Good morning. 

Here we are, just two days from entering another month; the days are quickly passing, and we will soon be into cold weather (notice I did not say the “snow” word). 

This weekend sounds like we will be getting more typical fall weather, where we will see more trees losing their leaves and turning color. This becomes a beautiful, colorful time of the year; and there are many who enjoy this time of year. 

I like to look at the pictures from years past to see the different seasons of the year. Each season is beautiful in its own way, and is enjoyable to take part in.

There are four holidays listed for October on the calendar: the 9th is Columbus Day, the 16th is National Boss Day, the 24th is United Nations Day, and the 31st is Halloween.

Pithole lantern tours

Drake Well Museum and Park and the Friends of Drake Well are sponsoring their biennial Pithole Lantern Tours, beginning at 6 p.m., at Historic Pithole City on Oct. 7. Pithole City is located at 14118 Pithole Road, just off state Route 227, near Plumer. There are only 475 tickets available and there is a fee, with a special discount for groups. Tickets can be purchased in advance, at

Melissa Mann, museum site coordinator, says the highlight of the event will be a nighttime living history tour of Pennsylvania’s legendary oil boomtown. Throughout the tours, visitors will meet different history characters and listen to colorful stories about Historic Pithole City. 

When visitors step out onto the dark, quiet grounds, they will be taking a step back in time, according to Mann. The people will also be hearing seasonal music, and refreshments will be available.

The tours start at 6:30 p.m., and depart every 10 minutes, with the final tour departing at 9:30. Tickets will be sold until the final tour is full; and tours last about 1 1/2 hours, and cover nearly one mile. Participants must be able to go up steep hills and semi-rugged terrain and are encouraged to come early, wear sturdy shoes and bring a flashlight. 

For more information, call 827-2797, or visit


This is a recipe for “Noah’s Lemon Sponge Cake” which I made this week. I found the recipe in a book I recently read, “Brides of Webster County,” by Wanda Brunstettler. Noah used this cake as a gift for anyone who had a need.

Ingredients: 1 cup sifted cake flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ cup cold water, 2 teaspoon grated lemon rind, 2 egg yolks (beaten), ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoon sugar, 2 egg whites (beaten) and 1 teaspoon lemon juice.

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together four times. 

In a separate bowl, add the water and lemon rind to the egg yolks and beat them until they are lemon colored. Add ¾ cup sugar, a little at a time, beating after each addition. Then add the sifted ingredients slowly, stirring to blend them in.

In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until they form peaks, then add the lemon juice and 2 tablespoon sugar, beating until they are well blended. Fold this mixture into the rest of the batter and pour into an ungreased tube pan. Bake for 1 hour. Remove from the oven; turn pan upside down with tube over the neck of a funnel or bottle. 

Cool thoroughly; remove from pan.

Plum Township supervisors

The Plum Township supervisors will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday, at 6 p.m., at the Chapmanville VFD fire hall. Residents are encouraged to attend to see how the township is doing and offer your comments as there is always period after the calling to order for public comment.

Tire recycling

Venango County is sponsoring a tire event at the Cranberry Mall on Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will take place in the rear parking lot, and you must pre-register. Call (814) 432-9684 before Oct. 13 — space is limited, so get registered or you cannot participate. There is a 20-tire limit per residence/business. The fee is as follows: $1 per standard car tire, $2 per light truck tire and $8 per oversized tire — cash only. This is sponsored by the County of Venango and Keep Pennsylvania


Hazardous waste/electronic collection

Venango County will host a collection event, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, at the Cranberry Mall. You must preregister by calling (866) 815-0016 or by going to There is a minimal cost associated with proper disposal of these materials. Other collections are planned for Nov. 4, Dec. 2, Jan. 27, and March 24. For more information, contact Erik Johnson, at (814) 432-9684 or

Chapmanville VFD

The Chapmanville VFD will hold its monthly board of directors meeting at 7 p.m. and the regular meeting at 7:30. The meeting is held at the Chapmanville VFD, at the fire hall, at 458 Meadville Road (state Route 27). All are welcome to attend and see what the department is doing to take care of the community.

The turkey shoots began Sunday, at the fire hall and continue weekly. They will not be serving breakfast, but coffee, doughnuts, and cookies will be available for purchase.

The department members are currently selling chances on a gas card, with two $150 cards and one $200 card. Drawing will take place after the 250 tickets are gone.

Tickets are now available for the fifth annual fall gun bash/pig roast, to be held on Nov. 11, starting at 5 p.m. for the meal, and the raffle will start at 6:30. You may contact any department member for any of these tickets.

