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To whom it may concern —

BETTER TO GIVE

The Indiana High School girls’ volleyball team, which sponsors a charity each year, has selected Wounded Warriors in Action as this school year’s beneficiary.

The WWIA helps combat-wounded Purple Heart recipients by providing world-class outdoor sporting events for their participation.

The volleyball team has conducted a number of fundraising activities already and will wrap up the sponsorship with a charity game at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Indiana High School gym, taking on Greensburg-Salem.

Jeremy Smith, a Pennsylvania native, Army veteran, Purple Heart recipient and guide for the Florida-based WWIA, will be there to greet attendants and accept the team’s donation.

WE THE PEOPLE

Constitution Day is Tuesday and will be recognized locally by a public event at Memorial Park in Indiana.

Speakers will include representatives of COOL (Constitutional Organization of Liberty) speaking on the First Amendment, and FOAC (Firearm Owners Against Crime), speaking on the Second Amendment.

The event will start with those wishing to join a short walk at 4:30 p.m. Speakers will commence at 5 p.m.

Those attending should bring a chair, as this is an outdoor event.

Parking is available on Washington Street between Fifth and Seventh streets.

BOOK SALE SET

St. Thomas More University Parish will hold its 51st Newman Used Book Sale from 4 to 9 p.m. Sept. 20, 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Sept. 21 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 22 at the church.

The sale will feature more than 100,000 books in 39 categories, including novels, cookbooks, history, children’s, religious and antique, as well as music CDs, movie DVDs, games and puzzles.

Most hardbacks will be $1 and paperbacks will be 50 cents.

Refreshments will be available for purchase.

FALL FEST

A Fall Fest is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 21 through Founders Gallery and Gifts in Blairsville, where there will be events near the Diamond on North Liberty Street, adjacent to the shop.

There will be arts, crafts, music and food.

Hayrides will be offered from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., and a children’s tractor pull will be at 1 p.m., with registration at noon.

Participants can also vote on a favorite scarecrow from the town-wide contest.

YOUR WEEKEND CALENDAR

The Indiana Lions Club will offer a turkey dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Lions Health Camp on Health Camp Road.

There will be turkey and stuffing, salad, mashed potatoes and gravy, a vegetable, dessert and a beverage. Cost is $10 for adults and $4 for children 12 and younger. Take out is available.

And at Christ Our Savior Orthodox Church, Tanoma Road, a roast beef and holupki dinner is set for 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Cost is $11 for adults and $3 for children ages 5 to 12. Those younger may eat for free.

The public is welcome, and take out is available. The church’s last dinner of the year will be Oct. 20.

RAISING AWARENESS

On Wednesday and again Sept. 25, the Wolf administration will provide free naloxone at 95 locations across the state to anyone who wants it, as part of its ongoing effort to reduce the number of opioid overdoses and get residents into treatment.

One location is in Indiana: the State Health Center, 75 N. Second St. Distributions are scheduled Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sept. 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., as supplies last. Other nearby locations include state health centers in Johnstown, Punxsutawney, Kittanning and Greensburg.

SHOP TALK AT SIX

Gas prices in the Indiana area today were hovering around $2.79 per gallon, compared with $2.71 statewide and $2.59 nationwide (www.pennsylvaniagasprices.com). … Please read, but don’t bet on it: Thomas Jefferson 48, Indiana 13; IUP 35, Millersville 14; Penn State 42, Pitt 21; Steelers 24, Seahawks 14. … Willie, our

ex-shoeshine boy, says the Friday the 13th full moon tonight reminded him of something Mark Twain once said: “Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.”

Good evening!

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