BILL HASTINGS' INSIDE INDIANA: Coin show, Gavin, fundraisers, Dana, etc.
To whom it may concern -- Look for impressive crowds at the 55th annual Spring Coin Show, sponsored by the Indiana Coin Club Inc., set for Saturday at the S&T Bank Arena, 497 East Pike, White Township.
The show opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. At least 36 tables will be manned by coin dealers from Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia, according to organizers. These dealers will have coins, currency, tokens, bullion and other numismatic items for sale. Special security will be provided throughout the event.
"The Indiana Coin Club makes a special effort to maintain the high quality coin show the coin collections of the Indiana area have learned to expect," organizers said.
Collectors will have an opportunity to buy, sell, trade or chat with knowledgeable coin dealers. The general public should be interested in seeing the numerous displays of coins, currency and numismatic materials.
There is no admission fee to enter the show.
The Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists is sponsoring a "Coins 4 Kids" program at 1 p.m. Each child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Children will be offered free coins, albums and books along with information on coins, currency, and tokens.
Another show is set for the third Saturday of September.
DOWN MEMORY LANE
Gavin Garino, of Indiana, has turned a weather-worn building on 1630 Philadelphia St. into a comfortable location for his business, G. Force Engineering Services, and at the same time has restored a page of Indiana's main-street history.
The building was constructed by local artist Frank Fleeger in the post-World War II era. He later moved the business to Brookville, where a group of creative folks opened what they called an "artist's colony." Mr. Fleeger's father resided on East Philadelphia Street, where he operated an auto repair shop.
A variety of businesses had operated at the 1630 building before it became idle several years ago.
Add the following area residents to your growing list of good neighbors, the folks who plow out neighborhoods and shovel sidewalks following snowstorms: Lauren Carloni, Wayne Wheeler, Tom Miller, Pat and Ken Moorehead, and Dean Coleman, Indiana; Frank Renosky, White Township; Fred Simpson, Creekside; Ron Ryan, Armstrong Township; Brian Dean, Don Brown and Archie Dixon, Lucernemines; Ted Pluchinsky, Bob Rebovich, Bill Gonda, Ed Reed and William McCracken, Homer City; and Tom McCoy, Center Township.
FROM THE MAIL
A record crowd attended the recent Empty Bowl fundraiser at the Artist's Hand Gallery, Indiana, according to Eleanor M. Gallati, a volunteer and professor emeritus at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
"With all the soup and pottery having been contributed, the IUP Ceramics Club was able to give $5,075 to ICCAP for Indiana County food banks," she wrote.
NEED SOME HELP?
The Summit Church is looking for projects, both organizational and individual, that need to be performed in the area on their day of service, "Elevate Project," to be held May 4.
Volunteers are eager to make an impact in the area, according to Executive Pastor Dan Miller.
Those interested in submitting a project should contact Miller at email@example.com.
YOUR WEEKEND CALENDAR
- The IUP chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will hold its annual fundraiser beginning at 9 p.m. tonight at The Brown Hotel.
All proceeds from the door cover benefit SPJ travel expenses and speakers.
The cover charge is $3, and you must be 21 or older to attend.
Live music will be provided by Look Left, Jeff Kelley and Friends, Grist for the Mill, William Forrest, We Are Not Astronauts and Moses and Meg.
- The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life will hold a benefit corn hole tournament Saturday at Pikel's BP Inn, Home. Registration is from 2 to 3 p.m., with the first bags thrown at 3:30.
The cost is $20 per team, with two people on each team, according to organizers.
This is a double-elimination tournament, and all winners' bracket games will be the best-of-three. Losers' bracket games will be sudden death, one game only.
Cash prizes will be awarded, and participants must be 21 or older.
At 9 p.m., Joe Patrick and 4 on the Floor will provide live entertainment, with a $5 cover charge. Raffles will also be available.
- The Indiana Lions Club will hold a benefit turkey dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Indiana Lions Health Camp on Health Camp Road, White Township. Tickets will be available at the door. Dinners are $9 for adults and $4 for children under 12. Takeouts will be available.
SAVE THE DATE
He'll be retired by then, but the Chevy Chase Community Action Council Inc. is planning a roast of Dana Henry, president of the Indiana County Chamber of Commerce.
A panel of several people, including a surprise celebrity, will celebrate Henry at the April 13 event at the Rustic Lodge, according to Diane Reese-Walters, executive director. Tickets for the event, which will benefit the Chevy Chase Center, are $75 each before March 29, and $85 between then and the event, which begins at 6 p.m.
The Care Center will hold an open house to bring awareness and unity on the issue of child abuse in Indiana County.
The event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. April 3 at 125 N. Fifth St., Indiana, and will include a proclamation and speeches, followed by a self-guided tour of the Care Center.
DISEASES AFFECTING wildlife will be the topic of an upcoming Evergreen Conservancy event on March 15, where Patrick Snickles, wildlife conservation officer, will discuss topics such as how to identify and handle a sick animal.
The event will begin at 7 p.m. at the lodge at Blue Spruce Park near Ernest.
In addition, members of the board will update those attending on recent activities, and light refreshments will be served.
SHOP TALK AT SIX
The clock-watchers are reminded that the arrival of daylight saving time this weekend simply means springing forward an hour. … Gas prices in the area have fallen a bit in the past week, now hovering around $3.83 per gallon. … Willie our ex-shoeshine boy, says, "If you don't have anything important to say, don't say it."