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BILL HASTINGS' INSIDE INDIANA: Veterans, Rich, Judy, Janice, etc.

by BILL HASTINGS on November 01, 2013 10:50 AM

To whom it may concern —


The Blairsville Community Concert Band will present its 13th annual Veterans Day Concert at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 in the Blairsville High School auditorium.

This free concert is open to the public and under the direction of Dave Brozeski.

“Each year this concert gets bigger and better,” said Mike Kalafsky, a veteran and member of the band.

A special part of the concert will be the directing of the march “America Forever” by Enrico Colonna, of Indiana, former director of the Indiana Pops Concert Band. This is one of many patriotic marches and songs that will be played.

“We would like to invite all the former fans of the Indiana Pops Concert Band to come to the concert and honor our veterans, firemen and policemen,” Kalafsky said.


Also honoring military personnel is Big League Haircuts and I Do Therapy, who are partnering on Thursday to offer free haircuts and chair massages to active and retired personnel.

Free haircuts will be offered from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Amanda Almeida of I Do Therapy will offer massages from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“We wanted to give back to our veterans and all active and nonactive military personnel. We chose Thursday, November 7, so everyone could still take part in parades and various events around the area on Veterans Day with a fresh haircut. We feel privileged to be able to honor our military,” said Dave Fluharty, of Fluharty Ventures Inc., who owns Big League Haircuts.


Have you ever been interested in geocaching but don’t really know what it’s all about?

A program by Andy Davis, “Geocaching 101,” will provide you with everything you need to know about geocaching, described by organizers as “part treasure hunt, a workout and a technical challenge.”

The program will begin at 6 p.m. Nov. 8 at Blue Spruce Park’s Lakeside Center.

Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately, as part of the presentation will be outside.

And remember, “Geocaching can be habit-forming,” organizers warn.

For more information, call (724) 471-6020 or email


Rich Little is coming to Indiana and, according to Tim Harley, director of the Jimmy Stewart Museum, there is still time to make your reservation.

Little and Judy Stewart, daughter of the celebrated hometown movie star, will be in town on Nov. 23 to present the George Bailey Award to the Indiana County Tourist Bureau, Carson Greene Jr. and Carl Kologie.

The event will be held at Rustic Lodge. For reservations, call the museum at (724) 349-6112.


Janice Swauger, 74, of Brighton Township, passed away Sunday morning at her home.

She was the wife of Bill Swauger, former IUP public relations director, who retired from that position 10 years ago.

As the PR director for almost 20 years, Swauger made many friends in the Indiana area. He was a very devoted husband to his wife of 51 years.


The Communities at Indian Haven will host an event for its building’s 20th anniversary from 3 to 7 p.m. Nov. 19 in the main conference room, next to the Bernie Smith Rehabilitation Room.

Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.

Questions? Call John Bradley at (724) 840-9650.


Tri-Star Chrysler-Dodge-Ram-Jeep of Blairsville announced that a recent Drive for the Kids event helped raise $2,600 for Blairsville Elementary School.

The fundraising event was held in September with the school’s Parent-Teachers Organization.

For a brief test-drive of a Chrysler Town & Country, the 210 participants each earned $10 for the school, with Tri-Star Auto Group adding $500 in addition to volunteers and vehicles for the event.

“Drive for the Kids is a mutually beneficial program. We’re pleased to support our local schools and enjoy demonstrating a great project,” said Kevin Sergent, principal owner of Tri-Star Auto Group.

“Parents are generally interested in testing the minivans, and we are happy to help raise extra dollars for the school.

“We all work together for the kids. Everyone had a great time.”


The 45th annual Newman Used Book Sale at St. Thomas More University Parish & Catholic Student Center was, “once again, a tremendous success,” according to Maria Dietz, publicity chairwoman.

The sale, she said, drew customers from the Indiana community, as well as parts of western Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

Dietz said next year’s sale will be held from Sept. 19 to 21.


The OLE 97 Johnny Cash Tribute Show Band will play at the Indiana B.P.O.E. Elks Lodge at 8 p.m. Saturday.

This event is open to the public, and tickets are $15 per person and available at the door.


Gas prices in Indiana today were running at $3.35 a gallon for regular unleaded. … Please read but don’t bet: Indiana 35, Ringgold 31; Patriots 38, Steelers 28; Penn State 24, Illinois 14; and Georgia Tech 40, Pitt 24. Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, says “A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.”

Good evening!

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