BILL HASTINGS' 'INSIDE INDIANA:' Dwight and Terri, Lenten luncheons, ICTC, etc.
March 14, 2014 10:55 AM

To whom it may concern —


A spaghetti dinner to benefit Dwight and Terri Harper will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Creekside Fire Hall, where there will also be raffles and prizes.

Money raised will help with the medical expenses of Dwight, who was diagnosed in January with Stage 4 colon cancer, and Terri, who suffers from kidney failure and receives dialysis.

Neither is able currently to work, according to organizers.

The dinner is $8 for a salad, spaghetti, meatballs, roll, dessert and drink.

Donations are also being accepted at First Summit Bank, 1825 Oakland Ave., Indiana, to the Dwight and Terri Harper Fund.


Indiana’s Zion Lutheran Church will host Lenten soup luncheons every Tuesday with the final luncheon on April 8.

The luncheons are offered for the entire community from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church, which is at the corner of Sixth and Church streets.

Three different soups are available each week, including a vegetarian option, along with bread and dessert. Take-out is available.

Free-will offerings are collected to benefit the church’s community food pantry.

On the menu Tuesday is lemony mushroom and orzo, beef and Guinness, and creamy chicken gnocchi.


But if it's pierogies or rolls you crave, numerous local churches are selling these items, including:

• St. Michael’s Orthodox Church, Clymer, which is selling homemade frozen pierogies at $7 a dozen while supplies last, now until Easter. Call (724) 463-3337 or (724) 465-7334 for more information.

• SS. Simon and Jude Church, Blairsville, which will be selling frozen pierogies for $6 a dozen, beginning at 10 a.m. March 22 at the Parish Center.

• St. Mary’s Holy Protection Byzantine Catholic Church, Homer City, which will hold a nut, poppyseed and apricot roll sale, at $10 each, and a cooked pirohy sale at $9 a dozen, on March 31 and April 1.

Orders must be made prior to March 26 by calling (724) 840-7673. There will be no pickups before 2 p.m. either day.


The Indiana Rotary Club is sponsoring its annual blood analysis from 6 to 10 a.m. Saturday and March 22 at the Indiana County Technology Center on Hamill Road.

Testing is $36 for a panel that includes screening for coronary disease, kidney disease, anemia, liver disease, diabetes and more.

To make an appointment, call (800) 234-8888 and have your doctor’s name and address available.

Other optional tests are also available for additional fees.


Add these folks to your list of good neighbors, the folks who plow out driveways and shovel sidewalks during snowstorms, which are hopefully finished for the season: Bernie Parker and Glenn Beatty, Indiana; and Lucy Shilling, Kay Sullivan, Tom Patterson, Cindy Patterson, of the Clymer area.


Kudos to the Digital Media Technology program at Indiana County Technology Center, which recently earned top honors for its submission to a national video contest by NOCTI, a provider of career technical education assessment services.

CTE students created an original two-minute video “showcasing the value and relevance of CTE in building the nation’s workforce.”

A package of rewards for the winning video included a cash prize for the program and pizza party for students.

To see the winning video, visit


A reader has asked us to remind pedestrians and bicyclists of the need to be visible to motorists at night, especially now that the approach of spring promises to bring more people outdoors. Make sure to wear light-colored clothing or reflective markings when walking or cycling after dark, the reader urged. … Gas prices in the Indiana area today were running at $3.68 to $3.69 a gallon for regular unleaded. … Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, says the late poet Robert Frost once pointed out, “Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.”

Good evening!

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