INSIDE INDIANA: Festival season, Relay For Life, Arlene, Harry ...
May 30, 2014 10:55 AM

To whom it may concern —

Memorial Day weekend has passed, school is almost finished with local graduations set, and annual warm-weather events are popping up left and right.

A quick rundown of the June weekends ahead:

• Saltsburg’s Canal Days, from 5 to 10 p.m. June 6; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 7; and noon to 6 p.m. June 8.

Canal Days is known for the ever-popular duck race and the fireworks on Saturday. Other highlights include a parade, live entertainment and vendors.

• The Jimmy Stewart Airport Festival, June 14 and 15 at the airport in White Township. The festival includes various vintage, military and other aircraft, plane rides and food.

• The seventh annual Cookport Antique Machinery Show, June 20 to 22, at the Green Township Community Fairgrounds in Cookport. The purpose of the show is “for fun and education,” according to organizers. It highlights tractors and “puts them to the test.” A new event this year is the Old Timer’s Pull at 7 p.m. June 21.

• Downtown Indiana’s annual car cruise, 5 p.m. June 28, when antique cars will line Philadelphia Street.


The Stossel family has invited the public to the seventh annual American Heart Association fundraiser in memory of Bob Stossel and in support of those affected by heart disease.

The fundraiser is set to begin at 6 p.m. Saturday at H.B. Culpeppers in Indiana, where there will be live music, featuring Somebody to Love, and a basket raffle.

All proceeds are donated to the American Heart Association.

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DJ Jerry B will be playing the oldies from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Scoop’s in Blairsville, where a “Cruise In” is set for the downtown location.

Cars, trucks and bikes are welcome, according to organizers. There will be raffles, food and drink vendors and, of course, Penn State creamery ice scream at Scoop’s.


The Indiana County Relay for Life, benefiting the American Cancer Society, will mark its 20th year when it kicks off at 4 p.m. today at the White Township Recreation Complex.

This fundraiser, a 24-hour event that keeps walkers on the track at all hours, raises money in the fight against cancer.

The theme this year is western.

A somber highlight of the relay is the luminaria lighting ceremony, set for 9 p.m. today. The paper lanterns represent “those who have battled or are currently battling cancer,” according to the organization.

A cancer survivor celebration is set for 10 a.m. Saturday.

For more information, visit


Volunteers are needed at the Indiana Community Garden at the J.S. Mack Community Center, where planting day is set from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Duties include preparing gardens and planting vegetables, fruits and flowers in community plots. For more information, visit

And speaking of gardening, the Indiana County Farmers Market kicks off its season June 7, with its Saturday market at Eighth and Church streets in Indiana.

The Saturday market is open from 9 a.m. to noon.

A change to the market this year is a different location on Wednesdays. The Wednesday market will now be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the former BiLo parking lot across from the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex on Wayne Avenue in White Township.

The move was necessary to accommodate a larger market, according to organizers.


Calling all bargain shoppers!

The Arc of Indiana County will offer its annual garage sale from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 6 and June 13, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 7 and 14 at fairgrounds, Mack Park, White Township.

The Slickville Volunteer Fire Department is sponsoring a car/bike show on July 12 from 2 to 6 p.m.

The event will be held in the St. Sylvester Church parking lot along Route 819 in Slickville. Registration will be from noon to 2 p.m. and trophies will be presented at 5 p.m. There is an entry fee of $5.

An oldies dance will follow at the Slickville Fire Hall featuring DJ Jeff Allan from 8 p.m. until midnight.

The rain date for the car/bike show is July 19.

For more information, call Dave Currie at (724) 516-6314 or email


The Rev. Arlene Schweitzer, pastor of Salem Lutheran Church, Smicksburg, will be retiring from active congregational leadership on Sunday.

Family and friends will host a retirement picnic for her at the Stiteler Pavilion in Smicksburg from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, and they’re extending an open invitation to attend.


Our recent obituaries included Harry C. Wilmoth, 97, of Marion Center, former owner of Wilmoth Interests Inc., who passed away Saturday.

Wilmoth founded the Marion Center-based oil and natural gas well company in the spring of 1978.

Wilmoth reportedly learned the gas and oil business while working in Oklahoma.

The family was honored in 2012 with Distinguished Citizen Awards for a lifetime of work benefiting the Boy Scouts.

Wilmoth was president of the board of directors of the Drake Well Museum in Titusville and was instrumental in the creation of a Mobile Energy Education Training unit used to educate and promote the use of all types of energy.


Hildebrand’s Mowers and Saws will celebrate the grand opening of its new location along South Sixth Street (Route 954) in White Township on Saturday.

Hildebrand’s, which has operated along Ben Franklin Road, near the YMCA, for 35 years, opened the second shop several weeks ago.

The larger facility makes for a more comfortable, more efficient work environment, said co-owner Steve Hildebrand. Plus, the parking lot is bigger, with more room for deliveries.

The original facility will remain open through the end of the year, he said, but its long-term fate is uncertain: “We’ll play it by ear at the end of the season,” he said. “It’s served us well for a long time.”

Festivities Saturday (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) will include product demonstrations, refreshments and performances by Steve’s own band throughout the day.


Gas prices were pegged at the $3.79 mark across the county this morning. … Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, says it was French impressionist painter Claude Monet who observed: “My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.”

Good evening!

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