Auxiliary dinner

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Chapmanville VFD will be holding its last monthly dinner on Wednesday. They will serve their monthly ham or turkey dinner, with all the trimmings, at 5 p.m., at the fire hall, on state Route 27, about 8 miles west of Titusville. There is a fee for the meal. Take-outs are available the day of the dinner by calling 827-1514. The group will also be holding an Election Day luncheon on Nov. 7.

These dedicated ladies and helpers do a wonderful job of preparing and serving their meals this and years past. There is always a need for more helpers, so maybe you can donate some of your time and talents to help this year and those in the future.


The Diamond Homemakers met on Sept. 6, at 10 a.m., at Diamond EUM Church. There were only five members present; there were no projects to be completed. They played “Train Dominos” for a short time. They stopped early for lunch and enjoyed a spice cake, baked by Lillian Bortzer.

A short business meeting was held following lunch. The previous minutes were read and approved; the treasurer’s report was given and recorded. 

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, at 10 a.m., at the church. Lucy Vandervort volunteered to bake the cake that will accompany their sack lunches.

Diamond Women’s Mission

The women of the Diamond Women’s Mission will meet on Oct. 5, at 10 a.m., at the church, for their monthly meeting. Please bring the craft project you are working on for the “Fall Fest,” along with items you have completed. Members will work on their own project. Your sack lunch will be accompanied by dessert, provided by Carolee VanGuilder, and devotions, by Linda McCurdy. All women are invited to attend.

Fall Festival

The second annual “Fall Fest” will be held at Diamond EUM Church on Oct. 14, at the church, from 4 to 7 p.m. This is a free event and open to the public. Anyone can participate in the pie-baking contest and chili cook-off; hot dogs and snacks and foods are free for those attending. Bring your family. There are games and prizes for the children. All are welcome to come and have a good time. For more information, call 827-3340, 827-2188 or 827-2597.



The upcoming conference is quickly approaching and the time is now past for the early-bird registration. The full cost is now due, and this registration will include a catered lunch. I have attended most of the conferences and have always found them to by informative, interesting and educational.

The Titusville Historical Society’s 8th annual genealogy conference will be held Oct. 21, in the all-purpose room at Drake Well Museum, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To receive a registration form or to obtain more information about the conference, call 827-3975.


Happy birthday greetings are being sent to: Christine McCrory and Amanda Bartock on Sept. 30; Marty Graham and Michael Wright on Oct. 2; Andrew Cheney on the 3rd; Julie Hauptmann, Darlene McIntyre, Lori Kelly, Anne Logan, Edith Olson, and Shirley Snyder on the 4th; Celia Marie Baker and Alilia Weagraff on the 5th; and George Anderson on the 6th. 

May God bless each one with a great day of happiness and celebration.

A special birthday celebration was held for Jean Noel Coryea, on Sept. 23, to honor her for her 90th birthday.


Happy anniversary greetings are being sent to: Lance and Missy Bowes on Oct. 1; Bud and Beulah Herb on the 2nd; and Scott and Lila Preston on the 6th. 

May each couple have many more years of love and happiness together.

Christian chuckle


Coming out of church, Mrs. Peterson asked her husband, “Do you think that Johnson girl is putting a rinse on her hair?”

Mr. Peterson replied: “And the dress Martha Hansen was wearing,” she said, continuing, “really, don’t tell me you think that’s the proper outfit for a mother of two.” 

“I’m afraid I didn’t notice that, either,” Mr. Peterson said.      

“Oh, for heaven’s sake,” Mrs. Peterson snaps, “a lot of good it does for you to go to church.”

Church news

Diamond EUM Church: Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m., with worship service at 11, with Pastor Jerome Alsdorf. Tuesday, 2 pm Bible study at the church.

October volunteers: greeter, Bev Gates; ushers, Susan Elm, Judith Abrams, Lucy Vandervort, and Ruth Messner; pianist, Elaine Myers; audio tech, Luke Messner and Deanna Messner.

Chapmanville Community Church: Sunday school at 9:45 a.m., and worship at 10:45, with Pastor Glen VanCise.

Bible verse: “But in every nation he that fears him (God), and works righteousness, is accepted with him.” — Acts 10:35

A thought: “Gentle shepherd, come and lead us, for we need you to help us find our way. Gentle shepherd, come and feed us, for we need your strength from day to day” — Song: “Gentle Shepherd”

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


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