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Page 4 —Tuesday, October 29, 2002 REGION 'Stye ,3fnhtana (Sazefte Obituaries Verner Haldin Verner Arvid Haldin, 87, Ernest, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2002, at Indiana Regional Medical Center. He was born Aug. 17,1915, in Bitumen, Clinton County, a son of John and Wendla Marie Martin Haldin. Mr. Haldin lived most of his life in Ernest. He was a miner for the R&P Coal Co. After retiring from the mines, he worked on gas wells and farmed for many years. He was a member of Grove Chapel Church. Survivors include his wife, Virginia Fleck Haldin; two children, Ruth E. Hough and her husband, Gary, Seattle, and John V. Haldin and his wife, Nancy, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; a sister, Pearl Thompson, Indiana; four grandchildren: Kurt and Bret Haldin; Jennifer Manning and Michael Hough; two stepgrandchildren, Melissa and Rebecca Pollock; and one great-granddaughter, Phair Haldin. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers: Edwin, Rudolph and Jerald Haldin; and five sisters, Ruth and Esther Haldin; Lydia Reighmiller, Audrey Styers and Agnes Parkinson. Friends will be received today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Robinson- Lytle Inc., Indiana, where a funeral service will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. with Pastor John E Sykes officiating. Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, Cranberry Professional Park, 201 Smith Drive, Suite E, Cranberry Township, PA 16066, or to the American Diabetes Association, Western Pennsylvania Chapter, 300 Penn Center Blvd., Suite 700, Pittsburgh, PA 15235. Catherine Jones Catherine R. Jones, 65, of Homer City, died Monday, Oct. 28, 2002 at her home after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born Feb. 20, 1937 in Ashley, Pa., the daughter of Peter and Anna Raczkowski Charnoski. Mrs. Jones retired from the Homer City Generating Station. Prior to that, she worked for FMC for 12 years. She loved to travel and spend time with her husband, family and friends. She was a special woman and will be missed greatly by all who knew her. Surviving are her husband, John II. Jones; two daughters, Carol and her husband, Anthony Sturiale, of Tannersville, Pa., and Kim and her husband, Mark Matthews, of Windber; four grandchildren: Valerie and Vanessa Sturiale and Mallory and Colin Matthews; a sister, Loretta Slavinski, of Nangola, Pa.; three brothers, John Charnoski, of Lake Worth, Fla.; Elmer Charnoski, of Easton, and Charles Charnoski, of Nan-go!a; several nieces and nephews and many special friends. . She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Edward, and a sister, Josephine. Friends will be received at the C. Frederick Bowser Funeral Home, in Homer City, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. A funeral service will he held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with Pastor Bill Harris officiating. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Indiana. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made lo the Visiting Nurse Association or the charity of the donor's choice. Dorothy Harkless Dorothy G. Harkless, 84, of Indiana, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2002, at the Transitional Care Unit of the Indiana Regional Medical Center. She was born Sept. 11, 1918, in Duryea, the daughter of John J. and Mary McHale Gibbons. Mrs. Harkless lived most of her life in Indiana where she was a graduate of the Indiana Hospital School of Nursing. She was a nurse for the pediatrics department of the Indiana Hospital and later at Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Pechan Health Center until she retired. Mrs. Harkless was a member of St. Bernard of Clairvaux Roman Catholic Church, the Catholic Daughters of America, the Indiana BPOE Post 931 Auxiliary and Ihe Indiana Hospital Alumni Association. Surviving are her son, Thomas E. Harkless Sr. and his wife, Cindy, of Indiana; two grandchildren: Thomas E. Ilarkless Jr., Gerradstown, W.Va.; Bethany Ann Harkless Draugelat and her hushand, Glenn, of Palm Coast, Fla. and one great-grandchild, Thomas Draugelat, also of Palm Coast. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 59 years, Edwin W. darkless in 2001; three brothers: William, Walter and Donald Gibbons; and one sister, Margaret Gillow. