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Photo submitted to Times Observer Pictured is the 2018 winner of the Warren County Far Hay Bale Contest. The entry date for 2019 is July 1. The bale must then be in place from July 14 to Aug. 11, 2019. It must depict something from the Fair and have the dates of the Fair, Aug. 6-10, 2019 displayed prominently on the bale. Complete directions and entry forms are available in the Warren County Fair premium booklet. Any questions should be directed to Tony or Judy Cerra at 723-5668.

2nd Harvest Produce Express

The 2nd Harvest Produce Express will be at the Otterbein United Methodist Church, 258 Dalrymple St., Pittsfield, on Tuesday, July 2. Food pick-up will begin promptly at 3:30 pm. 2nd Harvest will be serving 100 families on a first-come, first-serve basis. Everyone will need to register for the new year. Volunteer workers, please arrive by 2 p.m.

Troop E Pennsylvania State Police

Eighty-one young men and women, ages 13 to 15, who reside in the Troop E patrol areas of Erie, Crawford, Warren, and Venango counties, underwent intensive training this week at the Camp Cadet program at Allegheny College in Meadville.

They will graduate Friday evening in ceremonies slated for 6 p.m. at Allegheny’s Wise Sports Center.

Photo submitted to Times Observer With limited spaces, you want to make your reservation soon to spend Friday, July 7, assisting Allegheny National Forest fisheries professionals with their Hellbender Survey. It is an opportunity for a truly memorable, once-in-a-lifetime adventure. See Briefs...

Cadet classes began each morning at 5:30 a.m. with physical training and flag raising protocols. Cadets learned marching techniques and will demonstrate them before family members at Friday’s ceremonies.

They attended multiple instructional seminars in Allegheny’s classrooms and elsewhere on campus. Pennsylvania State Police troopers gave instruction classes on felony traffic stops; cadets experienced hands-on instruction on running traffic radar guns.

There was instruction on taser use and building searches. Classes on PSP Forensic Services duties by troopers who gather evidence at critical crime scenes lifting fingerprints and substantial other physical evidence including DNA material.

Seminars on PSP polygraph lie-detector investigation tests, criminal investigations,

and computer crime issues. Cadets toured the PSP Helicopter which landed on campus.

North East Erie County District Justice Judge Scott Hammer conducted a mock trial for cadets. They underwent a drill formation inspection by Troop E Commander Captain Daniel Hines. Plus a demonstration by the Erie Police Department motorcycle unit.

Photo submitted to Times Observer Linda Devlin, executive director of the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau, at the Pennsylvania Tourism Booth at the 2019 International Pow Wow tradeshow. See Briefs...

Each evening cadets participated in field competition games, including push-ups, sit-ups, obstacle course events, ball games, and a water slide event.

Graduation ceremonies will take place starting at 6 p.m. Friday, June 21, at the Wise Sport and Fitness Center, 493 Highland Avenue, Meadville. Parking is available on public lots near the complex.

ANF Visitors Bureau

The 2019 International Pow Wow (IPW), held in Los Angeles, Calif., is the leading international inbound travel show attended by travel agents, tour operators, and premier destinations. IPW is a national showcase of America, in which U.S. travel exhibitors connect with travel buyers and media outlets from more than 70 countries to promote their product or region, negotiate future business and build relationships. Over 6,000 representatives attended this year’s show; showcasing 1,700 destinations and attractions from around the United States.

The Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau (ANFVB) was represented at the Pennsylvania Tourism Booth, at which Linda Devlin, executive director of the ANFVB, worked with Michael Chaponey, executive director of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, to present Pennsylvania as a premier tourism destination to travelers around the world.

Photo submitted to Times Observer Four Warren- and Corry-area cadets are among 81 young men and women who will graduate from the Pennsylvania State Police Troop E Camp Cadet program this Friday evening. From left are Troopers Heather Knapp of PSP Corry and Chad Allen of PSP Warren; camp staff members and cadet platoon leaders; and, Cadets Derrick Albers and Mallory Jaquith of Corry; Seth Lester of Warren; and Travis Mitcham of Union City. See Briefs...

In just three days of intensive pre-scheduled business appointments, Devlin’s meetings included representative buyers from France, United Kingdom, Denmark, Beijing, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, India, Hong Kong, Canada, British Columbia, Latvia, and a variety of companies throughout the continental U.S.

Inquiries included America as You Like It from Canada — which specifically wanted information on lodging in Bradford for a multi-week tour they are developing, and Little America Travel from the Netherlands — requesting information pertaining to off the beaten path destinations which will include many locales within McKean County. In addition, Devlin and staff will be following up on 44 tourism leads received at the show.

For more information about the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau and how you can become a partner in tourism development, call 800-473-9370, or email info@visitanf.com.

Fisheries Biologist For a Day

When you were growing up, did you enjoy wading in the creek catching critters? Do you know what a hellbender is? Would you like to hold one?

Then Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) has an Audubon Exclusive experience for you.

On Friday, July 12, you can be part of a Hellbender Survey. After meeting at 8:30 a.m., you will spend until 4:30 p.m. assisting fisheries professionals as they work to capture, process, and then return hellbenders — a species of giant aquatic salamander — to streams of the Allegheny National Forest. Rain date is Friday, July 19.

ACNC board member Nate Welker, a fisheries biologist with the Allegheny National Forest, will lead this Audubon Exclusive, a distinctive opportunity and unusual experience that helps fund programs at Audubon.

Wear clothes that can get wet and muddy, as you will be in knee-deep to waist-deep water all day. You will need to dress for the weather and wear proper wading shoes with hard soles and ankle support. The intent is to get out on a hot, sunny, summer day, so hip and chest waders will be too warm.

Children ages nine and up are welcome when accompanied by an adult.

Bring a water bottle and a lunch that does not need refrigeration.

Each participant is responsible for providing their own transportation to and from the survey site near Kelletteville. Carpooling from the rendezvous point in the Lowe’s parking lot in North Warren is encouraged.

The donation is $50 per person, and space is limited. Reservations are required by Sunday, July 7, and can be made online at AudubonCNC.org/Exclusives.

Game Commission meeting

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners has scheduled a public, working group meeting for Monday, June 24, at the Game Commission’s headquarters in Harrisburg.

The meeting is slated to begin at 8:30 a.m.

Working group meetings allow for an exchange between the Board of Game Commissioners and Game Commission staff ahead of regular quarterly meetings. While working group meetings are open to the public, public comments are not accepted.

The working group meeting is scheduled to be streamed live on the Game Commission’s YouTube channel.

The Game Commission’s headquarters is at 2001 Elmerton Ave., just off the Progress Avenue exit of Interstate 81.

The Board of Game Commissioners’ next quarterly meeting is scheduled to be held on Monday, July 22, and Tuesday, July 23, in Harrisburg. The board will hear public comments, limited to five minutes per speaker, at April 8 meeting.

Halls of Ivy

Carrie Jewell of Youngsville recently received a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management from Bellevue University.

Class breakfast

The men of the Warren High School class of 1951 will meet for breakfast at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 25, at Perkins.

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