Photo submitted to Times Observer The most recent graduates of the Penn State Extension Warren County Master Gardener program were honored in May. They received their completion certificates and pins. The participants include Jean Gomory, Dean Graziano, Margaret Nicklas, Megan Simplicio, and Gianni Simplicio. Master Gardener trainees are required to participate in a minimum of 40 hours of basic training that includes botany, plant propagation, soil health and fertilizer management, composting, controlling pests safely, entomology, plant diseases, indoor plants, vegetables, lawn care, pruning, woody ornamentals, herbaceous plants, native plants, weeds, and invasives. The Warren County Master Gardener program is administered by the Penn State Extension office located in Youngsville where recruitment, training, and volunteer service occur. For more information on how to become a Master Gardener, call the Warren County Extension office at (814) 563-9388.

Teacher nominated for Harvard workshop

The Warren County League of Women Voters, with the cooperation of the Warren County School District, nominated Melissa Becker to attend the Harvard Case Study Method Workshop at Harvard University this summer.

The Case Method of teaching has been used at Harvard Business School and other universities for some time. HBS professor David Moss, author of “Democracy: A Case Study,” thinks the case method can also be used to teach high school students about democracy.

He believes “… The case method can be especially effective at engaging students with topics in history and democracy and… presents a unique opportunity to help reverse the broad decline in civic education – and civic engagement – in the United States.”

Collaborating with Leagues of Women Voters from across the country, The Harvard Case Method Project agreed to make an all-expenses-paid, professional development workshop available to outstanding high school teachers of U.S. History, Government, and Civics — nominated by their local League chapters. The 2-1/2-day training will take place on the Harvard campus in August,

Melissa Becker

Becker, a teacher at Warren High School, wrote an essay for the League that was passed on to the Harvard Case Method Project team, and she did an hour-long telephone interview with a team member to ensure her placement at the workshop.

Teacher participants agree to teach at least four of the cases from Professor David Moss’s book in their classrooms after the training and to help moderate community case discussions with the League.

Teachers will be asked to certify that they are willing and able to teach the cases in a non-partisan way.

The Warren League looks forward to working with Melissa to moderate a case study program in the near future.

For information on the Case Study Method, visit


Bridge results

Results from Monday night duplicate bridge at Warren YMCA were:

1st-Emily Birgel and Carol Stone with 52;

2nd-Patricia Fincher and Bill Kuppinger with 45.5;

3rd-Karen Cassin and Richard Woodruff with 41.5.

Warren County Genealogical Society

The Warren County Genealogical Society will meet on Monday, June 17, at the Scandia Cemetery for its annual Cemetery Picnic. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will feature an opportunity to explore the cemetery, the museum, the church (to hear the original1880s organ), and the historic school.

Participants should bring a lawn chair, their table service, a sandwich if you wish, your beverage of choice, and a dish to share. Julie Boozer will be our hostess.

The pavilion behind the Scandia store is available for outdoor cover in case of inclement weather, and the museum and school, which have electricity, a refrigerator and stove, ice, tables and chairs, and bathrooms are available for us as well. The society welcomes anyone interested in family history and research.

Car-pooling will be available at the First Lutheran Church parking lot in Warren at 5:10 p.m.

Call 723-8026 for additional information.