Photo submitted to Times Observer Confirmation Class visited United Methodist Church Western PA Conference Bishop recently at the United Methodist Center located at Cranberry Township. Pastor Rick Nelson and parents and students toured the center before meeting the Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koi, and District Superintendent Reverend Pat Lennox of the Kane District, in which the Confirmation Class resided. From left, in front, are Kendra Shaffer, Kaylea Shaffer and Harley Poole and, in back, Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koi, Christine Shaffer, Rev. Rick Nelson, Reverend Pat Lennox, David Trembley, Courtney Trembley and Rhonna Trembley.

Class breakfast

The men of the Warren High School Class of 1951 will meet for breakfast at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 30, at Perkins in Warren.

Sanford Sale Days

Sanford Sale Days, outside of Grand Valley, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, May 26, and Saturday, May 27. Maps are available, as drinks and food.

Support Group

Health and Hope infertility and loss support group will hold its first meeting at 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, June 15, at the Lander church. The support group is free and open to the public.

Chapman beach

Chapman State Park’s swimming beach is open to the public. For the remainder of the season, swimming hours are 8 a.m. to sunset daily. Chapman State Park reminds visitors that the beach is unguarded and swimming is at the visitor’s own risk. The presence of a child under the age of 10 years of age in a designated swimming area unless accompanied or supervised competently and effectively by a person at least 14 years of age is prohibited. There may be no more than five children under the supervision of one person.

The Bureau of State Parks has included the beach at Chapman State Park among the 39 ‘Smoke-Free Beach’ locations statewide. “This expansion is directly in line with the state parks’ primary mission — provide opportunities for enjoying healthful outdoor recreation and serve as outdoor classrooms for environmental education,” Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said. “It was an ongoing bid to gauge the pulse of the public that led our Bureau of State Parks to expand its ‘Smoke-Free Beach’ locations. From the outset of this program in May 2013 beach restrictions consistently have been hailed by visitors for significantly improving air quality and reducing cigarette-butt litter.

For visitors who smoke and still want to use the beach, a designated area adjacent to the beach is provided.

Free CPR/first-aid training

Free CPR training will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 8, and free first-aid training from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, June 12, at Emanuel United Methodist Church, 1710 Pennsylvania Ave. E., Warren.

To register, call (814) 723-7248. If no answer, leave a message with name, phone number, and number of attendees. Once class maximum is reached, a wait list will be started for the next session.

The registration deadline is June 5.

Free onsite childcare is provided. Please indicate number of children when registering.

Classes are hosted by Emanuel UCC and offered in conjunction with Warren County EMS.

Senior games

The annual Warren/Forest Senior Games are going to be held on Wednesday, June 14, at Betts Park. The day is fun even if you do not want to compete in the Games; you can watch all of the action and enjoy the company. The event includes a picnic lunch and the cost is $3. Stop by a senior center near you in Warren or Forest County to pick up a registration form. For more information about the Games, call the Allegheny Community Center at (814) 723-3237.

Halls Of Ivy

Michaela Lind, a senior at Warren Area High School, is among eight recipients of ERIEBANK scholarships awarded recently, according to David Zimmer, ERIEBANK president.

Lind participated in various athletic endeavors throughout high school including cross-country, track and field, swimming, and soccer. She was named team captain on both the cross-country and track and field teams. In addition to athletics, she served on the prom committee and as wrestling statistician.

Lind plans to pursue a degree in mathematics education at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in the fall and will also participate on the university’s cross country and track teams. She is the daughter of Mike and Missy Rogers of Warren.

ERIEBANK is committed to the communities and businesses it serves and is a proud supporter of the next generation of leaders. The bank invited graduating high school seniors to enter an essay contest in which students shared their thoughts on the types of businesses and jobs that will exist in the future. Winners were awarded scholarships in the amount of $500 to be used for post-secondary education.


Scholarships and awards were presented during the annual college awards ceremony held at Jamestown Community College’s Jamestown Campus on May 12. Recipients, noted by their hometowns, included:

Bear Lake: Paul Waite (Business Administration – A.A.S. Award);

Russell: Christian Hefright (Freshman Biology Award, Vera Varmee Pre-pofessional Health Scholarship), Christine Kuzminski (Vera Varmee Pre-pofessional Health Scholarship), Derek Lasecki (Paul Kelly Memorial Scholarship), Shania Spicer (Sophomore Biology Award);

Warren: Kristen Lord Lucas (Patricia Pitts Memorial Scholarship);

Youngsville: Nathen Carr (Geology Award), Alex Johnson (Computer Science Award).


Thiel College, a leading liberal arts college in northeast Pennsylvania, announced this month that 318 students were named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2017 semester. A full-time student must attain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale to be eligible for the Dean’s List at the College.

Students on the Dean’s List from your coverage area appear below, grouped by hometown, including:

Elizabeth Carlson SR Kane; Olivia Stone FY Ludlow; Jacob Marino JR Pittsfield; Madalyn Harding SOPH Warren; and Alexander Streich SOPH Warren.