Newton Dinner Club

The Newton Dinner Club will meet on Thursday, at 1 p.m., at Huey’s Place in Youngsville. Members are encouraged to bring a food item for the Titusville Area Food Bank. 

Second Harvest

mobile food pantry

Pleasantville United Methodist Church will be hosting the Second Harvest mobile food pantry at the Pleasantville Volunteer Fire Department, Wednesday, at noon.

Call the church office, at 589-7385, to register. If no one answers, leave your name and phone number.

Festival

The 2016 Pleasantville Community Festival will be held July 17-23. The theme this year is “Ol’ Time Fireman’s Festival.”

Here’s a preview of the events that will be held at the festival:

– July 10 – Pleasantville Festival Pageant. 

– July 19 – fish fry at the pavilion. 

– July 20 – Kid’s night 

– July 21 – Car Cruise-In, directed by Brad Pearson 

– July 22 – Cake and pie baking contest, pie eating contest, and tractor pull. 

– July 23 – parade at 4 p.m., and fireworks at 10.

Senior citizens

The senior citizens meet every Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Pleasantville Community Church, on State Street.

On Thursday, the vouchers for fresh fruits and vegetables will be given out. You must bring your driver’s license or another form of identification. If you are unable to attend, you can have a proxy pick up your vouchers.

If you will be using a proxy, call Creekside Center, at (814) 676-1710, to fill out the appropriate forms.

Outdoor Extravaganza

Pleasantville VFD will hold its outdoor extravaganza on Saturday. This is a family-oriented event.

There will be kids’ drawings, games, side raffles, guns, and 30 prizes, with three fishing trips. Meal and beverages are included.  There is a fee, with free admission for children under 12. Doors open at noon.

Most guns and prizes will be available for pickup at the event with a proper background check. For more details, and online ticket orders, visit pleasantvillevfrd16.webs.com/outdoorextravaganza.

Pleasantville Book Club

The Pleasantville Book Club will meet July 7, at 6 p.m., at Coal Oil Johnny’s, in Pleasantville. The selection for July is “In the Woods,” by Tana French.

Pageant applications

The Pleasantville Pageant applications are due Wednesday. Applications are available at Coal Oil Johnny’s, in Pleasantville; The Little Store, in East Hickory; Haller’s, in Tionesta; Northwest Savings Bank, in Tionesta; and the Tionesta Grocery Store.

The pageant will be held on July 10, at the Pleasantville fire hall.  Contestants can be from Pleasantville, Tionesta, or West Hickory addresses, or attend a school in the Titusville Area School District.

The categories are:  Princess, Little Miss, Junior Miss, and Miss Pleasantville.  Applicants must be between the ages of 10 months and 18 years, as of the day of the pageant. Applicants must attend both the July 6 meeting, at 5:30 p.m., at the PVFD pavilion (pictures will be taken), and the July 9 rehearsal, at 1 p.m., inside the PVFD.

Contact Kayla Brown, at (814) 758-4320, for additional information.

Curbside clean-up

Saturday will be the borough’s curbside clean-up.  This free service is provided by the borough, and is intended for borough residents only.  Hazardous waste, yard clippings, TVs, electronics, tires, and batteries will not be picked up.

Metal can be left in the container that will be located at the borough garage parking lot on Merrick Street.  There is no charge for this service. Drop your items off between 8 a.m. and noon. 

This collection will be supervised and not following the rules could result in the end of this free service. 

Whistle pig tournament

Pleasantville VFD will hold a Whistle Pig Tournament on June 25.  There is a fee for teams of two. Payouts will be given to first, second, and third place.  Sign-ins start at 6 a.m., at the fire hall. Doughnuts and coffee will be provided.

The first weigh-in starts at noon, with lunch being served. Final weigh-ins will be at 6 p.m. Call Cody Whitman, at (814) 673-1853, or Dave Wescoat, at (814) 673-2709, for additional information. 

Woodchuck recipes

Here are two recipes to try if you are a contestant in the Whistle Pig Tournament and want to prepare your game.

Recipe 1) Woodchuck Stew

Ingredients: one woodchuck, two onions sliced, 1/2 cup celery sliced, flour, vinegar and water, salt and pepper, and cloves.

Directions: clean woodchuck; remove glands, cut into serving pieces. Soak overnight in a solution of equal parts of water and vinegar with addition of one sliced onion and a little salt. Drain, wash, and wipe.

Parboil 20 minutes, drain, and cover with fresh boiling water. Add one sliced onion, celery, a few cloves, and salt and pepper to taste. Cook until tender, thicken gravy with flour.

Recipe 2) Woodchuck Patties in Tomato Sauce   

Ingredients: one woodchuck, 1 cup breadcrumbs, 1/4 cup ground onion, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper, 2 eggs, 3 tablespoon fat, 1 cup catsup, and 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce. 

Directions: Clean woodchuck; remove meat from bones and grind. Add 1/2 cup crumbs, onion, salt, pepper, 1 beaten egg, and 1 tablespoon melted fat.

Mix thoroughly. Shape into patties and dip into 1 beaten egg, then into 1/2 cup crumbs.  Fry until brown in 2 tablespoon hot fat. Add catsup and Worcestershire sauce, and bake in a slow even (325 degrees F.) for one hour. Makes 8 to 9 patties.

Bizarre

and unique holidays

– Today, June 14: Flag Day and Monkey Around Day

– June 15: Smile Power Day

– June 16: Fresh Veggies Day

– June 17: Eat Your Vegetables Day

– June 18: Go Fishing Day, International Panic Day, International Picnic Day, International Sushi Day, National Hollerin’ Contest Day, National Splurge Day, and World Juggler’s Day

– June 19: Father’s Day, National Kissing Day, and World Sauntering Day

– June 20: Finally Summer Day and Ice Cream Soda Day

Quote of the week

“Let us not be surprised when we have to face difficulties. When the wind blows hard on a tree, the roots stretch and grow the stronger, let it be so with us. Let us not be weaklings, yielding to every wind that blows, but strong in spirit to resist.”  –  Amy Carmichae

Daddy’s Chair

Daddy’s chair was big,

A cumbersome thing to behold,

But I’d never part with it – no never

Not for silver – not for gold.

It was an odd color

And very threadbare,

I’d often sit in front of it

As mother braided my hair.

I’d sink down in the seat

With feet far from the floor,

That’s when love surrounded me

When my Daddy came through the door.

On his lap – he’d tug me up

In my face – he’d smile,

Then he’d hug and kiss me

And chat with me a while.

His big hand

Would pat my little knee,

And his laugh filled the room when asked:

“Daddy, will you marry me?”

Come Saturday mornings

I’d watch cartoons from there,

Under my cuddle blankie

With Cinnamon, my teddy bear.

Over the years – it faded more

The seats grew lumpy and worn,

I was so embarrassed

When friends noticed it was torn.

I begged him to buy a new one

Pleading, “It is beyond repair!”

“Oh honey girl, it was my Daddy’s

Its kind is awfully rare!”

Daddy is gone now

But the big, old thing is still here,

As are the memories with it

Of my childhood so dear.

Silver or gold can’t buy

That beautiful worn out chair,

For where else would I sit and think of my Daddy

…except there?

Daddy’s Chair was taken from the “Room in the Inn,” by Rhea Fish.

Contact information

To submit news items, please contact Ginny Lieder at 589-5427, or ginnylieder@hotmail.com.

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