Good morning, we continue to have hot, humid days; we had 101 one day with high humidity. One thing that has saved the grass from burning up is the nearly daily fog coming up from the field to the east of the house. Heavy dews have also helped. The grass slowed down some during the hot, dry days but is now growing steadily with the results of the dew and fog.

It is heartbreaking to see the horrible fires out west with awful heat and dry conditions. I am glad they are now getting more help for the firefighters. They are working in hot and deadly conditions and need our daily prayers for them.

They are also having fires overseas with the dry conditions.

While some areas are suffering from this dry, hot weather, many other places are suffering from floods and muddy conditions.


Upcoming events

— Aug. 18: Townville High School Class of 1959 meeting at 6 p.m., at Meadville Perkins.

— Aug. 27: Chapmanville Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary meeting at 7:30 p.m.

— Aug. 17: 159th Annual Drake Discovery Day.


Oil Festival

The 159th Titusville Annual Oil Festival kicked off today for three days of food, crafts, contests, visiting, and lots of merriment for kids of all ages. The theme for the festival is “Titusville Rocks the Stone Age.” Many events have been scheduled with the grand parade on Saturday.



Our sympathy is being sent to the family of Bill L. Davenport, 80, of Buells Corner Road, who passed away on July 23, 2018.

He is the son of the late Myrl and Pearl Davenport and is survived by his wife, Eleanor Davenport. Also surviving are three children, Pamela Smith, Shawn Davenport and Doug Davenport with their families; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a brother Harlan (Bud) Davenport.

Sympathy is also sent to the family of David L. Myers, 72, of Sunville who passed away on Aug. 7, at Erie UPMC.

He is the son of the late Fred and Edith Tracey Myers and he married Elaine Spangler on Nov. 24, 1971. He worked at Conrail in Meadville for 20 years, was a Plum Township Supervisor and worked as a logger.

He is an Army veteran of the Vietnam Conflict. He enjoyed racing at Tri-City Speedway, hunting, fishing, farming, and especially spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine; two daughters, Shelly (Paul) Craig and Sherry Myers (Charlie Paden); a son, Jessie Spangler; and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Myers, and two sisters, Clara Myers and Madge Myers.

No calling hours will be held but friends may attend a memorial service will be held at Diamond EUM Church on Saturday, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Jerome Alsdorf officiating.

Memorials may be made in David’s name to VNA of Crawford County or the Diamond EUM Church. I have known David and his family since I was very young.

May God give strength and comfort to family and friends in this time of grief.



This is from the Townville Firemen’s Auxiliary printed in 2010. This recipe for chocolate chip cookies was submitted by Monica Lengacher, and are delicious. I made them over the weekend and they turned out great.

Ingredients: 1 cup white sugar, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 ½ cups margarine (I used butter), four eggs (beaten), 2 teaspoon vanilla, two small boxes of instant vanilla pudding (I used sugar-free), 2 teaspoons soda, 4 ½ cups flour, 2 cups chocolate chips and optional chopped nuts (I did not use any).

Directions: Beat together the sugars and margarine, then add beaten eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add dry ingredients which you have blended together; beat well after each addition and do not add all at once. Bake at 350 degrees until done (I used 10 minutes to start with). Do not overbake. Do enjoy.


VFD celebrations

The Grand Valley VFD recently celebrated its 50 years of service. There are many others who have celebrations of serving their communities. Most have come up from very humble beginnings and worked hard with volunteers who have given of their time and efforts to help it rise up and become a very important part of the community with their dedication and caring spirits.

These people are to be thanked for their devotions and putting their time in public service.

These volunteers get no pay and do their jobs free of charge. They pay for their own transportation for the training sessions, meetings and getting to the emergency that has occurred. They lose much sleep, meals, time with their families and have to be ready to go when the call comes in.

Much effort goes into training, servicing the equipment, cleaning up after the incident has ended, attending the meetings to make important decisions, and fund-raising plus a host of other jobs that need to be done.

If you have free time to help out in any way, please volunteer your time and talents. Many times you may only have an hour or so here and there, and that is OK.

Any amount of time given will give you a great feeling of helping the community. Many hands make lighter work for everyone and supporting them with supporting the fund-raising events is very important.


Genealogical conference

The Titusville Historical Society is holding its annual genealogical conference on Oct. 20, at Drake Well Museum, from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. There is a fee for registration, with lower prices for registering by Sept. 15. No registration will be accepted after Oct. 13. Catered lunch is included in the registration.

There are cancellation restrictions. Email for more details or stop in at the Heritage Center.

There are two lectures participants will have to choose between for the 2:45 session: Beginning Genealogy or Brick Walls (Intermediate/Advanced).

There is a form to be filled out for the Brick Wall session, and must be emailed or mailed no later than Sept. 15.

Speakers for the day will include: Jessica Hilburn, William B. Moore, Dr. Rhonda Clark, and Kathryn Newson. President Chris Fiely will have the opening remarks.

Please dress in layers depending on whether you get cool or too warm as the venue has air conditioning. Wi-Fi is available, and you are welcome to bring charged laptops, tablets or other devices if you so desire. Electrical outlets are limited. Genealogy how-to and reference books will be available for purchase.

Please use the front door when you arrive; the side door is not to be used by the public.

If you need more information or a registration blank, email, or send physical mail to Titusville Historical Society, P. O. Box 739, Titusville, 16354.

You may stop in at the Heritage Center office on Friday, from 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m., at 126 West Spring St., Titusville.



Happy birthday greetings are sent to: Russell Kolacek, Patti Proper, and Cheryl Scott on Aug. 11; Carter Wakefield, Regina Armstrong, Samantha Rice, Karen Hipple, and Cindy Motter on the 12th; Pam Smith, Dawn Edwards, Justin Dailey, Steve Crowther, Ashley Crowther, Ryan Kolacek, and Meagan Hamilton on the 13th; Kate Conner and Ben Turner on the 14th; Norma Battin and Brian Williams on the 15th; Daniel Womer, Susan Elm and Jason Dempsey on the 16th; and Ashylyn McCrory, Joshua Krepps and Ryan Coblentz on the 17th.  May each be blessed with a great day of celebration.



Anniversary greetings are being sent to: Pastor Terry and Kathy Brown on August 12th, Mark and Brenda Burnett, Ken and Vicki Pratt, and Corey and Crystal Nicols on the 15th, Andy and Marge Straub on the 16th, and Floyd and Janet Warner on the 17th. May each couple be blessed with many more years of love and happiness.


Church news

 — Diamond EUM Church: Sunday School begins at 9:45 a.m. with worship service at 11 a.m. with Pastor Jerome Alsdorf.

August volunteers: Greeter: TBA; ushers: Eric Messner, Luke Messner, Gary Abrams, Al VanGuilder

Thursdays at 6 p.m.: Choir practice weekly.

— Chapmanville Community Church: Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. and worship at 10:45 a.m. with Pastor Glenn Van Cise.

“There are questions for which our wisdom is no match. That is why it is such a privilege to pray. We have, freely offered to us, all the resources of God” — Author unknown.


Bible verse

“Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures evermore”—Psalm 16:11.


“A servant’s heart remains the rarest jewel on earth.” — Author unknown.

Abrams can be reached at 827-2597, or by email, at

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