Seasonal auction

Pleasantville VFD, along with Hennigh’s Discount Outlet and Auctions, will hold its final auction on Dec. 12.  Auction will 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. The kitchen will be opened.

Ho-Ho-Ho night

The committee for the Ho-Ho-Ho event are currently finalizing plans for the 16th Annual Event, to be held on Friday. The committee has included a musical performance by Carl Olson, an appearance by Santa, and the reappearance by Jules the Clown. There will also be face painting, candy canes and gift bags that will be distributed to all children and hot chocolate and cookies for everyone.  Please bring your own devices to take pictures with Santa.

A small donation is asked to be made per picture with Mr. Claus. There  will also be a 50/50 drawing, a side raffle, and door prizes that will be given out by ticket drawing for the adults. Also there is an added feature this year.  We will have a group of second grade students from Pleasantville Elementary School singing a few Christmas songs.  Through generous donations from local businesses, civic organizations, and private individuals, the committee is able to offer these activities to Pleasantville residents and their families.

This event starts at 6 p.m. with the arrival of Santa. Second graders will sing at 6:10 and 6:45.  Jules the Clown will arrive at 6:30. There will be two door prize drawings — one at 6:50 and one at 7:30. Carl Olson will play from 7 to 8:30. The 50/50 and side raffle will be drawn at 8 p.m. Hope you can come and join our hilltop hometown holiday festivities.

Salvation Army Christmas

tree tags

The Pleasantville Salvation Army Service Unit is geared up for a busy Christmas season.  The tags for children in need have been hung on the tree at Corky’s Pizza.

If you would like to help a local child have a more blessed Christmas, you may choose a tag and buy gifts for that child. Please bring them back to Corky’s by the date on the tag. If you would like to help out, but don’t wish to choose a tag, you can buy a single toy and leave it in the toy drop boxes at Corky’s or Coal Oil Johnny’s. The kettles have been placed at Coal Oil Johnny’s and Dollar General Store, and you will see friendly faces ringing the bell at Dollar General. If you would like to help out by ringing the bell, please all Judy, at (814) 673-6682. If you would like to donate checks, they may be sent to Cindy Benner, 875 Enterprise Road, Pleasantville, 16341.  Ninety percent of money collected in Pleasantville stays in Pleasantville to help local families in need.

Pleasantville book club

The Pleasantville Book Club will meet on Dec. 7, at 6 p.m., at Coal Oil Johnny’s, in Pleasantville.  The selection for the month is “The Nest,” by Cynthis D’Aprix Sweeney.  This is a warm, funny and acutely perceptive debut novel about four adult siblings and the fate of the shared inheritance that has shaped their choices and their lives.

60 plus

The group 60 Plus will meet on Dec. 14, at 5 p.m., at Corky’s Pizza in Pleasantville.

Christmas trees

If you are in need of a real Christmas tree this year, Andrew’s Hilltop Hardware store on East State Street, in Pleasantville, will be selling them. Come early to get the best selection.

Live nativity

The 10th annual Live Nativity will be this Friday, starting at 6 p.m., and also on Saturday, starting at 6 p.m.  Experience the sights and sounds of the first Christmas as you drive through the “Little Town of Bethlehem.” Animals and actors portraying Roman soldiers, shepherds, craftsmen, and more bring the scenes to life and point us toward Jesus, the reason for the season. There is no charge for this event.

Designer bag bingo

Designer Bag Bingo will be held Sat., April 7, at the PVFD, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.  All proceeds will benefit the 2018 Pleasantville Pageant. Doors open at 5 p.m. Games to begin at 6.  There is a fee for tickets.  There will be options to purchase and play extra cards at an additional fee the day of the event.  There will also be pull tabs, additional raffles, and Chinese auction. This event is BYOB. Must be 21 to enter with alcohol.

Feel free to bring snacks to share with friends. Dessert table and light refreshments will be provided. Must have 100 tickets sold by March 1, 2018, or the event will be cancelled. If you purchased tickets and the event is cancelled, you must turn the ticket back in to get your refund.

Classic holiday sugar cookies

Ingredients: 4 cups flour, 1 1/4 cup sugar, 1 1/4 room temperature butter, 2 large eggs, 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt and holiday cookie cutters.

Directions: In a large bowl or mixer cream together butter and sugar until fluffy and lightened in color. 3-4 minutes. One at a time, beat in eggs, then add in vanilla extract.  In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add flour mixture to the wet ingredients and beat until just combined. Divide dough in half and shape into 2 discs. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.  Once chilled, preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll each disc out on a lightly floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness. Use holiday cookie cutters to form cookies and transfer to lined baking sheets. Place baking sheets in oven and bake for 7-9 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned. Remove from oven and let cool completely.


“There comes a time in your life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it.  You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad, and focus on the good.  Love the people who treat you right, pray for the ones who don’t.  Life is too short to be anything but happy.”  —  Jose’ N. Harris

Remedy to help you relax

Once a week for 20 minutes, sit in a hot bath that contains a handful of Epsom salts, 10 drops of lavender essential oil, and a half cup of baking soda.  This combo draws out toxins, lowers stress-rated hormones, and balances your pH levels.

Unique and bizarre holidays

Today, Nov. 28: French Toast Day, Make Your Own Head Day and Red Planet Day

Nov. 29: Square Dance Day

Nov. 30: Stay at Home Because You Are Well Day

 Dec. 1: Eat a Red Apple Day and World Aids Awareness Day

Dec. 2: National Fritters Day

Dec. 3: Advent and National Roof over Your Head Day

Dec. 4: Santas’ List Day and Wear Brown Shoes Day

Dec. 5: Bathtub Party Day and Repeal Day - The 21 Amendment ends Prohibition.



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