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New Look, Same Winning Ways for Sheffield Volleyball


BROCKWAY, Pa. – The Sheffield volleyball team may have looked a little different cosmetically, but still played like the team that’s come roaring out of the gates in a sweep at Brockway Thursday.

October is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month


Distracted driving continues to be a danger to everyone on the nation’s roads. In 2018, 2,841 people died in distracted driving crashes in America, according to the latest data from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). AAA East Central reminds everyone that no life is worth losing to distraction and encourages all drivers to remain focused on the road ahead to save lives.

“Some motorists may feel that with the pandemic, there’s a lower risk for crashes, but that’s not the case,” says Theresa Podguski, director of legislative affairs, AAA East Central. “As long as there is anyone on the road, distracted driving presents a deadly threat to both the drivers and everyone else.”

Don’t Drive Intoxicated. Don’t Drive Intexticated. is AAA East Central’s ongoing initiative to end distracted driving. The campaign reminds drivers that the consequences of alcohol-impaired driving and texting while driving could be the same –  deaths and injuries that are entirely preventable. And while many may think distractions are limited to cell phones, they can also include eating, changing music, adjusting the navigation, talking to other passengers, and anything else that takes attention from driving.

Many drivers are guilty of a “double standard” when it comes to distracted driving. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s 2019 Traffic Safety Culture Index found that while 96 percent of drivers believed it was very or extremely dangerous to text or email while driving, nearly 4 out of 10 drivers admitted to doing so within the previous 30 days.

To avoid distractions while driving, the AAA East Central recommends that motorists:

  • Put aside electronic distractions. Stow your smartphone away, turn it to airplane mode, or activate “do not disturb” call/text blocking features.
  • Prepare for your drive. Set vehicle systems like GPS, seats, mirrors, climate controls and sound systems before hitting the road.
  • Groom before you leave. Don’t use your time behind the wheel to fix your hair or makeup – this can be a deadly decision.
  • Stay focused. Be sure to actively scan the road, use your mirrors, and watch out for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Secure your items. Properly secure items, children, and pets that can move around the vehicle and distract you.
  • Be mindful of your passengers. If you have passengers, enlist their help as a “designated texter.” Ask them to answer your calls, respond to texts and program the navigation.
  • Be a good passenger. Offer to assist the driver, and don’t distract them.

Appeals Court Temporarily Reinstates Wolf’s Ability to Impose Gathering Limits

PHILADELPHIA – The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has temporarily restored Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s ability to limit crowd sizes in a Thursday ruling, the Associated Press reports.

State Police Seeking Information on Burglary, Criminal Mischief

WARREN, Pa. – State police are seeking information on an attempted burglary, and a separate criminal mischief complaint from September.

Joseph Tremblay


Joseph Anthony Tremblay, 26, of Warren, died on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, at his residence following a lengthy illness with renal failure, awaiting transplant. Joey was born July 14, 1994, in Warren, the son of Joseph H. Tremblay and wife Dee, of Warren, and Kimlea Sherry and partner Ed Nolte, of Warren.

He was a 2010 graduate of the Warren Area High School and was in the US Army Reserves for the past eight years, stationed in Erie He was most recently employed at Walmart as a Cap associate in the produce department. Joey studied the martial arts and was a 4th degree blackbelt, studying with his father and Rick Johnson.

He loved the outdoors, kayaking, hiking, and the shooting sports. In addition to his parents, Joey is survived by his fiance’, Nicole Marie Reges; two brothers, Jericho Tremblay and fiance’ Brianna Ferren, of Warren, and Nathan Sherry, also of Warren; a stepson, Michael Crews; his maternal grandmother, Deborah Ruzich; paternal grandparents, Claire and Diane Tremblay; grandmother Andrea Rossman; several aunts, uncles, and cousins. and several cousins.

Friends and family will be received at the Peterson-Blick Funeral Home, Inc., 1003 Penna. Ave. East, Warren, PA 16365, on Friday, October 2, from 5 to 8 pm. All CDC guidelines will be followed, and masks must be worn at all times. A graveside funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 3, in Section 40 of the Oakland Cemetery, with Rev. Dale Haight, officiating.

