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VITA Tax Program — The Allegheny Community Center has announced that the VITA Tax Program has been canceled for all VITA sites in Warren and Forest counties due to closures as recommended by the governor. All senior centers in Warren and Forest counties continue to be closed for public ...

Pool’s closed: Brokenstraw latest casualty of virus

The Brokenstraw Valley Swimming Pool is the latest recreation casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic. On Tuesday, Youngsville Borough Council issued a release stating that the pool would not open this season. “Because we, and so many others, love our pool, this is a difficult decision,” ...

Positive signs

There are signs of community spread all over the county — recognizing the members of the Warren County School District class of 2020. How they are getting there is a sign of community in itself. The Times Observer and the district worked together to prepare two yard signs for each senior ...

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Pine Grove cleanup Pine Grove Township will hold its Spring Cleanup Day for township residents from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 6, at the township garage. Drivers licenses will be checked to confirm residency. The cost is $10 for cars and vans and $20 for pick-up trucks and trailers. The ...

Commissioners supporting garden project in Sheffield

The Warren County commissioners are considering supporting a community garden project in Sheffield. Commissioner Jeff Eggleston said garden organizers are seeking Act 13 funds to assist with startup. Act 13 funds — which come from the state’s Marcellus Shale impact fee — are divided ...

Conservation District planning to hold its summer camps

Summer is around the corner and COVID-19 restrictions are lessening. The Warren County Conservation District is planning to hold its annual summer camp programs. “Our plans may be forced to change depending on Pennsylvania’s reopening process... and local recommendations,” according to ...

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CCWA meeting The Conewango Creek Watershed Association Board of Directors meetings are moving to an online platform. The CCWA meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. Those looking to attend via phone or computer may contact CCWA by calling 726-1441 or sending email ...

Diocese: ‘Suspension of all public Masses remains…’ for now

The Diocese of Erie is moving into the yellow phase and working on a reopening plan. Bishop Lawrence Persico announced that the diocese would “take a gradual approach to restoring public worship in northwest Pennsylvania.” For now, “the suspension of all public Masses remains in ...

Virtual PA Horse Challenge

Photos submitted to Times Observer Several members of the Sanford Saddles and Spurs 4-H Club recently participated in a , the East-West Challenge. The competition was spread over three weeks and 4-H members could compete in one, two, or all three weeks if they choose. There were a variety of ...

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Allegheny Community Greenhouse opening The Allegheny Community Greenhouse, located on the Warren State Hospital grounds in North Warren, is opening for its plant sale this weekend. The greenhouse has hardy flowers, veggies, herbs, and hanging baskets for sale. It will be open Fridays and ...

Breath of fresh air: YMCA hosting free outdoor workouts

The Warren County YMCA is hoping to get people moving again. Partnering with the Warren Sports Boosters, the Y will be providing free outdoor workouts to the community at War Memorial Field starting Monday, May 11. With Warren County moving into the yellow phase to re-open businesses after ...

A parade for teachers

During a normal teacher appreciation week, the people appreciating the teachers would be around them all week. It wasn’t that simple at St. Joseph Catholic School this year. On Friday, the entire staff was told to be at school at 5:15 p.m. They weren’t told why. When some asked what ...

Cleanup organizers would like to see what you can do

The 16th Annual Allegheny Reservoir Cleanup had long been scheduled for May 9 when the coronavirus changed that. Over the years, the Allegheny Reservoir Cleanup and its cousin, the Allegheny River Cleanup, have made a real difference in the Allegheny Reservoir and River, both ecologically and ...

The Long way to a nursing career

Tracy Long is a nurse at Warren General Hospital. But didn’t have a typical path to get there. “I decided to go to nursing school when I was almost 30 years old,” she said. “I was a single mom just trying to make ends meet. Initially, I wanted to become a nurse because of the financial ...

Fraser WGH’s second recipient of The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

Amanda Fraser is Warren General Hospital’s second recipient of The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. A Medical-Surgical/CCU Nurse at WGH, Fraser, RN, was recognized April 29 with the award that is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses ...

Superheroes overnight: Mom by day and nurse practitioner by night

Many medical workers wear more than one hat. Not only are they doing their job tending to patients and saving lives, but they go home and are also a cook, a parent, a housekeeper, a spouse, an artist, a craftsman, the list goes on. Well now, those medical workers with children are also ...

39 years as RN at Warren General

Chris Sonney has seen a lot in 39 years as a registered nurse at Warren General Hospital. People come and go. The technology changes. And, once in a while, there is a new medical concern — perhaps a novel coronavirus. Her mother’s enjoyment of the field — she spent 30 years as a ...