OUT & ABOUT

Club to hold run

WELLSBORO — The Tyoga Running Club will hold a “Run Out of Town” at 6 p.m. Thursday at the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Tioga District 16 office, 132 Nessmuk Lane, near Nessmuk Lake, about 1 mile south of Wellsboro, just off Route 287.

The 7.5-mile run is one way. Runners will leave from the office parking lot, turn right onto Route 287 and then take a left onto a dirt road called Shumway Hill Road. At the top of the hill, the runners will take a right onto paved Shumway Hill Road and continue on country roads to Duncan Tavern in Antrim, where they will stay and eat dinner. Arrangements are being made to provide rides back to the district office so participants can pick up their vehicles.

For more information, visit www.Facebook.com/ tyogarunningclub or email run4trc@gmail.com.

Master Gardeners announce events

The Penn State Master Gardeners of Lycoming County will hold a free, public program called “Gardening 101: The Basics of Gardening Part II, Planting & Maintaining a Flower Bed” from 10 to 11:30 a.m. April 14 in Room 206 at the Lysock Complex, 542 County Farm Road, Loyalsock Township.

Attendees will tearn tips and techniques for having a great flower bed.

While free, registration is required due to limited seating and must be done by going 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:

• First Friday. Stop by the Master Gardener’s table downtown Williamsport from 5 p.m. to dark. Also planned for May 4, June 1.

• April 14 — What’s Growing on in the Garden, 10 to 11 a.m. See what pests, practices and produce are in the gardens, and tips and tricks to get the most from your gardens. Bring a sample of mystery weeds, bugs or disease from your gardens to share. Rain or shine, so dress accordingly. Also planned for May 12, June 9.

Volunteers welcome to help with stocking

TROUT RUN — The Lycoming Creek Anglers Club will hold its first trout stocking of Lycoming Creek, Rock Run and Hoaglands Run at 9 a.m. Saturday, beginning at the Trout Run Fire Co. parking lot.

The club also will stock Lycoming Creek every Saturday in May. Anyone who wants to help should meet at 8:30 a.m. at the nursery, except on May 26, when the group will meet at 9 a.m. at the Trout Run Fire Hall. For directions to the nursery, call Sam Caldwell, club secretary and treasurer, at 570-322-6098.

The trout the club will stock have been purchased from the Cedar Springs Trout Hatchery.

Audubon groups offer free field trip

Two local birding organizations are planning free events on Saturday.

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

In addition, the Lycoming Audubon will hold a bird walk at State Game Lands 252, near Allenwood, at 8 p.m. Saturday, weather permitting. The leader is Dan Brauning.

Those interested should meet in the parking area just before the equipment buildings on Alvira Road. For detailed directions, see the field trip section of the group’s website at lycomingaudubon.blogspot.com.

The walk is considered an easy stroll in a prime birding location. Loaner binoculars are available.

Deer habitat workshop scheduled

BEAVER SPRINGS — The North Central Pennsylvania branch of the Quality Deer Management Association will hold a deer habitat workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Attendees will learn how to attract, hold and hunt deer on their property.

Registration is required and may be made by calling Doug Garrison at 570-658-4646.

Birding walks scheduled for Saturdays

WELLSBORO — Members of the Tiadaghton Audubon Society will lead Saturday Morning Birding Walks at Hills Creek State Park on Hills Creek Road in Charleston Township, about 7 miles northeast of Wellsboro. All of the walks, which are free and open to the public, will begin promptly at 8 a.m. on Saturdays in April and May.

Registration is not required. Meet at the Hills Creek State Park office at 111 Spillway Road a little before 8 a.m. to drive to the nearby starting location. Everyone is invited to participate, including birders of all levels, first timers to experienced. Bring binoculars and cameras and wear warm, subdued clothing and sturdy walking shoes.

In case of inclement weather, the group may opt for a driving tour with several key stops.

For more information, visit tiadaghtonaudubon.blogspot.com or www.facebook.com/TiadaghtonAudubon or email tasmember@yahoo.com.

Hiking club seeks help clearing trail

The Alpine Club of Williamsport is seeking volunteers to help clear Loyalsock Trail on April 8 and 22 and on May 6.

Work will include clearing the footpath, trimming limbs that block the view of blazes, and checking the blazes and mile markers for tight nails.

Some equipment can be provided, but volunteers are asked to bring their own gloves, loppers and bow or folding saws, as well as lunch and water.

For more details, send an email to alpineclubofwilliamsport@gmail.com or call 570-322-5878.

4-H Model Horse Show returns to fairgrounds

WHITNEYVILLE — The second annual Tioga County 4-H Model Horse Show will be held at the Tioga County Fairgrounds on Charleston Road at 9 a.m. April 8.

It is open to the public.

Model horse shows allow individuals who may or may not own live horses the ability to learn about horse breeds, riding disciplines and tack by making and properly displaying tack to scale on a 1:9 model.

