Dimick_FoamBlocksBrigham Dimick: At Home and Beyond
oil paintings and charcoal drawings
Opening reception Saturday, April 5, 6-9pm
Artist lecture 7:30pm

Exhibition continues:
Sunday, April 6 through Saturday, April 26, 2014
Brigham Dimick’s new paintings take us on imaginative forays across intersected worlds. A persistent example comes through in images where a centered, well constructed tranquility is extrapolated into – rather exploded into – the wider natural world, where icebergs and continental shelves are now as close as the bathroom sink. We experience in this case a startling intersection of home life with whale migration routes. These are delicately realized paintings of somber and exciting reflection. The architecture of a home becomes the undergirding structure for the planet.

What will the world hold for us? Where are we going? Where do we belong? These are mindful questions that seem to float directly from his subjects’ tranquil, half-slumbering or submerged bodies. We are presented a shared world that is at once intimate and dauntingly wide.
Brigham Dimick teaches art and design at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He holds a BFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, and an MFA in painting from Indiana University in Bloomington.
For more information on this artist: brighamdimick.com

sorensen_shoesJustin Sorensen: In Which I Clear My Throat
Paintings, prints and installation works
Opening reception Saturday, April 5, 6-9 pm
Artist lecture 7:00 pm

Exhibition continues:
Sunday, April 6 through Saturday, April 26, 2014

In the various media of prints on paper, collage with gold leaf, watercolor painting and installaton pieces, Justin Sorenson touches on spiritual and religious themes.

These works range from classically composed lithographs to installations constructed with shoes and light. Posed as externalized expressions of philosophic questions, the works invite the viewer to explore these questions and reflect on the relationship of experience to religion.

Justin Sorensen was born in Warren, Pennsylvania. He holds a BFA from Kutztown University in Kutztown, PA, and recently acheived his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI.

For more information on this artist: http://justinsorensen.us


Businesses and organizations in the 25th Senatorial District will receive more than $798,000 in state Natural Gas Energy Development Program grants, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).

The Natural Gas Energy Development Program was created as part of Act 13 of 2012, as a way to help promote economic development and energy independence, while protecting the environment. The grants were part of $7.7 million in funding awarded across the state to 25 companies and organizations making the switch to natural gas (CNG) for their heavy-duty fleet vehicles.

“These grants provide a significant investment in local businesses and organizations, which are important employers within our region,” Scarnati stated. “Using heavy-duty vehicles that operate on natural gas will help us to utilize environmentally friendly energy made here in the United States, while keeping jobs in our community.”

According to Scarnati, a $498,220 grant is being awarded to “O” Ring CNG Fuel Systems LP, Paris Companies and Advanced Disposal in Clearfield County, to convert five trucks to dual fuel and for the purchase of 20 CNG waste hauling trucks.

A total of $299,974 is also being awarded to Clinton County Solid Waste Authority and Wayne Township to convert 14 CNG vehicles for use at the Wayne Township Landfill.

Scarnati explained that the program is funded through revenue generated by the annual impact fee assessed on Marcellus Shale natural gas extraction. The program is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and designed to help reduce Pennsylvania’s dependence on imported oil and improve air quality, by reducing vehicle emissions of carbon monoxide.

“Through the development of the Marcellus Shale industry, Pennsylvania has been given a tremendous opportunity to become a leader in energy advancement initiatives,” Scarnati said. “I am pleased that the industry continues to provide family sustaining jobs within our region and that we continue to see benefits of the Marcellus Shale Impact Fee within our local communities.”

Over a total of three years, this program will make $20 million in grant funds available on a competitive basis, to purchase or convert eligible vehicles to natural gas.

More information on the Natural Gas Energy Development Program can be found on the DEP website.


CONTACT: Kate Eckhart keckhart@pasen.gov (717) 787-7084

This year will be the 10th year for the annual Scandia Chainsaw Carve. We have chainsaw artists from all over coming to our event this year. This event is a fund raising event to benefit the Scandia Volunteer Fire Department. The 2014 Chainsaw Carve will be held Friday May 9th from 10:00am-6:00pm. and Saturday May 10th from 10:00am-2:00pm with the carve auction beginning at 2:00pm on Saturday. This event will be held at the Red Oak Campground in Scandia Pennsylvania. Come witness the magic as life size animals, birds and other objects come to life with the slice of a chainsaw and the skilled hands of the chainsaw artists. Try out the massive benches and select beautiful garden ornaments for your home, business or landscape.