The family suggests memorial donation the DIALYSIS PATIENT CITIZENS, 1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 1230 Washington, DC 20036 or online, [email protected] Those wishing to send condolences may do so by visiting

Larry W. Tyson


Larry W. Tyson, 71, formally of Butler and Evans City, PA, passed away on Thursday evening, September 24, 2020, at Corry Manor in Corry, PA. He was born in Rochester, PA, April 18, 1949 to Torie T. Tyson and Dorothy (Pickens) Tyson.

After school Larry served his country in the United States Marines for six years, two and a half of which was served in Vietnam. Larry was a brick layer by trade and after retirement was a driver for the 422 Auto Auction.

He was Protestent by faith. He was an avid stock car fan and liked to go to the races in Lennerville with his brother in law Darrell. Left behind to cherish Larrys memory are his daughters Margie (Alex) Nellco of Freedom, PA, Connie Tyson of Rimersburg, PA, his sisters Carol Jean Bloom of Clarendon (Warren County, PA) and Neta (Bill) Graham of Cranberry Township and his brother Harry (Denise) Tyson of Jacksonville, FL., along with four grandchildren. He is further survived by his companion and favorite cat Betty.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Torie (Sonny) Tyson and Verner Lee Tyson, along with a sister in law Honey Lois Tyson. Larrys family will welcome family and friends at a public graveside service to be held on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 1 P.M. at the Mount Nebo Cemetery in Evans City, PA. The Reverend Douglas Brink of Sheffield United Methodist Church will preside.

The Zelianople American Legion Post 474 will provide full military honors. Memorial donations in Larrys memory may be made to Butler County Humane Society 1015 Evans City Road, Renfrew, PA. 16053. To leave an online condolence for Larry W. Tyson please visit The Borden Funeral Home of Sheffield, PA. (Warren County) has been entrusted with all arrangements.

Agnes McFarland


Agnes Ellen Moore McFarland, 94, formerly of Fox Hill Road, Russell, died at Warren Manor nursing home early Saturday morning, September 26, 2020. She was born May 11, 1926, in Youngsville, the sixth daughter of Floyd and Hilma Maria (Mary) Selander Moore.

She grew up on Prospect Street and attended school in Warren, graduating from Warren High School in 1944. Until 2018, when her health prohibited her participation, she enjoyed monthly lunches at the Eagles Club with her high school classmates. Agnes was married to Roger McFarland on August 30, 1945 at Wheeler Hill Methodist Church in the Town of Carroll, Chautauqua County, New York.

She was a member of the Warren Nazarene Church, where she taught Sunday School classes and directed the teen choir along with other ministries. In the 1970s she transferred her membership to Cable Hollow Church where she taught a preschool class, directed the choir, and served as treasurer of the Missions Committee. In 2003 she became a founding member of Pine Grove Christian Fellowship in Russell. In addition to her church involvement, rooted in her deep faith, Agnes was devoted to and proud of both her nuclear and large extended family.

She loved cooking and baking for them—at daily meals, special occasions, and reunions—and taking pictures of them for her many albums. Her pancakes, casseroles, butter brickle cake and Dutch apple pie will be sorely missed. Those food preparation skills led to employment as cafeteria manager at Eisenhower High School where she endeared herself to generations of students and employees.

