Good morning, everyone. Hope everyone had a great week. Considering all the rain we had this week it sure did turn out to be a beautiful weekend.

VFD news

Monthly training for the VFD is tonight, at 6:30.  

TOPS

The meeting of July 10 was opened by Debbie with the TOPS and KOPS pledges. The group had 12 people sign in and 12 stayed for the meeting. There were 11 KOPS and one TOPS. We had a total loss of 2 1/2 pounds. Martha was the high TOPS loser. There was no high KOPS loser. The group had six turtles.

Tammi won the menu drawing. Connie won the encouragement basket. Debbie won the quarter fund. The challenge was to eat a serving of vegetables with lunch and dinner every day or it would cost 25 cents per day.

In place of a program, the group had its annual election of new officers. Pam is now the new leader with Debbie (the former leader) now the co-leader. Marjorie was re-elected as the treasurer and Martha will once again be the secretary. Angel and Tammi will continue as one weight recorder and co-weight recorder. The group is looking forward to seeing what new and exciting ideas are ahead for the chapter.

Debbie closed the meeting with the closing pledge and prayer circle.

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

Area happenings

A Fairy Fantasy Tea will be held on Wednesday, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the Tarbell House, 324 E. Main St., Titusville, for children in kindergarten through third grade. There is a fee to attend. Advanced reservations are required, and can be made by calling (814) 677-3152, Ext 105.

Recipes

Easy tortilla casserole

Ingredients:

n 1 medium white onion, sliced

n 1 tablespoon cooking oil

n 2 medium zucchini or other summer squash (10 ounces total), thinly sliced

n 2 cups salsa

n 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth

n 4 cups torn, stemmed spinach leaves (about 5 ounces)

n 8 ounces tortilla chips (about 8 cups, loosely packed)

n 1/2 cup finely grated Mexican queso anejo, Parmesan or Romano cheese (2 ounces)

Directions:

1. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, cook the onion in oil until tender, but not brown. Add zucchini. Cook and stir until the vegetables begin to brown.

2. Add salsa, broth, and spinach. Bring to boiling. Add the tortilla chips and stir to coat. Remove from heat. Cover and let mixture stand for 5 minutes.

3. Very carefully stir the mixture to check that the chips have softened nicely. (Rick prefers them to have a few chewy edges. If there’s still too much crunch remaining, the chef dribbles in a little extra broth and returns the mixture in saucepan to heat for a few minutes.)

4. Sprinkle with cheese. Serve from the pan. Or you can spoon mixture onto warm plates or into shallow bowls in the kitchen before sprinkling with cheese. Makes 4 to 6 main-dish servings.

Zucchini salad

Ingredients:

n 2 1/2 pounds zucchini

n 3 tablespoons olive oil

n 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)

n 3/4 teaspoon sea salt

n 1/2 teaspoon fresh grated black pepper

n 1/2 cup shaved Parmesan

n 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts

Directions:

1. Use a vegetable peeler to shave zucchini into ribbons. Place in a large bowl.

2. Gently toss zucchini with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Top with shaved Parmesan and pine nuts and serve immediately.

Helpful hints

— If the tip of your shoe lace becomes frayed snip off the frayed end. Then, paint or dip the end of the shoe lace into clear nail polish and let it dry. Good as new.

— If your new shoes are too tight put the nozzle of your blow dryer into shoe and turn on low. When the shoe gets warm, stuff it with paper or socks to stretch it.

 — Spray WD40 on a cloth and wipe over leather shoes or leather boots, then buff with a soft clean cloth to shine and make them waterproof.

— To make nail polish stay on nails longer first coat fingernails with white vinegar using a cotton ball. Let dry, then apply nail polish. To quickly dry nail polish dip fingers into a bowl of cold water. Then shake excess water from hands and allow hands to air dry.

LOL

— A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing.

— What is faster Hot or cold? Hot, because you can catch a cold

— What did one ocean say to the other ocean? Nothing, they just waved.

Remember in prayer

Mary Moore, Steve Reed, Robin Wyant, Paul Henderson, Evelyn McKee, Jerry Stansbury, Jason Reed, Cody Manners, Ann Wade, Ed Holzschuh, Carolle Burns, and Paul Atkinson.

Condolences

Condolences to the family of Edgar Staub. Edgar A. Staub, 91, of Titusville, passed away Monday morning, July 10, 2017. Edgar was born on July 19, 1925, at Breedtown, a son of the late Reinhold and Adda Strawbridge Staub. Edgar was a graduate of Colestock High School, Class of 1943. He had been employed at the former Universal Cyclops Specialty Steel Corp., and also self-employed for many years as a farmer. He was a member of the Breedtown Baptist Church. He was president of the Breedtown Cemetery Association for 46 years. He enjoyed the outdoors and hunting.

Edgar is survived by the following children;  Mary Steinke and husband, Charles, of Mars, Harold Staub, of Erie, Betty Fedei and husband, Todd, of Titusville, Rebecca Miller and husband, Donald, of Lititz, and Lewis Staub and wife, Melody, of Titusville; 29 grandchildren; 31 great grandchildren; a brother, Gerald Staub and wife, Reva, of Jacksonville, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by an infant son, David Staub; and three brothers, Richard, Clarence, and Homer Staub.

Community churches

— Breedtown Baptist

Pastor Ward Beers

827-9331

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

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.

Wednesday Bible study, 7 p.m.

— Cherrytree Evangelical United Methodist

Rev. Laurajane Stone.

(814) 671-4239

Sunday worship, 10 a.m.; Sunday school, 11:15.

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, birthdays, anniversaries, or have any ideas for this column, contact Charlene Armstrong, at newsofcherrytree@outlook.com or (814) 493-1488.

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