Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry The Warren County school board recently honored retirees at its committee meetings in June. Attending were, from left, Debra Brown, John Bonavita, Kathy Bowley, Barbara Kersey, Mary Ann Mead, Donna Shagla, and Terry Stanko.

Blood drive

There will be a Community Blood Bank blood drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, July 6, at the Warren YMCA’s Program Room 4.

Appointments can be made at the front desk but walk-ins are welcome. Every donor will receive an outdoor multi-purpose chair with cooler.

Class lunch

The Warren Area High School class of 1969 will meet for breakfast at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 10, at Perkins.

Times Observer photo by Jon Sitler Piper Schultz was not only voted Most Patriotic Baby in the 2-to-3-year-old division of Wednesday’s Cutest Baby Contest held as part of the Fourth of July Organization’s celebration at Betts Park, but she was also patient with her new baby sister, Natalie, three months old. Categories (with prizes for each) ranged from Most Hair and Most Content to Prettiest Eyes, Prettiest Smile, and Cutest Baby Overall. Celebrity judges included Rachel Canfield, Warren County Sheriff’s Deputy; Shawn Ristau, QuickStaff workforce solutions; and Jordan Sitler and Hannah Shattuck, Warren Area High School volleyball. Melissa Almendinger organized the event.

Class picnic

The WHS Class of 1959 will meet at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10, for a summer picnic.

The summer picnic will be held at Dick and Joanie Jones, 72 Priest Hollow Road, Russell. Bring a dish to pass. The class will furnish the hamburgers, hot dogs, rolls, condiments and drinks. Guests and/or spouses are welcome.

BBQ dinner

A BBQ chicken dinner will be held at Russell United Methodist Church at 4 p.m. until gone on Saturday, July 14. A $10 minimum donation includes homemade macaroni salad, baked beans, rolls, dessert and beverages. Eat in air conditioned comfort or take out is available.

Photo submitted to Times Observer WGH Auxiliary is sponsoring the Collective Goods Sale at WGH in “Classroom C” from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 19. Stop in and check out the excellent selection of books for all reading levels and interests, along with a large selection of puzzles, games, toys, stationary and other reading-related items. Cash, credit card and WGH payroll deduction are all accepted for payment. The proceeds benefit the WGH Auxiliary.

Warren County Wonders calendar

Congratulations to the winners of the June page for the Allegheny Center for the Arts fundraising calendar WCCBI/ACA “Warren County Wonders 2019.”

First place goes to Carl Liechtenberger for “Wood Duck Ducklings.” Second place goes to Chris Goff for “Leaning in on the Conewango Creek.” Third place goes to Chris Goff for “Summer Fluff.”

This month, ACA will accept for July only. Have fun trying to capture some of our wonders. The deadline for entries is July 20 at noon. Check the ACA website to see requirements for photos and past winners.

Have fun tapping into your creative side. Check out the classes offered at ACA for the fall. We are beginning to schedule our fall classes. Explore our classes and when they will occur. Coming up will be classes for photography, acting, beading, Scandinavian chip carving, ukulele, metal smithing, and mosaic with glass or other materials. Some teachers need to know two weeks ahead how many students are signed up to be able to have enough supplies. In some cases teachers are able to adjust class times to meet enrollment needs. Send questions to Check the ACA website for more details and registration

Check out the calendar of events at the Warren County Fair. ACA will have some demonstrations of the classes we will offer at ACA.

Allegheny Center for the Arts is always looking to have more teachers to teach an art they love. Circle Sept. 15thon your calendars for the third Allegheny River fesT at Crescent Park. More info on our website and at Warren County Historical Society. We are looking for more music groups and vendors. Again a huge thank you to all the donors for ACA through Warren Gives.


Support Group

The Thursday meeting of the Caregivers’ Support Group will be held at 5 p.m. on July 5 at the Grace United Methodist Church, 501 PA Ave. E., Warren. Enter via the elevator entrance at the rear of the parking lot. Proceed to the Wesley Parlor.

The Support Group meetings are open to any caregivers in the area, as well as those interested in learning more about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and programs/services offered locally. A time for sharing of concerns will be included. You may bring a snack and/or beverage, if desired.

Information is now available for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease on Saturday, Sept. 29, at Betts Park.

For more information about the meetings or new programs, call Karen at 723-9440 or Linda at 726-1199.

Outdoor Club

On Saturday, July 7, The Allegheny Outdoor Club (AOC) will ride bikes on the bike trail that runs from Leeper to Mary Ann. This 20-mile-long trail is part paved and part packed limestone. The leader will bike the entire 20 miles but any rider who wants to turn back can do so at any time. Participants should bring their lunch and water and meet at Betts Park at 10 a.m.

On Sunday, July 8, the AOC will hike five miles in Clear Creek State Park. Participants should bring water and meet at Musante Street in Warren at 1 p.m.

For more information call Greg Burkett at (814) 723-4989.

‘Invasive Plants of the Allegheny Plateau’ workshop

The ‘Invasive Plants of the Allegheny Plateau’ workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 19 at Warren County Conservation District, 4000 Conewango Ave, Warren.

Kimberly Bohn, Forestry Extension Educator for Penn State Extension, and Maddie Stanisch, Project Coordinator for the Allegheny Plateau Invasive Plant Management Area (APIPMA) will lead a program on invasive plants (and what you can do about it) including learning to identify the many non-native invasive plants in our area. Amy Jewitt, from the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, will also speak via webinar on how to monitor and track invasive plants using the iMapInvasives tools. Questions regarding management and treatments will also be discussed.

Free lunch and ID books are provided.

This event is free and open to the public. Register by July 16 with Maddie Stannisch at or 814-887-4020.