Outdoors is Treat for Mind and Heart

Forrest Fisher Column, posted Thursday, May 10, 2018

Winners of the 2018 Oil Heritage Region Historic Preservation Awards have been announced. Mr. and Mrs. James Ashbaugh of Franklin will receive an award for Preservation Education/Initiative; Christ Episcopal Church in Oil City will receive an award for Preservation Stewardship; Ross Ruot and Matt Huber will receive an award in the category of Reconstruction for their property at 112 West Spring Street in Titusville - the future home of Stonehouse Jack; Love In the Name of Christ of 220 West Central Avenue in Titusville will receive an award in the category of Enhancement Project; the Heritage Society of Oil City will be recognized for the new stainless steel archway entrance to Hasson Park in Oil City; and Titusville Renaissance, Inc., a non-profit agency celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year, will receive an award for Preservation Education/Initiative. The awards are sponsored by the Crawford County Historical Society, Friends of Drake Well, Inc., Historic Franklin Preservation Association, Oil City Heritage Society, Oil Region Alliance, Titusville Historical Society, Titusville Renaissance, Inc., Venango County Historical Society and Venango Museum of Art, Science & Industry. This year's winners will be recognized on May 19 at a banquet that will conclude a day-long Preservation Workshop which will be held at the Pleasantville Presbyterian Church on East State Street in Pleasantville. The public is welcome to attend both the banquet and the workshop. For pricing or more information on either the Historic Preservation Awards or the Preservation Workshop, visit, or reply to this email.

2018 Miller-Sibley Pool Schedule

Opening Day: June 10 (passes go on sale at the Franklin YMCA on April 13)

Pool RatesSwimming Lessons & Exercise Classes Schedule

NOTE: There will be no classes held on June 23.

Outdoor Allegheny River Services (OARS) announces an “Evening Bicycle Ride”

Tuesdays (weather permitting) • Gather @ 5:30 PM; Depart @ 6 PM from OARS, 250 Elk Street. Upon returning, you will have a bite to eat & drink at OARS (cost to be determined), or go to Trails to Ales Brewery, which in turn supports the rails to trails. $10/bicycle rental or bring your own bike. OARS @ 814.388.9122.

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