OUTDOOR BRIEFS

5K run, walk planned

The St. Joseph the Worker 5K run/2-mile walk will be held today at the South Williamsport Park Complex. Registration starts at noon and the race at 1 p.m.

A fee applies per runner, walker or family. Proceeds benefit Family Promise of Lycoming County.

A free children’s fun run will follow the race.

For more information, or to get a registration form, email stjosephtheworker5k@gmail.com or call 570-419-0283.

Hike planned near Weitzel Hollow

LOYALSOCKVILLE —  The Loyalsock State Forest District Office will hold a fall hike at 11 a.m. today on the Matt Mertes Trail and the Weitzel Hollow Trail, which are some of the lesser known trails in the district.

The hike is about 3 miles long and involves some steep and rocky sections. Highlights will include a recently improved vista, rock slopes, large conifers and scenic Weitzel Hollow.

Participants should bring water and a snack or lunch and meet at the Weitzel Hollow Trailhead along Wallis Run Road, about 2 1/4 miles from Route 973.

For more information, contact the district office at 570-946-4049 or by emailing FD20@pa.gov.

Otzinachson group, society plan hikes

The Otzinachson Regional Group of the Sierra Club and the Edward Abbey Hiking Society will hold a number of hikes throughout the region in the spring and summer.

They are open to the public, but hikers should contact the hike leader prior to the event. Participants are advised to bring lunch and water on every hike. Snacks are optional.

Hikes will be held:

• Today: Water Authority Trails, DuBoistown in Lycoming County, six moderate miles. In DuBoistown, pass the Maynard Street bridge on the right and continue west on Riverside Drive. Turn left at Valley Inn Road (at the Valley Inn Restaurant), go 1 mile and turn left toward Mosquito Valley Road (where road is a Y and curve). Continue straight on this road for 1.5 miles and meet at water authority parking lot entrance on the left at 9:30 a.m. Hike begins at 10. Dogs not permitted. Leader Michele Brague may be reached at 570-220-6474.

• Saturday and next Sunday: Standing Stone Trail overnight backpacking trip in Huntingdon and Mifflin counties, 15 strenuous miles. Explore Pennsylvania’s 2016 Trail of the Year on a two-day trip, using Leave No Trace principles. This is not a “car camping” trip — there are no bathrooms, running water or electricity. The trip begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Greenwood Furnace State Park office and ends around 5 p.m. next Sunday. Camping space is limited so make sure you reserve a seat with trip leader Kristin Joivell at kristinjean@hotmail.com or 814-386-6267.

• Oct. 30: Old Loggers Path in Lycoming County, 12 strenuous miles. Hike the southern section of OLP from Masten Ghost Town to Pleasant Stream Road. Meet 8:15 a.m. at the Steam Valley Restaurant on Route 14 just off Route 15, north of Williamsport. Leader Roy Fontaine may be reached at 570-220-4707.

• Nov. 6: Zindel Park in Clinton County. Beginners and children over 6 are welcome to try this easy 5-mile hike that begins at 9 a.m. in the park’s parking area off of the Woolrich exit on Route 220. Leader Michele Brague may be reached at 570-220-6474.

Watershed group to address projects at meeting

BARBOURS — The Loyalsock Creek Watershed Association will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Plunketts Creek Township Fire Hall.

Reports are planned on data collection and streambank stabilization projects, plus attendees may ask questions and offer suggestions for watershed issues to be addressed in 2017.

Oil spill film to be shown at Bloomsburg

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University will delve deeper into the issue of oil spills with a screening of “Dear President Obama” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, in Hartline Science Center, Kuster Auditorium.

Sponsored by the university’s American Democracy Project and Green Campus Initiative, admission is free and open to the public.

The film takes a cross-country look at drilling, highlighting oil contaminations, the stories of victims and the promise of an economic boom, with a focus on clean energy solutions that would allow a future that does not rely on fossil fuel extraction. It includes interviews with scientists, economists, health professionals and geologists, providing information in an attempt to convince the current president to join the “anti-drilling” movement and call for fossil fuels to be left in the ground.

Chris Podeschi, associate professor of sociology, will lead a discussion following the film on how climate change affects people who already fight poverty and hunger.

