Inside indiana_ geoff, shannon, tim, jonathan, etc. – – april 15, 2016

To whom it may concern —


With Keith Hall at IUP slated for demolition, members of the community are being offered keepsakes from the building.

The classroom building was constructed in 1939 and named in honor of John A. H. Keith, who led Indiana Normal School and Indiana State Normal School, now Indiana University of Pennsylvania, from 1917 to 1927. He left to assume the state’s highest education post.

The building also housed the campus laboratory school, in which children from the community were instructed by IUP student teachers.

The university school moved to Davis Hall in 1972; it closed in 2001.

Items such as bricks, locker doors and aqua-colored tiles from Keith are expected to be available for free after the shuttered building is razed later this month.

Interested in obtaining a keepsake?

Organizers Margie Derwart Van Dyke and Elaine Judge said that anyone who is interested can call Van Dyke at (724) 254-9748 or Judge at (724) 463-3948.


For our friends and neighbors in Punxsutawney, the former County Market reopened Thursday under new ownership as a Shop ’N Save.

The store, long a staple for Punxs’y residents, is now owned by Tim Krise, according to a news release.

Improvements include new hardwood flooring, lighting and an expanded deli and bakery.

Another new service is a passenger shuttle, which offers to pick up customers within a 10-mile radius who are going to spend more than $50 at the store, drive them to there and return them to their pickup location.

This service is available every weekday except major holidays, according to the release.

To schedule a shuttle, call (814) 938-9632 between 8 a. m. and 4 p. m. daily.

As part of the grand opening, customers can also stop at the registration desk until Wednesday to sign up for a Shop ’N Save perks card for rewards, pick up a free 4-pound bag of sugar and sign up to win a three-minute shopping spree and other prizes including Clint Black concert tickets, a gas grill and more.


The Indiana Garden Club is set to honor veterans with a Blue Star Memorial next week.

The club will dedicate the memorial — a standing marker — to veterans at Memorial Park in Indiana on April 23 at 2 p. m.

All veterans and their families are invited to attend.

The Blue Star Memorial was started by National Garden Clubs after World War II and has continued to honor veterans since its inception, said Indiana Garden Club President Deb Stumpf. Markers are in all 50 states.

“The Indiana Garden Club is pleased and proud to be able to present this marker to the veterans of Indiana County,” she said. “The garden club appreciates the service and sacrifice that our veterans give to their country. They serve for our protection and deserve to be recognized and honored.”


Two new chiropractic offices have opened recently in Indiana County.

Lucid Chiropractic Clinic is a satellite office in Indiana owned by Geoff Guarino, with the main office in Pittsburgh.

Guarino’s office is at 1630 Philadelphia St., a temporary location, he said, until he can prepare for a grand opening ceremony in January 2017.

Lucid Chiropractic, he said, “operates very differently from conventional chiropractic offices,” focusing on restoring neuromuscular balance through the upper cervical spine using digital X-rays for image-guided correction.

“This type of correction does not require any twisting, popping or cracking of the neck, and utilizes around 5 to 10 pounds of force in comparison to conventional treatment, which can vary from 100 to 150 pounds of force,” he said.

The business offers a complimentary consultation for a chance to sit down with the doctor and have care options explained in detail, he said.

A native of Indiana, Guarino and his wife are doctors in the clinic.

“I saw a chance to give back to the town that provided for me for so long,” he said. “We opened up our specialized clinic in Pittsburgh, as there were no other upper cervical doctors in town. The same is also true in Indiana. There are no other offices specializing in this type of care in Indiana.

“I wanted to offer the people of Indiana this nonconventional type of care as an option to deal with the myriad of secondary conditions that different individuals are afflicted with.”

And over in Clymer, Icarus Chiropractic is open with Jonathan Clark, D. C.

His business is at 210 S. Sixth St., Suite 7.

Hours are 9 a. m. to 6 p. m. Monday through Friday.

The family-based practice provides care for all ages, and for pregnancy, wellness, medical conditions or pain.

“It never hurts to see what benefits you may receive from regular chiropractic care,” his website says.

Clark is a graduate of Ferris State University in Michigan with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2012. He graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2015 with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree.

He is licensed in Michigan, Virginia and Pennsylvania, and established Icarus Chiropractic this month.


Shannon Smith, an Indiana Area Senior High School graduate, has exceeded her fundraising goal of $12,500 for the Credit Union Kids @ Heart Team, which fundraises for research and treatment of several brain diseases.

Smith was diagnosed with Moyamoya disease, a rare brain ailment, in 2012 while she was attending Geneva College in Beaver Falls, where she was on the cross country team.

It was about eight months until doctors cleared her to run again, but on Monday, she will run in the 120th Boston Marathon, her first 26.2-mile race.

To read her story, log on to http://bit. ly/23uhc3Q.


A celebration is set for this summer at Mahoning Creek Lake in Armstrong County, where officials will mark 75 years since construction of the Mahoning Dam was started.

The event will be from 11 a. m. to 3 p. m. June 18.

Representatives of agencies and businesses from Armstrong and Indiana counties will be on hand to talk to the public and hand out information, and the day will also include raffles and a tree dedication.


Darlene Shank, of Saltsburg, was recently recognized for 15 years of service at the White Township location of Valley Dairy Restaurants.

The company gives recognition each year for employees who attain milestones in years of service, and to restaurants that achieve a year of accident-free operation, which included the Blairsville location.

The awards were delivered by Melissa Blystone, president of Valley Dairy, and Tom Webb, director of operations.


In our latest sign that spring is here and summer isn’t far behind, Stern’s ice cream parlor in Creekside is set to open Saturday. … And “Hot Dog John” Minda has returned with his cart to the corner at Eighth and Philadelphia streets in Indiana, where he can be found at lunchtime selling hot dogs and fixings. … Gas prices in the Indiana area today were running at $2.29 a gallon, compared to $2.28 statewide and $2.11 nationwide (w ww. pennsylvaniag asprices. com). … Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, says the recent run of beautiful weather brought to mind the words of American author Walt Whitman: “Keep your face always toward the sunshine — and shadows will fall behind you.”

Good evening!

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