OUT & ABOUT

Winter Outings series continues

Step Outdoors Winter Outings in Tioga and Potter counties include the following events:

• Mountain or snow bike ride today and Feb. 25. Oswald Cycle Works is sponsoring the free Mountain and Snow Bike Riding Series. Meet at 9 a.m. at the USGS Northern Appalachian Research Branch, 176 Straight Run Road, just off Route 6 in Asaph, 8 miles west of Wellsboro. Ride will be two to three hours. For updates, visit https://www.facebook.com/OswaldCycleWorks or call Tom Oswald at 570-662-3097.

• Hike with Daryl Warren, local hiking guru and state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources volunteer, on foot or snowshoes. He ranks the hikes with 1 being the easiest and 5 the hardest. Hikes will be held:

— At 9 a.m. Monday, meet in the Packer Park parking lot to carpool to the Barbour Rock parking area at Colton Point State Park for a 3-mile, 2.5-hour easy hike from the Barbour Rock downhill to the West Rim Trailhead at Ansonia. The hike is rated 2.

— At noon Saturday. Meet at noon at the Pine Creek Rail Trail’s Darling Run access area for a difficult Mt. Tom Trail hike. Hikers must be in good, physical shape to do the 3.5-mile, two-hour loop that includes a 1.5-mile, 1,100-foot climb with most of the elevation gain in less than 1 mile. The hike is rated 4.5.

— At 9 a.m. Feb. 26. Meet at Packer Park and carpool to Bull Run Trailhead for a 4-mile, 3.5-hour hike on the Bull Run, Woodhouse and Pine Creek Trail loop. This is a very rocky trail with a fairly steep ascent and descent. The hike is rated 4.

To receive detailed information about the hikes and to sign up for weekly updates, email Warren at rindercella@epix.net or call him at 570-724-7721 or 570-439-3739.

To learn more about series events or for updates, trail conditions, directions and more, visit www.stepoutdoors.org any time or call 570-724-0635 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Snow and ice updates are also posted on Facebook at Step Outdoors Tioga County PA.

Winter race for ‘serious runners’ is today

ANSONIA — Adventurous athletes of any age can try the Mt. Tom Challenge today. It is free.

Registration will be from 8 to 8:30 a.m. in the Pine Creek Rail Trail-Darling Run parking lot in Shippen Township.

After registering, participants leave their vehicles in the parking lot, cross Route 362 and go to the tent at the bottom of the trail on Mt. Tom. When they finish a lap, runners can go to the tent for free snacks and beverages.

The 9 a.m. start is at the bottom of Mt. Tom. Participants run, climb or scramble up Mt. Tom’s 1,100 vertical feet of trail to its summit. After catching their breath and taking in views of the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon and west nearly to Galeton, they continue a short distance along the ridge before descending Mt. Tom using a forest road.

The challenge is to complete one lap up and down the mountain regardless of weather conditions. Participants can start a lap any time between 9 and 11 a.m.

The course can vary greatly based on the weather and the snow and ice conditions at different elevations.

BU announces 1st speaker in series

BLOOMSBURG – Dr. Kathleen Lynne Lane will headline Bloomsburg University’s McDowell Institute Speaker Series on Monday and Tuesday.

Lane, a professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas, will focus the series on the social, emotional and behavioral wellness of children who may experience non-academic barriers to learning such as adverse childhood experiences or trauma.

The focus of the 2018 series stems from Lane’s research on school-based interventions for students at risk for emotional and behavioral disorders. Her research delivers valuable information for teachers in pre-kindergarten through high school settings using three-tiered methods to screen for the development of learning and behavioral challenges and respond to existing learning challenges.

Lane will deliver a free, public presentation on the use of universal screeners across school settings in the first lecture at 6 p.m. Monday-2 in Kehr Union Building multi-purpose room B.

The following day, McDowell Institute Student Fellows will attend a full day training enhancing their skills in the universal screening of social, emotional and behavioral wellness of children pre-kindergarten through high school.

