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INSIDE INDIANA: May Mart, twins, free smiles, etc.

by BILL HASTINGS, on May 02, 2014 11:00 AM

To whom it may concern —

A sure sign of the warmer weather to come is the upcoming Indiana Garden Club’s annual May Mart flower and craft show fundraiser at the White Township Recreation Complex.

This year’s event is set for 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 16 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 17.

More than 100 vendors and crafters are expected to attend.

Admission and parking are free.

Be sure to stop at the garden club’s booth for the locally famous mushroom sandwiches and strawberry pie that are always a hit with the hungry crowd.


Remember the conjoined twins, Andrew and Garrett Lee Stancombe, born April 10 and profiled in the Gazette?

A gift card shower is being organized to help with the family’s expenses.

Those who wish to help may mail gift cards of any denomination to the Stancombe Family, c/o The Indiana Gazette, P.O. Box 10, Indiana, PA 15701.

Suggested gift cards include Walmart, Kmart, Giant Eagle, Valeski’s Bi-Lo, Martin’s, Sheetz gas cards and Visa gift cards.


Some Indiana County children were recently treated to a special reading of “Stripes of All Types” by Susan Stockdale through the Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child program.

The program “is designed to highlight the importance of early literacy development.”

Readers visited 26 child care sites, and the following elementary schools: Rayne Township, McCreery, Ben Franklin, Saltsburg and Penns Manor.

Kudos to these readers for taking time out to support literacy: Heidi Malin, the CARE Center of Indiana County; state Sen. Don White; Brandy Rummel, AmeriCorps; Bethany Hertzog, IUP student; Maureen Pounds, Indiana County Department of Human Services; District Attorney Patrick Dougherty; Charlotte Manges; Sheriff Robert Fyock; Susan Good, Children’s Advisory Commission; Craig Faish, The Open Door; Barbara Telthorster, The Arc; Bruce Jenkins, Kiwanis; Indiana County Commissioner Michael Baker; Judge Tom Bianco; Jessica Clark, Indiana Regional Medical Center/HHSS; Larry Roberts, Northwest Regional Keys; and Tara Kerin, Meghan Slatcoff and Courtney Mayber, Bayada Pediatrics.


It’s the start of a new garage sale season, and the Indiana County League of Women Voters is having its annual sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 527 Shryock Ave., Indiana.

And don't forget the benefit Saturday for Dove Bright, set for 6 to 9 p.m. at The Artists Hand Gallery on Philadelphia Street.

Dove suffers paralysis from the rare neurological disorder acute transverse myelitis.

At Saturday’s event, the bands Coastal Remedy, Remaining Green and William Forrest — all with local connections — will perform light acoustic rock versions of their original work.

Tickets are a $5 donation, though event-goers may donate more if desired.


The Mackenzie Leigh SIDS Benefit Best Dressed Open, with proceeds to benefit Boston Children’s Hospital for SIDS research, will be held May 17 at Meadow Lane Golf Course in White Township.

This event is organized by Jessica Robertson-Bowman in support of families, like hers, who lost a baby to sudden infant death syndrome.

The cost is $70 per person and includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, food and prizes.

Register by Wednesday.

For more information, call Robertson-Bowman at (724) 464 7831 or email jess.robertson75@


Community Guidance Center is celebrating the opening of a new office in Punxsutawney and interested individuals are invited to attend. The event also marks a merger with Clearfield-Jefferson Community Mental Health Center.

Open houses are set from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 6:30 p.m. May 23 at 200 Prushnok Drive, Punxsutawney.

RSVP by May 16 to Sean at (724) 465-5576, extension 153, or


The YMCA of Indiana County will offer a weight-loss program this summer, where participants will compete in a 12-week program “to fight unwanted inches and work out like never before” during a quest for a healthy lifestyle.

Sign up today for the summer session that starts May 10 and ends Aug. 8.

The program is taught by trainers three days a week and includes monthly challenges.


The annual Free Smiles Day at Dr. Phil Losco’s dental office at 155 E. Market St., Blairsville, is set for May 9.

The event offers free dental care for those 18 or older that day. Patients can have either a free cleaning, free filling or free extraction on a first-come, first-served basis.

The line will form at 7 a.m., with sign-ins and screenings beginning at 8 a.m. Patients will be seen until 4:30 p.m.

Also as part of the events, a nurse will be on hand for free blood pressure screenings.

This service has been provided by Dr. Losco for three years, during which more than a hundred patients were provided service.

“We look forward to this event each year as a way to give back to the community that supports us throughout the year,” Losco said in a news release.

“This event provides the opportunity for patients to receive much-needed care and also give them a reason to smile.”


Gas prices in Indiana today ranged from $3.75 to $3.85 a gallon, compared to a state average of $3.78 and a national average of $3.66, according to the website … Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, chuckled over the quote about golf attributed to the late Mickey Mantle: “He who has the fastest golf cart never has a bad lie.”

Good evening!

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