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Area organizations and businesses are preparing for Veterans Day on Monday.

The Indiana Elks Lodge #931 will honor the area’s veterans at its annual Veterans Day Breakfast. All veterans are invited to attend. The celebration and breakfast will begin at the lodge, 475 S. 13th St., Indiana, at 8 a.m. Monday. 

On Saturday and Monday in downtown Indiana, many merchants and restaurants will offer discounts and other specials to veterans as a thank you for their service. For a complete list of participating Downtown Indiana businesses and discounts, visit

And at Sheetz stores, veterans can receive a free meal (6-inch turkey sub and fountain drink)  and a car wash. Veterans must show a military ID or proof of service.

The Jimmy Stewart Museum will also offer a Veterans Day event in which Dr. David Truby will present “Jimmy Stewart’s Secret Bombing Mission Over Vietnam” at 1:30 p.m. on Monday. Participants will receive a free copy of Flight Journal, where Truby’s article was published, while supplies last. Following the talk, “Strategic Air Command” will be shown in the museum theater. Admission is free for all veterans.


Our recent obituaries included the following:

• David Rankin Tomb Jr., 87, of West Palm Beach, Fla., formerly of Indiana, who died Oct. 31. Tomb was a lifelong resident of Indiana, where he practiced law from 1960 until his retirement in 2015, according to his obituary.

He served as a director, legal counsel and corporate secretary of First Commonwealth Financial Corporation from its formation in 1982 until 2011. Tomb also proudly served in the United States Army Artillery Division as a 1st lieutenant during the Korean War era.

• Denise L. (Lewis) Clawson, 65, of Indiana, who passed away Saturday at her home.

Clawson was known for her involvement in many local organizations, including as president and founding member of the Indiana County Commission For Women; past president and board member of the United Way of Indiana County; The Indiana Networking Group; Advisory Board Member of the Center for Family Business at the IUP College of Business; Leader’s Circle of Indiana Athena Award Winner; and past president of the PA Federation of Business and Professional Women Inc.

Following a 38-year career with PNC Bank, she worked for Marion Center Bank for more than eight years as manager of the Indiana office. Denise believed wholeheartedly in pay equity and women’s equality, spending her life working hard to make a difference, according to her obituary.   


The annual Irish Rowe Day, held each year on Nov. 12 in memory of overdose victim Jeremy “Irish” Rowe, is underway, and Jeremy’s family reports that they are pleased with the donations coming in for SpiritLife Recovery Center in Indiana. The self-funded recovery center, separate from the rehabilitation facility, relies on donations and provides classes and help to reintegrate the recovering addict into the workforce and society. 

Donations are still being accepted. Mail checks to Dot Cravener, P.O. Box 47, Shelocta, PA 15774 by Tuesday.


The members of the Indiana Lions Club would like to say thank you to the community for their support of their fundraising events of this past year, including six well-attended turkey dinners and a successful children’s magic show. This weekend will be the final fundraiser dinner of 2019.

On Saturday, there will be a ham and roast beef dinner at the Lions Health Camp from 4 to 7 p.m.

Several years ago, the club changed the menu for this final dinner and serve a different main dish since it was so close to Thanksgiving.

Cooks Jim and Alice Laney have prepared a wonderful ham and roast beef dinner, the club continued to offer this at the November event in the years since the change.

Along with the meats, the menu includes mashed potatoes, stuffing, yams, two vegetables, gravy, tossed salad, cole slaw, bread, desserts and beverages. Cost is $10 for adults and $6 for children 12 and younger. 

Takeouts are also available. 

Turkey dinner fundraisers will resume in March.


Shirley Eye Care, at 266 S. Seventh St. in Indiana, will move to a new location this month.

In a letter to patients, Dr. Matthew Shirley said his new location at 241 Rustic Lodge Road in White Township will offer “ample parking, more exam areas for innovative equipment, and a spacious frame gallery with a more diverse selection of eyewear and contact lens options.”

The final day at the Seventh Street location will be Nov. 15, he said. The new office will open Nov. 20.


Dr. John R. Hranitz, a former resident of Indiana County, has recently published his 16th book, “Albert: The Cold Case of the Bodies at the Farm.”

According to a news release, “The book details the life of a small city detective as he works to uncover why dozens of bodies were buried on a farm in NE PA.” The book and his others are available at The Co-op Store at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Hranitz and his late wife, Dolores, both graduated from Laura Lamar, now Homer-Center.

Hranitz lives in Bloomsburg and earned three degrees from IUP.


A Luther Chapel spaghetti dinner set for 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Coral-Graceton fire hall will benefit the IUP Food Pantry and Help Center. Cost is a $5 donation per person.


Gas prices in the Indiana area today were hovering around $2.85 per gallon, compared with $2.77 statewide and $2.66 nationwide ( … Please read but don’t bet on it: IUP 45, Edinboro 20; Penn State 35, Minnesota 28; Rams 27, Steelers 21. … Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, chuckled at this quip from the late comedian Henny Youngman: “My grandmother is over 80 and still doesn’t need glasses. Drinks right out of the bottle.”

Good evening!

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