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75 years young

A bear with a reputation for dumping buckets of water on smoldering fires resisted the urge on Sunday as he arrived to find a smokey grill cooking hot dogs in his honor. Smokey Bear celebrated his 75th birthday with a pavilion full of friends and fans on Sunday at Chapman State Park. The ...

Hille named Ecosystems Management Staff Officer

The USDA Forest Service/Allegheny National Forest has selected Andrea Hille to be the new Ecosystems Management Staff Officer. Hille has been the Forest Silviculturist for the past 10 years. She replaces Nadine Pollock who retired October 3, 2018. “The Allegheny National Forest is very ...

Junior hunters to pursue wild birds at 3rd Annual Youth Pheasant Hunt

Thirty-eight junior hunters drawn by lottery soon will experience the thrill of seeing a wild pheasant rooster pounding skyward while having the special opportunity to harvest it. The Pennsylvania Game Commission announced the application process for the third annual Central Susquehanna ...

Is 6.5 MM the deer rifle answer?

In 1966 during my first drive through the Western States, I saw pronghorn for the first time. What an eye-opening experience. Part of my fascination with the second-fastest land animal on the planet was the dry plains habitat where from a little rise you can see many miles. I knew I had to hunt ...

Loads of rubbish

The annual Allegheny River Clean-up is on its way and the pre-clean-up is out of the way. To kick off the festivities, a group of people got together Thursday for a day of hard work and camaraderie to knock down a problem area. About 10 people, representing the Pennsylvania Game ...

ANF use survey available beginning in October

Beginning in October, visitors to the Allegheny National Forest may get the opportunity to contribute to a survey about forest use and recreation. The USDA Forest Service - Allegheny National Forest (ANF) will conduct National Visitor Use Monitoring (NVUM) in various recreation sites and ...

Friday black bear sighting points to population growth

In the evening of Friday, August 23, Pleasant Township residents reported the sighting of a bear. The bear, as confirmed by Warren City Police, crossed the river in Pleasant Township near the hospital and headed north. As of press time, there have been no additional sightings. So why do ...

Game Commission provides a lot of opportunity on managed dove fields

When mourning dove season opens Sept. 2, hunters can experience some fast-unfolding action at managed dove fields across the state. Last year, the Pennsylvania Game Commission changed regulations to allow manipulating crops to attract doves to hunting spots, and the first few managed dove ...

Once upon a time in the summer

An angler could do no better on a balmy summer evening than hitting one of the area creeks with light smallmouth bass tackle. The intense heat of midday gone, water cooling your feet and legs. And, hopefully, several smallmouth basses jumping at the end of your fishing line. This is a pretty ...

‘We did mud camp today’

Barefoot children climbing trees. Muddy hands, skinned up knees. Berry stained faces and bright, wild eyes. Catching jars of fireflies. Pockets of fungus and acorns and rocks. Running with joy through a million raindrops. This is what childhood is made of. A text: “We did mud camp today, ...

2019 Allegheny River clean-up

Over 10 years, the Allegheny River Clean-Up has made a tremendous impact on the river and its Warren County tributaries. The annual event brings together federal, state, county, and private groups, and individuals who want to make a difference. They have been succeeding. According to a ...

Local champs win big at Franklin ‘ducks and drakes’ tournament

By BRIAN FERRY bferry@timesobserver.com For the past eight years or so, the Ferry family has made an annual pilgrimage to the holy land of Pennsylvania stone skipping — Franklin. We have known a great deal of success. Alex won the youth event something like four times, won the amateur ...

Hot doggin’

You might think it would be far-fetched to expect a municipal pool to set aside the rules of etiquette and allow jumping, splashing, dunking and sticks in the water. But on Sunday there was a “paws” of the rules as furry swimmers did all that and maybe even occasionally emptied their ...

History of the Tionesta Valley Railroad lives on

Believe it or not, there was a time when the people of this country were physically connected to one another in ways that would be nearly impossible to imagine in this day and age. Long before cell phones, internet, and even the landline telephone, the United States railroad industry was ...

Ceremony marks completion of Chapman rehab project

The rehabilitation of the dam at Chapman State Park is complete. Park officials and employees, volunteers and visitors, and state-level officials attended a dedication ceremony Thursday afternoon. “We’re very excited at DCNR (Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural ...

PennDOT crews to restrict four Warren County roads

Lanes on four Warren County roadways may be restricted as PennDOT crews work to preserve four metal pipe culverts in the county. PennDOT said on Tuesday that work started on Monday at Miller Hill Road just north of 957 in Farmington Township. One additional culvert – on Rt. 957 near ...

Bovine pie contest benefits Crime Stoppers at the Warren County Fair

Eight winners experienced the thrill of victory in a recent event at Warren County Fair featuring bovine defecation. A total of 750 patty placement prognosticators entered the Warren County Crime Stoppers Steer Dump. Technically, they didn’t select drop zones. Rather, they paid $5 for ...

Couple shares 45 years of racing and the friends they meet on their journey

For more than 45 years, Errol and Beth Schluter of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, have been going to the U.S. Canoe and Kayak National Championships. “We started nationals in 1972,” Errol said. “I got involved in paddling with my husband by going on canoe camping trips,” Beth said. “We ...

ONLY YOU

What would a 75th birthday party be without some reminiscing? Prior to events where people gathered to celebrate with Smokey Bear recently, two men shared their memories of the character and the real bear that instilled a desire to protect the forest in many young minds. In mid-July, the ...

‘Paddle harder’

Rain and thunderstorms had not quite moved into the area by the time the canoe races started on Thursday morning at Chapman Lake, but the wind was strong enough to challenge some young paddlers. It was Luke Josefik’s first time competing on the lake. “It’s beautiful here with the ...