Community Connection

Ginny Tonkin loves traveling off the beaten path, learning about new cultures through food, and everything outdoors. She recently spent eight months teaching English in Vietnam, and loves swapping travel stories.

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Posted: March 29th, 2012

Our Timeline cover photo: Loving Crawford County

Drumroll please…introducing’s Facebook Timeline cover photo winner: Maria Firkaly. Check it out on Facebook. A mom of two boys (and two dogs), Firkaly works at Center for Family Services in Meadville and also runs her own social media marketing business. We asked: “What does Crawford County mean to you?” Firkaly’s photo of Pymatuning State Park captured [...]

Posted: March 19th, 2012

Be famous. Well, Facebook famous. Submit a photo for our Timeline!

Want to be famous? Or at least, Facebook famous? needs your help: We’re launching our Facebook Timeline profile page, and we want your photography featured. Post on the Facebook wall, in our community album, or email ( to submit your photo for our Facebook Timeline cover photo competition. We want to know: What [...]

Posted: March 16th, 2012

Time for ice cream? Susie’s Ice Cream Factory holds open house for vendors

Unseasonably warm weather gets me thinking about ice cream, and Susie’s Ice Cream Factory is back in the business. The 16-year-old Titusville institution now operates as a “factory,” selling sizes pint and larger from their location and distributing to area vendors for that traditional scoop-on-cone experience. For vendors and future customers, the creamery has an invitation only Open House this Saturday. [...]

Posted: February 21st, 2012

Let them eat cake: the Community Improvement Center

Let the eat cake. And soup. And throw in a scoop of ice cream, too. The Community Improvement Center, operated through the United Way of Western Crawford County, will throw a Cake Walk, Soup and Ice Cream Social, February 26 from 3-6 p.m. at the ARC of Crawford County. An outgrowth of the successful community [...]

Posted: December 21st, 2011

Hog Heaven Rescue Farm

Regina Allman has recently received a new four-legged friend. He sleeps inside, is housebroken, but there’s a problem. He’s a pig. “He doesn’t know he’s a pig,” she said, “but he’s pretty impressive for an indoor pig.” Allman founded and runs the non-profit Hog Heaven Rescue Farm in Cochranton with her husband David. Hog Heaven [...]

Posted: December 20th, 2011

Gifting for a cause: Giving to local charity

Need an end-of-the-year gift for that hard-to-shop-for, yet delightful aunt, awkward second cousin, business associate, or friendly church acquaintance? Give a unique gift that they’ll appreciate and that will benefit the community: Donate to a local charity in the giftee’s name. Amy Woods, Executive Director of the United Way of Western Crawford County said gifting [...]

Posted: December 12th, 2011

Photoholics Anonymous

Photoholics Anonymous. Its members are seriously addicted: they can meet anytime, anywhere there’s an internet connection, and post several times a day. Now they’ve taken it to the next level—meeting face to face. After “meeting” on Facebook since late spring, the Oil City-based group Photoholics Anonymous is now meeting offline. This photography club has begun [...]

Posted: November 30th, 2011

Monster cake: The cherpumple

Creative baking remains a hobby of mine; I love seeing people light up when trying new kinds of dishes. But when looking for a dessert to whip up for the holidays, I wasn’t sure if I was disgusted or delighted with a new discovery: the cherpumple. What is a cherpumple? Stacked three layers high, a [...]

Posted: November 23rd, 2011

Vegan Cranberry-Walnut Stuffing

Enjoy this vegan stuffing recipe from Published in the 11/27 print edition of   Vegan Cranberry-Walnut Stuffing Adapted from Try this delicious vegan dish. Feel free to substitute ingredients if your company isn’t vegan. For example, if you’re craving a certain kind of bread—which isn’t always vegan—substitute your favorite loaf. -5 cups stale or [...]

Posted: November 23rd, 2011

Tips for a vegetarian-friendly feast

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is dining with new friends and beloved family around a table laden with a delicious holiday feast. But what do you do when your daughter brings home her vegetarian boyfriend? What do you serve? Thankfully, you don’t need to revamp your menu—there are easy ways to [...]