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   Indiana Gazette (Newspaper) - January 25, 2008, Indiana, Pennsylvania                                 Joshua Pierce, Okoye Patterson, Dave Zabinski, Becky Doran, Morgan Gardner, Erin Suda, Shannon Cole. By PAUL ROSSMAN Gazette Staff Writer G laucoma in both his eyes and a cornea transplant were enough to prevent Norman “ Dino” Preite from building model ships. But six total eye surgeries were not enough to stop him from using his imagination to dream up and build a castle — at least a small- scale model of one. “ I didn’t have a design,” said Preite, 66, of Indiana. “ I had no plans. I just started laying stone. I did it as I was going along. I didn’t know what I wanted to do.” The castle — nearly 4 feet wide, 3 feet deep and almost 2 feet high — sits in Preite’s living room at his home in White Township. Fittingly, a set of hand- painted, pewter medieval miniatures overlooks the model like an army of soldiers protecting a prized possession. “ I started collecting medieval figures,” Preite said. “ I just thought, ‘ Well, why not build a castle?’” Preite started working on the castle in his garage in June, beginning with a foam base. He then bought $ 300 in stone to build the walls, using a tile cutter to piece together the castle like a giant jigsaw puzzle. “ I just got a base, ( and) I just drew out a line,” Preite said. “ Here are four towers, a main gate and a back gate. And as I was drawing lines, I just started gluing.” After working on it in his spare time, he finally finished the project in December, completing the castle with a miniature set of weapons, a hay wagon and a stable with a straw roof made from an old broom. “ I would be sitting and watching TV and I would see something and I would say ‘ I could build that,’” Preite said. “ So I would go down and add it to my castle.” Preite didn’t base the design on any castle in particular. He just built his model to whatever came to him at that moment. “ I just figured what a castle looked Continued on Page 12 The Indiana Gazette A national children’s advocacy group has named Indiana County to its third yearly list of the 100 best places in the nation for young people. The list, compiled by America’s Promise Alliance, a group founded by former Secretary of State Colin Powell, announced its selections Thursday. Indiana was named to the list “ because of its commitment to provide different opportunities for its young people to grow and succeed,” according to the group. Roughly 350 communities from across the country applied to be on the list. The alliance said 101 were accepted — there was a tie between two communities. And, according to Marguerite Kondracke, the alliance’s president and chief executive officer, this Continued on Page 12 The IndianaGazette 24 pages — 2 sections 50 cents Vol. 104 — No. 153 www. indianagazette. com Who’s in the news There is good news today in The Indiana Gazette about these area people: Tonight will be cloudy with a low of 14. There will be a chance of snow showers Saturday with a high of 28./ Page 2 Obituaries on Page 4 BALLS, Diane L., 42, Irwin, formerly of Jacksonville, N. C. FISHER, Eunice Euleen ( Airgood), 69, Punxsutawney, formerly of Home FLECKER, Laura Louise, 83, New York, N. Y. JONES, Rankin “ Scott,” 82, Indiana, formerly of Indianapolis, Ind. LONGWELL, Denela G. “ Dee” Moreau, 96 OHMER, Gerald Anthony III, 24, Saltsburg Late deaths BUGGEY, Dennis, 52, Homer City HICKS, James, 75, Marion Center Deaths Index Classifieds...................... 20– 24 Dear Abby ............................ 20 Entertainment..................... 11 Family................................... 19 Lottery numbers ................... 2 Today in History.................. 20 School News..................... 8- 10 Sports ............................. 13– 17 TV- Comics ........................... 18 Viewpoint .............................. 6 25 Friday Weather Newspaper contents copyright © 2008 Indiana Printing and Publishing Co., Indiana, Pa. Coming up SUNDAY: Find out why the SAG awards are so important./ USA Weekend Inside Teddy “ The price of justice is eternal publicity.” Arnold Bennett , English poet, author and critic ( 1867- 1931) For young readers SCHOOL NEWS: Gazette student correspondents take a look at art, music and geography./ Pages 8- 10 Medieval miniature: Man’s castle is in his home Tonight Rayne Drop Inn Band, “ Mountain Mad Men.” Valentines Packages... The Woods Spa ( 724) 349- 2192 Victoria Secret Party Saturday January 26th At Wolfies Windgate Winery; Now Special Price! American Available Blue Berry Wine. Made Leather Desk Chairs: Executive House ( 724) 465- 2695 Strike Zone Tonight DJ Brian 9: 30- 1: 30 Open Requests. Teachers... NIE Contest Registration Deadline Is January 30th. The Coventry Inn, A Cozy English Pub! Serving Delicious Dinners, Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Reservations, 