INSIDE INDIANA: Joe, WTI, cornhole, fashion, Kerri
April 11, 2014 10:50 AM

To whom it may concern —


You may see nearly 200 students from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in the streets — or gardens, or local nursing homes and other organizations — as they provide community service at 10 sites Saturday for IUP’s Into the Streets event.

The event is part of a national program and is held in the fall and spring, according to organizers.

This spring, beneficiaries of the group’s efforts will be at the Jimmy Stewart Museum, Beacon Ridge Nursing Home, Evergreen Conservancy, Birthright of Indiana County, the Indiana County YMCA, St. Andrew’s Village, Habitat for Humanity, Indiana Players and the Alice Paul House.

Kudos to the students, who in a typical year record close to 150,000 hours of volunteer service, according to IUP.


If you’re looking for something to do this evening, the local family group Joe’s Legacy will host a performance and jam session at 7 p.m. in Room 101 of Cogswell Hall at IUP.

The string band is named in memory of “Fiddlin’ Joe” Yesolivich, of Creekside. Fiddlin’ Joe was an old-time fiddler with a history of performing around the county for 75 years before passing away in 2007 at age 94.

Joe’s widow, Helen, plays guitar, with their daughter, Helen Jo McDowell, of Indiana, on fiddle. They play traditional Northern Appalachian tunes.

This event is the seventh in the Music in the Orendoff Commons series.

Participants are encouraged to bring their instruments and prepare for a good time.


Welcome to Indiana’s 2014 annual luncheon is scheduled for April 25 at 11:30 a.m. at the Rustic Lodge in White Township, and will include two feature presentations. Steve Wolfe, CEO of Indiana Regional Medical Center, will discuss plans for IRMC’s current expansion projects and centennial celebration, and guest speakers from Kent, Ohio, will share information on how Kent transformed and revitalized its downtown by leveraging a stronger link to its neighboring university, Kent State University.

To receive an invitation to the WTI luncheon, contact Jennifer English at (724) 910-9382.


A cornhole tournament is set for April 26 at Pikel’s BP Inn in Home, a benefit for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

Registration for the tournament will be from 1 to 2 p.m., with the first bags thrown at 2:30. Cost is $20 per team of two people.

The tournament is double elimination, and winner bracket games are best of three. Participants must be 21 or older. To register in advance for the tournament, or for any questions, call Steve at (724) 840-6153.

After the tournament, Harddrive DJ Service will entertain from 8 p.m. to midnight with a $5 cover charge.

There will also be food and drink specials, raffles and more.


See what will be in style this spring with the Indiana Mall’s spring fashion show, set for 1 p.m. Saturday at the mall’s center court.

Seven stores will participate in the all-ages show, including anchor stores Bon-Ton, JC Penney and Sears.

According to Sherri Renosky, mall manager, the show will feature the latest for spring, including trends and colors.

And while you’re there, take the kiddos to see the Easter Bunny, who will make appearances from Saturday to April 19 during various hours, with a special pet photo day Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

If reading is more your thing, local author Kerri Mountain will sign copies of her new novel, “Wyoming Promises,” from 1 to 3 p.m. at The Book Nook in Punxsutawney.

Mountain, a teacher at Purchase Line Elementary North, lives near Cookport. Her first novel, “The Parson’s Christmas Gift,” was published in 2008.

“Wyoming Promises” was published by Harlequin as a Love Inspired Historical. It tells the tale of Bridger Jamison and his brother starting a new life in Wyoming, where a “string of mysterious deaths” has the town on edge.

Jamison finds work as a carpenter and falls in love with his employer, “the lovely Lola Martin,” who “must put her faith in the man who’s stolen her heart, or risk letting a perfect love pass her by,” according to the book’s description.

“Wyoming Promises” was released April 1.


Gas prices in the Indiana area today were running at $3.65 a gallon for regular unleaded, about a penny more than the state average and about a nickel more than the average nationwide. … Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, quoted Buddha: “Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon and the truth.”

Good evening!

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