Sheffield Area News In Brief



Johnny Appleseed


The 9th Annual Johnny Appleseed Festival is right around the corner. The weekend of Oct. 10, 11 and 12 will prove once again to be a fun-filled weekend during the most beautiful time of the year in Pennsylvania.

The leaves will be in full bloom as well as the festival’s competition. This year organizers will once again have a Friday night under the lights competition. Prior to the 6 p.m. start of the lumberjack competition there will be a pie eating contest, not the apple pie baking contest that will be going on Saturday.

Competitors will need to be 18 years of age or older and we will see who can be the first to devour a cream filled pie without the use of their hands. Prizes will be awarded of course to the fastest eater. The cornhole tournament will be starting around 5 p.m. Friday night as well, so get your teams signed up prior to 4:45 and be ready for some excellent prize money as well.

This year the festival will have lumberjacks and lumberjills from all around the United States, Cananda as well as Sweden competing for thousands of dollars in prize money.

The rest of the weekend will be pretty much the same as in the past, with the heavy and light weight horse pull and the heavy weight antique tractor pulls, wine festival and bands on Saturday along with the Lanterns to Heaven and fireworks after the competition.

Sunday will be full of enthusiasm with the light weight antique tractor pull and more head-to-head lumberjack and lumberjill competition along with more great music on the festival grounds. Check out the website at for more information along with our applications for crafter and food vendors and contact numbers.

Movie Night

Friday, Aug. 15 is Movie Night in Sheffield once again. The movie “Heaven is For Real” will be shown at dusk at Memorial Park. Popcorn, soda and water will be available for $1 each. All proceeds will go to benefit playground program. Bring your blankets and chairs or sit on the bleachers and enjoy a movie in the park.


Fall sports registrations are now being taken at the office at the SAMSHS. Cost is $50 for varsity sports and $25 for junior high. This includes football, varsity volleyball, cheerleading, and girl’s junior high basketball. The office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sports physicals need to be completed prior to the first practice in the fall, which is Aug. 11.

New pastor

Fr. David Bosnich became the pastor of St. Michael’s Byzantine Catholic Church in Sheffield on July 18. Father David, 52, previously served at St. Michael’s from February 1996 to June 1998. In the intervening years he has guided parishes in Irving, Texas (1998 to 2003); Braddock and Duquesne, Pa. (2003 to 2012); and Aliquippa and Ambridge, Pa. (2012 to 2014). Given the opportunity of a second pastorate in Warren County, he hopes to call back members of the flock who have drifted away, especially younger family members.

Playground Program

On Friday, Aug. 15, weather permitting at the Sheffield Memorial Park, Dr. Andrew Turner, professor of ecology from Clarion University of Pennsylvania will conduct a stream assessment in Two Mile Run, which involves sampling fish and assessing water quality. A few of his students from the Sheffield area will also be assisting in the assessment. The public is welcome to attend.

Hospitality Center

The menu for the week will be: Monday, chicken parmesan with spaghetti, home made rolls & pie for dessert. Thursday brings stuffed pepper soup, tossed salad and peanut butter whip. Fridays ‘buffet’ features baked fish and fruit with several entrees to choose from.

This week’s highlights will be blood sugar testing with Esther and Jean from 8:30-11:30, no appointment needed, stay for coffee and conversation. Tuesday, the Sheffield Kitchen Band will be playing for the residence at Warren Cambridge at 1 p.m. Join these ‘friendly’ musicians who bring joy to those in assisted facilities, call 968-5667; enjoy an ice cream stop on the way home.

Come with the center to the Warren County Fair for ‘Senior Day’ Wednesday; enter for $4. With your Medicare card as ID, the center will begin to pick up at 11 and depart the fun-packed day at 4:30; stop in to sign up or call.

Join in for suggestions or concerns with the Advisory Council meeting Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Attention all New Orleans passengers, the center will have a ‘Meet & Greet’ on Saturday at 10 a.m.. Tis is not a mandatory meeting, just an organization to motor coach placement. All payments must be paid in full for this trip.

Benefit Shoot

There will be a benefit shoot for Ray Nordin on Sept. 14 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Clarendon Kalfus Club on Chapman Dam Road to help with medical expenses. Trap and sporting clay shoot, Chinese auction and food will be available.

Fireman’s Festival

The Sheffield Volunteer Fire Department will hold its 52nd Annual Fireman’s Festival from Aug. 17 through 23.

