Photo submitted to Times Observer The 17th annual Warren General Hospital Christmas Basket Contest will take place December 3 to 7 in the hospital outpatient lobby. One of the biggest fundraisers for the hospital auxiliary, this contest challenges the different hospital departments and others, to create fantastic baskets filled with generous contributions. To date, there are 22 basket entries. If this season is similar to past years, you may see big screen TVs, sports equipment, money trees, gift certificates, kitchen appliances, toy boxes full of games, and other fabulous over-the-top “baskets.” The average Christmas Basket contains between $500 and $1,000 of merchandise. The WGH Auxiliary earned $18,000 last year on ticket sales. The Basket Contest proceeds will assist the Auxiliary in maintaining the WGH Valet Parking Service, funding the Scholarship program and addressing some hospital department needs. Tickets are $1 and will be sold only in the WGH outpatient lobby from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, Dec. 3-6, and from 7 a.m. to noon on Friday, Dec. 7. The tickets will be counted to determine the “winning” department and the drawing for the baskets will take place at 1:30 p.m. Friday. Jolene Johnson, above, is deciding where to deposit her tickets.

Free hearing screenings

There will be free hearing screenings at the Allegheny Community Center from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, in room 244. The screenings are provided by Petruso Hearing and Audiology.

‘Scam Smart’

A program by Senior Crime Prevention University will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, in the dining room at the Allegheny Community Center. This program is designed to help Pennsylvania’s older population become “Scam Smart” to the threat of fraud to the elder community by covering scams, cons and other crimes. The program is presented by Alan McGill from the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General.

Class lunch

Photo submitted to Times Observer You can be part of a national contribution to conservation by joining Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count in Warren or Jamestown on Saturday or Sunday, Dec. 15 or 16. A bird like this Blue Jay would be easy to spot, especially against a snowy background. To be assigned a count area in Jamestown, you need to make a reservation a week in advance.

The WHS Class of 1959 will meet for lunch at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, dec. 4, at Perkins. As always, spouses and guests are welcome.

Fire police to meet

Warren County Fire Police will meet at noon on Saturday, Dec. 1, at Starbrick Fire Hall. This will be election of officers. Applications for PA Fire Police will be passed out at this meeting. Plan to attend.

Alohomora! Magical Yule Ball

Attention all witches and wizards! An enchanted evening at the Alohomora! Magical Yule Ball will be held Monday evening, Dec. 31. Sponsored by the Alohomora! A Magical Festival Group, in partnership with the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry (WCCBI), the event will be held at the Conewango Club, 201 Market Street in Warren, PA.

Photo submitted to Times Observer Youngsville Marching Band seniors were recognized at their Halftime Review Show held recently at Youngsville High School. The marching band performs this show for the last time for family members as well as the community. Special awards are given as well as recognition of the seniors since we no longer have a football team with a Homecoming event. Seniors, from left, are Lucas Miller, son of Jeff and Paula Miller; Elizabeth Lucks, daughter of Charlie and Natalie Lucks; and Jocelyn Taydus, daughter of John and Kim Taydus.

Doors are open for wine/beer tasting and an auction at 7:30 p.m. Main event hours are from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. with music, dancing, hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar. Magical costumes, masquerade, or formal attire are encouraged. All attendees must be 21 years old and up and show a valid ID at check-in.

Tickets are $20 per person or $35 per couple. For ticket sale locations and to purchase your tickets online, go to The Room of Requirements on Facebook, or email

Bird Count

You are invited to count birds as part of a nationwide science project to analyze winter birds across the continent. On Saturday, Dec. 15, in Warren and Sunday, Dec. 16, in Jamestown, N.Y., you can join a dedicated crew of local bird watchers who take to the roadways, woods, and backyards to see how many birds and species they observe.

Audubon Community Nature Center is supporting National Audubon Society’s 119th Annual Christmas Bird Count.

The first bird counts were organized to draw people away from traditional Christmas bird hunts, when groups went out to shoot raptors (birds of prey) for entertainment.

This citizen science project has been gathering local information on bird populations since the 1940s to create a better local and national understanding of winter birds.

Newer birders are paired with experienced birders to go out to different parts of the region to count birds. Different count options are available, from backyard birdfeeder watching to hiking out through the woods. The count continues regardless of the weather.

Participants must be able to identify the birds, or be willing to go with a person who can do so, and to report using the protocol. Once assigned a location, you can spend as little or as much time as you want on the count day, but this will be a part of the reporting.

Each count takes place in an established 15-mile wide diameter circle and is organized by a count compiler. Volunteers follow specified routes, counting every bird they see or hear all day. It is not just a species tally-all birds are counted all day, giving an indication of the total number of birds in the circle that day.

If you are a beginning birder, you will be able to join a group that includes at least one experienced birdwatcher.

If you live in the Christmas Bird Count circle, you can also help by filling your feeders and then keeping a list of the birds you observe on the counting day.

To participate in the Warren count on Dec. 15, contact Don Watts at (814) 723-9125 or (814) 730-9204. To participate in the Jamestown count on Dec. 16, you need to make reservations by Sunday, Dec. 9, with Bill Seleen at (716) 499-4204.

For more information, call Audubon Community Nature Center at (716) 569-2345 during business hours or go to the events page at

4H Udder Club

The Udder Club has started its 2018-2019 4H year. In October, Madison Sleeman led the club meeting, welcoming new members and had everyone make introductions.

Members talked about the upcoming year, making plans for a field trip, the club’s annual overnighter, as well as guest speakers. Jacob Sleeman led the pledges. Veronica Ludwick led a Jeopardy game on the dairy industry and a couple other ice breakers. Tristen Wilcox, Madison Sleeman, Jacob Sleeman, Dilyn Moore spoke about their experiences at district and state competitions.

In November, the club met at the conservation office. Madison Sleeman called the meeting to order, and Tristen Wilcox and Tucker Lindell led in the Pledge of Allegiance and 4H Pledge. Members talked about the club’s achievements at Rotary Night.

Congratulations were given to Madison Sleeman and Tristen Wilcox on their Watts Memorial awards, Keely Alcorn and Miranda Gates on the Les Curtis Award, Veronica Ludwick for Leadership and the Brett Marsh Award, former member Sabrina Long for her Dairy pin and Outstanding President award.

The club was also recognized for its Community Service award. Leader Carrie Ludwick was honored for her Roll of Distinguished award and her work for the dairy program.

The club elected officers for the upcoming year, as follows: Madison Sleeman, president; Tristen Wilcox, vice president; Mackenzie Gates, secretary; and Anna Alcorn, treasurer.

Tristen Wilcox did a presentation on taking care of your clippers and how to sharpen them. Jocelyn and Jessica Estrabrock presented on how to set up the cow’s feet in the show ring.

The club members watched a movie on correctness in a calf and how to choose one for show.

The club’s next meeting is 2 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Warren County Conservation Office for a Christmas party.