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Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry A crew from Huber Blacktop repairs a utility street cut Tuesday on Market Street at Pennsylvania Avenue.

Public library closes after staff member tests positive for COVID

The Warren Public Library is closed for the next few days. According to Director Kelli Knapp, a member of the staff tested positive. “We have a COVID-positive staff member who is doing fine,” Knapp said. “No one else at the library is sick. ... No one else at the library had ...

Behrend program to feature 2 former congressmen

ERIE — Two former U.S. congressmen will discuss the 2020 election and the governing challenges ahead during a virtual “Congress to Campus” event at Penn State Behrend on Dec. 2. The 4 p.m. program will be open to the public, via Zoom, at psu.zoom.us/s/95747288054. The program will be ...

Sex assault survivors bill introduced

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., have introduced the Fairness for Rape Kit Backlog Survivors Act of 2020 to ensure that survivors of sexual assault have fair access to benefits for crime victims. As a result of rape kit backlogs across the ...

City woman charged after road rage incident

A Warren woman has been charged after allegedly threatening a woman with a hatchet. Cheryl L. Baker, 68, of Warren, is charged with terroristic threats; simple assault; harassment; and disorderly conduct. According to the affidavit of probable cause, an alleged victim contacted Conewango ...

Senior centers close due to COVID-19 but meals still available

Warren County’s senior centers have closed through at least next Jan. 11. “Due to the rapidly rising rates of COVID-19 in our area, Experience Inc., the Warren/Forest Area Agency on Aging, has made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend all in-person dining and activities at ...

Holiday spirit

Around Thanksgiving, turkeys that aren’t lucky enough to be granted amnesty by the President of the United States might be looking for other means of escaping becoming part of Thanksgiving dinner. As an art project, Sheffield Area Elementary School first graders had to come up with disguises, ...

Crazy hair day

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry There was a lot of styling going on Tuesday at Warren Area Elementary Center as the school celebrated Crazy Hair Day. There was an assortment of colors and styles, including one Christmas Tree coiffure complete with decorations and this lizard atop third ...

Festival Of Trees will be held Friday-Sunday

Santa’s elves have adapted to the pandemic and plan to light up the holiday season with a lot of magic in a new way this year, as Allegheny Health Network Saint Vincent and the Children’s Miracle Network present Festival of Trees. This year’s Festival of Trees is presented by PNC ...

Naming distinguished citizens of the mid-Nineteenth Century in Pine Grove

In the September and October editions of Russell-Akeley Life, I wrote about some of the distinguished citizens of Pine Grove Township during the early years of our community. I will conclude the series this month. John B. Cable (1855-1937) was born May 11, 1855, in Cable Hollow, Pine ...

Local scouts help decorate Women’s club ballroom tree

Photos submitted for publication Cub Scout Pack 14 of Russell decorated the ballroom tree for the Woman’s Club of Warren’s What’s New for the Holidays event and the coming holiday season. Scouts and siblings who decorated were from left, standing in back: Liam Wilson (Arrow of Light ...

Residents have questions about COVID

As the number of cases of COVID-19 continues to rise in Warren County, people have many questions, particularly related to COVID and schools. Warren County School District, Warren General Hospital, Warren Pediatrics Associates, and Warren County Emergency Management Agency have worked ...

Benefit Local

Northwest Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania and Erie News Now are working together to raise donations of food and money to benefit local residents in need across Warren County. The event will take place Wednesday from 6 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Donations of non-perishable ...

UPMC scientists make progress in COVID-19 research

PITTSBURGH — University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine scientists have discovered the fastest way to identify potent, neutralizing human monoclonal antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The method-as well as a trio of successful animal studies on an antibody ...

Youngsville Old Fashion Christmas is drive-through event

JOYFUL CAFE MENU THROUGH NOVEMBER Free community meals at the JoyFul Cafe are usually held every Wednesday from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Youngsville Free Methodist Church, 179 Davis St. Each of the meals are planned, prepared and served by volunteers. The November menu is: ¯ Nov. 18 — ...

Family Services of Warren County welcomes new staff

Family Services of Warren County has added four new staff since July. “We are fortunate to have on board such talented and dedicated individuals who are truly passionate about recovery,” said Kimberly Holt, Family Services of Warren County executive director. Family Services is a ...

NPRC founding president announces retirement

After nearly four years of leading the Northern Pennsylvania Regional College (NPRC), Founding President Joseph T. Nairn, D. Mgt, announces his retirement. “It has been an honor and privilege of a lifetime to be associated with the great people of this region,” said Nairn. “I cannot ...

Teachers obey SED guidance

As COVID-19 cases mount, PSEA President Rich Askey renewed his call for every school district in Pennsylvania to follow state public health guidelines for school operations, including transitioning to remote learning when community transmission rates reach critical levels. Each school district ...

Music therapy presentation set at JCC

The use of music therapy as a technique for healing, treatment, and health will be explored by Craig Stevens, founder and director of Mercyhurst University’s music therapy program, in events sponsored during December by Jamestown Community College. The presentations, free and open to the ...

Audubon to begin wreath fundraiser

One start for holiday decorating and gift giving could be the purchase of a fresh wreath from the Audubon Community Nature Center’s Holiday Wreath Fundraiser. Monday, Nov. 23, is the deadline to order a beautiful fresh, locally-made Frasier fir wreath that supports Audubon as well as ...