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Photo submitted to Times Observer The members of the Sheffield Area High School 2019 Homecoming Court are (front, from left): Vanessa Ferry, Heather Marfink, Chyann Rose, Megan Johnson, and Marissa Grubbs; and (back) Caden Smead, Walker Kyler, Colby Eckstrom, Carter O’Donnell, and Mitchell McNeal.

Church welcomes speaker

The community is invited to learn and ask questions of an international peacemaker focused on the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea.

The First Presbyterian Church of Sugar Grove welcomes Rev. Moon-Sook Lee on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 3 p.m. for a multimedia presentation with refreshments to follow. The church is located at 202 Main St., Sugar Grove.

Rev. Lee describes herself as an activist for the peaceful reunification of Korean Peninsula. Her presentation will focus on national division and problems due to the division situation, such as inter-Korean confrontation, heavy armament and militarism in the armistice, North Korea/United States confrontation over the North’s nuclear program and international communities’ economic sanctions against the North. She will also touch upon what the United States is to South Korea, as well as the current status of various peace movements.

As Rev. Lee has crossed into North Korea several times as a part of her work, she will also share what she has learned about the life of the North Korean.

This a free event. No reservations necessary. All are welcome.

Osram picnic

The Osram Sylvania PMP/SMO picnic will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, at Betts pavilion. Anyone who needs more information may contact Judy at 723-6153.

Beekeepers meet

The Warren County Beekeepers will hold their monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, at the Warren County Conservation District office at Hatch Run and Conewango Avenue. The meeting is open to beekeepers and anyone who is interested in becoming a beekeeper.

YHS Coming Home

The YHS Alumni Coming Home Weekend will be held Oct. 4 and 5.

The event kicks off with the Alumni Campfire at Davis Street sponsored by the class of 1971, from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4. Alumni are asked to bring their non-alcoholic drink, snack, and chair, if desired.

The Alumni Breakfast will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Richard’s Restaurant.

The Alumni Dinner dance will begin with a buffet dinner from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at Youngsville Fire Hall. Reservations are required no later than Friday, Sept. 20, by contacting Becky or Sam Walters at 563-4791 or bswalters@verizon.net. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Following dinner, from 8 to 11 p.m., there will be an alumni dance at the fire hall featuring the band Trixx. The dance is open to the public.

For information about the events, contact the Walters or Kathie Irwin at 489-353 or kirwin5@msn.com.

Caregivers’ Support Group meeting

The September meeting of the Caregivers’ Support Group will be held at noon on Monday, Sept. 16th, 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 Alzheimers’ Disease and other dementias and we welcome 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, updates on the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease on 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.

Martz Observatory speaker

On Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m., Dr. Darren Williams, PhD., professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Penn State Behrend Campus in Erie, will be giving a presentation titled, “Astronomical Contributors to Climate Change.”

As a teen, Dr. Williams started his future career endeavors as an astronomy hobbyist at the Martz Kohl Observatory. Currently, Dr. Williams is interested in studying the dynamics surrounding the orbits of the planets and moon as well as the evolution of the solar system.

After the presentation by Dr. Williams, tours will be given and the observatory will be open for both members and the public to view the night sky, 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.

More information can be accessed at the observatory website at martzobservatory.org.

Winterfest Planning

At 10 a.m., Tuesday Sept. 17, there will be a meeting of the Warren County Winterfest Planning Committee at their Hatch Run office. The meeting is open to the public as they discuss plans for a full Winterfest event for Jan. 17, 18 & 19, 2020 at Chapman State Park. Activities will include sled dog racing, canine weight pull, Polar Bear Plunge, geocaching meet, ice skating (with Learn to Skate), ice fishing tournament and open sledding on the sled riding hill. The Warren County Conservation District office is at the corner of Conewango and Hatch Run across from Hatch Patch.

WAHS Reunion

The Warren High School class of 1960 will meet for its 59th reunion on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Eagles Club, with cocktails at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m.

Those planning to attend are asked to call Jim Marshall at (814) 706-6650 for a reservation.

Newton Dinner Club

The Newton Dinner Club will meet at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 at 12:30 at the Pitt Campus Cafeteria in Titusville. Those attending are asked to bring a donation to the food bank.

Group to meet

The BonTon lunch group will meet on Wed., Sept. 18, at noon at Christie’s Downtown Pub & Grille in Warren.

Class to meet

The Warren High School Class of 1952 will meet for lunch on Sept. 17 at 11:30 a.m. at the Peppermill. Classmates, spouses and significant others are invited.

Golf Tournament

The sixth annual Warren County Golf Tournament will benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank Backpack Program at Warren County School District.

The scramble kicks off with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at Blueberry Hill Golf Club. Registration is at noon.

All proceeds benefit the BackPack Program.

The goal of the program is to have enough funding “to provide at least 30 percent of eligible district students with weekend food during the school year,” according to Coordinator of Grant and Foundation Development Matt Jones.

In the 2018-2019 school year, the program resulted in the distribution of about 8,200 weekend meal packages to district students.

Player registration and sponsor forms are available through www.wcsdpa.org and www.facebook.com/wcsdpa and information is available by contacting Jones at 723-6903 ext. 1034 or jonesm@wcsdpa.org.

2 Blood Drives

The Community Blood Bank is holding two blood drives Warren County this week — from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, at Lander Volunteer Fire Hall; and from noon to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Holy Redeemer Center in Warren. “These two drives are crucial to the local blood supply,” Community Relations Specialist Jaclyn Seymour said. “We are still facing critically low numbers of inventory.”

“Blood usage at the Community Blood Bank’s partner hospitals has recently seen an increase,” Seymour said. “We are currently seeing very low levels of inventory for blood types O-, O+ and A-.”

The Community Blood Bank is the exclusive blood provider to Warren General Hospital.

Warren Library Programs

Children’s programs at the Warren Public Library will resume the week of September 16 with Toddler Time on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and Build It Up, Take It Down on Tuesdays from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Toddler Time provides stories, songs, crafts and creative play geared towards ages one to four though all are welcome. Build It Up provides children ample STEM opportunities for learning by playing with large wooden blocks, LEGO, Bee-Bot coding robots, Bloco Robots, Magna Tiles and other toys that enhance the experience. Such play builds math, science, literacy, language, social and creative skills. This program is geared for ages three to eight though all are welcome. Preregistration is not required for either program. Phone Children’s Librarian Susan Slater at 723-4650 with any questions.

Zombie Doll and Creepy Creature Contest

The Warren Public Library invites children ages five to eighteen (5-18) to find an old doll and transform it into a zombie or some type of creepy creature. All you need are some old Barbies (or some other type of doll or item), ugly paint, scraps of cloth, etc. and invent a name for your creation. Dolls will be put on display on the first floor for public voting. Two winners will each receive a $25 Walmart gift card. Zombie dolls/creepy creatures may be turned in to Children’s Department between September 30 – October 7. Include participant’s name, age, phone number and creepy creation’s name on a slip of paper with the entry. Public voting will be from October 8 – 25. Winners will be notified on October 28. Dolls may be picked up between October 26 – 31. Those not picked up by November 1 will be discarded.

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