Good morning, everyone. Well, very cold weather is here, and the mornings have been bitter. I do not like this kind of weather, but there are people all over the world who would be thankful to have this kind of weather if they had a home to live in and food on the table. 

TV news announces so many disasters happening around the world, and we are truly blessed to be here in the cold weather with a roof over our heads. I pray that these unfortunate people will get help quickly to help alleviate their disastrous lives.


Thanksgiving Eve community service, with Diamond and Chapmanville churches, will be held on Wednesday, at Chapmanville Community Church. Pastor Glen Van Cise, of Chapmanville, will conduct the service; and Pastor Jerome Alsdorf, of Diamond EUM Church, will give the message. The public is invited to attend.

There will also be other churches having a Thanksgiving Eve service for others to attend.

Turkey shoots

On Sunday will be the final shoot for this season.


This recipe is for “carrot casserole,” submitted by Grace Sherman, for the 1981 cookbook by Tionesta Church of God. It sounds like a good side to serve with any dinner or brunch. 

Ingredients: 2 ½ to 3 cups sliced carrots (parboiled). Cook 2 tablespoons butter and ¼ cup chopped onion; add 2 tablespoons flour, ¼ teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon dry mustard. Add 1 cup milk, 1/8 teaspoon celery salt, and ¼ pound grated cheese (I prefer Old English per Grace).

Directions: Pour cheese mixture over carrots and bake in a buttered casserole dish at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, covered; and 15 minutes, uncovered. 

If casserole has been refrigerated, bake 25 minutes, covered; and 25 minutes, uncovered. 

Top with buttered bread crumbs. 

Note: (per Grace) This sauce is very good on cauliflower, also.


Sympathy is sent to the family of Helen “Ray” McMahon, who passed away on Nov. 9, at her Leominister Crossing residence, surrounded by her family. Ray was a former area resident before moving to Massachusetts; and was preceded in death by her husband, Fred, in 2009, after a 58-year marriage. She was a daughter of the late William Holmes and Dorothy Altenburg. She is survived by her son, Michael McMahon, and wife, Linda, and her daughter, Susan McMahon, and her spouse, Terri Phaneuf. Also surviving is her granddaughter, Megan McMahon, of Maine. Interment will be beside her husband, in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Ray’s name to Nashoba Nursing Service and Hospice, 3 Patterson Road, Suite 3, Shirley, Mass., 01464.

Sympathy is sent to the family of the Rev. Gerald Miller, of Townville, who passed away on Nov. 11, at Country Acres Personal Care Home after an illness. Gerry, as we called him, was the long-time pastor of the Diamond EUM Church charge along with two sister churches. He pastored other churches with more than one church on the charge. He was a graduate of Penn State University and Seminary, in Washington, D.C. He is survived by his wife, Mabel Haag Miller; his mother, Betty Gilnet Miller Knapp Barr; and four children, Gerald “Jerry” (Tonya) Miller, Marcie (Brad) Hillegas, Stephen (Rhonda) Miller, and Wendy Miller. Also surviving are a brother, two sisters, and 12 grandchildren. Burial took place at Grampian, Pa. The Rev. Alice McClymonds, of Mt. Hope UM Church, officiated. This was the home church of Gerry and Mabel after leaving Diamond. Memorials in Gerry’s name may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 1645 W. 8th St., Erie, Pa., or your local Salvation Army. A dinner followed the funeral, at Diamond EUM Church, prepared and served by members of the church. A lot of visiting and catching up was done between the family and the church members who had not seen each other for a long time. It was great visiting with the family but sad it has to take a death to get together.

We also send our sympathy to the family of Richard “Dean” Nichols, 67, of Garland, who passed away on Nov. 12, at Corry Memorial Hospital. Dean was born to Mary Jean Shriver Nichols and the late Richard Nichols. Dean was named after his grandfather, the late Dean Shriver, who lived in Diamond; and was the last Postmaster of the former Diamond Post Office. Dean’s mother, Mary Jean, grew up in Diamond. He is survived by his wife, Viola; his mother; two daughters, Carrie (Scott) Skidmore and Cassie Nichols; eight step-children; 24 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and his sister, Robin (Phillip) Malott; and his brother, Randy (Patty) Nichols; and a sister-in-law, Melody Rose. He was preceded in death by his father and brother, Ronald Nichols. Memorials may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society.

May God give comfort and strength to the friends and families of these who have passed away.

Dirt road damage

The Plum Township supervisors said that there have been reports of four-wheeler damage on Davison Road, with damage to the graded road. If you know anything about these incidents or know who is doing this, please call the township building and leave a message, at (814) 374-4214.



On a rainy Nov. 1, with a little snow in the mix, seven members of the Diamond Homemakers met at Diamond EUM Church, at 10 a.m. After some visiting, a business meeting, conducted by Doneva Hyde, was held; and the October minutes were read and approved. 

The balance in the treasury was given, and a motion was made by Lucy Vandervort and seconded by Louise Chase to make a donation to the church of $75, and motion carried. 

A discussion followed about the place to hold a Christmas party. All agreed to hold it at a Centerville restuarant, on Dec. 6, at 11:45 a.m. The group also decided that in place of a gift exchange, a special collection will be taken for the Titusville Area Food Bank.

Following the adjournment of the meeting, the group carpooled to Titusville Perkins Restaurant for an early lunch. From there, they went to SouthWoods for a visit with Jean Johnson, who was a long-time member of the group. She had arranged for them to meet in the activity room for coffee and tea along, with delicious cookies that were offered to all. Some members also went to say hello to Joyce Smalley Hoak. When they left there, they said it was the end of a good day.

Ladies Night Out

Associated Charities will have its fundraiser on Dec. 5, at Cross Creek Resort. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served, at 7 p.m. There is a fee per person and proceeds will benefit the Titusville Associated Charities. Please bring a wrapped gift for a child, and wrapping paper is always appreciated. 

For more information and to make reservations, call (814) 758-9563, (814) 720-5692, (814) 673-5214, or 827-1665.


Happy birthday greetings are being sent to: Kevin Cooper, Dennis Bean, and Devon Brown on Nov. 18, Norma Cresswell and Dusty Ervin on the 19th, Nicholas Wescoat and Kate Donovan on the 20th, Emily Neidbala on the 21st, Susan Wheelock on the 22nd, and Bill Logan on the 23rd. May everyone have a great day of happiness and celebration.


Happy anniversary greetings are being sent to: Sam and Rose Lewis on Nov. 22, and David and Elaine Myers on the 24th. May God bless these couples 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. PPR meeting on Monday, at 6:30 p.m., with Church Council following, at 7:30.

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

Bible verse: “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my (God’s) words shall not pass away.” — Matthew 24:35.

A thought: “We do not have to act or look a certain ways to be loved and undergirded and accepted. We are valued because of Jesus’ work of redemption on the cross.” — Fully Alive.

A Christian 


Big fisherman

A very upset minister walked into the fish market. 

“I want you to throw me four big fish,” he said to the clerk. “Just toss ’em to me.”

“But why toss them to you?” the fishmonger asked. “Can’t I just wrap them and give them to you, like everyone else?”

“No sir!” yelled the preacher. “Do just as I say. So if anyone asks me if I caught any fish today, I can truthfully say, ‘Sure did. Caught four big ones!’”

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


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