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To whom it may concern —

FREE PARKING

A reminder to the public that 96 metered parking spaces in the 500, 600 and 700 blocks of Philadelphia Street will be free of charge this holiday season on Friday evenings after 5 p.m. and all day on Saturdays through Dec. 21.

These spaces will be designated by a bow attached to the meter.

The parking is paid for by First Commonwealth Bank.

CHRISTMAS FEST

The Coal Run/McIntyre Fire Department’s annual Christmas Fest will take place Saturday starting at 6 p.m. with a visit from Santa Claus, caroling, a parade of firetrucks and the lighting of the community Christmas tree. Judges will determine the best-decorated firetruck. The event is free, but visitors are encouraged to donate an unwrapped toy for the local Toys for Tots program.

SPEAKING OF Christmas, Blairsville Tractor Supply Co. on North Morrow Street will host a pet photos with Santa event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Customers are invited to bring their children and pets for photos and other activities.

The first 25 photo customers will receive a free magnetic frame.

CONDOLENCES

Our recent obituaries included Abigail “Abby” Morris, 93, of Indiana, who passed away Nov. 18.

Abby was known in the area for her immersion in the arts, and locally was a co-founder of The Indiana Players theater group.

According to her obituary, “Abby wrote two songs for her beloved Indiana: ‘An Anthem for Indiana’ and ‘Downtown Indiana,’ a jazzy up-beat celebration of the business district.”

She was known for her love of Indiana, and “will long be remembered by the hundreds of citizens who participated in her many musical revues that raised money for various local community organizations.”

She was also a beloved piano teacher for 42 years.

YOUR WEEKEND CALENDAR

Pine Grove Church of God near Cherry Tree will host its annual spaghetti dinner from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 5 to 12 and free for those who are younger.

OPEN HOUSE

An open house event Saturday at At the Cabin & Hemp Haven will feature several other local, small-business vendors.

A portion of the sale proceeds from the host vendor will go to Family Promise.

Vendors include Laurie’s Sweet Treats, a licensed chocolatier, who will be on hand with holiday treats, Sassafras Hill Studio with jewelry, Stitches in the Run with embroidered items, chair massages by Lisa, At the Cabin’s rustic decor and more.

Refreshments will be available.

At the Cabin & Hemp Haven, at 30 McLain Road, features CBD products and locally grown hemp products. The open house will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

SAVE THE DATE

The annual senior citizens lunch is set for Dec. 12 at Apollo-Ridge High School, offering a free luncheon and entertainment to all senior citizens in the school district’s attendance area.

A concert by the A-R high school band and chorus will be offered from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m., and lunch will be served from 1:15 to 2 p.m.

The luncheon is sponsored by the high school’s student council.

SMALL BREWERY SUNDAY

Pennsylvania’s officials brewers guild, Brewers of Pennsylvania, will celebrate Small Brewery Sunday this weekend, touting it as “a new holiday that encourages beer lovers throughout the country to support small U.S. breweries.”

The BOP reports that the craft beer industry “injects $5.78 billion into the state’s economy while supplying more than 10,000 jobs, which generates $2.2 billion in wages and benefits annually.”

SHOP TALK AT SIX

Frye’s Antiques will host a Christmas open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday with storewide sales, refreshments and door prizes. … Gas prices in the Indiana area today were hovering around $2.89 per gallon, compared with $2.78 statewide and $2.58 nationwide (www.pennsylvaniagasprices.com). … Please read but don’t bet on it: Steelers 21, Browns 14; Penn State 42, Rutgers 7; Pitt 35, Boston College 21. …Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, recalls the words of humorist Dave Barry on this Black Friday: “Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice.”

Good evening!

This column is compiled by Gazette staff writer Margaret Weaver. Email items for submission to mweaver@indianagazette.net.