Good morning, everyone. What a beautiful weekend. I know we got a lot done around the yard and flower beds.

VFD news 

Gun raffle tickets are available. See department members to get your tickets. The gun raffle will be held June 24.


The meeting of May 15 was opened by Debbie, with the TOPS and KOPS pledges. Nine members attended. There were eight TOPS and one KOP. 

Karen was the high TOPS loser and Debbie was the high KOPS loser. The group had two turtles.

Karen won the menu drawing, Ethel won the quarter fund, and Sue S. won the encouragement basket. The challenge was to exercise portion control, or pay 25 cents per day.

This week, Tammi did the awards program for the months of March and April. The high TOPS loser for March was Angel. The high TOPS loser for April was Sue S. The high KOPS loser was Debbie. Debbie was also honored for 12 consecutive losses. 

The group also had several honorable mentions. Congratulations to everyone. 

The meeting was closed by Debbie with a prayer circle and closing pledge. Titusville TOPS meets on Monday evenings at First United Methodist Church, located at 302 W. Walnut St. Weigh-in is from 5:15 to 6 p.m. The meeting starts at 6. Anyone interested is welcome to attend.


Area happenings

nOil Creek State Park will host a scavenger hunt on Saturday, from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m, at Blood Farm. The scavenger hunt will be a family wildlife discovery scavenger hunt. 

Prizes will be awarded. Call (814) 676-5915 for more information. 

nPithole will be hosting Wildcatter Day on June 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be food, music, guided tours, and vintage baseball games. 

There is a fee to attend. 


Wendy’s frosty


1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk

1/2 gallon chocolate milk

1 8-ounce tub Cool Whip

Special equipment:

Ice cream maker


1. Whisk together condensed milk and chocolate milk in a large mixing bowl. Fold in Cool Whip.

2. Chill the mixture in an ice cream maker, following the manufacturer’s instructions.

3. Serve immediately with a spoon and a straw.


Creamy cinnamon apple and walnut fruit salad


1 8-ounce package Neufchatel cheese, softened slightly

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 8-ounce package light sour cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 pounds crisp, sweet apples, chilled (I used a combo of Gala, Jazz and Golden Delicious)

2 cups cold water, for soaking apples

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, for soaking apples

1 cup chopped Fishers Walnuts 

3/4 cup dried cranberries



For the dressing: In a mixing bowl using an electric hand mixer, whip together Neufchatel cheese, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg on high speed until light and fluffy, about three minutes. Add sour cream and vanilla and blend until combined. Chill until ready to serve salad.

For the salad: In a medium mixing bowl combine water and lemon juice. Dice apples into cubes, while cutting out core, and as your cutting them in batches dump them into the lemon water mixture and let rest about one minute then drain on paper towels (this just reduces the browning). 

Transfer apples to a bowl along with about 3/4 of the walnuts and 3/4 of the cranberries, and the Neufchatel cheese mixture. Toss to coat apples evenly. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 of the walnuts and cranberries over top. Keep chilled and serve within an hour for best results*.

The dressing can be made a day in advance —just don’t cut the apples until your almost ready to serve this. Also, it makes a big batch so if you aren’t serving that many you can cut the recipe in half.


Helpful hints 

10 tips

for growing cucumbers 

1. Plant where they will get full sun but in hot climate afternoon shade is best.

2. Space plants 3-inches apart and rows 4- to 5-inches apart.

3. Add plenty of compost and aged manure to soil when planting. After vines and first flowers develop follow with side dressing of compost and manure.

4. If yellow leaves appear, your plant may need more nitrogen.

5. Trellising helps to keep fruit available for quick harvesting.

6. They need between 1 and 2 inches of water per week, keep the soil slightly moist at all times. Water deeply about once or twice a week and more often if you’re gardening in sandy soil.

7. Cucumber beetles will attack plants and spread wilt. Cover plants early with row covers, but once flowers for you must remove for pollinators.

8. Your soil should have a pH between 6.0 and 7.0.

9. The more you pick cucumbers, the longer they will produce.

10. To harvest your cucumbers it is best to use a knife or shears. Grasp the fruit and cut the stem 1/4 inch above it.



— How can you get four suits for a dollar?

Buy a deck of cards.

— How do dinosaurs pay their bills?

With Tyrannosaurus checks.

— What do you call a dinosaur that smashes everything in its path?

Tyrannosaurus wrecks.

— What do you call a dinosaur that wears a cowboy hat and boots?

Tyrannosaurus Tex.


 Remember in prayer 

  Evelyn McKee, Jerry Stansbury, Jason Reed, Steve Reed, Cody Manners, Dick Anderson, Sarah Stearns, Ann Wade, Ed Holzschuh, Carolle Burns, Paul Atkinson, and Jan Stephens.   


Condolences go to the family of Arnold Neely. God be with you in your time of loss. 

Community churches 

— Breedtown Baptist 

Pastor Ward Beers 


Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.; church service, 11. 

Wednesday evening Bible study and prayer service, 6. 

— Resurrection Baptist Church 

Pastor Jim Waugh 


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

Wednesday prayer service, 6 p.m. 

— Open Door Baptist 

Pastor Josh Welton 

(814) 677-0448 

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

Wednesday Bible study, 7 p.m. 

  — Cherrytree Evangelical United Methodist 

Pastor Gale Boocks 

(814) 227-6999 

Sunday worship, 9:45 a.m.; Sunday school, 11. 

God bless! 

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

Contact me

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

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