Good morning, everyone. I hope everyone had a great weekend. I hope all the dads out there had a nice Father’s Day.

VFD news

Tonight, at 6:30, is the monthly VFD training. We will be getting ready for the gun raffle on Saturday.

TOPS

The meeting was opened by Angel with the TOPS and KOPS pledges. The group had six members, including five TOPS and one KOP. The group had one visitor, Ellie.

The group had a total loss of 7 pounds. The group had two turtles. Angel was the high loser. The challenge for the week was to drink your eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day, or pay 50 cents per day.

No program was given. Everyone talked about exercise and diet, what they have tried, and what worked and what didn’t.

Members are asked to keep in mind that next month is election of officers. Think about who you would like to nominate. Nominations will be held July 10, and on July 17, the group will vote.

Angel closed the meeting with prayer circle and closing pledge.

Titusville TOPS meets at Titusville United Methodist Church, located at 302 W. Walnut St. Weigh-in is from 5:15 until 6 p.m. The meeting starts at 6. Anyone interested is welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Debbie Beers, at (814) 564-9200

Area happenings

— Titusville Church of Christ will have Vacation Bible School, from today until Friday, from 6 to 8 p.m., for ages 3 to 12. There will be crafts, Bible study, songs, and more.The awards program will be on Sunday. Registration is from 5 to 6 p.m., today.

— Oil Creek State Park will host a program on lightening bugs and fireflies. The program will be held from 9 to 10:30 p.m., Friday, at Oil Creek State Park. Interested people should meet at the amphitheater. For more information, call (814) 676-5915.

— An Artist in the Park event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m., Thursday, at Oil Creek State Park. The instructor is Georgia Mosebach.

Materials will be provided. You can preregister by calling (814) 676-5915.

— Breedtown Baptist Church will be having an Old-Fashioned Vacation Bible School, from Sunday to June 29, for children ages 3 years to sixth grade. Supper for the children will be at 5:30, and Bible School from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. There will be Bible stories, music, crafts, games, and snacks.

The Bible stories for the week are: “The Walls of Jericho,” “Jonah and the Whale,” “Daniel and the Lion’s Den,” “Parting of the Red Sea,” and the “Fiery Furnace.” All are welcome, at 8 p.m., on June 29, for the closing program. For more information, call Pastor Ward or Debbie Beers, at 827-4114.

— On July 2, at 3 p.m., the Rev. Dr. Kevin Walden will be presenting Pastor Ward Beers with a Permanent Certification License.

Recipes

Here are a couple more recipes for strawberries.

Nutella deviled strawberries

Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 0 minutes

Total time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

— 1 pint strawberries

— 2/3 cup Nutella

— finely chopped nuts

Instructions:

1.Wash and hull strawberries. Slice in half. Using the tip of your knife, create a little hole or groove in the center of the strawberry halves.

2. Spoon Nutella into the corner of a ziplock bag and cut corner off. Squeeze and fill each strawberry half and sprinkle with nuts. Serve or store in refrigerator.

Strawberry spinach salad

Prep time:15 minutes

Total time:15 minutes

Yield: 6

Ingredients:

— 2 teaspoons poppy seeds

— 3 tablespoons sugar

— 1/4 cup olive oil

— 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar

— 9 ounces fresh baby spinach

— 1 quart fresh strawberries, cleaned, hulled and cut in half

— 1/2 cup toasted pecans

— 1/4 medium red onion, thinly sliced (optional)

Instructions:

1. Add the poppy seeds, sugar, olive oil, and vinegar to a mason jar. Secure the lid and shake well to combine. Refrigerate an hour to up to seven days.

2. Combine the spinach, strawberries, pecans, and red onion slices (if using) in a large salad bowl or on a platter. Pour the dressing over salad, and lightly toss. Refrigerate about 10 minutes before serving.

Helpful hints

Now look what you can do with Alka Seltzer.

— Clean a toilet: Drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets. Wait 20 minutes, brush, and flush. The citric acid and effervescent action clean vitreous China.

— Clean a vase: To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass vase or cruet, fill with water, and drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets.

— Polish jewelry: Drop two Alka Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and immerse the jewelry for two minutes.

— Clean a thermos bottle: Fill the bottle with water, drop in four Alka Seltzer tablets, and let soak for an hour (or longer, if necessary).

— Unclog a drain: Clear the sink drain by dropping three Alka Seltzer tablets down the drain followed by a cup of Heinz White Vinegar. Let set for 5 minutes, and flush the drain with very hot water.

LOL

— How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?

— A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station.

— Whenever I fill out an application, in the part that says “If an emergency, notify” I put “doctor.” What’s my mother going to do?

— The shinbone is a device for finding furniture in a dark room.

Remember in prayer

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

Community churches

—Breedtown Baptist

Pastor Ward Beers

827-9331

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

Wednesday evening Bible study and prayer service, 6.

— Resurrection Baptist Church

Pastor Jim Waugh

827-0370

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 p.m.

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

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

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