Out & About

Christmas event planned

WATSONTOWN — The Watsontown Area Business Association will begin the Christmas season with a “Making Family Memories Evening” from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Watsontown Canal Pavilion, next to the Lingle Neighborhood Market.

Tree lighting begins at 6, followed by Santa’s arrival at 6:15. Kingdom Kidz puppets will have a time of Christmas caroling and program for all ages.

Supplies will be on hand for making a Christmas ornament to hang on the tree and also take one home. The reindeer, and Santa, will be close by.

Lots of free fun and refreshments will be provided. A canopy and chairs will be available.

The event is rain or shine.

Santa house hours are 6:15 to 8 p.m. Friday; 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 8 and 15; and 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday ant Dec. 9 and 16.

A collection box will be set up during all Santa’s hours for the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Drive. Bring a canned food item when visiting Santa.

The Christmas decorating contest in Watsontown will start Friday and continue through Dec. 10, with judging on Dec. 11.

For more information, call Co-chairpersons Wally Fairman or Jeannette Calhoun at 570-538-2582.

Field trip for birding enthusiasts planned

LEWISBURG — Seven Mountains Audubon will offer a free local field trip on Saturday.

Attendees should meet at 7:30 a.m. at the north end of the Weis Markets parking lot.

The trip is open to the public.

10-mile hike set for next week

The Otzinachson Group of the Sierra Club and the Edward Abbey Hiking Society will hold a public hike next Sunday on the Roaring Creek Tract in Columbia and Northumberland counties.

It is open to everyone, but hikers should register with hike leader Paul Shaw via email at pshaw@ptd.net or by phone, 717-215-8339.

Hikers should bring lunch and water and meet at the Sheetz in Elysburg along Route 54 at 9 a.m. The 10-mile hike is considered moderately strenuous.

From the Weiser State Forest headquarters on Route 42, the group will descend to the Roaring Creek Trail, hike around McWilliams Reservoir on the South Branch Trail, then follow the historic Old Natalie Road Trail to the summit of Big Mountain and Natalie village.

Workshop on farm succession set

Penn State Extension will offer a two-day workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7 and 14 for farmers who are facing how to decide what do to with their farms when they retire.

Titled “What’s Your Exit Strategy? Empowering Families To Get Started On Their Succession Plan,” the workshop will be held at the Montoursville Presbyterian Church, 900 Elm St.

According to John Berry, Extension business management educator, the many tools and resources provided by the program will give participants an opportunity in opening communication lines within the family to begin a plan toward a shared vision of the business.

Programming will be structured in five modules. The detailed and dynamic modules will include:

• Starting Your Succession Plan;

• Determining What You Want;

• The Next Generation and Your Legacy;

• Family Meetings and Conversations; and

• Choosing and Working with Professionals.

The workshop will include breakfast and lunch along with materials to accomplish the planning process.

For more information on the “What’s Your Exit Strategy” program, contact Berry at 610-391-9840 or at johnberry@psu.edu.

Penn State Extension offers management tactics for producing quality hay

Penn State Cooperation Extension will hold a hay workshop from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Lysock View Complex’s Chapel Room at 542 County Farm Road, Loyalsock Township.

The program is for producers who are growing hay to feed their own livestock or producing hay for the market.

Jessica Williamson, professor of forage management at Penn State University, will be joined by local Penn State Extension educators to present strategies to produce high-quality hay forage and yield.

Program topics will include:

• Managing Mix Stands;

• Forage Weed Control;

• Soil Fertility Management;

• Minimizing Dry Matter Loss after Cutting;

• Tips for Reducing Drying Time and Preservatives;

• What Does It Cost to Make Dry Hay;

• Bale Handling; and

• Marketing Your Hay.

Seating is limited and registration is required by Dec. 5. The $25 registration fee includes lunch and continental breakfast.

For more information about the program or to register, visit https://extension.psu.edu/hay-production-workshop or call 1-877-345-0691.

Soybean workshops set for December

The Penn State Extension Crop Management Team has scheduled four soybean production workshops in December.

The daylong workshops teach soybean producers new integrated pest and cultural management practices covering the entire growing season, from planting to harvest. Topics include information on optimizing variety selection and planting rates, fertility management, weed, insect and disease scouting and harvest management.

The workshops will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following dates and locations:

• Dec. 12 at the Penn State Extension Mercer County office;

• Dec. 13 at the Towanda Rod & Gun Club in Towanda, Bradford County;

• Dec. 19 at the Penn State Extension Berks County office in Leesport; and

• Dec. 21 at the York County 4-H Center in York.

A $15 fee covers lunch and materials.

Registration is due by Dec. 8. Register online at https://extension.psu.edu/soybean-production-workshops or call Penn State Registration Support at 1-877-345-0691 to register by phone.

Support for the workshops is provided in part by the Pennsylvania Soybean Board through the soybean checkoff.

Certified Crop Adviser and pesticide credits are available at each location.

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