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July 26, 2013 10:50 AM

To whom it may concern —

Bolivar Borough is preparing to mark its 150th anniversary next month with a three-day celebration.

The festivities kick off Friday, Aug. 16, at 5 p.m. at Burkey Park on Lincoln Street with the opening ceremony and announcement of the sesquicentennial queen and trivia contest winner.

Vendor booths and games will be available 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The historical information center will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.


Look for the annual Canterbury Commons multifamily garage sale beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Canterbury Commons is a development in White Township just off West Philadelphia Street not far from the Route 422 Shopping Plaza.

Also on tap this weekend is the annual FOP Country Music Show featuring Joe Diffie on Sunday in the grandstand of the Indiana County Fairgrounds. Diffie will be joined by the popular Nashville group Little Texas for two shows at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for $25.

St. Michael’s Orthodox Church in Clymer will host a barbecue chicken and holupki dinner Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the church, 465 Morris St. The cost is $10, and children ages 4 to 12 are $5. Takeouts will be available.


Looking for a relaxing summer evening that includes fun and fellowship?

The Indiana County Tourist Bureau has just the ticket, and you are invited to join them for the “Tourism Partner Mingle” Aug. 8 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Mack Park Pavilion, just off South Sixth Street.

According to the tourism bureau, special presentations will be given by the Indiana County Fair Association and the Indiana Community Garden Club.

A tour of the community garden, adjacent to the pavilion near the intersection of South Sixth Street and Carter Avenue, will be offered. A picnic supper and door prizes are also included.

If you would like to attend the event, RSVP by Aug. 5 by calling (724) 463-7505 or emailing

The Indiana County Chamber of Commerce will host an Eggs and Issues Breakfast Aug. 23 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Indiana Country Club. Here’s an opportunity to ask state legislators questions about issues that matter to you. Invited legislators are state Sen. Don White, R-Indiana; state Rep. Dave Reed, R-Indiana; state Rep Sam Smith, R-Punxsutawney; and Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey. The cost is $20 for chamber members and $30 for nonmembers (breakfast included). Call the chamber office for more information at (724) 465-2511.

And don’t forget the Indiana County Democratic Committee Summer Picnic and Auction scheduled for Aug. 2 at the Red Barn Sportmen’s Club on Six Flats Road, south of Homer City. The event will get started at 5:30 p.m.


The All Dandy Artist Studio is in search of new artists, art and instruction. The studio earlier this month moved to the Cozy Comforts quilt shop in Smicksburg. The gallery — 61 Clarion St., Smicksburg — features work from artists in Indiana, Jefferson, Armstrong and Butler counties. In addition, they are booking “painting parties” in the evenings and hold Open Studio Wednesdays which are open to professionals and amateurs from 6 to 9 p.m.


Joanne Bratton, of Indiana, who passed away July 18. The wife of the late Ed Bratton, who owned several local Giant Eagle grocery stores, was a member of Calvary Presbyterian Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher and a member of the Hall Circle. She was also active with Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, as well as a member of the Order of the Eastern Star for 50 years.


Indiana’s Josh Widdowson has added a new dimension and is being well-received at the Jimmy Stewart Museum’s weekend matinee program.

A local on-air personality with Renda Broadcasting who hosts the WPXZ morning show and is a news anchor for 1450 WDAD, Widdowson offers introductions to the Stewart films that are shown Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m. in the theater at the museum.

Tim Harley, executive director at the museum, said Widdowson “brings his great cinematic knowledge to share and provides some very interesting insights into the films of Jimmy Stewart.”


Three students, one each in Indiana, Armstrong and Clarion counties, have recently been awarded Bernie Smith Memorial Scholarships of $1,000.

A former Indiana County commissioner and past president of the Homer- Center school board, Smith was also a member of the Armstrong-Indiana Drug and Alcohol Commission board, which now includes Clarion County.

Awarded by the Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission, the recipients included Courtney Kuzemchak, a 2013 graduate of Penns Manor Area High School.

The awards were presented by county commissioner Patricia Evanko, who is also a member of the drug and alcohol commission board; Joe Fullerton, board president; and Gladys Smith, wife of the late Bernie Smith.

Smith served as county commissioner from 1995 until he passed away in 2006.


Gasoline prices in Indiana today were at $3.69 a gallon for regular unleaded. … Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, says he heard it elsewhere: A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking.

Good evening!

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