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Photo submitted for publication Tom Hessley was recently honored at the monthly board meeting of the Warren County Transit Authority. Hessley was one of the founding members of the Transit Authority. His family was present for the unveiling of the memorial plaque that was placed on the TAWC building in his memory. Pictured with the plaque are Hessleys, Bobbi, Lisa, Lynn, Jennifer, Linda, and Bernie.

Class lunch

The Warren High School class of 1951 will meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Double D’s in Garland.

Blood drive

Community Blood Bank will hold a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at Darling’s Home Care, 220 Liberty St., Warren.

Blood supply of types O-positive and O-negative are critically low, according to Community Relations Specialist Jaclyn Seymour, and “blood usage at the Community Blood Bank’s partner hospitals has recently seen an increase. The Community Blood Bank is the sole provider of blood products to Warren General Hospital. All the blood collected with the Community Blood Bank goes right back into the local community, helping to save your family, friends, and neighbors right here at home.”

Retired URC women to lunch

Retired women of United Refining Company will meet for lunch on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 12:30 p.m. at Christie’s Downtown Pub & Grille, 229 Pa. Ave. W., Warren.

City leaf collection

It’s time to dust off the rakes. The City of Warren Department of Public Works will start leaf collection on Monday, Oct.14.

City crews will be collecting throughout the city on a daily basis, concentrating on areas of most need.

Residents are reminded that piles of leaves will be picked up by the city’s leaf vacuum machines. Bagged leaves will be collected by a separate truck. Leaves should be placed on the lawn/curb area and not in the street.

This is a leaf pick up only. Residents are asked not to mix limbs or other yard waste in the leaves.

EOC closed Oct. 7

The Warren-Forest Counties Economic Opportunity Council will be closed until 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 7, for staff training.

PARSE to meet

The Pennsylvania Association of Retired State Employees will meet at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, in the dining room of the Allegheny Community Center (Senior Center) on Clark Street in Warren. Arrive early enough to park, walk and get to the second floor.

Lunch needs to be ordered two days ahead. Let Kris know by Monday, Oct. 7, if you want lunch. Hot meal and Bistro (chef’s salad) cost is $3 for age 60 and older or $4 for under age 60. Bistro meals may be ordered on the day of the meeting if you are uncertain of attending. Phone Kris at (814) 726-7272.

The agenda will focus on the report on Governing Board Meeting, Election of Officers, Decide on where to hold future meetings. Bring suggestions.

Fire police

Warren County Fire Police will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at Grand Valley Fire Hall.

Spooky Island Safety Show

Family fun at the Warren Public Library at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, in the Slater Room on the third floor. Checkers the Inventor brings in characters from the Mysterious Spooky Island.

Children will be enthralled with custom painted props, an engaging storyline, hilarious characters, and many twists and turns; featuring comedy, magic, juggling, unicycling, giant balloon stunt and real working machines. Preregistration is appreciated. Leave a message for Ms. Susan at 723-4650.

Church meeting

The annual fall meeting for the Swedish Union Church and Cemetery of Tidioute will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20. The meeting is held at the Swedish Union Church on Swede Road in Tidioute. Anyone is welcome to attend.

Pork & sauerkraut dinner

St. John’s Lutheran Church will host its Annual Pork & Sauerkraut Supper from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. Dinner includes sauerkraut with pork, mashed potatoes, applesauce, roll, dessert (pie selection), and a beverage. Takeouts are available. The cost is a donation. Everyone is welcome.

Warren Garden Club

Warren Garden Club’s board meeting is at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at Warren Public Library.

Warren Garden Club’s next regular meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at St. Joseph Education Center, Meyer Hall, 600 Pennsylvania Ave. West, Warren.

Meat/wild game pressure canning classes

A meat/wild game pressure canning class will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Penn State Extension, 100 Dillon Drive, Youngsville.

Learn different preservation methods that allow you to enjoy the fruits of your hunt all year long. This workshop will review the basics of using a pressure canner based on current USDA canning guidelines to can low acid foods such as meat, how a pressure canner works, best practices for curing and smoking game meat safely, ensuring top quality frozen meat, drying meat safely, and troubleshooting problems with jerky.

You will learn:

The basics of using a pressure canner to can low acid foods such as meat.

How a pressure canner works and canning safety.

Curing and smoking game meat safely.

Best practices to ensure top quality frozen meat.

Drying meat safely and troubleshooting problems when making jerky.

The science behind pressure canning recommendations as well as the basics of using a pressure canner based on current USDA canning guidelines.

What foods need to be pressure canned and why

Pressure canning safety

Food preservation myths

Unsafe pressure canning practices

The USDA recommends having your pressure canner dial gauge tested every year. Penn State Extension offers this free service, just make an appointment at your local Extension office.

Register online at extension.psu.edu/food/preservation or call 1-877-345-0691.

For further information, contact the Jefferson County Extension Office at (814) 849-7361, extension 500, or to speak with the educator Rick Kralj at extension 502.

Purchasing a telescope

Martz-Kohl Observatory president Gary Nelson will give a presentation on what to look for when purchasing a telescope at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9. Information provided in this presentation will not only be beneficial to someone purchasing a telescope for the first time, it can also be useful to the amateur or hobby astronomer that may currently have a telescope and is looking to upgrade. There are many telescopes on the market for sale and the Marshal Martz Memorial Astronomical Association wants to help provide tools and information that may be beneficial in purchasing the right telescope, to suite a budding astronomer’s needs.

After the presentation, members and guests will be able to tour the observatory and view celestial objects through the various telescopes located at the Martz-Kohl, weather permitting. When planning a visit to the observatory, it is best to have seasonal attire on hand as the domes which house the telescopes, as well as the roll-off roof area of the observatory, are not heated.

The observatory is located at 176 Robbin Hill Rd., Frewsburg, N.Y. The Martz-Kohl Observatory is an all-volunteer, non-profit association [501(c)3] and does not charge for admission. A non-member donation of $5 per adult and $2 per child or student is appreciated.

The Martz-Kohl Observatory houses one of the largest public robotic telescopes in the Northeastern United States. On open observatory nights, the public is welcome to come and tour the facility. If the evening sky is clear, the telescopes will be used to view the celestial sphere. The observatory can be contacted at (716) 569-3689. More information can be accessed at the observatory website at martzobservatory.org.

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