Gun show returns to Benton fire hall

BENTON – The Benton Gun Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the Benton fire hall, 150 Colley St.

At least 80 tables of gun dealers will be set up and every dealer will be interested in buying, selling or trading guns, ammo and other related items. A custom knife maker and custom leather works stand also will be on site.

A display of custom embroidery will be set up and some embroidery work can be done at the show or special orders for clubs or businesses may be placed. One display specializes in Civil War items and gun parts.

No flea market items or snack vendors are permitted, but organizers will offer a home-cooked breakfast and lunch.

An admission fee of $5 will be charged for adults. Children under 12 are free. All proceeds benefit the Benton Volunteer Fire Co.

Harrisburg outdoor show ends today

HARRISBURG – The Great American Outdoor Show concludes today at the state Farm Show Complex.

The event celebrates hunting, fishing and outdoor traditions and features nearly 1,000 exhibitors ranging from shooting manufacturers to outfitters to fishing boats and RVs, and archery to art.

For more information, visit

Learn about tree diseases

LEWISBURG – Arborist Brad Evans, local manager of Bartlett Tree Services, will talk about the five tree diseases that are most prevalent in the region at 1 p.m. Monday.

The event, which is hosted by the Lewisburg Garden Club, will be held in the fellowship room at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1050 Buffalo Road. It is free and open to the public.

PFBC officer to speak at TU chapter meeting

Emmett Kyler, a waterways conservation officer for the Northcentral Region of the state Fish and Boat Commission, will be the featured speaker at Wednesday’s meeting of the Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited. The public meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church’s fellowship hall at East Third and Mulberry streets.

Kyler will provide an update of fishing opportunities, regulation changes and commission programs and initiatives for the 2014 fishing season as well as field any questions attendees may have about fishing and boating in the area.

Also during the meeting, the chapter will announce its participation and fishing items sale at the Pennsylvania College of Technology Outdoor Show on Saturday; fly tying classes held weekly on Tuesday evenings from Feb. 18 to March 25 and plans for the chapter’s 50th anniversary banquet to be held on April 5.

For more information, visit

Take a ‘leafless wonders’ walk at preserve

WASHINGTONVILLE – Staff from PPL’s Montour Environmental Preserve will lead a walk in the winter woods from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Dormant trees are leafless and more challenging to identify than in the summer season. The group will discuss how trees adapt to winter and discover the animals associated with them. Then, they’ll explore tips and techniques for identifying common trees by using bark, twigs and buds.

Meet in the environmental education center. For directions, visit, select Montour and then click on Contacts and Directions. For more information, contact the preserve at 570-437-3131 or

Winter events planned in Northern Tier

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is sponsoring the following program as part of the 2014 Winter Outing Series:

Give your artistic talents an outlet from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday during a snow art and guided walk at the South Shore Recreation Area at Cowanesque Lake in Lawrenceville. Have you ever looked at a field of snow as a blank canvas? Materials such as food coloring will be provided for attendees to “paint” the snowy landscape. If there is no snow, a guided walk along the Moccasin Trail will take place. The South Shore Recreation Area is about 5 miles west of Lawrenceville on Route 49. Meet at the contact station just past the entrance. Dress for the weather. Hot beverages will be provided. For more information, call Park Ranger Tammy Cleveland at 570-835-0125.

Lincoln Caverns hosts 8th annual Batfest

HUNTINGDON – Come out of hibernation and warm up in a 52-degree cavern during Batfest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Lincoln Caverns, 7703 William Penn Highway.

Attendees can see furry bats up close and participate in workshops for all ages. Robyn Graboski, wildlife rehabilitator, will be on hand with her big brown bats, Betsy and Buffy. The event also will include games, crafts and a pizza lunch.

A fee applies, and space is limited. Tickets are $19 for adults and $15 for children ages 4 to 12.

To register, visit or call 814-643-0268.

Snowshoe races open to beginners

DRUMS – The ninth annual Pennsylvania State Snowshoe Championship will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Nescopeck State Park. The event is a qualifier for national competition.

A 5K snowshoe race will be held to benefit the Red Cross. The $20 fee includes a goody bag, refreshments, a raffle and age group awards.

Beginners are welcome and rentals are available.

If there is no snow, a trail run will be held.

For details, email, call Frank Gaval at 570-788-4219 or visit An entry form is available at

Learn how to tie flies

The Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold fly-tying classes for six weeks from Feb. 18 to March 25. Classes are planned from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the social hall of the First Presbyterian Church, 102 E. Third St.

The event is free and open to the public.

This year, organizers are planning both introductory and more advanced classes, with many sessions accommodating particular interests of the participants. Instructors will include experienced tyers from the area.

Youth 10 years and older are welcomed. Anyone younger than 15 should be accompanied by an adult.

To register, email or call Walt Nicholson at 570-447-3600.

Learn about the birds of coastal California

LEWISBURG – The Seven Mountains chapter of the Audubon Society and presenter Wayne Laubscher will hold a free public program at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19 on “Central and Northern California Birds” at the Kelly Township Supervisors Building, 551 Zeigler Road.

At the same time on March 19, Carey Entz-Rine will present a free program on vernal pools.

For more information, call 570-837-3377.

Annual knife show returns to area

LEWISBURG – The Keystone Blade Association will hold its knife show on Feb. 22-23 at the Country Cupboard/Best Western Inn, 7701 West Branch Highway. The show will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 22 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 23.

New and old factory knives, custom handmade knives and related items will be displayed and sold..

For more information, contact Marlyn at 570-584-4835 or or Skip at 570-387-4955 evenings.