At home, at church, or at work, wherever anyone encountered Agnes they came to love her beautiful smile, her easy laugh, and the “specialness” she made everyone feel. Agnes is survived by her husband, Roger, 98, a resident of Warren Manor, and by three sons: William (Mary Anne) of Russell; Gordon of Keene, New Hampshire; and Timothy (Jan) of Muskegon, Michigan. All twelve of Agnes’ grandchildren survive: Ian (Kelsey) McFarland of Grand Rapids, Michigan; Kari Button Perry of Hampton, Virginia; Liza Button (Jimmy) Buckingham of Mattaponi, Virginia; Andrew (Samantha) Button of Gloucester, Virginia; Adam Button (Shannon Perry) of Meadville; Kati McFarland (Mark) Woodard of Surry, New Hampshire; Meredith McFarland (Aaron) Renschler of Evansville, Indiana; Sam McFarland of Keene, New Hampshire; Rose McFarland of Greenfield, New Hampshire; Angela McFarland (Tracy) Breen of Ravenna, Michigan; Jason (Cassie) McFarland of Belding, Michigan; and Justin (Stephanie) McFarland of Muskegon, Michigan. Agnes is survived by 20 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter, and by one sister-in-law, Helena Moore of Warren, 20 nieces and nephews, and one Selander cousin. Agnes was preceded in death by her daughter Laureen McFarland Button Israel, and by five sisters: Ruth Moore Wiggins, Dorothy Moore Clark, Edith Moore Ruhl, Pauline Moore Fitzgerald, and Ida Moore Fitzgerald; and two brothers, Paul Moore and Alfred Moore.

Roger and the McFarland family would like to express their deep gratitude for not only the skilled care but also the loving kindness shown Agnes, over the final two-and-a-half years of her life, by the staff and administration at the Rouse Home and Warren Manor, and to the caregivers of Hospice of Warren County, many of whom will miss her smile and good cheer as much as her family members. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Russell, and a memorial service will be arranged at the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions and the convenience of the family. Those wishing to send email condolences may do so by visiting www.

Bert M. Bliss


Bert M. Bliss, 75, of Warren, PA., died peacefully with the love of his life, Sara, next to him, on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at AHN-St. Vincent Hospital, Erie, PA., after an illness of the past month. He was born November 26, 1944 in Warren, PA. He was the son of Duane and Lela Taft Bliss. Bert was a lifelong Warren area resident and a 1962 graduate of Warren High School.

After graduation he was drafted in the U.S. Army as a Specialist 5th grade, during the Korean War. Upon discharge from the service, he earned a Bachelors’ Degree in Marketing from Penn State University in 1972.

He was employed with the former Struthers Wells Corporation as their Production Control Supervisor for 20 years, retiring in 1999 from Tri-State Wholesale Oil Company. He served as President of the Warren American Legion Post 135 for 20 years. Bert was a past member of the Warren Eagles Aerie. He had also been a past member of Blueberry Golf Club and Jackson Valley Country Club, where he was an avid golfer.

He was a Penn State Season Ticket holder and enjoyed going to games with family and friends, for many years.

He is survived by his best friend and life partner of 36 years, Sara Guiffre McWilliams, Aunt and Uncle, Barbara and Jack Carlson, Aunt Betty Werner all of Russell, PA., Sister-in-law, Sheila Guiffre of Sewickley, PA., Niece – Andrea Stillmak and husband, Kirk, Tony Guiffre and wife, Lori, Michael Guiffre and wife, Jacqui, he was a very special great uncle to his great nieces and nephews, Mack, Zeke, Bodie, A.J., Annie, Grayden and Walker.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a Brother-in-law, Anthony “Tony” J. Guiffre, Stepbrother – Rex McCullough, Stepsister – Kathleen Dunham.

Friends will be received at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. on Friday, October 2, 2020 from 5 to 8 P.M. where CDC guidelines will be enforced, patrons must wear masks and observe six feet distancing. A Celebration of Bert’s life will be held at the Warren American Legion Post 135, 412 Pennsylvania Avenue West, Warren, PA

Interment will be in St. Joseph R.C. Cemetery where full military honors will be conducted by members of the Clarendon, Sheffield V.F.W and the Warren American Legion Post 135 Funeral Detail and the U.S. Army Honor Guard. Those wishing to place memorials may do so through Warren American Legion Post 135, 412 Pennsylvania Avenue West, Warren, PA. 16365 or the Warren Public Library Association, 205 Market Street, Warren, PA. 16365. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting

Fire Department Called to Scene of Commercial Incident


WARREN, Pa. – The Warren Fire Department was briefly called to 28 Market St. for a commercial fire.

Jones Rolls 700 Series


YOUNGSVILLE, Pa. – CJ Jones rolled a 702 series bowling for Bob’s Garage during Youngsville City Men’s League at Valley Bowling Center Wednesday.