lularoeSunday, December 4th, 2016, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm, the North Warren Community House at 3 Church Street in North Warren will be hosting a LuLaRoe Holiday Shopping Event, with ten consultants and chances to win $20 LuLa Cash! First shoppers will receive free Swag Bags!

Don’t miss out on a chance to try on all the great LuLaRoe styles and get some holiday shopping done!

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For the past twenty years, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has annually recognized one river as the River of the Year. This recognition is done to raise awareness of the important recreational, ecological, and historical resources associated with the state’s rivers and streams.

The River of the Year is celebrated throughout the year. Events have included paddling trips, a speaker series, clean up days, photography contests, and more. Partnerships of community groups organize the events including a Sojourn paddling trip. In addition, POWR coordinates the production and distribution of a free poster celebrating the river.

The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers, or POWR, administers the River of the Year program. Local organizations submit nominations. POWR also helps organize and support local watershed associations, as well as the groups who lead a dozen sojourns on rivers around the state each year.

2017 PA River of the Year Nominees:
Allegheny River
The Allegheny River is over 315 miles long, and with a watershed area of 11,580 square miles, contributes 60 percent of the Ohio River flow at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Including its tributaries, the Allegheny River system is the location of the most diverse and populous freshwater mussel habitat in the world, and is one of the most biologically diverse watersheds in Pennsylvania. Eighty‐six miles of the Allegheny River from Kinzua Dam to Emlenton, PA are a federally designated National Wild and Scenic Recreation River and contains seven islands that are protected under America’s National Wilderness Preservation System. Every year, thousands of people paddle down this beautiful river.

Cumulatively, 822 volunteers have donated 6,576 hours to collect 795 tires and 236 cubic yards of trash from the Allegheny Reservoir. Penn Soil Resource Conservation and Development Council hope’s to bring attention to a large portion of the Middle and Upper Allegheny watershed to draw even more people to this haven of hills, streams, trees, and wildlife and educating the public about the value of water quality

Brandywine Creek
The Brandywine Creek is acknowledged to be one of the East Coast’s most beautiful watersheds. The creek begins as springs and seeps at over 1,000 feet in elevation on the Welsh Mountain ridge near where Chester, Berks and Lancaster counties meet. Totaling several hundred‐stream miles, the watershed includes an east branch and a west branch and multiple tributaries. The Brandywine flows south through rich farmland, down steep wooded valleys, past historic villages and mill towns, and passes nationally acknowledged historic sites on its way to the City of Wilmington where it discharges into the Christina River.

Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art is in the process of implementing a Strategic Action Plan. Many municipalities have already embarked on Greenway initiatives: preserving farms and critical open spaces; planting riparian buffer forests; planning and constructing local and regional trails; and promoting public access to the Creek for recreation.

Loyalhanna Creek
The Loyalhanna Creek is 41 miles long and drains nearly 300 square miles of land originating from the ridges of the Laurel Highlands near Donegal where it flows north toward Ligonier. The creek then cuts a beautiful, forested gorge through Chestnut Ridge and passes through the center of the City of Latrobe. From there, it passes through farmland and woodland and enters the Loyalhanna Lake, a large flood‐control project of the US Army Corps of Engineers that offers boating, camping and hiking opportunities.

Efforts to restore and improve the Loyalhanna Creek by Loyalhanna Watershed Association, Inc. and numerous conservation groups, universities and state and federal agencies have brought new attention to this once underutilized waterway. Over recent decades, because of the investment of millions of dollars to fund projects that treat abandoned mine drainage, repair eroding stream banks, protect and enhance riparian buffer areas, and increase public awareness and recreational opportunities, what was once an orange, shallow waterway that passed by mills and factories is now a cleaner, vibrant passageway.

Perkiomen Creek
The Perkiomen Creek drains 362 square miles; an area that extends from Berks to Bucks County and from Lehigh through Montgomery County. A total of 488 streams flow for 636 miles through the Perkiomen Watershed and enter the Schuylkill River near Oaks, PA. The upper Perkiomen Creek is largely agricultural while the lower Perkiomen Creek valley has recently witnessed an explosion of development.

