Hello out there in reader land; I am glad we have had some nice overnight rain. It is dry and the blackberries and raspberries are drying up without being completely ripe. Cucumbers are still coming on and they are so good fresh from the garden.

The Crawford County Fair will begin Saturday with professional wrestling at noon, and the truck/tractor pulls scheduled for 12:30 and 7:30 p.m. The activities continue daily with much to do and see. Titusville Day will be held on Monday, and the final day will be next Saturday.



August activities

— Saturday, 1959 Townville High School meeting at 6 p.m., at Meadville Perkins.

— Saturday, opening day for Crawford County Fair at noon.

— Monday, Chapmanville VFD Auxiliary meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m.



Cookie Brittle

This is from the internet, along with many others for cookies and bars done on a sheet. They sounded good to me and easy to make; hope you enjoy them. I want to make them soon. They are called Cookie Brittle and they turn a chocolate chip cookie into a crisp shortbread, and the recipe is from Linda Larsen.

Ingredients: 1 cup butter (softened, not margarine), 2 teaspoons vanilla, ¼ teaspoon salt, ½ cup sugar, ½ cup brown sugar, 2 cups flour, 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, 1 cup chopped pecans or more chocolate chips. Drizzle: ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted.

Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine the butter, vanilla, salt and sugar in a large bowl and beat together until well blended, using the back of a spoon. Stir in the flour until just mixed. Add 2 cups of chocolate chips and the nuts, if using. Press the cookie dough evenly into a 15-by-10-inch jelly roll pan. Bake for 15 to 25 minutes, until light golden brown. Check at the 15-minute bake time, then watch cookies carefully; they go from light brown to burnt around the edges very quickly. Let cookies cool in pan on wire rack.

Directions for drizzle: Place ½ cup chocolate chips in microwave-safe glass measuring cup and microwave on 50 percent power for 1 minute; stir until melted. Drizzle over the cooled cookies. Then break the cookies into irregular pieces. Store in airtight container.




On the first day in August, at 10 a.m., there were six members of the Diamond homemakers and one guest, Irene Bromley, who met at Diamond EUM Church. It was a treat to have Lillian Bortzer present with the group.

Everyone enjoyed playing a few games of dominoes. Then at noon, Carolee VanGuilder offered everyone angel food cake, with lemon topping, to go with the sack lunches.

Afterward, a short business meeting was held and the secretary’s and treasurer’s reports were given. It was announced that it was Linda McCurdy’s birthday and as she was unable to attend, a card will be sent to her. No additional business was presented and the meeting adjourned.



women’s mission

The women of the Diamond women’s mission group met on Aug. 9, with 10 in attendance. They met at the church parking lot and carpooled to Meadville to celebrate the annual picnic. Table grace was given by Brenda Thompson and those attending enjoyed their meal. Devotions were given by Brenda and she read the story of Hagar and Sarah.

All those attending signed a sympathy card for Elaine Myers who recently lost her husband, David. There were individuals who signed up to provide various foods for the lunch following David’s memorial service on Saturday at the church. A discussion was held for the projects to be done for the rest of the year. No additional business was presented and the meeting adjourned.


Titusville Area Historical Society

The historical society changed the meeting date for August to Tuesday, at 6:30 p.m. They will meet at the heritage center, and the phone number is (814) 271-7303.


Happy birthday greetings are sent to: Brenda Thompson and Kathy Shaffer Chapel on Aug. 18; Tim Cresswell on the 19th; Lori Lewis, Katrina V. Smith and Eileen Copeland on the 20th; Blanche Hart on the 21st; Ali Jones, Andrew Hoban, Parker Cooper and Melanie Cheney on the 22nd; Boyd Armstrong Jr., Ray Cooper, Mary Groshner, Harmony Motter, Anita Capistro, Elma McKean and Vicky Doeright on the 23rd’ and Barney Moyers on the 24th. May each be blessed with a great day of celebration.



Anniversary greetings are being sent to: Todd and Janette Phillips on Aug. 18; David and Denise Williams on the 19th; Jack and Janet Gadsby on the 20th; Ed and Shirley Moronski on the 22nd; and Bill and Janice Sutton on the 23rd. May each couple be blessed with many more years of love and happiness.


Church news

— Diamond EUM Church

“God’s plan is forever. So often we see bills to pay, houses to buy, business to manage, education to finish, and God knows these things concern us. But he sees more; he sees forever.” — Decision Vision

Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m., with worship service at 11, with Pastor Jerome Alsdorf.

Thursdays at 6 p.m., choir practice weekly.

— Chapmanville Community Church

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

Bible verse: “And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there be any more a flood to destroy the Earth.” — Genesis 9:11

Thought: “Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.” — Author unknown

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

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