INSIDE INDIANA: Wesley, Enzo, antiques, concerts, Frank, etc.
July 05, 2013 10:50 AM

To whom it may concern —

Another holiday has come and gone, ending Thursday night in the traditional fireworks display to cap the annual Indiana Lions Club Fourth of July celebration at Mack Park, where revelers enjoyed a demolition derby, pet parade, vendors and more.

A moment of silence was held in honor of Cpl. Wesley Hite, of the Indiana Borough Police Department, who passed away Tuesday after suffering a heart attack at home last weekend.

Hite was a 19-year veteran of the department and was known for his honor, integrity and calm demeanor, according to his colleagues, who are mourning the loss of their co-worker and friend.

Hite had dreamed early on about becoming a police officer, which came to reality after a few years of working as a coal miner, according to his obituary.

He served with the Ford City Police Department before his long career in Indiana.

He is survived by his wife, Colleen Barnett Hite, of Indiana, children Michael Hite and Chantelle D. Todd, and five grandchildren, among other family members.


OUR CONDOLENCES are also extended to the family of Enzo Pirrone, who owned and operated Donatello’s Restaurant on Philadelphia Street in Indiana.

Enzo was known for saying to his customers, “You never looked so good.”

Among his survivors are his wife, Nancy (Rubino) Pirrone, daughter Sibilla and sons Fabrizio and Enzo Jr.

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The Philadelphia Street location for Donatello’s wasn’t the first for the Italian restaurant, which got its start at the Townfair Center shopping plaza in White Township.

But with the razing of the vacant Shop ’n Save there to make way for Giant Eagle, the restaurant’s presence in the area took a hiatus in 2008.

After purchasing the former Sgro’s Lounge on Philadelphia Street, Donatello’s returned to Indiana in 2009.

It was recently listed for sale with Putt Real Estate for $400,000.


IN OTHER restaurant news, The Train Station restaurant — shuttered since last year — will reopen in late July as Taz←, which will offer modern Mediterranean food.

According to recent job postings for the restaurant, it will celebrate the food of Turkey, Italy, Greece, France and Spain, under executive chef Adam Hightower, “a highly skilled and experienced chef with a creative mind,” and a “graduate from Schoolcraft College fifteen years ago.”

Menu items will include fresh pasta, seafood and aged meats.


MORE MOVEMENT in Indiana’s business scene includes new owners at The Brown Hotel on Water Street, where sisters Patricia and Mary Ellen Hurd are breathing new life into the landmark lounge/residential hotel.

Short-term plans have already included some cleanup work, and long-term plans include the addition of a restaurant. Keep watching the Gazette for more details.


The public is invited to join Harmony Grove Lutheran Church at 7 p.m. Friday, July 12, for an old-fashioned hymn sing and presentation by LuAnne Baker titled “JJ — Jonah’s Daughter: The Reluctant Missionary.”

The portrayal will address Jonah’s “inner feelings about the people whom God wants him to preach to and also about what it was like in the belly of a great fish,” according to organizers.

The church is at 6584 Five Points Road between Willet and Five Points.

A free-will offering will be received.


AND BETHEL Missionary Society’s sixth annual Antique Show will be Saturday, July 13, at Bethel Presbyterian Church, 1470 Bethel Church Road, near Aultman.

On display in the sanctuary will be vintage wedding dresses, and outside there will be antique tractors and cars.

Refreshments and live music will also be available.

Part of the festivities is an auction of three handcrafted quilts, which will be on display from today through Monday at Indiana Mall for previewing and early bidding.

Silent bids, written and sealed, will be accepted at the mall, and at the church on the day of the show.

Bidding closes at 4 p.m. July 13.


If you are looking to hear some live music this weekend, On the Ridge will play classic country at tonight’s MC Summer Concerts series, beginning at 7 p.m. at Marion Center Park.

At Indiana’s Memorial Park, Cindi Kordell will play a variety of acoustic favorites beginning at 5:30 p.m. Sunday.


Lifesteps’ fifth annual Vintage Affair, held in June at Benjamin’s restaurant and sponsored by Diamond Pharmacy Services, raised more than $4,000, according to Nikki VanDyke, community relations representative.

Women of all ages enjoyed “A Day at the Beach,” which featured a vintage swimsuit display, games and charity raffles and a light luncheon.

The event’s proceeds benefit the Lifesteps Family Caring Fund. Family-focused programs and services benefit children, families and adults across a 10-county area, including Indiana County.


Congratulations to Frank Olma, the newest agent at Kuzneski & Lockard Inc. Real Estate. … Gasoline in the Indiana area is selling at $3.49 a gallon for regular unleaded. … Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, says, “It’s easy to resist anything, except temptation.”

Good evening!

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