Good morning. Fall is quickly approaching, and young people will soon be going back to college and school for another year. This is a time for every driver to be very careful near schools and especially on bus routes to protect our children and youth. Obey all rules governing any roads where the bus picks up kids and the rules for approaching a school bus. It is a disaster to see children hit and killed when going to or coming from buses in the mornings and afternoons.

Stop and watch for buses, or children crossing the streets. Kids get excited and dash out without thinking. We, as adults, are supposed to be the ones to make good decisions and do what is required as drivers.


Diamond news

I will be giving up my time of composing and recording the Diamond news on the last week of August. I have been doing this column since early 1994, after the untimely passing of the former correspondent, Howard Strawbridge. Strawbridge was a tremendous writer and historian. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time doing it, but it is time for someone else in the area to take over. I am trying to slow down and give up some responsibilities; 24 years is enough for me.

It is a very interesting job, and I have met many nice people via emails, phone calls, just seeing people in town who recognize me, and the Herald staff members over the years. So many women have asked for and thanked me for all the recipes I have put in over the years. People have been great about giving me news items, and I thank them so much.

I know there are people in the area who can do this column. Just call the Titusville Herald and let them know of your interest and desire to do it. It is very rewarding to let others know of the happenings in this small area.


Upcoming events

— Tuesday: Plum Township Supervisors meet at 6 p.m., at Chapmanville VFD fire hall. All area residents welcome.

— Tuesday: CVFD Board of Directors meet at 7 p.m. at the fire hall, with the regular meeting to follow at 7:30. All area residents are encouraged to attend.

— Friday and Saturday: Titusville 2018 Oil Festival.

— Thursday: Diamond Womens Mission meet at church parking lot, at 10:30 a.m.

— Aug. 18: 1959 Townville High School meeting at 6 p.m., at Meadville Perkins.

— Aug. 27: CVFD Auxiliary meeting at 7:30 p.m.

— Aug. 17: 159th Annual Drake Discovery Day.



This is from the Ben-Adel Family cookbook, and was submitted by Gary’s late mother Eleanor Abrams Shaffer, my mother-in-law who was a wonderful cook and baker.

Ingredients: One pound hamburger, 2 tablespoons water, 1 medium onion (chopped), 1 can cream of chicken soup, 6 medium potatoes, salt and pepper, and 1 ½ cups milk.

Directions: Cook hamburg and onion in pan until red color leaves meat. Put chicken soup over top and set side. Pare and slice potatoes. Put layer of ½ of potatoes in 2 ½-quart casserole, salt and pepper. Pour hamburg mixture over potatoes, then layer rest of potatoes on top, salt and pepper. Pour milk over this and bake 1 ½ hours at 350 degrees.


1959 Class reunion meeting

The 1959 High School class from Townville High School will meet on Aug. 18, at 6 p.m., at the Meadville Perkins Restaurant for a meeting. The class will begin their planning for the 60th class reunion in 2019. They will form a committee, begin working to secure a place for the event and get things underway. There is a small balance available for the start-up fund to begin preparations. All classmates are invited to attend. For more information, email, or call (814) 967-2878.




The Titusville Historical Society is holding their Annual Genealogical Conference on Oct. 20, at Drake Well Museum, from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. There is a fee, with varying prices for early bird and regular registration. Early bird registration must be postmarked by Sept. 15. No registration will be accepted after Oct. 13. Catered lunch is included in the registration. There are cancelation restrictions.

Email or stop in to the Heritage Center for more details.

There are two lectures attendees will have to choose between for the 2:45 session: “Beginning Genealogy” or “Brick Walls (Intermediate/Advanced).”

There is a form to be filled out for the “Brick Wall,” session and must be emailed or mailed no later than Sept. 15. Speakers for the day will include Jessica Hilburn, William B. Moore, Dr. Rhonda Clark, and Kathryn Newson.

President Chris Fiely will have the opening remarks.

Please dress in layers depending on weather you get cool or too warm as the venue has air conditioning. Wi-Fi is available, and attendees are welcome to bring charged laptops, tablets or other devices if they so desire. Electrical outlets are limited. Genealogy how-to and reference books will be available for purchase (check or cash only).

Attendees should use the front door when they arrive, as the side door is not to be used by the public.

For more information, or a registration blank, email, or mail Titusville Historical Society, P. O. Box 739, Titusville, Pa., 16354.

Interested parties can also stop in at the Heritage Center office on Friday, from 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, from noon to 3 p.m. at 126 West Spring St.



Happy birthday greetings are sent to: Dalton Abrams, Sharon Strawbridge, Ben Wanker, and Terry Shreffler on Aug. 4; Kristopher Hulsizer, Pam Rosenberg, and Grace Canady on the 5th; Cheryl Ohl, Roberta Beatty, Kali Hunt, and Rajeanna Gates on the 6th; Gene Mishler, Joan Barnhart, Beth Frances and Vickie Hoffman on the 7th; Valerie Motter, Savannah Marvin and Kim Weldon on the 8th; Lisa Alsdorf, Bill Kelly and Marty Graham on the 9th; and John Hall on the 10th. May each be blessed with a great day of celebration.



Anniversary greetings are being sent to: Jim and Darlene McIntyre on Aug. 5th; Brent and Sarah Muir and Robert and Jessica Crawford on the 8th; and Bill and Janis Sutton on the 10th. May each couple 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.

We have had great lessons in SS and you are invited to join us as we learn more about the Lord and the Bible.

Thursdays, at 6 p.m.: Choir practice, weekly.

August Volunteers: Greeter: TBA; Ushers: Eric Messner, Luke Messner, Gary Abrams, Al VanGuilder

“Each of us is encircled by the presence of Almighty God” — Charles Stanley.

— Chapmanville Community Church:

Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., and worship at 10:45, with Pastor Glenn Van Cise.

 “Leadership doesn’t guarantee an absence of problems” — Author unknown.

Bible verse

“He (Jesus) shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.” — Isaiah 40:11.



“Strong leadership doesn’t guarantee an absence of problems” —Author unknown.

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

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