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INSIDE INDIANA: Jim, Bon Worth, Legion, Gladys, John

by BILL HASTINGS on August 01, 2014 10:50 AM

To whom it may concern —


Well wishes are in order for the owners of Environmental Pest Management, founded by Jim Rice in 1974 as Rice Exterminating, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

It is a “true family-owned and –operated business,” according to his son, Jeff, who has been in the business for 11 years.

Other family members working in the office are Jeff’s mother, Heather Rice, and his wife, Nichole Rice.

A dinner was held last week to honor Jim, who was presented with an award for 40 years of excellence, plus a mount of the first spray tank that he used.

Celebrating an 85th anniversary (chartered July 23, 1929) is the Indiana Lions Club. The service club is 66 members strong and “working to make a difference by serving the people of Indiana County and surrounding areas.”


Bon Worth stores, rumored to be closing its doors both locally at the Indiana Mall and nationally, will remain open as San USA has purchased the apparel company’s stock.

“This gives the company the opportunity to provide an exciting new era for our longstanding traditions and values as a retailer to the mature woman shopper,” according to a news release from San USA.

Both Fox’s Pizza and the Tandoor restaurant (Indian cuisine) along Philadelphia Street in Indiana are under new management and are open for business.


Saltsburg American Legion’s care packing group is accepting donations for the troops, and since 2005 has sent 526 care packages and more than 9,000 pounds of goods.

Drop off items at the Legion between 6 and 10 p.m.

The club is also taking addresses of family and friends who are serving. Call (724) 639-3496 to leave an address.


Our recent obituaries included Gladys E. (Hans) Nealer, 88, of Shelocta, and formerly of Indiana, who died July 21.

Gladys was well-known as the owner of Granny’s in Shelocta, which started as Granny’s Antiques, and she still handled antiques when she added the breakfast/ restaurant to it.

Prior to that she was director/supervisor of one of the departments at Campus Sportswear, which was located in the building that now houses the 119 Professional Center.

As her obituary said, she also managed the concession stand at the Keystone Overlook, which was run by the Indiana County Tourist Bureau and was located on a high point along Route 156 that overlooked the Keystone power plant when it was first built.

She also managed the concession stand at Mack Pool, and her son, Paul Nealer, owns Tire Express at Philadelphia and Third streets.


The John Angelo Golf Classic, to benefit the ARC of Indiana County, is set for Aug. 15 at VFW Post 1989’s Indian Springs Golf and Country Club.

Cost is $75 per person and includes a light lunch, golf with a cart, dinner, a silent auction and prizes. Registration is at noon, with a 1 p.m. shotgun start.

Participants should register by Tuesday. Call (724) 465-6341 or email


Gas prices in the Indiana area today were running around $3.73 a gallon for regular unleaded, according to … Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, quoted James Dent, who once quipped, “A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.” (

Good evening!

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