Pollinator Display

Stop by Northwest Bank and view the Pollinator Display by the Venango County Master Gardeners. A pollinator is an animal that causes plants to make fruit or seeds. They do this by moving pollen from one part of the flower of a plant to another part. This pollen then fertilizes the plant. Only fertilized plants can make fruit and/or seeds, and without them, the plants cannot reproduce.

Silver Cornet Band Rehearsals

Beginning Monday, April 1, the Silver Cornet Band will begin rehearsals for its 163rd season today! Rehearsals are held from 7:30-8:30 PM each Monday throughout May in the band room, 2nd Floor, Franklin City Hall. After Memorial Day, the weekly rehearsals will be held on Wednesday evening, 7:30-9 PM, throughout the summer.

The band is slated to perform concerts in Bandstand Park this year @ 7:30 PM, on May 30, June 13 & 27, July 11 & 25, and August 1 & 15. The Junior Silver cornet Band concert will perform during the June 13 concert.

The band is always looking for new members. In addition to seasoned adult musicians, the band is open to high school band students and adult musicians who haven’t played in years! If you are interested in joining the band, email: or on FB @FranklinSilverCornet Band.

Oil Region Astronomical Society announces:

The dates for AstroBlast 2019 will be August 27 to September 2. More information to come on their website:

Venango 211

211 is the sister line to 911. Where 911 handles emergency situations, 211 handles everything else! The United Way invited community members to hear an update on the local 211 program that launched in 2017. Last year, they helped over 3,000 residents find the information they were looking for whether it was looking for counseling, trying to find housing, or simply someone looking for volunteer opportunities. 211 is even helping the Franklin Area School District schedule Kindergarten registration meetings. If you're not sure where to call, 211 can help!

Nonstop Flights from Pittsburgh to Frankfurt

Starting May 31, Venango Regional Airport in Franklin will offer twice weekly, nonstop flights from Pittsburgh to Frankfurt. Thru interline agreement, customers will be able to fly from Franklin to Pittsburgh to Frankfort with one ticket. German airline Condor is flying direct from Pittsburgh International Airport to Frankfurt this summer and Southern Airways can get fliers to Pittsburgh from Venango Regional Airport in Franklin.

FREE Vision Screenings

The Venango Co Assn for the Blind now offers free vision screenings for individuals age 2 through adulthood at their office in Seneca: 3035 State Route 257 16346. Screenings will be provided by trained staff using the Spot Screener, an early detection tool for eye problems that also identifies other ocular issues which may impede proper eye health and development hindering the learning capabilities of children. Open screenings are held the last Thursday of every month, 10 AM-4 PM. Participants may call ahead @ 814.676.1876, or drop in during screening hours. [With any referral, printed results will be provided to be taken to an eye care professional.]

Bridge Builders announces: Scholarships Applications being accepted!

Applications for the scholarships that the Community Foundation administers are online and accepting applications starting January 28th. This safe and secure online application will be available until April 5th, 2019 for all students wishing to apply. If you have any concerns or questions please email: or call us at (814) 677-868. Bridge Builders Community Foundations, 206 Seneca Street, National Transit Building, First Floor, Oil City, PA 16301 - Telephone: (814) 677-8687. Website: Affiliates: Clarion County Community Foundation, Forest County Community Foundation, Venango Area Community Foundation, ​​ Punxsutawney Area Community Foundation.

"Your Vision, Your Passion, Your Legacy"

Veteran's Entrepreneur Series

Small Business Jumpstart Spring Session

Outdoors is Treat for Mind and Heart

Forrest Fisher Column, posted Thursday, May 10, 2018

Volunteers Needed

The American Red Cross needs your help. Volunteers are needed to provide emergency disaster relief services to individuals in Venango County who have been impacted by fires, floods, and other disasters as a member of a Red Cross Disaster Action Team. One local volunteer, Staci Gustafson of Polk, says, "There is nothing more gratifying and more necessary than offering support and relief to someone who is in need. I know it sounds cliche, but the Red Cross truly makes a difference in people's lives at the times when they need it most." By providing the resources necessary for those displaced by disasters to secure food, clothing, and temporary lodging, Staci is providing hope when all seems hopeless. She added, "People who have been affected by disasters struggle with thoughts of, 'What do I do now?' Helping a client begin to understand they are not alone, that they can make a plan and recover, is extremely rewarding." Whether it's providing direct disaster relief, installing free smoke alarms and educating residents on the importance of home fire safety, or helping our military families and veterans, the Red Cross has volunteer opportunities to match all skill sets and interest areas. Won't you help make a difference? Learn more about volunteer opportunities in Venango County by calling 814.677.2024 or visiting