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INSIDE INDIANA: Rock for a Cure, Jim, Jimmy, May Mart, Mya, YMCA, etc.

by BILL HASTINGS on May 16, 2014 10:54 AM

To whom it may concern —

Indiana Theater on Philadelphia Street will be rockin’ this weekend for a fundraiser to benefit the Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure team of Kerri Colvin Ballas, of Indiana.

Rock for a Cure will kick off when the doors open at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Opening is Kevin Dale, who plays acoustic country rock, and headlining will be Coastal Remedy, which plays all-original alternative rock.

The Race for a Cure was held on Mother’s Day in Pittsburgh, but donations are taken until the middle of June.

The cost to enter is a $10 donation, 100 percent of which goes toward the fight against cancer. T-shirts will also be sold, and pre-sales of Coastal Remedy’s new album will also be available, with a portion donated to Ballas’ team.


Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley managed to squeeze in a visit to the Jimmy Stewart Museum when he was in Indiana County on Tuesday.

Between his appearances at the Jimmy Stewart Airport and the Indiana Country Club, where he was guest speaker at the Indiana County Republican Banquet, Cawley spent about an hour touring the museum.

Tim Harley, executive director, conducted the tour that included Cawley and Chris Brennan, a member of the governor’s staff.

“Not only was he a charming individual, he was a very knowledgeable Stewart fan,” said Harley.

“He had comments about different displays and knew a lot about the actor’s life.”

Harley said the group also spent some time in the museum’s gift shop and were “excited” with several purchases.

AND REMEMBER last week’s note about the upcoming birthday celebration of Jimmy Stewart?

In addition to the event at noon Tuesday at the Jimmy Stewart Museum, where the public is invited for refreshments and the showing of the 1987 documentary “James Stewart: A Wonderful Life,” there will be a special showing of last year’s museum tour Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on the Pennsylvania Cable Network.

Director Tim Harley will be shown giving a tour of the museum.


Stop by at the YMCA of Indiana County at 6:30 tonight to “learn the many aspects of health and wellness from the experts,” according to information from the Y.

There will be the opportunity to meet with personal trainers, a nutritionist, chiropractor, yoga instructor, pediatrician, massage therapist and diabetes prevention specialist.

AND DON’T forget the annual May Mart Flower and Craft Festival, until 7 p.m. tonight and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at S&T Bank Arena at the White Township Recreation Complex. Stop by for some plants, or maybe a locally famous mushroom sandwich topped off with a slice of strawberry pie.


Mya Zemlock, an eighth-grader in the Homer-Center School District, will sign copies of her book, “Heartless,” from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Homer-Center Public Library.

Mya’s book, geared toward teens and young adults, features main character Alex, “a teenage girl just trying to survive in the world,” according to the description on, one of the places her book is available.

What, particularly, is she trying to survive?

Zombies. Everywhere.

“Nearly everyone on Earth has been chewed into one,” the description says. “Alex, along with her three friends, must keep from joining their grisly horde.”


Our recent obituaries included the following:

• Stephen Reyba passed away at his home in Miramar Beach, Fla., at the age of 58. A native of Northern Cambria, he had resided for many years in Indiana.

Reyba was a graduate of Penn State University and was co-owner and operator of a local mining company, Parkwood Resources.

• Dennis Whitson, a retired member of the Department of Physics at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, died May 3.

He taught for 34 years at IUP, where he was instrumental in the development of the electro-optics course and also served as chairman of the physics department for several years.

Whitson was among those who started the soccer program in the Indiana school district for both boys and girls and for a time served as soccer boosters president.


According to the website, gas prices in the Indiana area today were running at $3.85 a gallon for regular unleaded, compared to $3.63 nationally and $3.77 statewide. … Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, agrees with country singer Dolly Parton, who said, “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”

Good evening!

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