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 lo 9 p.m. today at Robinson- Lytle, Inc., Indiana, where a parish wake service will be held at 8:30 p.m. A funeral Mass will he held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Bernard Church. Interment wili be at Greenwood Cemetery. Katherine Rhea Katherine E. Thounhurst Rhea, 93, of Indiana, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2002, at St. Andrew's Village, Indiana. She was born July 26, 1909, in Avonmore, the daughter of Edward E and Gertrude Gelvin Thounhurst. Mrs. Rhea lived most of her life in Indiana County, where she was a teacher for the Marion Center School District. She was a member of the First Christian Church, Indiana, and past president of the Indiana BPOE Post 931 Auxiliary. Survivors include a daughter, Kaul Ellen McGaughey, Indiana; one sister, Annamary Price, Chambersburg; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Paul Elgin Rhea in 1955; two brothers, John and Edward Thounhurst and two sisters, Gertrude and Helen Thounhurst. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Robinson- Lytle Inc., Indiana, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Jerry Hoch officiating. Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery. Anna Jane Snyder Anna Jane Frazier Snyder, 60, of Piano, Texas, formerly of Elderton, died Monday, Oct. 28, 2002, at her home. She was born Oct. 8, 1942, in Kittanning, the daughter of William L. Frazier and Elizabeth L. Keeler Frazier. Mrs. Snyder was a homemaker and a member of Custer Road United Methodist Church in Piano. Survivors include her husband, Daniel Walter Snyder; two sons, Daniel Wayne Snyder and his wife, Kelly, Center Line, Mich., and Steven William Snyder, Piano; two granddaughters, Stephanie Snyder and Kara Snyder, both of Center Line; two brothers, W. James Frazier and his wife, Margaret, Shelocta RD 1, and Jack B. Frazier and his wife, Janet, Athens, Term. She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant son, Craig Eric Snyder. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Clark Chapel of Bauer Funeral Home, Elderton. There will be additional visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the Elderton United Methodist Church, where funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Kevin Re a officiating. Interment will be in Elderton Cemetery. Carolyn Guarducci Carolyn Galonis Guarducci, 73, Brick, N.J., died Thursday, Oct. 24, 2002, at Brick Hospital. She was born Feb. 10,1926, in Indiana, a daughter of Enoch and Victoria Secosky Galonis. Survivors include her husband, John Guarducci; a daughter, Debbie Campisi, Manasquan, N.J.; a sister, Margie Peterson, Indiana; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Bernard and Raymond Galonis. A funeral service was held in New Jersey. Glenn Grafton Glenn I. Grafton, 90, Slate Lick, died Monday, Oct. 28,2002, at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. He was born July 23,1912, in North Buffalo Township, the son of Lawrence and Mabel Campbell Grafton. Mr. Grafton had been a millwright for Allegheny Ludlum. He retired in 1974. He was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Bible Church and enjoyed fishing and gardening. Survivors include three sons: Timothy Grafton, Worthington; Gary Grafton, Parker, and Kevin Grafton, Kittanning RD 4; two daughters: Sandra Grafton, Louisville, Ky., and Mrs. Richard (Karen) McGrady, Wor- ' thington; two stepsons, Edward Allen Crissman, Kittanning, and Owen Dean Crissman, Andover, Ohio; three stepdaughters, Mrs. James (Loretta) Kepple, Sugarcreek Township; Mrs. Duane (Phyllis) Bish, Walkchalk, and Mrs. Robert (Nancy) Gray, Tarrtown; two brothers, John Grafton, South Buffalo Township, and L.E. "Jack" Grafton, Butler; three sisters, Anna Shearer, Plum, Mabel Claire Leard, South BuffaloTown- ship, and Wanda Ridinger, Ford City; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and 18 stepgrandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Rhea Kissick Grafton, in 1972; his second wife, Verdie Aikens Crissman Grafton, in 1991; an infant grandson; brothers Theodore Grafton, Bernard Grafton and Richard Grafton, and sisters Amber Shearer, Lois Lehner and Jesse Grafton. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the E Duane Snyder Funeral Home in Worthington, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Mark Thomas, pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Bible Church, will be assisted by Mr. Grafton's grandson, Ryan Grafton. Interment will be in Lawn Haven Burial Estates. Ruth Rowe Ruth Rowe, 90, formerly of Indiana, passed away in New Port Richey, Fla., where she moved after retiring in 1977. Mrs. Rowe had worked as a receptionist for Dr. Harry Neal of Indiana. In New Port Richey, she was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church. Survivors include her husband, Carl; two sons, James, of Hope Mills, N.C., and Charles, of Monroeville; a daughter, Ilene Campbell, of Indiana; five grandchildren; nine great- grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Tomorrow's funerals