Good morning, everyone. Hope everyone enjoyed the Oil Fest over the weekend. It was a beautiful day for a parade.

VFD news

Tonight is the monthly VFD training, at 6:30.


At the Aug. 7 meeting there were seven members signed in, and four stayed for the meeting. Losses were 5 3/4 pounds.

There was one Turtle who stayed the same. Angel was TOPS high loser. There was no KOPS high loser.

Angel won the menu drawing. Karen won the quarter fund. The challenge was to drink eight 8 ounce glasses of water. Pam has a calendar for August/September if anyone wants to sign up to do a program. The group closed in prayer and our friendship circle.

At the Aug. 14 meeting, nine members signed in and stayed for the meeting. There were eight TOPS and one KOP present.  Losses were 2 3/4 pounds.

There were two Turtles who stayed the same. Angel was the TOPS high loser. Debbie was the KOPS high loser. Angel won the menu drawing. Debbie won the quarter fund.

Pam won the encouragement basket. The challenge is to exercise 15 minutes four times this week. Pam handed out a worksheet for members to take home and fill out. Any member who was not there can get one when they come back. Tammie did the program “Five Present Game.”  We closed with prayer and our friendship circle.

Titusville TOPS meets on Monday evenings at the Titusville United Methodist Church, located at 302 W. Walnut St.

Weigh-in starts at 5:15 p.m. The meeting starts at 6. Anyone interested is welcome to attend.

Area happenings

— The last Saturday of every month enjoy unique and entertaining learning experiences not included in a typical visit to Drake Well. The program is included with regular admission fees. 

There is a special group admission rate.  Purchase two adult tickets and receive three youth tickets free.

On Aug. 26, celebrate the birth of the modern petroleum industry. Spend the afternoon uncovering the origins of oil.  Work with a paleontologist to discover fossils, hammer and identify rocks with geologists, come face-to-face with dinosaurs, traverse a rock climbing wall and much more. The event will be held from noon to 4 p.m.  Special admission fees apply.

— Neiltown Church will be having several events coming up. On Aug. 27, at 2 p.m., there will be a “Pickin’ Party.”

A picker is anyone who plays a stringed instrument. All pickers may attend and will be admitted for free if they take a stringed instrument and join in the fun. There is a donation requested from all attendees.

The final event of the season will be celebration of the Neiltown Church’s 175th anniversary. It will be held Sept. 17. Pony Farm Road will provide the musical entertainment. The church is located at 2638 Neiltown Road. It is ¼ mile of off Route 227 in the village of Neiltown, in Harmony Township, northwest Forest County.


Tomato basil casserole

Utilize your garden with this tasty tomato and basil casserole dish!


6 medium red tomatoes

4 tablespoons fresh basil

1 cup cheddar cheese

1/2 cup favorite creamy white salad dressing


 Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

 Slice 6 medium tomatoes thinly. Spray an 8-by-8-inch baking dish with cooking spray. In the bottom of the dish, place a layer of tomatoes. Tear the fresh basil into 1/4 inch pieces. Sprinkle 1/3 of pieces over the tomatoes.

Keep layering until the dish is full. Combine the cheese and the salad dressing and spread over the tomatoes.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.

Homemade pasta sauce


Five pounds of fresh tomatoes peeled and seeded (to peel, cut a small “x” on the top and drop in to boiling water for 10 seconds and drop in to an ice bath. Skin will easily peel off)

1/4 cup olive oil (or tallow)

3 medium onions, diced

8 cloves of fresh garlic (or more to taste), finely minced

1/3 cup fresh basil leaves, finely chopped

1 sprig of fresh thyme leaves (or 1/2 tsp dried)

1 sprig of fresh oregano (or 1 teaspoon dried oregano)

2 bay leaves (remove when done)

2 sprigs of parsley (or 1 tsp dried)

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 carrot (1/2 should be grated and added to sauce, the other half should be added at the end of cooking and then removed)

Optional: 1 tablespoon honey


Pour the olive oil into a large stockpot over medium heat.

Add diced onions, garlic and grated carrots.

Saute for 6-8 minutes or until onions are translucent and tender.

Add tomatoes, chopped basil leaves, oregano, thyme bay leaves, parsley and sea salt.

Simmer on low heat for 2-3 hours or until cooked down and starting to darken.

Add carrot piece for the last 30 minutes to absorb acidity.

Remove sprigs of herbs and piece of carrot.

Optional: Use an immersion blender to puree sauce until smooth (for a thicker sauce, skip this step.

Use fresh or store in the fridge up to 1 week, or can it according to your canner’s instructions for tomato products.

Helpful hints

College student hints

— Cellphone lands in the toilet, bathtub or sink: If you act fast, you may be able to save the phone. Pull the battery out ASAP. Then dry the inside of the phone with a hair dryer. Put the battery back in to see if it works. You probably will have to get a new battery. Take the phone to a service center to check it out.

— Cleaning CDs or DVDs: Data is embedded in the discs, so clean carefully by wiping with a soft cloth—from the center to the edge. Do not clean in a circular motion because that might damage the data.

— Burnt popcorn smell in the microwave: To get rid of this awful lingering stink, fill a large microwave-safe bowl with one cup of water and sprinkle your favorite spice like cinnamon or add several drops of vanilla or lemon extract.

Bring to a boil. You must let it sit inside for 10 to 15 minutes to cool down. Simply wipe the walls down with paper towels. Leave the door open to further air it out.


What is Bruce Lee’s favorite drink? Wataaaaah!

A magician was walking down the street and turned into a grocery store.

 A blind man walks into a bar. And a table. And a chair.

Remember in prayer

Mary Moore and Molly, Steve Reed, Paul Henderson, Evelyn McKee, Cody Manners, Ann Wade, Ed Holzschuh, Carolle Burns, and Paul Atkinson.

Community churches

— Breedtown Baptist

Pastor Ward Beers


Sunday school, 9:45 am; church service, 11.

Wednesday evening Bible study and prayer service, 6 p.m.

— Resurrection Baptist Church

Pastor Jim Waugh


Family Sunday school, 10:30 a.m.; Sunday preaching, 11 a.m.; evening service, 6:00 pm.

Wednesday Prayer service 6:00 pm .

— Open Door Baptist

Pastor Josh Welton

(814) 677-0448

Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.; Sunday worship service, 11 a.m.; evening service, 7 p.m.

Wednesday Bible study, 7 p.m.

— Cherrytree Evangelical United Methodist

Rev. Laurajane Stone.

(814) 671-4239

Sunday worship, 10 a.m.; Sunday school, 11:15 a.m.

God bless.

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:28

If you would like to submit any news items, birthdays, anniversaries, or have any ideas for this column, contact Charlene Armstrong, at, or 814-493-1488.

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