Photo submitted to Times Observer The Warren County YMCA, in an effort to celebrate 150 years of continued service to the Warren Community, is celebrating February with 150 healthy community hearts. Stop in on Tuesday, Feb 14, from noon to 4 p.m. or Friday, Feb. 17, from 8 a.m. to noon and participate in the Primary Health Care healthy heart free blood pressure screening. Primary Health Care’s goal is to do 150 healthy heart screenings. When you stop in and get your screening you get a heart to hang up at the Y. Along with Primary Health Care, the Warren County YMCA child care department class rooms have decorated their classes with 150 hearts. The Warren YMCA is located at 212 Lexington Ave., Warren Pa. 16365. Shown here is the PreK 1 class of the Warren YMCA with their 150 hearts display for childcare.

WGH scholarships

The Warren General Hospital Auxiliary is again awarding scholarships to Warren County residents currently enrolled full-time in courses leading to certification and/or licensure in a professional health care field. Two health care courses must be part of the curriculum each semester. The money can be used for tuition, room, board and/or books. Applicants denied scholarships in a previous year are encouraged to reapply if their status now meets the required criteria. To begin the scholarship application process, applicants must submit a typewritten introductory letter that includes the following information: (1) interest in the health care field; (2) financial need; (3) experience, if any, in the health care field; (4) volunteer and employment experience; and (5) when and where training will take place. If all criteria are met, an official application will then be sent to the applicant.

This information must be mailed to the Warren General Hospital Auxiliary Board President, postmarked on or before Friday, March 17, 2017. No hand delivered letters will be accepted. Promptness is vitally important and no letters will be considered after the deadline.

Address all correspondence to Warren General Hospital Auxiliary Board President, Two Crescent Park West, P.O. Box 68, Warren, PA 16365.

Fire services

The Warren County Fire Services Dinner Meeting will be 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, in Lander.  Please plan to attend.

St. Joseph send-off

St. Joseph Church will celebrate the blessing that Fr. Rich Toohey has been to our community, and the parish will tell him thank you as he embarks on another journey to share his faith with the community of Erie. The send-off is at noon Sunday, Feb. 12, at the St. Joseph Educational Center. There will be light refreshments.

Bridge results

Results of Monday night’s duplicate bridge game at YMCA were:

1st–My Ignatius and Emily Birgel with 58.5;

2nd–Marjorie Polito and Diane Callahan with 53.5;

3rd–Connie Michell and Joann Hultquist with 51.5.

Being Mortal

Being Mortal – presented by Hospice of Warren County — will be presented at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 13, in room 215 at the Allegheny Community Center.  “Being Mortal” delves into hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness. Investigating the practice of caring for the dying and exploring the relationship between patients and their doctors, surgeon, Dr. Atul Gawande shares stories from the people he encounters. When Dr. Gawande’s own father gets cancer, his search for answers about how to best care for the dying becomes a personal quest.

Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers

As the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research, the Alzheimer’s Association is committed to raising awareness of this fatal brain disease. With the announcement of “Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers” the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Pennsylvania Chapter continues building on evolving educational opportunities for those who understand the struggles and challenges those living with Alzheimer’s or related dementias face.

Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers is a series of education programs that provide answers to the questions that arise in early, middle and late stages of the disease. This three week speaker series, held at Jefferson DeFrees Family Center, will allow attendees to hear from those directly affected and learn what you need to know, what you need to plan and what you can do at each point along the way.

“I am thrilled to be offering this series of programs to the care partners of Warren County,” said Jill Curtis, Education and Outreach Coordinator, “There has been an increase in request for this type of education and the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Pennsylvania Chapter is so excited to be able to fill this need for our neighbors in Warren.”

All sessions will run from 6 to 8 p.m.:

March 22 – Early Stage

March 29 – Middle Stage

April 5 – Late Stage

Topics covered in this program to include:

Developing a care team

Legal and financial planning

Coping strategies

Care and treatment options

Communication and connecting

Maximizing independence

Speakers include: Jill Curtis from the Alzheimer’s Association; Caregiver Support Group Facilitator, Linda Knapp; Kim Tompkins, from Bridges of Rouse and Lisa To from Hospice of Warren County. All speakers have experience helping educate those who face Alzheimer’s disease.

For more information on Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers, contact the Alzheimer’s Association at or call (800) 272-3900.

Youngsville holiday

Youngsville Borough offices and services will be closed on Monday, Feb. 20, in observance of President’s Day. Garbage pickup on Monday will be moved to Tuesday, and Tuesday to Wednesday.