Book Club

The Pleasantville Book Club will meet Thursday, at 6 p.m., at Coal Oil Johnny’s, in Pleasantville. The selection for August will be “The Painter from Shanghai: A Novel,” by Jennifer Cody Epstein.

Promise Keepers

Promise Keepers will meet at St. Walburga’s social hall, 120 Brook St., for Bible study and fellowship, Sunday, at 6:30 a.m.

60 Plus

The group 60 Plus will meet on Aug. 11, at 5 p.m., at Frosty Jack’s 50s Diner and Ice Cream Shoppe, 922 Newton Sanford Road, Pittsfield. Reservations would be appreciated. Call Donna Sheeley to make reservations, or if you need additional information.

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 income requirements. The church sponsors 80 households in Pleasantville, and then they extend outward, if they can, into surrounding areas. The next distribution will be held Aug. 17, from noon to 1:30 p.m., at Pleasantville Volunteer Fire Department, 157 W. State St. Pre-registration is required. Proof of residency must be presented. Leave a message at the church office, (814) 589-7385, after Wednesday, to apply.

Summer Biathlon

The Oil Creek State Park Summer Biathlon will be held on Aug. 13, starting with first-time participants meeting at 7 a.m. The race starts at 10 a.m. This event is sponsored by Friends of Oil Creek State Park, Range Resources, and PA Biathlon Club.

Proceeds from event benefits the Friends of Oil Creek State Park Volunteer Group and PA Biathlon Club. The location of the event will be at Oil Creek State Park cross country ski area, at Petroleum Center.

The course is a 6K cross-country run with two shooting stops. All equipment is provided. This is open to all athletes, age 12 and over, who complete the mandatory pre-race safety clinic. There is a fee to participate. For more information visit, or

Car cruise-in winners

The winners of the Pleasantville Festival Car Cruise-in were Michaela and Rob Manross. They took Best of Show with their 1972 Plymouth Cuda. The 50/50 winner was Ramona Mangel.

Sixty cars where entered into the cruise-in.

The Lunch Bunch

The Lunch Bunch meets at Coal Oil Johnny’s on Thursday afternoons, at noon. Come and enjoy a casual lunch, and a short Bible study, led by Pastor Janet Sill. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Refrigerator pickles

Ingredients: 6 cups of sliced cucumbers, 1 cup sliced onion, 1 cup vinegar, 1 3/4 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons of canning salt, 1 tablespoon celery seed, and 1 tablespoon mustard seed.

Directions: Mix all together. Let stand 1 hour. Put into clean jars and cover with lids. Store in refrigerator. They are ready to eat instantly, with no cooking and no fuss. Will keep for six months in covered jars.

Zucchini cookies

Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups of flour, 1 cup sugar, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, or 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 3/4 cup shortening, one egg, 1 cup grated zucchini and 1 3/4 cups quick oats.

Frosting: 1/2 cup butter softened, 3 tablespoons milk, 2 teaspoons vanilla and 3-4 cups powdered sugar.  Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon together in a large bowl and stir to combine ingredients well.

Cut in shortening. Beat in egg until well combined. Add zucchini and oats and beat until evenly mixed in. Spoon drops of cookie dough onto greased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Let cool. To make

Frosting: Cream butter in a medium bowl. Add remaining ingredients and beat until smooth. Add more milk and/or powdered sugar until desired consistency is reached.

Frost cookies once they are completely cooled and sprinkle the tops with a little nutmeg.

Pennsylvania Fisher

Join Rhonda Bimber, of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, will give a PowerPoint presentation about the amazing animal known as the Fisher, on Thursday, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Oil Creek State Park Office Amphitheater.

This presentation is free. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Annual corn roast

Full Gospel Church of Pleasantville will host its annual corn roast, Aug. 19, at 5:30 p.m., located at 16922 Jerusalem Corners Road, Pleasantville.

There will be animal balloons, games, face painting, camping, fellowship, and lots of fun. Bring a tent and sleeping bag if you would like to camp out.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Quote of the week

“Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of 80 and gradually approach 18.”  – Mark Twain


Today, Aug. 2: National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

Aug. 3: National Watermelon Day

Aug. 4: U.S. Coast Guard Day

Aug. 5: Summer Olympics begin in Rio and Work Like a Dog Day

Aug. 6: National Mustard Day and Wiggle Your Toes Day

Aug. 7: Friendship Day, International Forgiveness Day, National Lighthouse Day, and Sisters Day

Aug. 8: Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day

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