BILL HASTINGS' INSIDE INDIANA: Fireworks, Octoberfest, pitching in ...
October 25, 2013 10:55 AM

To whom it may concern —

The ghosts and goblins will be out in force on Halloween, when festivities in the Indiana area include trick-or-treating in the borough and White Township, and a special fireworks event at Mack Park.

At Mack Park, activities begin at 3 p.m. with a car show and vendors with hot dogs, funnel cakes and kettle corn.

Hiram & the Walkers play at 7 p.m. at the grandstand, and to top off the evening, Starfire Corp. of Northern Cambria will offer fireworks around 8 p.m.

In conjunction with these events will be trick-or-treating from 6 to 8 p.m.

A change to Halloween events in Indiana this year is a different time for the annual parade, sponsored by the Indiana Kiwanis Club.

The parade will be at 6 p.m. Monday. Lineup begins at 5:30 p.m. at North Fifth and Philadelphia streets.

The parade proceeds to North Eighth Street, disbanding at the S&T Bank parking lot.

Treats will be given to marchers and prizes will be awarded.


More than 5,000 people from 1,900 county households are aided with the Indiana County Community Action Program’s food bank, according to ICCAP.

To help feed the hungry locally, Make a Difference Day is set from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, when volunteers will accept donations of food and cash.

This is a national day of service, sponsored locally by The Indiana Gazette.

Donation sites are as follows: Indiana Walmart; Kmart; Giant Eagle; Valeski’s 4th Street BiLo in Indiana; Homer City BiLo; Tate’s in Clymer; Saltsburg Shop ’n Save; and the Blairsville Walmart.

Some recommendations to consider for donations: canned fruits, vegetables and soups, box dinners, pasta, peanut butter, spaghetti sauce and personal hygiene items.

Monetary donations are also appreciated. Checks should be made payable to “ICCAP,” and “food bank” should be entered on the check’s memo line.


Octoberfest at the Ox Hill Fairgrounds is set for this weekend, with events Friday and Saturday at the fairgrounds off Route 85 West near Plumville. ATV/UTV drag races are set for 7 p.m. Friday, and events Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. include a demolition derby with large and compact cars.

Homemade food is available for purchase.


The Indiana Players will present “A Raisin in the Sun” at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Philadelphia Street Playhouse. The play debuted on Broadway in 1959, according to organizers, who say it follows a black family’s experiences in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood.

The box office opens 30 minutes before the show.


Invitations have been sent out for the annual “Kick-Off Breakfast” of The Salvation Army’s 2013 Red Kettle Campaign.

This event will be held Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the Indiana Country Club, beginning at 7:30 a.m.

A hot breakfast buffet has been underwritten by Indiana First Bank, and Captains John and Erin Brand and the Salvation Army Advisory Board added that a $10 donation per person would be greatly appreciated to “kick off our First Kettle of the Season.”

Several Indiana County residents were recently noted as receiving honors from the Greensburg Diocese at a prayer service held at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg.

Besides those noted in an earlier news release were Msgr. James Gaston, a Clymer native, and Tony Bernardi, of Yatesboro, who were both recipients of the Bishop’s Medal of Honor.

Msgr. Gaston is pastor at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Lower Burrell, and Bernardi, a retired teacher and basketball coach at Shannock Valley and IUP, is a member of the St. Mary Parish in Yatesboro.


Audio Phonics, owned by Bruce Damico, celebrates 24 years in business this month. The automotive electronics store started at a Wayne Avenue location in 1989 before moving to 1885 Oakland Ave. in 1994. … Dr. Scott Rowley, of Rowley Family Chiropractic, is relocating his business Nov. 1 to 1063 Indian Springs Road. … Gas prices in the Indiana area today were running at $3.39 a gallon for regular unleaded. … Please read but don’t bet: Indiana High 21, Hollidaysburg 17; IUP 24, Mercyhurst 10; Ohio State 42, Penn State 28; Steelers 31, Raiders 21. … Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, says he heard it elsewhere: “It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”

Good evening!

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