HALDIN, Verner Arvid, 2 p.m., Robinson-Lyde Inc, Indiana HARKLESS, Dorothy G., 10 a.m., St. Bernard Church, Indiana (Robinson-Lyde Inc., Indiana) RHEA, Katherine E. Thounhurst, 11 a.m., Robinson-Lytle Inc., Indiana Board accepts bids for building addition The Indiana County Transit Authority board of directors accepted four bids totaling $1.3 million Monday for an addition to its building in White Township. The building wili add office and maintenance space for IndiGo, the county's public-transit system. The general contractor is Berkebile Bros, of Johnstown at a cost of $992,500. Other contracts were awarded to Newman Plumbing Inc. of Zelienople, $64,000; Mashan Communications of Home, electrical, $93,600; and Marc-Service Inc. of Windber, heating and air conditioning, $155,900. In other action, the board: • Received a report that general Indiana County Transit Authority ridership increased by 7.5 percent during July, August and September, compared to the same three months last year. • Accepted offers totaling $5,090 from Matheis & Sons/Route 422 Auto Auction of Slippery Rock for three small, used buses. The company bought one 1992 bus and two 1994 buses from IndiGo. • Accepted a bid from Red Bowers of Armagh for $1,802 for a storage shed that will not be needed after construction of the addition. — John Como Arts council plans bus trip The Indiana Arts Council will take a Christmas-themed bus trip Dec. 5 to the Clayton House, Frick Art Museum and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. The Frick Art Museum will feature 19th and 20th century drawings from the Danish National Gallery. A guided tour of Clayton House will he included. The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts will feature their well known "Off the Wall" exhibition. Any work can be purchased straight from the wall during the holiday show and sale. A gourmet luncheon at the Sun- nyledge Hotel and Tearoom, located in Shadyside, is included in the trip price. The trip costs $62 for arts council members and $67 for non-members. This includes transportation, lunch and all admission fees. For more information or to sign up for the trip, call the Indiana Arts Council at (724) 465-2787. Reservation deadline is Nov. 15. PLEDGE FOR SUCCESS — Residents at Scenery Hill Manor recently helped the Indiana Area School District and members of Indiana Area Communities That Care with their Caring Homes Campaign. The residents helped prepare a mailing that included forms asking families to pledge to prevent underage drinking and other drug use and to network with other families to better achieve that goal. The informational packet was mailed to all families with children in the Indiana Area School District. From left: Scenery Hill resident Elizabeth Andrufski; Activities Director Michele Skultety; resident Antoinette DeHaven; and Kim Covato of Communities That Care, with her son Luca. (Gazette photo by Jamie Isenberg) Briefs Church plans Halloween alternative The Cornerstone Worship Center will celebrate Hallelujah Night Thursday as an alternative to Halloween. The church along Lenz Road in White Township will offer games and other activities starting at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call the church office at (724) 465-9911 or visit its Web site at www.cornerstoneworshipctr.org. Artist to visit Jimmy Stewart Museum The artist who painted an Indiana Theater winter scene with a Jimmy Stewart marquee will attend a reception Friday at 5 p.m. at the Jimmy Stewart Museum. George Rothacker will sign prints of his painting, "First Snowfall." The museum is selling 500 prints of the artwork as a fund-raiser and has commissioned holiday and blank note cards that feature the painting. The original painting will also be on display. "First Snowfall" is the 10th painting in Rothacker's movie-house series. The painting depicts the Indiana Theater during a snowfall. The marquee promotes Stewart's classic "It's a Wonderful Life." To make reservations to attend the reception or to order a print, contact the museum's executive director, Elizabeth Salome, at (800) 83- JIMMY. LMCWA annual meeting The Little Mahoning Creek Watershed Association (LMCWA) will hold its annual membership meeting on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. at the Rochester Mills Rod and Gun Club. Officers and board members will be nominated and elected to serve the 2003 term. The meeting will be open to the public and refreshments will be served. LMCWA has been focusing much of its attention on Cessna Run, die largest tributary of Little Mahoning Creek and the tributary with the most impact from abandoned mine drainage. It is also the stream that forms, with Litde Mahoning Creek, the Delayed