OUT & ABOUT

Soybean research topic of field day for farmers

ULSTER — Farmers interested in soybean production are invited to attend a free field day to see the results of research into various crop management practices being conducted in real-world conditions by farmers on their own farms. Tuesday is the last day to register.

The field day will be held Thursday in Ulster, Bradford County, at the Matt Ahern farm, which participates in the On-Farm Network, sponsored by a Pa. Soybean Board checkoff-funded research grant.

The network takes soybean research studies out of the lab and into the fields of Pennsylvania soybean growers to see which management practices have an appreciable impact on production. During the field days, the host farmers will discuss soybean management on their farms and Penn State Extension crop specialists will be on hand to discuss the research and answer questions.

Farmers will have the opportunity to view fields where research is being conducted on fungicide treatment population, the effect of foliar treatments of insecticides and fungicides on soybean growth and development, the population impact on soybean yield and growth, and the results of 12 competitive herbicide programs. A light lunch will be provided.

To register, call Del Voight, On-Farm Network coordinator, at 717-270-4391.

Master Gardeners plan host of programs

The Penn State Master Gardeners of Lycoming County are planning several educational programs for the public this year. Unless otherwise noted, the programs will be held in the Chapel Room of the Lysock Complex, 542 County Farm Road in Loyalsock Township.

Registration is required by the date listed and may be made by calling the Cooperative Extension Office at 570-433-3040 or going online to http://extension.psu.edu/lycoming/events and clicking on the event.

Programs include:

• Saturday — Pollinators in Decline: What Can You Do to Help, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Did you know that one of every three bites of food comes to us by pollinators? What’s happening to our bees, birds, butterflies, insects and other pollinators and why does it matter anyway? Come learn the answers to these questions and how we all can help be part of the solution to the rapid decline of these very important pollinators.

Community seeks help to clean river

LEWISBURG — The Lewisburg Neighborhoods Corp. will hold the fourth annual Lewisburg Fall In-River Clean-up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Soldiers Memorial Park on North Water St.

Participants may help on foot or via boat or canoe.

Volunteers should plan to spend at least three hours working. At the start, everyone will be briefed about trash hot spots and other information before boarding boats or wading in.

Shore helpers also will be needed to help with spotting, sorting, snacks, photos, etc. All participants should be ready to get dirty but wear clothing appropriate to their preferred activity.

To register, send an email to elmstreet@dejazzd.com or call 570-523-0114. For more information, visit www.LewisburgNeighborhoods.org/tired-of-tires.

Registration open now for youth field day

TROY — The 23rd annual Bradford County Youth Field Day will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Pisgah State Park, which is 3 miles off of Route 6 between Troy and Towanda.

Parents of children ages 5 through 18 may register them for the day’s events, which include activities in tracks, insects, birds, mammals, trapping, .22 shooting, building birdfeeders, fossils, survival, archery, black powder, sporting clays, canoeing, camp cooking, fishing and turkeys.

Attendees also will receive a free lunch, T-shirt and commemorative embroidered patch.

To register, call the park office at 570-297-2734 or email mtpisgahsp@pa.gov.

Fish commission to hold wild trout summit

BELLEFONTE — The state Fish and Boat Commission will hold a wild trout summit, open to the public, at 9:30 a.m. Saturday its Centre County regional office, 595 E. Rolling Ridge Drive.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. The program will start at 10:15 and conclude at 4 p.m.

Speakers will present information on the history of wild trout management in Pennsylvania, the Unassessed Wild Trout Waters Initiative, special regulations for wild trout, and how environmental permit review affects wild trout protection.

In addition, presentations will be given on the potential impacts of climate change, the commission’s wild trout stream habitat improvement priorities, the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Wild Trout Management Plan, and implications of genetics on wild trout management.

New information on several Penn State University trout radio-tracking studies will be provided.

Finally, a panel discussion will be held at the end of the day to bring the presenters together for a question-and-answer session with attendees. A tentative agenda can be viewed on the commission website.

The Wild Trout Summit is open to the public, but registration is required. Attendees may register online. For more details, see http://pfbc.pa.gov/forms/troutSummit2017.htm.

