BILL HASTINGS' 'INSIDE INDIANA:' Mike, comedy, Ike, Jason ...
February 14, 2014 10:55 AM

To whom it may concern —


With the unkind winter we’ve been experiencing, it’s never too early to start thinking spring.

And, come May, that will mean an event to help raise money for Mike Zacur, who is recovering after surgery to treat brain cancer.

Although he has a solid support system, Mike still needs help to pay for costly treatments and medications that are not covered by his insurance.

Mike is the son of retired FBI field agent David Zacur, who is now affiliated with IUP’s criminal justice center.

A golf outing is scheduled for May 19 at Champion Lakes along Route 711 in Ligonier Township, Westmoreland County. There will be a shotgun start at noon. The cost is $80 per golfer, which includes dinner. The cost for dinner only (beginning at 5:15 p.m.) is $25.


The Blairsville Community Development Authority will present Comedy Night Live on Feb. 22 at Chestnut Ridge near Blairsville.

Headlining the event will be Mike Armstrong, a former police officer turned comedian “who’s funny, clean and has a laugh that’s contagious,” according to organizers.

His TV credits include “Oprah,” “CBS Morning News” and “Good Morning America.”

Danny Browning, who has opened for big names like Carlos Mencia, will open the show.

The cost is $50 per person, $500 for a table of 10 and $600 for a table of 10 with table top advertising.

The cost includes a dinner buffet, show and chance to win cash and prizes. A cash bar will also be available.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. and the show to follow.


Tri-Star Auto Group recently donated 13 Dell Streak computer tablets to the Child Life Department at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

“We hope these computers provide some diversion and enjoyment to the young patients at Children’s Hospital,” said Tri-Star’s principal owner, Kevin Sergent.

The hospital tries to provide developmental, educational, social and emotional support to children of all ages who stay there.


Just as the winter storms in the area have continued, so has the outpouring of generosity from good neighbors and appreciation from the recipients of their work.

Be sure to add the following people to your list of good neighbors, the folks who plow out driveways and shovel sidewalks:

Black Lick: Tim and Kyle Ickes

Blairsville: Ike and Gerie Fritz, Jim Ferguson

Brush Valley: Sam Kerr, Willie Bryan

Center Township: Glenn Rhea, Bill Rankin, Gary Johnson, Bob Wineman, Mike Grimes, Tom McCoy

Cherryhill Township: Josh and Bill Roof

Clarksburg: Pete Jorgenson

Clymer: Tim, T.J. and Luke Midock; Sam Bassaro; Dave, Debbie and Danielle Malicky

Creekside: Jesse Orr

Ernest: Kenny and Ryan Grant

Green Township: Dick Lockhart, Bill Montgomery

Homer City: Matt Dienes, Ted Pluchinsky, Bob Rebovich, Bill McCracken, Mike Steffee, Mike Sapko

Indiana: Scott Bauer, Joe McDowell

Marion Center: Murray and Zachary King

Rural Valley: Roger Alwine, Joe DeVivo, Bud Schrecengost

Shelocta: Harry Davis

Waterman: Lonnie Lowndes

White Township: Charlie and Carol Marcenzo, Vickie Enciso, Juanita Bufalini, Tom Kitchen, Bill Kopchick, Ron Woodrow, Tyler Shank, “Lil’ David” Moore, Dee McCurdy, Don Daugherty


You can support the Indiana Community Garden this weekend by attending the second annual “Garden in a Bowl” event Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Artists Hand Galley on Philadelphia Street.

For a $25 donation, participants will receive a bowl handcrafted by a local artist, which can be used to sample various soups prepared and donated by local chefs and restaurants.

Entertainment will include music by Jason Gamble, and an auction for donated services, such as a private in-home French dinner, will be at 6:30.

Purchase tickets at The Artists Hand Gallery, Six Hand Bakery or the Penn State Extension office.


The Legion Auxiliary Unit will offer a “Good Morning Breakfast” at the Homer City American Legion from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the post in Homer City.

The auxiliary prepares the breakfast on the third Saturday of each month.

The public is welcome.


In honor of Presidents Day, the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store in Indiana will offer clothing with the colors red, white or blue for $2 each, no exceptions, for the week. … Gas prices today in the Indiana area were running at $3.59 a gallon for regular unleaded. … A snowbound Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, took heart from a quote by writer Anne Bradstreet: “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.”

Good evening!

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