Seasonal auctions

Pleasantville VFD teamed with Hennigh’s Discount Outlet and Auctions, will hold their seasonal auctions on Oct. 10, Nov. 14, and Dec. 12.  Auctions begin at 6 p.m. Items include cheese, meats, snacks, toys, blankets, knick knacks, tools, clothing, beauty products, crafts, and other early holiday gift ideas. Mark theses dates on your calendar.  These auctions are a great way to do your Christmas shopping.

Wild Wind Art and Craft Festival

The Wild Wind Art and Craft Festival will be held this year, on Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Pittsfield. There will be personalized jewelry, crochet accessories, art, woodworking, and more.

Happy Fall Sip’n’Paint

Happy Fall will be hosted by Savory Studio, 111 W. Central Ave., Sept. 21, from 6-8 p.m. Let’s welcome fall by painting a little owl and pumpkin. Learn step-by-step how to paint. No experience necessary. All material is provided along with drinks and snacks. This is a BYOB. There is a fee for this class. Reserve your seat by calling or texting Sarah, at (814) 795-7693.

Kick the Habit

Titusville Area Hospital and Northwest PA Tobacco Control Programs is offering a free five week smoking cessation class beginning Sept. 13. The class will be held noon to 1 p.m., in the education room, at Titusville Area Hospital. The dates will be Sept. 13, 20, 27, and Oct.  and 11. Contact Paula DiGregory, at, or (814) 758-1919 with any questions and to register for the classes.  You can also register on the events page.  Registrations is required. Chew tobacco users also are welcomed.


Book Club

The Pleasantville Book Club will meet Thursday, at 6 p.m., at Coal Oil Johnny’s, in Pleasantville.  The selection for September is “What Alice Forgot,” by Liane Moriarty.

Fall gun bash

Pleasantville VFD will hold its annual fall gun bash on Oct. 21. Doors open at 4 p.m., and drawing starts at 5. There is a suggested donation to attend

There will be 30 drawings and side raffles. Meal and beverage included.  Event is indoors. No need to be present to win. If not present, arrangements will be made for pickup. 

Tickets can be purchased at Hickory Video, Haller’s in Tionesta, Rouseville Store, Aqua World in Oil City, Plummer Store, Coal Oil Johnny’s, Hovis in Oil City, Arrowhead Outdoors, Smith’s Country Store on 157, Smoker Friendly in Oil City, Grant’s Little Store, and Frill’s Corners.


The Pleasantville VFD’s stagette will be held on Sept. 23. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Bar opens at 6.  Dinner will be served at 7.  There is a donation required to attend this event.

There will be side raffles and a 50/50. Must be 21 or older to attend. The event is smoke freer.  Please feel free to BYOB. Tickets must be picked up or returned by Sept. 15.  Contact Bonnie Whitman, at (814) 589-7617, or text her, at (814) 673-5704, to buy tickets. Only 250 tickets will be sold.


lantern tours

The Pithole Lantern Tours will be held Oct. 7. Tours begin at 6:30 p.m., with the final tour being at 9:30 p.m. The tours will be at the Pithole Historic Site, 14118 Pithole Road, Pleasantville.

There is an admission fee. Tours depart every 10 minutes, last approximately 1/5 hours, and cover nearly 1 mile. Participants must be able to traverse steep hills and semi-rugged terrain, and are encouraged to arrive early, wear study shoes, and bring a flashlight.

Holiday bazaar

Pleasantville VFD will hold its annual holiday bazaar on Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Interested vendors can contact Mary, at (814) 589-0998.


Ladies Conference

First Presbyterian Church, 216 N. Franklin St., Titusville, will be hosting the 2017 Titusville Ladies Conference this year, from Oct. 20,  at 6 p.m. to Oct. 21, at 3:30 p.m. Robyn Dykstra will be the speaker at the conference. 

She has been presenting life-changing messages to help thousands of women trust and follow Jesus. Her book, “The Widow Wore Pink, A True Story of Life After Loss and the Transforming Power of a Loving God,” was inspired by the events from her own life. Hear Robyn’s encouraging discoveries for how to energize your faith in God and find the strength to face life’s challenges. Call Diane Harmon for additional information or tickets, at (814) 589-7428.


