BILL HASTINGS' INSIDE INDIANA: Drive-in, county fair, Fisher, 5K ...
August 30, 2013 10:50 AM

To whom it may concern —

Drive-in movie theaters all over the nation are facing closure as a result of the movie industry’s switch from film to digital screening, including the Palace Gardens Drive-in right here in White Township.

Honda took the initiative to start an effort to save what they call an “iconic part of American car culture,” and will donate five digital projectors to theaters in the U.S. The key? Your votes are needed for one of these digital projectors to be donated to Palace Gardens.

Palace Gardens, along Indian Springs Road, has been providing family-friendly entertainment on its 92-by-65-foot screen since 1950. The switch to digital will cost more than $75,000.

The Indiana Gazette and Delaney Honda invite you to help save Palace Gardens Drive-in by voting twice every day: once by computer, cellphone, tablet or any device you have by visiting www.project and searching “Indiana, PA,” and again by texting the phrase “Vote105” to the number 444999.

Delaney Honda offers the chance for voters to win a Bose home theater system and a season pass to Palace Gardens next year. To be entered to win, test-drive a vehicle at Delaney.

The social media savvy can help spread the word to save Palace Gardens by using the hashtags #savethedrivein and #IndianaPa on Facebook and Twitter.

As part of the effort, the drive-in has extended its season, with the last movies on Sept. 7 through 9.


Nancy Sherry-Helsel and Jerry Gillette, of Indiana, will take the field at PNC Park in Pittsburgh prior to the first pitch of tonight’s Pirates-Cardinals baseball game. As co-chairs of the Miracle Field of Indiana County, Pirates Charities will formally present them with a check for $150,000. This had been announced in July when organizers held a press conference at the YMCA of Indiana County, where the baseball diamond, constructed specifically for children and adults with special needs, will be built.

“It is my understanding that before the Pirate game starts we will be on the field for the $150,000 check presentation and there will also be representatives from other Miracle Fields in the area who will receive $10,000 each from a Pirates Charities auction held July 9,” Gillette said.

Gillette added that $410,000 of the $500,000 goal for the field in Indiana County has been pledged to date and the groundbreaking at the YMCA has been set for Friday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m.

Sherry-Helsel and Gillette stressed that contributions are still being accepted. They added that bricks are currently being sold and will be placed at the field.

The price is $100 for individual message bricks and $200 for a business logo brick.

For further information or questions about the bricks, e-mail

The end of summer is in full swing in Indiana County, where the fair has been delighting adults and children alike this week at the J.S. Mack fairgrounds in White Township.

With rides, livestock, displays and a plethora of food, from deep-fried Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups to Brush Valley chicken, there really is something for everyone.

The fair will wind down Saturday, with the ever-popular demolition derby at noon and truck pulls at 7 p.m.

Then, exit the fair and enter Labor Day, where a projected 34.1 million Americans are expected to travel, according to AAA.

This is a 4.3 percent increase over those who traveled last year during the holiday travel period from Thursday to Monday.


Remember the recent mention of James McCarthy, an Indiana native who performed at the Brandywine Folk Festival this month?

James’s piano teacher was Mrs. (Janet) Bernhard Bischoff. Her husband, Bernie, was pastor of Zion Lutheran Church, where Janet was active in the music program.


Former employees of Fisher Scientific will gather Sept. 14 for a reunion picnic at the Mack Park pavilion.

The reunion begins at noon. Organizers are reminding participants to bring a covered dish to share, along with drinks.

Questions? Call Denny Hollern at (724) 726-5316 or Jackie Debick at (724) 697-5359.

And there is still time to register for the 5K Run for Kids on Sept. 7 at the YMCA of Indiana County, to benefit the local United Way.

There is a kids’ race, 5K run and two-mile walk planned.

Register at


On Sept. 11, all first responders (firefighters, police, EMS) can receive a free haircut at Big League Haircuts for Men. … Reeger’s Farm has announced it will not operate a pumpkin patch this season. … Gas prices in the Indiana area today were running at $3.69 a gallon for regular unleaded. … Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, says “The problem with political jokes is they get elected.”

Good evening!

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