The three main conservation challenges for the Perkiomen Creek and center on erosion and sedimentation from storm water runoff, nutrient loading due to poor agricultural practices, and riparian buffer destruction from residential development. Despite these conservation challenges, the Perkiomen Creek follows a secluded course that still offers feelings of isolation where a personal connection with nature might be gained. Other natural resources connected with the creek include the 20+ mile Perkiomen Trail, Green Lane Park and Reservoir, Evansburg State Park, a great number of smaller township and county parks, and a number of environmental education centers.

The voting period will last from November 14th to December 19th, 2016. Vote Here!

 

Friday 8/19/16
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM – “LIL’ BUDS: SUMMER NATURE SERIES” – Get the kids outdoors with this program featuring a nature story, hands-on exploration, and a craft. Designed for children ages 2 to 6. There is no fee for this program. Register by contacting Jen Moore at 814-723-0259 or jennmoore@pa.gov. Beach Building

Saturday 8/20/16
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM – “ECO-SAND SCULPTURE COMPETITION” – Are you up for the challenge? Come out to the beach to learn about ecosystems and enter a nature-themed sculpture into the contest. Small prizes and certificates will be awarded to winners. Please bring your own sand equipment. Beach
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM – “PENNSYLVANIA ELK” – Join Dave Donachy, from the PA Game Commission, for a presentation on the history and reintroduction of elk in Pennsylvania. Amphitheater (Pavilion 4 in case of rain)

Every Sunday
10:00 AM CHAPEL SERVICE – NON DENOMINATIONAL Amphitheater (Pavilion #4 in case of rain)

Warren City Council will be meeting on Monday, June 20th at 7:30 PM, in the Warren Municipal Building, 2nd floor.

At this month’s meeting, the council will be addressing a petition to ban recreational burning in the city. Interested parties should be sure to show up at this meeting to express their opinions for or against a recreational burning ban.

Hector’s Run Falls is located in the Allegheny National Forest, between Route 6 in Ludlow and Route 948 in Barnes. The best access is via Route 6.
WARNING: There are steep cliffs at the falls, and cell phone service drops off about half-way into the hike. Wear footwear with good tread, and be careful when hiking near the edge.

From Sheffield, take Route 6 to Ludlow.
Turn right onto South Hillside Drive, just as you come into Ludlow.
Turn left onto Water Street.
Turn right onto Scenic Drive.
After about a mile, you will turn right onto Forestry Road 258.
In 2.1 miles, you will reach Forestry Road 258H, on your left, which is gated off. There is a small parking area beside the gate.

This is where your hike begins. Hector’s Run Falls are approximately 1 mile from the gate.
Follow 258H to the fork in the road and take the left fork (downhill.) You will come to a small meadow, with a light blue National Fuel well-head. The trail turns to the right, as you’re facing the well-head.
Continue to follow the trail for another 200 yards, or so, and you will arrive at the top of the falls.

Please note that this was our first trip to the falls, and we did not take the left fork of the road, and ended up coming through the forest, following the sound of the water. So, the video begins as we arrive at the side of the falls. The falls usually only have water running over them after a recent rain. Be sure to plan your hike accordingly.

Calling all volunteers! Bring friends, co-workers, scout groups to help us clean up the lake, trails, and campground.
When: Saturday, June 11, 2016 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM (Rain or Shine)
Where: Environmental Learning Center 4790 Chapman Dam Road Clarendon, PA 16313
Who: Any individuals or organized groups
Equipment: Bring shovels, rakes, and gardening tools. Please bring your own water and snacks. Gloves and bags will be provided. Lunch will be provided to volunteers working all day.
Attire: Must wear closed-toe shoes or boots and long pants. Long sleeve shirts, hats, and rain gear recommended.
Registration: Required by Friday, June 3, 2016. For more information or to register please call Jen Moore at 814-723-0259 or email jennmoore@pa.gov.

(HARRISBURG) – Responding to growing pleas from schools and community groups to release overdue state funding, Senate Republicans today led an effort to override Governor Wolf’s veto of an emergency budget passed last month by the General Assembly.

Senate leaders emphasized that the override would have provided badly needed funding while negotiations continue on a final budget agreement. The override required a two-thirds majority, or 33 votes. While all 30 Republican Senators voted for the measure, the emergency funding veto override vote received no Democrat support.

“Governor Wolf’s veto of our Emergency Funding Budget last month showed his refusal to put the needs of our schools and social service organizations first,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25). “Our schools and human service organizations are in critical need of funding to keep their doors open and should not be held hostage during this budget impasse. As legislators, we have a duty to help our communities and today’s veto override vote of the Emergency Funding legislation took a necessary step to provide vital support while a final budget is negotiated. As we continue to move forward, we remain committed to ensuring that the final 2015-16 budget respects taxpayers and hardworking families across Pennsylvania.”

