Well, tomorrow is the first day of trout season. Hopefully, we’ll have some photos and a good story to share. Best of luck and hope you all have tight lines. Please be sure to pack out what you take in… keep our streams and our natural areas looking beautiful.
By the way, the Warren County Council on Tourism has tagged more than 50 fish and released them. Each yellow tag has a serial number that can be redeemed for a prize. Top prize is worth $2000. To participate, you must purchase a badge prior to catching a winning fish. Badges may be purchased for $5 for adults and $3 for youths. After April 26, the price climbs to $7 for adults and $5 for youths. Badges may be purchased at Allegheny Field and Stream in Warren, Bowers Liberty Safe in Youngsville, Clarendon Service Center and Convenience store, Tidioute True Value, Wild Wind Sporters in Starbrick, Peterson Hardware in Sheffield, and Swansons Barn in Pittsfield.
There will also be various “Big Fish” contests throughout the year. First for the biggest trout caught, then there will be contests for July’s Largest Walleye, September’s Largest Bass, and October’s Largest Musky.
You may have noticed some changes on the site. I’ve been spending a little time making the menu more user-friendly. As you can see, it is now alphabetized. I’ve also added the same header and navigation menu to most other areas of the site, except for the Photo Gallery and the Forum… those are next.

Well, the kids had a chilly morning for the Warren Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt, at the Warren Holiday Inn. Looks like they had fun, despite the cold morning.

Everyone is ready!
Everyone is ready!
Kids having fun finding Easter eggs and candy.
Kids having fun finding Easter eggs and candy.

In other news, we now have the news!!! That’s right, you can now view local Warren County news and headline stories from all across Pennsylvania, the U.S., and even the world. Look for the link in the main menu labeled “News“. We’ve also updated the Area Map page to make it interactive, complete with zoom in & out and a search feature, from Google Maps.

Remember, if you have a home for sale, or an apartment for rent, the Homes & Apartments section of our site allows you to list your property, with photos, at no charge. Simply create a seller account, create your listing, and add photos. You can edit or remove your listing at any time.

Even though the mercury is hovering at 20 degrees this morning, it is indeed Spring. The birds are singing, and the trees are showing some buds. The first flowers have even started to grow.

Looking at the Community Events page, there are some great events coming up in the next week. Among them are the Kinzua Kids Spring/ Summer Consignment Sale, the Annual Sugar Grove Maple Syrup Competition and Pancake Supper, and the 6th Annual Support Our Troops Turkey Party.
It’s Spring… come on out and have a great time!

Looking for a new place to live? Do you have a home for sale or an apartment for rent? Our Real Estate section will allow you to browse homes and apartments and create a free seller’s account and list your home or apartment, along with multiple photos.

The Cherry Grove VFD will host the 16th Annual Cherry Grove Chili Fest on Sunday, March 15th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. There will be a great selection of chili from various cooks. There is no charge for admission, but tickets for chili are 25 cents each. (1 ticket per spoonful, 4 tickets per bowl.) Also available will be 16th Annual Chili Fest t-shirts and baked goods, as well as hot dogs and pop for $1. Coffee is free. Don’t forget to buy tickets for the door prizes.

Well, the 2008 hunting season has had it’s ups and downs…

Pheasant hunting was so-so… had to hunt the really thick cover in the swamps and thickets to find any birds. The dogs did their job, but the pheasants seemed to run more often than usual this year. We even had one rooster takes us on a 3/4 mile hike, before he flushed.

Bear season was short… Marvin and I hunted the Jakes Rocks area. We went in blind, not having scouted. We basically picked a spot based on the fact that there were no other hunters there, yet. 1/4 mile from the car, we hit fresh bear tracks and started following them.

Well, 20 minutes later, Marvin spotted the bear bedded under some hemlocks and made a nice shot. That made for a short, but exciting season.

Marvin Darr and Andy Travis with Black Bears
Left to right: Marvin Darr and Andy Travis with bears

Only about 115 lbs live weight, but it was an adult male, estimated to be between 2 and 5 years old.

December 1st, we went back to the same area, as we had seen some deer and lots of sign. The drive in was a nightmare… if it hadn’t been for all-wheel-drive, we’d probably still be sitting there… lots of snow and ice, once we turned off Route 59.

