Hello. Welcome to 2022. Almost everyone is hoping that this year will be the year our lives return to more normal expectations, with safer, healthier travel for all of us.
There are still struggles with the virus affecting our plans, but people are more determined to do more of what they have and can do than has happened in the past two years.
In any plans you make for yourself and your family, be sure to use your wits to get the most out of what you want while keeping others in mind as you venture out.
January promises to be a little quieter in events and activities to begin our journey through this New Year. Let’s all work towards better things to come, rather than thinking about opportunities we missed or couldn’t achieve.
– Townville Baptist Church Sunday services begin at 9:15 a.m. Sunday school classes follow at 10:30 a.m.
The Olympians group is set up for students from Kindergarten to Grade 5 to meet on Sunday evenings. Meetings are at the church from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The Townville Baptist Church’s “Connected” youth group meets on Sundays at 6 pm. This group is intended for teens in grades 6 through 12.
Release Time classes are back after the holidays. Becky can go to school on Tuesdays to pick up the kids. Things should move a little easier and faster than last year. The tables will be cleaned and disinfected after each group, as has been the practice. We look forward to a year of connecting with children as we continue our work.
Bible study meets Tuesday evening at 6:15 p.m.
– Townville United Methodist Church holds Sunday church services at 10:15 am Frank Weingard is the pastor of the church, as well as UMC Blooming Valley and UMC Troy Center.
Social time with refreshments takes place after the morning service. All are welcome.
The Townville UMC will need to replace the roof in about five years. If you can find a way to start donating for this cause, it would be greatly appreciated. Donating now can help get this project started without creating significant debt when the time comes.
– The pastor of the United Methodist Church of Tryonville, Pastor Richard Foland, leads the church in its worship. Sunday school is at 10 a.m. and worship time will be at 11 a.m.
– David “Bubba” Pratt passed away on Sunday January 2nd. He graduated from Maplewood High School in 1979 and Crawford County Vo-Tech. David is survived by his wife, Teresa; her children, Megan Pratt and Kyle Pratt, and their families. He also had four grandchildren, Brantley, Leah, Raelynn and Kinsley. David’s mother, Elaine Pratt, survives him, as does his sister, the Reverend Christine Rogan; three brothers, Rick, Randy and Mike; his stepmother, Clara Foster, as well as several nieces and nephews.
We express our many sympathies to this family that remains behind. May family, friends and neighbors find solace in their many treasured memories and much peace in their hearts during this difficult time of loss.
Clubs / groups
– A “donation tree” has been set up at Townville Baptist Church at the corner of the parking lot, next to the wooden fence. The tree’s mission is to help those in need of a hat, gloves, scarves, socks, and whatever else can fit on the tree.
Items should be placed in a Ziploc bag to protect them from the elements. Clothespins are available on the tree for hanging items. You can help spread the word to those in need and to those who may want to help with donations. The tree will be standing at least until after Christmas. Anyone can put an item on the tree as a donation. The tree is for the locals, but anyone who needs it can get something out of it. It is hoped that the community will adopt this tree as a mission, in order to come together to help others in need.
– The American Cancer Society will offer the public the opportunity to symbolically light a light bulb on their “Tree of Hope” tree located in the common area of the Cranberry Mall, near the former Bon Ton store. Donations made in memory or honor of someone will light a light bulb. All proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society through the Venango County Helping Hands Relay For Life team. The tree will likely be standing until after Greek Orthodox Christmas, possibly until around January 10, depending on the weather. Donations can be mailed to Judy Stevenson at 1634 Meadville Road, Titusville, PA 16354. Checks should be made payable to the American Cancer Society. For more information, call (814) 827-2179 or (814) 777-3484.