The artists will begin carving on Friday at 10:00 am and continue working until 6:00 pm. Carvers will be working on pieces for the corporate sponsors of the event, as well as pieces for the auction. Also on Friday at 5:00pm there will be a quick carve, where a carving is created in just thirty minutes. There will also be two quick carves on Saturday, one at 10:00am and the other at 1:00pm. In between the two quick carves there will be a hot saw demonstration done by local loggers. To end our event on Saturday will be the auction beginning at 2:00pm with local auctioneer Jamie Sitler. People may register for the auction anytime on Saturday. Items can be purchased with credit card or cash. Carvers will also have carvings available for purchase throughout the event. Both Friday and Saturday there will be crafters/vendors, pull tabs, a bake sale and Chinese auction. Food will also be available both days. Friday and Saturday there sill be food at the red oak campground store and also hot dogs, chips, pop and water at the Scandia tent. On Saturday beginning at 11:00am Russell VFD will be doing there chicken BBQ. This event is enjoyable for the entire family and we hope to see you all there. If you have any questions or are looking for any more information please feel free to contact Stephanie Ferrie event chairperson at (814) 757-8134 or visit our website at www.scandiavfd.org.



2nd Annual Warren Gives May 14, 2014 from 8 AM to 8 PM

Warren Gives is a special day of giving with goals of awareness and appreciation for community non-profits, and to encourage new giving to those worthy organizations.

The 2013 Warren Gives event was a huge success raising $146,194 in just 12 HOURS thanks to the incredible generosity of donors and match dollar sponsors, and the involvement of our wonderful non-profits!

This is how it works:
On Wednesday, May 14 from 8 am to 8 pm warrengives.org will be open to accept donations–strictly online and via credit card–for the organizations listed here.

At the end of the event, a $35,000 match will be distributed among the organizations based on the individual totals raised.

This year Northwest Savings Bank and the Betts Foundation join Community Foundation, DeFrees Family Memorial Fund, and the Sara Sokolski Family Fund to increase the match from $25,000 to $35,000! Match dollars will be distributed proportionally to organizations based on the donations they receive.

We encourage you to visit the organizations’ pages, learn about what they do, how many of them are volunteer driven, and how important your contribution will be to their future. We look forward to keeping this event growing year after year. Check out last year’s results.

For more information, visit the Donor FAQ or Organization FAQ pages or E-mail your questions to info@warrengives.org


The Community Foundation would like to thank the following organizations for joining them in making possible a $35,000 match to be distributed among the organizations based on totals raised at the end of the event.
Betts Foundation
DeFrees Family Memorial Fund
Northwest Savings Bank
Sara Sokolski Family Fund
ON MAY 14, 2014 a “DONATE NOW” BUTTON WILL BE LIVE in this area that will make it easy for you to donate to your favorite organizations.


The Revitalization of Youngsville is hosting the 3rd Annual Art and Vino Venue on Saturday, April 5th from 1:00-5:00 at the Youngsville Fire Hall.

Youngsville is seeing progress on the fundraising done by ROY, with the Railroad Street’s upgrades and additions. As always, all event profits benefit Youngsville improvements, with everyone’s support greatly appreciated.

The Art and Vino Venue will have five wineries participating in 2014: Allegheny Cellars Winery, Flickerwood Wine Cellars, Courtyard Winery, Busch Farms Country Market and Wine Shop, and Wapiti Ridge Winery. All wineries will be providing wine samples for Wine Tasting Ticket holders, selling wine by the glass, and by the bottle to take home. Each winery has donated a gift to be raffled to benefit ROY projects, so please buy an arm length of tickets to your show support. There will be 300 pre-sales tickets available, which will come with a 2014 commemorative wine glass sponsored by Northwest Savings Bank and a goodie bag sponsored by Warren County Insurance/Winan Insurance and Employee Benefits.
Wine Tasting Tickets are $10 for those 21 and older, available at Youngsville Pharmacy, Allegheny Artistry, Allegheny Cellars Winery, Warren County Insurance, Hickory Creek Brewing, or by calling 814-730-2899.

