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Kudos to Tri Star Motors of Blairsville for a donation of $2,300 for the new scoreboard at Blairsville High School, part of an effort to honor the late Rich “Pap” Harsh.

The funds were presented Monday to family and friends of “Pap,” who was a longtime volunteer in the district.

Accepting the donation were daughter Denise Harsh Moore, nephew Frank Harsh and grandson Justin Baltz, along with Susie Slezak, coordinator of the Rich Harsh Memorial Fund and organizer of the event.

“It is our great pleasure to present this check in memory of our longtime customer and friend,” said Tom Smith, Tri Star Motors sales manager, in a news release.

The girls’ softball team will begin their season this spring with a new scoreboard.

Frank Harsh is the head coach.

In memory of his uncle, a GoFundMe campaign will also provide for the restoration and rebuilding of his beloved Nature Trail.

According to the release, many students and families have already benefited from the efforts of Pap Harsh, as he was a regular volunteer for music and sporting events, as well as in the high school shop.

“He was truly a gem of a human being,” Slezak said in the release. “He went above and beyond for everyone he knew, especially the students in the Blairsville schools.”


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

• Dave Allan, west end of Church Street, Indiana

• David Galore, Rayne School area

• Pat and Ken Moorehead, 13th Street, Indiana

• Chuck and Terry Reichel, Goral Road, Center Township

• Dennis Repko, South Bend Township, Armstrong County

• Jim Shellenbarger family, Forest Ridge Road, White Township

• Ron Townsend, Tyson Farms, White Township

• Ben Walters, Woodland Road, Indiana


More stores are exiting the Indiana Mall.

Windgate Vineyards and Winery closed its store in the mall on Dec. 31, but is still operating the winery in Smickburg, where hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

And the Hallmark store has recently announced its upcoming closure.

The store is expected to close Feb. 25.

The store opened as one of the original shops at the mall on Oct. 1, 1979, under the name House of Cards. It then changed its name to Matthew’s Hallmark.


A community “Fun(Raising)”

 effort for the Spirit Life Recovery Community Center is set for Jan. 31 at Valley Dairy Restaurant, where a portion of customers’ purchases will be donated to the center.

Dine at Valley Dairy at the Regency Plaza from 4 to 9 p.m. on Jan. 31, and 20 percent of the cost of your meal will be donated.

Participants must have a flier for the proceeds to be donated.

To pick up a flier, visit the Spirit Life Recovery Community Center at 574 Philadelphia St., Indiana.


A half-dozen Indiana Area School District employees who announced their retirements this week will take well over a century of service and experience with them.

A handful of veteran educators and a pair of longtime service workers with the district submitted resignations notices for approval Monday by the school board. The district office announced their years of service Thursday.

Ranked by tenure, the departing teachers are Kevin Freeberg, a teacher of social studies and American history at the junior high school, 39 years; Jeff Reed, a teacher at the junior high school and former varsity boys’ basketball coach, 33 years; Linda Lare-Lansberry, a teacher at the junior high school formerly of the Eisenhower Elementary School faculty, 30 years; and Scott Salser, a music teacher at the senior high school and formerly at the junior high, 28 years at IASD. They all plan June departures. Custodians James Woods, who will step down Feb. 22, has 14 years, and David Williams, leaving March 2, has 9ᄑ years. Both are on the senior high staff.


Nap’s Cucina Mia will host the 2019 United Way Souper Bowl on Jan. 28.

Participants can choose from four homemade soups: chili, spicy tomato gorgonzola, ribolita or chicken pastini. The meal also includes a roll and beverage.

The minimum donation is $7.

Eat-in hours are from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Nap’s, 1033 Philadelphia St., Indiana.

Deliveries, with a minimum of 10 orders, will begin at 10:30 a.m. Containers are microwavable for reheating.

Email advance orders to or fax orders to (724) 463-0278.

Advance orders are due by noon Thursday.

For more information, visit

Hello, movie house!

The Jimmy Stewart Museum has expanded its theatrical programming schedule as an option for area residents to while away some idle hours in the depths of winter. The museum’s longtime weekend matinee feature, the showings of Stewart’s films in the mini-theater within the museum, has been broadened to add Monday through Friday screenings.

Just as the schedule has held for Saturdays and Sundays for many years, the weekday show time will be 1 p.m.  The museum’s regular admission price applies; there is no additional charge for the films.

The museum will be closed on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Day.


Indiana dentist Dr. Ralph Gilliland is retiring after 45 years of practice. Happy fishing to “Dr. Gil,” as he is known to his patients.


Homer City American Legion Auxiliary Unit 493 will hold a breakfast from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Jan. 26.

Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 6 to 12.

The public is welcome, and the breakfast supports veterans.


Gas prices in Indiana today were running at $2.55 a gallon, compared to $2.47 statewide and $2.28 nationwide ( … Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, says it was comedian Dana Gould who posited, “A big blizzard proves there’s no global warming in the same way being out of milk proves there’s no such thing as cows.”

Good evening!

This column is compiled by Gazette staff writer Margaret Weaver. Email items for submission to