Book Club

The Pleasantville Book Club will meet on Aug. 4, at 6 p.m., at Coal Oil Johnny’s, in Pleasantville.

The selection for August will be “The Painter from Shanghai: A Novel,” by Jennifer Cody Epstein.

Reminiscent of “Memoirs of a Geisha,” a re-imagining of the life of Pan Yuliang and her transformation from prostitute to post-impressionist. Leading this meeting will be Sara Jones.

Second Harvest mobile food pantry

The Second Harvest mobile food pantry is sponsored by Pleasantville United Methodist Church, in Pleasantville.

It is a free grocery distribution, open to all ages who meet income requirements.

The church sponsors 80 households in Pleasantville, and then they extend outward, if they can, into surrounding areas.

The next distribution will be held Aug. 17, from noon to 1:30 p.m., at the Pleasantville Volunteer Fire Department, 157 W. State St. Pre-registration is required. Proof of residency must be presented.

Leave a message at the church office, 589-7385, after Aug. 3, to apply.

The Lunch Bunch

The Lunch Bunch meets at Coal Oil Johnny’s on Thursday, at noon.

Come and enjoy a casual lunch, and a short Bible study led by Pastor Janet Sill. Everyone is welcome to attend.

60 plus

The group 60 Plus will meet on Aug. 11, at 5 p.m., at Frosty Jack’s 50s Diner and Ice Cream Shoppe, 922 Newton Sanford Road, Pittsfield. Reservations would be appreciated.

Call Donna Sheeley to make reservations, or if you need additional information.

Sponsors for gun bash

Pleasantville Volunteer Fire Department is looking for sponsors for its Fall Gun Bash. If you, or someone you know, would be interested, contact Corey, at 589-7679, or email

Businesses will receive unlimited advertising on the VFD’s Facebook page, website, and during the event, or you can remain anonymous.

Summer Biathlon

The Oil Creek State Park Summer Biathlon will be held on Aug. 13, starting with first-time participants meeting at 7 a.m. The race starts at 10 a.m.

This event is sponsored by Friends of Oil Creek State Park, Range Resources, and PA Biathlon Club. Proceeds from event benefits the Friends of Oil Creek State Park Volunteer Group and PA Biathlon Club. The location of the event will be at Oil Creek State Park cross country ski area, at Petroleum Center. 

The course is a 6K cross country run with 2 shooting stops. All equipment is provided. This is open to all athletes, age 12 and over, who complete the mandatory pre-race safety clinic. There is a fee to participate.

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Word of the month

Ceraunophilia: It is used as a noun and it is described as having a special fondness of thunder and lighting and finding them intensely beautiful. This word can also start with the letter K. 

Used in a sentence: My friend, Aaron, has ceraunophilia, because every time a thunder storm is looming on the horizon, he gets very excited.


Death by chocolate zucchini bread

Ingredients: 1/2 cup melted butter, 1/2 cup cocoa powder, 1 1/4 cup flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 cup sugar, one egg plus one egg yolk, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 cups of grated zucchini, 2/3 cups chocolate chips, and flaky sea salt, for garnish.

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and dust a loaf pan with cocoa powder. In large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.

In another large bowl, stir together sugar and egg and egg yolk until smooth.  Add melted butter and vanilla extract and mix until smooth. Add zucchini, then add flour mixture in 3 additions.  Fold in chocolate chips.

Transfer batter to prepared dish and bake 50 minutes. 

Let cool, then sprinkle with flaky sea salt and serve.

Cracker candy

Ingredients: One tube of saltine crackers, two sticks of butter (do not use margarine), 1 cup and 2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar, one bag of chocolate chips and 3/4 cup of chopped pecans. 

Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray. Line crackers end to end on sheet, braking crackers to fill the pan.

In a saucepan, melt butter on low heat. Once melted, add brown sugar, and turn heat to medium. Continue stirring until boiling – then boil for 3 minutes (set timer). Pour over crackers, spread evenly working quickly.

Put sheet into oven and bake for 5 minutes. Remove – pour chocolate chips over top – place a sheet of foil over and let melt for 3 minutes.

Spread melted chocolate over the top evenly. Add nuts to top – replace foil and refrigerate until set.  Break apart.

Quotes of the week

“When faced with senseless drama, spiteful criticisms and misguided opinions, walking away is the best way to stand up for yourself. To respond with anger is an endorsement of their attitude.”  –  Dodinsky

“Funny how your quality of life improves dramatically when you surround yourself with good, intelligent, kind-hearted, positive, loving people.”  –


– Today, July 26: All or Nothing Day and Aunt and Uncle Day.

– July 27: Take Your Pants for a Walk Day.

– July 28: National Milk Chocolate Day.

– July 29: National Lasagna Day.

– July 30: Father-in-Law Day and International Day of Friendship.

– July 31: Mutt’s Day and System Administrator Appreciation Day.

– Aug. 1: National Raspberry Cream Pie Day.

News for Pleasantville

Pleasantville Festival pie and cake

baking contest winners:

Single Crust Pie: 1st place winner: Shenae Walters (4th year to win)

Single Crust Pie: 2nd place winner: Pauline Ongley

Single Crust Pie: 3rd place winner: Jenn Sider

Double Crust Pie: 1st place winner: Pauline Ongley

Double Crust Pie: 2nd place winner: Jenn Sider

Cake: 1st place: Serenity Sterner

Cake: 2nd place winner: Jenn Sider

Cake: 3rd place winner: Breanna Vroman

Cake: Honorable mention: Lexy Sterner

Pie Eating Contest:

1st place winner: Xavian Sider

2nd place winner: Breanna Vroman

Float winners: Theme – “Ye Ol’ Time Fireman’s Festival”

1st place winner: Corky’s

2nd place winner: Harmony Flow Tribe

Other float entrants:

Seeley’s Memorials

Hilltop Dog Training

Paws 4 A Cause

Pleasantville Full Gospel Church

Contact information

To submit your news items, please contact Ginny Lieder, at 589-5427, or by email

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