Fall gun bash

Pleasantville Volunteer Fire Department 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.

Stagette

The Pleasantville Volunteer Fire Department’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 free. 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.

Pleasantville Book Club

The Pleasantville Book Club will meet on Sept. 7, at 6 p.m., at Coal Oil Johnny’s, in Pleasantville.  

The selection for September is “What Alice Forgot,” by Liane Moriarty. 

This is a gripping story of a woman who wakes up with a bump on her head and no knowledge of the past 10 years — an acutely observed romantic comedy that is both thought-provoking and funny.

Outdoor country cooking

Oil Creek State Park will present, “Outdoor Country Cooking,” today, starting at 6 p.m.  

Join the park naturalist as you learn to cook your very own delicious country style treat over an open fire. You will start from scratch as you learn to build your own fire and the secret recipe for a tasty treat that the whole family will enjoy.  

Participants will meet at the Oil Creek State Park Cross Country Ski Area for this free park program.  

All supplies will be provided, but registration is required.  

There is a 15-person limit. Call, (814) 676-5915, to reserve your spot.

Drake Day, “Let’s Rock”

“Drake Day - Let’s Rock,” will be held Saturday, from noon to 4 p.m.  

Discover fossils, identify rocks, meet a spinosaurus, climb a rock wall, rock with musical guest “Joe’s Sunroom” and more.  

This event will be held at the Drake Well Museum and Park, 202 Museum Lane, in Titusville. There is an admission fee to this event. For pricing, call (814) 827-2797.

This event is sponsored by Farmers National Bank and the Pennsylvania Independent Petroleum Producers.

Pithole 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 sturdy shoes, and bring a flashlight.

Recipe

Zucchini cookies

Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups flour, 1 cup sugar, 1/2 tsp. baking soda, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. nutmeg, 3/4 tsp. cinnamon, 3/4 cup shortening, 1 egg, 1 cup grated zucchini, and 1 3/4 cups quick oats.  

Ingredients for the frosting: 1/2 cup butter softened, 3 tbsp. milk, 2 tsp. vanilla and 3-4 cups powdered sugar.  

Instructions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon together in a large bowl and stir to combine ingredients well. 

Cut in shortening. Beat in egg until well combined.  

Add zucchini and oats and beat until evenly mixed in.  

Spoon drops of cookie dough onto greased cookie sheet.  

Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let cool.  

For the frosting cream butter in a medium bowl. Add remaining ingredients and beat until smooth. Add more milk and/or powdered sugar until desired consistency is reached.

Quote of the week

“Do all the good you can by all the means that you can in all the ways you can in all the places you can to all the people you can as long as ever you can.” — John Wesley

I Opened A Book

“I opened a book and in I strode.

Now nobody can find me.

I’ve left my chair, my house, my road,

My town and my world behind me.

I’m wearing the cloak, I’ve slipped on the ring,

I’ve swallowed the magic potion.

I’ve fought with a dragon, dined with a king

And dived in a bottomless ocean.

I opened a book and made some friends.

I shared their tears and laughter

And followed their road with its bumps and bends

to the happily ever after.

I finished my book and out I came.

The cloak can no longer hide me.

My chair and my house are just the same,

But I have a book inside me.”

— Julia Donaldson

Bizarre and unique holidays

August 22: Be an Angel Day and National Tooth Fairy Day

August 23: Ride the Wind Day

August 24: Vesuvius Day — This was the day that Mount Vesuvius erupted in a huge explosion. It was one of the largest volcanic explosions in recorded history.  This deadly volcano destroyed the Roman cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Staviae. They were buried by volcanic ash and pumice. As estimated 3,360 people died in the volcano’s eruption.

August 25: Kiss and Make Up Day

August 26: National Dog Day and Women’s Equality Day

August 27: Global Forgiveness Day and Just Because Day

August 28: Chinese Valentine’s Day/Daughter’s Day and Race Your Mouse Day.

Contact information

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

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