Photo submitted to Times Observer Now could be the time you take the picture that wins a prize in the Audubon Community Nature Center 2018 Nature Photography Contest. This photograph, “Poppies,” by Lynda Younker of Ashville, N.Y., was an earlier finalist.

Chapman programs

Chapman State Park programs Fourth of July week ( include:

Wednesday, 7/4/18, 11 a.m. to noon

“SALAMANDER SAFARI”– Find out about salamanders of Pennsylvania; where they live, what they eat, what makes them so unique, and where to find them. We will head to Penny Run to catch and identify salamanders and newts. Wear shoes you can get wet (Parking Lot #2)

Wednesday, 7/4/18, 2 to 3 p.m.

Facebook photo “Paddling Hazard — Tree Down in Conewango at North Warren. A large stem of a willow tree (Salix spp.) growing on an island has fallen into Conewango Creek in North Warren, Pennsylvania (near the bike/hike trail), all but blocking one channel... It is likely possible for paddlers to pass by the top of the willow along the river right bank, or perhaps even to squeak under the trunk near the island, but to be on the safe side you may wish to simply keep to the river left channel to pass by this island, according to the Conewango Creek Watershed Association Facebook page.

“NATIONAL SYMBOL SCAVENGER HUNT” — Learn about the Bald Eagle while searching for items related to this national symbol (Amphitheater)

Friday, 7/6/18, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

“INTRO TO GEOCACHING” – Have you wanted to try this popular activity or maybe just need a refresher? Join the park naturalist for an introduction and hands on instruction with GPS units. The program will conclude with a search for geocaches. A limited number of GPS units will be available for use (Amphitheater)

Friday, 7/6/18, 9 to 9:30 p.m.

“MOVIE NIGHT: GEOCACHE” – Learn more about this high-tech treasure hunt through this documentary with portions filmed at GeoWoodstock IV (Amphitheater, Pavilion 4 in case of rain)

Saturday, 7/7/18, 1 to 3 p.m.

“MUSHROOM TALK AND WALK” – Join the Central PA Mushroom Club to learn about non-edible and edible mushrooms. Search for and identify fungus with members of the club (Pavilion #2)

Saturday, 7/7/18, 4 to 5 p.m.

“RED, WHITE AND BLUE NATURE SCAVENGER HUNT” – See how many natural items you can find that are red, white and blue. Lists will be provided (Amphitheater)

Sunday, 7/8/18, 10 a.m.

CHAPEL SERVICE – NON-DENOMINATIONAL (Amphitheater, Pavilion 4 in case of rain).

Watson Grange

Matt Irons, Master, presided over the recent meeting of Watson Grange with reports from Community Service Chairperson Deanna Hollabaugh concerning the caps purchased and delivered to the Cancer Center by Wendy Hollabaugh. PA State Grange Family Festival will be held at Centre Hall Fairgrounds where fund raising will occur for Autisim Dogs.

Also, Junior leader Kelly Van Ord stated the Juniors met, and worked on their art projects for the fair, and will meet again at 6:30 p.m. July 9 to work on recyclable projects. Three Juniors, Maddy Warham, Gabby Lindsay and Braden Thomson will be attending PA State Grange Junior Camp July 1 to 9 at Camp Sylvan Hill in Howard.

Watson Subordinate & Watson Jr. Granges will be exhibiting in the Grange building during the Warren County Fair August 5 to 11.

The quarterly birthday dinner will be held at Watson’s next meeting at 6:30 p.m. July 12.

Game hunting licenses online

To ensure they’re informed before heading afield, those purchasing Pennsylvania hunting or furtaker licenses receive a complimentary pocket guide that summarizes seasons, bag limits, hunting hours and other basic requirements.

Whether buying licenses for 2017-18 or 2018-19, license buyers should make certain they’re receiving the pocket guide for the correct license year.

Through most of June, sales for the current 2017-18 license year and upcoming 2018-19 license year occur simultaneously, and it’s possible some license buyers are issued the wrong pocket guide.

The 2018-19 pocket guide is available online on the 2018-19 Hunting and Trapping Digest homepage, which can be accessed under Quick Clicks at The pocket guide can be printed at home on 8 1/2- by 14-inch legal paper.

Pocket guides also are available at the Game Commission’s headquarters and region offices.

The 2017-18 license year ends June 30 and the 2018-19 license year begins July 1.


On Tuesday, July 19, the Times Observer published an article describing plans for five Town Hall meetings of the Warren County Commissioners. One was listed as being at 6 p.m. August 1 at the “Scandia Social Hall, the former Scandia School.”

“This is an error as no such building exists. The only suitable meeting place in Scandia for such a meeting is the Scandia Community Center, the former Scandia School. A ‘Scandia Social Hall’ has never existed as far as I know,” said Julie Boozer, president, Elk Township Historical Society.

Audubon photography contest

Submissions are being accepted for the annual Audubon Community Nature Center Nature Photography Contest. This year’s theme is Natural Wonders: Big and Small. You are invited to submit work that best fits within the concept of the theme. Nature photographer Bill Smith will be the judge of this year’s applicants. Cash prizes and gift cards to will be awarded to first and second place winners in both adult and youth divisions.

Winning photographs will be displayed at Audubon Community Nature Center for one year. Winners and finalists will receive exposure through, as well as a personalized critique from Smith.