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‘Enthusiasm’ helps fuel annual river clean up

There were some changes with the annual Allegheny River Cleanup this year. But, as always, volunteers paddled their ways along Warren County’s waters, gathering garbage. “The enthusiasm is as great as ever,” one of the event’s coordinators, David Snyder, said. “The enthusiasm here ...

Audubon apple ripeness workshop set for Sept. 22

Color is not a reliable measure of an apple’s ripeness, and whether making sweet cider, hard cider, wine or preserves, knowing when apples are actually ripe is essential. Orchardist Al Yelvington can teach that skill at the Testing for Apple Ripeness Workshop at the Audubon Community Nature ...

RTPI hosts virtual film festival

For 16 consecutive years, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute has hosted the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts in Jamestown. Given the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, the live 2020 screening was canceled. As an alternative, RTPI is hosting a online ...

Blair names scholarship winners

A number of family members of Blair employees received scholarships recently. The Blair Employee Scholarship Fund awarded $133,000 to 22 students who are furthering their education in 2020-21. “The scholarship program is a great employee benefit, managed for the company’s workforce ...

Federal gov’t ends extra $300 weekly benefit for jobless workers

HARRISBURG — Jerry Oleksiak, Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry secretary, received notification from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that the Lost Wages Assistance program — which provided an additional $300 weekly benefit to unemployed workers — ended on Saturday, ...

Audubon sets magical opportunities

Through mid-October, the Audubon Community Nature Center is adding dragons and fairies to the magic of nature it offers year-round. At Dragons and Fairies Activity Day, Saturday, Sept. 19, children can be part of a dragon egg hunt, make a fairy crown or wizard wand, do an enchanted scavenger ...

Pickut is guest at observatory

FREWSBURG — The Martz-Kohl Observatory will showcase virtual guest speaker Walter W. Pickut via ZOOM at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Pickut where he will present an in-depth, investigative report on what Russian research is accomplishing on the International Space Station. Pickut is an author, ...

Pennsylvanians urged to squash Spotted Lanternflies

LANCASTER — Following months of hyper-focus on the availability of food, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding was joined by Carlos Martinez, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Dean Richard Roush and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) executive director for field ...

Deerfield Behavioral Health moves to new location

Deerfield Behavioral Health has moved. The Third Avenue location closed in late August and the organization has moved into the second floor of 1003 Pennsylvania Ave. W. “Our move should enhance the services we provide,” Executive Director Tina Cary said. “Our new location on ...

Elk County added to drought watch

After a meeting of the Commonwealth Drought Task Force, the state Department of Environmental Protection has moved Potter County to drought warning status and added three counties — Elk, Lycoming, and Tioga — to drought watch. There are now 18 counties on drought watch: Armstrong, Blair, ...

Investigative reporter to speak virtually at Jackson Center

The Robert H. Jackson Center is hosting Pulitzer Prize winner Debbie Cenziper, an investigative reporter for the Washington Post, for two virtual programs as part of the center’s third annual Al and Marge Brown Lecture on World War II and an investigative journalism program on Sept. 17 and ...

Homework Hub Helps Out

Cyber students Nick and Gretchen were able to complete their cyber assignments and not receive a mark of absence during the power outage last Tuesday, thanks to taking advantage of Youngsville Public Library’s boosted WI-FI hotspot “Homework Hub” which is available and free to the public ...

Board helps with Lacy Park Playground

A new park in Warren provides some unique opportunities for children with special needs, thanks to additional funding provided by the Warren County Board of Realtors. The Lacy Park Multi-Sensory Inclusive Playground will now offer children with special needs a playground with equipment ...

Farm Bureau pushes Assembly for legal protections

The Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is urging the state General Assembly to adopt legislation that would offer commonsense legal protections for farms that invite the public onto their property for “agritourism” activities such as corn mazes, pick-your-own produce, hay rides and more. During a ...

Hill, Dale Club holds meeting

The Hill & Dale Garden Club meeting was held recently. As the group’s original plans to tour the Green Heron Farm were cancelled, members met for lunch at New Beginnings in Sugar Grove. President Peg Stino welcomed everyone to the club’s third meeting of the year and then led members ...

Weekly all-day outdoor classroom at Audubon set

With so many children learning at home, Audubon Community Nature Center has a new opportunity for children between the ages of 7 and 10. From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays from Sept. 17 through Dec. 18, Audubon is presenting The Outdoor Classroom. Since the same program is offered ...

Professor publishes book about marriage

BRADFORD — In an unusual new memoir, Dr. Nancy McCabe, professor of writing at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, re-examines an ill-advised marriage undertaken in her youth. “Can This Marriage Be Saved?” takes its title from one of the genre-bending essays woven together to ...

Wolf to protect strategy

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf will veto legislation to prevent his administration from imposing controls on emissions of a key greenhouse gas without Pennsylvania lawmakers’ permission, Wolf’s office reiterated Wednesday, a move that comes as the Democrat works to advance an agenda ...

Jobless assistance to begin on Sept. 14

Unemployment compensation claimants who apply and qualify for the federal Lost Wages Assistance program will begin receiving the extra $300 weekly benefit as early as Sept. 14. Under federal guidelines for the LWA program, only individuals who are fully or partially unemployed due to COVID-19 ...