– Food For Thought Free Food Pantry is open every Wednesday. Please note that they currently run their winter hours from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 29776 Hwy. 77, Guys Mills, in New Richmond, next to the church. Stop to select free food. Make sure you wear a mask. Only one person at a time is allowed in the window. No question is asked. They have diapers available too. For more information, call (814) 673-2302. If you have any questions, call Ann Zurasky at (814) 673-2301 or email her at [email protected] You can also call Judy Smock at (814) 671-3452. If you are able to offer your support for this program, please donate or contact them to see if there is a way to volunteer some of your time. The group needs to restock to continue helping into the New Year.
The Maplewood PTO meeting is taking place today. It will be held at 6.30 p.m. at the MES library.
Students will have free breakfasts and lunches throughout the school year. While no further action is required to receive free breakfast and lunch, the school district still encourages families to complete free and reduced meal requests. If you received a Direct Certification Notice for Free Meals, do not complete an application. The free or reduced status will apply for the first 30 days of the 2022-2023 school year.
The PENNCREST parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for January 17th. Make sure you access your student’s list of teachers so you can schedule your conference time.
Maplewood Winter Sports enters the 2022 season with the college basketball players heading to Union City High School for a game at 7 p.m.
On Friday, the male varsity wrestlers will be at an open game at Meadville High School at 5 p.m.
The high school basketball boys have a game at 7 p.m. at Saegertown Jr./Sr. High school.
The male varsity wrestlers will return to open matches hosted in Meadville at a time to be announced on Saturday.
Next Monday, the men’s junior basketball team will be in Saegertown Jr./Sr. High school for a game at 4 p.m. Later, the women’s college basketball game takes place on the field as the Lady Tigers host Seneca High School.
On Tuesday, the boys’ college basketball game takes place on the home court as they face Youngsville Middle / High School at 7 p.m. ET. varsity wrestlers traveling to Union City for their matches which start at 7 a.m.
From the kitchen
Here we are in a new year with new recipes. With this being our first week of the month, also brings a new recipe for diabetics that other people might enjoy as well.
“Blackberry Iced Tea with Cinnamon and Ginger” is my pick for this week.
In a large saucepan, heat 6 cups of water just before boiling. Add 12 sachets of blackberry herbal tea, two cinnamon sticks and 1 tablespoon of minced fresh ginger. Remove from heat, cover and let steep for about 15 minutes.
Pass the mixture through a fine mesh sieve, placed over a pitcher. Add 1 cup of unsweetened cranberry juice and a sugar substitute sweetener to taste. Stir to mix. Refrigerate until very cold. To serve, fill 6 tall glasses with crushed ice. Pour the tea over the ice and garnish with a cinnamon stick for each. Use immediately. Each recipe makes 6 servings with 25 calories per glass.
Have a happy …
Sunday birthdays are Natalie Slagle, Matt Dailey, and Chuck Sterling. Sharing January 10, Terry Stallsmith, Eva Jean Saxton, Marlene Hamrick, Brett Neely, Zack Mihailoff, her sister, Adrienne Burrows and my daughter, Kristi McCarl. Jack Geiger has the day for him on January 11 and January 12 is shared by Ethan Lauer and Jesse Spanogle. Sharing on January 13 are Jackie Coolidge, Vikki Zook. Connie Williams and my grandson, Gage McCarl, while Erin Shilling celebrates on January 14th. The last birthdays of the week are Madison Crawford, Liam McCarl, Todd Bossard and Belinda Foltz on January 15th.
David and Nancy Oberrath have their 54th birthday on Friday January 7th. Corky and Brenda Douglas have a birthday on January 14th.
If you have a special day during the week that I missed, or have any upcoming special dates that you would like to have noted in the column, I invite you to let me know so that I can add those dates. to my Townville calendar (former or current) area residents and events to post.
Many thanks for all the comments and information people have shared. I appreciate the time people have taken to update me every week. Your contribution is what makes our news complete. It is a great pleasure to hear from members of the community.
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Linda McCarl can be contacted by phone at (814) 967-2677 or by email at [email protected]