Hours before the vote, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale told members of the Senate Democrat Policy Committee that the lack of state funding is having a devastating financial impact on schools throughout Pennsylvania. School districts have already borrowed nearly a half-billion dollars – plus interest payments of $15 million – because of the budget impasse, and that number may double by Thanksgiving.

“This hardship is completely unnecessary – the money is there and the state hasn’t stopped collecting taxes,” said Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34). “Governor Wolf is holding schools, food banks, rape crisis centers and other social service agencies hostage to his plan for huge tax increases that simply have no support. We are all frustrated. The reality is that budget issues are going to take additional time to resolve. This is about getting money to the schools and those in our communities who need it. ”

“Pennsylvania cannot afford the Governor’s massive tax hikes and record high spending levels,” Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne (R-16) said. “However, school districts, non-profits and agencies should not be punished while a final budget agreement continues to be negotiated. We have a responsibility to fund these vital services and this vote today on an emergency budget would have ensured that we meet those obligations to provide for the citizens of the Commonwealth.”

Today’s vote marks the fifth time since June 30th that the legislature has attempted to have a fiscally responsible budget enacted and keep money flowing to schools and organizations.

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CONTACTS:
Drew Crompton – Senator Scarnati (717) 787-7084
Jenn Kocher – Senator Corman (717) 787-1377
Matt Moyer – Senator Browne (717) 787-1349

wildwind

wildwind36th Annual Wild Wind Folk Art & Craft Festival

Sat., Sept 12th & Sun., Sept 13th
Warren County Fairgrounds
Rte 6, Pittsfield PA
(12 miles west of Warren, PA)
10 am – 5pm each day
RAIN OR SHINE!!
~Featuring 150 craftsmen~
Inspired folk art, traditional American Crafts, handmade collectibles, fine art, live music, delicious foods, demos, childrens activities, Birds of Prey

Plenty of free parking – handicapped access
$6 adults; $4 seniors (65); children under 12 free. 2 day pass – attend Sat., return Sun. free Info@wildwindfestival.com

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“Owl Pellet Investigation” – Come check out what the owl hacked up! Join the park naturalist to pull apart and piece together owl vomit!
What: Owl Pellet Investigation
When: Friday, September 4, 2015
Time: 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: Environmental Learning Center, Chapman State Park, 4790 Chapman Dam Road, Clarendon, PA 16313
Who: Open to Public

“Owl Prowl” – Learn about the owls of Pennsylvania and then go on a short hike to see if we can call in some owls. Please bring a flashlight or headlamp.
What: Owl Prowl
When: Friday, September 4, 2015
Time: 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Where: Environmental Learning Center, Chapman State Park, 4790 Chapman Dam Road, Clarendon, PA 16313
Who: Open to the Public

“Smokey Parade” – Smokey Night will begin with a parade through the campground, led by Smokey Bear himself. All area children and campers are invited to participate in the parade, either on foot or bicycle. We will end up at Pavilion #4 for a program on fire prevention and to celebrate Smokey’s birthday.
What: Smokey Parade
When: Saturday, September 5, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Where: Campground Host Site, Chapman State Park, 4790 Chapman Dam Road, Clarendon, PA 16313
Who: Open to the public

“Smokey Night” – Join the park naturalist and the Bureau of Forestry for a night of fun. Games, firefighting equipment, birthday cake and of course Smokey Bear! The symbol of wild land fire prevention turns 71 this year. Smokey will help cut his birthday cake and meet and greet his friends during the celebration. Don’t forget your camera to remember this special day!
What: Smokey Night
When: Saturday, September 5, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: Pavilion #4, Chapman State Park, 4790 Chapman Dam Road, Clarendon, PA 16313
Who: Open to the public

“Nature Scavenger Hunt” – Search for various items in nature. Make a nature mobile at the end with the materials you find.
What: Nature Scavenger Hunt
When: Sunday, September 6, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Where: Amphitheater, Chapman State Park, 4790 Chapman Dam Road, Clarendon, PA 16313
Who: Open to the public

