BILL HASTINGS' INSIDE INDIANA: Library, Bem, Twal, swing dance ...
November 08, 2013 10:49 AM

To whom it may concern —


The Homer-Center Public Library will honor veterans with a pancake and sausage breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Homer City fire hall.

Everyone is invited.

The menu is all-you-can-eat pancakes, served with sausage, homemade applesauce and beverages.

Cost is $8 for adults, $6 for children 5 to 12 and free for children younger than 5.

All veterans and active military members eat free.


Speaking of pancakes and sausage, the United Way’s annual fundraiser made more than $5,000 on Election Day, according to Susan Sapko, executive director of the United Way, and more donations are coming in. That’s on par with last year’s take of about $5,200. The nonprofit has raised 53 percent of its $735,000 goal, Sapko said.


Longtime PIAA football referee Stanley Bem recently wrapped up his career of 30-plus years after the annual Coal Bowl that pits Northern Cambria against Cambria Heights. He was honored at the game. Bem, who resides in Indiana, was a longtime principal at Purchase Line High School and served six seasons as the Red Dragons’ head football coach, starting at the age of 21. He was inducted into the Indiana County Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.


Dillweed Bed & Breakfast is kicking off the most wonderful time of the year with a Christmas open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 16 and noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 17 in Dilltown.

Admission to the open house is free, and participants may tour the bed and breakfast, which features a variety of Nativity scenes throughout the inn.

There will also be samples of dips and dessert mixes, traditional Christmas grog, holiday coffees, teas and more.

The second-floor Christmas Shop features many holiday gift items, including ornaments, stocking stuffers and seasonal treasures, according to owners Corey and Cindy Gilmore.

New canvas seasonal prints by artist Billy Jacobs are also available, as well as pine tree sculptures by Bucky Green in limited supply.

Also, Kristi and Pete Velardo at the new Farmers Insurance Agency in Clymer will be hosting an open house Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Their office is at 410 Franklin St.


The St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store in Valeski’s BiLo Plaza in White Township will celebrate Veterans Day all next week with a special sale.

Choose any clothing that contains the colors red, white or blue and pay only $2 for each item. A wide variety of sweaters, coats, dresses and other attire is available.

As always, proceeds benefit the needy.


The annual Community Days fundraising event is set for Nov. 15 and 16 at Bon-Ton in the Indiana Mall, where shoppers can purchase a coupon booklet at store entrances for $5 that will be donated to participating community organizations.

The booklet contains more than $500 in savings, including $10 on any purchase of $10 or more, and a 25 percent off shopping pass.


The Seward Volunteer Fire Company will host its annual vendor/ craft fair, pancake breakfast and soup/bake sale on Saturday at the fire hall, beginning with breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. for $5.

Lunch will also be available, and ham and bean soup will be sold, in addition to crafts and other items.

• The St. Bernard Church family, along with the Catholic Daughters of America and the Knights of Columbus, is sponsoring a chicken and halupki dinner Sunday from 2 to 7 p.m.

It will be held in the social hall, located in the basement of the church, and sponsors are asking for a donation of $10 per person and $4 for ages 7 through 11. Those age 6 and younger eat free.

Proceeds will benefit the Ken and Nancy Robinson family who tragically lost their home, dog and all their possessions in a fire on IUP Homecoming night.

Takeout will be available and advanced tickets may be purchased by calling (724) 465-2812.

And don't forget the swing dance scheduled for Saturday at the Elks Lodge in Indiana to benefit scholarships for women.

Tickets are $25 at the door, and the night begins with dance lessons from IUP instructor Joan Van Dyke. Then, participants can dance the night away with Neon Swing X-perience from 8 to 11 p.m.

A cash bar is available.


A retirement celebration honoring Dr. Shafic Twal, of Indiana Pediatric Associates, will be held in an open-house style from 2 to 5 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Rustic Lodge in White Township. … The coffeehouse in Blairsville that closed recently will soon be open under new management as The Koffee Shoppe. Owners John and Karen Faser will hold a grand opening on Nov. 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. Free food and coffee samples will be available. … Gas prices in Indiana today were running at $3.35 a gallon for regular unleaded. … From the please read but don’t bet department: West Allegheny 35, Indiana 30; IUP 28, Gannon 10; Notre Dame 28, Pitt 17; Penn State 24, Minnesota 21; Steelers 20, Bills 17. … Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, says you can pretend to be serious, but you can’t pretend to be witty.

Good evening!

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