Here we are in the first week of 2018; happy new year, to everyone. 

Now, we have to get used to writing the new year on checks, letters, etc. One thing I do in our checkbook is fill in the year on a few checks so I remember that we are changed. Using the calendar, daily, is a good way to keep up with the day and dates, and is good for older people to do, so they can keep up with the date changes. You can always make a mark on the current day so you do not forget what day you are on. 

Being that I type the weekly news and church bulletin, I mark off the days on the calendar to keep track of what I am doing or have done.

This below zero weather is hard on everyone. Please take good care of all your outdoor animals. On TV the other day was a dog found outside in poor shape and was only about half the weight it should be. It was rescued and on IVs and feedings. They were hoping it would be okay and eventually get healthy.

It is essential for outside animals to have shelter from the cold temperatures and wind. Be sure they have proper food and water. I am glad they have made the laws stricter on animal cruelty so that the unprotected animals can be cared for and taken in for rescue from these bad conditions.

Our little dog needs carried back to the house many times when it is so cold because she has little feet with no hair to protect her. Short haired animals get cold much faster. She is only out long enough to do her business and right back into the house.


Our sympathy to the family of Lawrence “Larry” Bromley, 81, who passed away on Dec. 27, 2017, in Ocala, Fla. He is a son of the late Norman and Gladys Bromley. He is survived by his wife, Irene Whitmer Bromley; brothers Bill (Carol), Jimmy (Chris), Roger (Sandy); and sister Barbara Antill. He was preceded in death by three sisters and one brother. 

He is survived by brothers- and sisters-in-law, along with Lillian Whitmer Bortzer, who is a longtime member of Diamond EUM Church, where a funeral dinner followed at the church after the service. 

Calling hours were held on Wednesday, at the Garrett Funeral Home, with the funeral held on Thursday, with Pastor Jerome Alsdorf, of Diamond EUMC, officiating, at the funeral home.

May God grant strength and comfort to family and friends of those who have departed.

2018 schedule

The Plum Township Supervisors have published their 2018 meeting schedule — the meetings are held at the Chapmanville VFD fire hall, at 458 Meadville Road. 

The reorganizational meeting was held on Tuesday, followed by the elected auditors’ reorganizational meeting. 

Regular meetings will be held on the first Tuesday of each month, except for the November meeting, which will be held will be held on Nov. 7. Meetings are held at 6 p.m. unless otherwise advertised.

The Chapmanville VFD will follow the supervisors meeting schedule on the same dates at 7:30 p.m.

All area residents are encouraged to support these organizations by you attendance at the meetings to keep up with their happenings and activities.


This recipe for “hearty New England dinner” to do in the crockpot. This recipe came from the “Fix-It and Forget-It” cookbook, by Dawn J. Ranck and Phyllis Pellman Good; and was submitted by Joetta Droz, of Kalona, Iowa.

Ingredients: 2 medium carrots (sliced), 1 medium onion (sliced), 1 celery rib (sliced), 3-pounds boneless chuck roast, ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper, 1 envelope dry onion soup mix, 2 cups water, 1 tablespoon vinegar, 1 bay leaf, half a small head of cabbage (cut in wedges), 3 tablespoons melted butter or margarine, 2 tablespoons flour, 1 tablespoon dried minced onion, 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish, and ½ teaspoon salt.

Directions: Place carrots, onion, and celery in slow cooker; place roast on top. Sprinkle with ½ teaspoon salt and pepper. Add soup mix, water, vinegar, and bay leaf. Cover; cook on low 7-9 hours. 

Remove beef and keep warm. Just before serving, cut into pieces or thin slices. Discard bay leaf. 

Add cabbage to juice in slow cooker. 

Cover; cook on high 1 hour, or until cabbage is tender.

Melt margarine in saucepan. Stir in flour and onion. Add 1 ½ cups liquid from slow cooker. Stir in horseradish and ½ teaspoon salt. 

Bring to boil; cook over low heat until thick and smooth, about 2 minutes. 

Return to cooker and blend with remaining sauce in cooker.

When blended, serve over or alongside meat and vegetables.

Makes about 6 to 8 servings.


Happy birthday greetings are being sent to: Beulah Herb, Bill Sickman, Shirley Titus Michelle Alexander, and Ariana Brown on Jan. 6; Pat Fauzey, Lori Lang, Doris Davis, and Sue Stewart on the 7th; Matthew Abrams, Judy Saragian, and Terry Isenhart on the 8th; Drucilla Sickman on the 9th; Brett Neely, Stacey McIntyre, Darren Lengacher, and Marlene Hamrick on the 10th; Sandy Coulson, Katie Gafner, Steve Sansom, Billy Ralph, Tia Weagraff, Jerry Balas, Adam Millard, and Jen Beach on the 11th; and Bethany Ralph, Pauline Howe, Ellen Brown, Charles Stevenson, Karen Sampson, Penny Whitman, and Carol McFadden on the 12th. May God bless each one with a great birthday.


Happy anniversary greetings are sent to Steve and Diane Bienio on Jan. 6; and Jeremy and Mary Beth Hosick on the 9th.

May God grant many more years of love and happiness to these couples.

A thought

“A glowing hearth is a choice you make, but it is also a wonderful gift.” — Thomas Kinkade.

Church news

Diamond EUM Church: Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m., with worship service, at 11, with Pastor Jerome Alsdorf.

Chapmanville Community Church: Sunday school at 9:45 a.m., and worship, at 10:45, with Pastor Glen Van Cise.

Bible verse:“And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” — Matthew 16:19.

Christian chuckle

“Give me a sense of humor, Lord. Give me the grace to see a joke, to get some humor out of life, and pass it on to other folk.” — Author Unknown.

A clergyman took a well-earned holiday and decided to go to one of those large golf resorts where Arnold Palmer often played.

As the minister approached the most difficult hole on the course, the caddie said, “When Arnold Palmer plays this hole, he uses a 3 iron and says a prayer.”

“I’ll certainly give it a try,” the preacher remarked. 

But when the ball landed in the water, he said, I guess the Lord didn’t hear me.”

“He probably heard you,” the caddie said, “but when Arnold Palmer says his prayers, he keeps his head down.”

Abrams can be reached by email, at, or by phone, at 827-2597.

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