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February 07, 2014 10:56 AM

To whom it may concern —


Some new businesses are popping up in the county, including Crouse’s Cafe, which opened Monday at the former location of Coy’s at 660 Philadelphia St. in Indiana.

Co-owned by Theresa Crouse and her father, John, the cafe offers breakfast and lunch from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In Blairsville, Larissa Csanyi will hold a grand opening for Founders Gallery and Gifts, located in the historic James Campbell House.

The grand opening is set for 2 to 6 p.m. Feb. 15 and will include wine tasting from Walnut Hill Winery and a gift basket drawing.

The business will offer antiques and collectibles, original art and prints, candles and more.

For more information on the business, check out


The recent spate of winter storms in the area has resulted in an outpouring of generosity from good neighbors and appreciation from the recipients of their work shoveling snow and plowing area driveways in all areas of the county.

Armstrong Township: Tony Staff, Harold Kinter, Brian Senoski

Aultman: Jim Szalankiewicz, Harold Wilson

Beyer: Tom and Else Slovinsky

Blacklick Township: Bucky Edwards, Frank and Ruth Ann Zadravec

Blairsville: Glenn Fritz

Brush Valley: Mike Grimes, Tom McCoy

Center Township: Sam Kerr, Willie Bryan

Cherryhill Township: Carson Houser

Clymer: David Benamati, Mark Ailes, Steve Vrana, Dan Berkey, Jerry Roof, Shane Bence, Danny Ferens, Derrick Pavlosky, Joe Ondo, Leonard Myers, Joe Ondo, Leonard Myers

Creekside: Beverly Johnson

Elderton: Kenny and Ryan Grant

Ernest: Dave Pop, Dave Brown Jr., Don McCausland

Five Points: Kenneth Switzer

Homer City: Cathy Ondo, George Miller, Jim Bence, Bob Campbell, Chris Cusimano, Bob Deyarmin, Mike Zias

Indiana: Danny Broadbent, Steve Hodak, Jon Price, Rick and Logan Stear, Tom Holmes, John Cooper, Steve Holliday, Chuck Flinn, Barry Bernie, Rock Martin, Rich Maslow, Mike Popson Jr.

Lucernemines: Ray Bowser, Dave Kelly

McIntyre: Tim Kronnenwetter, Demerron Heilburn, Ted Schrecongost, Bill Roush and daughters Kassie and Alexis, Joe Kubin, Frank Fairman

Rayne Township: Richard Chronoski

Robinson: Chris, Bruce and Brian Cochran, Robert Stokes

Shelocta: Bill Reeger, Dan Harris

South Bend: Brock Tedesco

White Township: Dick Farabaugh, Chuck Lukehart, Bill Smeltz, Homer Van Durin, Ron Marshall, Roger and Steven Cable, Terry Leach, Francisco Alarcon, Murry Medsger.


Interim Executive Director Denise Liggett and staff at the Indiana County Tourist Bureau are preparing a new 32-page visitors guide for Indiana County that highlights attractions in the region.

“Whether it is a wedding, a sports tournament, a drilling worker or an IUP student with family visiting, our guide can show them the various services, things to do and business listings they need to enjoy our community,” Liggett said.

She encouraged businesses and organizations to join the bureau now to be mentioned in the guide.

The guide will be distributed in April, and complimentary copies can be picked up at the bureau’s Indiana Mall office, where their 2014 calendar is available as well.


Students and staff at WyoTech in Burrell Township were honored recently with a first-place finish in the full truck class and another award in the outstanding full/radical/handbuilt truck class at the Pittsburgh World of Wheels Show at the end of January.

The winning entry was a custom 1964 Ford F-100 Roadster, nicknamed by students as the Root Beer Float for how it’s painted.

“We’re proud of the exceptional work of our students, along with the guidance of campus instructors, as they are honored with these awards,” said Art Herman, campus president, in a news release. “It is a testament to all the hard work they put into completing this incredible project.”


The Clarksburg Trinity Presbyterian Church, Sunday school and Breakfast Club recently collected $550 and donated it to Indiana Regional Medical Center’s Pediatric Fund. To learn more on how you can donate to IRMC, call (724) 357-8053.


The community is invited to the 77th annual IRMC Charity Ball at Indiana Country Club on Feb. 22.

The deadline to register is today.

Cocktails will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner, which will be prepared at “interactive food stations,” according to organizers.

The entertainment will have a casino theme, with music for dancing by Dr. Zoot.

The cost is $180 per couple or $90 per person.

To register or for more information, contact Kathy Rout at


Harvest Church in Indiana, at 699 Philadelphia Street, will hold an open house for local business leaders in the community from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday to highlight recent renovations to its new location. … Gas prices stood at the $3.55 mark today across the county. … Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, says, “If you can’t see the bright side of life, polish the dull side.”

Good evening!

[Editor's note: Updated at 8:10 a.m. Feb. 12 to correct the location of Harvest Church.]

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