Book club

The Pleasantville Book Club will meet on Thursday, at 6 p.m., at Coal Oil Johnny’s, in Pleasantville. The selection for June is “The Zookeeper’s wife: A Way Story,” by Diane Ackerman.  All are welcome to attend. If you need additional information, contact Ginny, at 589-5427.

Community yard sales

The annual yard sales will be held this weekend. Set out your items for sale, and watch the bargain shoppers discover your treasures.

Pleasantville VFD

yard sales day

Yard sale days will be Friday and Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the PVFD fire hall.

The kitchen will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. They will be serving chicken, ham, and egg salad sandwiches, PB &J sandwiches, chips, and beverages.

If you are interested in setting up a table for the sales, the fire hall will have inside tables available for a fee. The hall will be open from 5 to 8 p.m., on Thursday, and at 7 p.m., on Friday, to set up.

Senior citizens

The senior citizens meet every Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Pleasantville Community Church, on State Street.

On June 16, the vouchers for the Venango County seniors will be given out. You must bring your driver’s license, or a form of identification.

If you are unable to attend, you can have a proxy pick up your vouchers. If you will be using a proxy, please call Creekside Center, at (814) 676-1710, to fill out the appropriate forms.

Outdoor Extravaganza

Pleasantville VFD will hold its Outdoor Extravaganza on June 18. 

This is a family-oriented event. There will be kids’ drawings, games, side raffles, guns, and 30 prizes, with three fishing trips.

Meal and beverages are included.

There is a fee, with free admission for children under 12. Doors open at noon.

Most guns and prizes will be available for pickup at the event with a proper background check. For more details, and online ticket orders, visit

Wildcatter Day

at Pithole

On Saturday, Drake Well Museum and Friends of Drake Well will host Wildcatter Day at Pithole. 

This event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Pithole Historic Site, located at 14118 Pithole Road, just off state Route 227, near Plumer.

Wildcatter Day marks the opening of the summer visitation season at Pithole, and is the perfect opportunity for folks to experience Pennsylvania’s legendary oil boomtown.

Wildcatter Day will feature guided tours of the Pithole grounds, interior petroleum history exhibits, live music, re-enactors, 19th century games, food and more.

“The Pine Valley Boys” will perform at 2 p.m.

Visitors will also enjoy mingling with members of the 150th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, a Civil War reenactment group headquartered in Meadville. 

Known as the Bucktails, these re-enactors will share artifacts and demonstrate different aspects of life in the 1860s.

Wildcatter Day will also include the annual sale of Pithole leases. Visitors will have the opportunity to purchase a one-year lease of an historic Pithole property.

All lease sale proceeds benefit the Pithole Historic Site.

Wildcatter Day at Pithole is sponsored by the John Nesbit Rees & Sarah Henne Rees Charitable Foundation.

There is a fee for admission.

Curb side clean-up

Saturday, June 18, will be the borough’s curb side clean up.

This free service is provided by the borough, and is intended for borough residents only.

Hazardous waste, yard clippings, TVs, electronics, tires, and batteries will not be picked up.

Metal can be left in the container that will be located at the borough garage parking lot on Merrick Street. 

There is no charge for this service.

Drop your items off between 8 a.m. and noon. 

This collection will be supervised, and not following the rules could result in the end of this free service.  Please, no electronics or garbage.

Whistle pig tournament

Pleasantville VFD will hold a Whistle Pig Tournament on June 25. 

There is a fee for teams of two. Payouts will be given to first, second, and third place. 

Sign-ins start at 6 a.m., at the fire hall. Doughnuts and coffee will be provided.

First weigh-in starts at noon, with lunch being served.

Final weigh-ins will be at 6 p.m.

Call Cody Whitman, at (814) 673-1853, or Dave Wescoat, at (814) 673-2709, for additional information.

Bizarre & unique


Today, May 31: National Macaroon Day, Save Your Hearing Day, and World No Tobacco Day

June 1: Dare Day and Flip a Coin Day

June 2: National Bubba Day and National Rocky Road Day

June 3: National Doughnut Day and Repeat Day (I said “Repeat Day.”)

June 4: Applesauce Cake Day, Hug Your Cat Day, National Trails Day, and Old Maid’s Day

June 5: World Environment Day

June 6: National Gardening Exercise Day, National Yo-Yo Day.

Quote of the week

“Let your boat of life be light, packed only with what you need — a homey home and simple pleasures, one or two friends worth the name, someone to love and to love you, a cat, a dog, enough to eat and enough to wear, and a little more than enough to drink, for thirst is a dangerous thing.” — Jerome K. Jerome

Lemon impossible pie

Ingredients: 2 cups whole milk, 1 cup unsweetened coconut, 3/4 cup sugar, 1/2 cup (one stick) unsalted butter melted, 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, four large eggs, 1/2 lemon zested and juiced, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. 

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease and flour an 8- or 9-inch pie dish.

In a large bowl, beat sugar and eggs together until thick and ribbony, then mix melted butter and milk in.

One by one, beat in eggs, waiting until each one is fully incorporated before adding the next.

Mix in vanilla extract, lemon juice and zest, then gradually mix in flour until just combined. Fold in coconut.

Pour batter into greased pie pan and bake 45 to 50 minutes, or until center is just set, but still slightly wobbly.

Remove pie from oven and let cool completely. 

Refrigerate at least two hours or overnight.

Once chilled, slice, serve and enjoy!

Contact information

Please submit your news items to Ginny Lieder, at 589-5427, or email

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