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Outdoor

License sales up after Saturday deer opener

When the Pennsylvania Game Commission last year opted to move the opening day of the firearms deer season to Saturday, the decision was based in part on the conclusion it would enable more hunters to participate, and it was the best thing to do for the future of Pennsylvania hunting. Today, ...

Time to start vacation planning

If you are among the more fortunate, you take a week, maybe two, of vacation traveling most years. Hit the Interstate Highways during the summer vacation season and you will get a very clear picture of human wanderlust. Many of us, probably most of us, have the urge to see new things, to dream ...

Game Commission discussing 2020-21 hunting, trapping

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners is holding its first quarterly meeting of 2020 Saturday at the agency’s Harrisburg headquarters. This meeting was the first to follow a new format adopted whereby quarterly meetings will be held in two parts, one Friday (last night) and one ...

City Council moves ahead with Crescent Park plans

Warren City Council has settled on the scope of an improvement project at Crescent Park. The original budget for the project was $330,000 but bids came in last year just over $505,000 - nearly $176,000 more than anticipated. So city staff went back to the drawing board to craft a revised ...

Sidewalk snow law reminder

The snow is coming. So the shovels will have to come out. And there are shoveling regulations in the City of Warren. Here’s what the regulations say: “The owner of any property, whether occupied or unoccupied, which abuts any street upon which public sidewalks exist shall keep ...

Eagle eyes

After being on the verge of extinction, the bald eagle is well into a recovery. The species was almost wiped out in the United States as recently as the 1970s, with fewer than 1,000 known individuals. The national symbol was subsequently listed as an endangered species and that number has ...

State House takes brine off SB 790 legislation

The most contentious element of legislation that would create separate regulations for the conventional oil & gas industry has been removed. The state House Environmental Resources & Energy committee reported out an amended version of SB 790 on Monday. But the most controversial ...

Warren County wonder makes ‘cool and calming’ list online

Of course, they are subjective, but it’s nice to have some positive news written about your own area — even if it’s online as part of one of those top 10-type articles. And, as they say, “it must be true, I read it on the internet.” That said, onlyinyourstate.com, which has ...

Officials seek public input for recreation plans

Got ideas on recreation options in the county? County officials want to hear from you. Warren County is working on the development of a county-wide Recreation and Greenways Plan and is looking for public feedback as part of that process. An online survey is available at ...

Critters in and out of winter mode

We get a blast of cold weather and a few winter birds show un in the back yard. A couple of days later and afternoon temperatures are in the high 40, the snow melts and winter birds disappear. Some of the winter ducks have moved to the Allegheny River. Several small flocks of bufflehead and ...

Felony animal cruelty charges filed against teens in deer abuse case

It took more than a month, but the Pennsylvania Game Commission filed charges Friday in a case of animal abuse caught on video. The incident took place on Nov. 30, in Brookville, according to the Game Commission, and the agency has been investigating since the video — reportedly taken by ...

Tour de Warren?

When it comes to being part of Bike Route Y — the City of Warren can take it or leave it. Part of the PennDOT paving projects on Pennsylvania Avenue — east in 2019 and west in 2020 — would align Warren with other portions of the Route 6 bicycle route. “As we do paving projects, ...

USDA urges farmers to apply for assistance

Farmers and forest landowners looking to make improvements may qualify for federal dollars and assistance. According to a release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), “Pennsylvania agricultural producers and landowners are ...

Far-fetched

Some people take their dogs places. In the case of Walt Stover of Tidioute, Millie is taking him to Orlando. Millie, a two-and-a-half year old black Labrador retriever, is highly ranked as a dock diving dog. They’re a team, but Millie does the hard work. In 2018, Stover was ...

Not much for looking back

While I am a serious fan of history, 2019 is hardly history. So the only look back at this past year is to report that the female black squirrel that frequents our yard has about doubled in size. She was a skinny little thing when she arrived. Now when she scampers away carrying a mouthful of ...

This fungi I know…

‘Tis the season of death, or at least a long rest, in nature. The trees are bare, the grass has stopped growing, and the stems of plants brown, shriveled, and lifeless. Many in New York find the season dreary and mundane. Yet we are all guilty of not realizing how important this time of year ...

Audubon birdfeeder and birdseed Make-and-Take, Friday, Jan. 4

You can create a feeding stop for your feathered friends by making a homemade birdfeeder and special blend of birdseed. Stop by Audubon Community Nature Center any time between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4, to participate in the Birdfeeder and Birdseed Make-and-Take. After ...

The dark night

As we steadily creep through winter and into the new year, the focus will eventually begin to move from the calm of night toward a season of increased light and activity. Every day we gain a couple more minutes of light in the evening and eventually more motivation and activity. As those longer ...

Grouse priority area siting tool launches

Pennsylvania’s state bird, the ruffed grouse, has suffered dramatic population losses due to the statewide scarcity of young forests and large-scale West Nile virus die-offs. To offset those losses, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has created a tool to identify prime grouse recovery ...