Hickory Creek Brewing of Warren will be teaming up with ROY this year to coordinate the Amateur Wine and Beer Makers contest. Forms, rules, and judging information is available at www.hickorycreekbrewing.com. Contest winners will receive gold, silver, and bronze awards and recognition at the event. They will also be giving wine and beer making demonstrations at the event and displaying products available for your wine and beer making needs available at the Hickory Creek Brewing shop at 129 Pennsylvania Avenue East in Warren.

This year, you will not only enjoy looking at the fine Arts and Crafts of local artists, but you can watch it being created by those artists. There will be artists painting in acrylics and watercolors and sculptors working in clay, wood, and wire. There will be artists working with fibers, beads, collage and woodworking. You can buy directly from the artist and know that it was created here in the USA.

The Youngville Fire Hall will provide tasty finger foods and snacks to pair with your wine sampling.

There will be retail vendors with wine related products and product sampling: Wildtree, Kare and Cher Creation, Raleigh Lights, Linda Mason Designs, Cupcake Bistro, Wine Accessories, and Slushies.

Come join ROY again this year for a fun afternoon of shopping, sipping, snacking, and chatting with family and friends.

See www.artandvinovenue.blogspot.com for contest and vendor forms, and updates.


EdBernika01a6aVideo Production Basics
Sat., March 22 & Sat., March 29 – 10am-4pm
with Videographer Ed Bernik
@ JCC Warren Center – Cost: $249
Are you looking for new ways to show off your company to your clients? Maybe you wish you could create a video to share with family and friends? Want to promote an event? Videos are a great way to get your message out! In this class, learn what you need to know to successfully produce a 30 second “commercial” starting from developing a script, configuring your video camera, lighting techniques, soundtrack selection, adding voiceovers, and basic editing techniques.

Upcoming SCHOLARSHIP Deadlines
THINK FALL–Don’t miss your chance to apply for local scholarships–The time is NOW!
March 7 – Warren General Hospital scholarship letter
April 1 – Hi-Ed Council (Summer)
Blair Employee Fund
PHEAA Targeted Industry Grant
April 11 – Community Foundation of Warren County
April 11 – Warren General Hospital deadline
April – Zonta Club of Warren
Transfer scholarships also available.

February highlights from Warren Center
Rita Freeborough, JCC Employment Development Specialist, shared insight with a full classroom on the “Hidden Job Market” on Feb. 2…Later that day, JCC hosted the PA Higher Education Assistance Agency, the PA CareerLink Warren County, and Senior Financial Aid Assistant Rachel Phillips for a workshop on “Funding Your Future” – giving participants tools to promote successful planning for financing their education.
If you missed these events, we have information and contacts here at Warren Center to help!

Save the Date – Squirrel Boxes!
Sat., April 12 from 1-3pm ~ Only $7!
@ Chapman State Park – Clarendon, PA
Do you have flying squirrels in your attic or backyard? Join the park naturalist to learn exciting information about these nocturnal critters and how installing a squirrel box can be beneficial. Conclude the program by building your own box to install at home.
Placement Testing – March 10 at 9:30am
Register here online or by calling Warren Center
Free, One-on-One Counseling / Academic Advisement
March 19 from 9am-1pm
Additional appointments available by request
Explore JCC Open House!
March 22 – Register here online

WorkEthicWHAT Work Ethic?!!
Generations in the Workplace
March 11 from 9am-noon
Have you ever heard, “I can’t believe it…he left for lunch and just didn’t come back!” Join us for this engaging workshop at Allegheny Community Center (Clark St., Warren). Limited space, so register early! More details on the class & instructor here.