PFBC officers to speak at public TU meeting

Emmett Kyler and Chad Lauer, waterways conservation officers with the state Fish and Boat Commission, will be the guest speakers at the Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited’s next public meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Covenant Central Presbyterian Church’s fellowship hall, rear of 807 W. Fourth St.

They will present an update of fishing and boating programs and developments for the coming year.

The public is encouraged to share thoughts, concerns and ideas concerning the commission and its regulations and policies with the local officers.

Learn about soil health

WHITNEYVILLE — A free meeting on soil health will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the Whitneyville Fair Grounds in Tioga County. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m.

Topics will include improving grazing systems, planting “green” cover crops, multi-functional buffers, free farm energy assessments, insect management in field crops, interseeder rental, integration of no-till and grazing, and agriculture planning reimbursement.

Credits will be offered and speakers will be on hand to answer questions.

Call 570-724-1801 for more information or to register. For more details, see the Tioga County Conservation District’s Facebook page.

The snow date is March 1.

Pesticide recertification program set

A pesticide recertification training for private applicators will be held from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Feb. 26 at Montoursville Presbyterian Church, 900 Elm St.

Topics will include “Pollinators and Pesticide Stewardship” and “Pesticide Spill Protocol” for two core credits and “What’s New for Weed Control 2018” and “Pest Management in Field Crops” for two category credits.

The program is free, and applicators must bring their license.

Registration is required by calling 1-877-345-0691,

The class is sponsored by Stoltzfus Construction and S&S Manufacturing and presented by Penn State Extension.

Anyone who needs special accommodations or has questions about physical access should call Lycoming County Extension at 570-433-3040.

Discover birding in the Southern states

The Lycoming Audubon Society will hold a program titled “Fall Birding in Southern States” at 6 p.m. Feb. 28 during its next meeting in the Lowry Room on the third floor of the Welch Wing at the J.V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St.

Birder and photographer Lauri Shaffer will share details of her recent visit to the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival in Texas and the Yellow Rails & Rice Festival in Louisiana.

Class teaches how to keep deer out of gardens

The Penn State Master Gardeners of Lycoming County will hold a free, public program called “Gardening 101: The Basics of Gardening, Part I, Growing Your Own Food” from 10 to 11:30 a.m. March 3 in the Chapel Room at the Lysock Complex, 542 County Farm Road, Loyalsock Township.

Attendees will learn where to make the correct cuts, when is the best time and how to properly prune trees.

While free, registration is required due to limited seating and must be done by 4:30 p.m. March 1. To register, go online to http://extension.psu.edu/lycoming/events and click on the event.

Those who cannot register online may call the registration desk at 877-345-0691.

Anyone who needs special accommodations or has questions about physical access may indicate this when registering.

Other programs planned by the Lycoming County Master Gardeners include:

• March 10 — Maple Syrup, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Learn when to tap the maple trees, how to recognize the maple in winter, how to tap the tree, what equipment to use and how to boil the sap down to syrup.

• March 14 — Growing Quality Backyard Tree Fruit, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Learn the basics of growing your own tree fruit, identify problem areas and provide ways to improve growing skills.

Agriculture education events planned in county

Rod Morehart, of the Lycoming County Conservation District, released the following list of agriculture education events that are open to the public.

• Feb. 21 — Lycoming County Agriculture open house, 8 a.m. to noon. Meet with county, state and federal agency staff to discover what types of programs are available for Lycoming County landowners. Representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Rural Development; the state Department of Agriculture, Lycoming County Conservation District, Penn State Cooperative Extension, and Penn State Master Gardeners will be available. The event will be held at the Lysock View Complex, 542 County Farm Road in Loyalsock Township. Call Michael Sherman at 570-433-3902, ext. 2, for more information.

• March 5 — Profitable Meat Marketing workshop, 6-9 p.m. Matt LeRoux, agriculture marketing specialist at Cornell Cooperative Extension, will teach attendees how to market meat from their farms and make a profit. Refreshments and snacks sponsored by Dave and Holly Albert’s Misty Mountain Farm. The free meeting will be held in the Lysock View Complex’s Chapel Room, 542 County Farm Road in Loyalsock Township. For more information, call Don Woodring at 570-726-0022, ext. 3821. To register, call 1-877-345-0691 or visit https://extension.psu.edu/profitable-meat-marketing-workshop.