“Movie Night at the Beach” – Feature Presentation: Disney Nature Oceans. Bring blankets, chairs and flashlights.
What: Movie Night at the Beach
When: Sunday, September 6, 2015
Time: 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Where: Beach, Chapman State Park, 4790 Chapman Dam Road, Clarendon, PA
Who: Open to the public

“Family Fishing” – Join the park naturalist for a morning of fishing. Poles and bait will be provided. No fishing license is required.
What: Family Fishing
When: Monday, September 7, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Noon)
Where: Pavilion #1, Chapman State Park, 4790 Chapman Dam Road, Clarendon, PA 16313
Who: Open to the public

“Salamander Safari” – Find out about salamanders of Pennsylvania, where they live, what they eat, what makes them so unique, and also where to find them. We’ll head to Penny Run to catch and identify salamanders and newts. Wear shoes you can get wet.
What: Salamander Safari
When: Monday, September 7, 2015
Time: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Where: Parking Lot #1, Chapman State Park, 4790 Chapman Dam Road, Clarendon, PA
16313
Who: Open to the public

National Public Lands Day at Chapman State Park
Calling all volunteers! Bring friends, co-workers, scout groups to help us clean up the lake, trails, and campground.
When: September 26, 2015
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM (Rain or Shine)
Where: Environmental Learning Center
4790 Chapman Dam Road
Clarendon, PA 16313
Who: Any individuals or organized groups
Equipment: Bring shovels, rakes, and gardening tools. Please bring your own water and snacks. Gloves and bags will be provided.
Attire: Must wear closed-toe shoes or boots and long pants. Long sleeve shirts, hats, and rain gear recommended.
Lunch will be provided!
Registration is required by Friday, September 18, 2015. For more information or to register please call Jen Moore at 814-723-0259 or email jennmoore@pa.gov.

canadagoose

canadagoose“Early Canada Goose Hunting” – Chapman State Park will again allow Early Canada goose hunting beginning Tuesday, September 8, 2015. The statewide season, designed to reduce local nuisance geese populations, runs through Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. Complete details regarding hunting seasons and bag limits can be found on the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s website. Non-migratory Canada goose populations have increased drastically in recent years, causing crop damage and nuisance problems in residential neighborhoods. Park visitors often complain about goose excrement on state park beaches and other facilities, and water quality at some state parks has been adversely affected. Resident Canada geese have been among the suspected cause of high fecal coliform counts at some Pennsylvania state park beaches, forcing swimming restrictions during peak use periods. Many state parks have taken measures, including anti-goose fencing and/or the use of loud noisemakers, in attempt to deter the waterfowl or scare them away. All Game Commission rules and regulations governing the early Canada goose season will apply at state parks. Park information can be found at: www.dcnr.state.pa.us. Persons with disabilities wanting to hunt geese in the early season should contact the park office for further information.

What: Early Canada Goose Hunting
When: Tuesday, September 8 thru Friday, September 25, 2015
Where: Chapman State Park, 4790 Chapman Dam Road, Clarendon, Pa 16313

Saturday, August 15 through Monday (Labor Day), September 7, 2015

LangleyRainForestWrenOpening reception Saturday, August 15, 6-8 pm
Artist introduction at 7 pm

Brent will be giving a talk at Jamestown’s Roger Tory Peterson Institute at 7pm on September 4

The paintings in “Birds” are in oil, watercolor, and acrylic. They depict a variety of bird species of North America and other parts of the world. Some are small portraits meant to capture the personality of the bird with minimal background to distract from the primary subject; others are larger scale to emphasize habitat, with the bird presented as an element of the landscape.

The artist Brent Langley, a resident of Coal Valley, Illinois, was born in Kansas in 1947, and graduated from Wichita State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. In 1999, Brent retired after a 26-year career with the U.S. government. Following his retirement, he embarked on a second career as a wildlife artist, developing his artistic abilities with emphasis on experimenting with new media and the portrayal of color and light. Largely self-taught, Brent has also greatly benefited from workshops presented by internationally known artists John Seerey-Lester and Robert Bateman He is especially proud of his membership in the prestigious Society of Animal Artists, in which he has been a Signature Member since 2011.

For more information, visit the Crary Art Gallery website.

boonies

boonieslogoAugust 19 – 22, 2015 – The Boonies International Film Festival presented by The Boonies Northern Pennsylvania Film Office.
SUBMIT your film now at Without A Box and at Film Freeway .

