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Arts & Culture

Buddy in training

Of all the events featured at this past weekend’s Winterfest at Chapman Dam State Park, there is one that is “always a good show,” according to organizer Ed Atwood. That’s the annual Jim Lobdell Memorial Sled Dog Race. Unfortunately, the races were cancelled, leaving only the ...

TO DO

The following is a list of upcoming local entertainment events. The Times Observer welcomes additions to the list that are of community interest. To add an event, email managing editor Jon Sitler at jsitler@timesobserver.com. January 18: Free Community Breakfast, Russell United Methodist ...

Bent Run hops to the head of the pack two years in a row

For the second year in a row, Bent Run Brewing caught the eye of the judges at the Pennsylvania Farm Show. One might say the competition paled in comparison. Bent Run’s Pearl O’ My Eye won a blue ribbon in the Farm Show’s Specialty IPA (India pale ale) category. Technically, ...

Warren County wonder makes ‘cool and calming’ list online

Of course, they are subjective, but it’s nice to have some positive news written about your own area — even if it’s online as part of one of those top 10-type articles. And, as they say, “it must be true, I read it on the internet.” That said, onlyinyourstate.com, which has ...

Winterfest

Warren County Winterfest is the largest winter event in the Pennsylvania Wilds region. Held at Chapman State Park in late January of each year (Friday, Jan. 17, to Sunday, Jan. 19, of this year), the event features a variety of Winter outdoor activities for the whole family to enjoy. On ...

Artist emerging

Andrew McCanna is now a paid artist. McCanna’s painting of four dogs – entitled “Who let the dogs out?” – was presented to Greg Austin, division president of Targeted Pet Treats, on Friday afternoon. His work is part of the BEinspired program through Bollinger Enterprises, ...

DeFrees Center hosts storybook breakfast event

If you could have bacon and eggs with anyone, who would you choose? What if you could have a spoonful of sugar with Mary Poppins or a gobstopper with Willy Wonka? A new event at the Jefferson DeFrees Family Center is offering that and more. The first Storybook Breakfast will be held on ...

Penn Soil RC&D announces collectible coin to help support Winterfest 2020

Penn Soil Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council announced today that it has produced and received the seventh souvenir commemorative coin in a collectible series to help support the cost of the annual Warren Winterfest event. The creation of the collectible coin series which ...

Camera Club exhibit starts Jan. 6 at library

The Warren Camera Club will have a month-long exhibit of their members’ photographic images at the Wetmore Gallery of the Warren Public Library starting Monday, Jan. 6, and ending Friday, Jan. 31. The public is invited to an opening reception on Wednesday, Jan. 8, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to ...

Where on Earth is Santa Claus?

The day has arrived. It’s time to pick out some cookies and warm up some milk, or hot chocolate maybe, so Santa Claus doesn’t get famished on his longest work day of the year. For many years children have struggled to go to sleep, wondering when the sleigh and reindeer might land on ...

Take the plunge!

Where have all the Vikings gone? The majestic Polar Bear may not be indigenous to our area, but there is one local, rare, species acclimated to the Allegheny tundra that appears to be threatened to near extinction. It is the brave and fearless Nordic Warriors of the Winterfest Polar ...

WCHS names Bill Hill Volunteer of the year

It’s fitting that Bill Hill spends time at the Warren County Historical Society — he’s lived through quite a bit of the history of the county. About 10 years ago, during the swearing-in of an elected county official, Hill, a mere 80 at the time, was the subject of a good-natured joke ...

Origins of Conewango

Conewango Township. Conewango Creek. Conewango Ave. Conewango Valley Country Club. Conewango Towers. Conewango Club. By now, you probably know what I’m getting at, right? Do I need to continue? “Conewango” is one of the most common names in our location lexicon here in ...

The Better Elf

It’s a busy time of year for Santa Claus but his wife took a break from all the holiday preparations for a visit in Warren on Monday evening. Mrs. Claus stopped by the Warren Public Library to visit with children and their adult friends and relatives. She explained to those who came to ...

Hello, Christmas: Parade opens festive season

It was lovely weather for a parade together with the community. The annual Times Observer/WCCBI Downtown Warren Christmas Walk and Parade had it all — the good, the bad, and the WACKO. Santa Claus made his traditional pre-Christmas appearance to participate in the parade — riding a log ...

Dancing with the bears

Folks of an earlier time, before high-tech became the norm, may recall the wonder of watching animated Christmas displays. While even children may not wonder “how the magic bears move,” children and children-at-heart still enjoy watching and likely capturing the action for others to ...

Christmas parade lineup

The annual Times Observer/WCCBI Christmas Walk and Parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at the intersection of Market Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, proceeding down Pennsylvania to Hickory Street. The parade lineup will be: ¯ John Gertsch Memorial Color Guard; ¯ Grand ...

Santa’s home away from home is coming to town

What would a Christmas parade be without an appearance by the man who goes by names including St. Nick, Kris Kringle, and Pelznickel? Fortunately, those who line the streets of Warren on Friday won’t have to find out. The annual Christmas Parade and Walk are from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday. ...

#cancerbuddies

Brandon Campbell walked into the Warren General Hospital emergency room on June 5, 2018, after experiencing severe stomach pains, a fever, and fatigue. At the time, he thought it might have been appendicitis. However, by the end of the day, he found himself at Shadyside UPMC in Pittsburgh. ...

Pets photos online for voting public

The finalists have been chosen. Now all that’s left is to figure out which of Warren County’s precious pets graces the cover of the Times Observer’s Precious Pets 2020 Calendar. That is up to the voters. A panel of Times Observer judges selected among the hundreds of photos submitted ...