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Photo submitted to Times Observer Ag Literacy Week is March 16 to 20. The Warren County 4-H Teen Council is partnering with the County Farm Bureau to reach out to students again this year. The Warren County Farm Bureau provides books and activities for each classroom visited. Volunteers from these two groups meet and read to every second-grade class in the county. The Farm Bureau also coordinates with county schools to provide a free visit from the PA Mobile Ag Lab once every four years. Farm Bureau also offers free CEU opportunities to educators. Pictured is Ruth Morrison, PFB member, and Sherry M. Moore, Conservation Program Assistant, holding 2020 books to be donated to schools.

Class to meet

The Warren High School Class of 1952 will meet at the Peppermill on March 17 at 11:30 a.m. All classmates and friends are welcome.

Bon Ton lunch group

The Bon Ton lunch group will meet at noon Wednesday, March 18, at Jack’s Tap House.

Class lunch

Photo submitted to Times Observer On Saturday morning, March 21, Audubon Community Nature Center will investigate “Otter and Bramble,” two of The Lost Words in the award-winning book written by Robert Macfarlane and illustrated by Jackie Morris. This River Otter with a fish in its mouth was photographed at Audubon by Senior Nature Educator Jeff Tome.

The Youngsville High School class of 1963 will meet for lunch at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, at the Youngsville American Legion. All classmates and spouses are welcome.

Wrestling fundraiser

Friends of Northern Area Wrestling (EHS) will host a Gun & Turkey Party at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Sugar Grove Volunteer Fire Department. Admission is free and doors open at 5:30 p.m.

There are 10 guns being raffled off (with a cash open for guns one through nine).

The cost is three tickets for $10. The event is BYOB, and there will be meat raffles, pull tabs, choice auction, and food is for sale by Sugar Grove Fire Hall.

Photo submitted to Times Observer The Sanford Saddles and Spurs met at the Grand Valley Church on March 8. Mackenzie Nichols, at left, did a presentation on the history of the Arabian horse. Zack Nichols did a presentation on rabbit breeds. Abby Rollan did a presentation on the history of the Morgan horse. They talked about upcoming events and opportunities through 4-H. The club will be selling 12 inch subs with a bag of chips for $6. Orders are due March 22. Contact a 4-H member to order. Members also talked about placing an apparel order and voted on a color. The club spent time making scrapbook pages of their horses and bunnies. They enjoyed snack and celebrated Nora Morton’s birthday with cake. They ended the meeting with a walk outside.

Alumni volleyball tourney

The First Annual Warren County Alumni Volleyball Tournament will begin at 9 a.m. May 16 at The HUB, 7451 Market St., Russell. Proceeds will be donated to A Safe Place and the Issac Sweitzer Memorial Fund.

A basket raffle will be held during the tournament.

For information, contact Trisha Lichtenfels on Facebook.

Warren County Special Olympics

Photo submitted to Times Observer People who attend the Youth Art Month Open House in the Warren Public Library’s Wetmore Gallery view artwork from students in kindergarten through seventh grade. Youth Art Month is a nationwide observance held each March to honor and promote the importance of art education in the schools. Art teachers from Warren County School District, St. Joseph’s and local homeschoolers submit student artwork. Students with art on exhibit received an art award certificate from their teachers during the open house. The Warren Public Library purchases and prepares the certificates but the teachers pass them out since they know their students. This exhibit will be open for public viewing through March 25.

Special Olympics of Pennsylvania has directed that all practices and events be cancelled until March 31. They will re-evaluate at that time.

There will be no basketball, swimming, weightlifting, or long distance running practices until further notice.

Martz-Kohl Observatory speaker

The Martz-Kohl Observatory will be kicking off its Guest Speaker Program, for the season, with Professor Mike Stafford at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18. The public is welcome to come join Martz-Kohl Observatory members and board members as Professor Stafford presents, “The Dance of Planets and the Galaxy: How Physics Plays the Tune.”

Following Professor Stafford’s presentation, the observatory will be open for members and the public to view the night sky through the various telescopes located throughout the observatory, weather permitting. When planning a visit to the observatory, it is best to have seasonal attire on hand as the domes which house the telescopes, as well as the roll off roof area of the observatory, are not heated. The observatory is located at 176 Robbin Hill Rd., Frewsburg, N.Y. The Martz-Kohl Observatory is an all-volunteer, non-profit association [501(c)3] and does not charge for admission. A non-member donation of $5 per adult and $2 per child or student is appreciated.

The observatory can be contacted at (716) 569-3689. More information can be accessed at the observatory website, martzobservatory.org.

Allegheny Outdoor Club

On Sunday, March 15, Allegheny Outdoor Club will hike the Overland Trail, west. Hikers will meet at the Jamestown Park and Ride on Route 60, north of Jamestown, at 1:30 p.m. The leader will be Denny Anderson and he can be reached at (716) 969-9772.

Halls of Ivy

Students from Warren County have been recognized as Provost Scholars at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Provost Scholar status is achieved when students complete a minimum of 45 semester hours at IUP and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Provost Scholar recognition is given only once during a student’s time of study at IUP.

Provost Scholars from this area include:

Warren: Aubrey Noelle Greenland, Prospect Street, B.A. in Criminology; Kaycee Nicole Morgan, Conewango Place, B.F.A. in Art Studio

High School Bowl

Kane Area High School defeated Eisenhower High School, 60-31, in a recent Media One High School Bowl match at Jamestown Community College.

Nick Marconi and Chad Greville earned Player of the Match honors.

Kane team members included Heidi Tarnaski, Sammantha Curcio, Jesse Kilcoin, and Brennan Smith.

Eisenhower was represented by Mike Abadie, Julia Haight, Ashley Hall, Hope Hefright, Payton Hefright, Alex Hummel, Mattison Wallin, and Jacob Williams.

High School Bowl, now in its 59th year, is produced by Media One Group in cooperation with JCC. High School Bowl airs at 12:10 p.m. on Saturdays on radio station WJTN and at 7 a.m. on Sundays on radio station WWSE. Matches can also be heard online at radiojamestown.com/podcasts.

‘Otter and Bramble’

The mischievous and playful otter as well as the bramble will find a way into your heart and mind when you investigate them Saturday, March 21, from 11 a.m. to noon, at Audubon Community Nature Center’s “The Lost Words: Otter and Bramble.”

Naming things has a power all its own, as Robert Macfarlane discovered when certain words went missing from the popular Oxford Junior Dictionary. Many nature words were among those lost from children’s vocabulary.

In partnership with illustrator Jackie Morris, Macfarlane wrote the multiple award-winning The Lost Words, a book of spells to conjure back 20 of these words. The program will feature Otter and Bramble.

Based on the book, participants will hear the spell, speak the spell, and through a variety of activities conjure back these two natural elements to take their rightful place in both culture and heart.

Continuing on the third Saturday of the month through 2020, this series uses poetry, music, and art to strengthen participants’ emotional connection to nature.

Space is limited. The cost is $8, or $6 for members and children ages 9 to 15.

Paid reservations are required by Thursday, March 19. They can be made by calling (716) 569-2345 during business hours or going to AudubonCNC.org/Programs and clicking through “Current Schedule.”

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