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Photo submitted to Times Observer A free Safe Drinking Water Clinic will be held twice on Wednesday, Aug. 21.

Class lunch

The Warren High School Class of 1952 will meet at the Peppermill for lunch on Tuesday, August 20 at 11:30 a.m. All classmates and spouses/significant others are invited.

Allegheny Outdoor Club

On Saturday, Aug. 17, Allegheny Outdoor Club will be hiking in Chestnut Ridge Park, Orchard Park, N.Y. Hikers will meet at the Jamestown Park and Ride at 10 a.m. or the trailhead at the park (6766 Chestnut Ridge Road) at 11 a.m. It will be a four-mile loop plus .7 miles to the waterfall and eternal flame. Bring water and snack. Debra Young is the leader; call (814) 730-8388 for any questions.

Sheffield parade detour

The Sheffield Parade will start at 1 p.m. Saturday as part of the Sheffield Fireman’s Festival. The main road will be shut down at 12:30 p.m. and the bypass opened up. If you are traveling through Sheffield, you may want to make sure you travel early. There will be no big trucks allowed to travel through the bypass. It will be closed for approximately one hour.

Barnes picnic

The 41st Annual Barnes Picnic will be held at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at the Sheffield Lions Den. Meatballs, corn on the cob, lemonade, coffee, and plates and utensils will be provided. Bring a favorite dish or dessert to share. Celebrating 191 years of the village of Barnes!

Square dancing

Penn/York campers will be square dancing at Top-a-Rise Campground in Falconer, N.Y., this Friday and Saturday night from 7 to 9 p.m. Don Yosten will be the caller. All area square dancers are welcome.

For information, call Pete Engman at 726-0687.

Penn/York is a member of the National Square Dance Campers Association, Inc.

Guest speaker on astronomy

The Martz-Kohl Observatory will welcome guest speaker Phil Evans at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21. Phil is a long-time member of the observatory and is known for his fun and entertaining presentations that are suitable for all ages. Phil has a true enjoyment of astronomy and appreciates communicating with others who share a passion for space science.

Following the presentation, the observatory will be open for members and the public to tour the observatory and view the night sky, weather permitting.

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 web site, martzobservatory.org.

Caregivers’ Support Group meeting

The August meeting of the Caregivers’ Support Group will be held at noon Monday, August 19, at the Grace United Methodist Church, Wesley Parlor, 501 PA Ave. E., Warren. Those attending the meeting are asked to enter the building via the elevator entrance from the parking lot to the Wesley Parlor. You may bring a bag lunch and/or beverage if desired.

All meetings are open to anyone interested in learning more about Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias and all caregivers. The group’s library will be available for anyone wishing to borrow materials. Time will be allotted for sharing concerns and asking questions about caregiving.

Additionally, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28, will be discussed with signup information available.

For more information about the group, call Karen at 723-9440 or Linda at 726-1199.

Drinking Water Clinic

The Conewango Creek Watershed Association is reminding the public that the free Safe Drinking Water Clinic registration deadline is Friday, Aug. 16, by 4:30 p.m. The location is the Warren Conservation Center at 4000 Conewango Ave., Warren. You can register by going online to https://extension.psu.edu/safe-drinking-water-clinic, or by calling the Penn State Cooperative Extension office in Youngsville at 877-345-0691.

This free clinic, put on by Penn State Cooperative Extension in partnership with Conewango Creek Watershed Association and Warren County Conservation District, will be held at two times on Wednesday, Aug 21. The afternoon clinic is from 3 to 5 p.m. and the evening clinic will be held 6 to 8 p.m. You only need to attend one. Topics will talk about the principles for protecting your private water supply whether it be a spring, cistern, or a well. The basic water quality parameters will be covered as well as how to read a water quality test report.

You will be given directions to bring one water sample per household from your private supply. You will bring this sample with you to the clinic and you will receive some free water quality testing which includes coliform bacteria, pH, Total Dissolved Solids and nitrate.

For information, visit www.conewangocreek.org or call Jean at (814) 726-1441.

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