• March 13 — Soil Health meeting, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nationally known speakers Ray Archuleta and Steve Groff will discuss soil health principles, grazing and cover crops. Dr. John Tooker, of Penn State University, will speak on integrated pest management. Perry County dairy farmer Dave McLaughlin will explain the combination of no-till, cover crops and manure as the keys to improving soil health on his operation. Registration and a fee of $25 is due by March 5. The meeting will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 602 S. Market St., Muncy. To register, or for more information, call the Lycoming County Conservation District at 570-433-3003.

• March 19 — Horse Pasture Management, 6 p.m. Donna Foulk, equine educator with Penn State Cooperative Extension, will discuss how to manage pastures to optimize growth and minimize soil erosion. The free meeting will take place at Hoss’s Steak House; meal not included. Registration is required by March 12. To register, or for more information, call Rod Morehart at the Lycoming County Conservation District at 570-329-1619.

• April 7 and April 14 — Agricultural Erosion and Sediment Planning workshop, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Centers for Dairy Excellence and for Beef Excellence are working together with local conservation districts, the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and Penn State Extension to conduct workshops helping dairy and beef farmers write agriculture erosion and sediment control plans to meet state regulations. Attendees should attend both days of this two-part meeting, which will be held at the Lysock View Complex, 542 County Farm Road in Loyalsock Township. Registration is required by March 30. The program is free and lunch will be provided. For more information and to register, call Tim Heyler at the Lycoming County Conservation District at 570-329-1621.

Ruffed Grouse Society sets banquet

The Susquehanna River Valley Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society will hold its second annual Conservation and Sportsmen’s Banquet on March 10 at the Genetti Hotel, 200 W. Fourth St.

A social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7. The evening will feature live and silent auctions, raffles, drawings and door prizes, highlighted with a selection of firearms, artwork and collectibles. In addition, the following special guest speakers will deliver brief talks:

• Dr. Linda Ordiway, regional wildlife biologist with the Ruffed Grouse Society, will discuss the organization’s efforts to create and enhance wildlife habitat on public land in Pennsylvania.

• Lisa Williams, program specialist for ruffed grouse and webless migratory game birds for the state Game Commission, will address the status and management of the ruffed grouse population in Pennsylvania. Williams leads ongoing research examining the link between West Nile virus and a statewide decline in ruffed grouse numbers.

• Brian Laudermilch, a forester with the state Department of Natural Resources’ Bureau of Forestry, will discuss an ambitious habitat improvement initiative within Loyalsock State Forest that he spearheaded, with project planning assistance from the commission and funding provided by the Ruffed Grouse Society . Sponsored by the Susquehanna River Valley RGS chapter, the Nettle Ridge Habitat Project is a multi-year pilot program that began in the fall, with a goal of creating young forest habitat on Loyalsock State Forest in Sullivan County.

Proceeds from the banquet will be used to enhance and create high-quality habitat for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and other forest wildlife on public land.

The Susquehanna River Valley Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society focuses its habitat work and member-recruitment efforts in the counties of Lycoming, Sullivan, Clinton, Potter, Tioga, Bradford, Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Union and Snyder.

A variety of ticket options are available and may be purchased by contacting ticket chairman Jeff Fetzer at 570-885-6112 or by email at jfetz.jf@gmail.com.

See www.susquehannagrouse.com for more details.

TU chapter sponsors ‘Flies and Lies’ program

WELLSBORO — Trout Unlimited’s Tiadaghton Chapter 688 will hold the last of three programs titled “Flies and Lies” from 9 am. to noon March 17 at the Wellsboro Community Center at 3 Queen St. It is free and open to everyone regardless of experience or ability.

Skilled flytiers will demonstrate and help people learn how to tie flies, including new, intricate patterns to the more experienced. Fans of the activity also can meet and swap ideas, materials, techniques and fishing tales.

Equipment and materials will be provided.

General information about Trout Unlimited will be available as well as a scrapbook with photos highlighting Tiadaghton Chapter 688 activities.

