In an effort to help provide local children and teens with much needed Back Packs and School Supplies, the Franklin Church of the Nazarene has contacted the Franklin Area and Valley Grove School Districts. If you would be willing to contribute back packs, school supplies, socks, underwear and/or personal hygiene items, they will be accepted at the church, 393 Pone Lane, and delivered between August 28-September 14. Your much needed donations will also be accepted at any of the schools by first contacting them for delivery or having things directly shipped to them, via Amazon. If you would like to make a cash donation to the Franklin Church of the Nazarene, they will purchase items for the students. Contact information for the church is Barb Doyle @ 814.209.2007.

Franklin Area & Valley Grove Donations:

• Central Elementary, ATTN: Cindy Porter, 1276 Otter Street • 814.432.8419

• Sandycreek Elementary, ATTN: Angel Daye, 297 Pone Lane • 814.432.3819

• Sugar Creek Elementary, ATTN: Jacob Saullo, 389 Sugar Creek Drive • 814.432.3861

• Victory Elementary School, ATTN: Jackie Lamberton, 1819 Georgetown Road, Harrisville • 814.786.7311

• Franklin High School, ATTN: Gary Canfora, 246 Pone Lane • 814.432.2121

• Rocky Grove High School, ATTN: Ed Baumercratz, 403 Rocky Grove Avenue, 814.432.3861

The Good Shepherd Shoppe, 619 - 13th Street

is in serious need of Men's Clothing: any size or style. If you have gently used men's clothing to donate, please deliver to the shoppe: MON & WED: 10 AM-2 PM & TUE-THUR-FRI: 10 AM-4 PM.

Outdoors is Treat for Mind and Heart

Forrest Fisher Column, posted Thursday, May 10, 2018

Volunteers Needed

The American Red Cross needs your help. Volunteers are needed to provide emergency disaster relief services to individuals in Venango County who have been impacted by fires, floods, and other disasters as a member of a Red Cross Disaster Action Team. One local volunteer, Staci Gustafson of Polk, says, "There is nothing more gratifying and more necessary than offering support and relief to someone who is in need. I know it sounds cliche, but the Red Cross truly makes a difference in people's lives at the times when they need it most." By providing the resources necessary for those displaced by disasters to secure food, clothing, and temporary lodging, Staci is providing hope when all seems hopeless. She added, "People who have been affected by disasters struggle with thoughts of, 'What do I do now?' Helping a client begin to understand they are not alone, that they can make a plan and recover, is extremely rewarding." Whether it's providing direct disaster relief, installing free smoke alarms and educating residents on the importance of home fire safety, or helping our military families and veterans, the Red Cross has volunteer opportunities to match all skill sets and interest areas. Won't you help make a difference? Learn more about volunteer opportunities in Venango County by calling 814.677.2024 or visiting