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Briefs…

Photo submitted to Times Observer The 15th Annual Zavinski Memorial Golf Tournament was held on Sunday, May 26, at Jackson Valley Golf Course. This tournament is held each year over Memorial Day weekend and helps to benefit a scholarship fund for graduating Warren County high school senior boys and girls who participated in varsity sports and will be furthering their education. Two students are selected from each local high school, one boy and one girl, based on the two essays submitted, “What have you learned most from high school sports,” and “Where do you see yourself in 10 years,” along with financial need. Tournament participation along with donations from local businesses are the primary source of the scholarship funding, with the Warren Elks Club donating $5,000 for the third year in a row. This scholarship wouldn’t be possible without the participation at the golf tournament and the donations made by local businesses, including Huber Blacktop, Fibro Tool & Gage, Jones Chevrolet, Loranger International, Mangione Beverage, Northwest Bank, Peppermill, Pipeworks, Shear Madness, Tall Tales, Lewis Funeral Home, KCS Energy, A&B Heating, Ace Hardware, Bob Hoffner Excavating, Cornerstone Lounge, Howard Hanna, John Anderson Construction, Mark Silvis, Warren Glass, Andy and Kristy Hanks, American Legion Post 135, West Penn Oil, Joe Colosimo, Mineweaser & Joschak families, and Jeff Uber. From left are Christian Zavinski, Warren Elks member, Celia Chase (Warren), Scottlyn Barr (Sheffield), Shannon Kellogg (Eisenhower), Josef Bauer (Eisenhower), and Kristy Hanks, Zavinski Scholarship Committee member. Missing from photo is Aiden Morrison (Warren), and Matt Dunham (Sheffield).

ANF July 4 hours

The USDA Forest Service – Allegheny National Forest will have the following Independence Day hours on July 4:

Supervisors Office, Warren – Closed;

Bradford Ranger District Office, Bradford – Closed;

Marienville Ranger District Office, Marienville – Open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For camping and lodging reservations, visit www.recreation.gov/camping/gateways/1088

Holiday closing

The Warren-Forest Counties Economic Opportunity Council (EOC) will be closed on Thursday, July 4, and Friday, July 5, in observance of the 4th of July holiday.

Martz-Kohl Observatory

At 7:30 p.m. July 10, the Martz-Kohl Observatory will be open to the public for an evening of astronomy and space science discussion. Following the discussion, the observatory will be open for both members and the public to view the night sky, weather permitting.

The observatory is located at 176 Robbin Hill Rd., Frewsburg, N.Y.

For admission, a non-member donation of $5 per adult and $2 per child or student is appreciated.

The Martz-Kohl Observatory houses one of the largest public robotic telescopes in western New York. On open observatory nights, the public is welcome to come and tour the facility. If the evening sky is clear, the telescopes will be used to view the celestial sphere. The observatory can be contacted at (716) 569-3689. More information can be accessed at the observatory website, martzobservatory.org.

About Martz-Kohl Observatory:

The Marshal Martz Memorial Astronomical Association, Inc. is a non-profit organization devoted to the amateur astronomer. The emphasis of the association is observational astronomy, well-rooted in public education and enjoyment of the starry skies.

Sugar Grove Free Library

The Sugar Grove Free Library is accepting donations for its annual Sugar Grove Yard Sale Book Sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 27. Items accepted include books, books on CD, DVDs, VHS CDs, cassette tapes, records, puzzles, and games. The library does not accept textbooks, encyclopedias, or magazines.

In addition, events at the Sugar Grove Library include:

Toddler Time, every Monday in July starting at 6 p.m.;

Summer Reading Program, now through August 24;

Block Party, July 9 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.;

Library board meeting, July 10 at 7 p.m.;

Learning at the Library (“Canning & Preserving”), July 15 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.;

Movie Night, July 16 from 5 to 7 p.m.;

Story Hour, every Wednesday from 5 to 6 p.m.;

Lit Wit Book Club, July 29 at 6:30 p.m.;

Video Game Night, July 30 from 5 to 6:45 p.m.

Library hours are Monday to Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. These are the summer hours until September. The Sugar Grove Library will be closed on the 4th of July.

Allegheny Outdoor Club

On Sunday, July 7, Allegheny Outdoor Club will ride bicycles or hike on the Sandy Creek Trail south of Franklin. Members will meet at 1 p.m. at Betts Park or at 2:15 p.m. at the Dairy Queen south of Franklin. The leader is Earl Ross. For questions, call (814) 726-3920.

On Thursday, July 11, members will do trail maintenance on the Warren Bike-Hike path. Meet at 9 a.m. at Auto Zone in North Warren. Bring water and nippers (if owned). The leader is Earl Ross at (814) 726-3920.

Loletta Recreation Area-ANF

The public water system for the Loleta Recreation Area (campground and day-use area) in the Allegheny National Forest is now operational and safe for public drinking.

The campground is open for camping and day use activities; however, the swimming area and pond are currently closed to the public until they can be dredged and reopened. We are working to resolve this issue.

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