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11/22/2014
DOWNTOWN INDIANA HOLDS LIGHT UP NIGHT FESTIVITIES
Despite the cold temperatures, hundreds of people turned out for the annual “It’s a Wonderful Life” Holiday Festival and Parade in Downtown Indiana. Activities in IRMC Parkranged from roasting marshmallows to kids crafts, while The Jimmy Stewart Museum and Norma White Realty held open houses and collections for ICCAP and the Salvation Army respectively.  At 7:00 was the parade through Downtown Indiana, with over 50 units taking part, ranging from Marching Bands to Scout troops.  After the parade, the town Christmas Tree was lit in its new location, on the Vinegar Hill steps.  Finally, the Indiana Theater was packed for a free showing of “It’s a Wonderful Life”.
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11/22/2014
**UPDATE** TURKEYTHON RAISES OVER $43,000
The 25th Annual Oldies Attic Turkey-Thon lived up to its celabratory year as they have raised over $43,200 in support of the United Way.  As a part of that, a lot of needy families will be able to have a turkey and the trimmings on the table come Thanksgiving Day. Bill Otto, the host of the Oldies Attic said that the Turkey-Thon started with an idea to raise money for the United Way.  He said that around the time the Oldies Attic started, he had been heavily involved with the United Way, and wanted to give people more inspiration to donate besides "putting the check in the envelope".   Every $15 pledged to theUnited Waywill be matched withTurkeysand Food Certificates that will be distributed by ICCAP and the Salvation Army to underprivileged families in our community to guarantee a turkey on the table for thanksgiving.  This year, Quota International, The Philadelphia Street Apartments and Blairsville Eagles are the main sponsors for the Turkey-Thon, stepping up in the absence of WyoTech, who as we heard yesterday, is undergoing an ownership change.  To listen and pledge to the Turkey-Thon, tune in from 9AM to Noon on AM 1160 WCCS.
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11/22/2014
IUP NAMES YOUNG ALUMNI AWARD WINNER
An Indiana native was named the recipient of the 2014 IUP Young Alumni Award.  The Young Alumni award is presented to IUP graduates of the last 15 years who have recorded notable achievements in their professions.  This year’s winner is Michael Jarvis, formerly of Indiana and now of Pittsburgh, who is a Geologist for Range Resources Appalachia LLC.  He’s been instrumental in developing the regional Marcellus Shale gas play through his work in linking historical mapping data into geochemical data and 3D seismic interpretation.  He’s also completed a two-year term as president of the Pittsburgh Association of Petroleum Geologists. Prior to working for Range Resources, he was Senior Geologist with Mountaineer Keystone LLC and a geologist with Talisman Energy.  Jarvis graduated from IUP in 2008 with a Bachelors degree in Geology.  During his time at IUP, he was a part of the IUP Geoscience Club and completed an externship with EXCO Resources. Jarvis will be recognized at a Young Alumni ceremony to be held next fall.
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11/22/2014
STATE POLICE WARNING OF IRS SCAM
We’ve reported in the past that scammers are using the name of the Indiana County Sheriff’s office in a scam to try to get your money.  Now scammers are using the State Police’s name as an intimidation factor in this scam.  Indiana-Based State Police are reporting that several residents in Indiana County have been contacted by unknown individuals seeking payment of back taxes to the IRS, threatening immediate arrest by the state police if they don’t pay their back taxes.  Usually these threats are done over the phone, and are very intimidating in nature. The state police want to remind everyone that they are not affiliated with ANY type of solicitation of funds and are not responding on behalf of any agency in the way that we just described.  As a reminder, do not provide any personal information and/or money to anyone who might be soliciting in this manner.  If you do provide money in any form, it's highly unlikely that you'll get that money back.
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11/22/2014
SATURDAY POLICE REPORTS: HIT AND RUN, CRASH WITH DEER
State Police in Greensburg are investigating a hit-and-run crash in Derry Township.  Police say that an unknown vehicle was driving east on 11th Street near the intersection with School Street, went through a stop sign, across school street and hit a fire hydrant.  The driver drove away from the scene after that.  The vehicle in question is possibly a white SUV.  No other information is available.   A driver escaped injury in a crash inWhite Township on Thursday evening.  Indiana-based state police say 46-year-old Gregory Oravec of Dubois was driving North on Route 119 when he hit a deer in the roadway.  The car finally came to rest in the Musser Nursery Parking Lot.
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