Indiana County Sports Hall of Fame emblem

Indiana County Sports Hall of Fame emblem

The Indiana County Sports Hall of Fame has postponed its 37th annual induction banquet, which was scheduled for May 17.

“We are postponing the hall of fame banquet scheduled for May,” Doug Steve, hall of fame president, said, “and we will decide by the first of June our course of action, whether to hold the banquet later in the summer — possibly August — or if things don’t seem to be better we would just cancel the event for this year.”

The induction class consists of Indiana graduates Mark Lezanic, Danyelle (Sinclair) Stewart and Megan (Woodall) Mills, Blairsville graduates Dave Dunlap and Adam Highberger, distance runner Mindy (Sawtelle) Zottola and Cherry Tree High School graduate George A. Katchmer. Dunlap and Katchmer will be inducted posthumously.

OPEN DOOR GRANT

The Staunton Farms Foundation recently awarded a grant to The Open Door of Indiana’s Crisis Unit for $25,800 to expand the technological capabilities of the crisis unit.

In these unprecedented times, it is more apparent than possibly ever the need to communicate with workers both in and out of the office to provide the best possible care to those most vulnerable populations, officials said. With this upgrade, crisis workers will be able to access consumer files in a swift and secure manner, and make updates in real time to be seen by all staff. Crisis workers will stay more connected with each other out in the field, at home or in the office, and provide the best possible care to consumers in Armstrong and Indiana Counties in an ever-changing environment. From homes to hospitals, providing consumers who may be feeling anxious, depressed, suicidal, or just need some help getting through these uncertain and trying times with efficient and expanded access to interventions, resources and referrals will be a positive benefit to the community, families and friends, officials said.

The Staunton Farm Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of people who live with mental illness and substance use disorders. The foundation works to enhance behavioral health treatment, support and recovery through grant making to nonprofit organizations in 10 southwestern Pennsylvania counties.

GUIDANCE CENTER

Community Guidance Center is still accepting referrals and intakes as the organization continues to provide high-quality mental and behavioral health services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many services are currently being delivered via telehealth and Zoom conferencing to protect staff and consumers.

Injections and other on-site treatments are still available at some office locations. The organization’s Indiana, DuBois, Punxsutawney and Clearfield offices are open and operating Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Clarion and Northern Cambria offices are currently closed to the public, but services are still also available in those areas and referrals are still being accepted.

Call (888) 686-1991 to make a referral. Visit thecgc.com, subscribe to the center’s newsfeed and like the agency’s Facebook page to receive instant updates from Community Guidance Center.

TRIALS CANCELED

Indiana County residents summoned for jury duty at the Indiana County Court House should not report on April 20, May 4 and May 18, as trials scheduled those weeks have been canceled.

EVERGREEN AFTER SCHOOL CLUB

In compliance of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s recent issuance of a statewide stay-at-home order, Evergreen After School Club has adjusted its operations to protect its staff and the general public while continuing to serve its more than 1,000 club members throughout six Indiana County school districts.

During the ordered adjustment, Evergreen After School Club will be operating using administrative staff only. The organization will produce a weekly educational packet which will include instructional as well as family and parental engagement activities based in its core curriculum. Beginning April 3, the packet will be posted each Friday on the Evergreen After School Club’s Facebook page and will be available for download from its website.

“Evergreen After School Club is committed to providing continued quality instruction throughout the current COVID-19 situation not only to our members, but also the general public as a resource as many parents are taking on the additional role of home schooler,” said Lou Sacco, board president, in a news release.

Administrators hope to reach all members during the shutdown by increasing the organization’s online presence by adding addition daily resources and content on its Facebook page and website. Additionally, beginning Monday April 13, project directors will offer daily scheduled content delivered via Facebook live sessions.

“Evergreen After School hopes to provide both educational instruction and social resources for our members and their families, offering outlets for socializing while practicing proper social distancing,” said David Janusek, director of operations/learning specialist.