Marvin took off following fresh tracks, while Steven and I took a stand for a little while. After not seeing anything, we got bored and started looking for a new place to stand. Just when we’d found a likely spot and were looking for a place to sit, I looked to my left and saw deer… 5 of them… all bucks, with 6 to 8 points each. After I pointed them out to Steven, he took a rest and promptly missed!… then I missed… twice! Four of them ran down over the ridge, while one stayed behind some thick cover.

Well, we attempted to stalk him, but he ended up following the others. So, we started off in the direction they had run, and in about 3 minutes, I found myself face to face with the straggler at 50 yards. A quick head-on shot to the neck, while he was studying us, ended the chase. He turned out to be a 7-point, with a so-so rack, but a decent-sized body.

So, for big game, our 2008 season is off to a good start for us, and hopefully, for you, too.

There’s still lots of time left to bag a deer, and the weather looks to be cooperative, with more snow in our forecast.

Good luck to all of you!!!

Well the the leaves are rapidly turning red, golden, and a myriad of other colors. If you’re planning to get out for an autumn drive to see the foliage, now is the time.

Colors of Fall.
Leaves starting to change colors on October 5 at Webb’s Ferry.

Well, I’ve been pretty busy since my last post here. Lots of new additions and content for our users.

First up is the Local Websites Directory, listing as many websites as I could find for Warren County. It’s an open directory, so if you own a website that pertains to Warren County, and it’s not listed, please feel free to add it.

Second is the new Photo Gallery. This one loads much faster and is nicer than the old one.

Third is the Recipes section. This allows our users to add their favorite recipes, as well as find a recipe that they may like to try. It has a rating system, so as more people are using it, you will be able to see how a recipe stacks up against the others.

Fourth is the Real Estate section. Buyers can browse and search the lsitings for free. Sellers can list their property, with up to 8 photos, for a full year for only $25. Real estate agents, landlords, and property managers can get unlimited listings for only $20 per month, or our discounted rate of only $150 per year.
This listing service is for Warren County and surrounding areas only, so that means these listings will receive targeted traffic.
There’s still more to do, like adding a Mortgage Calculator, getting articles posted, and adding links for people looking for Mortgages, but it’s nearly complete.

Fifth is our Sportsmen’s Calendar. I decided to separate the Sportsmens Calendar from the Community Events listings for a variety of reasons. First, it allows users to add entries. Second, it allows users to find sporting events quickly, without having to search through all the listings in the Community Events.

Next on the agenda is finishing up the Warren County Women’s Network. Currently, the forum is up, and I’m working on getting together some content for the rest of it, as I have time.

I received this in an email, and I think it’s worth passing on…
We rarely get a chance to see another country’s editorial about the USA .

Read this excerpt from a Romanian Newspaper. The article was written by Mr. Cornel Nistorescu and published under the title ‘C’ntarea Americii, meaning ‘Ode To America ‘) in the Romanian newspaper Evenimentulzilei ‘The Daily Event’ or ‘News of the Day’

~An Ode to America ~

Why are Americans so united? They would not resemble one another even if you painted them all one color! They speak all the languages of the world and form an astonishing mixture of civilizations and religious beliefs.

Still, when attacked the Americans turned three hundred million people into a hand put on the heart. Nobody rushed to accuse the White House, the Army, or the Secret Service that they are only a bunch of losers. Nobody rushed to empty their bank accounts. Nobody rushed out onto the streets nearby to gape about. Instead the Americans volunteered to donate blood and to give a helping hand.

After the first moments of panic, they raised their flag over the smoking ruins, putting on T-shirts, caps and ties in the colors of the national flag. They placed flags on buildings and cars as if in every place and on every car a government official or the president was passing. On every occasion, they started singing:’God Bless America !’

I watched the live broadcast and rerun after rerun for hours listening to the story of the guy who went down one hundred floors with a woman in a wheelchair without knowing who she was, or of the Californian hockey player, who gave his life fighting with the terrorists and prevented the plane from hitting a ta rget that could have killed other hundreds or thousands of people.

How on earth were they able to respond united as one human being? Imperceptibly, with every word and musical note, the memory of some turned into a modern myth of tragic heroes. And with every phone call, millions and millions of dollars were put into a collection aimed at rewarding not a man or a family, but a spirit, which no money can buy.

What on earth can unite the Americans in such a way?
Their land? Their history? Their economic Power? Money?
I tried for hours to find an answer, humming songs and murmuring phrases with the risk of sounding commonplace, I thought things over, I reached but only one conclusion… Only freedom can work such miracles..

Cornel Nistorescu