Winterfest gets financial boost

Winterfest 2014 just got a big shot in the arm.

The FirstEnergy Foundation has donated $1,000 to Penn Soil RC&D in support of Winterfest 2014 scheduled for Jan. 17-19 at Chapman State Park.

“FirstEnergy Foundation is very pleased to support the 2014 Warren Winterfest and become a sponsor of this great winter event,” Penelec External Affairs Manager Linda Routzahn said. “We are also very pleased to partner with Penn Soil RC&D in this collaboration as your initiatives align closely with FirstEnergy’s focus to support local non-profit organizations in our service area that promote local and regional economic development, help improve the vitality of our communities, and support community leadership and volunteer interests. We thank you for your efforts to improve the quality of life for all who live and work in northwest Pennsylvania and we wish you continued success in your operations.”

Donations of $100 were also received from the supervisors in Watson and Pleasant townships.

“We’re hoping to make Winterfest sustainable,” Winterfest Planning Committee Chairman Sharon Miller said “and go one year to the next knowing we’ll have an event.”

Members of the Winterfest committee worked out details for the event on Thursday. The three-day outdoor event is now in its 30th year and the committee discussed items such as tents, life guards for the Polar Bear Plunge, and starting times for events.

The Jim Lobdell Sled Dog Races will return to Chapman State Park for the 35th year and Ed Atwood, Penn Soil RC&D council member, said 81 teams have signed up so far for the races. A “Meet the Musher” supper will be held Friday at the Kalbfus Rod and Gun Club.

A number of events are planned throughout the rest of the weekend, including ice skating, geocaching, canine weight pull, and sledding.

To volunteer, contact Wes Ramsey at 726-1441 and for further information on Winterfest visit