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Briefs…

Photo submitted to Times Observer Pack 45 of Pleasant Township recently held its annual Pinewood Derby at the Russell United Methodist Church. From left are Tyler Bacca, third place overall, Brenden Johnson, first place overall, Isaac Georgakis, third place backwards race, Eli Lutton, second place overall, Addison Johnson, first place backwards race, and fastest car, and Ayden Wilson, second place backwards race.

Lunch group to meet

The BonTon lunch group will meet at noon Wednesday, Feb. 19, at Bob Evans.

Pancake supper

Berea Lutheran Church will host a pancake supper with all the fixin’s to benefit Wrightsville Volunteer Fire Department from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the church, junction of Routes 6 and 958. The cost of dinner is a donation.

Soldier’s visit

Photo submitted to Times Observer Russell resident Pat Spicer painted this tiger while undergoing chemotherapy for cancer. With a different subject from her usual nature artwork, the concentration helped distract her from the treatment. Well known for his fundraisers, Rick Rupprecht is putting on a spaghetti dinner at Audubon Community Nature Center on Saturday, Feb. 29, to help Spicer with her medical expenses.

This past fall, students in third grade at East Forest made cards for a soldier stationed in the Middle East. The soldier is SRA Anthony Fetzer. He is the uncle of one of the students in the class, Willow Walker. On February 11, SRA Fetzer made a surprise visit to the classroom to thank the students for their cards. Willow didn’t know that he was back home, and he was able to have a very heartwarming surprise reunion with her. Afterwards, he spent some time visiting with the class and showing some items from the culture in the Middle East.

City temporary closing

The City of Warren Building Codes Department will close at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, to attend the City Redevelopment Authority (RDA) meeting. The office will reopen following the meeting.

Bridge results

Results from Monday night duplicate bridge held at Warren YMCA were:

SRA Anthony Fetzer hugs Willow Walker

1st-Karen Cassin and Richard Woodruff with 26;

2nd-Rita Mancuso and Matt Oram with 25;

3rd-Joann Hultquist and Connie Michell with 22.5.

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Tuesday afternoon at the Allegheny Community Center, Connie Lucia placed first and Ellen Ruffalo was second. At the Woman’s Club Thursday afternoon, Connie Michell and Laurie Curren were first and second. Rita Mancuso came in first Thursday evening at the library with Marilyn Mourer in second.

Photo submitted to Times Observer Warren County Christian School students are ‘eggs’-cited about helping with their breakfast fundraiser, this Saturday, Feb. 22, from 8 to 11 a.m. The all-you-can-eat Barn Raiser Breakfast will feature eggs, pancakes, sausage, fried potatoes, sausage gravy, biscuits, and beverages. The cost is a donation, and takeouts will be available. The school is located at 165 Mead Run Road in Youngsville. For further information, call the school office at (814) 563-4457.

Spaghetti dinner benefit

Matthew Jewell, a firefighter for Scandia VFD and Russell VFD, has been diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease that has effected his kidneys and heart. Matt now has to undergo dialysis treatments three times a week and wear a life vest to monitor his heart to prevent sudden cardiac death. With his health issues, Matt has been unable to work at his job of road foreman for Elk Township and medical bills and daily household costs are adding up.

There will be a spaghetti dinner for Matt and his family at the Russell Fire Hall from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. Dinner is by donation.

For more information, call Bonnie Schwanke at (814)757-5764 or Sherry Moore at (814) 757- 9346.

Spaghetti dinner fundraiser

On Saturday, Feb. 29, from 5 to 7 p.m., Rick Rupprecht will present one of his popular spaghetti dinners, complete with cupcakes, to help cover the medical expenses of his friend, Russell resident Pat Spicer.

Spicer and Rupprecht became acquainted over their years of volunteering and later Spicer’s more than two decades as an employee at Audubon Community Nature Center, where the dinner will be held.

Cindy Miller of Ashville, N.Y., made a lap quilt that is one of the evening’s prizes. Other prizes are some of Spicer’s own artwork, including the painting of a tiger she worked on while she was undergoing chemotherapy. Spicer noted that while her painting hobby usually focuses on nature, the tiger’s portrait took her a little bit out of her comfort zone, and the need to concentrate was a good distraction from her treatment.

Before she became an employee, Spicer volunteered for Audubon for many years. Last June, she had to take a leave from her work to cope with her cancer and only recently returned.

From originally baking tons of chocolate chip cookies to now holding spaghetti dinners, Rupprecht has raised thousands of dollars for Roswell Park Cancer Institute, AMBUCS, Jamestown Skeet Club, and others.

At Audubon, Rupprecht has volunteered for everything from leading field trips to view elk and find rattlesnakes to guiding Discovery Walks for school kids, as well as serving pancake breakfasts featuring his own maple syrup and dinners with his own venison at his home in Ashville.

The requested donation for the spaghetti dinner fundraiser is $15 per person to help with Spicer’s medical expenses. Reservations can be made by calling (716) 569-2345, and walk-ins are welcome. Credit cards cannot be accepted; payment can be made by cash or check payable to Pat Spicer.