Click here for the selected films for 2015.
The festival, all film screenings and workshops are free to attend thanks to our sponsors and supporters.
We accept film year round but have a dead line of 07-01-15 for the August 4 day international fest.
Accepted films will also have multiple screenings over one year via The Boonies Road Show 2015-2016. Film screenings at our Road Show events are also free to attend.
Canoe/kayak trips do have fees but the movie is free.
August 19th & 20th – Films screening in most of the eight counties served by the Northern Pennsylvania Film Office. Checkout these Boonies Film & Outdoor Adventures! All part of The Boonies International Film Festival 2015! This is film at The Boonies 2015 and you know we’re Just Up The Road.
Canoe or Kayak to Screenings – shuttled and guided river floats to a Boonies 2015 screening location.
Allegheny Outfitters – Warren, PA (Warren County) Details soon.
Lazy River Canoe Rental – Ridgway, PA (Elk County) – Outdoors – Thursday, August 20th. The movie is free to attend and you can contact Lazy River to book yourself or your group for this Boonies Movie & Outdoor Adventure. We’ll let you know the film as soon as we can but don’t wait to book the trip.
Alternative Screening Venues
Chapman State Park – Clarendon, PA (Warren County) – Outdoors – Wednesday, August 19th and August 20th in the amphitheater. Park rules apply and campers and the public at welcome. The event is free with the film TBA.
Stew’s Brew Coffeehouse – DuBois, PA (Clearfield County) – Indoors – Thursday, August 20th. The event is free with the film TBA.
Warren County Visitors Bureau – Starbrick, PA (Warren County) – Outdoors – Thursday, August 20th. The event is free with the film TBA.
Youngsville’s Island Park – Youngsville, PA (Warren County) – Outdoors – Wednesday, August 19th. The event is free with the film TBA.
The 21st & 22nd – In Warren, PA – Screening all competition and exhibition film for 2015 and Award Day Saturday
Six Downtown indoor screening venues! Allegheny Community Center; Allegheny Outfitters; Blair Retail Store; Cambridge Warren; Struthers Library Theatre; Warren Public Library.
Carl Hultman – musician – nanotechnology professor will be presenting a one of a kind meet & greet event! Free to attend. More details about Carl’s event real soon.
Tombob Outdoors will present a Drone Demonstration at high noon on Saturday, August 22nd hosted by the Dan Van Gogh’s Flower Shop on the corner of 3rd & Liberty in downtown Warren & by the Northern Pennsylvania Film Office.
Workshops 4 schedule more to come and BTW the workshops are free too.
Music events are being planned now
Hoping to display quality artwork at screening we are seeking artist to take part – contact us
Boonies Road Shows – varies/TBA

From Boonies International Executive Director Jeff Clark:
“I want you to know that this film festival is in the midst of the Allegheny National Forest. We are the film festival in the wilderness of the PA WILDS. They call this area Kinzua Country and yes we’re in the woods here. We’re rustic, rural but global too. International businesses are here and so are a lot of trees, wild life and outdoor adventure. This is a great place to have fun outdoors, relax, or do business at a different pace. For 2015 thing are growing! We still have our 4 day film festival in August but it’s not just in Warren any more. We’re screening across 8 counties served by our Northern PA Film Office on days 1 & 2 and then capping things off on days 3 & 4 in Warren for more screenings and awards day Saturday. Now you can adventurously explore our eight counties while attending an international film festival. Take a road trip it’s all “Just Up The Road”. A drive in The Boonies could land you on some renowned roadways like routes 6, 62, 66 and ah well, route 666. All with glorious scenery and where animal life abounds. So a drive to film festival just became a true outdoor adventure. Just natures beauty alone can make you feel awakened. On the road you can see a lot, too much to list here. I will add this last thought. When you get to Warren for the last two days you’ll find multiple alternative and classic screening venues, including the 18th oldest active theatre in America, an outdoor store and a museum all showing plenty of films. The alluring nature… it doesn’t end either. In Warren you can be totally amazed in the virgin forest at Heart’s Content recreation area, walk our tree lined streets or floating down the Allegheny River or Conewango Creek; both meander through the city. The Conewango is Pennsylvania’s #1 River of 2015. Enjoy some coffee in the street cafes and we utilize the Wi-Fi floating around downtown. Plan on stopping in – We’re Just Up The Road! The Boonies International Film Festival August 19th – 22th, 2015.”