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Photo submitted to Times Observer The Conewango Clippers performed at Warren State Hospital’s Thanksgiving Community Service held in the hospital’s Interfaith Chapel on Monday, Nov. 19. This is an annual service attended by many of the individuals in treatment at Warren State Hospital as well as members of the community. Protestant worship services are held at 9:15 a.m. Sundays with Pastor Nancy Schwanke. All are invited to attend.

Class lunch

The Warren High School class of 1947 will meet for lunch on Friday, Dec. 21 at the Peppermill. Reservations are requested and can be made by calling 723-2447 or 726-0796.

Halls of Ivy

Jason Tipton graduated from St. Bonaventure University on Dec. 15 in Allegany, N.Y., with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science, Pre-Law. While attending St. Bonaventure, Tipton was a four-year player on the club soccer team, a peer coach, and worked as a tutor. Tipton will attend law school beginning in August 2019. He is a 2015 Warren Area High School graduate.

Bridge results

Results from Monday night duplicate bridge held at Warren YMCA were as follows:

1st-Carol Stone and Matt Oram with 24;

2nd-Sally Steele and Laurie Curren with 20;

3rd-Jill Dart and Ellen Ruffolo with 19.

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Tuesday afternoon at the Allegheny Community Center, Ellen Ruffolo was first and Phyllis Broadbent came in second. At the Woman’s Club Thursday afternoon, Laurie Curren and Donna Holding were first and second. Bill Massa placed first Thursday evening at the library with Marilyn Mourer in second.

Hospice donations

Hospice of Warren County received contributions during the month of October, enhancing the care given to patients, their families, and the community. Donations were received in memory of Susan Kosinski, Stanley Alabaugh, Donna Lanning Crull, John “Jack” White, John Feeny, E. Dian Petersen, C. William Glatz, Debbie Loomis, Irene Joyce Milioto, “Denny” Crandall, Edward R. Zimmerman, Lloyd Paul, William Madigan, Rick Sorensen, Sgt. Ed Gorgaz, Stephanie Andersen, Fred Spor, Paul L. Waterman, “Vinnie” Massa, Marilyn Lyke Bonace, Brenda Bonace Martin, Joanne Chester, Richard and Jerry Dailey, Mary Walker, Shirley Rugar, Andrew Davenport, Glenn and Gladys Wainwright, Louis Kittell, Kerry Spiesman, Margaret Ann Gossman, Sharon Bailey, Phyllis DeVore, Virginia DeVore Kellerman, Mabel Hockensmith, John Fanaritis, Gayle Meley, Tom White, Mary Bosko, John Kent.

Those wishing to make a donation may do so to Hospice of Warren County at P.O. Box 68, Warren, PA 16365, or online at www.hospiceofwarrencounty.com/donations.

Donations support the comprehensive Hospice Program, including the John and Orpha Blair Hospice Residence, Palliative Care Services, and The Schorman Center– A Place for Healing Grief and Loss.

Christmas Eve service

St. Paul Lutheran Church’s Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship Service with Holy Communion will be held at 8 p.m. Dec. 24, with Interim Pastor, Rev. Lawrence Scofield.

Humane Society closings

Paws Along the River will be open Christmas Eve from noon to 2 p.m. and closed Christmas day and the following day (Dec. 25 and 26), reopening with regular hours Dec. 27.

For New Year’s Eve, Paws will be open from noon to 2 p.m. and closed on New Year’s Day, as well as the day after (Jan. 1 and 2), reopening Jan. 3 with regular hours.

For any animal emergencies, Paws asks the public to contact the police or leave a message at the shelter.

Gov.’s inauguration tickets

The Wolf Inaugural 2019 Committee announced that tickets for the inauguration of Governor Tom Wolf and Lieutenant Governor-Elect John Fetterman are available at wolfinauguration.com. Tickets are available for the following events, taking place on Tuesday, January 15th, 2019:

Swearing-In Ceremony

Pennsylvania State Capitol Complex, East Wing

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Gates open 10 a.m.

Guests must be seated by 11:30 a.m.

