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. Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5, 6 p.m. Nov. 4 and 5 p.m. Dec. 3.

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

Milton residents can address flood issues

MILTON — As part of a flood resiliency initiative in six communities, Milton Borough residents who live in the floodplain can have a voice in the effort to find solutions to flood-related issues, including potential flood insurance reform. A public meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the borough building’s council room, 2 Filbert St.

SEDA-Council of Governments’ staff will facilitate the discussion of flood mitigation ideas, residents’ needs and the flood resiliency project.

The meeting offers a platform to hear residents’ flood-related issues and discuss potential solutions. It is envisioned to be a working group, allowing Milton residents to engage in dialogue during the meeting, resulting in a brainstorming and educational opportunity.

Teri Provost, the SEDA-COG staffer who is helping to head the effort, said the process only works with community involvement.

“It’s an exciting opportunity because residents can have a voice in the effort to find solutions to flood-related issues, including potential flood insurance reform,” Provost said.

For more information, residents may call Provost at 800-332-6701.

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 — What’s ‘Growing’ on in the Garden, 10 to 11 a.m. at the demonstration gardens outside the Lysock Complex; free. Join the Master Gardeners for an informal walk-and-talk on what’s growing — or not — in the gardens and how to handle problems. Learn what pests, practices and produce are in the garden and discover tips and tricks to get the most from your gardens. Bring a sample of mystery weeds, bugs or plant disease. Come and go anytime during the hour. Master Gardeners also will be onsite on Oct. 14. Meet in the gardens, rain or shine.

• Sept. 16 — Outdoor Grower’s Market, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stop by the Master Gardeners’ table at the market on the corner of Hepburn Street and Little League Boulevard. The table also will be set up on Oct. 21.

• Sept. 30 — Composting, 9 to 11 a.m. Composting is nature’s original recycling program. Reduce household waste by up to 50 percent and create healthy soil by making and using compost. Join us to learn about the benefits of composting, as well as how and what to compost to ensure success.

• Oct. 6 — First Friday, 5 p.m. to dark. Stop by the Master Gardeners’ table in downtown Williamsport. Materials and topics will vary monthly.

Bike race registration underway

MILTON — Registration has started for the annual Milton Harvest Festival 28-mile bike race set for 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

The course winds throughout farm land east of the borough. Proceeds from the race go to 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.

Program planned on ‘wild edibles’

ARISTES — The Central Susquehanna Woodland Owners Association will hold a program on “Wild Edibles” at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Weiser Forest District Headquarters, 16 Weiser Lane.

Educator, licensed nutritionist and wild edibles expert Debbie Naha will discuss plant identification, safety, look-alike plants, sustainable harvesting and nutrition.

The program will include a slide presentation, followed by a brief outside walk in the nearby woods and meadow.

Visit the Wild Edibles website at www.wildediblesnjpa.com for additional information about Naha’s expertise.

For more information, contact Henry Williams at CSWOA1@gmail.com or 570-458-0157.

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.

Food pantry plans open house

JERSEY SHORE –The New Love Center Food Pantry will hold an open house at 2 p.m. Sept. 10 at 229 S. Broad St.

The 501c3 non-profit organization and its independent board of directors feeds over 400 families per month. During the open house, area residents can learn how the center’s 170 volunteers make a difference in the lives of families in the area.

Attendees may bring a can of tomato soup, which is the collection item of the month for September, as well as clean plastic bags to donate to the food pantry.

During the remainder of the year, the spotlight will be on the following collection items:

• In October, boxes of Rice-a-Roni;

• In November, personal care items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, soap and toilet paper; and

• In December, turkeys.

Donations also may be dropped off from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Thursday or left in the red shed behind the church.

Otzinachson group plans get-together

The Otzinachson Regional Group of the Sierra Club and the Edward Abbey Hiking Society will hold its annual get-together from 1 to 3 p.m. in Pavilion 1 at R.B. Winter State Park in Mifflinburg.

Contact the park for details.

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.

TU chapter to host fly casting program, picnic

WARRENSVILLE — Want to learn about fly casting as a first-timer or sharpen your skills under the instruction of experienced fly fishers?

Anglers and everyone interested in experiencing what it is like to cast a fly are invited to attend the Sept. 13 outing of the Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Fly casting instructions and demonstrations will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the “Gram and Pap” Lundy Memorial Pavilion and pond on Pleasant Valley Road, 0.4 miles north of Warrensville (north of the Warrensville Road and Route 973 East intersection). A picnic will follow with hot dogs, corn on the cob, beverages and other goodies provided.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own rods, reels and line, but a number of outfits will be available for those who do not have them.

A map and directions on how to get to the pond from Williamsport is available on the Susquehanna TU website at Susquehannatu.com or on Facebook at SusquehannaChapterTU.

Travelers group to hold public meeting

LOCK HAVEN — The Pa. Happy Travelers will hold a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14 in the first-floor conference room at the Lock Haven Hospital Skilled Nursing Care Facility, 24 Cree Drive. Those who are taking the Sept. 17-20 Kentucky Moonshine, Mountains and Music tour will need to attend to pick up itineraries and luggage tags.

The September meeting has a sport theme, and attendees may wear an article of clothing from their favorite sport team.

During the August meeting, members voted on the tours for 2018. As tours are confirmed, flyers will be available and reservations will be accepted.

Trips for 2018 include Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard; Myrtle Beach; Las Vegas; and Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam. Cruises to New England, Canada and the Caribbean are planned.

No membership is necessary to attend meetings or travel with the group. For more information, call Dolly Confer at 570-748-1982 or attend a meeting.

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.

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

Check-in time and registration on Sept. 16 are from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the tent between the park’s bathhouse and concession stand. The pre-race talk for all entrants, especially those participating for the first time, will be at 9:45 a.m.

