Out & About

Agriculture education events planned

Penn State Extension and the Lycoming County Conservation District have released the following list of agriculture education events that are open to the public.

* Tuesday — 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.

* Friday — Organic Field Crop Growers meeting, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Bonanza Steakhouse at 300 Commerce Park Drive, New Columbia.Penn State Extension in the central Susquehanna Valley is planning this free meeting for farmers who are actively growing organic field crops or considering transitioning to organic. The meeting will be conducted in a roundtable format, which allows more experienced growers to better share their experiences with those with less experience. The topics of discussion typically focus on production and marketing of organically grown field crops. The main topic will be prevention and control of insects in stored grain in an organic system. To register, call 877-345-0691 or go to http://extension.psu.edu/organic-field-crop-growers-study-circle-meetings. For more details, contact Dave Hartman, Penn State Extension, at 570-433-3040 or dwh2@psu.edu.

* 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.

Learn how to grow fruit trees

The Penn State Master Gardeners of Lycoming County will hold a free, public program called “Growing Quality Backyard Tree Fruit” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Chapel Room at the Lysock Complex, 542 County Farm Road, Loyalsock Township.

Learn the basics of growing your own tree fruit, identify problem areas and provide ways to improve growing skills.

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.

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 Saturday 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.

Discover Yellowstone in the winter

LEWISBURG — Seven Mountains Audubon will welcome guest speakers Jack McCann and Jill Largent to its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. March 21.

They will present a program on “Yellowstone in the Winter: Ecology, Geology and Wildlife.” In January, they spent a week in Yellowstone and took a photography tour, primarily photographing wildlife such as bison, wolves, moose and elk.

The meeting are presentation will be held at the Kelly Township supervisors Building, 551 Zeigler Road. All are welcome. See www.sevenmountainsaudubon.org for more details.

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.

Annual mineral show returns to region

WYSOX — Che-Hanna Rock & Mineral Club’s 49th annual Mineral Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 24 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 25 at the Wysox Volunteer Fire Hall, 111 Lake Road.

Club members will demonstrate their lapidary skills and also exhibit their personal mineral, fossil or lapidary collections.

The junior club will operate a mini-mine. Children can watch while a mine car brings treasures up from the mine to them.

A variety of dealers will sell minerals, fossils, gems, lapidary and jewelry.

UVBob will present his outstanding and “glowing” fluorescent show several time a day. Club member Tom will be cutting geodes that visitors may purchase.

The Che-Hanna Rock and Mineral Club Inc. was organized in 1962 in Sayre for the purpose of studying rock, mineral, fossil and shell specimens and to develop skills in the lapidary arts. The club was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1976. It holds memberships in the Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies and the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies.

The club meets on the second Wednesday of each month from September through May (except December) at 7 p.m. in the Sayre High School cafeteria on Lockhart Street. Picnics are held in the summer months.

For more information, vist www.chehannarocks.com or call Bob at 570-928-9238.


Warbler species topic of program

The Lycoming Audubon Society’s next meeting at 6 p.m. March 28 will feature a program on golden-winged warbler ecology.

Golden-winged warblers are brightly colored migratory songbirds whose population has declined in the past 50 years, largely due to habitat loss. In central Pennsylvania, some forest landowners are helping the warblers rebound by working with the National Resources Conservation Service and other bird organizations. Cameron Fiss, wildlife technician for the service, will lead the presentation and discuss the species and its forest habitat.

The event is open to the public and will be held in the Lowry Room, on the third floor of the Welch wing in the J.V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St.


Audubon group offers free field trip

LEWISBURG — Seven Mountains Audubon will provide a free local birding field trip at 7:30 a.m. April 7. Those who are interested in attending should meet at the north end of Weis parking lot, 6901 Westbranch Highway.

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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.

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