Photo submitted to Times Observer On Saturday, April 21, the Youngsville Free Methodist Youth Group hosted the first annual “Youngsville’s Got Talent.” The event was open to the public and 10 contestants were in the running, ranging from 9 to 61 years old. Ryleigh Nelson won the People’s Choice Award, Beth Haight won 3rd place, Olivia Nuhfer came in 2nd Place, and Lucas Johnson won 1st Place. Judge Brenda Huhling said, “It was a very tough decision to make. All the contestants did great.” Overall, the night was deemed a success, and is planned to occur again next year.

Conservation workshop

The Warren County Conservation District will host a rain barrel workshop.

“Rain barrels can save you up to 40 percent on your summer water bill, reduce polluted runoff, and improve water quality in streams,” according to a WCCD release. “You’ll learn what it takes to assemble a rain barrel and we’ll also talk about mosquito control.”

The workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at the Hatch Run Conservation Education Center, 4000 Conewango Ave.

Those interested in more information may contact Jean or Sherry at 726-1441.

Cemetery meetings

Pine Grove Cemetery Association will hold a reorganizational meeting on Thursday, May 3, at 7 p.m. in the Pine Grove Township office building, 306 East Street, Russell. All lot owners and other interested parties are encouraged to attend.


The Barnes Cemetery Association will hold its annual meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, at the church in Barnes. New members are needed and everyone is welcome.

Class lunch

On Tuesday, May 1, the WHS Class of 1959 will meet for lunch at the Draft House. Spouses and guests are always welcome.

Humane Society closing

Paws Along The River Humane Society will be closed on Tuesday, May 1, for spring cleaning. Paws will reopen on Thursday, May 3, at 12:30 p.m.

Watson spring clean-up

Watson Township has scheduled Saturday, May 5, for the Spring Trash Clean-up for Watson Township residents and camp owners. Hours will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Community Building. The Township cannot accept batteries, hazardous materials, solvents and propane tanks. The Township is requesting a $5 fee per vehicle load. Tires will be collected for an extra fee. The fee schedule for tires is posted at the Community Building bulletin board. The Township will accept electronics. Televisions will not be accepted.

Class reunion

The Youngsville High School Class of 1966 will host a Reunion Luncheon on July 10 at noon at the Youngsville Fire Hall for graduating classes that are 50 years and older. The Class of 1967 is invited as guests.

Bring a dish to share. Meat trays, beverages, and table service are provided. Come prepared to renew old friendships and make some new ones. Any questions, call Karen Bires at 730-2385. Any classmates interested in helping with the luncheon, contact Karen.

Buy Local, Buy Fresh meetings

Here is a schedule of Buy Local, Buy Fresh meetings, held at 7 p.m. at the Sugar Grove Free Library. The series of informative meetings supporting local growers, suppliers and healthy benefits of fresh, local products are free to attend.

Call(814) 489-7830 with any questions.

May 2: Honey, I think I love you! The benefits of raw honey And other sticky situations. Come to the library to learn about health benefits of raw honey. Enjoy the taste tests.

May 7: Where on earth are your children… when they attend Earth Day?

Want to know what happens during Earth Day at the VanOrd Farm?

Over 300 children attend this event annually hosted by Barry and Tammy VanOrd. They will be at our library this night to explain what the elementary students do and see on this very popular field trip. Then they will give us a whirl through Rotational Grazing for which their farm has been recognized and awarded.

May 15: Mooooove over to the library. What is happening within our dairy industry? “Herd” the rumors? Want some answers? What about those GMOs in dairy cows? A guest speaker will answer all these questions. We will have samples of our local dairy’s product and the county Dairy Princesses will be on hand to serve.

We have one local creamery making cheese. The library is not a mouse trap but we will have some samples from that nearby cheese maker. Want to know how it is made? We’ll reveal where and how.

May 24: Here a chick, there a chick… everywhere a chick chick! Where can you obtain those cage free, free range, antibiotic free chickens to safely serve your family? And how do our local processors handle and process them? Our guest speaker will explain it all.

June 5: In our beautiful rural area we live in the land of free… free grazing livestock. What are we eating? How is it affecting our health, our environment and our future? Learn this night how we benefit from sustainable agriculture procedures and products.

June 12: Farm to Table fund raiser dinner, sponsored by our local producers and suppliers; $25 tickets available at the Sugar Grove Library Only 40 tickets will be sold.

Intruder drill

Warren County School District will conduct an intruder drill with a lockdown at the district office in Russell at 1 p.m. Friday, May 4.

Cemetery meeting

The 2018 Spring meeting of the Hale Cemetery Association will be held on Tuesday May 1, at 679 Akeley Road, Akeley. Lot owners, relatives, and interested parties are encouraged to attend. Call 757-4361 for more information.