Swearing-In Ceremony: Noon

Tickets: Free, but must be reserved. Space is limited, and seating will be first-come, first-serve

Attire: Ticket holders should dress for winter temperatures

‘Moving Pennsylvania Forward’ Inaugural Celebration

Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

7 to 11 p.m.

Tickets: $100 or $50 for students and seniors with valid identification

Attire: Cocktail

Additionally, the governor’s residence will host an open house between 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15. Tickets are not required to attend the open house.

“The Wolf Inaugural 2019 Committee encourages Pennsylvanians to join us in celebrating the inauguration of Governor Tom Wolf and Lieutenant Governor-Elect John Fetterman on January 15th,'” said Rob Ghormoz and Giancarlo Stefanoni, Co-Executive Directors of Wolf Inaugural 2019. “The Inaugural events will showcase the very best of Pennsylvania, commemorate the progress Pennsylvania has made under Governor Wolf’s leadership and set the stage for Governor Wolf and Lieutenant Governor-Elect Fetterman to continue working to move Pennsylvania forward.”

Additional details will be posted on wolfinauguration.com. The public can also sign up to volunteer for the inauguration.

Dems to meet

The Warren County Democrats will hold their monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, in the Computer Lab, Warren Public Library.

‘All About the Feels’

“All About the Feels,” a sensory processing disorder support group, will be meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 7 at Beacon Light Recovery Center, 1885 Market St., Warren.

There is no charge to participate in this group.

For more information, contact Stephanie Sturdevant, System Care Project Director, Forest-Warren Mental Health Association, at (814) 726-8431.

New Year’s Eve blood drive

Twice a year, Audubon Community Nature Center hosts an American Red Cross blood drive. This year, the holiday drive is New Year’s Eve day, Monday, Dec. 31, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

After filling local needs first, the American Red Cross has the ability, through their national inventory system, to move blood around the country wherever and whenever it is most needed.

Remember to bring a photo ID, eat well and drink plenty of water before coming to donate. Wear comfortable, loose clothing. Prepare to spend between an hour and an hour and a half donating blood. Then take time to view the Nature Center exhibits and the birds at the feeders.

Appointments are preferred, but not required. For questions regarding eligibility or to schedule an appointment, phone 1-800-733-2767 or go online to redcrossblood.org.

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren.

Treatment Court graduation

President Judge Maureen A. Skerda and Senior Judge John B. Leete have announced that a Forest County Regional Treatment Court graduation ceremony will be held in the Courtroom of the Forest County Courthouse at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 20. There will be a special guest speaker and the proceeding is open to the public with light refreshments provided.

The Forest County Regional Treatment Court Program has been in operation since May 2017 and presently has eight participants in various stages of the program. The mission of the program is to rehabilitate individuals to become productive members of our community through clean and sober living. This program enhances public safety, decreases substance abuse, reunites families, reduces recidivism and ultimately saves tax dollars. It is a comprehensive program which is evidence-based and includes mandatory drug testing, involvement with the 12-step program, community service, and court reviews every other week.

Participants must complete all four phases of a 14-month (or more) program to meet graduation criteria and are encouraged to participate in on-going recovery support after graduation.

Youngsville blood drive

The Community Blood Bank is having a blood drive this week from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at Youngsville Fire Hall. All those donating will be entered to win a Fitbit Versa.

Individuals are eligible to give blood if it has been 56 days since their last donation, at least 17 yrs. old ( 16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, in general, good health. Photo ID is required to donate blood. For more information visit fourhearts.org or call (814) 456-4206.

Church Christmas party

North Warren Presbyterian Church’s Annual Church & Community Children’s Christmas Party will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 22. All the children from the youngest to the oldest in grades pre-K through 6 are invited. There will be two special visitors from way up north.

Then at 11 a.m. Sunday, the church will have a worship service oriented toward children and their parents with the annual Christmas pageant bringing together talents of young and old for a retelling of the birth of our Savior. Despite a few laughs, mishaps, and misunderstandings, the pageant tells the true story of Christmas and what the birth of the child 2,000 years ago really means.

Senior closings

Experience, Inc. and all senior centers in Warren and Forest counties will be closed due to the holidays on December 24 and 25, and January 1.

The Experience, Inc. office will be closed at 1 p.m. on December 31.

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