Good morning, everyone. We had our first frost of the season the other day. Hard to believe it is the end of October and some folks are still mowing grass.

VFD news

Tomorrow night is the turkey shoots. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Shooting starts when 10 shoots are full, or 6. If you would like to donate a baked good for the shoots, leave it at the township building by 5. Kitchen will be open.

Last week there were 12 shoots. Come out and get a chance to win a really nice metal detector along with other nice gifts. Hope to see some of you there.

On Nov. 16-18, there will be a book sale at the VFD. Contact Lori Wade if you are interested in donating books or would like to help with the sale. Her number is 827-2567.


The meeting of Oct. 9 was opened by Pam with the TOPS and KOPS pledges. The group had 11 members weigh in. There were 10 TOPS and one KOPS. The group had a total loss of 4 1/2 pounds and a grain of 1 1/2 pounds and five turtles.

Karen was the high TOPS loser and Debbie was the high KOPS loser. Letta won the menu drawing. Koren won the encouragement basket and the quarter fund rolled over to the next week. The challenge was to drink your eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day or pay 25 cents per day.

The program was given by Alyssa Richards, from Lotus Blossom, along with Denise Seibert and Heidi Wonderling, from Nova care. Alyssa shared a healthy lunch option, southwest quinoa salad. She provided each of us with a sample to try along with a copy of the recipe. She also shared with us the benefits of using quinoa over rice.

Denise and Heidi shared a breathing exercises called three part breathing. Explaining that yoga is practiced discipline. It enhances the ability to relax. It helps you sleep better. Improves your ability to focus and reduces stress as well as anxiety.

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

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

Titusville Church of Christ

If you live in the Titusville area and have kids, please plan to come to the Awana Club’s information and registration night on Wednesday, at 6 p.m. You can get more information at or by calling (814) 493-9987.  Please share this with everyone you know who has kids in the Titusville area. 

Save the date

Associtated Charities, Ladies Night Out will be on Dec. 5. More information will be available.


Peanut butter banana


A single serving dessert at it’s best. Whips up in minutes and has an ooey-gooey sweet center with a crispy exterior.


• 1 8-inch whole wheat tortilla

• 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter

• 1/2 medium banana

• 1 tablespoon semi-sweet chocolate chips

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1. Spread the peanut butter over the surface of the tortilla.

2. Slice the banana very thinly and then arrange the slices over half of the tortilla. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the banana slices and then fold the tortilla in half.

3. Cook the quesadilla in a skillet over medium-low heat until golden brown and crispy on both sides.

Parmesan roasted carrots


8-10 carrots peeled

2 tablespoons butter melted

2 teaspoons garlic minced

4 tablespoons parmesan cheese

 1 teaspoon chopped parsley


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

 2. Mix melted butter and garlic together.

 3. Place carrots on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

4. Drizzle with butter/garlic mixture.

5. Roast in oven for 15 minutes.

6. Shake pan occasionally to rotate carrots.

7. Top with cheese and roast for another 10 minutes or until carrots reach desired doneness.

8. Top with parsley and serve immediately.

Helpful hints


Dishwasher: A dishwasher can be cleaned with household vinegar or citric acid powder. Pour a gallon of vinegar in the bottom, let set for an hour or so, then run the washer through a full cycle. Citric acid powder will also help remove hard-water buildup. Add a half-cup of powder and run the dishwasher.

If there’s still an unpleasant odor coming from inside, examine the drain hose to see if it’s crimped and check the bottom for bits of food or gunk. After checking, if the odor it still strong, call a plumber because it might be a possible hazardous plumbing problem, like sewer gas, that needs to be remedied.

Mothball: This strong odor, in furniture or clothing, can be taken care of with a lot of air circulation. If it’s in clothing, hang garments outside in fresh air to let the smell dissipate. Wash garments alone with washing soda or baking soda, added to the regular amount of detergent.

If the odor is inside a chest of drawers or a cedar chest, you must air out the drawers too and then lightly sand the inside and vacuum up the shavings. Stuff the drawers with newspapers to help absorb the odors. Wipe the inside with a cloth lightly dampened with household vinegar and let air-dry.

Smoke: If clothing smells smoky, put it out in the fresh air. Many fabric-odor sprays do a good job, particularly on winter coats and heavy sweaters. Of course, normal laundering can remove the odor. But if there has been a fire, and the smoke smell is awful, locate a dry cleaner that has an ozone cleaner and that should do the trick.

Foot/shoe: As long as foot odor is not a medical condition, try these hints: Wash your feet and dry them thoroughly. Spritz feet with deodorant before putting on socks.

Apply antibacterial soap or soak your feet in vinegar for five minutes every night to help.

Airing out shoes in between wearing, and pouring a bit baking soda inside, will help neutralize odors.


What do you call dangerous precipitation? A rain of terror.

Two fish are in a tank. One turns to the other and asks “How do you drive this thing?”

Why can’t a bike stand on its own? It’s two tired.


in prayer

Mary Moore and Molly, Steve Reed, Paul Henderson, Evelyn McKee, Cody Manners, Ann Wade, Ed Holzschuh, Paul Atkinson, Vickie Waugh, and Jerry Stansbury.

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 p.m.

— Resurrection Baptist Church. Pastor Jim Waugh. 827-0370. Family Sunday school, 10:30 a.m.; Sunday preaching, 11; 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. The Rev. Laurajane Stone. (814) 671-4239. Sunday worship 10 a.m.; Sunday school, 11:15.

God Bless.

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


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

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