DCNR chief to speak at local meeting

Cynthia Adams Dunn, secretary of the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, will be the featured speaker at the Lycoming Audubon Society’s meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St.

Dunn may share some of her agency’s plans and her vision for Pennsylvania’s state park and state forest lands as well as the parks in Lycoming and Clinton counties and the forestlands in Lycoming Audubon’s service area —  Loyalsock, Tiadaghton and Sproul state forests.

She is a member and past president of Appalachian Audubon and served as executive director of Audubon Pennsylvania for more than six years. Dunn also was the state program director for the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay for 10 years and the president and CEO of PennFuture from 2013 to 2014.

The meeting is open to the public and will be held in the Lowry Room on the third floor of the library’s Welch Wing.

5K planned in Mansfield

MANSFIELD — The 5K Run Past Cancer and 1-mile fun walk and run will be held Saturday at Smythe Park. The fun run begins at 9:30 a.m. and the 5K at 10.

Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

Participants may wear Halloween costumes and prizes will be awarded, as will medals for those winning the 5K overall or in various age groups.

Event T-shirts for the 5K are available for those who register by Oct. 10.

For more details, including entry fees, visit www.relayforlife.org/5krunpastcancerPA or call Terry Borneman at 410-428-8615 or Jordyn Howe at 607-857-8076.

Hunter-trapper education classes planned

Sanctioned by the state Game Commission, hunter-trapper education classes are planned at various locations throughout Pennsylvania. For details on how to register, search for a specific class at https://www.register-ed.com/programs/25.

Some of the classes scheduled in the region include:

• 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at Trout Run Volunteer Fire Co., 241 Route 14, Trout Run.

• 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 6 at Zerbe Rod and Gun Club, 1 Sportsmen Park Road, Trevorton.

If a class is held over two or more days, students must attend all days and pass a certification test at the end to get a hunter safety card.

Learn how to create gifts from the garden

Lycoming County Master Gardener Sharon Miller will lead a free workshop at 10 a.m. Nov. 5 to show attendees unique gift suggestions to make using garden or repurposed items.

Although not a make-and-take workshop, the class will share ideas and how to make them. Miller will provide examples, explain techniques and materials used, and how to personalize the gifts. Examples will include succulent-topped pumpkin, orange pomander, milkweed pod ornaments and glass garden flowers.  Other gift suggestion samples will be on hand to view. Handouts for making gifts will be provided.

The free workshop will be held in the Chapel Room of the Lysock Complex at 542 County Farm Road, Loyalsock Township.

Registration is required by 4:30 p.m. Nov. 3 by calling the Cooperative Extension Office at 570-433-3040 or going online to http://extension.psu.edu/lycoming/events and clicking on this event.

Scott Weidensaul to give free talk about owls

Pulitzer Prize-nominated nature author Scott Weidensaul will give a free public talk about owls at 7 p.m. Nov. 16  in Room G-11 of Lycoming College’s Heim Biology and Chemistry Building.

Weidensaul latest book, the “Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean,” will be available for purchase at the presentation.

The program is co-sponsored by the Clean Water Institute of Lycoming College and the Lycoming Audubon Society.

Parking is available in the Academic Center lot or the Mulberry Street lot, where Little League Boulevard ends at Mulberry Street.

Snowmobile club’s safety course on a Sunday

HANEYVILLE — In an effort to avoid scheduling conflicts with the state Game Commission’s family-oriented black bear hunt, the Hyner Mountain Snowmobile Club has decided to move its 14th annual Pennsylvania snowmobile safety course to Sunday this year.

The free class will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Hyner Mountain Snowmobile Club lodge, which is  along Route 44, about 6 miles north of here in Clinton County.

Course instructors include Hyner Mountain Snowmobile Club members Rich Ebersole, of Cornwall; Harrison Langley Jr., of Palmyra; and Keystone Snowmobiler co-editor Henry Hartman, of Hanover.

Parents must accompany their children to registration so the required forms may be completed.  Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The club will provide lunch.

Enrollment is limited to 30 students and registration is required in advance.

For more information or the register, contact Dan Casey at 570-875-3006 or dcasey@ptd.net

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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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