Harvest Fly Fishing Only designated water. This summer LMCWA completed a water-quality and biological assessment of Cessna Run, which was funded by a $2,500 Western Pennsylvania Coalition of Abandoned Mine Reclamation Grant. Two main sources of abandoned mine drainage were identified. The first major project LMCWA will be seeking funding for will be the treatment of the largest of the sources of abandoned mine drainage, which should restore about I'/z miles of Cessna Run to a high-quality, cold-water fishery, enabling it to maintain a healthy trout population. Consultant to be hired for study of runway Another study will be performed to determine whether a longer runway is needed at the Indiana County/ Jimmy Stewart Airport. Monday, the county airport authority approved seeking bids from up to three consultants for an $80,000 analysis to determine if the benefits of extending the runway warrant the estimated $20 million it would cost to construct it. The authority plans to hire a consultant in December. George Urban of the county Office of Planning & Development said a previous survey of businesses and corporations determined that a longer runway is needed to accommodate larger aircraft for transporting executives and the delivery and shipment of goods. He said the newest study required by the state Bureau of Aviation will compare the costs of constructing the extension with the amount of revenue that could be generated by Indiana County Airport Authority more use of the airport by businesses and corporations. Urban said an application for a state and federal grant for $80,000 to do the cost-analysis study was submitted in June. He said word on die funding is expected to be received by the authority in December. In other action, the authority: • Awarded a contract for $59,793 to CPT Aero of Baltimore for the purchase and installation of a jet fuel storage tank at the airport. • Awarded a contract for $45,000 to Lee Simpson Associates of DuBois to design a repaving project for the tie-down area for aircraft. The authority has received approval for a grant of $250,000 to repave the tie- down area. Jobless rate drops to 5.6% Indiana County's unemployment rate dropped to 5.6 percent in Sep; teinber from an August rate of 6.1J percent. » Analysts with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry said county employers added 2,100 job$ to their payrolls in September, die start of the educational year at schools and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Of the civilian labor force of 37,600 people in the county, 35,500 were employed and 2,100 were unemployed. The county's jobless rate was high^ er than the September 2001 rate of 5.1 percent. Indiana County's unemployment rate ranked 48th among the stale's 67 counties in September. Rates rangecj from 2.8 percent in-Centre County to 11.4 percent in Forest County. For September, the statewide unemployment average was 5.2 percent and the national average was 5.6 percent. Jobless rates in neighboring labor market areas included 4.6 percent in Pittsburgh, 5.6 percent in Armstrong County, 6.4 percent in Clearfield-Jefferson counties and 5.7 percent in Johnstown. ' School opposed Continued from page 1 ; John L. Monroe Jr. were absent. The survey was approved after John A. Missell of Hayes Large prei sented four options on renovating the junior-senior high school in El-j derton. < The $12.7 million option would in-! elude an addiu'on with an auditori-i um and stage, a room for large-; group instruction and general upgrades to the school. The $9.8 million project covers general renovations. ', An $11.1 million project includes a large-group-instruction room, and an $11.8 million project includes an addition with an auditorium and stage. \ In response to a resident, Missel! said that his firm also looked at an option to build a new elementary school in the Elderton attendance} area at a cost of $10.9 million. It would replace the existing element tary schools. The residents opposed that option. ; After listening to board members; discuss which attendance area needed building renovations the mosi and voting 4-3 on other issues, in-1 eluding policies for hiring and pub-; lie-meeting procedures, some residents urged the board to find a way to work together for the entire dis-! trict and not just the attendance areas they represent. FOOD PAGE SIZZLES EACH WEDNESDAY 20 GALLONS CULLIGAN BOTTLED WATER AND ONE MONTH COOLER RENTAL WITH THIS COUPON •Refundable bottle deposit and 6 mos. lease required. 1749 Wilson Ave., Indiana Behind Kite Electric 724-465-5611 Reproductions $£99 Restorations Bring in your photo far 3 free estimate. PH%TO INDIANA MALL 724-349-8900

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