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Outdoor

Trail, blazed

If you’re looking for proof that local efforts to reinvigorate the area by highlighting our region’s best qualities is headed in the right direction, then look no further than Jake’s Rocks this weekend. This Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27 and 28, at Kinzua Beach and the Trails at ...

‘I just make things’

“To stimulate creativity, one must develop the childlike inclination for play.” — Albert Einstein If you’ve ever considered pursuing a career in one of the creative fields, or perhaps you simply think of yourself a creative person, chances are you spend your days alternating ...

Ironmen

Two Warren County men completed an Ironman Triathlon in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada, last month. This was the first Ironman finish for both Sam Sivak and Dr. Jim Roberts. Ironman Triathlons are organized by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC), and consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile ...

Betts basketball court upgraded

The City of Warren has a brand new basketball court. The eastern end of the old runway — the Betts Park parking lot — was resurfaced in the spring by I.A. Construction, according to Public Works Director Mike Holtz. “When this re-surfacing was done, the existing basketball courts ...

Get back to nature during 3rd annual Walk in Penn’s Woods at Hatch Run

Since the inaugural Walk in Penn’s Woods in October 2017, thousands have gained in their awareness of and appreciation for Pennsylvania forests. This year’s walk will be held Sunday, Oct. 6. In Warren County, it will be hosted by the Warren County Conservation District from 1 to 3 ...

Countdown to Fall

The fall foliage season is on schedule here in Northwestern Pennsylvania. “Small amounts of color will start to show by the end of this month, but it will still be patchy coloration,” Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Cornplanter District Forester Cecile Stelter said. ...

September 28 is Public Lands Day

Hopefully you found time this week to get onto the Allegheny National Forest. Hiking has been great. The small trout streams are low, or at least they were until recently, so stealth is needed to flip a bait or a fly near relaxed trout. One of our favorite pastimes during the past several years ...

Sugar Grove Rough Riders Club step up to District VIII challenge

After qualifying at the Warren County 4-H Horse Show in July, eight members of the Sugar Grove Ruff Riders 4-H Club traveled to Centre Hall, PA, with their ten horses and ponies, for the Annual District VIII 4-H Horse Show, September 6 and 7, 2019. The top three places in each class qualify ...

Walking through the door

“All children, as long as they still live in the mystery, are continuously occupied in their souls with the only thing that is important, which is themselves and their enigmatic relationship with the world around them. Seekers and wise people return to these preoccupations as they mature. ...

WGH Helipad closes vehicle, boat and pedestrian access for re-paving

The boating season might be winding down as fall approaches but those looking to access the Allegheny River will not be able to use the helipad at Crescent Park for a couple weeks. “The helipad at Crescent Park will be closed to all boat, vehicle and pedestrian traffic beginning on ...

Kinzua Sky Walk named cultural best

By BRIAN FERRY bferry@timesobserver.com A regional attraction has been named among the best of the best for group tours. The Kinzua Sky Walk, Kinzua Bridge State Park, in McKean County, is one of the American Bus Association’s 22 Cultural Best of Best for 2019. “The unique and ...

Cleanup Crew

Sometimes a clean-up isn’t just about cleaning up. On Tuesday, 13 students and two teachers from Tidioute Community Charter School joined the Allegheny River Clean-up. While they worked alongside many other volunteers on the stretch of the river from Wildwood to Tidioute boat launch, ...

River cleanup enlists new and familiar faces

More than 70 people signed in to work on the Allegheny River on Monday — the second day of the 11th annual Allegheny River Cleanup. They were shuttled from Wildwood to Buckaloons to begin their trips. Paddlers, mostly working in pairs, gathered enough garbage in five hours to overfill a ...

Save a weekend for King Salmon

Sure, it is tough to tear ourselves away from Lake Erie walleye. But there might be a pretty good reason for a weekend fishing trip. About the same time that steelhead should be moving into our Pennsylvania Lake Erie tributaries, chinook salmon should be increasing in the Lower Niagara River ...

Endangered piping plovers nest charming third time

Sometimes success comes in threes. For the third consecutive year, federally endangered piping plovers have nested, hatched and fledged chicks into the wild on Presque Isle State Park’s Gull Point, on the shores of Lake Erie, near Erie. But those four chicks fledged this year are en route ...

Pittsburgh firm on board for greenways and recreation plan

Mackin Engineering, Pittsburgh has been contracted by Warren County to conduct a county-wide greenways and recreation evaluation and develop a plan. Amy Wiles, a planner for Mackin Engineering, spoke to the COG about what would be needed from the community and what exactly a Greenways and ...

Get ready for fall fishing with late summer bass

Along about this time most years bass fishing gets pretty good. Not October good, but still good. It happens with both largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. This is not a fishing pattern that seems to turn on with the flip of a switch. It just builds with the passing of summer. This late ...

Allegheny/Kinzua cleanup efforts aided by scrap metal donations

Even if they were never held again, the Allegheny River and Reservoir clean-ups will benefit Warren County’s future. But, there is no interest in shutting down 15 years of successful efforts. So, the organizers have to look to the future of the event — not just the ...

Chapman seeks volunteers for National Public Lands Day

National Public Lands Day will be Saturday, Sept. 21, at Chapman State Park. Volunteers are needed to help clean up the shoreline, trails, and campground. Groups, scout groups, and individuals are encouraged to help. The cleanup will take place from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers should meet ...