Good morning.

We are quickly approaching the Fourth of July celebration day on Wednesday.

Independence Day, July 4, 1776, is thought to be a day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation.

The declaration was adopted by the Second Continental Congress, who met in Philadelphia.

There were five representatives elected to meet and prepare this declaration: Thomas Jefferson — the author, John Adams, Robert R. Stevenson, Roger Sherman, and Benjamin Franklin. They met from June 11-July 5, when the declaration was published.

It is so sad to see all the destruction happening out west. It is so hot and dry out west with all the wildfires. It is hard to imagine all those thousands of acres burned out.

Living in this small area of Pennsylvania, I can’t picture that many acres all together. I have the same sadness in seeing the floods and destruction in so many parts of the world right now, too.



Cherry crisp

This is another recipe for using cherries, called cherry crisp.


Pastry: 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, 1 cup all-purpose flour and 1/2 cup butter or margarine.

Filling: 1 cup sugar, 1/4 cup cornstarch, 1 cup cherry juice, 4 cups pitted tart red cherries.

Topping: 1 1/2 cup quick-cooking rolled oats, 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, 1/4 cup all-purpose flour and 5 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted.

Directions: In a mixing bowl, combine salt, sugar and flour; cut in butter. Press into a 2-quart or 11-inch by 7-inch baking dish. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

For filling, combine sugar and cornstarch in saucepan; stir in juice. Cook over medium heat until thick, stirring constantly. Fold in cherries and food coloring, if desired. Pour over baked crust.

Combine all topping ingredients; sprinkle over filling.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly around edges.

Yields about 6-8 servings.


Upcoming events

— Mondays: Concerts in the Park are held each Monday, in Scheide Park, at 6:45 p.m.

— Tuesday: Plum Township supervisors meeting, at 6 p.m.

— Tuesday: Chapmanville VFD meeting, at 7:30 p.m., with the VOD meeting at 7 p.m.

— Wednesday: Independence Day; Fourth of July celebration.

— Thursday: Diamond Women’s Mission meet at 10:30 a.m., at the church.

— July 6-8: World War II Weekend at Perry Street Station.

— July 11: sDiamond Homemakers meet at Diamond EUM Church.

— July 11: Chapmanville CFD Ladies Auxiliary monthly dinner, beginning at 5 p.m.

—  July 13-14: Townville Old Home Days.

— July 14: HOTAfest Jam Session in Scheide Park, Titusville.


Date change

The Chapmanville Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will hold its monthly public ham and turkey supper on July 11, beginning at 5 p.m.

Normal day is the first Wednesday monthly. It is held at the fire hall on state Route 27 (458 Meadville Road), about eight miles west of Titusville.

Take-outs are available by calling the fire hall the day of the meal, at 827-1514. There is a fee, and children, ages 5 and under, eat for free.



Birthday greetings are sent to Wendell Neely and Kent Shaffer on June 30; Lillian Jones, Leah Miller, Charles Ohl, Carl Wright, and Joe Jones on July 1; Todd George and Carol Morgan on the 2nd; Ricki McIver and Roberta Orr on the 4th; Lisa Smith and David Ervin on the 5th; and Mary M. Miller and Miciah George on the 6th.

May God bless each one have a wonderful day of celebration.



Anniversary greetings are sent to: Terry and Roberta Beatty on July 1; Bob and Darlene Dingle on the 5th; and Larry and Nancy Armstrong on the 6th.

May these couples 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, with Pastor Jerome Alsdorf.

July volunteers: greeter — Lucy Vandervort; ushers — Judith Abrams, Sue Gafner, Ruth Messner and Lucy Vandervort. Thursdays at 6 p.m., choir practice weekly.

“Giving must be prompted from within, not pressured from without.” — Author unknown

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

Bible verse

“Blessed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.” —James 1:12


“In the end we see the reality off the finished product; the beginning is just a dream.” — Author unknown


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

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