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Outdoor

The taste of chili in about an hour

Chili culture in the Warren area has developed its own nature through the past three decades. Still most households do not eat homemade Texas Chili either because they do not know how or because it requires too much time and effort. Just the cooking part of Texas Chili takes 3-1/2 hours. Then ...

Viewers can watch online PGC meeting through live link

Those wishing to view the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners meeting, being held virtually on Monday, April 6 and Tuesday, April 7, either can watch live through the video-conferencing site Webex, or later on the Game Commission’s YouTube channel. For those watching live, the simplest ...

Seedling sales program canceled

The Pennsylvania Game Commission announced this week that Howard Nursery will not distribute seedlings as a result of mandatory closings and delays caused by COVID-19. The nursery annually has provided over a million seedlings to Hunter Access Program cooperators, who allow public hunting on ...

Audubon: ‘Get outside’

If you didn’t see this message on Audubon Community Nature Center’s home page (AudubonCNC.org), Education Coordinator Sarah Hatfield would like to share it with you now: Here’s the thing. There are many fewer excuses now. Maybe you’re home, maybe your kids are home. Maybe you’re ...

Time to go crappie fishin’

Some of my best days of crappie fishing have been the very day the ice left a lake. Forget any nonsense about the water still being too cold. Late ice crappie fishing usually is great– if there only were any decent late ice. Find crappie when they are hungry and they will hit. Wait for ...

Trout season ‘operating under a consolidated statewide schedule’

Fishing is essentially a form of social distancing before social distancing became a key part of our lexicon. But that doesn’t mean that the COVID-19 crisis isn’t impacting trout season in the Commonwealth. The Fish & Boat Commission has issued a statement as well as a FAQ on ...

Hunter-Trapper Ed free online

Students may not be able to go to school, but they have options. The Pennsylvania Game Commission has waived the fees associated with its Hunter-Trapper Education programs and opened them online to those as young as 11. “Effective immediately and until at least March 31, all prospective ...

ANF closing campgrounds

In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the USDA Forest Service - Allegheny National Forest has decided to reduce services available for outdoor recreation. All ANF campgrounds, group-use areas, bathrooms, and other facilities have been closed indefinitely for the health and safety of visitors ...

Closure of state parks and forests extended

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced that all facilities at state parks and forests in Pennsylvania will be closed until April 30 to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The public will still be able to access trails, ...

PGC: hunting season ‘NOT’ canceled

With anything and everything getting postponed and canceled during the coronavirus pandemic, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has clarified that the 2020 hunting seasons have not been canceled despite a false social media post. “There is a social media post currently circulating, featuring ...

PennDOT utilizing ‘skeleton’ crew during COVID-19 crisis

PennDOT is functioning with a “skeleton” crew amid the COVID-19 crisis. Though it’s too early to say just to what degree that will impact the upcoming road construction season. District Press Officer Jill Harry told the Times Observer “a lot of our employees at the district level are ...

ANF adapts to new normal

Federal officials on the Allegheny National Forest have gone virtual. A Wednesday statement from the Allegheny National Forest announced that the Forest Service’s physical offices - which would include the headquarters at the Farm Colony in North Warren - “and implementing virtual ...

Unable to close a forest, ANF staff changes ‘daily’

Allegheny National Forest offices remain open in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis but operations are looking a little different. “Currently, the Allegheny National Forest remains focused on the safety and well-being of our employees,” Christopher Warner, the ANF’s public affairs office ...

Game Commission closes shooting ranges

The Pennsylvania Game Commission today announced it is closing all shooting ranges on state game lands, effective immediately, until further notice. The closure includes rifle, shotgun, pistol, and archery ranges. Given Gov. Tom Wolf’s March 19 updated guidance to help control the spread ...

Brief…

Conservation District closure The Warren County Conservation District will be closed to the public until further notice due the most recent public health guidelines. All workshops and meetings with the staff have been cancelled until further notice. Messages will be checked regularly and we ...

City revisits Crescent Park, Fourth Ave. permit parking

Proposed permit parking for Crescent Park and Fourth Ave. is on hold. Warren City Council established a committee to revisit parking issues during Monday’s meeting. Councilman John Wortman asked that a January decision on parking be revisited at the April meeting. Back in January, ...

Brush fires around the county

Officials caution against burning as four vegetations fires have broken out around the County within the past two days. Three of the fires broke out within one hour of each other Sunday afternoon, Mar. 15. Locations included Pine Ridge Rd. in Sugar Grove, Route 6 in Warren and Bush Rd. in ...

Nature: Inside and out

Nature creeps, crawls and slithers into our world every day. It is hard to draw a line between what we consider the human world and the natural world. Really, that artificial line doesn’t exist. The houses we live in are no different from the dens and nests of animals, aside from providing an ...

Warren County Dairy seeks royalty

It’s time to become Warren County Dairy Royalty. The Warren County Dairy Promotion Committee is looking for Dairy Princesses, Maids, Misses and Lil Misses. Prospective Princesses must come from a dairy farm, come from a dairy-related background, own dairy animals, have some sort of ...