Sheffield Area News In Brief

Sheffield VFD

The Sheffield Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual “Show It Off In The Field” Car Show on Aug. 25 from noon to 4pm. Memorial Field will showcase many classes of cars as well as a motorcycle class. Food will be available, as well as plenty of fun and door prizes.

On Saturday, Sept. 14, the SVFD will be serving up a swiss steak dinner from 5-7pm at the fire department social hall. The cost per dinner is $7 and there will be no pre-sold tickets. Meal includes: swiss steak, homemade mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, cole slaw, dinner roll, and homemade dessert. We will also have a 50/50, instant bingo tickets, and the quarter slide for your enjoyment. Mark the date on your calendar and come down to the firehall and enjoy a good meal while supporting your volunteer fire department.

Wolverine football

The Sheffield Wolverine football team recently donated their time this summer to help move an entire gym full of boxes (very heavy boxes), desk, books and equipment from the gym at AVES to the classrooms at AVES. The district moved all the items from SES and placed them in the gym at AVES. The football team along with Coach Fitch essentially moved all of SES from the gym to its proper place/classroom at AVES.

What the football team accomplished in a little over 3 hours would have taken months to accomplish if the task was left up to the staff at AVES, what an incredible gift this was from the team to the community, this is a perfect example of giving back. Vice Principle Steve Parinella stated “I am very proud of this group of young men and grateful for Coach Fitch and his willingness to work with us on this huge task” They worked extremely hard and what they were able to accomplish was invaluable and will go a long way to help AVES get up and running come day one! The team is pictured with their paychecks (Pizza) after a tough day’s work. Coach Fitch and the team has already agreed to help with the move from AVES to the new building come next summer.

The Wolverine schedule is as follows:

Saturday, Aug.,17 scrimmage at Ridgeway at 10 a.m.

Friday, Aug. 23, scrimmage at Eisenhower High School (with Clarion Limestone) 6p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 31, Kane Area High School Home at 1:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 6 , Elk County Catholic High School Away at 7p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 14, Brockway Area High School (Youth Day) Home at 1:30p.m.

Friday, Sept. 20, Cameron County High School Away 7p.m.

Friday, Sept. 27, Coudersport High School Away 7p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 5, Otto-Eldred High School (Homecoming) Home 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 12, Port Allegany Junior/Senior HS Away 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 19, Smethport Area High School Home 1:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 25, Curwensville High School Away 7p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 2, Youngsville Middle School/High School Home 1:30 p.m.

Sewer upgrade done

The Sheffield Sewer System recently went through an $8 million upgrade. This all began in 2001 when the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection directed Sheffield Township to revise their plans for sewage in the Township, through a document called the “Act 537 Sewage Facilities Plan”. Despite many objections from the Township that new facilities were unaffordable, and counter direction from the DEP to somehow make it work, the Act 537 Plan was approved in January of 2008.

The Act 537 Plan provided for implementation of two major upgrades. The sewage treatment plant (constructed in 1962) was to be re-built to have a larger capacity and new technology for sewage treatment. The sewer service area was to be extended to the outlying areas of the Barnes area, Bull Hill Road, Kane Road, and Route 6 north of Sheffield. Many of the submissions and subsequent revisions of the Act 537 Plan involved changes and counter changes to the service area, to show just how far in each area and how many residences were to be served. The PADEP was satisfied that the final product was the most efficient for Sheffield Township.

The method of funding an $8 million dollar project was the next challenge for the Township. The Sheffield Municipal Authority applied for and was awarded a loan and grant from PENNVEST, a State organization with the purpose of funding water and sewer projects. Approximately $2.5 million in grant monies were obtained, with the rest in the form of a 1% interest loan. PENNVEST determined that a $50/month sewer fee would be the target for the Township.

The sewer treatment plant cost about one half of the total $8 million dollars in funding. The original treatment plant was built in 1962 and had a capacity of 279,000 gallons per day. As Sheffield originally had a sewer collection system with eleven diversion boxes that would allow high flows to be diverted to the Tionesta Creek, PADEP required these diversion boxes to be sealed shut in 1995, drastically increasing flows to the sewer treatment plant. The new plant has a capacity of 660,000 gallons per day, which will eliminate the monthly overflow violations.

The original sewer plant had typical 1960’s sewage treatment technology. Pumps pushed the sewage into two aeration tanks, then into two settling tanks and finally through a chlorination process. What the 1960’s plant had going for it was simplicity. However, after 50 years, the physical plant was shot. The current treatment technology is called “Sequencing Batch Reactors”. While utilizing the sa.m.e aeration process, computer driven logic fills the first treatment tank, aerates the sewage, and allows settling in the sa.m.e tank. When the settling process begins in the first tank, the second tank is utilized by filling and aerating. Chlorination is the final step again in the treatment process.

One very new technology utilized at Sheffield is a reed bed sludge tank. A small a.m.ount of the sewage treated cannot be broken down by the biological process, and becomes what is known as sludge. Sludge used to be trucked away to a landfill at a large expense. With the new reed system, the sludge is simply directed to concrete vaults with common reeds growing inside. The reeds digest an a.m.azing a.m.ount of the sludge, so that only once every 15 or 20 years will require the removal of the waste product. The reeds are quite a sight, as they will grow to be 12 feet in height.

The new technology will not only allow for better sewage treatment, it will allow for lower cost per gallon of sewage. Hopefully, this system will last equally as long as the old treatment plant did.

