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Hickory Creek Trail Stewardship

Friends of Allegheny Wilderness over the last 16 years has been stewarding the 13-mile Hickory Creek Wilderness trail, performed extensive ecological restoration of sites adjacent to and within the Hickory Creek Wilderness, as well as helped to remove voluminous amounts of refuse from the Allegheny Islands Wilderness and environs.

FAW’s next major wilderness stewardship project will be a clean-up of the 13-mile Hickory Creek Wilderness Trail over the weekend of July 28-30. Volunteers will leave from the Hickory Creek Wilderness trailhead on Hearts Content Road Friday morning, spend Friday and Saturday nights in the wilderness, and hike out on Sunday.

Minimal tools such as axes, pruners, and ‘elbow grease’ are all that will be used to remove woody debris and vegetation from the trail, in order to help perpetuate the rustic wilderness character of the trail. And of course, no power tools such as chainsaws are permitted in designated wilderness areas, so there will be no specialized training needed in that regard.

There is no charge to join this program, but participants will need to bring all of their own food, water and/or water filtration, camping equipment, and come fully prepared for any weather conditions.

For information, email info@pawild.org.

Hospice donations

Hospice of Warren County, a non-profit affiliate of Warren General Hospital received contributions during the month of June, enhancing the care we give to our patients, their families, and the community we serve. Donations were received in memory of Dorothy Bennett, Mark Bevevino, Robert H. Billman, Ray Billstone, Theodore “Ted” Bogdan, Marilyn Lyke Bonace, Alice Campman, Frank Chiodo, Phyllis Chitester, Mike Clark, Michelene “Mickey” Colgrove, Dick Coy, Al Culbertson, Ed Cummings, Robert L. Dean Jr., Eleanor “Ellie” Dyke, Jackie Franklin, Tom Gray, James Graziano, Ted Gustafson, Donna Harman, Sandy Headrick, Lee Hoffman, Marjorie Jackson, Nancy Kitelinger, Helen Knisley, JoAnn Lauffenburger, Bruce Lawton, Bill Lemmon, Judy Lobdell, Norge Luvison, Brenda Bonace Martin, Nancy Morrison, Bill Nordin, Thomas G. Nuhfer, Audry Papalia, Lloyd J. Paul, James Pearson, Diana Smith, Gary Smith, Richard Suppa, Wayne Schwanke, James Tuley, Jerry VanHouten, Kelsey Walters, Elmo Watson, Craig Whittaker.

Donations were also made in honor of Hospice of Warren County Staff and Volunteers.

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. Your donations support our comprehensive Hospice Program, including the John and Orpha Blair Hospice Residence, Palliative Care Service, and our extensive Bereavement Services.

Guided hike

The ANF Chapter of the North Country Trail Association holds guided hikes each month. This month, on Saturday, July 22, Mike Toole will lead the hike. Hikers will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the former Carquest parking lot on PA Ave. East across from Bradley St in Warren, or at 10:15 a.m. at the FR 116 Trailhead. Coordinates for the FR 116 Trailhead are N 41∂40.274′ W 079∂ 13.584′.

The hike will be from FR 449 to FR 116, or 6.7 miles. There is also an option to leave cars at FR 543 for a 4.2-mile hike. This is a beautiful stretch of trail, and one of the least strenuous. It passes through creek valleys, hemlock forests and crosses the world famous “stidge,” a staircase bridge.

All hikers and friendly dogs are welcome.

ReStore donations

Habitat for Humanity of Warren County’s ReStore is operating from the basement of Warren Antiques & Gifts, located at 306 Second Avenue in Warren. The space is open to sell items during the store’s normal business hours. Habitat will accept donations there on the second and fourth Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. The next dropoff dates are July 22 and August 12. Do not leave items outside of those hours. Habitat reserves the right to deny any item based on its potential resale value and/or usefulness to the organization. Questions should be directed to info@habitatwarrenpa.org.

Class breakfast

The Warren High School Class of 1952 is going to Peppermill Restaurant for breakfast at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, July 18. All classmates, spouses and partners are invited.

Class lunch

The WAHS Class of ’66 will hold a lunch get-together at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 29, at The Forester Restaurant on Lenhart Rd. RSVP no later than Wednesday, July 26, by email to mcpo-usn@outlook.com; by calling (814) 706-8961; or by responding to the notice on our class Facebook page.

Parking at Fair

Is your large group or organizations looking to earn some extra money? The Warren County Fair is looking for help to park cars Friday, August 11, and Saturday, August 12. There are three shifts with 10 to 12 people needed per shift. Adults and kids at least age 12 years and up will work together. If your group is interested and would like to earn some money, call John Ward (evenings after 5 p.m.) for more information, (814) 688-8796.

Torpedo Day

The 81st Old Home Day at Torpedo Community Church will be on Saturday, July 22, at 11 a.m., with lunch at noon. Bring a dish and your service setting — coffee, cream, sugar and soft drinks will be furnished. White elephant sale – bring a wrapped item to be auctioned off to support the Torpedo Old Home Day expenses. There will be a 2:15 p.m. recess to accommodate people coming to the book review.

Featured at 2:30 p.m. is a book review by David Peterson on the early development of the Silica Plant in Torpedo. Dave has written a book on the early days of Torpedo. He has spent several years researching and compiling the early history of the Silica Sand Plant into a 150-page book with around 80 old photos. This book covers the financial requirements, equipment, routes to the quarries and the men and their families of the Silica Sand Plant. Dave will share his research with our group in a power point presentation; followed by a book signing. Books will be available for $20.

Penn York Square Dancers

The Penn York Square Dancers will be at the Warren County Fairgrounds July 14 and 15. An informal dance will be Friday night at 7 p.m., and a formal dance Saturday night at 7 p.m. Don Yosten will be the caller. All square dancers are welcome. For any questions, call Pete Engman at 726-0687. Penn York is a member of the National Square Dance Campers Association.

Friday events

¯ Warren County Historical Society, 210 Fourth Ave., 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

¯ Warren Public Library, Market St., Warren, open, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

¯ Community lunch, free to the public, The Salvation Army, 311 Beech St., noon.

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