Men’s Bible study

Jim Stewart will be holding a men’s Bible study in his home, at 21325 Skunk Hollow Road, Pleasantville, starting tonight, from 7 to 8:30.  

Call (814) 321-3214 to reserve a seat. The study will be on “Wild, Dangerous, Alive!” by John Eldredge. Are these the attributes of a godly man? Think back to your boyhood: Remember the boyhood dreams that you had tracking dangerous villains, swinging swords, and storming the castle? Adventure is what God planned for you. John Eldredge invites you to join this study in this passionate, daring, and wild-at-heart video series.  

Be part of this multi-media experience. John and his band of brothers will show you how God can help you fulfill the vision he has for your life, and how to be the man he wants you to be. 

Soup and pie

Shamburg Christian Church of God will be holding its annual “Soup and Pie” on Oct. 28, from 4 to 6:30 p.m., at the Family Life Center behind the church. 

Join the church for some great food and fellowship.

Seasonal auctions

Pleasantville Volunteer Fire Department, along with Hennigh’s Discount Outlet and Auctions, will hold its 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 gifts ideas. These auctions are a great way to do your Christmas shopping.

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 also be side raffles. Meal and beverage included. Event is indoors. Participants need not 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.

Pithole lantern tours

The Pithole Lantern Tours will be held Saturday. Tours begin at 6:30 p.m., with the final tour being at 9:30. 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 1/2 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.



The annual haunted hayride will be Oct. 14, beginning at dusk, at 23040 Fleming Road, Pleasantville. There is no fee for this event. Donations are accepted for the Salvation Army Treasures for Children Charity.  

There will be cupcakes, cookies, coffee, punch, and a bonfire to enjoy before/after the ride.

Spaghetti and apple dumplings

Pleasantville United Methodist Church will hold a spaghetti dinner, on Oct. 21, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. There will be lots of good food and fellowship. Make sure to mark this date on your calendar. Also, members are selling apple dumplings from Jane’s Specialties. There is a fee for a box of four dumplings with naturally sweet sauce. Selling period is through Oct. 8, with delivery the weekend of Oct. 20. 

Contact Celene Watson, at (814) 589-7256, if you wish to make a purchase.

Pleasantville book club

The Pleasantville Book Club will meet Thursday, at 6 p.m., at Coal Oil Johnny’s, in Pleasantville. The selection will be, “Wild,” by Cheryl Strayed.

Mexican chocolate breakfast shake

This Mexican chocolate breakfast shake is delicious, healthy, and unlike those weight loss shakes, will keep you satisfied until lunchtime.  

Ingredients: 1/2 cup old-fashioned oatmeal, 1 cup almond soy or coconut milk, 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, agave nectar, honey, maple syrup, or other sweetener to taste, 1 small banana cut into pieces and frozen overnight in a freezer bag.  

Directions: Combine the oats, milk, cocoa powder, cinnamon and sweetener in a bowl. Stir together, cover and refrigerate overnight. Add the banana and oat mixture to a blender and blend until completely smooth. If the shake is too thick, add more milk for a thinner consistency. If it’s not sweet enough, add more sweetener.

Natural spider 


Its that time of year when the spiders are trying to come into our homes to get out of the cold.

In looking for a natural spider repellent, I discovered that all spiders have their taste buds on the tips of their legs. There are certain natural oils they hate, including citrus, lavender, peppermint, citronella, cinnamon, tea tree, and cloves. This natural spider deterrent does wonders to combat an arachnid invasion, and with repeated use will help repel spiders year round.  

Just add 5 drops of essential oil — lemon and peppermint are my favorite, and up to five drops of dish washing liquid, to 1 quart of water.  

Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and shake well. Spray the mixture around doors and windows. Oils may stain or cause spots, so be sure to test the mixture on a small section of carpet before spraying an entire surface. 

Reapply the spray once a week during peak “spider seasons.”


“If you love something, love it completely, cherish it, say it, but most importantly, show it. Life is finite and fragile, and just because something is there one day it might not be the next. Never take that for granted. Say what you need to say, then say a little more. Say too much. Show too much. Love too much. Everything is temporary but love. Love outlives us all.” — R. Queen

Bizarre and unique holidays

Today, Oct. 3: National Boyfriends Day, Techies Day, and Virus Appreciation Day

Oct. 4: National Golf Day, National Frappe Day, National Kale Day, and Sukkot

Oct. 5: Do Something Nice Day and World Teacher’s Day

Oct. 6: Come and Take it Day, Mad Hatter Day, Physician Assistant Day, and World Smile Day

Oct. 7: Bald and Free Day, International Frugal Fun Day, and World Card Making Day

Oct. 8: American Touch Tag Day and Oktoberfest

Oct. 9: Columbus Day, Curious Events Day, Fire Prevention Day, Leif Erikson Day, and Moldy Cheese Day


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