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CARL KOLOGIE: PT Plaza a memory

by on March 10, 2013 3:50 AM

In case you haven't noticed, the wrecking crews are tearing down the anchor store in the PT Plaza along Wayne Avenue, across from the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.

If memory serves, the original PT, Penn-Traffic, was headquartered in Johnstown and the company built the PT College Park Plaza, which was probably the first mall-type complex in Indiana County.

PT was not only a huge grocery store, but had a deli and cafeteria and, at that time, the largest sporting goods department in the area.

As close as I can determine, through old Gazette files, the store opened in the spring of 1963.

In later years the name was changed to University Park Plaza. PT in later years closed its doors and a BiLo supermarket took over the space. It eventually closed in late 2003.

Only the building that housed the original PT store is being demolished; the other store fronts and the Grapevine restaurant in the adjoining structure will remain intact.

As far as the branch of S&T Bank on the north end of the plaza, the lobby has already closed to walk-in traffic and only the drive-thru remains open.

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The annual blood analysis sponsored by the Indiana Rotary Club was held yesterday, the first of three consecutive Saturdays, from 6 to 10 a.m.

All the Rotarians ask is that the participants make a $5 donation to the club, which they use for community projects throughout the year. It is the club's second-biggest fundraiser and, of course, the proceeds are used for community projects.

Anyone who wishes to make an appointment for either of the remaining two Saturdays should call (800) 234-8888.

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The Spadafora brothers of Indiana, Chuck and Bill, aka "WH," were temporarily in the spotlight at the United States Naval Academy last month.

Chuck and Bill were the first brothers to win Naval Academy brigade boxing championships. A news story stated that the "two tough Pennsylvanians each captured crowns in the 1960s."

Later two other brothers accomplished the feat, but last month Angelo Lonero was the last of three brothers from San Diego to win titles.

Chuck Spadafora played a prominent role in a trophy presentation following the championships.

A new Champions Trophy was unveiled that honored the academy's four boxing coaches, and Chuck had the honor of making that presentation.

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If you missed the IUP-Edinboro playoff game at the Kovalchick Center on Tuesday evening, you missed one of the most exciting games played at the new basketball arena.

It was a real knee-knocker, and the winner was not determined until the final seconds of the overtime period. The fans really got their money's worth, and it was just too bad there were not more in attendance.

But there were two sports figures in attendance who are pretty good athletes, currently playing on a Division I team.

Cameron Wright and Trey Zeigler, both members of the University of Pittsburgh basketball squad, witnessed the game.

They said they traveled to Indiana to see a relative who was a member of the Edinboro squad.

They saw a great game and we wished them good luck in their playoff run when they start the Big East tournament this week in New York.

Carl Kologie is a columnist for The Indiana Gazette.
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