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Outdoor

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 ...

‘My story’

Pennsylvania 4-H elected its new council members last month. Audrey Ferrie was among six newly-elected council members, and is the first member from Warren County to serve on the council. Nearly 700 Pennsylvania 4-H youth gathered to network and enhance their leadership skills during the ...

Department of Agriculture passes organic farm grant

Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced a $1 million Pa. Farm Bill Farm Vitality Grant Program for organic transition planning assistance. This grant allows Pa. farmers to apply for grants up to $7,500. Pa. is currently third in the nation for organic, is home to more than 1,000 ...

ANF sets rules for leek picking

If leeks are your thing, then you’re welcome to pick them on most of the land that makes up the Allegheny National Forest. Federal officials sent out a reminder of the rules for picking leeks — a branch off of the onion family — this week. They caution that collection for personal ...

Game Commission delivers annual report

Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans today presented the agency’s annual report to the General Assembly, and delivered testimony before the House Game and Fisheries Committee. To view a copy of the agency’s annual legislative report, please visit the Game ...

The backyard garden roars

Today, I made my first batch of chili for 2020, the mildest Texas chili I have ever made, but also one of the better batches, according to Jeri. She asked that the next batch is made the same way, which is more than fine with me, if I followed a recipe. I do not measure most of the ingredients ...

Petiquette

The effort to bring a dog park to Warren County is working to be sensitive to concerns. Rocco DelPrince, Woofington Dog Park president, addressed various concerns — from vaccinations to traffic — in a letter to the Times Observer. He also invited citizens who want to “make a positive ...

WCCD issues photo contest

The Warren County Conservation District is looking for images of Warren County. The WCCD is hosting its inaugural photo contest. All photos must be taken in Warren County. The categories are: wildlife, barns, tree, and sunsets. Entrants may submit no more than two photos in each ...

WCSD considers hunting courses

Board member Joe Colosimo introduced an item to the board, citing programs in other states in which schools provide hunter safety courses to all students who do not opt out. “It fits the demographic of our area perfectly,” he said. “A lot of school districts are moving to hunters ...

Oh that precious live bait

With the live minnow situation being what it is now in Warren County, anglers are being forced to treat minnows with great care. Winter walleye fishing without live minnows is just not the same game. It can be done, but not nearly as well as with live minnows. Minnows are so valuable now it ...

KECA scholarships available to PA seniors

Students who reside in Pennsylvania who are currently in their senior year of high school will have the opportunity to earn a $1,000 scholarship provided by the Keystone Elk Country Alliance and Seneca Resources Company, LLC. The amount of $1,000 is awarded once to the scholarship recipient. ...

Waterfowl briefing to be held at Northwest Region Office

Representatives of waterfowl organizations, interested hunters and the public are invited to attend a briefing on Friday, March 6 on the status of Atlantic Flyway waterfowl populations and proposed federal frameworks for the 2020-21 waterfowl hunting seasons. The briefing will begin at 1 ...

‘Further investigation’

The ongoing dispute regarding how — and to what degree — oil and gas operations impact the environment isn’t going away any time soon. Locally, the most prevalent instance of that fight is the state-wide moratorium on oil and gas wastewater spreading on dirt roads, which originated ...

Ruff ideas

A proposed dog park has jumped a significant hurdle. The Warren County Zoning Hearing Board on Wednesday granted a special exception for the Woofington Dog Park with a proposed location adjacent to the Warren County Visitors Bureau in Starbrick. Rocco DelPrince, president of the dog park ...

Agencies offering advice on minimizing potential lead problems in hunted game

Research performed by a few state game agencies has provided proof that people who eat hunted game are running a risk of ingesting small quantities of lead which can be harmful. Children and women of child bearing age bear the greatest risk. This potential problem has not been widely publicized ...

Old things new again

I spent a large portion of the past weekend cleaning. Somewhat in anticipation of the Audubon Rummage Sale happening on March 28 and 29, in part because the winter doldrums have kicked in and are making me a bit cabin-feverish, and in final part because my kitchen was gross. As I cleaned, held ...

Level the field

The demolition of the wooden play structure at Beaty Playground began Monday. It also wrapped up on Monday. A city crew handled the demolition. There is more to be done to prepare for the installation of the new GameTime play structure, but the 40-year-old wooden structure is ...

State game lands grow

At the regular board meeting at the end of January, the commissioners approved adding 530 acres to the state’s game lands. Of that land, 0.34 acres are in Warren County. According to the board, Karen Beardsley sold 0.34 acres of land adjoining State Game Lands 282 in Pine Grove ...