INSIDE INDIANA: Easter, Dad Band, brunch, Dana, etc.
March 29, 2013 11:00 AM

To whom it may concern —

THE WEEKLY Lenten fish fries will transition to egg hunts this weekend in various Indiana County areas with the arrival of Easter on Sunday.

Though the weather hasn’t felt much like spring recently, egg hunts planned for Saturday will have sunshine and temperatures in the 50s.

But don’t put your winter coats away yet. Rain expected on Easter Sunday will shift to rain and snow Monday as cooler temperatures again prevail.

Have no fear, though, as extended forecasts are predicting ample sunshine and temperatures into the 60s beginning at the end of next week.


Speaking of snow, add the following area residents to your list of good neighbors, the folks who plow out neighborhoods and shovel sidewalks following snowstorms: Lenny Jendrejeski, Homer City; Rich Novasel, Jeremy Yagle, Jon Madill, Tom Miller, Larry Stubbe, Herb Lee Jr., and Eric and Hunter Edmonston, Indiana; Bill Roach, White Township; and Stock Chronowski, McIntyre.


The Dad Band will play a benefit show from 9 p.m. to midnight today at The Coventry Inn.

The band will donate the proceeds to Footlight Players, with the goal of raising enough to send a child to the theater camp this summer, said member Mike Powers.

There is no cover charge, but donations will be accepted at the door.

The band will play jazz, blues, standards and “some new material and a few tunes that haven’t seen the light of day for a few years,” Powers said.


Want to help someone have a brighter future? Come to the Brighter Future Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 7 at the Allenwood Restaurant in Ackerman Hall on campus at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

The brunch benefits the Lifesteps’ Child Check Program in Indiana County. Child check is a screening service offered by Lifesteps for children up to age 5 to identify early warning signs regarding development and autism.

Tickets are on sale now and are $10 for adults and $6 for children ages 3 to 11. To purchase a ticket, call Nikki VanDyke at (724) 349-1122, ext. 101, or the IUP Hospitality Management Department’s office at (724) 357-2626.

The brunch will be hosted by the IUP Hospitality Program and The Bridge Core.


The Beth Israel Synagogue will host its ninth annual Trivia Night on April 20 at the Eagles club in Indiana.

“This event has become one of Indiana’s favorites, and seats are limited,” said Millie Glinsky, an organizer.

At the event, teams of eight to 10 people compete in eight rounds of trivia questions. Subjects are varied and include topics such as “Architecture of Indiana County” and “TV shows of the ’50s and ’60s.”

Create your own team, or join a team looking for players.

Cost is $35 per person. A buffet of desserts and healthy alternatives is included in the price, and a “Tel Aviv Deli” will be featured. Specialty coffees from Commonplace Coffee Shop will be provided, and a cash bar is available.

To make a reservation, call Glinsky at (724) 388-5151 or March Wilson at (724) 388-6504.

THE HOMER-CENTER Public Library will hold its fifth annual soup and salad basket bonanza on April 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Homer City United Methodist Church.

The cost of $10 per person will include a meal and 25 raffle tickets. Some of the baskets include: the Steelers, gardening, kids, Avon, Pampered Chef, chocolate lovers, dog, cat and the Pirates. The drawing will be held at 6:30 p.m. Door prizes will be drawn throughout the night. You don’t need to be present to win.

For more information, contact Judy Palaski at (724) 479-3616.

IN RESPONSE to the inquiries, tickets for the Indiana County Sports Hall of Fame’s annual induction banquet will be available soon from any member of the ICSHF, the Gazette’s headquarters at Ninth and Philadelphia streets, and Renda Broadcasting stations in Indiana, Homer City and Blairsville.

The annual banquet will be held Sunday, May 19, at Rustic Lodge.

AND THERE have been some changes to the April 13 celebrity roast of Dana P. Henry, the retiring president of the Indiana County Chamber of Commerce.

The roast is sponsored by the Chevy Chase Community Action Council and will begin with a social hour at 6 p.m., with dinner following at 7.

Anthony Frazier will be the master of ceremonies. Henry will be roasted by these community members: Mike Donnelly, Byron Stauffer Jr., Mark Critz, Jack Frank, Kathy Yerep, state Sen. Don White, Ellen Ruddock, Jay Rubin, Bob King, Patricia Holmes, Carson Greene Jr. and a surprise guest.

The deadline to purchase tickets, which are $75 for two people, $50 for one, is April 10. Tickets will not be sold at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets, call the Chevy Chase Community Center at (724) 463-0674.


Those who want to attend a basket auction to benefit the family of Jason Drew, who was killed by a falling limb in February, are urged to purchase their tickets in advance. The basket auction will be from 6 to 9 p.m. April 20 at Indiana Fire Association West. Food and drinks will also be available. Tickets are $10 and can be obtained by calling Patti Mehalic at (724) 388-4146.

AND DON’T forget the open house Wednesday at The Care Center, 125 N. Fifth St., Indiana. April is Child Abuse Awareness Month, and the open house will bring awareness and unity on the issue of child abuse in Indiana County. The event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. and will include a proclamation and speeches, followed by a self-guided tour of the Care Center.


Gas prices were hovering around the $3.73 mark this morning as the Easter holiday weekend got under way … Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, says Albert Einstein once reminded us: “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

Good night!

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