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BILL HASTINGS' INSIDE INDIANA: Will, James, flea market, Elmer and Millie, etc.

by BILL HASTINGS on August 23, 2013 10:55 AM

To whom it may concern —


David and Mary Edith Cicola, after reading about the upcoming Appalachian Festival, sent the following note:

“Our son Will Cicola plays clarinet in the group Wisaal. Will was born in Indiana and graduated from Indiana High School in 2002. He began his music career through the school system.

“Will received his doctorate in music from Michigan State University last year. He is working as a recording engineer at Michigan State and also teaches and is a member of four different music groups in the Michigan area.

“Wisaal is a fusion group that combines Mediterranean, Indian, klezmer and American folk music along with classical and jazz influences.

“The group performed at the Indiana Theater building in April 2013 and Sean Howard invited them to participate in the festival. We are very proud of Will.”

The festival will be held Sept. 6 and 7 in the 500 block of Philadelphia Street.


NEWS OF another local music connection came in the mail this week from Gary and Maria McCarthy, who wrote about son James, of Asheville, N.C.

James will be performing on center stage at the Brandywine Folk Festival this month.

“He is the lead banjo player and vocalist with Skunk Ruckus, a hillbilly rock band,” they wrote. “In October, they’ll be at the Hard Rock Café in Gatlinburg, Tenn.

“Jim’s local piano teachers were Mrs. Barnard Bishoff and Mrs. George Wiley. … Before graduating from PSU, Jim appeared in this area with the hillbilly/bluegrass band Shot Gun Rooster.


Our recent obituary columns have included the passing of some notables, including:


JULIA WERNER, of Clarksburg, who passed away Aug. 12 at the age of 100 at St. Andrew’s Village.

Born in Minneapolis, she had lived since 1946 in Clarksburg, where she owned and operated Werner’s Store, located on Iselin Road just off Route 286.

For more than 60 years she operated the store, an institution in the Clarksburg area. Julie knew everyone and was quick to engage in a conversation with her customers, all of whom she considered her friends.

She was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd.

The store remains open and is now operated by her daughter Julie E. Werner.


Henry “Hank” Waneck, 86, of Canandaigua, N.Y., formerly of Indiana, who passed away Aug. 12 in New York, where he had retired.

Hank was well-known in the Indiana County area where he was employed, and was a spokesman for, the Rochester & Pittsburgh Coal Co.

He was also deeply involved in community service and committed many volunteer hours to the United Way of Indiana County.


THEODORE “TED” LIEB SR., 87, owner of Lieb’s Appliances, a native of Nicktown.

An Indiana High graduate, he returned from the Korean War, where he was captured and was a POW for over two years. Ted returned home to assist his father in the family business, which his dad opened in 1928.

In 1969 his father died and Ted operated the business until he retired.

Ted passed away Aug. 12.


GEORGE LANICH, 91, of Coal Run (Clune) who was owner, partner and driver at Lanich Bus Lines in Kent.

Besides driving the motor coach for the bus lines, he was also a school bus driver for more than 30 years.

He took pride in the fact that he arrived every school day morning to pick up his first child exactly at 8 a.m.

It was a measure of his sense of purpose and responsibility.


Back by popular demand is the bag sale at the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, where customers can pay $5 for an entire bag of clothing — or pay half price for each item, according to Nicholas Kolb, president.

The special sale runs from Monday to Sept. 13.

The store, adjacent to Valeski’s Fourth Street BiLo, will be closed on Labor Day, Kolb reminded patrons.


Attention all kids! It’s time to put on your running shoes and get out and practice.

The YMCA of Indiana County is sponsoring a 5K Run for Kids on Sept. 7 at Blue Spruce Park (rain or shine).

The Kids Race begins at 8 a.m. with a 50-yard dash for pre-kindergarteners followed by a quarter-miler for K through first grade and then a half-miler for second graders and above.

There will be awards for all finishers in the Kids Race. The entry fee is $6.

At 9 a.m. the 5K/two-mile walk will get under way.

The entry fee is $15 for adult registration and $13 for age 12 and under with adult registration. Registration after Sept. 1 will be $25.

Those interested may register at For more information, contact Roger Briscoe at (724) 463-9622 or


Don’t forget the special event Saturday evening at the Indiana Elks Lodge on 13th Street.

A comedy hypnosis show featuring Jason Christopher begins at 8 p.m.

This show is open to the public and there will be a $10 fee with proceeds to benefit the Elks’ charities.


IF SHOPPING is more your thing, an indoor/outdoor flea market will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday and Sept. 29 at the White Township Recreation Complex on East Pike.

Admission is $1 for adults and free for children.

The market will feature antiques, collectibles and more.


Anniversary bests to Elmer and Millie Ogoreuc, who are celebrating the 54th year for Ogoreuc Music on Wayne Avenue. The shop offers instruments, music lessons and related materials.

But wait, there’s more: The Ogoreucs are also celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday.


The Ladies Auxiliary of the Cherryhill Township Fire Department wants to thank all those who contributed baskets to the very “successful” basket party held July 27 during the fire department’s Cash Bash. The contributions were greatly appreciated by the auxiliary.


Gas prices hovered at the $3.59 mark across the county this morning. … Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, says he heard it elsewhere: “The richest man is not he who has the most, but he who needs the least.”


Good evening!

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