BILL HASTINGS' INSIDE INDIANA: Skip, Ray, Eisenbergers, Dave, etc.
January 03, 2014 10:20 AM

To whom it may concern —


A Commodore man made headlines recently for making a wooden air engine when his father-son project was awarded second place in the Wood-Mizer Personal Best Contest.

Bob Harbrige and son Ryan built a wooden air engine that placed in the Wide Open, Unusual & Unique category of the national contest, which recognizes Wood-Mizer sawmill owners who compete for $20,000 in prize credits.

Projects must be constructed from lumber milled on a Wood-Mizer product.

The fully functioning air engine was also displayed by Ryan at the Greet Township Community Fair in 2012, where it received a first-place ribbon.


In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the third Monday in January, the Indiana County Department of Human Services and PA Mountain Service Corps is sponsoring a school supply drive.

The drive will be from Wednesday through Jan. 15, when items can be dropped off at the human services department, 300 Indian Springs Road, White Township.

Requested items are: pencils, pens, erasers, rulers, notebooks, folders, book covers, highlighters, crayons, markers, scissors, pencil sharpeners and glue sticks.

The drive will benefit homeless children in the area.


Add the following to your list of good neighbors, the folks who plow out neighborhoods and shovel sidewalks following snowstorms: Skip Helmeid, Clymer; and Vickie and Anthony Enciso, Cathy Kitchen and Juanita Busalini, all of White Township.


Our recent obituaries included Raymond Skovenski, of Avonmore, who passed away on Dec. 19.

Ray was a “high-profile bandleader on western Pennsylvania’s polka scene since the 1940s,” according to the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame.

He was the founder and leader of the Ray Skovenski Orchestra and will be remembered for his passion for music, according to his family.


Nutrition counselor Vicki Williams is moving her business from the Rend Building at the corner of Gompers Avenue and Seventh Street to the Back to Nature complex on Warren Road.

Williams founded Back to Nature about 20 years ago, and it is now owned by her son, Nathan.

“I have come full circle back home to where I first began,” she said.

Her new permanent location will allow customers to purchase the supplements she recommends that are now carried at Back to Nature.

“I was sad to leave downtown, but this location is just too perfect for me,” she said.

Williams will be at Back to Nature from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 25 taking complimentary sample biosurveys and making custom energetic remedies for customers.

She’s also on the Web at


In denial about the holiday season coming to an end so quickly? Don’t worry, it’s Christmas at the Eisenbergers house until late January.

Harold and Kris Eisenberger, whose home was featured on “My Crazy Obsession: Christmas Collection 2” on Dec. 7 on TLC, are now welcoming the community to come and see their decked-out house.

The house, at 791 N. Fifth Ave. in Indiana, is filled with more than 3,000 Santa Clauses, a display that they begin putting up in November.

The Eisenbergers ask that those who wish to visit call (724) 349-1474 ahead of time and leave a message. They’ll be in touch to schedule a visit.


Dave Smith, owner of State Farm Insurance in Clymer, celebrated 20 years in business Thursday. … Just in time for the bitter-cold weather, the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store in Indiana is offering women’s sweaters, sweatshirts and knitted tops for $2. “We have a huge supply and are eager to move them into the community,” said Nicholas Kolb, president. … Gas prices have shot up to $3.60 since the start of the year. … Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, says he heard it elsewhere: “If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.”

Good evening!

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