Good morning everyone. Spring did arrive earlier this week, and where the snow has melted, we are beginning to see grass coming up. Before we know it, it will be time to start mowing for the year.

This is a good time to remember your local cemeteries and give a good donation for spring cleaning, reseeding, and mowing. Our small cemeteries do not get any funding except for the generosity of the people who have loved ones buried there, or want to help their local cemeteries continue to care for all the graves.

Many families have all passed away, and there are a large number of veterans who deserve to be honored and cared for, so dig deep and help the cemeteries out.

Those who do the maintenance and cleanups are volunteers and get no compensation. There is always a need to pay for the mowing. Look in the phone book for addresses and contact people. If you can’t find them, call me and I will try to find your answer.



— Sunday is Palm Sunday.

— The final presentation in the 2018 Petroleum Program Series, “Solar Energy,” will be held Thursday, at Drake Well Museum, at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 827-2797.

— There will be a joint Good Friday community service between Chapmanville Community Church and Diamond EUM Church on March 30 at 7 p.m. The service will be held at Diamond EUMC. Pastor Glenn Van Cise will speak, while Pastor Jerome Alsdorf will lead the service.

First place

Congratulations to Timothy Fultz on winning first place for his book report on Abraham Lincoln, and then making a “book buddy” out of a large pop bottle that looked like Mr. Lincoln, including black suit and his black stovepipe hat. Timothy is a first-grader at Pleasantville Elementary School.



The Titusville Historical Society held its monthly meeting on March 19, at the Heritage Center. The meeting called to order by president Chris Fiely. The printed minutes from the Feb. 17 meeting were provided by secretary Mary Sturgis, with one correction of a last name spelling, and then approved as presented.

The treasurer’s report was presented by treasurer Linda Gregg and accepted. Margaret Fiely reported on the activities of the cares and concerns, and all notes have been written and sent. Carole Hall, education chairman, reported on the history camp for students entering grades three through five, to be held in June, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The history camp will include discovering Titusville’s past, and details will be released as completed. Events Chairman Lois Parsons reported on the upcoming events scheduled: April 7 — Genealogy 101 at 11 a.m., with Kathy Newson, and April 28 — Titusville Area People, Places and Things event.

The Historical Society Heritage Place is located at 126 W. Spring St. (former Perk Place Café), and the phone number is (814) 271-7303; the center is open on Saturday and Sunday, from noon to 3 p.m. The public is invited to stop by.

Membership Chairman Linda Gregg reported that the membership remains around 50. Membership is open to everyone, even if you do not live in Titusville. I live in Diamond and am a member, and others live in Townville and Pleasantville. The membership fees are reasonable and the information you learn is very interesting and informative.

Chris reported that there was a nice response to the Live from our Heritage Center event held in February. We are working on preparations for a membership directory. A picture was received from Drake Well Museum from the deaccession system. David Weber stated that they want to make an updated Titusville history Book. No additional business was presented and the meeting adjourned.

Bus trip

Get on board for the 2018 bus trip sponsored by the Titusville Historical Society. The trip will be held on April 2, with the bus leaving from Farmer’s National Bank at 8 a.m. (those attending can gather at 7:30); free parking is available behind Farmer’s bank. The bus will take passengers to the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History in Pittsburgh. Lunch is on your own after visiting the Carnegie museums. Get your reservation now as the time is quickly approaching.

On the way back, the bus will stop and travelers will visit the Grove City Area Historical Society. To reserve a seat on the bus or for more information, call Events Chair Lois Parsons, at 827-9171. There is a fee, which includes transportation and admission. Checks can be made to the Titusville Historical Society, and can be mailed to Titusville Historical Society, 126 W. Spring St., Titusville, Pa., 16354. The deadline is Monday, at 3 p.m., so get your reservations in now. I am looking forward to going, as I have never been there.

Genealogy 101

Titusville Historical Society charter member and longtime member of the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, Kathy Newson, facilitates three consecutive courses in Genealogy 101 and will walk you through the steps to start, research, and maintain your genealogy. Genealogy 101 will be offered to the public on Saturday, as well as April 7. The sessions that will be held are from 11 a.m. to noon, with Newson as the facilitator. The sessions are no charge, donations will be accepted. These are continuing sessions and will be held at the Heritage Center, 126 W. Spring St., Titusville. 

Reserve your spot and material by calling (814) 271-7303, and leave your name, phone number, and Genealogy 101 with your message on the answering service and someone will return your call. There will be an advanced genealogy session to be announced later.


Lemon and tangerine glazed carrots

This recipe for Lemon and tangerine glazed carrots, from the “Five Ingredients or Less Dump Meals,” by Cathy Mitchell. I received this cookbook from my two good friends, Lucy and Louise, after my knee replacements and it is interesting to read. This recipe sounds so good and is easy to make. I just have to finish getting the ingredients so I can make it as I love carrots.

Ingredients: 6 cups sliced carrots, 1 ½ cup apple juice, 6 tablespoons butter, ¼ cup packed brown sugar, 2 tablespoons each of grated lemon peel and grated tangerine peel, ½ teaspoon salt and chopped fresh Italian parsley (optional).

Directions: Combine carrots, apple juice, butter, brown sugar, lemon peel, tangerine peel and salt in Crock-Pot slow cooker; stir to blend. Cover; cook on low for 4 to 5 hours, or on high for 1 to 3 hours. Garnish with parsley. This makes 10 to 12 servings.

Ham shoots

The final ham shoot will be held at the Chapmanville VFD fire hall on Sunday, at 8 a.m. You only have a little time left to get your Easter ham.

There will be coffee and doughnuts available for purchase.


Happy birthday greetings are being sent to Lynne Jarrell and Sophia Lorenz on March 24; Aaron Goodwill and Ayden Gates on the 25th; Kaleb Gambatese on the 27th; Teresa Goodwill on the 28th; and Brian Womer, Tanner Seeley, and Cindy Ralph on the 29th. May God bless each one with a great birthday!


Anniversary greetings are being sent to Nick and Jodi Mihailoff on March 24th; Doug and Pauline Howe on the 26th; and Scott and Cindy Pettit on the 30th. May God grant many more years of love and happiness to these couples.

Church news

— Diamond EUM Church: Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m., and worship service with Pastor Jerome Alsdorf is at 11. Choir practice meets every Thursday evening at 6. Palm Sunday is March 25. Easter Sunday is April 1.

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

Bible verse

“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” — Matthew 5:3

A thought

“Oh, Adam was a farmer, and God who made him see. That half a proper gardener’s work is done upon his knees; So when your work is finished, you can wash your hands and pray; For the Glory of the Garden, that it may not pass away!” — Kipling

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

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