Good morning, everyone. Well, here we are, another year has passed and we are starting a new one.

My son said it well the other night: I thank God for all he did last year and am looking forward to what he has for us in 2017.


“And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.” – Psm. 40:3


Township news

Tonight is the monthly Supervisor’s meeting, at 6:30. The re-organization meeting will be held first and then the regular  monthly meeting. Hope to see some of you there. On Wednesday morning, at 8, there will be a re-organization meeting for the Board of Auditors.


VFD news

Next Monday, at 7 p.m., is the regular monthly meeting for the VFD. The fire department is always looking for new members. If you are interested in joining the department, see any member or pick up an application at the Township Building.

 The green wreath was kept green during the holiday season.   


“Praise ye the Lord. Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.” – Psm. 149:1


Area news 

Drake Well Museum and Park is announcing its 2017 winter operating hours. After starting on Monday, the museum will be closed Monday through Friday and open on Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m., for the months of January and February.  The museum’s business offices will remain open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., throughout the winter.

The Drake Well Museum store will be closed for the entirety of January and February. Merchandise can always be purchased by utilizing the “shop online” tab, at, e-mailing, or calling the Museum, at 827-2797.

The museum will return to its regular operating schedule, Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m., on March 1.

For more information about museum programs, visit, call 827-2797, or find the museum on Facebook, at Drake Well Museum.


Gospel concert

Titusville Church of Christ will be hosting “The SLIM Brothers” live and in concert.

A popular southern gospel group, “The SLIM Brothers,” will play Jan. 8, at 6 p.m., for a live concert. Admission is free and everyone is invited.

The plates for a love offering for The SLIM Brothers will be passed around.  Refreshments will be served afterward.


Garden of Hope –

Affirming Potential

For 12 weeks, starting Jan. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m., Titusville Church of Christ will host the Love INC of Titusville program called “Garden of Hope – Affirming Potential.”

Have you ever felt like you don’t know where you are going in life? You wonder why you are here? What’s the use?  Garden of Hope provides answers to these questions and more. Garden of Hope is a transformational ministry, people helping people journey to find answers to some of life’s most troubling questions.

It will be a night of new beginnings for those willing to look at life with new perspective.

First round of classes will include affirming potentail, a must for all who attend, and then the choice of an optional class in either basics in budgeting (with optional mentor and incentives from vouchers to food pantry) or basics of faith (understanding the Bible).

Classes will run for 12 weeks, every Tuesday night, from 6 to 8. Childcare will be provided. Classes will be held at Titusville Church of Christ, 221 W. Main St. Register by calling the Love INC office, at 827-4882. Classes are open to everyone, regardless of faith, and at no charge. All materials provided.


God’s Real Men Summit

Men, you won’t want to miss this special event just for you, on Feb. 24 and Feb. 25. The conference starts Feb. 24, at 6 p.m., including welcome and worship, the opening night message by Chicago’s Pastor James MacDonald (via DVD) and a “chips, dip, and dessert fellowship” time.

Saturday’s activities go from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday includes a “big, bold breakfast,” burgers and dogs for lunch worship, and three more energizing messages for men throughout the day from Pastor MacDonald, Pastor Matt Chandler, and the Pastor who is now with the Lord, Adrian Rogers (all via DVD).

The two-day event is designed to encourage men of the Titusville area to step up and step into their roles as men of God and spiritual leaders in their families and congregations.

Men from all Titusville area churches are invited, and we ask all area pastors to help us spread the word and build this event that we will hopefully become an annual happening. You can get more information, a schedule, and the registration form, at


“As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.” – Prov. 25:25



Snuggle in and enjoy some delicious, easy crock pot recipes in the cold month of January.

Tennessee chicken

Add to crock pot one package of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, 8-ounces of cream cheese, a package of zesty Italian seasoning, a can of cream of chicken soup, and a can of cream of mushroom soup. Cook 6 to 8 hours, depending on your crockpot. Serve over pasta of your choice.

Pot roast

Add to crock pot beef broth, a beef shoulder of some sort, potatoes, onions, and carrots. Cook this in the crock pot for 8 to 10 hours on low, depending on your crock pot. Serve with a warm loaf of French bread.