Chapter members can answer questions about the group’s conservation efforts, including its well established Marcellus shale monitoring program on Asaph Run, Canada Run and Long Run and chapter programs such as First Cast and Stand Down on the Water.

Registration is not necessary. Children 14 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

For additional information, call Paulmier at 814-367-2636.

Sportsmen’s forums planned by state agency

The state Fish and Boat Commission has scheduled a series of Sportsmen’s Forums across the state to solicit opinions from anglers and boaters on how the agency can best conserve aquatic resources while creating more opportunities for fishing and boating recreation.

Locally, a forum will be held at 10 a.m. March 17 in Room G-11 of the Heim Building on the Lycoming College campus.

The forums will feature an overview of the agency’s existing programs and a discussion of its current financial state of affairs. A question-and-answer period will follow.

“The information learned will be used to help form a new agency strategic plan to meet the expectations of anglers and boaters,” said Executive Director John Arway.

The forums are titled “A Sportsmen’s Forum: How Resource First and Anglers and Boaters Can Help Shape the Future of Fishing and Boating in Pennsylvania.”

MARCH 24

Sportsmen prepare for annual banquet

HUGHESVILLE — The Consolidated Sportsmen of Muncy Creeks will hold its 58th annual banquet on March 24 at the Hughesville Fire Hall Social Center. Doors will open at 5 p.m., with a buffet dinner at 6.

The evening will open with a roast beef dinner with homemade pie, a gun and rod raffle, a Chinese auction, door prizes, a live auction and a special program.

The guest speaker will be Scott Kilcoyne, a well-known area trapper who has trapped extensively in the local area for mink, muskrat, coyote, fox, raccoon, bobcat, beaver and fisher. He will show pelts of each one. Kilcoyne also has taught classes demonstrating trapping techniques to various groups of young people, including Boy Scouts and church groups. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Trappers Association, the North America Fur Auctions and the North America Wild Fur Shippers Council.

The spring stocking schedule for the trout raised by the club will be available at the banquet. The club has experienced higher than normal losses among its brook trout, due to a disease that started with the brood brook trout at the hatchery. This will not affect the stocking schedule but will result in lower numbers per stream.

The Dick Harner Children’s Fishing Derby will be held at Van Rensellar Park in Picture Rocks on May 5.

Banquet tickets are limited and none will be sold at the door. To order tickets, call Art Fry at 570-368-1245, Rusty Bitler at 570-584-5780 or John Krakoskie at 570-928-8527.

AUG 11

Barclay Mountain Heritage Day to debut this summer

CANTON — LeRoy Heritage Museum, 257 Mill St., will introduce a new event in 2018. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 11, it will host a Barclay Mountain Heritage Day at the community grounds next to the museum.

The new event is designed to celebrate all topics pertaining to Barclay Mountain and to bring those subjects together in one event where people with common interests can spend the day learning more about the mountain.

Barclay Mountain Heritage Day is an educational event, featuring lectures, demonstrations, exhibits, music and food. There is no admission fee.

The day will feature a full schedule of events including a lumbering program, coal mining program, heritage music concert, and more.

Displays will be available from a number of authorities in Barclay Mountain history including Civilian Conservation Corps, abandoned mines, forest and stream conservation, coal mining and lumbering tools, railroading, hunting and more.

The history of Sunfish Pond, where the first game refuge on private land in Pennsylvania was established, will be recognized.

Anyone with a collection of history objects, photography (old or new), mounted game harvested from the mountain or anything else pertaining to the mountain is welcome to contact the museum and register to set up their own display at the event to share their passion with others. There will be no cost for setup but exhibitors are limited to two 8-foot tables, which they will need to supply. Outdoor displays under pop-up tents are encouraged. Limited indoor space will be available.

During the event, descendants of families who worked on the mountain in any capacity will be honored with a special badge.

LeRoy Heritage Museum will be open during the event with special photo displays and brand new merchandise in the gift shop that will be released this year.

Anyone interested in having a display should contact the museum through its website at www.leroyheritage.org or call the museum office and leave a message at 570-364-5003.

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.

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For more help, call 570-326-1551, ext. 3115.

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