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County commissioners approve 2021 budget

The Warren County Commissioners have approved a budget for 2021 that does not include a tax increase. “I think we’ve kicked it around enough,” Commissioner Tricia Durbin said. “I’m ready to sign on the dotted line.” ”I’m very happy (to be) able to put this budget together ...

Warren Hospice releases Nov. news

Hospice of Warren County received contributions during the month of November: Linda Fredrickson, James W. English, Eugene Vavala, Charmaine Vavala, Yvonne Lee, LeRoy Ford, Jack Donovan, Ken Sperry, Dr. Charles MacKenzie, Lula Carlson, Peg Groetzinger, Lloyd J. Paul, James Michael Williams, ...

Snowmobile trail access changes revealed

There are several changes in snowmobile trail access for the 2020-21 winter season on the Allegheny National Forest. The main Allegheny Snowmobile Loop is closed from the intersection of Forest Route 120 and Forest Route 141 to the intersection of Forest Route 262 (Longhouse Scenic Byway) and ...

Christmas With Critters to be held

This holiday season Audubon Community Nature Center is celebrating Christmas with the Critters on Wednesday, Dec. 30. Those interested can sign up for the 10 a.m., 11 a.m., or noon time slots for an open house hour that is all about the animals. There will be live animals out and ready to ...

Make your own string art set at Audubon

Area residents can create a unique wall decoration using only string, nails and a board. Audubon Community Nature Center is offering five string art make-and-take opportunities. The hour-long Make-and-Take times are on Saturday, Jan. 2, at 11 a.m., 12:15 p.m., and 1:30 p.m., and on ...

Conservation District looking for educators

The Warren County Conservation District is looking for outstanding conservation educators. Each year, the conservation district recognizes one educator as its conservation educator of the year. Nominees don’t have to be school teachers. “To nominate a teacher, scout troop leader, ...

Warren library to temporarily close

The Warren Public Library will soon close for two-and-a-half weeks. When the library closes at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, it will remain closed through 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 4. “This is being done to maintain the safety of staff and patrons as COVID cases continue to rise in the ...

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center rated exceptional by National Cancer Institute

PITTSBURGH — The UPMC Hillman Cancer Center has received an “exceptional” score, the highest achievable rating-and its largest grant to date-when it was recently renewed as a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center for five more years. The award also includes a ...

Sharing a love of reading

Photo submitted to the Times Observer Chloe, Katelynn and Emily Wiles volunteered for a Thrivent Action Team to share their love of reading with other students. They are pictured with some of the books they selected at Kids Town Books located in Warren Antiques. The books will be shared with ...

Contributions made to Hospice of Warren County during September

Hospice of Warren County received the following contributions during the month of September: Mary Lou Watt, Tom Fadale, Margaret Blumquist, Phyllis Murvine, Gretchen Tingwall, Tony Scuteri, Nicholas “Nick” Tassone Jr., Karen Wheeler, Lloyd J. Paul, Kenneth S. Sperry, Robert Gatto, Linda S. ...

Warren and Forest Senior Centers serving to-go meals only

The recent rise of COVID cases in both Warren and Forest counties has initiated cancelling programming in every center. All centers will be providing hot meals to-go only. County COVID percentages will be reassessed in January 2021. Masks and social distancing is required. Please remember ...

Sanford Saddles and Spurs members participate in Christmas Parade

Several members of the Sanford Saddles and Spurs 4-H club participated in the Pleasantville, Pa., Horse Christmas Parade recently. The event was put on by the Pleasantville Volunteer Fire Department - Station 16. The parade was lead by a Pleasantville fire truck carrying Santa and Mrs. ...

St. Joseph School beneficiary of Catholic community day of giving

The Catholic community in northwest Pennsylvania united in a faith-filled day of generosity recently through the #iGiveCatholic day of giving — with the St. Joseph School in Warren one of the beneficiaries. Responding with gifts large and small, 1,389 individuals donated $243,498 in ...

Get into the holiday spirit with Onie the Christmas Owl

In this column, I usually write about some aspect of the history of Russell and Akeley. However, at this particular moment I think the primary thing on the minds of most residents is keeping ourselves and our family and friends safe and healthy. Despite this, the joy of the coming ...

Rotary Club nominates Kulka for People of Action Award

SHEFFIELD — The Rotary Club of Sheffield nominated Kristi Kulka for the People of Action Award within the Rotary Foundation for her involvement in an around the community. Kulka has been a member of the Rotary Club for the last 17 years and has held the position of treasurer. She is active ...

Area residents can become a library angel and donate

YOUNGSVILLE FREE METHODIST CHRISTMAS SERVICES Youngsville Free Methodist Church, 179 Davis St., will host its Longest Night Service at 7 p.m. Monday. The church will also host its annual Christmas Eve candlelight service with two observances on Thursday, a contemporary service at 8 p.m. ...

County commissioners approve salary increases for next prothonotary, coroner

The Warren County Commissioners approved salary increases for the next prothonotary and coroner during a special meeting this week. It’s an odd meeting day and time every couple years that’s set by state statute. The salaries approved Thursday won’t go into effect until the ...

12 new COVID cases, 3 deaths added to county’s total

There were 12 new cases of COVID-19 added to Warren County’s total on Friday and three more COVID-related deaths. The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported a total of 968 cases in the county, including 792 confirmed and 176 probable cases. The total number of COVID-related deaths is ...

Planetarium show is set for today

FREDONIA — Dr. Michael Dunham, State University at Fredonia physics professor, will host a Zoom-based planetarium show today at 5 p.m. to note the great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn. Each night during the month, Jupiter and Saturn are moving closer and closer together in the sky. On ...

AAA: pandemic means increased chances of theft

As the COVID-19 pandemic forces people to make adjustments to their lives, online outlets are preparing for an increase in virtual holiday shopping this year. Online shopping presents identity thieves with increased opportunities to steal personal data, and AAA East Central recommends ...