Unfortunately, there is another hurricane headed toward the U.S., and I hope it misses the East Coast area. The recovery time for Texas and Louisiana is in progress, but will take a long, long time. Prayers are still needed for the residents in these areas.

The leaves on our red maple tree are really falling quickly; some maple trees are just starting to begin changing color. Fall is generally a beautiful time of the year, as the leaves change color. Mornings have been cool but the afternoons become fairly nice and warm.

Busy weeks coming

The 96th annual Spartansburg Community Fair finishes up on Saturday.

On Tuesday, the Plum Township supervisors meet at 6 p.m., with the board of directors of the Chapmanville Volunteer Fire Department meeting at 7, and the regular fire fighters meeting at 7:30. These are held at the fire department building, in Chapmanville, at 458 Meadville Road (state Route 27).

Sept. 24: Gold Star Mothers and Family Day

Setp. 25: POW/MIA Recognition Day. I am so thankful for all the POW/MIA service men/women who are being identified and received a proper burial service. Thanks to the Veterans Corner informing us of these finds.


Our sympathy is sent to the family of David English, 80, of Titusville, who passed away on August 29. He is survived by his wife, Barbara English; his children, Lori (Dan) Hauptman, Dr. Beth English and husband, Steve Barnes, and Dr. Gregory English and wife, Dr. Lisa English. He is also survived by six grandchildren and six siblings. 

I knew his late sister, Marge Tempest. 

May God grant strength and comfort to his many family members and friends.


This is a recipe for “Parmesan potato wedges,” from the 1993 Ohio State Grange Cookbook, which are baked. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Ingredients: 4 large potatoes, ½ cup bread crumbs, ½ Parmesan cheese, ½ teaspoon garlic or onion powder and ½ cup melted margarine.

Directions: Peel potatoes; cut into wedges lengthwise. 

Mix breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, and garlic powder in bowl. 

Dip potato wedges into melted margarine; coat with bread crumb mixture. 

Place so wedges do not touch in greased 9- by 12-inch shallow casserole. 

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until tender and golden brown.

Wild Wind Art and Craft Festival

This festival will be held this Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is held at the Warren County Fairgrounds (state Route 6, 13 miles west of Warren). 

This is the 38th anniversary, and there is a fee to enter. If you purchase a ticket on Saturday, you get in free on Sunday. It is an interesting event to attend and look at all the offerings.

Class gathering

The 1959 class of Townville High School will gather at Hoss’s Restaurant, in Meadville, on Sept. 30, for a 6 p.m. dinner and visiting. All classmates are invited to come and see their friends and catch up on their visiting.

Genealogy conference

The Titusville Historical Society will hold its eighth annual genealogy conference on Oct. 21, in the multi-purpose room at Drake Well Museum, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s early bird registration is Sept. 16, and this allows participants on the regular registration fee. The registration will include a catered lunch.

Speakers and topics are: Dr. Rhonda Clark, “Accessing Historical Newspaper information for Genealogy”; Elissa Scalise Powell, “Bridging the Decades: Little Used Clues from the Census;” William B. Moore, “School Days: Educational Records;” Abigail Watson-Popescu, “Caring for Your Family Collection: Techniques for the Preservation of Heirlooms.”

Clark teaches full-time in the Department of Library Science at Clarion University. Powell is a certified genealogist, as well as a certified genealogy lecturer, and is the co-director of the Genealogy Research Institute of Pittsburgh. Moore has been a practicing attorney in Meadville since 1975, specializing in real estate and estate law, just recently retiring. Watson-Popescu has worked in various museums and archival settings dealing with preservation and storage of a multitude of objects and documents.

Electric outlets and wi-fi are available for laptop and tablet use. A small selection of books on genealogical subjects may be purchased by check or cash. To receive a registration form or to obtain more information about the conference, call (814) 827-3975.

Fall Fest in Diamond

Coming on Oct. 14 is the second annual Fall Fest. There will crafts available for purchase that have been fashioned by the Diamond Women’s Mission along with the Diamond Homemakers. This event is open to the public and all are invited to come and enjoy the festivities. There will be a pie-baking contest along with a chili cook-off. Hot dogs for everyone plus other foods including chili and pie. This is a free event except for the crafts. More info as plans are completed.

Church chuckle

A penny saved

Hoping to help his church save money, Pastor James decided to paint the church exterior himself, but all he had on hand was one bucket of paint. So, he collected a bunch of empty buckets and some water, which he used to thin the paint enough to cover the building. Then he spent the whole day painting.

That night, it rained and washed off all the paint. The pastor was so discouraged and asked God, “Why…why Lord, did you let it rain and wash away all my hard work?” God replied: “Repaint and thin no more.”


Happy birthday greetings are being sent to: Jim Cresswell, Carly Paden, John Kopf, Marc Cheney, and Jamie Brown on Sept. 9, Ruth Hasbrouck, Luke McPherson, Suzanne Stauffer, and Amelia Baker on the 10th, Paul Burnett on the 11th, Faith Sansom on the 12th, Lucy Vandervort on the 13th, and Steve Burnett on the 15th. 

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


Happy anniversary greetings are being sent to: Richard and Jennifer Atha on Sept. 9, Brian and Heather Gates on the 11th, Chad and Jessica Brockett on the 13th, and George and Nancy Anderson on the 14th. 

May God bless each couple with many more years of love and happiness.

Church news

Bible verse: “And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.” — Psalm 50:15.

A Thought: “I find that giving thanks for the gift of life brings me ever closer to the Giver of that life.” — Thomas Kinkade.

Diamond EUM Church — September volunteers: greeter, Judith Abrams; ushers, Terry Isenhart, Eric Messner, Luke Messner, and Al VanGuilder; pianist, Elaine Myers; audio tech, Luke Messner. Sunday school, at 9:45 a.m., with worship service, at 11, with Pastor Jerome Alsdorf. Sept. 25 — Diamond Church PPR meeting at 6:30 p.m., followed by the church council meeting, at 7:30.

Chapmanville Community Church — Sunday school, at 9:45 a.m., and worship, at 10:45.

Abrams can be reached by email, at abby@zoominternet.net, or by phone, at 827-2597.

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