Benefit fundraiser

A benefit for Joni Camp and children will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at Fraternal Order of Eagles #313, 2101 Pennsylvania Ave. E., Warren. Joni has custody of Alexa, John, Madden, and Paizlee after the tragic death of their parents on Dec. 15, 2019. All funds will be used for current and future medical bills and needs of the children.

Pre-sale spaghetti dinner tickets are $10. There will also be a Chinese auction for which donations are welcome.

For information, or tickets, call Betty Jean at (814) 779-5428.

Allegheny Outdoor Club

On Sunday, Feb. 23, Allegheny Outdoor Club will ski and or hike the Beanfield in Irvine. Members will meet at Betts Park in Warren at 1:30 p.m. The leader is Earl Ross and he can be reached at (814) 706-1198 for any questions.

Warren Players’ auditions

Auditions are set for the upcoming Warren Players’ production of “A Year with Frog and Toad,” directed by Caitlin Webster. Based on Arnold Lobel’s well-loved children’s books, this whimsical show tells the story of two best friends — the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad — and their journey through four fun-filled seasons.

Those interested in auditioning are asked to attend one of two sessions at Struthers Library Theatre: 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, in the fourth-floor rehearsal hall; or 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, on the main stage.

Show performance dates are currently scheduled for May 7, 8 and 9 at 7 p.m. and May 10 at 2 p.m.

Actors aged 15 and older are needed. This is a family-friendly and a somewhat “kids” musical but it is a challenging show and requires dedicated, talented and hardworking actors. All ages are encouraged to audition for a young adult to adult cast. Actors are asked to prepare 32 bars of a musical theatre style song, to be sung a capella. Song selections from the show can also be used and are available, along with full audition packets, at warrenplayers.com.

Parkinson’s support group

The Warren Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday , March 3, at CTI Physical Therapy, 2265 Market St., Warren.

Individuals with Parkinson Disease and their families are invited to attend. For more information, call Shirlee at (814) 563-9493.

Democrats meeting

The Warren County Democrats will hold their monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Jefferson DeFrees Center, 207 Second Ave., Warren.

Tidioute Health Fair

The 26th Annual Tidioute Health Fair will be held on Saturday, March 28, from 7 a.m. to noon at Tidioute Fire Hall.

This year the Health Fair will be sponsored by Titusville Area Hospital and they will offer comprehensive blood testing, which will include testing for heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes, anemia and liver disease. The cost will be $40, payable to Titusville Area Hospital.

A light breakfast will be available for a donation.

An optional A1C blood test will be available for an additions fee of $10, and this test will shows blood glucose over a 2-to-3-month period.

To schedule an appointment, call Patty at (814) 484-7571.

Pancake supper

A pancake supper will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at St. John Center in Tidioute.

Sponsored by St. John Women’s Guild, the cost is $7 for adults, and $4 for children. The menu is pancakes — plain, blueberry, or buckwheat — sausage, scrambled eggs, and beverages.

For information, call Linda at (814) 484-7525.

Cancer support group

The Warren Woman’s Cancer Support Group will be meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Warren Cancer Center lobby. For more information, call the Warren Cancer Center at 726-1786.

Hemlock Tree Conservation Program

Join partners of the High Allegheny Hemlock Conservation Partnership and Allegheny Forest Health Collaborative at Allegany State Park for an event focused on the invasive pest known as Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) which is threatening our native Eastern Hemlock Trees.

On Saturday March 7, this collaborative will lead a training session at Camp Allegany near Red House Lake from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A classroom training session will be followed by a hike to a nearby site to survey for HWA. This program is free of charge and all are welcome to attend.

For more information, visit www.rtpi.org or contact hwa@rtpi.org.

Forest landowners

conference

On Saturday, Feb. 29, forest landowners across northwestern Pennsylvania will gather at the Frank G. Pogue Student Center at Edinboro University for the 24th Annual Northwest PA Forest Landowners Conference.

The morning keynote speaker will be Dr. Jim Finley, from the Center for Private Forests, presenting on “Forest Forensics,” and the afternoon keynote speaker will be Dr. Alejandro Royo, from the U.S. Forest Service, lecturing on “How Deer Have Degraded Our Ecological and Cultural Memories.”

Other speaking topics will include: Benefits of young forests; forest insect and disease issues; a forest landowner panel discussion; and the Spotted Lantern Fly.

Pre-registration is required for this event. The registration fee is $25 per person and the registration deadline is Friday, February 21.

The registration fee includes: Continental breakfast, lunch and informational materials. Individuals interested in attending the event can contact the Erie County Conservation District at 1927 Wager Rd, Erie PA 16509, or call (814) 825-6403.

Questions about the event can be directed to the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry — Cornplanter Forest District at (814) 723-0262 or fd14@pa.gov.

Antiques Study Club

The members of the Warren Antiques Study Club will be meeting at 1:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, at the Woman’s Club. The program will be on antique and vintage jewelry.

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