Good morning. The cooler mornings are nice, and a relief from those days that begin with heat and humidity. We have talked with many people who say that this has been a bad year for them with the high temperatures and humidity. I know we have been bothered a lot this year, and you just feel tired and have no energy. My heart goes out to those with breathing issues. One thing this past couple of weeks, the grass growing has really slowed down.

It is so neat to watch the rabbits running around the yard and feeding on the morning dewy grass. They are so cute and have such cute actions.




— Aug. 1: Diamond Homemakers meeting will be held at 10 a.m., at Diamond EUM Church.

— Aug. 1: Monthly dinner will be held at Chapmanville Volunteer Fire Department fire hall, sponsored by VFD auxiliary, at 5 p.m.

— July 31: Concert in the Park.

— Aug. 7: Plum Township supervisors meet at 6 p.m., at the Chapmanville Volunteer Fire Department fire hall. All area residents are welcome.

— Aug. 7: Chapmanville Volunteer Fire Department Board of Directors will 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.

— Aug. 10-12: Titusville 2018 Oil Festival.

— Aug. 9: Diamond Women’s Mission will meet at church parking lot at 10:30 a.m.

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

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

— Aug. 25: Drake Day Circus.



We send sympathy to the family of Bonnie Lee Carll, 78, of Tionesta, who passed away on July 14. She had suffered injuries in an auto accident in Illinois while traveling for her 60th wedding anniversary trip. She is survived by her husband, William Carll, and five children, 13 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and three sisters. Her parents died in a tornado on May 31, 1985. May God give comfort and strength to family and friends during their time of loss.


Drake Well


Saturday, July 28, the Drake Well Museum and Park and Friends of Drake Well Inc., will present Something More Saturdays which is a program offering visitors unique and entertaining learning experiences not included in a typical museum visit that is included in a regular admission fee.

This event will feature hands-on activities and games, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors will enjoy conducting oil vs. water experiments, creating a paper replica of the Drake Well, viewing and handling objects from the 19th and early 20th centuries and much more.

They will also have to opportunity to discover the blacksmith’s role in the early oil region. The Oil Valley Blacksmith Association will hold demonstrations in the museum’s Blacksmith Shop, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit the museum’s website at, or call 827-2797.


Saucy celery

This is recipe is for saucy celery and sounds tasty. This is a recipe that serves celery in a very different way and get your veggies in. This is another recipe from the “Country Cooking in Forest County,” published in 1981 by Tionesta Church of God.

Ingredients: 4 cups thinly sliced celery, 4 tablespoons margarine, 2 tablespoons flour, ¼ teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons each of chopped green pepper and chopped pimento, ¾ cups soft bread crumbs, 1 tablespoon melted margarine, 1 cup milk, one cup (4-ounces) shredded sharp cheese, and one 3-ounce can mushrooms (chopped and drained).

Directions: Cook celery, covered, in margarine until tender crisp (about 15 minutes). Stir in flour and salt. Add milk, cook stirring until mixture thickens and bubbles. Stir in cheese until melted; add mushrooms, pepper and pimento. Turn into 1-quart casserole. Combine crumbs and butter, sprinkle over top. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Serves 8 to 10 people.


Monthly dinner

The Chapmanville Volunteer Fire Department Ladies’ Auxiliary will hold its monthly public ham and turkey supper on Wednesday, beginning at 5 p.m. It is held at the fire hall on state Route 27 (458 Meadville Road), about eight miles west of Titusville. There is a fee. Take-outs are available and you may call the fire hall, at 827-1514 on the day of the dinner.


Diamond Homemakers

The Diamond Homemakers met on July 11, at the Diamond EUM Church parking lot to carpool to Townville. There were six members attending and they enjoyed lunch at an area restaurant. While waiting for the food to be served, a short business meeting was held. The minutes were read and the treasurer’s report given. No collection was taken.  


Women’s Mission

The next meeting for the Diamond Women’s Mission has been moved to the second Thursday of August, the 9th. The group will meet at the church parking lot at 10:30 a.m., to carpool to Meadville for the annual picnic.


1959 class

reunion meeting

The Townville High School Class of 1959 will meet on Aug. 18, at 6 p.m., at the Meadville Perkins Restaurant. The class will begin planning for its 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. You can email, or call (814) 967-2878 for more information.



Happy birthday greetings are sent to: Eric Hasbrouck, David Beers, Renee Shreffler, Kyle Weldon and Donna Lewis Garnes on July 28; Krista Shaffer, Gene Shaffer Jr. Andrew Rice, Carol Shaw, John Warren, Albert Rosenberg, Robert Lewis and Joyce Chapman on the 29th; Roger Battin, Sandy Hepler and Shaylyn Greathouse on the 30th; Jessica Coblentz, Jesse Spangler and Jessica Coulson on the 31st; Travis Gates on Aug. 1; Dick Abrams on the 2nd; and Dalton Abrams, Ben Wanker and Terry Shreffler on the 4th. May each be blessed with a great day of celebration.



Anniversary greetings are being sent to: Dennis and Joanne Bean and Dale and Terry Spangler on July 31st; Mark and Loretta McIver on Aug. 1; and Jason and Robyn Baker on the 3rd. May each couple be blessed with many more years of love and happiness.


Church news

—Diamond EUM Church

“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us.” — Psalm 67:1 (NIV)

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

The church has had great lessons in SS and people are invited to join the congregation to learn more about the Lord and the Bible.

July volunteers: greeter — Lucy Vandervort; ushers — Judith Abrams, Sue Gafner, Ruth Messner and Lucy Vandervort.

August volunteers: greeter — TBA; ushers — Eric Messner, Luke Messner, Gary Abrams and Al VanGuilder.

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

“The Lord is nigh (near) all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.” — Psalm 145:18


“Our sense of spiritual connection is strengthened by practicing an attitude of thankfulness for every day and moment.” — Thomas Kinkade


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

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