OUT & ABOUT

Public invited to annual Watersheds Summit

The Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited will host its annual Watersheds Summit at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Covenant Central Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 807 W. Fourth St. It is open to the public.

Many of the area’s watershed groups, conservation organizations and agencies will share information about their volunteer efforts, beneficial projects accomplished in 2017 and their plans for 2018 regarding the preservation, protection and enhancement of area streams and watersheds. Projects include improving stream habitat, stabilizing stream banks, monitoring water quality and educating landowners and the public about watershed issues and best practices.

Regional conference set for farmers

BOONSBORO, Md. — The Mountains-to-the-Bay Grazing Alliance will hold its Regional Grazing Conference from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center, 7303 Sharpsburg Pike.

Nearly 200 livestock farmers from Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania belong to the Grazing Alliance. Any farmer may attend the conference or inquire about the benefits of grazing.

The conference will feature speaker Gabe Brown, a rancher from North Dakota who will talk about integrating animals, crops and multi-species cover crops in a grazing operation. Nicole Masters, of Integrity Soils, New Zealand, will explain how to improve soils to reduce or eliminate the need for purchased inputs. A panel of grazing farmers from the Chesapeake Bay region also will be featured.

Registration is $12 and includes lunch. Register at goo.gl/pMJ9sG and email mheller@cbf.org or jsemler@umd.edu for more details.

Rural Resilience Film Series to be shown

WELLSBORO — Judy Herschel, of Susquehanna and a candidate for U.S. Congress, will be on hand at 5 p.m. Friday to introduce the Rural Resilience Film Series, sponsored by Tioga County (PA) Indivisible.

The series begins in the upstairs Grand Community Room of the Deane Center, 104 Main St., and will run for six weeks on Friday nights.

A light picnic supper will be available and Herschel will greet attendees, seek signatures from fellow Democrats for her campaign petition and open the film series with brief remarks.

The films are free and open to the public, but donations are accepted.

Films, and their subjects, include:

• Friday — A talk by Naomi Klein about her 2007 book and documentary, “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.” Klein said neoliberal free market policies have risen to prominence in some developed countries because of a deliberate strategy of “shock therapy.”

• Jan. 19 — A talk by Geoffrey Nunberg about his book, “Talking Right.” Nunberg breaks new ground with this fierce and funny narrative of how political operatives have ushered in a new world order, aided by mainstream media.

• Jan. 26 — A film featuring George Lakoff, linguistics professor, about speaking across a political divide.

• Feb. 2 — An interview with Naomi Klein about her most recent book, “No Is Not Enough.”

• Feb. 9 — A discussion with the Revs. William Barber and Jim Wallis on “Racism, Politics and the Gospel.”

• Feb. 16 — “In Transition 2.0: A Story of Resilience & Hope in Extraordinary Times.” This 2012 film is an inspirational immersion in the transition movement, gathering stories from around the world of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

University to host ‘Cabinet in Your Community’

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University will partner with state Gov. Tom Wolf’s office to host a “Cabinet in Your Community” event at 2 p.m. Jan. 16.

Reservations are required and may be made by emailing cacoleman@pa.gov or calling 570-614-2090 by Saturday.

The “Cabinet in Your Community” series is a new initiative to provide a platform for engagement between cabinet secretaries and local communities throughout Pennsylvania. The forum is a town hall-like event in which members of the community have the opportunity to interact with cabinet secretaries and talk about issues important to each region.

The secretaries also will provide region-specific updates on major projects and departmental accomplishments while answering questions from the audience. Cabinet secretaries expected to attend include: Col. Tyree Blocker, Pennsylvania State Police commissioner; Russell Redding, secretary of agriculture; Leslie Richards, secretary of transportation; Pedro Rivera, secretary of education; and John Wetzel, secretary of corrections.

Discover the birds of Texas and Louisiana

LEWISBURG — Seven Mountains Audubon will hold a free presentation on the “Birds of Texas and Louisiana” during its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Kelly Township supervisors’ building, 551 Zeigler Road.

Lauri Shaffer will present the program based on her trip south in November. She will recap the famous Rio Grande Birding Festival in Texas and the Yellow Rails and Rice Festival in Louisiana.

The meeting and presentation are open to everyone. For more details, visit www.SevenMountainsAudubon.org.

Rails to trails group announces winter dinner ride

MOSHANNON — The 15th annual Best Line Powersports/Snow Shoe Rails to Trails’ Winter Dinner Ride and Central Mountains ATV Poker Run will be held Jan. 20.

A $9 meal will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., or until supplies last, at the Moshannon Community Center, 1351 W. Sycamore Road. Takeouts available and all are welcome. On the menu will be roast beef, mashed potatoes, corn, noodles, dinner roll, desserts, beverage and Jim Verost chili.

Snow Shoe Rails to Trails Association clothing will be sold.

Registration for the Central Mountains ATV Poker Run will be from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Gillentown Trailhead. See www.SSRT.org for more details.

Bird walk planned

Lycoming Audubon Society members will lead a bird walk at 9 a.m. Jan. 20 on the Williamsport side of the Susquehanna River Walk, weather permitting.

The group will search for waterfowl and raptors such as bald eagles and peregrine falcons. Binoculars will be on hand to loan.

Anyone interested in attending should meet in the river walk parking lot off the Hepburn Street exit of Interstate 180.

Audubon chapter presents program on Florida springs

The Lycoming Audubon Society will present the program “Florida Spring(s) in Winter” at 6 p.m. Jan. 24 during its public meeting. The event is free and open to the public.

Wayne Laubscher will share details from a winter visit to areas in central and southern Florida, where freshwater springs and coastal rivers provider winter sanctuaries for more than 6,000 manatees. Several bird species also will be highlighted in the program.

The meeting and presentation will be held in the Lowry Room on the third floor of the Welch Wing in the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St.

Game Commission sets meeting

HARRISBURG — The state Board of Game Commissioners will hold a quarterly meeting Jan. 28-30 at the Game Commission’s headquarters, 2001 Elmerton Ave.

The board will hear public comments, limited to five minutes per speaker, at the Jan. 28-29 meetings.

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