nominations are being accepted for the 2014 Leader’s Circle of Indiana County awards event and are due Nov. 1. Nominations can be made by individuals, businesses, organizations or service clubs. A nomination packet is available at the Indiana County Chamber of Commerce website, at indiana


Gas prices were hovering around the $3.33 mark this morning locally. … Read but don’t bet on it: West Mifflin 35, Indiana 10; IUP 31, Slippery Rock 21; Michigan 42, Penn State 24; Virginia Tech 27, Pitt 20; Jets 17, Steelers 10. … Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, says, “Recession is when a neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours.”


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