Gary put up the bird feeders and they are a delight to watch. The Woodpeckers are especially enjoyable as they are acrobatic and hang upside down and look funny as the suet feeder sways with their weight and activity. We have seen different sized ones and ones with different head markings. The small birds are cute to watch when they get a piece of food and fly to a place to sit and peck away at their treasure. The red cardinals have been extremely bright and beautiful. The feeder is on the deck in line with the small picture window in the dining room and we can see them well as we pass by the window. Most mornings are busy times for the birds’ breakfast.

The cardinals flying into the maple and apple trees in the side yard are so bright and beautiful. The male cardinals are so eye-catching with the snow in the background. Thank God for the beauty in all the seasons He has supplied for us to observe and enjoy. I really enjoy the little birds even though they are not so bright; they are so cute. The red heads on the woodpeckers are also very striking with the snowy background.

Enjoy these creatures we have been given by God.

Time for Christmas is quickly approaching; are you ready? I’m not yet but have enjoyed getting our Christmas cards in the mail.

I write a lot of notes in the cards so it does take time but is worth it. I did not get many cards out in the past 2 years but have been able to get it done this year.

I especially love getting pictures from the families and it is really amazing how the kids have grown in one year. Thanks to those who do enclose pictures.


Advent wreath

The second Sunday of Advent was celebrated this past Sunday and the purple ‘Bethlehem Candle’ also known as the ‘Candle of Preparation’ was lit. God kept his promise of a Savior who would be born in Bethlehem. Preparation means to “get ready,” see Luke 3:4-6.

Lighting of the candles and hearing the accompanying readings give us much hope and promise for our future with Jesus.



Our deepest sympathy is sent to the family of Jean L. Thompson, 82, of Titusville who passed away on Dec. 5, 2017 after a period of declining health. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Irene P. Slother; husband Clarence ‘Bud’ Thompson; daughter Penny Wakefield; grandson Everett Wakefield; and her brother. Survivors include Thomas (Theresa) Gilson; Susan (Frank) Obert; Ronnie (Robin) Thompson; son-in-law Edward Wakefield and 11 grandchildren. Also surviving is a brother and three sisters, including Donna Slother Pettit Ferry, of Meadville.

May God bless the families and friends of these who have passed away with comfort, strength and peace to fill the void left by the passing of their loved one.


Congratulations is sent to all the students of area schools who have worked hard to achieve being on the honor rolls and high honor rolls. This is a great accomplishment for each one. I especially send congratulations to our great-nephew, Zachary Abrams, who is in 10th grade at Titusville Area High School and was named on the honor roll.



This recipe for ‘Cranapple Salad’ which sounds light and tasty that is good either with or following a heavy meal. Salads made with jello is always moist and refreshing.

Ingredients: 2 oranges, 3 cups cranberries, 3 medium tart apples (unpeeled), 1 cup nuts, two 3-ounce packages red jello, 3 cups sweet cider and 1 cup sugar.

Directions: Put oranges, cranberries, apples and nuts through food grinder. Dissolve jello in 2 cups boiling cider in bowl. Add 1 cup cold water and 1 cup sugar; stir until sugar dissolves. Stir in ground fruit and nuts; mix well. Spoon into mold; chill until set. Unmold onto serving plate. Use 12 cup pan and this serves 20.

This recipe was submitted by Viola K. Lees for the 1986 copy of the National Grange Glory of Cooking cookbook.


Diamond Homemakers

The Diamond Homemakers met on Dec. 6, at 11:45 a.m., at Gina’s Restaurant in Centerville with seven members present for the group’s annual Christmas party. Lucy Vandervort presented each one with a small candy bag. Several members exchanged Christmas cards. All ordered from the menu and enjoyed their lunch after which a business meeting was held.

The November minutes were read and approved; a collection was taken for the treasury. A collection was also taken in lieu of a gift exchange for the Titusville Area Food Bank. The group collected $70 and delivered it to them.  The group presented Doneva Hyde with a lovely card and a beautiful bowl as a thank you for being the president, which was very much appreciated. There will be no meetings held in January, February and March., but the group expects to meet on April 4. No additional business was presented and the meeting was adjourned. Following the clearing of the table, several games of dominos were played.



Happy birthday greetings are being sent to: Casey Shaffer Nestor, Holl, Lillian Bortzer Erma Bean, and Michelle Wescoat on Dec. 16,  Debra Kolacek, Amber Ohl, Barb Proper, Dan Waugamann, and Amanda Rice on the 17th, Jason Goodwill, Vanessa Nichols, and Phyllis Farren on the 18th, Debbie Seeley, Lisa Ohl and Rein Brown on the 19th, James Ohl, Ed Motter, Todd Battin, and Sandra Whitman on the 20th, Brenda Sharpe, Joe Slonski, Derrick Brown, and John Gordon on the 21st and Cory Abrams, Holly Bunce, and Aldon Gates on the 22nd. Hope you all have a great birthday!



Happy anniversary greetings are being sent to Mike and Pat Stocker on December 17th, Joyce and Charlie Womer on the 18th, Fred and Gertrude Sampson on the 21st and John and Diane Hall and Sam and Colleen Stearns on the 22nd. May God bless these couples with many more years of love and happiness.


Tree of Hope

The American Cancer Society is again sponsoring its Tree of Hope located at the Cranberry Mall between Bon-Ton and Hickory Farms. Each $5 donation made in someone’s memory or honor will light a bulb. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society through the Helping Hands Relay for Life team of Venango County.

Donations may be mailed to Judy Stevenson, at 1634 Meadville Road, Titusville, Pa., 16354. Checks may be written to the American Cancer Society. For more information, call 827-2179. The tree is now lit and will shine throughout the holiday season.


Holiday at Burgess

The drive through light display began Nov. 24 and goes through Dec. 31. This is a free event but donations are always appreciated. Visit with Santa and the elves in the stone pavilion area every Friday and Saturday night in December until Christmas. This event is sponsored by the Take Pride in Titusville Committee.


Bible verse

“And unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given and the government shell be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor: The mighty God, The Everlasting Father; The Prince of Peace.”—Isaiah 9:6 (KJV)

A thought

“A Christmas wish for you — A blessed time together; following the star once again that quietly leads to a simple stable, a humble manger… to the Savior Christ Jesus” — Matt Anderson


Church schedules

— Diamond EUM Church: Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m., with worship service at 11, with Pastor Jerome Alsdorf

A PPR meeting on will be held Monday, at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Church Council, at 7:30.

— Chapmanville community church: Sunday school, at 9:45 a.m., and worship at 10:45, with Pastor Glen Van Cise.


A Christian


Santa lives in the North Pole; Jesus is everywhere.

Santa rides in a sleigh; Jesus rides on the wind and walks on the water.

Santa comes but once a year; Jesus is an ever present help.

Santa comes down your chimney uninvited; Jesus stands at your door and knocks.

Santa makes you stand in line to see him; Jesus is as close as the mention of His name.

Santa lets you sit on his lap; Jesus lets you rest in His arms.

Santa asks, “Little boy, little girl, what is your name? Jesus knew our names before we did.

Santa has a belly like a bowl full of jelly; Jesus has a heart full of love.

Santa offers,”Ho, ho, ho”; Jesus says, “Cast all your cares on me for I care for you”.

Santa’s little helpers make toys; Jesus makes new hearts, mends hearts, and repairs broken homes.

Santa may make you chuckle; Jesus gives you joy.

Santa puts gifts under your tree; Jesus became our gift and died on the three.

There’s really no comparison, Jesus is the reason for the season.

Abrams can be reached by email, at, or by phone, at 827-2597.

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