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INSIDE INDIANA: Carol, fall, market, Barb, James, etc.

by BILL HASTINGS on August 15, 2014 10:49 AM

To whom it may concern —

Carol Perischetti took a deep breath, placed her hands on her hips, looked around and just shook her head.

As chairwoman of the fledgling Knotweed Festival in Blairsville, she can’t believe what has happened in just two years.

On Saturday the festival, sponsored by the Blairsville Community Development Authority, will be held in the downtown streets in the borough.

But Persichetti is truly amazed at how the festival has grown from its first year with double the number of vendors (about 45).

But recently someone mentioned that more children’s activities were needed.

Then she said, “without any solicitation, we received an anonymous donation to cover the cost of a bounce house and inflatable obstacle course.” Add these kiddies’ adventures to face painting, printing on cloth bags, story times and games and the youngsters can be kept busy for quite a while.

There is something for everyone, and it will all kick off with a parade on Market Street beginning at 10:30 a.m. Other activities include a performance by the Blairsville Community Band from 1 to 2 p.m., a K-9 demonstration at 2:30, a scavenger hunt at 5 and a duck race at 6:30.

Other weekend events include a benefit turkey dinner for the Indiana Lions Club at the Lions Health Camp along Health Camp Road from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday and a chicken and holupki dinner at Christ Our Savior Orthodox Church at Tanoma Road and Route 286 in Rayne Township from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. The cost is $10 for adults and $3 for children ages 5 to 12.

And Summer Concerts in the Park continue Sunday at 5:30 p.m. with Dave Minda and Friends (blues) in Memorial Park in Indiana.

And tonight is the Indiana County Democratic Committee summer picnic at 5:30 p.m. at the Red Barn Sportmen’s Club, 1250 Six Flat Road near Homer City.

In a sure sign of fall, while athletes across the area have begun training for high school football season, marching band members, too, are hard at work, putting in long hours to perfect their on-field routines.


An Olympia Sports is set to open next Thursday with a ribbon-cutting at 3100 Oakland Ave. in White Township, the site of the former Famous Footwear store in the South Towne Plaza.

Olympia is a sporting goods clothing store that carries Adidas, Columbia, Fathead, Nike, Life Is Good and Under Armour, among other brands. The chain has more than 200 locations in 13 states in the Northeast.


A recent front-page story by Gazette staffer Randy Wells told of a Coal Run native who two weeks ago unveiled a memorial at Ashford, England, dedicated to fighter pilots who were killed in World War II.

Bernard Sledzik is the son of the late Peter and Mary Salva Sledzik and has two brothers living in Indiana, Herman and Ed.

Herman retired from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he served as head basketball coach and athletic director and Edward owns and operates Sledzik’s Auto Service along Route 286 near Aultman.

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Monday is the last day to vote for the Miracle League of Indiana County to receive $10,000 through a contest by Safeco Insurance. You can vote once a day in the contest at

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The Indiana County Farmers Market will host its annual customer appreciation event Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon in the S&T Bank parking lot along Eighth and Church streets in Indiana.

There will be fresh pepper samples from produce vendors, a basket full of market goods giveaway, live music and face painting by Indiana County Fair queen Amanda Brubaker.


James Olmstead, of New Florence, is among the 12 winners in the 2015 calendar contest by CNB Bank.

Amateur or professional photographers were encouraged to submit their photos via the bank’s website for the calendar, which has a railroad theme. Nearly 200 entries were received.

The best of show, which will be featured on the cover, was submitted by a woman from Bradford.

The calendars will be ready on Nov. 1.

Barbara Telthorster, executive director of The Arc of Indiana County, has been honored for her advocacy work for those with disabilities through the Dignity and Respect Campaign’s Greater Pittsburgh Council.

The campaign is an awareness initiative designed to join individuals, community leaders, community organizations, educational institutions, businesses, and corporations under the common notion that everyone deserves dignity and respect.

Indiana County Commissioner Patricia Evanko nominated Telthorster for this honor, saying, “Barbara is one of the most caring and dedicated people I know. She treats all people, no matter their situation in life, the same.

She helps everyone and builds partnerships throughout the community to promote legislation for people with disabilities.”

Telthorster herself is the mother of a daughter who was born with a disability.


The American Legion Post 141 will hold its Legion Baseball Golf Scramble on Aug. 23 at the Indian Springs Golf Course. Tee time is at 1 p.m.

The post is looking for both golfers and sponsors. Participation is $55 per person or $220 per team. Sponsorships are $50 for a hole or $25 to sponsor a cart.

Checks can be made payable to American Legion Baseball. All proceeds benefit the American Legion Post 141 baseball team.

Prizes will be awarded for longest drive, shortest to pin and first- and second-place teams.

Food and beverages will be provided.

For more information, call (724) 465-2326 or stop by the post home, 534 Philadelphia St. in Indiana.


Gas prices in the Indiana area today were running at $3.55 to $3.65 a gallon for regular unleaded, according to, which reported a statewide average of $3.52 and a national average of $3.46. … Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, says it was author Kurt Vonnegut who observed, “True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.”

Good evening!

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