Paddle with the Northcentral Pa. Conservancy

The Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy and Canoe Susquehanna will hold a public canoe and kayak paddle next Sunday from Montoursville to Muncy. Proceeds will benefit the Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy.

The trip will be about 8 river miles, with an island rest stop midway. Participants will meet at the Muncy River Access just before 1 p.m., park their vehicles and board Canoe Susquehanna’s bus for the pre-trip shuttle to a public river access point near Montoursville.

After unloading gear and receiving paddling instruction, the group will begin the paddle with practice in a pool before heading downstream. Sightings of bald eagles are possible, as are the “vees” of pre-historic eel weirs. Approaching Muncy, the paddlers will see an impressive example of a canal wall from the early 1800s.

Reservations are required. To make one, or for more information, send an email to Mail@PaddleHappy.com or call 888-524-7692 or 570-524-7692.

Beef cattle producer twilight meeting scheduled

ALLENWOOD — Penn State Extension is offering an educational meeting for people interested in beef cattle production. The twilight meeting will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 31 at South Creek Acres, owned and operated by Brett and Laura Taylor, at 1870 Back Road, Lycoming County.

The Taylors maintain a herd of Angus brood cows and focus on performance genetics. The cattle are managed most of the grazing season on annual forage crop species. Annual forages are also harvested and stored for the winter feeding program.

Much of the discussion at the meeting will focus on managing annual forage crops for cattle grazing and stored forages.

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served after the meeting.

To register, call the Lycoming County Penn State Extension office at 570-433-3040.

Questions about the meeting may be directed to Dave Hartman, Penn State Extension livestock team member, at dwh2@psu.edu or 570-433-3040.

Register now for 10th annual ‘tryathlon’

WELLSBORO — The 10th annual Step Outdoors Tryathlon and 5K Trail Run/Walk will start at 10 a.m. on Sept. 16, at Hills Creek State Park, 111 Spillway Road, 7 miles northeast of here.

Those who register by Aug. 31 will be guaranteed a free event T-shirt.

There are no competitive categories. Every finisher will receive a medallion.

For information on fees and how to register online, contact Tim Morey via 570-724-8561 or tmorey@pa.gov, or download a printable registration form by visiting www.stepoutdoors.org.

Bike race registration underway

MILTON — Registration has started for the annual Milton Harvest Festival 28-mile bike race set for Sept. 9.

The annual event, a project of the Milton Rotary Club, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 9.

The course winds throughout farm land east of the borough. Proceeds support the harvest festival.

Race day registration will be held from 7 to 9 a.m. at the Milton Municipal Building, 2 Filbert St. The first 120 riders will receive a T-shirt courtesy of sponsors.

Riders who register before Sept. 6 will receive a discount. Online registration also is discounted if done before noon Sept. 7.

More information is available at miltonharvestfestival.com/races/bikerace.php. Questions about registration or payment may be directed to Kelly Geise at 570-898-9171. Questions about the course or race should go to Jeff Coup at 570-742-8736.

Cycle through the centuries

MIFFLINBURG — Mary Sullivan will lead a historic bike ride through Mifflinburg’s history at 1 p.m. Sept. 10 and 17. The tour begins at the Mifflinburg Buggy Museum, 598 Green St.

The bicycle tour is 8.5 miles with frequent stops to view historical structures and photos. A $5 fee per person applies.

Space is limited to 12 people and reservations are required. The rain date is Sept 24.

Call the Buggy Museum at 570-966-1355 to reserve a seat. For more details, contact Sullivan at msulliva@pct.edu.

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.

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:

* Sept. 10: OTZ In The Park. The Otzinachson Group of the Sierra Club’s annual get-together will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. in Pavilion 1 at R.B. Winter State Park. Details to follow.

SEPT 13

Author of rail trail guidebook to be guest speaker

LOCK HAVEN — Linda Stager, author of “The Pine Creek Rail Trail Guide Book,” will be the guest speaker at the Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy’s Clinton County dinner on Sept. 13 at Stella A’s, 219 E. Main St.

The conservancy recently finalized the Cavanaugh Access to the Pine Creek Rail Trail. Stager is a photographer and the moderator of a Facebook group about the trail.

