Seasonal

auctions

Pleasantville VFD, along with Hennigh’s Discount Outlet and Auctions, will hold its seasonal auctions on 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. These auctions are a great way to do your Christmas shopping. Kitchen will be opened.

Soup and pie

Shamburg Christian Church of God will be holding its annual “Soup and Pie” on Saturday, from 4 to 6:30 p.m., at the Family Life Center located behind the church. The soup selections will be chicken noodle, chicken tortellini, cheeseburger, vegetable beef, corn chowder, pepper, bean and ham, and squash. There will be a large variety of pies. Join the church for some great food and fellowship. Donations accepted.

Pleasantville book club

The Pleasantville book club will meet on Nov. 2, at 6 p.m. The selection for the month is “The Life We Bury,” by Allen Eskens. 

Holiday bazaar

Pleasantville Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will hold its annual Holiday Bazaar on Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kitchen will be opened. There will be numerous vendors. This is a great time to do some Christmas shopping.

Trick-or Treat

Trick-or-Treating will be celebrated this Thursday, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. If you are going to participate and give out candy, please turn your porch lights on so the children know which houses to go to.

Woolly bear

caterpillar

The woolly bear caterpillar, is actually a caterpillar or the larvae of the Isabella tiger moth. They are also called woolly worm and fuzzy worm. They have the reputation of being able to predict what kind of weather we will have this winter. Is it fact or fiction? Let’s take a look at how to read the worm.

The woolly bear caterpillar has 13 segments of either rusty brown or black on its body. The wider the rusty brown sections the milder the winter will be.  The more black there is, the more severe the winter will be.

But the truth is that the number of brown hairs has to do with the age of the caterpillar — in other words, how late it got going in the spring. The band does say something about a heavy winter or an early spring.

The only thing is… it’s telling you about the previous year.  Also the bands will differ by the diet of the caterpillar. The woolly caterpillar can be spotted crossing the road during the fall months in great numbers.

Why? They are looking for a place to hide for the winter. They crawl under logs, boulders, boards, rocks, and other dark places. The woolly worm will remain in its “frozen” state until May, when it will emerge as a brilliantly colored moth.

Prior to settling in for the winter, the woolly worm will survive by eating a variety of plants such as cabbage, spinach, grass, and clover. Once the woolly worm has found its home for the winter, it will create a natural organic antifreeze that protects the interior of its cells. 

Everything else will freeze, but the woolly worm will still survive. The antifreeze protects the creature in freezing temperatures that can dip as low as -90 degrees Fahrenheit. 

But even with all the scientific knowledge the woolly worm has an 80-85 percent accuracy rate for predicting the weather.  The worm has held its record for accuracy for more than 20 years.

Santa’s workshop

St. Titus Church’s 43rd. annual Santa’s Workshop Craft and Vendor Show will be held Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Nov. 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Cross Creek Resort.  Event features 60+ vendors, delicious hot foods, bake sale, visits with Santa, tree decorating contest, chinese auction, and raffles with chances to win up to $1,000. We have vendors from all around Northwest, PA.  Fun for the whole family.  Free admission and free parking.

Haunted Halloween maze

The Haunted Halloween Maze will be Thursday, from 5-8 p.m. at the Titusville Police and Fire Department. Bring your ghouls and goblins out for a spooktacular evening of trick-or-treating. Free entrance and welcome to all members of the community.

Quote of the week

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, nor to anticipate troubles, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.”— Buddha

Chocolate pecan fudge

5 minute, 5 ingredient fudge

Ingredients: 2 cups milk chocolate chips, 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk, 1/4 cup butter, 1 teaspoon. vanilla extract and 1 cup chopped pecans. 

Instructions: Combine the chocolate, milk, and the butter in a medium size glass bowl and heat in the microwave for 90 seconds.  Stir to combine and heat another 15 seconds if needed. Add the extract and stir until smooth.  Stir in the pecans. Scoop into a parchment lined square baking pan. Spread with a spatula to approximately 1-inch thickness. Chill until ready to serve. 

Unique and bazaar holidays

Oct. 24: National Bologna Day and United Nations Day

Oct. 25: Punk for a Day Day and World Pasta Day

Oct. 26: National Mincemeat Day

Oct. 27: Frankenstein Friday, National Tell a Story Day, and Navy Day

Oct. 28: Make a Difference Day and Plush Animal Lover’s Day

Oct. 29: Hermit Day and National Frankenstein Day

Oct. 30: National Candy Corn Day and Mischief Night

Oct. 31: Carve a Pumpkin Day, Halloween, and Increase Your Psychic Powers Day

Contact information

To submit your news items, contact Ginny Lieder, at ginnylieder@hotmail.com, or (814) 589-5427.

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