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. Saturday 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:

• Saturday — 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.

• April 21 — Outdoor Grower’s Market, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stop by the Master Gardeners’ table at the Grower’s Market, corners of Hepburn and Little League Boulevard. Also planned for May 19, June 16.

• April 21 — Composting and Worm Composting, 9 to 11 a.m. One of the best soil amendments for the gardens is compost. Learn how to produce this “green gold.”

• April 23 — Starting Plants from Seeds; Make-and-Take Pots and Seed Tape, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Get going with plants started from seed indoors, and seed tape to make planting outside easier.

• April 28 — Shade Gardening 10 to 11 a.m. Shady areas are not the gardener’s enemy. They can provide us with an opportunity to plant an array of shade loving plants that will provide us with a cool spot to relax and enjoy our gardens.

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

• May 11 — Perennial Plant Sale, noon until supplies last, at the Bruce E. Henry Park, Miller Avenue, behind St. Ann’s Church.

• May 14 — Transplanting Seedlings, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Hands-on … learn the do’s and don’ts.

• May 20 — Rider Park Open House, Caleb Creek Road, 1 to 5 p.m. Master Gardeners will be there with fun activities for youth.

Hiking club seeks help clearing trail

The Alpine Club of Williamsport is seeking volunteers to help clear Loyalsock Trail today, April 22 and 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. today. 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.

Meeting features 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. Wednesday in the Fellowship Hall of Covenant Central Presbyterian Church, rear 807 W. Fourth St. Use the entrance on Campbell Street.

Learn about double cropping on Dairy Farms Field Day

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. Wednesday. 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 this week.

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 abilities.

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

Watch for eagles at Little Pine State Park

WATERVILLE — Eagle Watches will be held at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Little Pine State Park. Both will be at the Eagle Watch Area, 0.2-mile north of the park office.

Spotting scopes and binoculars will be available.

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.

Sean Minnick, Gary Tyson and other local Auduboners will lead the eight walks, which will provide an opportunity to see the many varieties of water and woodland birds that live in or migrate through the park. Bald eagles and ospreys are often observed on Hills Creek Lake.

In case of inclement weather, the group may opt for a driving tour with several key stops nearby to keep participants dry.

The park will also have many wildflowers for walkers to enjoy.

For updates on birds that have been seen in the area and helpful local birding information, visit tiadaghtonaudubon.blogspot.com or www.facebook.com/TiadaghtonAudubon or email tasmember@yahoo.com. For information about Hills Creek State Park, call the park office between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays at 570-724-4246.

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.

Register now for the Deane Little Beans Earth Day Carnival

WELLSBORO — Register now for the Deane Little Beans Earth Day Carnival, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 21 in the outdoor stage area and lawn bordered by Main Street and Central Avenue.

The carnival is free for the first 100 children, 12 and under, and their parents who register by calling the Deane Center at 570-724-6220.

Among the games to be played will be ring toss, corn hole and ball catchers with fun-sized candy prizes.

Youngsters can make their own maracas or shoebox guitars and accompany recorded songs played on speakers.

All games and homemade instruments will be constructed with recycled materials.

Free popcorn and juice boxes will be provided.

A limited quantity of free recycle bins will be available from the Northern Tier Solid Waste Authority along with information handouts.

Running in the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre will be a surprise show in tribute to Earth Day. Also in the theatre will be free readings of “The Lorax,” a children’s book written by Dr. Seuss and first published in 1971. It chronicles the plight of the environment and the Lorax, who speaks for the trees against the Once-ler. “The Lorax” is an ecological warning that still rings true today amidst the dangers of clear- cutting, pollution and disregard for the earth’s environment.

In case of inclement weather, the carnival will be held in the lobby at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts, 104 Main St.

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.

DEP plans open house

A public open house will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 23 at the state Department of Environmental Protection’s Northcentral Regional Office, 208 W. Third St., Suite 101.

The regional director and staff from all DEP programs will be available to answer questions and share informational displays. Live demonstrations will include aquarium and insect displays, Enviroscape and groundwater models, radiation protection and air quality equipment, DEP mapping portals, the DEP Falcon Cam and more.

Enter to win a recycled rain barrel and sign up for the new DEP Connects community outreach program. All ages are welcome.

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.

Volunteers welcome to help with stocking

TROUT RUN — The Lycoming Creek Anglers Club will hold trout stockings of 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.

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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