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Rebecca Steffish, left, and Marie Clevenger, volunteers with the Chartwells food service company, handed out free bagged breakfast and lunches at Indiana’s Ben Franklin Elementary School on Wednesday to help feed students during the school cancellation.

The Pint Size Hero drive and the Pint for a Pint drive have both been canceled.

However, a Marion Center Community blood drive will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 26 at the Park Hall, off routes 119 and 403 in Marion Center.

Because so many blood drives have been canceled, the nation is experiencing a blood shortage, according to releases from the American Red Cross.


The Homer City Borough police department has rescheduled its annual fundraising spaghetti dinner to support the K-9 program from March 29 to May 30 at the Homer City fire station.


The Indiana County Hospital Authority has moved its meeting to telephone rather than a personal setting. Board members will convene for a conference call at 11:30 a.m. Friday.


The “Spring Fever Craft Show” scheduled for April 4 at First Christian Church, 500 Water St., has been canceled.


The youth .22 shoot, an outdoors event for youngsters ages 7 to 15 scheduled for March 29 at the Red Barn Sportsmen’s Club, has been postponed. A new date has not been set.


S&T Bank has temporarily closed all bank branches that do not have drive-up service. Those with drive-up capability will operate as window service only. The bank’s website lists alternatives to branches that are closed.

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First Commonwealth Bank has announced it will transition some of its branches to drive-thru service and lobby-by-appointment service, beginning on Monday. That includes access to safe deposit boxes. The changes affect 61 of its locations, including two in Indiana County. Look for details on the bank’s website.


The Blairsville Borough tax office will be closed to walk-in taxpayers until March 31, when tax collector Jonathan Santoro plans to re-evaluate the situation and decide whether to reopen. Homer City residents and property owners may send payments by mail.

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Green Township tax collector Patty Ferringer Houck has announced that her office will be temporarily closed for in-office payments. Payments by check or money order can be placed in a lock box by the office door. Receipts will be promptly mailed for all payments placed in this box. Payments can also be sent through the mail. If you have any questions or need additional information, call the office at (724) 254-4191.

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Shirley A. Dixon, Young Township tax collector, has notified taxpayers in her township that her tax office will be closed until at least March 31. There is a drop box at her office, or you can send your payment by mail. If you have questions, call (724) 639-9217.

The Indiana County Tax Collectors Association urges taxpayers to call their local tax collector before dropping off payments.

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The White Township tax office has been closed until further notice. Taxpayers’ payments will be accepted by mail. A stamped, self-addressed envelope is required for a receipt. Phone Tax Collector Jeff Mack at (724) 471-2952 for more information.

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Jeff Mack, White Township tax collector, is announcing that his office is closed until further notice. Make payments by mail and include a self-addressed stamped envelope to receive a receipt. If you need additional information regarding payments, call his office at (724) 471-2952 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.


Grace United Methodist Church in Indiana will hold a drive-in church service at 6 p.m. Sunday from the parking lot behind the church. Pastor Bill Blair will bring an inspirational message from the balcony over the parking lot, and music director Will Pinos will lead musical praise and worship. Tune in to WMUG FM 105.1 and join in corporate worship right from your car.

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The Greater Blairsville Cooperative Parish will be suspending all worship services and activities for the recommended 15 days, until and including April 1. All Lenten services and luncheons are canceled during this time. All meetings and gatherings will be canceled.

If you have the technology for meeting virtually or over the telephone, the GBCP encourages people to continue these distance methods. As time progresses, it will keep its parishioners informed of any changes.

In the interim, congregants can join in worship online on YouTube, “Connect Church Blairsville.” GBCP will be live at 6:30 p.m. each Saturday, with the ability to rewatch the service any time after the session.

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United Presbyterian Church, 137 N. Walnut St., Blairsville, has canceled its Sunday school classes and worship services for March 22.

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Shelocta Community Presbyterian Church, South Ridge Road, has canceled its service for March 22 and 29. The services will be live-streamed on the church’s website, www.sheloctapc.com.

Good morning breakfast

The Good Morning Breakfast scheduled for Saturday at Homer City American Legion Post 493 has been canceled.


The Coral-Graceton Volunteer Fire Company has canceled its monthly hoagie sale scheduled for this Saturday.

