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Quiet congratulations went out to retired Keys Montessori School Principal Dick Gigliotti of Indiana, who reached an important personal milestone in late July. Real Milestone: The avid runner and Indiana Running Club mainstay, considered by many to be the face of running in the Indiana community, has logged 40,000 miles since taking up the sport in the early 1980s. Roadrunner club leader John Swagger shared a photo of nearly two dozen club members gathered to congratulate Gigliotti at the designated post.
Luigi Tate Jr.’s Luigi’s Ristorante success story, The Luigi Way: Benedictine Values Proven to Work in Leadership, has reached more retail outlets after being stocked at The Book Nook on Philadelphia Street and the Tourist Office of Indiana County and the Visitor Center at the Indiana Mall. Young Tate, son of founder Lou Tate Sr., reports that a hardcover edition is expected in October. The story of the popular Clymer diner combines a look at the Tate family philosophy (chapter by chapter, value by value: obedience, discipline, humility, stewardship, and hospitality, among them) with real-life examples from longtime restaurant employees and customers.
Broadcaster Jack Benedict’s tour continues as his memoir “My Life in Major League Broadcasting” gets a warm welcome in the Indiana area. Benedict, who has been on radio in Indiana County for more than 50 years, plans to talk about the book Thursday at a luncheon at the Rotary Club of Indiana and greet fans at IUP Homecoming from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 1 at the IUP Co-op Store in the Hadley Student Union Building .
Add another reservation to the list of recent public events at Indiana’s treasured venue, the Rustic Lodge on Oakland Ave. Job seekers can view opportunities at Diamond Drug Store & Medical Supply at the company’s Oct. 4 job fair.
FLUFFY BUT NOT NECESSARILY WARM
The old Farmer’s Almanac winter forecast called for several ice patches lasting long enough until 2023 to eliminate any thoughts of an early spring. Now it’s time to predict the caterpillar of the “woolly bear”.
Fluffy black and brown would-be butterflies have been spotted in the area looking for dinner or a sheltered place to survive the winter, but legend has it that they are signs of the season’s seriousness. A photo of a solid black caterpillar, published this week on social media, provoked a lot of analysis from readers. Many saw it as a symbol of a long hard winter, some said they had seen milder signs on other caterpillars, some debated whether it was a “real” prognosticating caterpillar, and others said they relied more on how big or low they hung their backyard hornet’s nests to determine whether the winter will be mild or harsh. The pragmatist among them suggested looking out the window to find out about the weather.
John Morganti recalls that B&M Remodeling, a partnership between David Buggy and Morganti, took on most of the construction projects for the late Gibb Zillner, longtime owner of Diamond Drug Store, who died earlier this month. Morganti recalled Zillner’s incredible personality in a recent Gazette report. Meanwhile, stories were relayed about Zillner, Leonard Anderson and George Lentz and the days when their sons were founding members of the Y Indian Guides program, as well as Gibb’s salmon fishing trips with Lentz to Lake Ontario. Few Indiana residents have considered Zillner’s life without mentioning his contributions to Indiana, whether in business, community service, sportsmanship or simply friendship.
In Black Lick, a construction site on Main Street was bulldozed and footers dug up. Contractors have begun construction on a new home for the Burrell City Library and the Burrell Municipal Administration Building. Although it’s still months away from completion, Library Director Jen Van Hanak reports that the library already has its new digital home. The website at the address has been restored www.burrelltownshiplibrary.org has more features than its previous version and offers more convenient navigation and user interface than before.
Descendants, a small children’s clothing store, and Kids’ Kuts, a children’s hair salon, held dual ribbon-cutting ceremonies in mid-September, while Indiana Mall’s Fashion Bug and Brooks clothing store underwent a makeover 35 years ago this month.
The paper’s editor-in-chief, Bill Hastings, also reported on the opening of Paula Burnett’s home-based business Basketsful in White Township’s Sunset Acres neighborhood, the completion of a new 100-space parking lot at Indiana Hospital, and Bernard Lockard Jr.’s professional honors among the top 30 distributors. Exxon fuel in the country, in his weekly Inside Indiana column on Friday, September 16, 1987.
Gasoline prices have continued their steady decline since peaking at $5 a gallon in late June to just under $3.90 this week at most Indiana stations. Blairsville stations posted prices around $3.86, one outlet in Homer City dropped below $3.80, and others in Dayton and Punxsota posted regular 87s for less than $3.76 pennsylvaniagasprices.com. … This evening at the Rustic Lodge is an old time dance benefit presented by the St. Thomas More University Parish. The event is taking place in lieu of the long-popular used book sale in the parish. Probably the last night of rock ‘n’ roll for the Rustic will be from 7pm to 10pm… Clymer Days Festival brings together the old mining town tonight through Sunday… and Dillweed Bed & Breakfast along the town’s Ghost Town Trail Buffington celebrates its Fall Gathering from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. … Read but don’t bet: Indiana 27, Highlands 23; North Cumbria 31, Homer Center 27; Pitt 24, Rhode Island 14; Penn State 31, Central Michigan 9; Notre Dame 28, NC 27 Willie, our former shoeshine boy, wonders how actress Hilary Duff (who turns 35 on Wednesday) gets a page of famous quotes on the Internet, but agrees with her self-affirming philosophy: “ I don’t care what people think about me, because I believe in myself and I know that everything will be fine.” All right, Willy!