OUTDOOR BRIEFS

Volunteers needed to help clear trail

The Alpine Club of Williamsport is seeking volunteers to help clear the Loyalsock Trail today and on April 23 and May 7.

Work will include clearing the footpath, trimming limbs that block views of blazes and checking blazes and mile markers for tight nails.

Volunteers should bring lunch, water, gloves, lopers, and bow or folding saws. Some equipment may be provided.

For more details, or to sign up, call 570-322-5878 or email alpineclubofwilliamsport@gmail.com.

Last fly-tying class is this week

The Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold its last fly-tying course from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, rear of 102 E. Third St.

Beginners and all skill levels are welcome. To register, email a request to susquehannatu@gmail.com.

River spotlighted in artists’ exhibit

BLOOMSBURG — The fourth annual Susquehanna River Artists exhibit is on display in the reception gallery of the Haas Center for the Arts at Bloomsburg University until Saturday. It is free and open to the public. The Haas Gallery is open from are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

The exhibition, titled “New Works,” features works by local artists Robert Brown, Sara Mika, Glen Klein, Sara Baker, Annie Barnhardt, Donna Schaffer and Gail Fox.

The Susquehanna River Arts group highlights the natural beauty and cultural properties of the Susquehanna River region. Many works on display are available for purchase.

The Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau created the Susquehanna River Arts project to showcase the work of local artists. The project highlights the cultural assets of the region as well as foster an appreciation of the community and heritage.

Anglers club to stock trout

The Lycoming Creek Anglers Club will stock trout on April 8 and May 20 and 27 in Lycoming Creek. The public is invited to help.

On April 8, the club will meet at 9 a.m. at the Trout Run Fire Co. parking lot to stock trout that have been purchased from Cedar Springs Trout Hatchery.

On May 20, the group will meet at 8:30 a.m. at its nursey on Slacks Run Road in Bodines, and on May 27 at 9 a.m. and the Trout Run Fire Hall.

Take a hike under the full moon

TUNKHANNOCK — The Endless Mountains Nature Center, 1309 Vosburg Road, will hold a series of full moon hikes this year at its grounds in Wyoming County.

The center’s naturalist will lead each 90-minute hike on trails in the area. All ages are welcome.

Hikes are planned to begin at 7:30 p.m. April 11, 8 p.m. May 10, 8:30 p.m. June 9, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5, 6 p.m. Nov. 4 and 5 p.m. Dec. 3.

Hikes will not be held in July or August.

For more information, contact the center at EMNCinfo@yahoo.com or 570-836-3835.

Trout Unlimited members to share

stories of legends fishing on local streams

A very interesting public meeting of the Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited will explore how the streams of northcentral Pennsylvania became favorites of nationally known fishing luminaries, authors and innovators, and angling getaways for notable public figures including U.S. presidents, vice presidents and senators.

Over the past 60 or 70 years, chapter members Bill O’Connor and Don Daugenbaugh have met, hosted, guided and become friends with many of these prominent people. They and other chapter members will share their unique experiences and times on local streams with such memorable characters.

The public meeting will be at 7 p.m. April 12 at the First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, rear of 102 E. Third St.

Dam, trout focus of public meeting

PICTURE ROCKS — The Muncy Creek Watershed Association will hold a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. April 13 to view a project on Laurel Run that involved repairing a dam where the Muncy Creek Consolidated Sportsmen’s club has its annual kids fishing derby. The dam is at Van Rensselar Park near Ferrell Elementary School.

A second part of the program will involve viewing the trout at Bob King Nursery on Roaring Run. About 9,000 brook, brown and rainbow trout from the nursery will be stocked the small feeder streams of Lycoming and Sullivan counties.

Local artist and outdoorsman to present

program about Pennsylvania mammals

Do black bears really hibernate? Are there any flying mammals in Pennsylvania? If you stumble upon a fisher out on your favorite trout stream, will it necessarily be wearing rubber waders?

Starting at 6 p.m. April 17, local artist and outdoorsman Ron Beach will share fascinating insights about the mammals that call Pennsylvania home during the program, “Mammals of Pennsylvania,” at the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St.

Beach has amassed a tremendous store of information about Penns’ Woods and the critters that call it home during his 20-year career with the state Game Commission. His fascination with the natural world continues to this day through research and volunteer work on behalf of the Lycoming Audubon Society and Rider and Indian parks. Beach “moonlights” as a well-known local artist, and his appreciation for birds, animals and their habitats shines through his remarkable paintings.

The program will be presented in the Lowry Room on the third floor of the Welch Children’s Wing. Registration is suggested but not required. Visit calendar.jvbrown.edu to register or call 570-326-0536.

Hunter-trapper education class set

JERSEY SHORE — A hunter-trapper education class will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. April 17-18 at the state Game Commission’s Northcentral Regional Office, 1566 S. Route 44.

Students must attend both training sessions and pass a certification exam to receive a hunter-trapper safety card.

To register, visit www.pgc.state.pa.us and select the “education” tab. Registration must be made by April 17.

For more details, call Max Farley at 570-337-8750.