As always the Festival kicks off on Sunday, Aug. 17th, with our Chicken BBQ. The Sheffield Rod N Gun Club Chicken Crew prepares the chicken for us and the SVFD Auxiliary cooks the rest of the dinner. The dinner consists of chicken, baked potato, baked beans, cole slaw, dinner roll, and a cupcake for dessert. The cost of each dinner is $8. You MUST have a ticket to receive a dinner. Dinners are available at noon or 3pm. Tickets will be available at Repine’s and Peterson Hardware and are available from Melanie McMillen. An added addition to the Sunday festivities this year is our Annual Car Show. Posters for that event are out and you may contact Lance Fiscus at 730-1011 for information.

On Tuesday, Aug. 19, the carnival grounds open. American Amusement Rentals will provide the rides this year. The midway will open at 6pm each night and run till approximately 10 p.m. Kid’s Night! at 6:30 will take place. There will be face painting, saw dust piles, duck pond, sack races, and much more. The duck pond is for children ages 4 and younger and the rest of the games are for children 4-12. Tons of prizes including rIde-a-rama coupons, ice cream coupons, and maybe some special prizes this year! Bring the whole family out for a free night of fun!

There will be two nights of Ride-A-Rama, Wednesday and Friday.

On Wednesday, Aug. 20, Bingo will be played in the Fire Department Social Hall. The doors open at 4:30 p.m., early bird games at 6 p.m., and regular games at 6:30 p.m.. On Memorial Field, the midway opens at 6 p.m. with Ride-A-Rama

On Thursday, Aug. 21, is the Pet Parade at 6:30 p.m.. Prizes will be awarded for the winner in the following categories; Youngest, oldest, biggest, smallest, most behaved, most unusual, best trick, and best costume. Call April Hayes at 968-5231 to register your pet. All participants are asked to meet behind Sheffield Beer & Ice by 6:15 p.m.

On Friday, Aug. 22, will feature music from T.N.T. Audio Entertainment beginning around 6 p.m. The midway opens at 6 p.m. with Ride-A-Rama.

Saturday, Aug. 23, is the big day. The Fireman’s Water Battle will begin at 8:30 a.m. with Cherry Grove Vol. Fire Dept. running that event for us. The parade will start at 4 p.m. on the west side of town, going down Main Street, and end on the corner of Church and Main. Contact Lance Fiscus at 730-1011 for parade info and questions. The midway will open around 4 p.m.. At around 10:30 p.m. an amazing fireworks display, by far the best in the area, will be put on once again by Starfire Corporation.

After the fireworks will be the drawing for the Grand Prize. Tickets are $5 each. Fifth place wins $150, fourth place wins $250, third place wins $500, second place wins $1,000 and this year the Grand Prize is $2,500 Tickets are available from firemen and at local businesses.

A new addition to the Fireman’s Booths this year will be a Basket Raffle Tent. Tickets will be sold from Sunday through Saturday, with the drawing to be held on Saturday evening. The money earned from this raffle will go towards helping defray the cost of the Festival. Also in this tent we will be selling the “I Support Sheffield VFD” tshirts. No matter what size you need each tshirt is only $10. They are being sold to help defray the cost of the Festival.

So mark your calendars and save the dates! All 100% profit goes right back to the SVFD for major purchases and building maintenance. This is OUR largest fundraiser of the year and we can’t do it without your continued support. Thank you in advance for all the community involvement to help make our 52nd Festival the best one yet!

Coming Events

Aug. 15 Movie Night at Memorial Park “Heaven is For Real”

Aug. 17th -23rd SVFD Fireman’s Festival

Aug. 24th Sheffield Rod & Gun 3D Shoot

Barnes Community Picnic at 1 p.m. at the Sheffield Lions Club

Aug. 30th SAMSHS Wolverine Football Season 1st home game against Ridgway at 1:30

September 3rd First Day of School for Warren County School District

Sept. 14th- Ray Nordin Benefit Shoot, Kalfus Club, Clarendon 8-2 p.m.

Sept. 20/21-Fire Police Hosting Meeting

Sept. 21st Sheffield Rod & Gun 3D Shoot

Oct .10, 11, 12-Johnny Appleseed Festival

Nov 1st. Sheffield Rotary Multiphasic Bloodscreening.