New Dawn Singers

The New Dawn Singers will be in concert, Saturday, at 7 p.m., at the Chapmanville Community Church.

The Christian group does church concerts and school patriotic concerts. In the past, they have performed in several area schools and churches. This will be their final appearance in this area, as the leader who led the group for around 50 years, will be retiring after this concert season.

The concert is free. All are welcome to attend. A free will offering will be taken.

Flag pole installation ceremony

There will be a flag pole installation ceremony at the Free Methodist campground, in Pleasantville, on July 17, at 2 p.m. 

The flag pole will be erected by the maintenance men at the campground. The flag pole is telescoping and has 16 solar lights installed on top.

The flag pole was donated by a private citizen.

The VWF will be in attendance, to hold an informative discussion on proper flag protocol. All are welcome to attend.  Bring a lawn chair.

Blood drive

The American Red Cross Blood Drive will be Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Pleasantville Presbyterian Chapel.

Please bring your donor card or any photo ID. To schedule an appointment, go to, or call (800) RED-CROS.  Walk-ins are always welcome.

Pleasantville Book Club

The Pleasantville Book Club will meet July 7, at 6 p.m., at Coal Oil Johnny’s, in Pleasantville.

The selection for July is “In the Woods,” by Tana French. This is a gripping thriller from the New York Times bestseller list, and the acclaimed author of “Broken Harbor” and “The Secret Place.”

Parade applications

Anyone who would like to take part in the parade can get an application from Ginny Mancastroppa, at, or call (814) 403-0849.

Also, if anyone is interested in setting up as a vendor or setting up a display at the festival, you can get additional information from Lisa Justice, at


The 2016 Pleasantville Community Festival will be held July 17-23.

The theme this year is “Ol’ Time Fireman’s Festival.”  Here’s a preview of the events that will be held at the festival: 

n July 10 – Pleasantville festival pageant. 

n July 19 – fish fry at the pavilion. 

n July 20 – Kids night. 

n July 21 – Car cruise-in, directed by Brad Pearson. 

n July 22 – Cake and pie baking contest, pie eating contest, and tractor pull. 

n July 23 – parade, at 4 p.m., and fireworks, at 10 p.m., by Acepyro. Midway will be by R&M Amusements.


n Today, June 28: Insurance Awareness Day and Paul Bunyan Day

n June 29: Camera Day, Hug Holiday, International Mud Day, and Waffle Iron Day

n June 30: Meteor Day

n July 1: Canada Day, Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day, and International Joke Day

n July 2: I Forgot Day and World UFO Day

n July 3: Build a Scarecrow Day, Compliment Your Mirror Day, Disobedience Day, Stay out of the Sun Day

n July 4: Independence Day, National Country Music Day, and Sidewalk Egg Frying Day

Strawberry cheesecake poke cake

Ingredients: Cooking spray, six whole graham crackers, 1/2 box vanilla cake mix, prepared according to package, 1 pound strawberries with tops removed, one 8-ounce block cream cheese softened, one 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk, 1 cup milk, 8 ounces whipped topping (Cool Whip), and strawberries for garnish.

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x9 baking pan with cooking spray. Take five of the graham crackers and arrange them in the pan, breaking some of them to fill in the gaps.

Crush the remaining graham cracker and set aside. 

Pour the vanilla cake batter on the graham cracker base, then bake for 25-30 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Using the back of a wooden spoon, poke four rows of four holes in the cake, making 16 holes total after cake has cooled. 

In a large bowl, mash strawberries with a whisk until very fine. Add cream cheese and condensed milk, whisking until there are no large lumps.

Add the milk, stirring until smooth.  Pour the mixture over the cake and set until the cake has absorbed as much of the mixture as it can. Some of the mixture will still stay on top, which is okay.

Spread the whipped topping evenly on top. Chill the cake anywhere from 3 hours to overnight. Slice, and serve with strawberries and the reserved graham cracker crumbs. Yum!

Quote of the week

“Ordinary people believe only in the possible. Extraordinary people visualize not what is possible or probable, but rather what is impossible. And by visualizing the impossible, they begin to see it as possible.” – Cherie Carter-Scott

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