Hospitality Center

The menu for the week will be: Monday, Crea.m.ed potatoes & fresh beans with strawberry shortcake for dessert. Kelly is at the Fair so Jill will be cooking Thursday and having sloppy joes, oven fried potatoes and fruit for dessert. Friday’s buffet features fish patties along with an array of goodies & yellow sheet cake for dessert.

If you would like to come for lunch please call for your reservation 24 hours in advance for your $3. (over 60 yrs.) lunch under 60 years is $4. we can also pick you up with our bus , remember to give us 24 hours notice as we get reimbursed by TAWC for our trips.

The center starts out the week with Esther and Jean screening for blood sugar, at 8:30-11:30a.m. Stay for lunch and conversation; Barb and Carl will be here to answer all your Insurance needs.

Tuesday the Kitchen Band will be playing for the residents at Warren Manor, and the bus will begin to pick up at 1pm with a stop at Dairy Delite after their performance.

This is Warren County Fair week and the center will be going on Wednesday ‘Senior Day.’ With your Medicare card gate fee is $4. Pick up is at 11 a.m. and stay at the Fair till 4:30 pm.


The center is still taking reservations for the upcoming Branson trip, with all the entertainment, great seating for the 8 shows. Lodging and meals, tips and taxes included. Call for a brochure. Deadline is Aug. 15.

The center is also taking reservations for our 2014 trips to New Orleans (Motor Coach) for $749. Brochures available and Hawaii also.

Benefit barbecue

The Suppa Service Station Relay for Life team, Sheffield Team, whose members are Joe and Tracey and Emily Leichtenberger and Greg and Julie Dalton, will be sponsoring a “Vicks Chicks” chicken barbecue at the Sheffield Lions Club on Saturday, Aug. 24. For $8 you get a half a chicken, baked potato, corn on the cob and Jell-O or you can just purchase a ticket to buy a whole chicken for $8 with no sides. Tickets are available at the Allegheny Cellars Winery or by calling Julie Dalton at 968-5571. Dinners will be at the end of the Lions Club Bridge as a drive through service. Pick up time will begin at 4:30p.m.. This team has raised over $10,000 for Cancer in 2013 alone. Get your tickets for a delicious meal and help the fight against Cancer by supporting this tea.m..

Playground program

The playground progra.m. came to an end on Friday with lunch and some good treats. The kids enjoyed a fun-filled summer under the direction of Kristie Steffan and Lisa O’Donish.

Over 170 children registered for the progra.m. this past summer and on an average 100 kids were at the playground each week for the 7 week program.. A huge thank you to the business and individuals who helped financially with this progra.m. as follows: Northwest Savings Bank, Sheffield Rotary, Ruth M. Smith Center, Forest Chemical, Carolyn Blymiller-Price, Zook Motors, Whispering Winds Ca.m.pground, Sheffield Senior Center, Johson’s Tire Service, Inc, Ed Shults of Warren, Warren Pediatrics, Ca.m.eron Energy, Sheffield VFW, Sheffield Lions Club, Sheffield Container, Sheffield Progressive Women’s Club, Presents & Posies and The Sheffield Township Supervisors. Without the above mentioned contributors, this progra.m. would not be possible.

Sheffield UM

Bishop Tom Bickerton will be preaching at Barnes and Sheffield on Sunday, Aug. 11, during regular worship. Refreshments at Barnes at 9 a.m. and lunch after worship at Sheffield.

AVES school supplies

Students are asked to bring the following supplies for school this year:


2 boxes of Kleenex

1, 4-pack Playdough

4 Glue sticks

1 Pr Child scisors

1Pk Dry Erase markers

1 box of 24crayons

Girls 1 box gallon Ziplocks

Boys 1 pk, brown paper lunch bags

Grade 1:

Crayon Box (crayons provided)

2-3 regular pencils

Metal scissors

Glue sticks

Box of tissues

Grade 2:

2, 1-subject notebooks

2 folders

1pk regular pencils

1 pk pencil top erasers

1 pr scissors

1 pk of crayons

1 crayon box or bag

1 box of Kleenex

May Donate: wipes, gallon Ziplocs, sandwich Ziplocks, washable markers, glue sticks

Grade 3:

1 pk Regular #2 Pencils

2 glue sticks

Child scissors

1, 24-pk of crayons

Crayon box

Washable markers (optional)



1-1 1/2-inch or 2-inch three-ring binder

1-1 pocket folder with holes

1.subject notebook with holes

Grade 4:

Regular #2 Pencils

Pencil top erasers




Colored pencils



Composition notebook

Grade 5:

2 1″ binders

Subject dividers

Pk. 3-hole lined paper

Red pen



Coming events:

Aug. 10 DJ and Karaoke night at the Sheffield VFW

Aug. 24- Vick’s Chicks Chicken BBQ sponsored by Relay for Life

Aug. 25 SVFD “Show it off in the Field Car Show” 12-4p.m.

Sept 4 – First Day of School at Warren County School District

Sept 14 SVFD Swiss Steak Dinner 5-7p.m.

Sept 15-21 Sheffield Senior Center trip to Branson

Oct 11 13 8th Annual Johnny Appleseed Festival

Oct 19 SVFD Fall Auction doors open at 12p.m.

Dec 14 SVFD Christmas Auction doors open at 12p.m.


Nov 1-8 Sheffield Senior Center trip to Hawaii