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BILL HASTINGS/INSIDE INDIANA: Independence Day, CCC, Elinor, music, etc.

by BILL HASTINGS on June 28, 2013 10:50 AM

To whom it may concern —

The travel group AAA is reporting that a sluggish economy and less time off work will keep drivers closer to home during the Independence Day holiday.

So if you’re staying in the Indiana area, you’re in luck. The Indiana Lions Club will again offer its annual festivities at the J.S. Mack Community Center in White Township, where a demolition derby and more will be part of the all-day fun Thursday.

There will also be a flea market, pet parade, food vendors, a car cruise and activities for the kids.

Fireworks will begin between 9:30 and 10 p.m. and will last for a half-hour.


A partnership between Cozy Corner Cafe and the Indiana Community Garden will build community and sustainability awareness by using ICG produce at the restaurant inside Gatti Pharmacy at 701 Philadelphia St.

The goal is the build community and sustainability awareness, according to a news release from Cozy Corner.

“Cozy Corner will be using ICG produce in our weekend specials, donating a portion of the proceeds back to the garden so that it can continue to grow,” according to the release. “Together we are spreading awareness on the importance of gardening, eating healthy and most importantly how those key ingredients contribute to an interactive, healthy and thriving community!”


White Township’s “first-ever” indoor/outdoor flea market will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 28, at the S&T Bank Arena at the township’s recreation complex off East Pike.

Vendor spaces are available now at a cost of $20 for a 10-by-10 area, and a cost of $10 for each additional space.

The flea market will offer antiques and collectibles, among other items.

Free parking will be available. The cost to enter the flea market is $1; children can enter for free.

Proceeds benefit White Township community recreation.


Chairman Bill Balint is spreading the word that the Indiana High School Class of 1948 will hold its 65th reunion on Sept. 7 at the Rustic Lodge in White Township.

The reunion begins at 1 p.m.

AND SPEAKING of 1948, anniversary bests to Indiana couple Robert and Sophia Bowman, who celebrated 65 years of marriage this week.

The couple wed June 26, 1948.


Her family and friends will honor Elinor Blair at her 100th birthday party that will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at St. Andrew’s Village on Indian Springs Road.

The event will be held in the form of an open house at Mrs. Blair’s residence.

Mrs. Blair and her late husband, Hall Blair, hosted Indiana film legend Jimmy Stewart and his wife Gloria, on the occasion of his 75th birthday celebration in 1983.


Marion Center’s Summer Concerts will begin Friday, July 5, and will be held every Friday in July from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Marion Center Park, Route 119 North and Route 403.

The free concerts will be held rain or shine, and in the event of inclement weather will be held in the park hall.

Concertgoers are reminded to bring lawn chairs, and that food and ice cream will be available for purchase.

Here’s the lineup:

• July 5: On the Ridge, classic country

• July 12: Somebody to Love, acoustic, oldies, classic rock

• July 19: Terry Sabo, versatile guitarist/vocalist

• July 26: Redding Run Ramblers, local country favorite


VFW Post #1989 and Lodestar Bus Co. will sponsor a trip to Washington, D.C., on July 13 to visit the Iwo Jima, World War II, Korean, Vietnam and FDR memorials.

The cost is $40 per person.

The bus will leave the Walmart parking lot at 7 p.m. and will return at 10 p.m., with a 30-minute stop on the way there, and a stop for dinner on the way home.

A box lunch and drinks are provided courtesy of the VFW.

To participate, call Brenda or Linda at the Veterans Affairs office, (724) 465-3815.


Although they will be closed on Independence Day, the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store will celebrate July 4 all week with a special sale.

Any item of clothing with the colors red, white or blue will be offered for $1, no exceptions.

As always, proceeds benefit the needy.


Gas prices were hovering around the $3.53 mark in the area. … Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, says “The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything. They just make the most of everything that comes along their way.”

Good evening!

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