Good morning, everyone. Hope everyone had a great week.  Hard to believe only one more week in July.

VFD news

There will be a flea market on Aug. 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you would like to rent a table, contact Allen Wade, at 827-2567 or 493-5334. The kitchen will be open.

TOPS

The meeting of July 17 was opened by Debbie with the TOPS and KOPS pledges. The group had 10 members in attendance. There were nine TOPS and one KOPS. There was a total loss of 6 pounds. The group had two turtles. Pam was high TOPS loser and Debbie was the high KOPS loser.

Angel won the menu drawing. Debbie won the quarter fund and Marjorie won the encouragement basket. The challenge was to eat two servings of fruits and vegetables each day, and also to take the time to contact someone in the chapter and give them some encouragement.

The program was given by Debbie. She read an article about the negative affects of using margarine compared to butter.

Today will be a weigh-in only. The church is having their week-long bible school program, starting Monday evening. The group will have our regular meeting on July 31st.

On July 31, the group will be having awards night for May and June. We have three winners. Be sure and show your support by bringing a small gift item for each winner. Don’t forget to bring something for the encouragement basket as well.

The meeting was closed by Debbie with the closing pledge and prayer circle.

Titusville TOPS meets at Titusville United Methodist Church located at 302 W. Walnut St., in Titusville. Weigh-in starts at 5:15 p.m. The meeting starts at 6. Anyone interested is welcome to attend.

Area happenings

— Titusville Theater Camp will be held at the Titusville YWCA, Monday, to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

This camp is for children ages 6 through 9. It will teach theater and performing basics as well as a fun song to perform before the Youth Theatre’s production. The camp is sponsored by Titusville Council on the Arts and will be held at the Titusville YWCA. For additional information, call 827-2381, or visit titusvillecouncilonthearts.org.

— A murder mystery dinner/train ride will be hosted by the Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad, at 409 S. Perry St., Titusville, Saturday, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The name of the show is Motel Mayhem — Dead and Breakfast. See if you can outwit the detective and other guests. Be the one to solve the crime and win a prize. Cost includes buffet dinner, show, dessert, tax ,and gratuity. For more information, call 676-1733.

— Resurrection Baptist Church will be having their annual tent meeting starting Aug. 6. Sunday’s meetings will be 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Monday through Friday, meetings will be held at 7 p.m. Come out for some old fashioned preaching. There will be plenty of godly music, and, of course, the fellowship.

Join the church for these special meetings. There will be a bonfire after the services, and Friday night will be the chili cooking contest. RBC is located at 3515 state Route 8, 5 miles south of Titusville. Look for the red and white tents.

Recipes

It is fresh corn season, and one of my favorites is corn on the cob. But you don’t have to eat it off the cob to enjoy its deliciousness. Try one of these recipes.

Fresh corn pie

Ingredients:

1 9-inch deep dish pie shell, flute edges high

4 eggs, lightly beaten

1 1/4 cups whipping cream

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon grated yellow onion (or finely chopped)

1 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels

1 cup grated extra-sharp cheddar cheese

paprika

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Prick crust well on bottom and sides with fork, par-bake pastry crust with parchment paper and pie weight beans for 5-7 minutes until firm but not brown. (Remove beans and parchment paper.)

Stir together rest of ingredients except paprika and parsley. Pour carefully into pie shell.

Sprinkle with a little paprika.

Bake 10 minutes, reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake 30 minutes longer or until center is almost firm. Cool about 10 minutes.

Garnish with fresh chopped parsley if desired.

Zucchini and sweet corn soufflé

Ingredients:

2 medium zucchini (about 1-1/2 pounds), shredded

2-1/2 teaspoons salt, divided

6 large eggs

2 medium ears sweet corn, husks removed

6 tablespoons butter

2 green onions, chopped

6 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1-1/4 cups 2% milk

1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese

Directions:

1. Place zucchini in a colander over a plate; sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt and toss. Let stand 30 minutes. Rinse and drain well; blot dry with paper towels. Meanwhile, separate eggs; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Grease a 2-1/2 quart souffle dish; dust lightly with flour.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place corn in a large saucepan; add water to cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook, covered, 3-5 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain. Cool slightly. Cut corn from cobs and place in a large bowl.

3. In a large skillet, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add green onions and zucchini; cook and stir until tender. Stir in flour, pepper and remaining salt until blended; gradually stir in milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until sauce is thickened. Add to corn; stir in cheese.

4. Stir a small amount of hot zucchini mixture into egg yolks; return all to bowl, stirring constantly. Cool slightly.

5. In a large bowl, beat egg whites on high speed until stiff but not dry. With a rubber spatula, gently stir a fourth of the egg whites into zucchini mixture. Fold in remaining egg whites. Transfer to prepared dish.

6. Bake 45-50 minutes or until top is puffed and center appears set. Serve immediately.

Helpful hints

An easy way to get corn off the cob.

To remove corn kernels from the cob using a bundt pan, stand the shucked corn cob upright, with the tip of cob placed in the center hole of the bundt pan.

Holding the cob steady, use a sharp knife and make long downward strokes on the cob, separating the kernels from the cob.

Many bundt pans have a stick-free interior. If this is the case with yours, be careful not to scratch the interior of the pan with your knife. If the knife scratches around the edges of the bundt pan hole, that shouldn’t be a problem, as when you use a bundt pan baking, this area doesn’t usually come in contact with the cake batter. (Note from the comments, you can tuck a paper towel or dish towel into the hole to protect the pan.)

LOL

I was a little surprised when my son suddenly announced one day after church, “I am thinking of being a Minister when I grow up.” “Why is that?” I asked. “Well, I figure I have to go to church on Sundays anyway, and I think it’ll be more fun to stand and yell then to just sit and listen.”

Remember in prayer

Mary Moore and Molly, Steve Reed, Paul Henderson, Evelyn McKee, Jason Reed, Cody Manners, Ann Wade, Ed Holzschuh, Carolle Burns, and Paul Atkinson.

As many of you may know, Evelyn McKee has moved to Independence Court, in Erie.  Her address is 41 W. Gore Road, Erie, Pa., 16509. She would love to hear from her friends and neighbors. If you would like her phone number, please feel free to contact me.

Community churches

— Breedtown Baptist

Pastor Ward Beers

827-9331

Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.; church service, 11.

Wednesday evening Bible study and prayer service, 6

— Resurrection Baptist Church

Pastor Jim Waugh

827-0370

Family Sunday school, 10:30 a.m.; Sunday preaching, 11 a.m.; evening service, 6.

Wednesday prayer service, 6 p.m.

— Open Door Baptist

Pastor Josh Welton

(814) 677-0448

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

Wednesday Bible study, 7 p.m.

— Cherrytree Evangelical United Methodist

Rev. Laurajane Stone.

(814) 671-4239

Sunday worship, 10 a.m.; Sunday school, 11:15 a.m.

God bless.

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.” — 1 Thessalonians 5:28

If you would like to submit any news items, birthdays, anniversaries, or have any ideas for this column, please contact Charlene Armstrong, at newsofcherrytree@outlook.com or 814-493-1488.

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