BILL HASTINGS' INSIDE INDIANA: Bingo, 'fools,' Connie, Thai food, etc.
April 05, 2013 10:50 AM

To whom it may concern — 

BINGO PLAYERS will again welcome the announcement that another one of the Gazette’s popular Coverall Bingo games begins Sunday, when the official card appears in the newspaper.

The first number will appear in Monday’s edition.

The same rules will be in effect, according to Circulation Manager Ron Seckar, who says prizes of “Bingo Bucks” that can be redeemed at participating local businesses will be awarded during the contest.

Seckar says there will be four weekly prizes, each worth $100.

The grand prize, he says, will be valued at $500.

“Bingo Bucks” will also be awarded in the amount of $300 for second prize and $200 for third.

So be sure to look for your card Sunday and play.


Two weeks into spring, and it’s still snowing! Add the following area residents to your list of good neighbors, the folks who plow out neighborhoods and shovel sidewalks following snowstorms: Dan Noga, White Township, and Skip Heilmeid, Clymer.


The recent annual Paint the County Red fundraising gala at Indiana County Club to benefit the local Red Cross was a success, according to organizers.

The event raised more than $50,000 for local disaster relief efforts and programs, surpassing last year’s total of $44,000.

Nick Ruffner, news director with Renda Broadcasting, was master of ceremonies.

Guests enjoyed an evening of dining, live and silent auctions, prizes and more. Adding a personal touch, local families and individuals shared their personal stories and experiences with the Red Cross.

Events such as Paint the County Red are important because the Red Cross relies solely on the support of the community. The local organization responded to about 600 disasters in southwestern Pennsylvania last year, about a dozen of which were in Indiana County, officials said.


The “fools” will be out in force Saturday with the 35th annual Fools Run 10K Race and 3-Mile Fun Walk, conducted by Indiana Road Runners Club.

Race-day registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the race starts at 10 at S&T Bank Arena on East Pike. The course is on country roads with gently rolling hills.

For information, call Dick Gigliotti at (724) 349-0501. Race applications can be downloaded at www.indiana


The recent obituary columns included Connie J. Rising, 79, of Indiana, who passed away Sunday.

Connie and husband Gene owned Rising Brothers Tire in Indiana.

She lived her entire life in Indiana and was a member of Calvary Presbyterian Church, Indiana, as well as the Evergreen Garden Club, where she served as secretary. Connie had also been employed previously at Brody’s Department Store.


Don’t forget the Brighter Future Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Allenwood Restaurant in Ackerman Hall, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

On the menu? A variety of salads, vegetables, meats and of course, all the breakfast classics.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children ages 3 to 11. Proceeds benefit the Lifesteps’ Child Check program in Indiana County.

They can be purchased at Valeski’s Fourth Street BiLo customer service desk, or by calling 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 new Thai restaurant Teerak, in Renaissance Circle along Oakland Avenue in White Township, is now open. It is owned by Kanokon Smathers, who lives in the Indiana area with husband Mike. It serves traditional Thai dishes, described as sweet and sour or spicy (though the spice can be adjusted for individual tastes). … Gas prices have been slowly falling in the area, with most at $3.69 per gallon. … Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, credits late Hollywood legend Humphrey Bogart with this gem: “A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz.”

Good evening!

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