BILL HASTINGS' INSIDE INDIANA: Jayne, uPtown, 'Rickie,' Fun Fest, neighbors, etc
January 24, 2014 10:50 AM

To whom it may concern —


Jayne Jewart, of Jewart Dairy on Washington Church Road near Home, will once again coordinate a local effort to participate in Food Check Out Day with the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau.

Donations will benefit the Ronald McDonald House in Pittsburgh.

Jewart is collecting nonperishable food items, paper and cleaning products, and gift cards in small denominations for stores and restaurants.

Contributions can be dropped off or mailed to Jayne Jewart, 2308 Washington Church Road, Home, PA 15747 by Feb. 14.

Monetary donations in the forms of checks should be payable to Ronald McDonald House.

Questions? Call Jayne at (724) 397-8115.


UPtown Fitness will host a Cold Hands, Warm Heart event Feb. 8 to benefit the Center for Cardiac and Vascular Care at Indiana Regional Medical Center in honor of Heart Awareness Month.

The event features an 8K (5-mile) walk/run, and the uPtown Thowdown, an indoor obstacle course in conjunction with the run.

More than 20 obstacles will test participants’ strength and endurance, according to organizers.

In addition, a health and nutrition fair will offer the opportunity to speak with local vendors about living a healthy lifestyle. There will also be food, refreshments, games and a raffle.

The race and fair begin at 10 a.m., with registration from 8 to 9:30 a.m.

To register, visit and search Cold Hands, Warm Heart to sign up or link to the group’s Facebook page.


Our recent obituary columns included Richard “Rickie” Furgiuele, 101, formerly of Mentcle, who died Sunday.

Rickie held various jobs in Indiana County through the years, including in the mines and many numerous enterprises of his own, according to his obituary, “including Rickie’s Billiards, as an importer, a property owner, a suit salesman and a salesman of religious books and Bibles.”

He was also known for his career as an investment adviser, which he launched in 1951, “pioneering the concept of mutual fund investing throughout much of western Pennsylvania,” according to his obituary.

In addition, Rickie was active in the community, including with the Boy Scouts, Little League, Knights of Columbus and more.

Another accomplishment of Rickie’s was compiling the book “A Place Called Camerons Bottom” and for helping to have St. Patrick’s Church and cemetery at Camerons Bottom placed in the Pennsylvania Register of Historic Places, as stated in his obituary.


Organizers of the Family Fun Fest have made a Facebook page where information can be shared about the annual event, set this year for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 29 at the Indiana Mall with a theme of “Water, Water, Everywhere.”

The Family Fun Fest in Indiana County page will have updates on activities at the event.


Add the following people to your list of good neighbors, the folks who plow out neighborhoods and shovel sidewalks after storms: Rick Rodkey, Armagh; Tom Rowles, Armstrong Township; Greg and Vickie Kerr, Brush Valley area; Lenny Jendrejeski and Rick Chimino, Homer City; Tom Hameck, Tom Donaldson, Ellen Buterbaugh and Tim McGinnis, Indiana; Chris Bash, Elderton; Ronald Frailey, Gastown; Gregg Foreman, Penn Run; Roger Frick and Fred Simpson, Creekside; Ray Wygonik, Joe Mauro and Joe Munchak, White Township; Mike Wilson, Commodore; Brian Dean and Don Brown, Lucernemines area; Babe Lorenzo, Plumville; and Ken Craig, Hillsdale.


Dr. Matthew Sleppy will be moving his chiropractic office next month to 100 Ford Drive (the former Office Outlet building) in White Township from his current location at 155 Philadelphia St. in Indiana. The new office will open on Feb. 3, offering also nutrition counseling, massage therapy, supplement sales and accupuncture. … Smith Lewis & Chess, the accounting firm near Indiana Mall in White Township, is marking its 25th anniversary. … The St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, in the Bi-Lo Plaza along North Fourth Street in White Township, will celebrate its third anniversary with a half-price sale starting Monday on all clothing. “We are very pleased with the success of the store, and want to show our appreciation,” said Nicholas Kolb, president. … Gas prices were pegged at the $3.55 mark across the county this morning. … Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, says everyone has a right to his own opinion, but not his own facts.

Good evening!

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