Internship Fair!
March 19 from noon-2pm
Hamilton Collegiate Center, Jamestown Community College, 525 Falconer St., Jamestown, NY
Employers and nonprofits are invited to exhibit company information and interact with students seeking service projects and summer internships. To RSVP or for more info, contact Felix Muzza at 716-338-1381 or felixmuzza@mail.sunyjcc.edu

Communication Skills for Highly Effective Supervisors
March 29, April 2 & 9
from noon-2pm ~ $177
at Warren County Chamber of Business & Industry
Take your supervisory skills to the next level–Learn how to give employee feedback, resolve defensiveness, and gain cooperation to improve performance.


craryAfter being denied a variance for their new sign by the City of Warren Zoning Hearing Board, the Crary Art Gallery is circulating an online petition to generate support for a zoning ordinance to allow an exception.

Crary Art Gallery had their new sign installed in August, 2012, and forgot to apply for a variance for the sign. The sign is about 50 square feet, but the existing ordinance only allows for signs of up to four square feet in a Residential-3 zone.

Please be sure to sign the petition and share it with your friends and family.

Sign the Petition


Warren County Winterfest will be held from January 18 – 20, 2014. From the Winterfest website

Warren County Winterfest is the largest winter event in the Pennsylvania Wilds region. Held at Chapman State Park in late January of each year, our event features a variety of Winter outdoor activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Winterfest kicks off on Friday morning with the mid-distance sled dog race, part of the Jim Lobdell Memorial Sled Dog Races at Chapman State Park. The “Meet the Musher” supper will be held Friday afternoon at nearby Kalbfus Rod and Gun Club.

On Saturday morning, Chapman State Park begins a long slate of activities, starting with Lobdell sled dog races, ice fishing and skiing. There will be  a whole host of events, vendors and refreshments under the Big Tent. The Canine Weight Pull starts at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, 10:00 a.m. on Sunday. National-champion weight pulling dogs compete between Pavilion #1 and Pavilion #2. The Sled Riding Hill will see the return of the Sled Racing Competition and the Cardboard Box Derby, managed by Warren Y.M.C.A.

Tobaggan Races will return to the Sled Riding Hill on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. On Sunday at 2:00 p.m., there will be the first-ever Outhouse Race Demo at the base of the Sled Riding Hill.

The Patrick Shine Memorial Polar Bear Plunge is scheduled for 2:00 PM on Saturday afternoon. Plungers register prior to the event, each donating to benefit the Salvation Army’s Warren citadel.

The Allegheny National Forest Snowmobile Loop passes through Chapman State Park. Snowmobilers riding the four-county Loop are welcome to stop at the park and enjoy Winterfest. Snowmobile dealers will return to this year’s event with a display and demo rides right on the trail.

In 2012, the Park opened an all-new dedicated Ice Skating Rink. The rink is behind the Environmental Learning Center (Old Park Office) as you enter the Park. Ice Skates will be available on both Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday at 3:00 p.m., the Warren Champions on Ice will give a figure skating presentation. A “Learn to Skate” program will be presented after the Champions on Ice presentation on Saturday afternoon. Another “Learn to Skate” session will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. See our Schedule page for details.

There will be a Geocaching Seminar in the Environmental Learning Center on Saturday at 9:00 a.m., and Kinzua Cachers will hold a Geomeet /Geocaching Game in Yurt #1 in the Park Campground from 10:00 to 3:00 p.m.

If you have questions on the events or you want to find a place to stay overnight, please call the Chapman State Park office at (814) 723 – 0250. Once you arrive at the Park for Winterfest, you can ask the Fire Police for instructions or visit the information booth at the Big Tent.

See you at Winterfest!

Bald Eagle in mid-air flight over Homer Spit Kenai Peninsula Alaska Winter

HARRISBURG – The Senate Game and Fisheries Committee and Senate Majority Policy Committee, on Friday, held a public hearing to examine Pennsylvania laws pertaining to endangered and threatened species.

Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25) and Senator Richard Alloway (R-33) explained that the purpose of the informational hearing was to receive testimony on the Threatened and Endangered Species legislation that has been proposed.

Senate Bill 1047 was introduced by Senator Scarnati last year and would establish the Endangered Species Coordination Act.

