Good morning, everyone. Hope everyone had a great weekend. The weather sure was beautiful.

VFD news

The monthly VFD meeting is tonight, at 7.


The meeting of June 5 was opened by Debbie with the TOPS and KOPS pledges. Nine people weighed in and nine stayed for the meeting. There were eight TOPS and one KOP. The group had a total loss of 5 3/4 pounds and one turtle.

Sue was the high loser. The group had no high KOPS loser for the week. Lisa won the menu drawing,. Martha won the quarter fund, and Angel won the encouragement basket. The challenge for the week is to drink 64 ounces of water daily, or pay 10 cents per day.

The group is starting a contest this week called the tape measure contest.

The program was given by Karen with aid from Tammie. She demonstrated how to put the mix together for a recipe called Branflax muffins. Each member of the group was  given an already made muffin to sample along with a copy of the recipe. Karen also gave each member a refrigerator magnet with an inspirational quote.

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

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

For more information, contact Debbie Beers, at (814) 564-9200.

Area happenings

— A Tarbell House free public open house will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, at the Tarbell House, at 324 E. Main St., Titusville. Visitors may tour this three story home. Light refreshments will be available.

For more information about the Tarbell House, call Marilyn Black, at (814) 677-3152, ext 105.

— A program on lightning bugs and fireflies will be held from 9 to 10:30 p.m., June 23, at Oil Creek State Park. Interested people should meet at the amphitheater. For more information, call (814) 676-5915.

— A train show and sale will be held from 9 a.m to 4 p.m, Saturday and Sunday, at Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad’s Perry Street Station, in Titusville. There is a fee for the event itself, but for those riding the train, admission to the event is free.

— Artist in the Park will be held from 1 to 3 p.m, June 22, Oil Creek State Park; instructor Georgia Mosebach; paint in the park event; materials provided, free registration limited to 15 people; preregister by calling (814) 676-5915.

— Breedtown Baptist Church will be having Vacation Bible School, from June 25 to 29. Supper for the children will be at 5:30 p.m., and Bible School from 6:30 to 8:30. More information to follow.


Here are a couple more recipes for strawberries:

Strawberry pate de fruit


— 1 pound frozen whole strawberries, defrosted

— 2 cups granulated sugar, divided use (plus extra for rolling)

— 2 tablespoons powdered pectin


1. First, line a 9-by-5-inch bread loaf pan with parchment paper.

2. Place the defrosted strawberries in a blender, and puree until completely smooth, about 3 minutes. You should have 2 cups of puree.

3. Next, add the puree to a 2-quart saucepan, and clip a candy thermometer on the edge.

4. Whisk together 1 cup of the sugar with the pectin, and then pour this into the strawberry puree. (Pectin can clump if you don’t blend it with the sugar first).

5. Turn the heat to medium-high, and cook the mixture, while constantly stirring until it comes to a simmer, about 5 minutes.

6. Next, add the remaining cup of sugar to the pan, and continue to cook, while constantly stirring, until it reaches 235° F. Be patient, it will take at least 15-20 minutes, and it will seem to stay at 220° forever. Just keep stirring and letting it reduce.

7. Once the mixture comes to 235°, remove it from the heat, and pour it into the prepared pan.

8. Leave the pan at room temperature for 2-3 hours to set. I let mine set overnight, uncovered. If you live in a low humidity environment, you may want to cover it with plastic wrap.

9. Remove the pâte de fruit from the pan, and using a knife dipped in sugar, cut it into cubes. Roll each cube in extra sugar, and place on a plate to serve.

Easy 3-ingredient non-fat strawberry frozen yogurt


— 1 pound frozen strawberries (about 4 cups)

— 1 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt

— 1/3 cup sugar, or other sweetener to taste


1. Place the frozen strawberries, yogurt, and sugar in the bowl of a food processor.

2. Process until creamy, about 5 minutes.

3. Serve the frozen yogurt immediately, or transfer it to an airtight container and store it in the freezer for up to 1 month.

4. Once frozen it gets really hard, so allow it to soften on the counter for 30 minutes or so before serving.

Helpful hints

Benefits of aloe vera

— Consuming Aloe Vera is a popular remedy for fever, asthma, ulcerative colitis, and osteoarthritis.

— Due to its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, aloe treats cuts, burns, infections, wounds, and sunburns, when applied topically. As a matter of fact, it has been scientifically shown that it is far superior to medications in terms of healing burns and reducing pain.

— It contains two immunity-boosting compounds: glycoproteins and polysaccharides. The first reduces inflammation and inhibits pain while the latter moisturizes the skin and promotes repair of its tissues.

— It also treats IBS, lowers blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes, lowers high cholesterol, and treats canker sores, psoriasis, constipation, dental issues, upper respiratory tract infection, and even cancer.

Additional Benefits

— Promotes detoxification.

— Creates alkaline. environment in the body/ alkalizes the body.

— Improves digestion.

— Boosts immunity.

— It possesses disinfectant, antibiotic, antimicrobial, germicidal, antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties.

— It acts as adaptogen.

— Supports weight loss.

— Lowers the risk of heart disease.

— It has robust nutritional profile.


— Q: Can a kangaroo jump higher than the Empire State Building?

A: Of course. The Empire State Building can’t jump.

— Instead of “the John,” I call my toilet “the Jim.” That way it sounds better when I say I go to the Jim first thing every morning.

— Q: Did you hear about the kidnapping at school?

A: It’s okay. He woke up.


in prayer

Evelyn McKee, Jerry Stansbury, Jason Reed, Steve Reed, Cody Manners, Sarah Stearns, Ann Wade, Ed Holzschuh, Carolle Burns, Paul Atkinson, and Jan Stephens.

Community churches

— Breedtown Baptist

Pastor Ward Beers


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

Wednesday evening Bible study and prayer service, 6.

— Resurrection Baptist Church

Pastor Jim Waugh


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

Pastor Gale Boocks

(814) 227-6999

Sunday worship, 9:45 a.m.; Sunday school, 11.

God bless!

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:28

Contact me

If you would like to submit any news items or birthdays, anniversaries, or have any ideas for this column, please contact Charlene Armstrong, at, or (814) 493-1488.

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