Photo submitted to Times Observer Leadership Warren County, “to educate and encourage the next generation of community leaders,” graduated its 11th class recently. Class members are, from left, in front, Adam McNeill, Jennifer Olson, Mike Papalia, Kelly Johnson, Brian Jurkowski, Darbee Harrington, and Sandy Nicholson; and, back row, Donna Tomassoni, Lisa To, Kim Tompkins, Brian Sager, Stephanie Skerda, Shane Oschman, Carrie Ludwick, Jake Boston, and Karen Conarro.

Car Seat Roundup

AAA East Central is hosting a free Car Seat Roundup to collect expired, damaged, and unwanted car seats for proper disposal from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 12, at AAA-Warren, 2285 Market St., Warren.

Many unsafe car seats are bought and sold at garage sales, given as hand-me-downs, or given to charities for resale. Child passenger safety technicians will be on-hand to provide assistance to parents who need a helping hand keeping their children safe in the car.

AAA: Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and injury for all children. Child safety seats reduce the risk of injury by 71-82 percent, and the risk of death by 28 percent in comparison to children in seat belts alone. Booster seats reduce the risk of nonfatal injuries by 45 percent among 4-8-year-olds. When these car seats are reused, it can compromise a child’s safety in the event of a crash. Additionally, 3 out of 4 car seats are installed incorrectly.

Hill & Dale meeting

Photo submitted to Times Observer Join First Church of the Nazarene for “Operation Arctic” Vacation Bible School for age 4 through going into fifth grade. It will kick off with Family Fun Night Sunday, July 15, from 4 to7 p.m., which will include a meal together with bounce house fun for all children. Monday, July 16, to Wednesday, July 18, VBS will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. From left are Liam, Austin, Landon, Avery, Noah, Micah, Andrew, Scott, AnnaMarie, Leah, Reece, and Kendyl.

The June 27 meeting of the Hill & Dale Garden Club was held at the Sugar Grove Free Methodist Church; 22 members and five guests were in attendance.

Sherry Walters gave the devotions and President Ruth Ann DeVore welcomed the members and guests, then led the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

After a “dish-to-pass” lunch, speakers Nancy McDaniel and Fae Rouse gave a presentation on their trip to Ireland. They had pictures of flowers and scenery.

The minutes were read and approved with the following corrections: Donna Lundmark and Eleanor Johnson took care of the Northern Area Planter and Donna’s husband spread the mulch. Karl Forrester: reed grass was planted at the Sugar Grove Park. The Treasurer’s Report was given and approved.

Old Business: Two Hydrangea bushes were purchased for Elizabeth McMillen and Carol Lewis. These will be planted at their Churches in their memory.

Several members attended the Warren Garden Club’s Flower Show at the Wilder Museum. Yvonne reported on the Warren Garden Club’s bus trip to Akron.

A couple of members did bring shirts to be embroidered.

Ruth Ann reported on the Miles Marker. To have a PA Historical Marker, there need to be several historical records, then the state needs to approve and the cost is $1,700. It was suggested the club contact the property owner at Rt. 957 and Dobson Rd. if a plaque could be put there showing where the marker is. Marge suggested going to a Sugar Grove town meeting as this is the founder of Sugar Grove, and ask supervisors for some help. Debbie agreed to go to the meeting.

New Business: Donna Lundmark is hosting the October meeting at the Wiltsie Church. The August meeting will be catered by Lynda Slocum. The cost will be $10, due at the next meeting. The menu will feature chicken salad and fruit salad. Debbie needs help with desserts and beverages. Willa and Ruth volunteered.

There was a motion by Marge Himber and second by Debbie Woodin to change the September plant sale to an auction. This was approved.

It was suggested the club needs to clean the park again after the 4th of July.

The theme for the Warren County Fair exhibit is “New Year’s Eve.”

The committee will meet at 1 p.m. July 16 at Ruth’s to go over ideas. There will also be a sign-up sheet for helpers at the Fair at the July meeting.

=Sally and Donna were the judges for the Flower Show; 1st place winners were: Fresh Flower Arrangement-Muriel Redick; cut flower, Perennial-Ruth DeVore; succulents-Marge Himber; Foliage, ivy-Ruth Ann; Foliage, tropical-Sherry Walters; Hanging basket-Muriel; Orchid-Ruth Ann; African Violet Pat Wilcox and Barb Gourley took 1st for her terrarium and also the “Best of Show.”

Women in Leadership Series

The Women in Leadership Series is a fun, educational, empowering series to unite female professionals in Warren County. It is open to the public and will focus on financial understanding/empowerment, maintaining health/wellness and how to communicate for success. This three-part series will take place at Soldiers and Sailors Park in downtown Warren beginning at 6 p.m. July 25. The events will be on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m.

Square Dancers

The next Penn York square dance will be held at the Warren County Fairgrounds from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 14. All area square dancers are welcome. Penn York is part of the National Square Dance Campers Association, Inc.

For more information, call Pete & Marcy Engman at 726-0687.

Halls Of Ivy

Kennedy McNeal of Sheffield was named to the Dean’s List for the spring term at South Hills School of Business & Technology in State College. A 2015 graduate of Sheffield Area Middle High School, she completed the second year in Diagnostic Medical Sonography area.