Boating safety course planned

HUGHESVILLE – The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in Williamsport, Flotilla 15-01, will offer a boating safety course from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Hughesville Area Public Library, 146 S. Fifth St.

A fee will cover the cost of materials.

Participants will receive a boating certificate from the auxiliary and will qualify for the state boating certificate upon successful completion of the course.

People who want to operate a personal watercraft (jet ski) or who were born after Jan. 1, 1982 and want to operate a boat with a 25 horsepower or larger motor are required by law to have successfully completed a recognized boating course.

For more information or to enroll, call Flotilla Commander Robert Brown at 570-368-1884 or email him at

Learn how to tie flies

LOCK HAVEN – The Lloyd Wilson Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold its annual fly tying classes starting at the end of February.

Classes will be held weekly from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Thursday from Feb. 27 to March 27 at the Citizen Hose Fire Co.

The cost is $1 per class for youths and $2 per class for adults.

Fly patterns and instructors will change weekly. Instructors are from the local chapter and Outcast Anglers Guide Service, of Loganton.

For more information, call Jim Smith at 570-398-1606.

Trappers plan state banquet

HUGHESVILLE – The Pennsylvania Trappers Association will hold its state banquet 4 p.m. March 8 at the Hughesville Volunteer Fire Co. social hall, 10 S. Railroad St. Dinner will be served at 5 p.m.

The banquet is hosted by the District No. 7 chapter. Games, auctions and raffles will be held throughout the evening, and prizes include traps and firearms. Prizes also will be available for children and ladies.

Banquet tickets are available by calling Joe Mast at 570-568-0175. Other information is available by calling Pete Rake at 570-437-2673 or emailing

Enjoy springtime in the greenhouse

MIFFLINBURG – Keith Phelps, manager of Country Farm & Home, will demonstrate how to arrange spring flowers for maximum effect.

The event, sponsored by the Lewisburg Garden Club, is scheduled for 1 p.m. March 10 at Country Farm and Home’s greenhouse at 7801 Old Turnpike Road.

Enjoy ‘Only Owls’ art exhibit

MILLERSBURG – The Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art will hold its “Only Owls” exhibit through March 15.

It brings together artworks in pencil, charcoal, ink, watercolor and woodcut drawn from the Woodson Art Museum’s collection. Each artwork provides insight into the fascinating world of owls and demonstrates a variety of stylistic approaches by 30 artists, including Leonard Baskin, Arthur Singer, Don Richard Eckelberry, Tony Angell and Bart Walter.

For more information, visit

King of the Mountain hill climb set

MORRIS – Central Pennsylvania Sleds and Treads Inc. – formerly the Highland Lake Snowmobile and Outdoor Recreation Club – will hold its ninth annual King of the Mountain Hill Climb on March 15 at the Ski Sawmill Family Resort off Route 287.

The event is a double elimination race, with snowmobilers racing side by side up the ski slope.

An entry fee of $30 per class applies. Sled classification and registration will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., with racing beginning at 10:30.

Spectators are welcome. The club is a not-for-profit group of outdoor enthusiasts who love to snowmobile and ride all- and utility-terrain vehicles.

Sportsmen to hold 54th annual banquet

HUGHESVILLE – The Consolidated Sportsmen of Muncy Creeks will hold its 54th annual banquet on March 22 at the Hughesville Fire Co. social building. Doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner is at 6.

The evening will include a roast beef dinner with homemade pie; a Chinese auction; a gun and rod raffle; a live auction; door prizes and a special presentation. State Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer Jonathan Wyant will discuss the status of the Pennsylvania elk and the program for expanding its range.

Members also are gathering old hunting and fishing items for inclusion in the Chinese auction.

The spring trout stocking schedule for the trout the sportsmen raised this year will be available at the banquet. Organizers say the club has overcome low water conditions, disease due to high water temperature and cold and icing conditions and will be stocking about 12,000 trout this spring.

Banquet tickets are limited and will not be available at the door. Instead, they may be purchased from any club member or ordered by calling Art Fry at 570-368-1245 or Rusty Bitler at 570-584-5780

Rock and mineral club plans show

SAYRE – The Che-Hanna Rock & Mineral Club will hold its annual show on March 22-23 at the Athens Township Volunteer Fire Hall, 211 Herrick Ave.

Features will include dealers, exhibits, kids’ activities, demonstrations, fossil identification, special exhibits and a silent auction by Carnegie Museum and a fossil exhibit by the Paleontological Research Institute.

Admission fees are $3, adults; $1, students; under 8, free.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 22 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 23. For more information, see

Groups organize Earth Month Celebration

The “Caring for Communities” series, sponsored by the Merrill W. Linn Land and Waterways Conservancy and the Buffalo Creek Watershed Alliance, will kick off in April.

The annual series of family friendly events engages people in learning about and gaining appreciation for the local natural environment.

Events in wetland explorations, owl prowls, star gazing, canoeing/kayaking, bicycle rides, wildflower walks and more are planned.

Everyone is welcome and most events are free.

For complete schedule of events, visit

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All submissions must contain the name, telephone number and, if available, email address of a contact person.

News releases submitted in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS will not be accepted.

Photographs by area residents of trophy fish or game animals or other interesting outdoor occurrences also will be considered. Digital photos may be sent by email.

Hard-copy glossy prints, negatives or slides may be dropped off or mailed. Polaroid prints typically cannot be reprinted in the newspaper.

Only photos sent with a stamped, self-addressed envelope will be returned.

Announcements published in the “Outdoor Briefs” section will print in chronological order as space permits.

The Outdoors section is published weekly on Sundays, but it goes to print early on Wednesday mornings.

Therefore, all information for publication on any given Sunday must be submitted by noon on the Monday prior.

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