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INSIDE INDIANA: Groomer, cash bash, Valley Dairy ...

by BILL HASTINGS on April 04, 2014 10:55 AM

To whom it may concern —


Bow Wow Boutique, a new dog-grooming salon, will open April 19 at 518 Philadelphia St. in Indiana, where owner Beth Bacha will offer “a different type of shop,” she said.

Bacha, who recently returned to the area after more than two decades, is a master show groomer with extensive show circuit experience, she said.

Her grooming includes hand-scissoring and specialty work, and she describes the shop as “not a typical groomer.”

During grooming, she “spoils dogs one at a time” in “little hotel rooms” and does not use cages for the animals.

Hours are by appointment only, and only dogs are accepted.

A grand opening will be held from 10 a.m. to noon April 19.

BLAIRSVILLE HOMEBREW, a supplier of wine and homebrewing supplies, and Casey & Friends Handcrafted Boutique will move to a new location Tuesday to allow for growth.

The 5 W. Market St. location will close Saturday, and the store will reopen Tuesday at 156 E. Market St. in Blairsville.

Customer parking is available behind the building.

The business is owned by Casey Ewing.


A cash bash to benefit the Indiana Area High School marching band will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. April 12 at the Eagles in Indiana, where $100 will be given away every 15 minutes.

The grand prize of $1,000 will be drawn at 9 p.m. In addition, there will be 50/50 raffles, basket raffles and strip tickets.

Tickets to the cash bash are $20 and include a dinner buffet and drinks, including beer.

Proceeds will help fund the band’s upcoming trip to Arizona.

To purchase a ticket, call Patti Stoudt at (724) 357-8212.

Meanwhile, on April 11, downtown Indiana will feature an Easter theme for its monthly Lovin’ Downtown Every Second event, starting at 5 p.m.


Second-grade students at United Elementary School recently surprised the Alice Paul House with a donation of $315.34 through a “Mission Kindness” project.

Students wanted to donate after the education specialist visited the school to teach students “how to tell the difference between good surprises and bad secrets.”

Kudos to the kids for repaying the kind favor.


Valley Dairy Restaurants, including the local facility at the Regency plaza, are helping to support autism research through donations to Hunter’s Helpers, which participates in the Laurel Highlands Walk Now for Autism Speaks.

Buy a puzzle piece at any Valley Dairy Restaurant, or make a donation online at www.walknowfor lands/huntershelpers.

The walk is scheduled for 1 p.m. May 18 at Idlewild Park.


If you see SELF magazine on the shelf at the store, there is a local connection in the April edition: IUP professor Erick Lauber is listed as a source for a “What makes you tick” quiz.

The quiz, on Page 82, is “designed to help women get motivated for self-improvement,” according to information from IUP.

Lauber is a professor in the journalism department and is an applied psychologist.


It’s official. Spring has sprung, according to Center Township supervisor Bob Pozik Sr., who heard one or two peepers on Wednesday night near the auction barn near Homer City, where he said the peepers were in full force Thursday. … The average price for a gallon of gas in Indiana today was $3.79, which is 24 cents higher than the national average of $3.55.. … Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, quoted a line from “Mount Kearsage Shines,” a poem by Donald Hall: “Soon we’ll walk — when days turn fair and frost stays off — over old roads, listening for peepers as spring comes on.”

Good evening!

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