Sheffield Area News In Brief

Craft sale

The Sheffield VFD Auxiliary will be holding their Spring Craft Show on April 5. All tables have been sold. Over 50 tables of crafts and goodies will be at the firehall in the Social Hall and Ambulance Bay. The show opens at 9am and runs to 3pm and there is no admission fee. Refreshments are available. The following crafters will have their specialities on display:

Janelle Johnson, Ashley Grubbs, Julie Finch, Melanie McMillen, Judy Barner, Sue Curtin, Ruth M. Smith Center, Sherry Servesko, Sheffield Area Hospitality Center, Barnes Omega, Barnes Sunday School, Sheffield Progressive Woman’s Club, Bev Pollock, Nancy Kaye, Elaine West, Jennifer Anderson, Sandy Hoffner, Zachary Miller, Kane VFD Auxiliary, Lori Phillips, Tracie Edmiston, Brooks and Ruth Walter, Barb Mattison, Sheffield VFW Auxiliary, Kelly Johnson, Bill Sheckler, Stacey Johnson, Peggy Houser, Carolyn Yetto, Martha Bliss, Marjorie Ohl, Kinzua Bridge Foundation, Sheffield Methodist Women, Gridiron Club, Nancy Edmiston, Rosalie Stanko, Sharon Beane, Kristy Rieck, Nancy Burton, Sheffield VFD, and Judi Moore.

Easter Egg Hunt

The Sheffield Lions Club will be holding their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 12th at 10 AM. All kids are encouraged to come to Memorial Park and hunt for eggs and prizes will be awarded in various age groups.

Sheffield Rotary

The Rotary Club of Sheffield announced their 2014 selection for the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program. Adam Higby, a junior from Sheffield Area Middle High School (SAMHS) was chosen from a field of nine nominees to participate in a week-long leadership conference at Westminster College this summer.

Each year Rotary Clubs around the world provide a program to recognize and develop leadership potential among the young people within the community. Local students selected for the awards program will attend an all-expense paid Leadership Retreat with 149 other outstanding high school students from throughout the region. Qualifications of successful candidates include demonstrated leadership potential, public speaking ability and a good academic standing.

Hospitality Center

The menu for the week will be: Monday, chicken cutlets, potatoes, vegetable and pie for dessert. Thursday will be goulash, salad and cream puffs for dessert. Friday’s buffet will feature breakfast for lunch among other entrees and fruit for dessert. Please be reminded new diners are always welcome, but call in advance so food doesn’t run short; meals are $3, over 60 yrs. and $4 under 60 yrs.

This week’s highlights are, Monday, monthly 50/50 will be drawn, last month’s winner was Joan Jenkins from Warren. Sue Alling was the seller who sold a total of 85 tickets. Wednesday is shopping in Warren; if you would like to join the group call on Monday to schedule the bus to pick you up at your door. They leave about 8:30 and drop people off at their destinations and take them home after lunch about 2:30. Thursday is the Advisory Council meeting at 10:30 to discuss the Craft show and Spring chicken and biscuit dinner on Tuesday, April 22, from 4:30 6:30.

Friday is VITA tax day. This is a free service, but you need an appointment; call 968-5667 to schedule. If you need your property tax or Rent Rebate filled out help is available any day after 1 p.m. Deadline June 30. Saturday brings the first bake sale of the year at the Sheffield Fire Hall from 9-3. Please have all donations to the table before 9 a.m.

Softball team

chicken BBQ

Girls Softball Team is having a fundraiser chicken barbecue on April 6 at the Sheffield Lions Den from noon to 5 p.m. Chickens will be prepared by the Sheffield Rod & Gun Club and include half a chicken, baked potato, side, and a roll.

Tickets are $8 and can be purchased from any softball player or by calling Denise at 688-4908.

Johnny Appleseed


The Johnny Appleseed Festival committee is currently planning the 9th Annual Festival for the weekend of October 10, 11, and 12 and is in need of competition wood. Contact if you have aspen as described in below.

The Johnny Appleseed Festival has very specific needs when selecting and preparing wood for its competition. In this part of the country the preferred species is big tooth or quaking aspen.

The trees need to be from 13 to 18 inches in diameter at breast height (DBH). The first 8 feet of the trees cannot be used because this wood is much firmer than the rest of the tree and also contains an abundance of hidden knots. Knots are a major problem for woodcutters due to their excessive hardness. They are to be avoided at all costs due to the competitive disadvantages they introduce as well as the potential for damage to expensive saws and axes. The trees that we look for typically come from within a stand of hardwood timber as opposed to low-lying areas next to streams or swamps which produce aspen that is generally more knotty.