BBQ chicken

Add to crock pot a package of boneless and skinless chicken breasts, 2 cups of ketchup, a cup of brown sugar, a cup of vinegar, and an entire bottle of BBQ sauce (Sweet Baby Rays is a great choice). Mix it all together in the crock pot, and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. Make sure you let the chicken fall apart by helping it with a fork, and then serve it over rice or on a bun.

Try using your crock pot for some of your favorite recipes or just be creative and make up your own recipe.


“Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.” – Ecc. 1:10


Hints and tips                                                

1. To restore finished wood furniture, steep two tea bags in hot water for 10 minutes. Let cool, then dampen a clean soft cloth with tea and wipe over wood furniture. It will bring out the woods natural color and shine.

2. Use kitty litter mixed with baking soda in a pan to neutralize musty or bad odors.                                                                                                                                       

3. If the tip of your shoe lace becomes frayed, snip off the frayed end. Then paint or dip the end of the shoe lace into clear nail polish and let it dry. Good as new.                                                                                               

4. If your new shoes are too tight, put the nozzle of your blow dryer into shoe and turn on low. When shoe gets warm, stuff with paper or socks to stretch it.                                                                  

5. Spray WD40 on a cloth and wipe over leather shoes or leather boots, then buff with a soft clean cloth to shine and make them waterproof.                                                                             

6. To make nail polish stay on nails longer first coat fingernails with white vinegar using a cotton ball. Let dry then apply nail polish. To quickly dry nail polish, dip fingers into a bowl of cold water. Then shake access water from hands and allow hands to air dry.

7. Shaving your legs with hair conditioner instead of soap makes them soft and smooth. Just apply, shave, and rinse.

8. A little olive oil and enough sugar to make a paste make a nice facial scrub. Gently massage onto face avoiding eye area then rinse with warm water. This can also be used on hands.

9. Witch Hazel is a great facial cleanser and toner.

10. Baby shampoo is not only gentle for babies hair, but can also be used by adults for soft shiny hair.                                                          

11. To clean oil based paint off of your hands, use vegetable oil. Then wash hands with warm soapy water.

12. Before storing clothes that have been dry cleaned, remove them from the plastic bag, as the bag may cause clothes to yellow.     

13. If you have weeds growing in the cracks of your patio, deck,or driveway. Kill them by spraying them with a solution of 1/4 cup of salt added to 1 gallon of water.                                                                     

14. To keep weeds from returning to the cracks of your patio, deck, or driveway keep salt in the cracks.

15. Remove onion smell from your hands by first washing them with soap and water. Then while hands are still wet rub them over the faucet spout. “No more smelly hands”.                                                

16. Cosmetology schools are great money savers for haircuts and hair coloring. Some even offer nails and pedicures. Students do the work and are supervised by certified teachers ,to insure that the work is done correctly.

17. If you drop a  can of soda or it gets shaken up, to keep it from exploding when you pop the top, use your thumb and middle finger to thump up and down the side of the can as you rotate it for about 20 seconds.Then you can pop the top and enjoy.

18. If your dryer seems to take longer to dry the clothes then it used too, remove the screen filter and scrub both sides with a soft brush in warm soapy water(an old toothbrush works well).Then rinse thoroughly and dry, before putting back in dryer. This will also help your heating element last longer. Repeat as necessary.

19. Keep a bottle of Dawn original blue dish detergent on hand, it’s a great degreaser as well as a spot remover.

20. To remove the smell of smoke place bowls of white vinegar around the house to absorb the odor.

21. 1/2 lemon sprinkled with table salt can be used safely to clean or remove stains from granite. For stains leave lemon and salt on stain to soak, then rinse with clean water and dry.

22. Dampen a cloth with white vinegar then sprinkle cream of tartar on the cloth to clean porcelain.

23. Salt and lemon juice mixed together remove mildew stains.


 “Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.” –  Is:9


Remember in prayer

Steve Reed, Randy Zimmerman, Cody Manners, Carol Finsel, Dick Anderson, Sarah Stearns, Ann Wade, Ed Holzschuh, Carolle Burns, Paul Atkinson, 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 p.m.

 – 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 George Brickner

(814) 677-0448

Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.; Sunday worship service, 11; evening service, 7.

Wednesday Bible study, 7:00 pm.

 – Cherrytree Evangelical United Methodist

Pastor Roy Brownlee

(814) 227-6999

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

God bless.

Contact me

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

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