Photo submitted to Times Observer Steve Sorensen with his 2018 Pinnacle Award and his Outstanding Achievement Award, presented June 13 by the Professional Outdoor Media Association at its annual conference in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Kinzua reunion

Thew Kinzua Reunion will be held on Sunday, July 8, at DeForest Pavilion, Wildcat Park, in Ludlow.

Plan to arrive by noon, with the meal beginning at 1 p.m.

Bring a salad, dessert, or casserole to share.

Meat, a beverage, plates, tableware, and serving utensils will be provided.

Those attending are asked to bring any Kinzua memorabilia you would be willing to donate for a silent auction to benefit the reunion expense fund.

A few Kinzua books by Carmen English Livezey will be available for sale.

For information, call Diane Brant at (814) 688-4425.

Indivisible Warren

Indivisible Warren PA will hold its bimonthly meeting this Thursday, June 28, at Emanuel United Church of Christ, “The white church with the red door,” at 1710 Pennsylvania Ave. East, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. All are welcome. For information on Indivisible, see

Chapman State Park programs

Here are Chapman State Park ( programs for June 29 to July 1.

If you need an accommodation to participate in PA State Park activities due to a disability, contact the Bureau

of State Parks at 1-888-PA-PARKS. With at least three days’ notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of

hearing are available for educational programs.

Friday, 6/29/18, 6:30 PM-7:30 PM

“ANIMAL TRACES” – Learn about the traces left behind by animals through hands on exploration of tracks and scat. A short walk to search for and identify traces will conclude the program (Amphitheater);

Friday, 6/29/18, 8:30 PM-9:30 PM

“MOVIE NIGHT: BLACK BEAR CUBS”– Enjoy volume 2 as you watch the family life of American Black Bears and get a sneak peek into the secret lives of cubs with their mothers. This bear documentary has won 7 international film awards (Amphitheater, Pavilion 4 in case of rain)

Saturday, 6/30/18, 3:30 PM-4:30 PM

“LIL’ BUDS: BEARS”– Get the kids outdoors with this program featuring a nature story, hands-on exploration, and a craft. Designed for children ages 2 to 6 but all are welcome. A new topic will be explored each time with indoor or outdoor activities (Environmental Learning Center).

Saturday, 6/30/18, 8:30 PM-9:30 PM

“THE AMERICAN BLACK BEAR” – Join Warden Dave Donachy, from the PA Game Commission, to learn about natural history, management practices and other topics associated with black bears (Amphitheater).

Sunday, 7/1/18, 10 AM CHAPEL SERVICE-NON DENOMINATIONAL (Amphitheater, Pavilion 4 in case of rain).

Hill & Dale to meet

The Hill & Dale Garden Club will meet on Wednesday, June 27, at the Sugar Grove Free Methodist Church on Jamestown Street in Sugar Grove. This is the Annual Luncheon and Flower Show. All exhibits need to be entered by 11 a.m. Lunch will be at 11:30 a.m. Everyone is asked to bring a dish to pass. Desserts, drinks and table service will be provided. Guest speakers will be Fae Rouse and Nancy McDaniel on their trip to Ireland.

Holiday closing

The Tidioute Borough office will be open on Wednesday, July 4, but closed on Friday, July 6, in observance of the holiday.

Chicken & biscuit dinner

A Chicken and Biscuit Dinner will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 13, at St. John Center, 25 First St., Tidioute, sponsored by the St. John Women’s Guild.

The menu is chicken, gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, applesauce, dessert and beverage.

The cost: Adults, $8; children 6 to 10, $5; and children 1 to 5, $3.

All are welcome. For more information, contact Linda Scott at 484-7525.

Craft fair

The Akeley United Methodist Church, 541 Akeley Road, Russell, will host a craft fair and bake sale on Saturday, June 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Many local vendors and home-based businesses will be selling crafts and goods. Breakfast and lunch items will also be available for purchase. Tours of the church will also be available.

TCCS Honor/Merit Honor Rolls

Here are the Tidioute Community Charter School students, by grade, named to the Merit (95 percent and above) and Honor (93-94.9 percent) rolls for the final quarter of the 2017-18 school years:

Merit Roll (last name first)


Cass, Hailie Madison; Burke, Annah Lael; Flanigan, Angel Paula; Konkle, Bella Elizabeth; Pierson, Ethan John; Sheckler, Lukas Aaron; Smith, Joshua Thomas;


Downey, Paige Cailyn


Gillenwater, Julian Lee; Hulse, Jacob Charles; Kennedy, Dalton Luke; Nichols, Jamie Marie; Payne, Madison Marie; Pierce, Adrianna Hope


Sabella, Amalia Rose

Eighth grade

Carnahan, Connor James; Fors, Aspen Sterling; Hulse, Jessica Dawn; Maille, Bryceton Matthew; Sabella, Angelina Faith; Valentine, Natalie Brock

Seventh grade

Drukenbrod, Lexis Elizabeth; Durlin, Jolynn Rebecca; Larsen, Emma Kimberly

Fifth grade

Archuleta, Charleigh Lauren; Beck, Paige Louise; Breeding, Sadie Mychele; Henderson, Malaina Nicole; Hulse, Michael Alexander; McManigle, Shyle Ann; Nuttall, Marlee Rae; Weilacher, Riley Jane

Fourth grade

Bereksazi, Sophia Elizabeth; Jordan, Madilyn Leigh; Manning, David Michael; Patterson, Aiden Michael; Silva, Cody Michael

Third grade

Conklin, Jillian Mae; Robinson, Chloe

Second grade

Anderson, Carter James; Campbell, Coy Michael; Greeley, Wyatt Tucker; Hulings, Evan Jon Patrick; McCauley, Mitchell Jacob; Riemenschneider, Haylee Elizabeth; Schmidt, Blake Arthur

Honor roll


Baldwin, Alexander James; Sudul, Noah Hunter


Barton, Brianna Joyce; Fors, Greysen Sinclair


Nuttall, Kelsey Lynn


Passingham, Hallie Lynn; Sabella, Blake Andrew

Eighth grade

Selfridge, Treyah Grace

Seventh grade

Egger, Olivia Louise; Sabella, Anthony Michael

Sixth grade

Slocum, Katelin Lilly

Fourth grade

Heenan, Gus Joseph; Johnson, Ashleigh Ann; Kibbey, Cameron Scott; Kinnear, Addison Elizabeth; Paden, Hailey Marie

Third grade

DeVore, Lainey Marie; Selfridge, Quinton James; Warham, Madelyn Ann

Second grade

Gillenwater, Christian Taylor Justice; Holmes, Craig Dean; Sutton, Zackary Andrew; White, Sara Jane

Outdoor writer award

The Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) presented local outdoor writer Steve Sorensen with its highest award at its annual conference on June 13 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Sorensen won the Pinnacle Award from this national organization in the Newspaper/Web category for his article titled “The Nun’s World Famous Deer Hunt,” published at Legendary Whitetails website in December, 2016. He also won the Outstanding Achievement Award for his January 2017 North American Whitetail magazine article titled “Pennsylvania Bookends.” A total of 12 awards were presented, and Sorensen was the only person to win two of them.

POMA is the only national outdoor writer organization focused on the traditional outdoor sports of hunting, fishing, shooting and trapping. It grants awards for creative work in six categories: magazine, newspaper/web, conservation, book, photography/art, and broadcast. This was Sorensen’s second Pinnacle Award; in 2015 he won in the magazine category. The Pinnacle Awards are sponsored by Mossy Oak.