BILL HASTINGS' INSIDE INDIANA: FFA, Ashley, winery, tourism, 'Rob' ...
May 03, 2013 10:50 AM

To whom it may concern —


The Youth Arts Celebration 2013 is going strong this week at the Indiana Mall, where there will be artist demonstrations from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, sponsored by the Indiana Arts Council.

Demonstrations and hands-on opportunities include printmaking, 3-D painting, wax resist painting and calligraphy.

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A SPRING craft and accessory show is set for Saturday at the Clymer fire hall on Sherman Street through the Clymer Firemen’s Auxiliary. There will be crafts, food, fashion, home items, holiday decorations, jewelry and more, according to organizers.

The Penns Manor FFA will also offer a basket bash at the event.

Need more information? Call Lori at (724) 463-7465.


THE INDIANA Kiwanis Club and Indiana High School Key Club will host A Spring Into Summer Fashion Show at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the high school auditorium.

Admission is $8, and there will be door prizes and a raffle.

AND THE League of Women Voters of Indiana County will hold its annual garage sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 527 Shryock Ave., Indiana.


Ashley Forrest, a Homer City native, released her debut pop/country music album “Seven Hundred Miles” on April 16 through digital retailers, including iTunes and Amazon. The CD album may also be purchased at www.AshleyForrest

Recorded in Nashville, the album’s title reflects how many miles she traveled from her home in Maryland to Nashville. It is representative of her “journey, obstacles and triumphs,” according to a news release.

Four of the album’s 10 tracks were written by Ashley, who originally wanted to be a college chorus teacher “but just couldn’t shake the allure of performing.”

Her first single, “Pourin’ Over Me,” “was well received at the Music Row Country Breakout Chart, garnering over 4,000 spins on 30+ radio stations and reaching the top 50 on the chart,” according to the release.


• Jack A. “Coach” Quinn, 83, of Elderton, who passed away Tuesday. Jack was a health and physical education teacher for 39οΎ½ years at Elderton High School until his retirement in 1991. During that time he coached basketball and baseball, and introduced and coached boys’ soccer and power volleyball, according to his obituary.

Also a veteran, he served in the U.S. Air Force and was a Korean War veteran.

He loved the Elderton area and was extremely involved in the community.

• Eric Kensey Morse, 48, of Indiana, who passed away April 26 after a fierce two-year battle with melanoma.

Eric “approached each day with a sort of child-like enthusiasm and lived every one to the fullest,” according to his obituary. His passion for toys and hobbies led to his full-time occupation as the owner of Whirlwind Toys and Hobbies in Indiana.

He was also a veteran and served in the U.S. Army for approximately six years and also served as a member of the Colors Section with Company A (Commander-In-Chief’s Guard) 3D United States Infantry (The Old Guard), Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C., the Army’s elite ceremonial unit.


A new winery will debut this weekend in Blairsville, and plans are in the works for a grand opening this summer.

George Bogdanski’s Country Winery will be open from noon to 7 p.m. today and Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at 323 McConnell Road.


In recognition of National Tourism Week, the Indiana County Tourist Bureau will host a Tourism Day event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. near the Indiana Mall’s center court on Friday, May 10.

Spin the prize wheel for a chance to win tickets to Idlewild Park and other prizes.

“This is just our way of giving our Indiana County residents a chance to meet with us, pick up some tourism information and also possibly win a prize,” said Penny Perman, the tourist bureau’s executive director. “We’re always excited to promote our tourism in Indiana County.”


AND SPEAKING of the tourist bureau, the organization is also selling discount tickets to Idlewild and SoakZone.

The tickets are $21 each, a savings of $16.99.

To purchase tickets, visit the tourist bureau, Indiana Mall; Indiana First Bank, Blairsville; Mercik’s Bi-Lo, Homer City; Valeski’s 4th Street Bi-Lo, White Township; Tate’s Supermarket, Clymer; and All American Barber Shop, Saltsburg.


“Jumpin’ Rob,” from the group Whisky Run Bluegrass, will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. today at The Artists Hand Gallery along Philadelphia Street. … In Smicksburg, a spring open house is set from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, with samples and discounts at the shops and a Meet the Authors event with local writers from 1 to 3 p.m. at Windgate Winery. … Giant Eagle will offer double fuelperks! through May 29 in Indiana. … Speaking of gas, prices are gradually continuing to drop at area pumps. This morning, they stood at $3.39 per gallon. … Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, says it’s still true: “If you love what you’re doing, you’ll never work a day in your life.”

Good evening!

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