Fish commission sets public meetings to

discuss Susquehanna River Bass Proposal

The state Fish and Boat Commission has scheduled three public meetings to collect comments on a proposal to remove the closed season on smallmouth and largemouth bass in the middle and lower Susquehanna and lower Juniata rivers.

The proposal — outlined at the January quarterly business meeting — would allow anglers to practice catch-and-release fishing for bass from May 1 through mid-June. However, tournaments would remain banned during the bass spawning period from mid-April to mid-June period, like all other waters of the commonwealth. Catch-and-release regulations for bass would remain in place throughout the rest of the year.

The meetings will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on these dates and locations:

• April 17 — Commission headquarters, Susquehanna Room, 1601 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg

• April 18 — Columbia Crossing River Trails Center, Columbia River Park, 41 Walnut St., Columbia

• April 19 — Susquehanna University, Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center, Benjamin Apple Meeting Rooms 2-55, 14 University Ave., Selinsgrove.

Interested individuals may submit comments online through May 10.

If approved by the Board of Commissioners on final rulemaking, the proposed changes would take effect in 2018.

Watershed group plans cleanup, fishing derby

The Black Hole Creek Watershed Association will hold its annual Great Black Hole Creek Cleanup on April 22.

Volunteers will meet at Hulsizers Chevrolet in Montgomery. Bags and gloves will be provided.

For more informationm call Becky Sanguedolce at 570-547-6289.

In addition, the group is preparing for its annual Black Hole Creek Fishin’ Derby, which will be held from 9 a.m. to noon May 20 at the Bower Street bridge area in front of Riverside Campground on Main Street in Montgomery.

A prize drawing and food will be available.

For more information, call Sanguedolce.

Try yoga in the woods

TUNKHANNOCK — The Endless Mountains Nature Center, 1309 Vosburg Road, will offer hatha yoga, led by Annmarie Ciccarelli, through May. A fee applies per class.

Hatha yoga is a slow, meditative style of yoga, focused on breath awareness and proper alignment. The slow-flow class links breath with movement to help bring focus to the present moment and quiet the mind.

It is designed for all levels and beginners are welcome. Classes will be held from 10 to 11:15 a.m. and may be held indoors during the winter but outside on beautiful days.

Classes are planned for April 22; and May 6 and 20.

Ciccarelli received hatha yoga teaching certification from Shambhava Yoga Center in Rollinsville, Colorado and also is certified to teach yoga for wellness and meditation in the shambhava tradition. On some Saturdays, alternate teacher Matt Fox will lead a bikram-style yoga.

For more information, or to register, contact the center at EMNCinfo@yahoo.com or 570-836-3835.

DCNR volunteer leading hikes

WELLSBORO — Daryl Warren, a volunteer with the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, leads free public hikes on Mondays and Saturdays. Anyone who is interested can meet, usually at 9 a.m., in the parking lot of Dunkin’ Donuts, 7 Main St., to carpool.

Most hikes are of moderate difficulty and almost always are on trails designed and maintained for hiking in Tioga, Lycoming, Potter or Bradford counties. Distances range from 3 to 12 miles.

All hikers must be in acceptable physical condition, wear hiking shoes and carry a small pack with lunch, water and snacks.

For more information, email Warren at rindercella@epix.net or call 570-724-7721.

Upcoming hikes, rated on a difficulty scale of 1 (easy) to 10 (strenuous), include:

• April 29 — Black Forest Trail, Keystone Trail Assoc. Trail Care, meet at 7 a.m. for trail maintenance.

• May 20 — West Rim Trail, KTA Trail Care, meet at 7 a.m.. for trail maintenance.

NRA group plans fundraising banquet

TROY — The Bradford County Area Friends of the NRA will hold its 20th annual fundraising banquet on May 13 at the Alparon Park exhibit hall on the Troy Fairgrounds. Doors open at 4 p.m., with dinner at 6.

Tickets are available for adults and youth 16 and younger and may be purchased by contacting Kay Miller at 570-954-4669) or dkmill@ptd.net. Tickets also may be purchased from committee members.

Those who purchase tickets before April 11 will be entered into a special early-bird drawing for a chance to win a Century Arms Canik 9mm handgun.

Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Proceeds benefit the NRA Foundation, with one-half of the funds going directly to programs in Pennsylvania, especially youth programs. The Youth Hunter Education Challenge; Bradford, Sullivan and Tioga Youth Field Days; Troy, Sayre and Towanda gun clubs; and 4-H Shooting Sports Programs have received grants as a result.

For more details, contact Jerry Frantz at 570-297-5104 or jfrantz@epix.net.

Outdoor events sought

Do you have a meeting or outdoor event you’d like to publicize in the Sun-Gazette?

Announcements must be submitted at least three weeks prior to the date of the event, preferably earlier.

Information and news releases may be:

• Mailed to Outdoor editor, Williamsport Sun-Gazette, 252 W. Fourth St., Williamsport PA 17701

• Emailed to outdoors@sungazette.com

• Dropped off at the Sun-Gazette office, 252 W. Fourth St., Williamsport

• Submitted through the Outdoor section of the Virtual Newsroom on the paper’s website, www.sungazette.com.

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.

For more help, call 570-326-1551, ext. 3116.

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