The Cavanaugh Access isn’t the conservancy’s first Pine Creek Rail Trail project. It also acquired the Tombs Flats Access area — formerly known as the Yoder property and the Pine Creek Camper Court — as well as the Townsend property and Maurey wetlands. Townsend and Maurey do not provide access to the trail but do provide conserved land along it for wildlife and wildlife watching.

Social hour at the dinner begins at 6 p.m. with a cash bar. Dinner will be served at 6:30, and Stager’s presentation will follow dinner.

Tickets must be reserved by Sept. 6; call 570-323-6222 for details.

SEPT 16

Pond tour highlights area water features

Chad and Shannon Shaylor, of Shaylor’s Ponds and Patios, will host a pond tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 16. Proceeds will benefit the Lycoming County Special Olympics athletes.

The self-guided tour begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Shaylors’ shop and display area, 959 Dunkleburger Road. There, directions will be provided to the other stops, which feature ponds, pondless waterfalls and fountain displays.

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided along the way. Tourgoers may return to the Shaylors’ site for a cookout.

To purchase tickets, or for more information, contact the Shaylors at shaylorslawncr@hotmail.com or 570-419-1518.

SEPT 17

Legislator to honor Vietnam veterans

LOCK HAVEN — State Rep. Michael K. Hanna Sr., D-Lock Haven, will hold a ceremony to honor Vietnam veterans at 1 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Lock Haven University Price Auditorium.

Hanna said the purpose of the event is to honor Vietnam War veterans who live in the 76th Legislative District.

“This momentous event is a way to honor the service and sacrifice so many have made for our great county,” he said.

To sign up for the event, Vietnam War-era veterans may call Hanna’s Lock Haven office at 570-748-5480 or his Milesburg office at 814-353-8780. Participants are asked to note whether they intend to bring a guest.

Veterans and their guests must be confirmed no later than Aug. 18.

Hanna previously has honored veterans who served in both World War II and the Korean War.

Bass tournament scheduled on river

LINDEN — The second annual Fundraising Buddy Tournament will be held Sept. 17 beginning at the boat launch here. Proceeds benefit the Lycoming County Veterans Transition Center.

Boat check and registration is from 5:30 to 6:30 a.m., followed by launching. A fee will be charged per two-person team, along with an additional lunker fee.

Forty-nine boats may register. Anglers may enter five large- or smallmouth bass caught only with artificial lures. Trolling is not permitted.

For a full list of rules, or to register, call Austin Gaab at 570-560-8329; Jake Jones at 570-419-3731; Greg Jones at 570-713-4705; or Rick Gaab at 570-337-3723. Austin Gaab and Jake Jones are the tournament directors.

SEPT 18

Dinner features drone demonstration

The Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy is giving those who attend this year’s Tioga County dinner a few options.

“Because we’ve had two super cool projects in the Marsh Creek valley over the last year, we want to give you the chance to see those and learn more about how unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, were used in one of the projects,” said Renee Carey, conservancy executive director.

The schedule for the event on Sept. 18 includes:

* At 4 p.m., those who want to visit the Pensyl project and look at the Homer Webster project will meet at the viewing blind built by the Tiadaghton Audubon Society. The blind is at the “end” of Dresser Road. Attendees may park by the sign and walk out to the blind to take a look upstream/upwetland toward the former Webster property.

* At 4:30, the group will leave the blind and head toward the Cavanaugh Access. There, the access site can be examined as well as some aerial images of the wetlands along the Pine Creek Rail Trail.

* At 5:30, a cash bar and social hour will start at The Burnin’ Barrel, 5440 Route 6.

* At 6, Merlin Benner will give a presentation on “Using Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Land Management” and then demonstrate a drone.

* Dinner, which includes salad, chicken marsala with pasta, and dessert, will start at 6:30 p.m.

Reservations are required for activities at The Burnin’ Barrel and must be made by Sept. 11. To purchase tickets, call 570-323-6222.

Regional and outdoor events sought

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

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

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 “Out & About” section will print in chronological order as space permits.

The Region/Outdoors section is published weekly on Sundays. 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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