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INSIDE INDIANA: IUP, Jimmy, races, Isaac, Jennifer, etc.

by BILL HASTINGS on May 09, 2014 10:55 AM

To whom it may concern —

It’s a busy weekend for the Indiana area with graduation day for students at Indiana University of Pennsylvania on Saturday and Mother’s Day on Sunday.

Expect traffic to be a little heavier and restaurants to be a bit more crowded as families pour in for events.

Graduation is set in two ceremonies for 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex. More than 1,600 will receive bachelor’s degrees.


It’s time once again to sign up for the fifth annual Downtown Decathlon, scheduled for 5 to 9 p.m. June 13.

Registration is open until June 6 for teams of four to eight people age 21 or older.

The event takes participants to 10 different downtown establishments throughout the evening, where events such as ladder golf and trivia are set up.

The pre-party begins at 5 p.m. at Twisted Jimmy’s, with a shotgun start at 6 p.m.

The winning team will earn dinner for eight at Nap’s Cucina Mia and will have the honor of serving as grand marshals for the “It’s a Wonderful Life” parade on Nov. 21.

Proceeds from the Downtown Decathlon are used for the installation and maintenance of the lights that outline buildings in the downtown during the holiday season through the Lucy Donnelly Memorial Fund.


The Indiana Lions Club will hold a benefit turkey dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Indiana Lions Health Camp on Lions Health Camp Road.

Tickets will be available at the door and are $10 for adults and $4 for children under 12.

Takeout is available.


Tuesday, May 20, is Jimmy Stewart’s birthday, and an open invitation has been extended to the public to join in the celebration of the occasion.

Officials at the Jimmy Stewart Museum on Philadelphia Street have scheduled a special documentary showing to honor the legendary film star.

Birthday cake and lemonade will be served at noon followed by the showing of the 1987 documentary “James Stewart. A Wonderful Life,” hosted by Johnny Carson.

This interesting film is not generally shown in the museum’s lineup due to its length of 1 hour and 51 minutes, but it offers a unique view into Stewart’s life with Carson as host and narrator.

Stewart was born in Indiana on May 20, 1908, and his last visit to his hometown was for his 75th birthday celebration in 1983.

Two plaques bearing the name of Stewart will also be dedicated this month.

On May 23 at 5 p.m. the Stewart plaque on the Vinegar Hill stairs will be included in the dedication ceremony of the IRMC Park on Seventh Street; at noon on May 30, the plaque noting that Stewart attended the former Keith School, now Wilson Hall, on the IUP campus will be dedicated.


The United Music Boosters will hold “A Night at the Races!” on Saturday, May 31, at the Brush Valley Fire Hall to benefit a 2015 Disney trip.

Tickets for the event are $25 and include one horse and two admissions for dinner and entertainment. An additional horse can be purchased for $10 at the door.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with a 6 p.m. dinner buffet. The first race is at 7:15 p.m., and there will be 10 races and an auction stake race. Other prize opportunities include strip tickets and 50/50 raffles.

For tickets or more information, call Pat Rich at (724) 676-5385. Those attending must be 21.

The YMCA of Indiana County’s annual summer camp opens June 9 and runs through Aug. 22. The weekday camps include themes, field trips, swimming, games and outdoor activities. Call (724) 463-9622 for more information.


Our recent obituaries have included the following:

• Jerry J. Pike, 81, an Indiana businessman who passed away April 26 following a lingering illness.

Active in the community, Pike was involved with his church, Zion Lutheran, the Rotary Club, the Boy Scouts and Senior Legion baseball.

A Johnstown native, he was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a chemical engineering degree, and was the owner and operator of Beck Machine and Brodsky and Co. in Indiana for 42 years.

• F. Frederick Moreau, 76, a native of Indiana, died May 1 at his residence.

Moreau was a graduate of Indiana High School and St. Francis College in Loretto, and was a member of St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church.

He served as secretary-treasurer for A.F. Moreau and Sons in Indiana and for 11 years was the executive director of the United Way of Indiana County.

Moreau also served on several boards including ICCAP and Lifesteps. He was a past president of the Rotary Club and Past Exalted Ruler of B.P.O.E. 931 in Indiana.

In 1985 he was the recipient of the Civic Leader of the Year Award.

• Louis Super, 83, passed away on May 4.

A native of Clymer, he was well-known as a local sportsman who golfed and was a regular for many years at the Indiana Country Club.

He retired from Penelec as supervisor of the Indiana station.

• Delbert Baker, 90, passed away recently at Indiana Regional Medical Center.

Baker was a native of Green Township and began his banking career as a teller in the Midtown Office of the Savings & Trust Bank in the early 1960s.

He retired in 1994 as a senior vice president and treasurer.

Baker was a life board member of the Indiana Elks Lodge and the Indiana County chapter of the American Red Cross, where he received the Edgar M. Cheely Distinguished Service Award.

He was also an active member of the Graystone Presbyterian Church, where he was an endowment trustee and also served as an usher.


A fan bus to see Indiana Area School District string students Isaac Mastalski and Jennifer Han perform on May 17 in the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra concert at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh is being organized.

The bus will leave the junior high school at 1 p.m. and the group will have a free backstage tour of Heinz Hall. The concert starts at 4 p.m. and afterward, the group will stay a few minutes to congratulate the performers. On the way home, the bus will stop at Hoss’s for dinner. The bus will return to the junior high around 9 p.m. 

The concert is free and open to the public. The cost for the bus trip is $10 per person, and participants will pay for their own meal at Hoss’s. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations will be accepted until 48 people have signed up.

Email Julianne Laird at for reservations. Checks should be made out to: IASD, with the words “Indie Strings” in the memo, and sent to Laird at Indiana Area Junior High School. 


According to the website, gas prices in the Indiana area today ranged from $3.81 to $3.85 a gallon, compared to an average of $3.80 statewide and $3.64 nationwide. … Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, says it was the late American businesswoman Mary Kay Ash who observed, “Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it so it goes on flying anyway.”

Good evening!

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