Photo submitted to Times Observer Marissa Gourley of Sugar Grove recently qualified for the PA State 4H Horse Show in October. She is starting her fourth year in horse 4H and is a member of the Sugar Grove Ruff Riders. She currently shows her horse, My Zippers A Blazin’, in Horsemanship, Showmanship, and Western Pleasure, and possible in Huntseat this coming show season. This was her first season showing for point awards at the Western PA Ride and DriveAssociation Horse Shows. It was also the first year that she attended the District 4H Horse Show and qualified for the state show, placing eighth at states in the Horsemanship class.

Future leader

Jacob Hulse, a junior at Tidioute Community Charter School in Tidioute, was nominated for the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Lowell, Mass., on June 29 to July 1. The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who are passionate about science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM).

The purpose of this event was to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be scientist and technologists, to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal.

Hulse was nominated by Dr. John C. Mather, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics, and Science Director of the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists, to represent Tidioute Community Charter School based on his academic achievement, leadership, potential and passion for science and technology.

During the three-day Congress, Hulse joined students from across the country and heard Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science recipients talk about leading scientific research, was given advice from deans of the world’s top tech universities, was inspired by fellow teen science prodigies, and learned about cutting-edge advances and the future of science and technology.

Photo submitted to Times Observer From left, Anne Holloway of Whispering Winds Campgrounds in Sheffield presents Lisa To, Executive Director of Hospice of Warren County, with a check for $2,600 from proceeds from fundraisers at the campground this season.

Class lunch

The Warren High School class of 1956 will meet for lunch at 1 p.m. on the second Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Bob Evans. All class members are invited and asked to note date and restaurant change.

Bridge results

Results from Monday 11/5 duplicate bridge held at Warren YMCA were:

1st-Marjorie Polito and Peggy Morgan with 20.5;

Jacob Hulse

2nd-Connie Michell and Joann Hultquist with 20;

3rd-Laurie Curren and Rita Mancuso with 19.

Retired URC women

Retired women of United Refining Company will have lunch at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Perkins Restaurant, 115 Ludlow Street.

Sheffield United Methodist Church Cookie Walk

Photo submitted to Times Observer The St. Joseph School’s 3rd and 4th grade K-Kids (Kiwanis Kids) recently visited the Kinzua Health Care facility. The group made leaf decorations for the residents’ room doors as well as collected “socks for seniors.” They also played Thanksgiving Bingo with the residents.

On Saturday, Nov. 24, there will be a cookie walk from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sheffield United Methodist Church, 11 West Main Street. Get a jump on your Christmas cookies and support the church.

Sheffield/Barnes United Methodist Churches Open Doors Dinner

On Monday, Nov. 26, the next Open Doors Dinner will be held at the Sheffield UMC at 11 West Main Street. This is a free meal, but donations are accepted. This month’s dinner will be beef stew, green beans, Italian bread, Texas sheet cake, punch, coffee, and tea.

Sheffield Cemetery

Please remove all wreaths, trinkets and flowers from the lots in the Sheffield Cemetery by Nov. 15. If it’s not removed by the lot owners, the items will be relocated to the cemetery garage.

Hemlock woolly adelgid training

The USDA Forest Service and Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History are working together to hold a free hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) training for those interested in learning how to identify and report this invasive forest pest and help eastern hemlock trees. The training will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 162 Swarts Hall on the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford campus (300 Campus Drive, Bradford).

The training’s topics and speakers will include:

History of the High Allegheny Hemlock Conservation Partnership – Andrea Hille (USDA Forest Service)

The importance of eastern hemlock trees and the threat of HWA – Tim Tomon (DCNR Bureau of Forestry) & Bill Oldland (USDA Forest Service)

How to monitor for HWA and report your findings using iMapInvasives – Kimberly Bohn (Penn State Extension) & Elyse Henshaw (Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History)

The hemlock woolly adelgid is an invasive, aphid-like insect which feeds off the food storage cells below the needles of an eastern hemlock tree and hides itself under white woolly masses for protection. Within only a matter of 4-10 years, an individual tree can succumb to a HWA infestation if left unnoticed. This deadly insect has been progressively moving into Western New York and Pennsylvania as it has spread throughout much of the eastern United States, leaving massive stands of hemlocks dead in its wake.

The High Allegheny Hemlock Conservation Partnership was initiated in 2013 and established to take a collaborative and proactive approach to maintain forests across the Allegheny National Forest region in a healthy state for current and future generations. Members include: Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, The Nature Conservancy, Allegheny National Forest, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, New York Department of Environmental Conservation, U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station, U.S. Forest Service State and Private Forestry, universities, conservation organizations, and several large industrial forest landowners


For more information or to register for the event, contact Elyse Henshaw (Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History) at, or Andrea Hille (USDA Forest Service) at

‘Spirit of Christmas’ contest

The Warren July 4th Committee will sponsor its inaugural Home and Business Decorating Contest, “In the Spirit of Christmas,” this season.

Registration forms and rules can be found on Facebook or at

All registration forms must be back to the committee by Dec. 1 as judging will be done from Dec. 8 through 10.

There will be an award presentation at a downtown location on Dec. 14 (location to be announced).

Judging will be done by five people qualified and independent of the committee.

There are two categories — Business and Home — with first, second and third place prizes for each.

Entry fee is $10 each.

For information, contact Committee Chair Audrey Taylor at (814) 730-7218 between 3:30 and 9 p.m., or email

Eagle Scout

Donald Fox of Cincinnati, Ohio, recently received the Eagle Scout award — the highest honor of Boys Scouts. His bother, DJ, received the designation last year.

Donald’s ceremony was held with three scoutmasters present and his local Boy Scout troop.

Don’s parents are David and Carol (DeVore) Fox. Carol is originally from Warren, and Donald’s grandparents, Walter and Anna Simpson, are from Warren.

Commodity food pickup

The Salvation Army’s Warren commodity distribution will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Nov. 14 for this month only due to Thanksgiving holiday. If you have any questions concerning this food distribution, call the Salvation Army at 723-8950.



The Salvation Army’s Annual Thanksgiving Dinner will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 22, 2018, at the St. Joseph Church.

Food donations of turkeys and pies or monetary donations are appreciated.

There is also a need for volunteers to help with serving and clean-up.

For information, call 723-8950.

Pipe organ recital

There will be a pipe organ recital by guest organist and Warren County-native Tim Elder at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, at First Lutheran Church, Warren. Additional performers include James Pearson, cello, and Denise Pearson, flute.

Watson Grange events

Events planned at the recent meeting of Watson Grange include: Auction, Nov. 17 at 1 p.m., at Pomona Grange with Watson Junior Grangers in the kitchen and bazaar table; Harvest Dinner at Watson Grange on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 1:30 p.m.; Watson Junior Grange meeting Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 6:30 p.m.; Auction Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. at Pomona with Juniors helping; Auction at Pomona Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. with Watson members working the kitchen; Watson Grange meeting Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m. with cookies for refreshments and collection of non perishables for the Salvation Army.

Looking ahead, a workbee will be held at Watson Grange at 8 a.m. April 6 in preparation of installing a new floor in the kitchen.

A several family sale is also planned for April 27 at Watson.