Good morning, everyone. Hope you had a wonderful weekend. Hard to believe it is May already. Just a few more weeks of school then graduation will be here and the children will be out of school for the summer. 

VFD news

Gun raffle tickets are available. See department members to get your tickets. 

The next flea market will be held May 13. If you would like a table, call Allen Wade, at 827-2567, or email There is a fee for each table, and tables must be reserved one week in advance. 


Debbie opened the April 24 meeting with the TOPS and KOPS pledges. There were four members at the meeting, with 11 TOPS and three KOPS. There was a total loss of 6 1/2 pounds, and there were two turtles.

Angel was the high TOPS loser, and Debbie was the high KOPS loser. Since there was no meeting the previous week, there were two menu drawings. Marjorie won for the first week, and Marsha won for the second. Karen won the quarter fund, and Pampa won the encouragement basket. The challenge for the week was portion control. Failing to do so will cost 75 cents per day.

Nanette gave the program.

I want to remind everyone that our chapter has moved to a new location. Beginning today, we will meet at First United Methodist Church, located at 302 W. Walnut St., in Titusville.

Weigh-in starts at 5:15 p.m. The meeting begins at 6.

Debbie closed the meeting with a prayer circle and closing pledge. 

Area happenings

The National Day of Prayer will be held Thursday, in Scheide Park. It will start at 6 p.m.



Foil packs are an easy and delicious way to cook on a campfire or your grill. Here are some ideas of what to put in your foil pack; or make up your own.


Campfire garlic fries


16-ounce bag frozen french fries

Extra-virgin olive oil

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup shredded cheddar and monterey Jack mixture

2 green onions, sliced


Heat coals over campfire, or preheat grill to medium-high.

Tear aluminum foil to make 4 large rectangles. On each foil piece, spread out about 1/4 of the fries. Drizzle each serving with olive oil and toss with salt and pepper. Fold each foil piece in half crosswise and seal the edges to make packets.

When the coals (or grill) are hot, add the foil packets. Cook (tossing occasionally to avoid burning) until heated through and golden, about 20 minutes. Open packets and add garlic to each. Toss and let the fries crisp over coals, uncovered, about 1 minute more. Top each serving with cheese and cook until cheese is melty. Remove from coals (or grill).

Garnish each serving with green onions.


Sausage and peppers 

foil pack


8 Italian sausage links

4 bell peppers, thinly sliced

2 large onions, thinly sliced

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish



Heat grill to high. Cut 4 sheets of foil about 12 inches long.

Grill sausages until charred, 3 minutes per side, then divide among foil. Top with peppers and onions and drizzle each with 1 tablespoon olive oil, then season with salt and pepper.

Fold foil packets crosswise over the sausage and peppers mixture to completely cover the food. Roll top and bottom edges to seal closed.

Grill until peppers and onions are tender and sausage is cooked, 13 to 15 minutes.

Garnish with parsley and serve.



Helpful hints 

How to build a campfire

It’s time for the campfire. Who doesn’t love one? Here are some helpful hints on starting your campfire.

ν Bring tinder. To start an effective campfire, you must start with tinder, which are the smallest fire-starting materials and burn the easiest. The tinder must be dry, so it’s best to bring tinder with you from home instead of looking for it while camping. You can use a variety of household items as tinder, such as wood shavings, wadded newspaper, cardboard, wax, and dryer lint.

ν Gather kindling. To keep your fire burning, you’ll need to add some more substantial material to the tinder. Kindling is larger than tinder materials, but not so large that it will smother the fire’s flames. Look around your campground for small twigs and branches to use as kindling.

ν Choose twigs and branches with a diameter approximately the width of a pencil.

Just as with tinder, it’s important that your kindling materials are dry. If there are any damp areas on the twigs and branches, use a pocket knife to carefully whittle them off.

ν Collect firewood. For your campfire to really maintain its flames, you must add larger pieces of wood. These materials, usually known as firewood or fuelwood, can be anywhere from 1- to 5-inches in diameter, so you can use complete logs or split larger pieces of wood into smaller chunks.

You shouldn’t break branches off trees to use as firewood or you’ll ruin the trees at your campsite. Instead, look for pieces that have already fallen off.

Look for firewood that bends or snaps easily. That way, you’ll know it’s dry enough to burn in the fire.

You don’t want to use firewood that’s too large because it will take much longer to start burning.

If you’re not sure whether wood is the right size, compare it to your wrist or forearm — they should be about the same size.

ν Pack a firestarter. Once you have the proper materials to build your fire, you’ll need something to light it. Make sure to include some type of firestarter in your camping gear, so you can easily start your fire. Regular matches work well to start a fire, but you may prefer to use a lighter.

You can also use a ferro-flint rod as a firestarter when camping. Also known as a flint spark lighter, it generates a spark that helps ignite your fire materials.

ν Make sure campfires are permitted. Before you begin building a fire, it’s important to verify that fires are allowed in the area. Look around your campsite for posted signs, which will usually inform you if fires aren’t permitted. You can also ask a ranger or the campsite’s host if fires are allowed.

Don’t assume that a campfire is permitted just because there’s a fire ring at your campsite. It may be intended for use with a camping stove but not an open flame.

In some cases, there may be fire restrictions in place, which limit the types of fires that you are permitted to light. Make sure you understand what materials you’re allowed to use for your fire.

Campfires may not be permitted at certain altitudes, in areas that are experiencing droughts and are extremely dry, or at times when the winds are very strong.  


— Paul’s height is six feet, he’s an assistant at a butcher’s shop, and wears size 9 shoes. What does he weigh? Meat.

— A girl who was just learning to drive went down a one-way street in the wrong direction, but didn’t break the law. 

How come? She was walking.


in prayer

Evelyn McKee, Jerry Stansbury, Jason Reed, Steve Reed, Cody Manners, Dick Anderson, Sarah Stearns, Ann Wade, Ed Holzschuh, Carolle Burns, Paul Atkinson, and Jan Stephens 


Community churches

— Breedtown Baptist, Pastor Ward Beers, 827-9331.

Sunday school, at 9:45 a.m.; church service, 11.

Wednesday evening Bible study and prayer service, at 6.

— Resurrection Baptist Church, Pastor Jim Waugh, 827-0370.

Family Sunday school, at 10:30 a.m.; Sunday preaching, 11; evening service, 6.

Wednesday prayer service, at 6 p.m.

— Open Door Baptist, Pastor Josh Welton, (814) 677-0448.

Sunday school, at 9:45 a.m.; Sunday worship service, at 11; evening service, at 7.

Wednesday Bible study, at 7 p.m.

— Cherrytree Evangelical United Methodist, Pastor Gale Boocks, (814) 227-6999.

Sunday worship, at 9:45 a.m.; Sunday school, at 11.  

God bless! “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.” — 1 Thessalonians 5:28


Contact me

If you would like to submit any news items or birthdays, anniversaries, or have any ideas for this column, contact Charlene Armstrong, at, or call (814) 493-1488.

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