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by BILL HASTINGS on June 20, 2014 10:54 AM

To whom it may concern —


A Marsh/Novak Benefit is scheduled June 29 at Luckenbach, about five miles west of the YMCA of Indiana County on Five Points Road.

Proceeds from the benefit will go to the account set up on behalf of Shawn Jr. and Eva at Indiana First Bank.

They were staying at their grandmother’s house the night of May 17 when a fire at the family home claimed the lives of their mother and father, Nickole Novak and Shawn Marsh Sr., and their sister, Gabby.

A benefit bike ride will be held starting and ending at Luckenbach. Registration is from 9 to 10:45 a.m. and the ride starts at 11 a.m.

The fee is $20 per bike and $10 per passenger.

The ride will return around 4 p.m.

A cornhole tourney is also scheduled beginning at 1:30 p.m. Registration is from noon to 1:15 p.m. and the fee for two-person teams is $20. Single players will be paired up.

A basket raffle will also be held and winners will be drawn at 6 p.m.

Meals, at $10 per person and $8 for children, will be served from noon until 6 p.m. and includes pulled pork or pulled beef, hot dogs, haluski, rigatoni, macaroni salad, baked beans and a drink.

Organizers of the benefit stated a Marsh/Novak vendor shopping event will be held at the Creekside Fire Hall the same day from 2 until 4:30 p.m.

Basket donations will be accepted at Aikens’ Powersports, at the red light in Clymer, and Marion Center Bank, Indiana Branch only.

Indiana Lions Club will also be accepting donations for the Marsh/Novak Benefit on Saturday at the car show from 5 to 9 p.m. on Philadelphia Street in downtown Indiana.

For further information or basket donation pickup call Connie at (724) 464-4566, Chris at (724) 388-0557, or Kris at (724) 422-8017.


Indiana native George E. Hood Jr., known for his attempts — and successes — in breaking various Guinness World Records including riding a stationary bicycle, will attempt to break his own record for the plank in China Monday.

Hood, 56, will participate in the International Plank Cup Challenge, having been invited by Men’s Health-China.

He will try to break his record for the plank position, which is similar to a pushup and involves the participant remaining in a balanced, motionless form with steady elbows and a straight back and legs.

Participants support themselves on tippy toes and forearms, and the body’s contour must be horizontal.

He previous plank record is 3 hours, 7 minutes and 15 seconds.

Hood, now a resident of Carlsbad, Calif., will use this event to get him closer to his next Guinness-sanctioned event, an attempt for the 40-pound weighted plank later this year.

As always, Hood’s events support charity, with the China plank to benefit China’s Special Olympics organization, and the weighted-plank event to benefit injured Marines.

Other records for Hood include skipping rope for more than 13 hours in 1986 — his first record — and riding a stationary bicycle for 222 hours, 22 minutes and 22 seconds in 2010.


The production crew for “Southpaw,” the movie being filmed locally this week and next, are working 12- to 14-hour days inside the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex in White Township with hundreds of extras.

And while the crew members are in town, every available hotel room in the immediate area has been booked, according to Joni Tackette, head of casting for the movie. “It’s a big footprint when a movie comes,” she says.

And Roseann’s Everyday Gourmet in White Township has been providing lunch for those involved in the movie shoot.

The movie, about a boxer who rises in the ranks with his life falling apart, stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams. Gyllenhaal and actors Forest Whitaker and 50 Cent (Curtis Jackson) have been part of filming at the KCAC.

Tackette said she is looking for even more extras because hundreds are needed each day. For more information, visit


Congratulations to Jane Coleman, of Brush Valley, on achieving a major milestone Saturday. She is a co-founder with her husband, Harold, of the Accent Fuels Company. Their son, Mark, a co-owner of the company, informs us that Jane will celebrate 50 years with the company, having started June 21, 1964, at America Oil Co., the predecessor to Accent Fuels.

“She is contemplating retirement but is only scaling back a bit to pursue her true love, quilting,” he says. He offers only a hint at mom’s age now: Simply that she is “old enough to retire but to choose not to.”


Don’t forget Four Footed Friends’ annual Pet Calendar Contest, which started today and runs through Sunday at Indiana Mall.

Pet photos will be on display and donations accepted during mall hours, with the money collected benefiting the White Township animal shelter. The 12 photos that generate the most money will be given a full-page spot on the 2015 calendar.

Calendars will be available for sale to the public in the fall.


You also have a good time for a good cause on Sunday, when “Bow-Wow Bingo” is set to benefit the Indiana County Humane Society. The event is hosted by Kathie Lambert and will be held at the Clymer Fire Hall.

Doors open at noon, with early birds at 1:30 p.m. and regular games at 2. There will be tickets, raffles, special games and prizes for “almost winners,” as well as a guaranteed jackpot of 500 points.



A craft and basket raffle to benefit the annual Son Day in the Park event will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 28 adjacent to the Tate’s Supermarket parking lot in Clymer.

There will also be food available, as well as tickets for the Community Basket, with the winner to be drawn at Son Day in the Park.

This year’s Son Day in the Park, a free event packed with fun for the whole family including worship, food, games and entertainment, will be held Aug. 3 at the Sherman Street Park in Clymer.

For more information, call Judy Greene at (724) 388-1714.



Michele Huey, author of the Gazette’s “God, Me and a Cup of Tea” column that runs each Saturday on the Religion pages, launched a new book series last week, which is performing well on

In its second day, the book “Gracie’s Gift,” the first volume of the Fifth Wheel series, was in the Top 100. The story follows character Gracie Allen, who “has to decide which she loves more: the things that make her who she is or the man who provided them.”


Joe Setlock, who ran the popular Corner Dairy at Fourth and Philadelphia streets in Indiana, died on Tuesday at the age of 89.

Setlock, who was born in Fulton Run and graduated from Indiana High School, worked as a baker at the American Institute of Baking in Chicago before returning to Indiana, where he worked at Greiner’s Bakery. He also owned Joseph’s Men Shop on Philadelphia Street and Setlock Ford Sales in Homer City before finding his calling as the owner and operator of the Corner Dairy, known for hoagies, ham loaf, vegetable soup, fried fish — served only on Fridays — and, of course, ice cream.

For a time, Joe and his wife, Marie, also operated Owens Market and the Corner Dairy at Leininger Hall near the IUP campus.


In celebration of World Yoga Day and the summer solstices, Sunflower Yoga Studio is having a free outdoor class from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Saturday. Participants should meet at Sunflower Yoga Studio, 580 Philadelphia St. Weather permitting, the group will walk to Memorial Park for the class. In the event of rain, the class will be held in the studio. … Gas prices stood at $3.85 a gallon across the region this morning. … Anticipating the first day of summer on Saturday, Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, recalled the quote by author Hal Borland: “Summer is a promissory note signed in June, its long days spent and gone before you know it, and due to be repaid next January.”

Good evening!

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