Individuals of all ages can register. Those who want to solo can do all three legs of the event themselves or two or three people can form a team and do them. The event also includes a 5K stand-alone option for runners and walkers who only want to do the 5K.

The triathlon will start with the 5K on park roads and trails around the perimeter of Hills Creek Lake. All runners and walkers, whether they are participating in the 5K only or the triathlon, will start at the same time and location and follow the same course.

The next leg of the triathlon is a paddling event on the lake with competitors either kayaking or canoeing a 1.75-mile course identified with temporary markers. The triathlon will end with bikers traveling 8 miles on a course of dirt and hardtop roads in and around the park.

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.

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.

Apple festival to be held at church

Farragut Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 61 Route 864, Montoursville, is holding an Apple Festival from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 16.

The festival features food items ranging from hot sandwiches to apple desserts and ice cream.

Try your hand at archery

WATERVILLE — Little Pine State Park will hold an Introduction to Archer program from 3 to 6 p.m. Sept. 16 at the archery range, 2.36 miles north of the park office along Route 4001. It is free and open to all ages and skill levels.

Basic instruction will be given, and all equipment is provided. There will be a variety of targets to interest the beginner or the more advanced archer.

Visitors can examine many types of equipment, ranging from medieval long bows to modern compound bows, types of arrows, and accessories such as quivers and arm guards.

Children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

At 8 p.m., the movie “The Lenape” will be shown at the amphitheater.

Anyone who nees an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability should contact the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks at 888-727-2757 or 711 (AT&T Relay Services). With at least three days’ notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs.

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.

Historical society plans annual meeting

MANSFIELD — The Tioga County Historical Society’s annual dinner meeting will be held on Sept. 23 at St. James Epsicopal Church, 18 St. James St.

Dr. Gale Largey will show his documentary, “People of Honor,” about Tioga County in World War II. The program will begin at 3:30 p.m., followed by dinner and a brief business meeting.

Parking is available at First Citizens Bank.

Tickets are $18 each and must be reserved by Sept. 18 by emailing tiogachs@gmail.com or calling 570-724-6116.

Diversity consultant to speak at Bloomsburg

BLOOMSBURG — The Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington will speak at 6 p.m. Sept. 18 at Bloomsburg University’s Mitrani Hall, in Haas Center for the Arts. His lecture is titled, “Building Capacity for Greater Inclusion: Our Work for the Next Round.”

The event is free and open to the public.

Washington has served in higher education for over 33 years and is best known as the president and founder of the Washington Consulting Group. In 2015, the group was named one of the Top 10 Global Diversity Consultants in the world by the Economist

He also is the president and co-founder of the Social Justice Training Institute and vice president and president-elect of the American College Personnel Association.


Wildlife Leadership School topic of meeting

LEWISBURG — Seven Mountains Audubon will hold a free public program at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Kelly Township supervisors building, 551 Zeigler Road.

Katie Mass will discuss the Wildlife Leadership Academy and its inaugural Pennsylvania Gobbler Field School. A sophomore at Line Mountain High School, Mass will share her experiences as part of becoming an outstanding wildlife ambassador.

For more information, see www.sevenmountainsaudubon.org.


Piper Aviation Museum celebrates 20th anniversary

LOCK HAVEN — The Piper Aviation Museum is celebrating its 20-year anniversary from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 23 with a reunion and open house for the public. Admission is free.

A variety of activities are planned, including speakers, videos, an archives table, food vendors and more.

Former employees should register by calling 570-748-8283.


Southern Cali. birds, nature topic of program

The Lycoming Audubon Society will present a free public program on “Birding and Nature in Southern California” on Sept. 27, following its 6 p.m. meeting, in the Lowry Room on the third floor of the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St.

Mike Fialkovich, who is president of the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology, an eBird reviewer, editor and compiler for the journal Pennsylvania Birds, and a founding member of the Three Rivers Birding Club, will present the program. He will highlight the variety of nature that southern California has to offer, even in the midst of a historic drought. The landscape varies from 234 feet below sea level at the Salton Sea to over 8,000 feet in the San Bernardino Mountains and from the Channel Islands to the deserts.


Rail trail group to hold pig roast

MOSHANNON — The fifth annual Carns Equipment/Snow Shoe Rails to Trails’ pig roast will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 30 and is open to the public

The $9 meal will be served at the Gillentown Trailhead, 1145 W. Sycamore Road. Takeouts are available. Snow Shoe Rails to Trails clothing and raffle tickets will be sold.

Visit www.ssrt.org for more details and directions to the trailhead.


Audubon chapter to hold free field trip

LEWISBURG — Seven Mountains Audubon will hold a free local field trip at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 7.

Anyone who is interested should meet at the north side of the Weis/Panera parking lot, 6901 Westbranch Highway.

For more information, see www.sevenmountainsaudubon.org.

OCT 13

High Knob Trail Run planned for October

LAPORTE — The last day to register in advance for the third annual Sullivan County High Knob Trail Run is Oct. 13. The first 75 people who register will receive a T-shirt, and early registrations save $5 on the event fee.

The trail run, which is sponsored by the Sullivan County Recreational Association, will be held at 9 a.m. Oct. 21 at the High Knob overlook parking lot in Hillsgrove Township. It is an 8.2-mile run and 5-mile fun walk on parts of the Loyalsock Trail, bridle trails and pavement. A few steep hills on the course make it very challenging. Race markers will be placed along the trail, and there will be two water stations on the course.

Trophies will be awarded to the overall first-place finisher in the run. Medals will be awarded for top finishers in each age division, male and female — 13 under, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and over 60.

For more information, contact Sue Mullen at jsmullen@epix.net or Brandy Walker at brandybrion@hotmail.com or 570-924-4028.

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