By Charlene Armstrong
Good morning, everyone. Hope everyone has enjoyed the warmer temperatures the last few days. I know I certainly have. Before long spring will be here.
Next monday, at 6:30, will be the monthly Supervisor’s Meeting. Come out and see what is happening in the township.
I understand that Martha is no longer able to send a TOPS report. Appreciation is sent to Martha for being so faithful in getting the report to me. Hopefully soon someone will take on the task and be as faithful as Martha was.
Titusville TOPS meets on Monday evenings at First United Methodist Church, located at 203 W. Walnut St., in Titusville. Weigh in is from 5:15 to 6 p.m. The meeting starts at 6. Anyone interested is welcome to attend.
— The Family Winterfest will be held at 11:30 a.m., Jan. 27, at Pioneer Flats Pavilion, Two Mile Run. It will be hosted by Venango Fatherhood Initiative and Two Mile Run. Register by Jan. 24.
— A Pithole Sledding Party will be held Feb. 11, dependent on the weather.
Grab your sled and cruise down the snow covered slopes of Pennsylvania’s legendary oil boomtown. It’s the perfect way to shake off your winter blues. Participants will enjoy hours of fun in the snow, hot cocoa, snacks, history, and more. Donations welcome. The event will begin at Pithole Visitor Center, 14118 Pithole Road, Pleasantville.
— Several public teas served by student re-enactors have been scheduled at the historic Tarbell House, in Titusville. The teas will be held on Friday afternoons, Feb. 9, March 9, April 13, and May 11, at 4 p.m, at the house located at 324 E. Main St.
Titusville High School students portray actual Titusville people of yerteryear as they serve a leisurely four-course tea to guests in this historic setting. To make reservations or for more information, contact Marilyn Black, at (814) 677-3152 ext 105, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fries... not just potatoes anymore. Try these healthy versions of an old favorite.
Crispy avocado fries
Healthy and delicious “fries” with a spicy and flavorful dipping sauce. Great for a snack or an appetizer or even a whole bunch for a yummy lunch!
1 avocado, sliced into 12 ‘fry’ lengths
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 egg, beaten
1 cup dry bread crumbs
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, or as needed
3 tablespoons sour cream
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon tomatillo salsa
1 dash chile-garlic sauce (such as Sriracha(R)), or more to taste.
4 spray(s) olive oil cooking spray
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon table salt
3/4 cup(s) dried plain breadcrumbs, panko-variety suggested
2 medium uncooked zucchini
2 large egg white(s), whipped until frothy (almost soft peaks)
Preheat oven to 425ºF. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. In a small bowl, mix together Italian seasoning, flour and salt. Place bread crumbs in another small bowl.
Slice each zucchini in half lengthwise and then each half into 2 pieces widthwise. Next, slice each zucchini chunk into 4 fries. Dredge a zucchini fry in flour mixture and then dip into egg whites; dredge in bread crumbs. Place coated zucchini on prepared baking sheet and repeat with remaining ingredients; liberally coat with cooking spray.
Roast, turning once, until desired crispness, about 12 minutes. Yields about 8 fries per serving.
Winter foot care for you and your pup
Dry heels are also a product of winter, rub Vaseline onto heels after showering or bathing. It acts as a sealant that locks in moisture. For the most effectiveness, cover feet in plastic wrap overnight.
For those who want the full spa effect, try smoothing rough heels with a pumice stone. First soften the stone with water, then applying to the heels. If opting for a PedEgg foot file, keep feet dry as well before using. Here, a stainless steel micro file gently removes calluses and dead skin.
Paw care is a must.
Just as we tend to develop foot cracks in winter, dogs can also suffer from cracked pads. If your dog has furry feet, trim the hair that grows between her pads to prevent ice buildup between the pads. Winter salt on city sidewalks can also burn your dog’s pads and is toxic, so after walks around the neighborhood, rinse or wipe your dog’s paws to remove any salt – you don’t want her licking it off. If your dog shows signs of discomfort when walking outside on frozen or salted surfaces, consider using dog booties to protect her paws.
— Q: With pointed fangs I sit and wait; with piercing force I crunch out fate; grabbing victims, proclaiming might; physically joining with a single bite. What am I?
A: A stapler
— “A Canadian psychologist is selling a video that teaches you how to test your dog’s IQ. Here’s how it works: If you spend $12.99 for the video, your dog is smarter than you.” — Jay Leno
Willis and Joyce, Steve Reed, Paul Henderson, Evelyn McKee, Ann Wade, Ed Holzschuh, Paul Atkinson, Vickie Waugh, Kayla Johnson, Randy Zimmerman, and Gene and Shirley Solinger.
— 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.
“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.” — 1 Thessalonians 5:28
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