Sympathy goes to the family of Earl “Casey” Burrows, who died May 31, in Lebanon. He grew up in the Pleasantville area and married the former Irene Fish, and they had 71 years together. They spent most of their lives in the Pleasantville area and raised three children; Cheri, Vohnie and Doug. Casey was an Erie insurance agent for many years and well-known in the area. He and his family attended the EUB church until it closed. Casey and Irene were charter members of Pleasantville Community Church and active there until they moved to be closer to family. Casey still has many relatives and friends in this area. May God give comfort and peace to his family.

Sympathy goes to the family of William “Bill” Kelly, who died June 5, in North Carolina. A former Pleasantville area resident, Bill worked with the game commission for several years. He was also involved with the Pleasantville Volunteer Fire Department. May God give comfort and peace to his family.

Memorial service

A memorial service for Jean Atkins was held Saturday at the Presbyterian church. Jean grew up in Pleasantville, graduated from Pleasantville High School and spent most of her life there. She married Ray Atkins and they had three children: Linda, Susan and Randy. Jean died March 31.

The Rev. Greg Gillispie, a Presbyterian minister, officiated and the congregation sang, “Amazing Grace.” After the service, everyone was invited to the chapel for dinner and fellowship. May God give comfort and peace to the family.

Pleasantville alumni banquet

The annual Pleasantville alumni banquet will be held Saturday, June 24, at the Pleasantville fire hall. The doors will open at 4 p.m., and a social hour will be held from 4 to 5:30, with a punch bowl and veggies. Dinner will be served at 5:30 and the meeting will begin about 6:30. Musical entertainment will be provided by Carl Olsen.

The honor classes this year are the Class of 1942 (75 years) and the Class of 1967 (50 years), but alumni from all classes are encouraged to attend. If you would like to attend and did not receive an invitation, contact one of the following officers: Bruce Peterson, Helen Kimmel or Beth Francis.

Reservations are due Wednesday.

Chicken and biscuit dinner

There will be a chicken and biscuit dinner on Wednesday at the Pleasantville fire hall. Serving will be from 5 to 7 p.m., and children, ages 3 and younger, can eat for free. Proceeds will go toward this year’s fireworks display at the Pleasantville festival.

Pleasantville pageant

The Pleasantville pageant will be held Sunday, July 9, at the Pleasantville fire hall. The young lady who wins Miss Pleasantville will receive a $500 scholarship to the college of her choice when she graduates. That evening, at 7, there will be a vesper service at the pavilion behind the fire hall, with a concert by “Group Therapy.”

Pleasantville festival

On Tuesday, July 11, festival activities begin in Pleasantville. That evening, there will be a fish fry at the pavilion behind the fire hall, and the pie and cake baking contests will be held at that time. For more information on the contests, contact Kayla Brown, at (814) 758-4230. Wednesday through Saturday, there will be games, rides and a variety of activities and vendors. The parade will be held Saturday, with the theme, “Heroes and Villains,” real or fantasy. The event will end with fireworks that night.

Ginny Mancastroppa is head of the festival committee. 

The festival involves a lot of work and anyone who wants to help is welcome. 

If you would like to help in any way, contact Ginny and let her know what you can do and when you are available. 

She can be reached at (814) 403-0849, or email, at

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