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INSIDE INDIANA: Airport fest, Laura, strawberries, etc.

by BILL HASTINGS on June 13, 2014 10:55 AM

To whom it may concern —

The Jimmy Stewart Airport Festival will be in full swing this weekend, with its offerings of airplanes, entertainment, food and more.

Each day kicks off with a pancake and sausage breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Another special event is the WWII-era Big Band hangar dance, where the doors open at 5 p.m. Saturday, with a dinner at 5:30 p.m. and dancing from 7 to 10 p.m.

The festival, which offers something for the whole family, also includes Young Eagle flights for the kids, hay wagon tours of the airport and more.

Returning to the festival this year after a hiatus of several years is a display of antique and classic cars and trucks.

Owners of these types of vehicles are invited to display the vehicles from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

There is no entrance fee or judging, as the show is for display only.

Questions? Call Boyd Payne at (724) 676-5133.


Laura Bence, a 2003 graduate of Indiana Area Senior High School, had a huge audience recently when she spoke to IBM CFO Martin Schroeter and 12,000 IBM finance employees at the 2014 IBM CFO Town Hall event in New York.

In addition, the event was recorded for 420,000 IBM employees worldwide.

She is the daughter of Doug and Margie Bence.

At the event, Laura discussed IBM’s security business. She covered how it began, its success and her role as a business adviser for the organization.

Laura has worked at IBM for nearly seven years and is currently the IBM Security financial consolidation manager and a leader of the Women in Finance organization for IBM.

She is a 2007 graduate of Penn State University.


If you want to have some fun Saturday afternoon followed by a dinner, head out to the White Township Recreation Complex at East Pike.

Beginning at 2 p.m. there will be a softball game between members of Indiana Moose Lodge #174 and state troopers from the Indiana barracks.

Stop out and cheer on your favorite players and then everyone is invited a benefit dinner, for $10, at the Moose Lodge on North Fourth Street.

Also on the agenda are a basket raffle and other fundraising events.

All proceeds go to Indiana County Camp Cadet, a summer camp for local youths between the ages of 13 and 15.


Christ Our Savior Orthodox Church will host a Father’s Day roast beef and holupki dinner from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the church, Tanoma Road and Route 286.

Cost is $10 for adults and $4 for children ages 5 to 12. The public is welcome, and takeout is available.


If it's strawberries you are craving, Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in Lewisville will hold its annual Festival & Bazaar from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday.

Try the “famous special” — angel food cake, ice cream and strawberries.

In addition, the bazaar offers a used book sale, basket raffle, baked goods, sandwiches and more.


Don’t miss the Arc of Indiana County’s last day of their annual garage sale, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. … Gas prices in the Indiana area today, according to, were running at $3.79 a gallon for regular unleaded, compared to $3.72 statewide and $3.65 nationally. … Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, smiled over the quip by the late President Ronald Reagan: “I have to say that flying on Air Force One sort of spoils you for coach on a regular airline.”

Good evening!

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