Outdoor

Chapman project nears home stretch

Most of the work at Chapman State Park is done, but the water is still off-limits. Contractor KC Construction has reported that the dam rehabilitation project that began in September 2017 is 91 percent complete, according to a release from Chapman State Park. “The lake has been ...

YHS students take in some nature at Chapman State Park

Youngsville High School students got their feet wet as future caretakers of the watershed during a trip to Chapman State Park on Thursday. Students broke into groups to tackle the physical, biological and chemical aspects of Penny Run in the park. They also engaged in stream ...

Get after those big Lake Erie Smallmouth Bass

Everyone must have a best day of fishing for Lake Erie smallmouth bass. Mine began with launching the late Worth Hammond's 14-foot boat at Barcelona. We turned left out of the harbor, westward toward Pennsylvania. There is no sign or line to mark the border, but since we always had both New ...

Visiting my flowery friends

When I was in college I usually ate my lunch at the Trailhead Cafe, a little cafe just inside ESF’s campus center. The Trailhead doesn’t look like much to a random stranger just wandering through, but to the students at ESF, the Trailhead was the closest thing we had to a dining hall on our ...

Collaborative effort

It’s easy to assume as we drive by that a forest stand with tall trees must be healthy. But as the age of the forest on the Allegheny Plateau - which includes the Allegheny National Forest as well as surrounding land in Pennsylvania and New York - increases to a “mature” and “very ...

Code Dept. pool permit advisory

If you’re looking into getting a pool this summer, be aware of the permits, fees and regulations before you head down that road. According to the City of Warren’s website, the public needs “to be aware that a building permit is required for any swimming pool capable of holding a ...

15th-Annual Kinzua clean-up deemed an ‘amazing success’

Another huge pile of trash is out of the Allegheny Reservoir thanks to the 15th annual Allegheny Reservoir Clean-up. This year’s event was based at Onoville Marina. “This year’s cleanup was an amazing success for so many reasons, but mainly because we had outstanding volunteers ...

Officials ponder EPA, USDA outdoor recreation grant

By JOSH COTTON jcotton@timesobserver.com County officials are exploring a federal grant aimed at helping the county “revitalize their economy through outdoor recreation.” The county commissioners discussed the joint Environmental Protection Agency and United States Department of ...

Off-season vacationing

Warren is, and I am guessing here but it is reasonably accurate, the oldest town in the third oldest state. That old is the average age of citizens. Warren is a very old town. A typical older town works against itself in a couple of different ways. Relatively few citizens are in the ...

ANF offers public opportunities to comment on forest projects

The health of the Allegheny National Forest is central to the forest’s motto — “land of many uses.” It is to be “a healthy, vigorous forest that provides wood products, protects watersheds, a variety of wildlife habitats and recreational opportunities — not only for today, but ...

2019-20 Migratory bird seasons set

Pennsylvania’s 2019-20 migratory game bird seasons have been set. Annual migratory game bird seasons are selected by states from frameworks established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Game Commission selections were made after reviewing last year’s season results, ...

‘Tis the season for lawn height enforcement

As the temperatures improve, so does grass height. Which means it won’t be too long before tall grass complaints start rolling in. The City of Warren wants to remind residents of the grass requirements in the city. Code Official Ken Hinton said that the regulations remain the same - the ...

Warren and Forest area schools participate in ANF health tour

The Allegheny National Forest has some health problems and a group of interested stakeholders went out to see some of those this week. Among the 80 people that participated in the event were Warren County and Forest Area school district students, teachers, administrators, and board members, ...

WoodMobile educates 3rd graders on Pa. resources

The WoodMobile paid a visit to Warren County on Tuesday. Third-graders from all over Warren and Forest counties went to Warren County Fairgrounds for a day of education on local resources and local jobs. The WoodMobile is a project of the Pennsylvania Hardwoods Development Council of the ...

Time to get after Lake Erie smallmouth bass

Smallmouth bass starts getting very active once the water temperature rises into the 40s. May should be an exciting time to fish for smallmouth bass, and there is no better place to do it than at Lake Erie. It even can be done in small boats when the weather is cooperative. And a shore angler ...

Birds & basking

This is the time of year that I fully understand the value of basking. Lying on the ground, cushioned by the newly growing grass, the kiss of the sun on my winter skin is deep and satisfying. I can feel my muscles relax and my mind wander. When I close my eyes, the season truly transforms. ...

Board to study Saturday deer opener ahead of 2020 decision

Members of the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners met last week with state House of Representatives Game and Fisheries Committee Majority Chairman Keith Gillespie (R-York) and Minority Chairman Bill Kortz (D-Allegheny) to discuss the Saturday opener to Pennsylvania’s firearms deer ...

Brook trout

Photo submitted to Times Observer Will Evans of Spring Creek caught this 18.5-inch, 4.5-pound brook trout — his first trout in 20 years — on Friday in the Farnsworth Branch on a nightcrawler and with 4-pound test line.

Warren County Serves event seeks volunteers

A local group is looking for anyone who can spare a little bit of time and elbow grease to spruce up areas in the county in need of some attention. The first annual “Warren County Serves” event is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 17, 18 and 19. The event is intended to ...

Scout’s project replaces fish habitats at Chapman Dam

An Eagle Scout project got all wet Wednesday morning but in no way does that mean the project was washed up. The submergence of 21 porcupine cribs into Chapman Lake instead marked the culmination of planning, designing, constructing and many hands contributing, according to Boy Scout Troop ...