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Photo submitted to Times Observer Gunnar VanOrd celebrated his 5th birthday with a drive-by parade at his house in Warren that included three city police cars, three Warren Bus Lines school buses, and 18 friends and family vehicles honking. It’s been a common occurrence recently with social distancing due to coronavirus, but the Jefferson-DeFrees pre-schooler “was excited when he saw and heard the police cars and school buses leading the line of cars up our street,” said his mother, Mollie.

Penn State scholarships

Warren County Penn State Alumni will award a $500 scholarship to two Warren County students beginning studies at any Penn State campus this fall.

To obtain application forms, call Bruce Williams at (814) 723-8555 or e-mail to christa_williams5@aol.com and forms will be mailed out. Applications must be submitted by May 31, 2020, to 308 Poplar Street, Warren PA 16365

Winners will be informed early in June.

2nd Harvest Produce Express

Photo submitted to Times Observer Gunnar VanOrd celebrated his 5th birthday with a drive-by parade at his house in Warren that included three city police cars, three Warren Bus Lines school buses, and 18 friends and family vehicles honking. It’s been a common occurrence recently with social distancing due to coronavirus, but the Jefferson-DeFrees pre-schooler “was excited when he saw and heard the police cars and school buses leading the line of cars up our street,” said his mother, Mollie.

The 2nd Harvest Produce Express held at the Otterbein United Methodist Church, 258 Dalrymple St, Pittsfield, for Tuesday, May 5, has been canceled due to COVID-19. If you are in need of food, contact the E.U.M. Church on 2nd St. in Youngsville (563-4351). Their hours are as follows:

Tuesdays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and, the third Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon

2nd Harvest hopes it will be able to serve you again at its Produce Express at Otterbein on Tuesday, July 7.

Spring clean-up update

The Youngsville Borough Spring Clean Up Day that was originally scheduled for a date in May has been postponed. Once a new Spring Clean Up date has been determined, the borough will announce the information to the residents on its Facebook page, in the newspaper, and through the YoungsvilleLibrary.org website.

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry A new use of a community treasure is spreading a little positivity in these uncertain times. After a couple residents contacted the city with the idea, Department of Public Works Director Mike Holtz said, staff spent some time trying to figure out what message could be made from the classic Christmas sign that annually adorns the south bank of the Allegheny River. Their conclusion? Warren Cares. DPW crews put the sign back up on Wednesday. Holtz said the message was intended to “give somebody a new focus, something more to think about” during the pandemic.

You may reach the borough at (814) 563-4604, Kim Hall, Ext. 4, Jolean Ishman, Ext. 3, Mark Theuret, Ext. 1, and Lisa Hagberg, Ext. 2.

Utility payment: Utility payments may be mailed to the Borough Office (40 Railroad Street) or placed in the dropbox. The Youngsville Borough office is still open by phone, email and through the dropbox to the right of our front doors in an effort to protect staff and limit human contact as instructed by the CDC and the PA Department of Health, on-site building access. The borough will still be available to bring you the services you are used to.

PUA information: Links to information regarding filing for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance , including links to FAQ’s regarding eligibility and more can be found on the Borough’s Facebook page.

Youngsville Library updates

To remain in alignment with Governor Tom Wolfe’s stay-at-home mandate, all public libraries are still required to remain closed at this time until informed otherwise by the state. Initially, public libraries were closed so as to be in alignment with public schools. At this point in time, the public libraries are in the same situation as many local businesses — waiting to hear what the state will decide regarding when we (and other small businesses) will be allowed to re-open and under what stipulations.

Updates regarding state mandates about on-site library services status can be found on the Youngsville Library website at YoungsvilleLibrary.org.

In the meantime, Youngsville Public Library continues to provide reliable information and links on its website regarding COVID-19. At YoungsvileLibrary.org (reference tab/general reference), you will find direct links to the PA Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, Johns Hopkins University and Medicine, Warren General Hospital, local government information (city of Warren, Warren County), and more.

Additional information regarding the extended return policy, easy ways to access free e-resources such as e-books and audio books (even if you don’t currently have a county library card), “one-stop” resources for students and parents to utilize, and much more can be found at YoungsvilleLibrary.org (references/general references tab).

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