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INSIDE INDIANA: Wildcat Regiment band, IAA, swimming, etc.

by BILL HASTINGS on June 06, 2014 10:55 AM

To whom it may concern —


The Wildcat Regiment Band of Indiana County, which portrays the band of the 105th Pennsylvania Volunteer infantry, will perform for several events commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

Two concerts are set for June 14 in Gettysburg: 2 p.m. at the visitors’ center with patriotic music; and 6 p.m. at the State of Pennsylvania monument with music from the Port Royal Band Books.

Dr. Kevin Eisensmith, a trumpet professor at IUP, will perform several solo pieces at the evening concert.

Another concert is set for 12:30 p.m. July 5 at Monocacy National Battlefield in Maryland.

Later that day, the band will travel to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia to participate in their commemorative activities. A 3:30 p.m. concert will pay tribute to the prelude to the Battle of Monocacy and Harpers Ferry’s role.

The Wildcat Regiment Band has been performing for more than 20 years. It “utilizes authentic brass instruments from the 19th century and performs music of the time period in the uniforms of the Federal Army,” according to members.

They will soon release their third recording, featuring Port Royal Band music.

For more information, visit


Indiana Art Association, in partnership with The Artists Hand Gallery, will celebrate 73 years as a supporter of fledgling and experienced artists with its annual spring show.

The show is at the gallery, 732 Philadelphia St., Indiana, through June 28.

Awards will be announced today from 6 to 8 p.m. during the opening reception.

Most pieces are for sale during gallery hours.

THE INDIANA LIONS CLUB will hold a benefit turkey dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the health camp on Lions Health Camp Road. The cost is $10 for adults and teens and $4 for children under 12. Takeout is available.


Water safety will be topic of a free “Begin to Swim” program from June 9 to 13 or June 16 to 20 at Mack Park Pool.

The YMCA and United Way of Indiana County teamed up for this program since drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury and death for children under 14 years, according to organizers.

The program’s focus will include proper use of water safety equipment, rules and etiquette as well as improved self-confidence through basic swimming skills.

Registration is required. Call the Y or visit


A Drive 4 UR Community event will be offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 14 at the Indiana Mall, where funds will be raised for the Indiana County chapter of the American Red Cross in conjunction with Luther Ford Lincoln of Homer City.

Participants who test drive a new Ford vehicle will earn a $20 donation to the Red Cross from the Ford Motor Company up to a total of $6,000, according to organizers.

“The funds will help fund disaster relief and recovery in Indiana County along with other Red Cross programs,” said Dana M. Bauer, LSW, executive director of the Indiana chapter of the American Red Cross.

“We know funding for community programs is hard to come by, and we want to do our part to help make sure these programs remain available,” said Mario Luther, owner of Luther Ford Lincoln. “We’re excited to raise money for the Indiana County chapter.”

Staff from the dealership will be on site to provide any additional vehicle information.

The free event will be in the Sears parking lot. Participants must be 18 or older and have a valid driver’s license.

The Red Cross will offer free hot dogs and a chance to win one of two $100 Martin gift cards.


All are invited to attend a grand reopening at Moorehead Place from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday. The senior living community is at 116 Madison Circle, White Township.


The 10th annual Indiana Youth Hockey Association scramble golf tournament is set for June 21 at Indian Springs Golf & Country Club.

The cost is $80 per player and includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, lunch and dinner.

Cart sponsorship for $25 and hole sponsorship for $50 are also available. Lunch begins at noon, with a 1 p.m. tee off.

For more information, call Jeff Williams at (724) 354-3292


There were several errors in last week’s column regarding the death of Harry C. Wilmoth, 97, of Marion Center, former owner of Wilmoth Interests Inc.

It was his son, Harry C. Wilmoth Jr., who reportedly learned the gas and oil business while working in Oklahoma. Harry Jr. also was president of the board of directors of the Drake Well Museum in Titusville and was instrumental in the creation of a Mobile Energy Education Training unit used to educate and promote the use of all types of energy.

Harry Jr. and his sister, Dr. Ann G. Wilmoth, both of Marion Center, were honored in 2012 with Distinguished Citizen Awards for a lifetime of work benefiting the Boy Scouts.


More than two dozen of NRG Energy’s Seward Generating Station employees spent May 13 volunteering at the New Florence playground and soccer fields.

Employees improved the playground area by mulching, raking and mowing the grass. Painting was completed on the picnic tables and playground equipment.

Finally, lighting, a countertop, cabinets, and a new door were installed in the concession stand. NRG sponsors a companywide Global Giving Day each year and encourages all employees to get out and give back to the local community.


Gas prices in the Indiana area today were running at $3.79 a gallon, compared to a state average of $3.74 and a national average of $3.65, according to … Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, recalled the words of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower as he addressed the troops before the D-Day invasion in 1944: "The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you."

Good evening!

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