The hearing, which took place at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, included testifiers from the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, PA Chamber of Business and Industry and the PA Builders Association.

“Our federal government has effectively protected threatened species for over 100 years,” Senator Scarnati stated. “However, currently in Pennsylvania our state agencies do not coordinate their efforts with federal rules and regulations. Senate Bill 1047 takes an important step to create a greater level of accountability and transparency regarding the classification of endangered species in our Commonwealth.”

SB 1047 would also require the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to submit proposed designations to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC). IRRC already reviews regulations from every other state agency, including endangered species designations made by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and most stream designations made by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

Scarnati noted that in addition, DCNR will be required to maintain a centralized database containing a list of all designated species and critical habitats within the Commonwealth.

“Testifiers at the Senate Game & Fisheries Committee hearing did a thorough job of explaining to the Committee how the Endangered Species bill would impact their agencies and businesses,” Senator Alloway stated. “Information presented will be closely reviewed and analyzed before a Committee vote is scheduled.”

Senator Alloway noted that last November the House Game and Fisheries Committee voted to pass House Bill 1576, the companion bill to Senate Bill 1047.

“Taxpayers expect that state government operates in an efficient manner,” Senator Scarnati stated. “Our goal is that Pennsylvania maintains a universal standard of protection for our fish, wildlife and plants, without unduly harming our businesses and employers who provide family sustaining jobs in the Commonwealth.”



Drew Crompton dcrompton@pasen.gov
Senator Scarnati’s Office

Sally Kohr skohr@pasen.gov
Senator Alloway’s Office


~ Credit courses start in January ~ Registrations Open Now

Download the Spring Course Schedule

Career & Life Planning with Deborah Deppas Tue/Thur. 1:15-2:30pm – 2 credits – Thinking of a new career or want to gain tools to be better equipped for the future? Learn to locate and use various sources of occupational, career, and educational planning information. Identify goals and create a clear action plan to move forward in your life.

Intro to Business with Krista Jamerson NEW! Online class also meets 3 Monday evenings in Warren over the semester – 3 credits – Topics include management, human resources and production, marketing, finance, government’s role in business, and major societal issues facing today’s businesses. Jamerson, PhD in Instructional Management and Leadership, is a Professional Development Officer for Northwest Savings Bank.

Public Speaking with Rebecca Darbee Wed., 1:15-4pm – 3 credits – As noted by Dale Carnegie, “there are always three speeches for every one you actually gave: the one you practiced, the one you gave, and the one you wished you’d gave.” Beyond speeches, effective communication can benefit your ability to succeed in the workplace, personal life, and in education.

Indoor Worm Composting
Tues, Jan. 23 from 6-8pm ~ Only $5!
@ Warren County Cooperative Extension
Reduce food waste and make your own compost indoors by vermicomposting, or composting with worms. Learn how easy it is to get started and how to maintain your compost bin without any problems..

Wed., Dec.4 from 6:30-8:30pm ~ $25
@ JCC Warren Center with Vanessa Sweeney
Learn how businesses large and small can utilize the power of the Internet to sell products and services online. In this workshop, you’ll learn about the different e-commerce systems that are available, what it takes to get an online shop up and running and the different price points of e-commerce solutions.

New Communication Series
TIPS for Communicating with TEENS
join Nicole Drauschak, Masters of Social Work, BS Psychology
for these new classes held from 6-8pm in Warren, $15 each.
Jan. 14 – “Let’s Talk” ~ Strategies for Healthy Communication with Teens
Jan. 21 – Helping Children Through a Divorce or Break-Up
Jan. 28 – Talking to Teens ~ Support & Tips for Maintaining Positive Relationships
Call 814.723.3577 to register.

PA State Board of Nursing Approved
Saturdays – Feb. 8, 15, & 22, 2014
Classes held at 589 Hospital Dr., Warren (State Hospital Grounds) Cost: $179 ~ Scholarships available

The PA Board of Nursing recently amended the regulations for IV Therapy training requirements, which covers healthcare professionals including LPNs. This 20 hour course fulfills those new requirements. Participants attending from outside PA will be provided with resources for regulations in their state.
Call 814.723.3577 to register.

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