Blairsville Historical Society

The Blairsville Historical Society Museum will remain closed until further notice. This is due to the cornoavirus and the safety of everyone. Also the HSBA membership meeting on April 1 canceled.


The Beekeepers of ABCI (Armstrong-Blair-Cambria-Indiana counties) has canceled its March 24 meeting. For information, visit www.beekeepers-of-abci-pa.com.


Homer-Center School District will provide free breakfast and lunch starting today for any child through age 18.

Those picking up meals will be directed by security personnel to the drive-thru distribution point at the front of the elementary school. Children receiving meals do not need to be present.

Meals will be provided from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For information, email food services director Susan McLoughlin at smcloughlin@homercenter.org.


Aging Services Inc. has clarified the list of locations where take-out lunches will be provided for senior citizens in Indiana County. The agency will distribute means only from the five community senior activity centers: the Indiana Social Center, Oak Street; the Chestnut Hills Social Center, Blairsville; the Two Lick Valley Social Center, Clymer; Mahoning Hills Social Center, Route 119; and Saltsburg Social Center, Saltsburg. Seniors must phone the local center the day before, and pick up meals between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Lunches will not be served from Aging Services’ nutrition sites in Armagh, Aultman and Homer City.


The Borough of Blairsville and the Blairsville Municipal Authority have taken steps to protect the public and curtail the spread of the coronavirus.

The municipal building offices are closed to the public except for previously advertised public meetings. Residents may phone the staff at (724) 469-9100 to conduct business or reach the police department at (724) 459-9555 or 911. They may deliver utility, tax and parking ticket payments to the drop box to the right of the front door of the municipal building.

Water and sewer payments also may be made online at www.blairsvillebma.com/payment-options.

Officials urge residents to view the Pennsylvania Emergency Preparedness Guide online to prepare for coronavirus, and to monitor the state health department, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Indiana County Emergency Management Agency websites for current COVID-19 information.


State Rep. Jim Struzzi has closed the 62nd District community offices to walk-in visitors but the staff will respond to online communication.

Struzzi has postponed several events: a town hall meeting scheduled today in Blairsville, a human services breakfast meeting set for March 31, a concealed-carry seminar on April 2 and the employment expo scheduled for April 7.

Residents may contact the office through the website www.repstruzzi.com/contact or (724) 465-0220 in Indiana and (724) 459-3245 in Blairsville.


The Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts has announced the immediate closing of all courts at all levels for nonessential functions in Pennsylvania, as ordered by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

The closings, including the Indiana County Common Pleas Court and the Indiana, Homer City, Blairsville and Clymer district courts, will continue “through at least April 3,” according to AOPC.

Time calculations and deadlines relative to court cases are suspended through April 3.

“The Court’s Order also directs that, during the period of judicial emergency, no eviction, ejectment or other displacement from a residence based on failure to make payment can be made. It also suspends Rule of Criminal Procedure 600 (the right to a speedy trial) in all judicial districts,” AOPC reported Wednesday.

Trials and jury selection set to begin through April 3 will be rescheduled.

Fines and costs may be paid online, by mail or by telephone where possible.

Judges will remain on duty for essential functions including emergency bail review and habeas corpus hearings, bench warrant hearings, juvenile delinquency detention, juvenile emergency shelter hearings, protection from abuse hearings, civil mental health reviews, emergency petitions for child custody or guardianship, cases related to public health concerns involving immediate or irreparable harm, and other functions deemed by the president judge to be essential.

District courts will remain staffed for preliminary arraignments and setting bail, for criminal case filing and processing, preliminary hearings for incarcerated defendants, issuance of search warrants and emergency protection from abuse petitions.


St. Bernard of Clairvaux Parish has canceled the annual St. Joseph Day dinner scheduled for Sunday. The Lenten fish fry sponsored by St. Bernard Regional Catholic School will be served for take-out only. The Faith Formation meeting Sunday has been called off. All Masses are scheduled at the usual times.

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Church of the Good Shepherd, abiding by recommendations of the Diocese of Greensburg, has announced the cancellation of all Lenten dinners, weekly and daily Liturgies and all other events until further notice. The church will post times for confessions and any other changes of schedule on the website www.goodshepherdkent.org.