BILL HASTINGS' 'INSIDE INDIANA:' Soup, hot yoga, Aaron, Jeff, Payne ...
March 07, 2014 10:50 AM

To whom it may concern —


The annual Empty Bowl fundraiser is set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at The Artists Hand Gallery on Philadelphia Street in Indiana.

Participants can help fight hunger by purchasing a handmade bowl for $15 to be filled with homemade soup, served with bread and dessert.

This event is sponsored by Indiana County’s potters. Proceeds benefit the Indiana County Community Action Program’s food bank.

For more information, or to donate or volunteer, contact Nancy Smeltzer at nsmeltzer@windstream. net or Garick Tai-Lee at


Solace Yoga Loft, above Henry Hall on Philadelphia Street in Indiana, recently celebrated its one-year anniversary.

The yoga studio opened in early March of last year and is owned by Stephenie Barber, of Indiana.

The studio provides various classes, but what Stephenie touts is her “hot yoga” — yoga exercises performed under hot and humid conditions, to increase flexibility — which she said isn’t offered anywhere else in town.

“I wanted to bring hot yoga to Indiana,” she said. “It’s popular on the West Coast, but not so much here yet. It’s working its way here; it’s kind of like the big new thing.”

Coming up in conjunction with St. Patrick’s Day, Solace Yoga Loft will offer a combination yoga/beer tasting event from 10 to 11:45 a.m. March 15. This pairing is also

becoming popular in cities, she said.

For more information, visit solace


Christine Toretti, an Indiana native and daughter of the late local businessman Sam Jack, was featured this month in a profile article in The Atlantic magazine regarding her work with women in the GOP.

The article can be accessed online at


Grace United Methodist Church is again expanding its worship schedule.

Beginning Saturday, the church will offer a 5 p.m. contemporary service in a coffeehouse setting. The informal service will take place in the upstairs in the church’s Fellowship Hall.

The church is also changing the times for its other services. The contemporary service will move to 8:30 a.m., and the traditional service will start at 11 a.m. The contemporary service at the YMCA moves to 9:45 a.m.


The Indiana Rotary Club will sponsor a blood analysis screening from 6 to 10 a.m. Saturday and on March 15 and 22 at the Indiana County Technology Center along Hamill Road, White Township.

The test will screen for a wide range of diseases for $36. The screening is not covered by Medicare and most other insurance companies.

Optional tests will be performed if the patient has an order from a physician.

Appointments for a screening may be made Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. by calling

(800) 234-8888. Authorization by a personal physician is required and callers should have the physician’s name and address when they make an appointment.

AARON SKIRBOLL, of Blairsville, wrote a full-page piece for Sunday’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette paying tribute to Pittsburgh-born composer Stephen Foster, titled “Stephen Foster’s Sad End.” Skirboll is the author of “The Thief Taker Hangings: How Daniel Defoe, Jonathan Wild, and Jack Sheppard Captivated London and Created Scandal Journalism,” to be published this fall by Lyons Press.


Add the following to your list of good neighbors, the folks who plow out driveways and shovel sidewalks after snowstorms:

Armagh: Jeff Overdorff

Beyer: Pete and Elsie Slovinsky

Black Lick: Larry Demetro family

Center Township: Tom McCoy

Cookport: Ralph Riva

Elderton: Payne Bearer

Homer City: Rich Chesonis, Ken Snyder, Bill Bonya, Joe Arone

Marchand: Roy Beech, Doug Lemmon, Delphis Weaver, Shane Weaver

Rural Valley: Dave Brumbaugh

South Mahoning Township: Paul Wells, Mark Bernard

Strangford: Trevor Shaw


Cathleen Zilner and her band, theFIVE6, will hold a fund drive for the Miracle League Field at the Indiana County YMCA. Their drive kicks off tonight at The Coventry Inn, where they will play from 9 to midnight. The band will donate $1 to the Miracle Field for each new Facebook fan on theFIVE6 page. In addition, all CD sales this month ($10 per disc) will be donated.

The Indiana Lions Club will hold a benefit turkey dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Lions Health Camp on Health Camp Road, Armstrong Township. Cost is $10 for adults and $4 for children younger than 12.

Take out is available.


Center Township supervisor Bob Pozik Sr. called the Gazette this week to report the sighting of a bald eagle soaring in the area of Old Route 119 near the auction barn.

He also reported a nest along Route 56 near Waterman.


Denise’s Antiques will offer its annual Cabin Fever Sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday with a storewide sale, refreshments, food and more. The store is at the intersection of Route 110 and Old Route 119 in White Township. … Gas prices in the Indiana area today were running at $3.69 a gallon for regular unleaded. … Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, took heart from the observation by American author Hal Borland, who said, “No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.”

Good evening … and don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour by 2 a.m. Sunday.

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