Spectators are welcome to support the youths’ creativity and hard work while learning about the model horse hobby.

Hear Loyalsock Creek brook trout research

The next meeting of the Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited will feature two speakers who have researched locally the population status of Pennsylvania’s only native trout species.

Brook trout, a species responsible for billions of dollars in revenue in the northeast U.S., are facing a number of threats to their survival. Shannon White, a doctoral candidate at Penn State University, will present findings of brook trout research in the upper Loyalsock Creek watershed. Shawn Rummel, of Trout Unlimited’s Eastern Brook Trout Program, will describe brook trout movement and tagging studies in Little Bear Creek, a lower tributary.

White, who has been studying the species’ populations, individual behavior and ecology, and Rummel will discuss how their research mayy help inform management plans to improve the outlook for Pennsylvania’s official state fish.

The meeting is open to the public and will be held at 7 p.m. April 11 in the Fellowship Hall of Covenant Central Presbyterian Church, rear 807 W. Fourth St. Use the entrance on Campbell Street.

For more information, visit https://susquehannatu.com or www.thetroutlook.com.

Dairy Farms Field Day planned

ALLENWOOD — Penn State Extension and farmer John Lapp will educate area farmers on “double cropping” during a Dairy Farms Field Day from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 11. Registration begins onsite at 8:30 at the Washington Township Volunteer Fire Co., 15933 Route 44.

The day will include indoor conversations about production and economics of double-cropping grains, followed by a short visit to a nearby field of Triticale that was seeded last year. Planting winter-annual crops for forage after corn silage can reduce nutrient losses and also provide an excellent cattle silage.

Lunch is provided and the event is free.

For more information, or to register, visit https://extension.psu.edu, or contact Kristy Borrelli at kab617@psu.edu or 814-863-9845.

Location of Thursday night runs changes

ASAPH — The Tyoga Running Club will hold its free Thursday Night Runs in a different location beginning April 12.

At 6 p.m. on Thursdays through Sept. 27, runners will meet in the parking lot at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Northern Appalachian Research Laboratory, 176 Straight Run Road, 8 miles west of Wellsboro off Route 6.

The runs are free and open to club members and the public. Pace groups will be set up for runners of all ages and ability levels.

For more information, visit www.Facebook.com/tyogarunningclub or email run4trc@gmail.com.

Watch for eagles at Little Pine State Park

WATERVILLE — Bald eagles have returned to the nest at Little Pine State Park, and incubating behavior has been observed. To learn more about the national bird, join the park naturalist for two Eagle Watch programs on April 14. The first will be at 10 a.m. and the second at 1:30 p.m. Both will be at the Eagle Watch Area, 0.2-mile north of the park office.

Spotting scopes and binoculars will be available for use during the programs, and visitors may stay and observe after the programs.

For more information on state parks and forests in Pennsylvania, visit www.dcnr.state.pa.us.

Program spotlights gas drilling effects

LEWISBURG — Margaret Brittingham will present a free, public program on “Marcellus Shale Exploration and Development in Core Forest Habitat: Effect on Forest Habitat and Birds” during the next meeting of Seven Mountains Audubon.

Those interested should meet at 7:30 p.m. April 18 at the Kelly Township supervisors building, 551 Zeigler Road.

For more details, see SevenMountainsAudubon.org.

Fundraising dinner scheduled

LAIRDSVILLE — A dinner to raise money to help send Mick Wertz, of the Sullivan County Shooting Team, to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan will be held next month.

Tickets for a chicken dinner — consisting of half a chicken, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, dinner roll and dessert — are being sold for the April 21 meal, which will be held noon to 6 p.m. at the Lairdsville Volunteer Fire Co. Hall. It is dine in or take out.

For more information or to purchase advance tickets, call 570-584-5983 or 570-546-0347.

Hunter-trapper education class set

JERSEY SHORE — A hunter-trapper education class will be held from 5:50 to 9 p.m. April 23-24 at the state Game Commission’s Northcentral Regional office, 1 1/4 mile south of here on Route 44.

Students may register on the commission’s website under education and select the dates above from the calendar. Students must attend both sessions of the training and pass a certification test at the end to receive their certification.

Students may bring sandwiches and drinks to eat during training.

For more details, call Max Farley at 570-337-8750.

Rails to trails group plans dinner

MOSHANNON — The second annual Truck Stuff & More/Snow Shoe Rails to Trails spaghetti dinner ride and CMATVA dice run will be held April 28.

The meal will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., or until supplies are exhausted, at the Moshannon Community Center, 1351 W. Sycamore Road. Takeouts available. Public welcome for meal. Cost is $8 and will consist of all-you-can-eat spaghetti, dinner roll, desserts, beverages and Jim Verost chili, while supplies last.

Snow Shoe Rails to Trails clothing will be sold at the event.

Registration for the dice run will be from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Gillentown Trailhead.

For more details, see www.SSRT.org.

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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