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Photo submitted to Times Observer From left, Brad Isles, Awards Program Chair and POWA Chairman of the Board, presents “The Best of the Best” award to Steve Sorensen at the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association annual awards banquet May 19.

DUI Task Force

The Warren County DUI Task Force will conduct roving patrols over the Memorial Day Weekend.

Allegheny Outdoor Club

On Sunday, May 26, Allegheny Outdoor Club will hike 4-to-5 miles at Oil Creek. Hikers will meet at Musante Street in Warren at 1 p.m. or at Petroleum Center off of Rt. 8 South of Titusville at 2 p.m. The leader will be Greg Burkett. He can be reached at (814) 723-4989.

VFW Post 8803

The VFW Post 8803 in Tidioute Memorial Day Parade will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, May 27.

The parade route is from Main Street, up Scott Street, crossing on to Second Street, and entering the cemetery.

A luncheon will follow for members and their guests. Doors will open after our men and women in uniform have returned from the parade and are given a few minutes to collect themselves.

Holiday closing

Paws Along the River will be closed this coming Monday, May 27, in honor of Memorial Day.

Local outdoor writer honored

On May 19, outdoor writer Steve Sorensen of Russell won the top “Excellence in Craft” award from the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association for an article titled “The Ultimate Hunting Goal: Building Lifelong Hunters.” Deer and Deer Hunting magazine published the article in its September 2018 issue.

To be eligible for this award, Sorensen had to win first place in one of 28 “Excellence in Craft” categories. He won the “Pass It On” award for the article which most effectively promoted passing on love and appreciation of the outdoors. From those 28 first place winners, “The Ultimate Hunting Goal” was recognized as “The Best of the Best,” an award sponsored by the National Rifle Association.

“The Ultimate Hunting Goal” is about a mentorship program in the Allentown schools called “Camp Compass” led by teacher John Annoni. The program mentors students in hunting and conservation, giving them first-hand exposure to the significant role hunters play in wildlife conservation in North America.

Sorensen writes regularly for several national and regional magazines, and contributes to various blogs that cover hunting topics including Havalon Knives, as well as his own “Mission: Hunter.” His newspaper column, The Everyday Hunter®, appears bi-weekly in newspaper publicans. He also speaks frequently at sportsman’s banquets throughout the United States.

Previously Sorensen won the “Best of the Best” award in 2017. In 2015 and 2018, he won the national “Pinnacle Award” for outdoor journalism from the Professional Outdoor Media Association. Also, this spring, Sorensen won awards from the Mason-Dixon Outdoor Writers Association for the year’s best magazine article and the best newspaper column. For more information about Steve, his writing and his speaking, go to www.EverydayHunter.com.

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