724- 463- 0776... Informative Web Site, covinn. com Home Made Restaurant, Saturday; Ham Loaf. Sunday; Country Style Beef. Indiana County Pulls Its Weight Looking For An Internet Service, Call Your Inter. net For Special Pricing, ( 724) 463- 0105. National Tour STOMP! February 1, 2. Three Performances. ( 724) 836- 8000 www. thepalacetheatre. org Remodeling Sale Going On Now. Debnar’s, ( 724) 459- 7460 First Prom Special Edition To Be Published February 21st. To Be Part Of This Special Edition Call The Indiana Gazette Advertising Department, 724- 465- 5555 Deadline February 7th. Happy Birthday! Leslie McHenry, Love, Mom. Back To The Eighties’ DJ, Upstairs VIP Lounge, Fridays... Coney. Bruno’s Restaurant Weekend Specials... Broiled Orange Roughy, Rigatoni With Vodka Sauce, Prime Rib, And Chappy’s Tonight: Beer Herb Scented Pork Loin. Battered Fish, Salmon Cakes, Lasagna, Stuffed Chops. ( 724) 465- 8848 Deabenderfer Construction Design/ Build, LLC, 724- 463- 1116 www. deabenderferconstruction. com IMPRESSIONIST Rich Little has agreed to buy a canopy, shown here in this illustration, over the entrance to the Jimmy Stewart Museum. Digital rendering NORMAN “ DINO” PREITE spent about six months building a model of a medieval castle in his White Township house. TOM PEEL / Gazette Senate takes up rebate package By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON — A much- anticipated deal between the White House and once- warring House leaders to speed tax rebate checks to workers starting in May has the Senate in a bind over whether to try to add to the measure. Few public developments were expected today as lawmakers digest Thursday’s announcement of a hard- won agreement between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Republican leader John Boehner and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson that would pump about $ 150 billion into the economy this year and perhaps stave off the first recession since 2001. The Senate very often wins its battles with the House. But now, with the power of the Bush administration behind them, House leaders are optimistic that their simply drawn measure — providing rebate checks to 117 million families and $ 50 billion in incentives for businesses to invest in new plants and equipment — would prevent the Senate from making significant changes such as extending unemployment benefits. Under the agreement announced by the White House, Boehner and Pelosi, individual taxpayers would get up to $ 600 in rebates, working couples $ 1,200 and those with children an additional $ 300 per child. In a key concession to Democrats, 35 Continued on Page 12 Stimulus would be ready in May County listed among best for children Celebration planned for Stewart’s 100th By BILL ZIMMERMAN Gazette Staff Writer Jimmy Stewart’s 100th birthday will be celebrated this year with a Harvey Award dinner fit for royalty, the premiere of a one- man show in his honor and a significant upgrade to the museum that bears his name. Of course, there will be cake, too. On Thursday, museum officials informed the public about the schedule of events for the Jimmy Stewart Centennial and solicited ideas for what could happen to celebrate the community and honor the Indiana native, who was born May 20, 1908, and died July 2, 1997. Carson Greene Jr., president of the museum board, opened the discussion by saying, “ We’re not going to preach to you. We’re asking you to preach to us.” One of the biggest events of the celebration will be the Harvey Award dinner, which will cap a full lineup of activities for the centennial festival May 24. This year, Grace Kelly will be honored posthumously with the award, and Stewart’s daughters Kelly Stewart Harcourt and Judy Stewart Merrill will be in attendance. Born in Philadelphia, Kelly starred with Stewart in the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock film “ Rear Window,” and won an Oscar for her Continued on Page 4 A photo gallery detailing construction of the castle from start to finish is available at www. indianagazette. net. indianagazette. com The Indiana Gazette on the Internet 1955- 2008 DENNIS BUGGEY, a member of the Homer- Center school board since 2000, is being fondly remembered for his fundraisers and his spaghetti dinners. Story on Page 4. PREITE meticulously made accessories for his castle. Museum to honor Grace Kelly TASER SUIT: A North Braddock man has filed a lawsuit against borough officials, claiming that police shot him with a Taser while he slept on his couch./ Page 3 MINTS PULLED: The Hershey Co. is ending production of Ice Breakers Pacs in response to criticism that the mints look too much like street drugs./ Page 3 TERRORISTS TARGETED: Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al- Maliki announced today that the government was launching a major offensive against al- Qaida in Mosul./ Page 7  

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