Once the trees are felled they must be processed for competitive use. This involves cutting the timbers into 26″ lengths each with a minimum of 20″ of knot-free wood. Care must be taken to insure that the pieces that will be used for the different events come from the same trees to minimize variability and enhance competiveness. The individual pieces, of which there are between 280 and 320 are then put on a lathe to remove the bark and size them to specific diameters. These pieces are marked to identify the trees that they originated from and the events they are intended for. Finally, in order to maintain moisture content and keep the pieces free of dirt and other contaminants, they are wrapped in plastic sheeting until the day of the competition.

Last year it took approximately 40 mature trees (4,500 bdft) to produce the wood for the competition. Each year the Johnny Appleseed Festival has been generously supported by having the wood donated by local loggers and landowners. Finally, it takes a lot of hard work each year to process the wood. All of this labor is provided by a group of volunteers who donate their time and equipment over a two-day period. Without their efforts this competition would not be possible.

Bowling tournament

After 4 weeks of play the standings are as follows: 1st Place is Team Traister with a score of 3,480, 2nd Place is Team Frederoski with a Stover of 3,459 and 3rd Place is Team Stover with a score of 3,440. High Men’s Series is Rick Stover with a score of 794 and High Women’s Series is Judy Nuhfer with a score of 647. High Junior Boy is Ryan Lemay with a score of 627 and High Junior Girl is Cheyenne Wheatley with a score of 699. This is the last Saturday for the tournament, don’t forget to stop down at the Bowlaway Lanes in Sheffield to get your tickets for the Chinese auction, there a lot of great prizes! The Jack V. Barner family again wishes to thank all that have been so generous with their contributions towards this tournament. It has been a huge success thus far.

Seminar Day

Grades 6-12 at SAMSHS, 300 students, took part in Seminar Day on Friday, March 21. All students had the opportunity to attend 8 different seminars for each period of their schedules. The activities were as follows: Mean People Suck, Beacon Light; Putting it Out There, State Police; We Like to Move it, YMCA; Beginner Yoga, Barb Urban; Survive It, Steve Leonhardt; Quote it, Caren Pence; Origami, Cindy Hartburg; Work it Out, Rick Nowacki; Explore Forestry(ANF), Gary Geiger; Ace the Interview (Bradford Schools), Lisa Pustelak and Marybeth Slipp; Actions and Consequences (A Safe Place); Diane Muntz; Get Hired (Goodwill Industries), Marsha Romine; Trap, Marty Groves; Murder Mystery, John Shaughnesy; Ready to Serve, Susan Curtin; Labyrinth, Ellen Pacquite; Be A Great Employee (Superior Tire), Keith Bertsch and Chari Spear; Perseverance (Abraxas), Rick Wagonseller; Pollination, Tom Smoulder; Relay Race, Jamie Ely and Jena Albaugh; Zombie Apocalypse, Joe English and Sally Ambrose; Make a Mandala, Michele McLaughlin; Tech Scavenger Hunt, Jen Dilks; Don’t be a Loser, Kris Kifer, Clutter in your World, Stephanie Scutella; Drum Circle, Sarah Korchak; Hand Chimes, Andrew Pollard; Archery, Olympia Sport.

NWS Sheffield office

The Sheffield Office of Northwest Savings Bank is gearing up for Community Banking Month in April.

The office will observe this year’s theme, Celebrating Communities, with special events and activities every Friday from April 4 through April 25.

“This year, we’re excited that Community Banking Week has been extended to take place over an entire month,” said Jim Cheronis, office manager of the bank. “We’re going to take this opportunity to thank our customers and community for their continued support. We’re proud to call Sheffield home, and we want to do everything we can to showcase some of the great things our area has to offer. We invite all of our friends and neighbors to visit us at 101 S. Main St, Sheffield, PA during Community Banking Month.”

There will be weekly events at the office each Friday as follows:

Friday, April 4: Ruth M. Smith Center Day Care; face painting & coloring contest for kids 4 – 6

Friday, April 11: Hot dog Cook out& Easter egg sale

Friday, April 18: Humane Society 11 a.m. 1 p.m. sale of dog licenses

Friday, April 25: Blood Pressure Screening 11 a.m. 1 p.m.

Coming Events…

April 2nd St. Anthony’s RCC will be holding the Mid-Week Lenten Services at 7PM

April 4th Lenten Fish Fry at St. Paul Center 5PM-7PM

April 5th-SVFD Auxiliary Spring Craft Show

SAMSHS Music Boosters Cornhole Tournament

April 6th Chicken BBQ at Lions Den for SAMSHS Girls Softball Team 12-5PM

April 12th-Soup and Sub Sale at Sheffield Volunteer Fire Department

Allegheny Valley Elementary School Spring Craft Sale from 10 AM 3PM

Noon Easter Egg Hunt

April 12th Movie Video Night starring Kevin Pence at Sheffield VFW 9-1AM

April 12th Sheffield Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt at Memorial Park at 10AM.

May 3rd Sheffield Rotary Multiphasic Bloodscreening