Free tax help

AARP tax-aid volunteers are available to provide free tax help with basic tax returns to taxpayers of all ages with low- and moderate- income. Volunteers will prepare federal, state, local and property tax/rent rebate forms. 

Assistance is provided at the Titusville Health and Aging Center, by calling 827-9134, for an appointment. Free e-filing for federal and state returns. 

Taxpayers need to bring Social Security cards, photo ID, all documents pertaining to income, Form 1095A (if received), and a copy of last year’s tax return. Taxpayers who qualify should bring copies of receipts for real estate taxes paid or a rent certificate completed by the landlord.

Fish dinner

On Friday, the Pleasantville Volunteer Fire Department will hold a fish dinner, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.  There is a fee for this dinner.

Ash Wednesday

An Ash Wednesday service will be held Wednesday, at Pleasantville Presbyterian Church, at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Festival of Love

The annual Pleasantville Ministerial Association’s “Festival of Love” will be held at Full Gospel Church. Please join the community for a time of singing, readings, fellowship and refreshments. It will be held Sunday, at 7 p.m.

Second Harvest

Pleasantville United Methodist Church will host the Second Harvest Mobile Food Bank, Feb. 17, at noon, at the Pleasantville fire hall.  Call the church office, at 589-7385, to register. If no one answers, leave a name and phone number.        

Book club

The Pleasantville Book Club met on Thursday, and discussed “Consecrated Dust,” by Mary Frailey Calland. 

There were 11 people in attendance. The discussion went very well, with Meranda Cancilla moderating. 

Meranda researched many aspects of the Civil War to share with the group. It was a very interesting meeting. 

The club selection for March 3, will be “West with the Night,” by Beryl Markham.

This book is a classic, engrossing memoir — a triumph of the pioneer spirit and an adventure-charged chronicle of a life lived to the fullest.

The club will meet at Coal Oil Johnny’s, in Pleasantville, at 6 p.m., or you can come at 5, and enjoy dinner with some of the club members before the meeting. 

For additional information, contact Ginny, at 589-5427.

Holidays

Today, Feb. 9: Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday and Toothache Day

Feb. 10: Ash Wednesday and Umbrella Day

Feb. 11: Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day, Make a Friend Day, National Inventors Days, and White T-shirt Day

Feb. 12: Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday and Plum Pudding Day

Feb. 13: Get a Different Name Day

Feb. 14: Ferris Wheel Day, National Organ Donor Day, and Valentine’s Day

Feb. 15: Candlemas (on the Julian Calendar), National Gum Drop Day, Presidents’ Day, and Singles Awareness Day

Stagette

Pleasantville Volunteer Fire Department will hold “The Stagette,” on March 5. 

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The bar opens at 6.  Dinner will be served at 7. Dinner choice will be stuffed chicken breast or stuffed pork shops, potatoes, salad and cake for dessert. 

The bar will be serving select mixed drinks. Please feel free to BYOB. 

This is a reverse raffle. Also, there will be 50/50s and side raffles. You must be at least 21 to attend. This is a smoke-free event. 

Contact Greg Knupp for tickets, at 589-7762. All tickets must be picked up by Feb. 20.

Help your helpers

The Pleasantville Volunteer Fire Department and first responders want you to know the best way for them to locate you in the event of an emergency is to have visible house numbers. 

They advise having your house number located on the side of your house that faces the roadway, as well as 10 feet from the road near the entrance of your driveway (green signs). These green signs can be purchased for a low cost by contacting Mark Aul, at (814) 589-7276. 

Please be sure these signs are clear of brush, snow and other blockages at all times. 

House numbers should be large text and visible from the roadway.

Fishing trip tickets

Pleasantville Volunteer Fire Department is selling tickets for a chance to win a fishing trip.

The winner will receive an all paid, all day, fishing charter trip with Seabreeze Charters, in Erie, for up to 6 people. Anglers must have a fishing license with a Lake Erie stamp. All fishing supplies will be provided (poles, bait, etc.). The winner must bring their own food and drinks. There will only be 800 tickets sold. 

The drawing will be held during the PVFD Good Friday fish fry on March 25.

60 plus

The group, 60 Plus, will meet Thursday, at Coal Oil Johnny’s, at 5 p.m.

Recipe

Old-fashioned chicken and dumplings

This is comfort food at its finest — just like grandma use to make.

Ingredients for the soup: One 5-pound chicken, one medium diced yellow onion, five bay leaves, 5 tablespoons salted butter, 1 1/2 tablespoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper.

Directions: Put the chicken into a large soup pot. Cover with about 1/2 inch water; and add onion, bay leaves, butter, salt and pepper. 

Cover, set over high heart, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, partially cover; and very gently simmer until the chicken is cooked through — about 1 hour. 

When the chicken is done, transfer it to a cutting board, leaving the broth and bay leaves in the pot.

When chicken is cool enough to handle, pull the meat from the bones in small pieces and set aside. 

Ingredients for dumplings:  3 cups flour, 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons water, two large eggs (beaten), fresh parsley. 

Directions: Put the flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl and whisk to blend. Add the oil and stir to coat the flour, then add the water and beaten eggs. Stir just enough to combine, then knead with clean hands until evenly mixed. 

Turn the dough out onto a generously floured board and divide in half. 

Take the first portion and roll out into a thin rectangle 12- by 14-inch. Slice the dough lengthwise into 1/2-inch wide strips, then cut cross-wise into pieces 4 inches long. Repeat with remaining dough. 

Bring the broth back to a boil. Drop the dumpling strips into the boiling liquid. 

Reduce heat to a simmer and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking, until the dumplings are tender (they’ll puff up a bit), about 20 minutes. 

Return the chicken to the pot in the last 5 minutes of cooking. Taste and add additional salt and pepper as needed.

Serve hot, garnished with parsley.

Word of the week

Nemophilist.  It is used a noun.  It is one who is fond of the forest or forest scenery; a haunter of the woods.  The first known use of this word was in 1838.  It is an obscure word that hasn’t really been used for over 100 years - but it is a word that surely deserves a comeback.  Here is a sentence from the Sequoia Sonnets from 1919:  The groves invite thee, dear nemophilist, to care-free revel in their vernal bowers.

Quotes of the week

“No matter how educated, talented, rich or cool you believe you are, how you treat people ultimately tells all.  Integrity is everything.”  -  Author unknown

“One day you will realize that material thibngs mean nothing.  All that matters is the well being of the people in your life.”  -  Leon Brown

Contact information

If you have news items you would like to submit, contact Ginny Lieder, at ginnylieder@hotmail.com, or call 589-5427.  Please submit news items by Sunday at 5 p.m.

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