Good Morning. I am still struggling with my email working properly. So, I hope that folks will send information to me by messaging me on Facebook, or call me, to let me know of news to include in the column.

I hope that older folks have taken advantage of the Pennsylvania Farmers Voucher to obtain fresh fruits and vegetables grown in the state. Contact your local Active Aging or Senior Center, to get information and details of what the program offers to help older residents.

Church News

— The Townville Baptist Church Sunday services have the 9:15 a.m. worship time with the Sunday school classes following at 10:45. All the indoor safety guidelines of seating and use of masks still should be practiced. Let others know of the updates, especially if they are not online, or getting the newspaper, to see the present conditions and guidelines for attending services.

The Bible study will meet on Tuesday evenings at. Other programs are looking forward to returning soon in one form or another.

 — The Townville United Methodist Church has restored Sunday worship services. Safety guidelines are in place while attending services.

Frank Weingard is the new pastor for the Townville United Methodist Church, as well as for the Blooming Valley UMC and the Troy Center UMC. It will be a pleasure to see the projects and growth he will bring to the church community.

— The Tryonville United Methodist Church has a new minister, Pastor Richard Foland. Sunday School is held at 10 a.m. with the worship hour to be held at 11.

There will be a welcoming picnic held on Friday, Aug. 14 at 6 p.m. This will be a concert and dinner. A singing group —“Together Again”— will provide music for a singalong. There will also be games for adults and children. Bring a table service and a dish to share. Beverages will be provided. For further information, contact Kay Stephens at (814) 967-2865.

Help with meals

— For families who need help in providing meals for their family, this information may be of help.

Free summer lunches are being offered by the Guys Mills E Free Church at the Youth Center on state Route 198, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday. The meals are prepared to pick up and go. For more information, call (814) 720-0399.

The Meadville Soup Kitchen has reopened. Everyone must wear a mask. Patrons may only enter the kitchen once. The dining room tables have been separated to CDC standards. Patrons should eat and then leave to ensure room for others. Used dishes and trays need to be left in bins at the exit door. Exit and entry doors are different. Doors will be locked until the start time of 11:15 a.m. The serving line is open until 12:30 p.m.

There are also Second Harvest of Erie mobile food giveaways for qualified families in

Centerville and Meadville areas. Call Second Harvest to get details at (814) 459-3663. — “FOOD FOR THOUGHT” is continuing its drive-thru food bags this summer, every Wednesday, at two locations. Instead of one location at the New Richmond Church, there will be two sites. One is at Chelby’s Hair Garage in Townville and the second is at St. Hippolytes Church on state Route 27 in the Frenchtown community. Both sites operate from 4:30 to 6 p.m. For food needs on a different day,  email hzurasky123@gmail.corn or call Harry Zurasky at (814) 671-8310.

No questions are asked to anyone who drives through. Donations and volunteers to this outreach are appreciated. Remember to stay safe at home and keep positive thoughts and faith. Share this information with others to be sure families who need help, take advantage of these programs.

School news

— The staff hours for Maplewood Elementary School will be as follows (unless guideline directives change); from now until Aug. 31; Monday through Thursday from 6:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. each week. There will be no staff at the schools on Fridays during the summer.

From the kitchen

— This week’s recipes are ones you can have the kids help with making. The “Five Cup Salad” is simply measuring out 1 cup of each of the ingredients and then mixing them all together and chilling until ready to serve. You will need 1 cup each of pineapple chunks, mandarin oranges, shredded coconut, miniature marshmallows and sour cream.

The second recipe is for “Submarine Wieners.” Boil 12 wieners for three minutes. Remove the wieners from the water, drain well and then slit lengthwise almost in half, leaving the bottom intact. Boil 8 medium, peeled potatoes until fork tender. Drain the potatoes and mash until soft. Spread mustard on each side of the wieners. Press the mashed potatoes into the slit of the wiener and top with a slice of pasteurized cheese. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until the cheese melts. Serve immediately.

Have a happy...

Sharing their birthdays on Sunday are Kristin Held, Brandon Walls, Kisha Dann and Jim Archer. The celebrations for the 17th are Devon Bossard, Joey Sterling and LuAnn Bossard. The 18th has Alexis Doolittle and Nathan Held sharing their day, while the 19th is a day of celebration for Carol McGowan and Donald Steadman. My step-son Ryan McCarl Sr. has his birthday on the 20th. The 21st is shared by Laurie Galinsky, Sue Obert, Garrett Dewey, Cameron Proper, Francis Weiderspahn and my sister, Lucy Bement. The last birthdays for the week on the 22nd are Nathan Blystone and Thomas Wentz.

Brandon and Erica Edwards have an anniversary on the 18th. Sharing their anniversaries on the 19th are Chris and Kisha Dann, Gary and Dottie Drake, David and Denise Williams and also Marty and Arlene Millard. Jim and Doreen Rurnzie have their anniversary on the 20th. Bill and LuAnn Bossard, and my step-son and his wife, Ryan and Jessica McCarl Sr. have their anniversary on the 22nd.

If you have a special day during the week, that I have missed, or you have some special upcoming dates that you wish to have noted in the column, I invite you to let me know, so that I may add those dates to my calendar of Townville (former or current) area residents, and events to publish.

Contact me

Many thanks for all the feedback and information that folks have shared. I appreciate the time that folks have taken to get news to me each week. Your input is what makes our news complete. It is a great pleasure to hear from members of the community. If you have any comments or concerns about the column, please feel free to call, contact me by direct message on Facebook or email me. Be sure to note the subject of your email as “Townville News,” so that I may give it prompt and proper attention and not miss your information. If you have some news or information that you wish to share, please be sure to submit it to me by noon on Tuesday, so that I may include it in the current week’s article.

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