Benson Memorial Library will be holding its booksale from Sept. 27- Sept. 30. Sept. 27 will be a special preview sale, from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be a fee to attend this special preview sale. Sept. 28, from 9 a.m to 7 p.m., Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sept. 30, from 9 a.m. to noon will be open to public. The 30th is $1 bag sale. Now’s the time to stock up for your winter reading.

Oil Creek State Park events

The program on Thursday, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., will be “Where have all the bats Gone?” Join Terry Lobdell at the park amphitheater where you will learn about the bats common to Oil Creek State Park and why some species are in sharp decline.  After the amphitheater session, a live bat count will be conducted in the Egbert area.

On Sept. 15, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., the program will be “Become a better hunter — Use Trail cameras!” Join naturalist Mike Shaffer in the amphitheater to learn about using trail cameras to pattern animals and their habits.  Learn about types of cameras, placement, and how to maximize this scouting tool!

On Sept. 16, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., the program will be “Amazing Monarchs.” Join the park naturalist at the park office amphitheater for a short power point to learn about these awesome creatures. After the presentation, we will have participants act as citizen scientists and tag the butterflies to help monitor their long journey to Mexico.  This is a great family program that you do not want to miss. Bring your camera to catch this memory.

On Oct. 7, from 8:45 a.m. to noon, the program will be “Fly Fishing 101.”  Meet instructor Mark Signorino at the park amphitheater to learn  terminology of weights, rods, leaders, tippets, knots, casting, and there will be time on the recently stocked stream to practice what you have learned.  All equipment will be furnished. No license is required. Bring waders or hip boots. Class size is limited to 10. Pre-register by calling (814) 676-5915.


Drake Well gas up

Drake Well Museum and Park will host the Annual Fall Gas-Up, on Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Displays will include antique engines, farm and oil field equipment, cars, trucks, and models.  Program included with regular admission fee.


music concert

Pleasantville United Methodist Church, 102 Merrick St., Pleasantville, will be hosting a Christian music concert on Sept. 24, at 3 p.m. Jack Donovan will be singing southern gospel music. A free will offering will be received.

Farm to Fork

Farm to Fork will be held Sept. 23, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Drake Well Train Depot, 202 Museum Lane, Titusville. This is an inspired tasting event in multiple courses celebrating the bountiful harvest of the Titusville Open Air Market with musical entertainment by Mitch Littler & The South Side String Kings. There is a fee for this event. Includes Blue Canoe Brewery beer and Twisted Vine Winery wine. Tickets are limited, and on sale at the Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce, 202 W. Central Ave., Titusville. Proceeds benefit Titusville Renaissance Inc.

Bizarre and unique holidays

Tuesday: Be Late for Something Day and Cheese Pizza Day

Wednesday: Fight Procrastination Day and Read a Book Day

Thursday: National Salami Day and Neither Rain nor Snow Day

Friday: International Literacy Day, National Date Nut Bread Day and Pardon Day

Saturday: Teddy Bear Day

Sunday: Grandparents’ Day, National Pet Memorial Day, Sewing Machine Day, and Swap Ideas Day

Monday: Make Your Bed Day, 911 Remembrance Day, and No News is Good News Day


cucumber salad

Ingredients: 1/2 cup sour cream or plain yogurt, 1 cucumber, 1 medium to large tomato, 2 slices onion — slice like you would for onion rings, 2-4 teaspoons lemon juice, 1/2-3/4 teaspoon dill, and a pinch of salt.

Instructions: Peel and slice your cucumber, slice your tomato, and slice your onion.

I like to slice, then quarter the onion because its easier to eat. In a bowl combine dill and salt. Add sour cream or yogurt and lemon juice to taste. Mix well.

Add onion, cucumber and tomato to the mixture and stir until the veggies are counted with the dressing. Refrigerate 2 hours before serving.

Birthday wishes

Darlene Bryner Watson will be turning 80 on Sept. 27. Her daughter wants to surprise her with lots of birthday cards that day.

If you know Darlene, be sure to mail a birthday card to help her celebrate this milestone. If you need her address, email



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