Blood Drive

The American Red Cross Blood Drive will be at Pleasantville Presbyterian Church, 155 E. State St., on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Donors of all blood types are urgently needed to give now to help ensure blood is available for patients in need. 

You can schedule an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, at, or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. 

Walk-ins are also welcome.


Book Club

Pleasantville Book Club will meet on Thursday, Sept. 1, at 6 p.m., at Coal Oil Johnny’s in Pleasantville. 

The selection for September will be “Sea Glass,” by Anita Shreve.

Drake Day Circus

The Drake Day Circus will be on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Drake Well Museum and Park, 202 Museum Lane, Titusville. 

Attractions will include jugglers, fire eaters, contortionists, magicians, tightrope walker, fortune teller, “Jungle” Terry’s exotic animals, games, music, food, and other acts sure to delight and fascinate. 

There is a fee to attend. Special group rates are available. 

For additional information, call 827-2797.

Second Harvest

mobile food pantry

The Second Harvest mobile food pantry is sponsored by Pleasantville United Methodist Church, in Pleasantville. It is a free grocery distribution, open to all ages who meet the income requirements. 

The church helped 193 people in August, which included several new people in Pleasantville. 

The next distribution will be held Sept. 21, from noon to 1:30 p.m., at the PVFD. Pre-registration is required. Proof of residency must be presented. 

Leave a message at the church office, at (814) 589-7385.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army Service Unit of Pleasantville is announcing the following changes.

Cindy Benner is now acting treasurer. Cindy will be replacing Rhita Seeley, whom has stepped down from the position. 

The Salvation Army said it appreciates Rhita for all the time and dedication she put in during her time as treasurer for the organization. 

Cindy Benner can be reached by phone, at (814) 775-0202, or by mail at 875 Enterprise Rd., Titusville, Pa., 16354. 

The Salvation Army is also looking for a volunteer to be in charge of kettles this holiday season. The volunteer would need to be available during the months of November and December. 

If you are interested in this position or have any question about the position, call chairperson Melissa, at (814) 779-2580, or email


hot dog roast

A community hot dog roast will be held on Thursday, Sept. 8, starting at 5 p.m., at the Pleasantville Camp, Large Pavilion, Gate 5, on state Route 227.

Beverages and condiments will be provided, along with hot dogs and buns. Bring a lawn chair if possible. 

This event is sponsored by Pleasantville Free Methodist Church.

60 plus

The group, 60 Plus, will meet on Thursday, Sept. 8, at 5 p.m., at the Pitt campus cafeteria.

Reservations would be appreciated. Call Donna Sheeley to make reservations, or if you need additional information.

Survival skills

woods walk

“Survival Skills Woods Walk,” will be held Saturday, Sept. 3, at 10 a.m. to noon. 

Join the park naturalist for an inside look at surviving Penn’s Woods on this short 2-hour walk through Oil Creek State Park. 

Meet at Wildcat Hollow, at 10 a.m., for an educational experience ending at noon.

Pickin’ Party

It’s a “Pickin’ Party” on Sunday, at 2 p.m., at the historic Neilltown Church, near Pleasantville. 

Anyone who plays a stringed instrument is invited to join in. Each picker, who wants to, can take a turn leading a song, with everyone else joining in as back up. 

A variety of country, gospel and bluegrass music is expected and there could even be some sing-a-longs. It’s a guaranteed good time for one and all. 

Refreshments will be served. A donation is requested of anyone who is not pickin’. 

The historic Neilltown Church was built in 1842. It is owned by the non-profit Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry, and Tourism. The inside of the church has been rehabilitated and the exterior will soon be rehabbed, as well. 

The church is located less than a quarter of a mile off state Route 227, 4 miles east of Pleasantville. 

For more information, call Toni Kresinski, project manager, at (814) 677-3152, ext. 110.

Newton Dinner Club

Newton Dinner Club will meet Thursday, Sept. 15, at 1 p.m., at the Pitt campus cafeteria. 

Members are reminded to bring food items for the Titusville Area Food Bank.

Easy peach sherbet

Ingredients: One 10-ounce bag frozen peaches, one can sweetened condensed milk, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and whipped cream for garnish. 

Directions: Combine frozen peaches and sweetened condensed milk in a large blender or food processor and pulse together. 

Add cinnamon and pulse until smooth. 

Transfer to an air-tight container and freeze for 2-plus hours, or until sherbet has set.

Serve with whipped cream and enjoy.

Loaded broccoli salad

Ingredients: 6 cups fresh broccoli florets, 1/3 cup diced red onion, 1 cup diced celery, 2 cups halved seedless red grapes, 1 cup mayonnaise, 1/3 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, eight slices cooked bacon and 1/2 cup slivered almonds. 

Directions: Combine broccoli, red onion, grapes and celery in bowl. 

In a separate bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, sugar, and apple cider vinegar. Crumble bacon slices. Add seven to broccoli mixture. 

Pour dressing over broccoli and toss together. Mix in almonds, so everything is thoroughly coated, then cover bowl and refrigerate for at least two hours. 

Before serving, top with remaining bacon.

Book sale

Benson Memorial Library will hold its yearly book sale on Sept. 14-17. 

Friends of the Library “members only” pre-sale will be Sept. 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. 

The hours for the public sale on Thursday, Sept. 15, are from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 16,  from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 17,  from 9 a.m. to noon. 

The book sale brings lots of great books to the community at great prices. 

And even better, your contributions to the book sale help the Friends of the Library support Benson Memorial Library with its Summer Reading Programs and many other library initiatives.  

For more information, contact Benson Memorial Library, at 827-2913.

To join the Friends of Benson Memorial Library, visit the library, at 213 N. Franklin St., Titusville.

Paintin’ on the Rocks

“Paintin’ on the Rocks” will be sponsoring, “Breast Cancer Research and Camo Cares Fundraiser,” Sept. 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Coal Oil Johnny’s Eatery, in Pleasantville.

Join the group for a fun event of painting while raising money for breast cancer research. It will be a great evening for a great cause. 

This is a BYOB event. 

The fundraiser will receive $10 for each seat filled.

Organizers will take care of all of your supplies, and you’ll get to take home a 16x2 stretched canvas, hand painted by you.

The instructor will take you through a step-by-step, easy, fun way to complete the painting of the evening in under 2 hours. The painting is a seashore with baby turtles.

Pre-registration is required. Please make sure to give yourself time to arrive, check in, and pick your seats before the class begins. 

There is a fee for this class. 

If you have any further questions or would like to register, call, (814) 436-7347, or email,

Quote of the week

A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything. — Irish Proverb


Today, Aug. 23: Ride the Wind Day

Aug. 24:  Vesuvius Day — This was an historic date for the world. This was the day that Mount Vesuvius erupted in a huge explosion. It was one of the largest volcanic explosions in recorded history. 

This deadly volcano destroyed the Roman cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae. They were buried by volcanic ash and pumice. 

An estimated 3,360 people died in the volcano’s eruption. 

Mount Vesuvius also exploded a second time in 1631. At that time, it killed approximately 3,500 people.

Aug. 25: Kiss and Make Up Day

Aug. 26: National Dog Day and Women’s Equality Day

Aug. 27: Global Forgiveness Day and Just Because Day

Aug. 28: Race Your Mouse Day

Aug. 29: More Herbs, Less Salt Day

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