Good morning. We had some nice days over the weekend, and I really enjoyed being outside for two hours working in the flower beds. It rained on Tuesday, but we can be thankful for the nice days we had. The days are cooler and rainy now, but not too bad.

I just read about a weed killer that is non-toxic. Just put between 1 tablespoon to 1/2 cup table salt in a plastic spray bottle, add 5 percent white vinegar and a squirt of dish soap in it. Agitate to dissolve salt and mix it up. This is pet safe after it is dry. I am going to try it, as I really do not like to use the harsh commercial products.

Upcoming events

— Tuesday:  May Day.

— Tuesday: Plum Township Supervisors meeting at 6 p.m., in the CVFD fire hall.

— Tuesday: BOD of Chapmanville VFD meet at 7 p.m., with the regular meeting at 7:30 at fire hall.

— Wednesday: Diamond Homemakers meet at 10 a.m. at the Diamond EUM Church.

— May 3: Diamond Womens Mission meet at 10:30 a.m. at the church.

— May 5: Cinco de Mayo.

— May 12: Titusville’s People, Places and Things, 11 a.m., at Heritage Center.

— May 13: Mother’s Day.

— May 15: CVFD Ladies Auxiliary Election Day luncheon at fire hall, at 11 a.m.

— May 16: Ramadan begins.

— May 19: Armed Forces Day.

— May 19: ORA Preservation Day and awards.

— May 19: Drake Well “MEET-U” in 5 and 1/2 race.

— May 21: Titusville Historical meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Heritage Center.

— May 26: Titusville Area’s Vietnam Ultimate Sacrifices at Heritage Center.

— May 28: Memorial Day.



yard sale

Two families have chosen to have yard sales on June 1-3. If you are interested in joining them, just send me an email or give me a phone call so I will know how many are planning on having one.


Volunteer Month

April is recognized as Volunteer Month. The Chamber of Commerce gave a thank you to several of its volunteers recently. Each one is important, even if they were not chosen. As someone has said, “There has to be a Chief and many helpers to succeed. It is always a good thought to thank any volunteer who gives you any assistance.”

CVFD gun bash

A large crowd attended the gun bash held on Saturday at the Chapmanville VFD fire hall. The weather was good except for getting colder as the evening wore on. Everyone enjoyed the wonderful steak meal prepared by Joe Lupinacci, along with the many volunteer kitchen helpers. The delicious meal included a steak, mashed potatoes with gravy, corn, dinner roll, beverage of choice (coffee, pop, bottled water), and cookies for dessert.

There was a large variety of items available for the silent auction and door prizes. Everyone was given a ticket for a chance at the door prizes.

The firemen and officers were dressed in black pants and white shirts and they all looked nice. Appreciation is extended to all who volunteered for the event. The cookies were delicious, and I noticed many returning to get more.

No non-profit organization can’t function without the many volunteers who give of their time and talents.



This is a recipe that Cindy gave me. I have not had any yet but she said it was very good. It is called “Lemon Love Cake” and is compliments of Valerie Bertinelli.

Ingredients: Unsalted butter for greasing, all-purpose flour for dusting, one 16 1/2 ounce package lemon cake mix (Cindy used Duncan Himes Lemon Supreme), one lemon (zester and juiced), one 32-ounce container part-skim ricotta, two 8 ounce containers mascarpone cheese, 4 large eggs, 3/4 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 cup whole milk, and one 3 2/5 ounce package lemon instant pudding mix, such as Jell-O.

Directions: Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13-by-9-inch baking pan with butter and dust with flour. Prepare the cake mix according to package directions, then add 2 tablespoon lemon juice. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and set aside.

Beat the ricotta, lemon zest and 4 ounces (1/2 cup) of the mascarpone with an electric mixer on medium-low speed until smooth. Add the sugar and vanilla; beat until smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition until just combined. Gently spread the ricotta mixture evenly over the cake batter.

Bake until the cake layer has risen to the top (the ricotta and cake layers switch places) and a wooden pick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, 50 to 60 minutes. Let cool completely, about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, beat the remaining 12 ounces mascarpone with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Gradually add the milk, beating until smooth. Add the pudding mix and beat until smooth. Let stand until thickened, about 5 minutes. Spread the frosting over the cooled cake. Enjoy.



Happy birthday greetings are being sent to: Cy Van Cise and Dick Alexander on April 28; Fred Coulson and Haley Marvin on the 29th; Joe Firster, Evan Beatty and Cindy Marvin on the 30th; Jim Conaway, Eric Dailey, Joshua Hall, Lindsay Thompson, and Timothy Fultz, Jr. on May 1; Pat Moody on the 2nd; Kylie Battin, Stacey Frazier and Sally Kelly on the 3rd; and Richard Atha, Michael Spoharski, Sue Cook, Myrna Proper, and Shirley Beers on the 4th. May God bless each one have a wonderful day of celebration.



Anniversary greetings are being sent to: Dave and Mary Groshner on May 3. May this couple be blessed with many more years of love and happiness.


Church news

— Diamond EUM Church — Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m., with worship service at 11, with Pastor Jerome Alsdorf. We have had great lessons in SS and you are invited to join us as we learn more about the Lord and the Bible.

Thursdays at 6 p.m., choir practice weekly.

This Sunday, there will be a tureen dinner following the morning worship service. Come and enjoy a great meal and fellowship.

— Chapmanville Community Church — Sunday school, at 9:45 a.m., and worship, at 10:45. With Pastor Glenn Van Cise.

Bible verse

“The Lord thy God, the faithful God, which keeps covenant and mercy with them that love him.”—Deuteronomy 7:9



“Savior: like a shepherd lead us, much we need thy tender care; in thy pleasant pastures feed us, for our use Thy folds prepare: Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus.”—Dorothy A. Thrupp

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