Outdoors

Tassels, which are the silks, or stigma of the female flower, develop on newly formed ears of corn.

Reflections in Nature: Corn is authentically American

Recently, my wife, Mary Alice, assigned me to the task of husking corn she planned to have for supper. I was also to save the corn husks; tie them in small bundles and hang them under our patio umbrella to dry. At their next garden club meeting, the ladies are planning to make dolls from ...

SHOOTING SPORTS

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The Sun-Gazette reserves the right to edit items submitted for the “Shooting Sports” section. To submit an event, call 570-326-1551, ext. 3116.) Consolidated Sportsmen of Lycoming County 6386 Route 87, Loyalsockville www.consolidatedsportsmen.com Al Foust, ...

Scientists: 5 ash tree species pushed to brink of extinction

NEW YORK — Five prominent species of ash tree in the eastern U.S. have been driven to the brink of extinction from years of lethal attack by a beetle, a scientific group says. Tens of millions of trees in the U.S. and Canada have already succumbed, and the toll may eventually reach more ...

Military museum hosts lecturer

BOALSBURG — The Pennsylvania Military Museum, 51 Boal Ave., will host lecturer Charles Greifenstein and his military biography of a doughboy-volunteer named Henry Howard Houston II at 7 p.m. Oct. 4. The lecture is titled “One Death Among Many: The Short Life of Philadelphian Henry Howard ...

OUT & ABOUT

Cycle through the centuries MIFFLINBURG — Mary Sullivan will lead a historic bike ride through Mifflinburg’s history at 1 p.m. today. The tour begins at the Mifflinburg Buggy Museum, 598 Green St. The bicycle tour is 8.5 miles with frequent stops to view historical structures and ...

Lane restriction expected Monday on Route 15 south

A lane restriction in place on Monday on Route 15 southbound in Lewis Township, Lycoming County. Traffic will be restricted to a single lane both days from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. while crews clean up a fuel spill. Pipe replacement this week on Burlington Turnpike On Wednesday, a state ...

Real estate transactions filed

The following deeds have been registered in the Lycoming County Courthouse: Loyalsock Township • Alexander III and Tanja Roy to Dean Keefer III and Jolie R. Wetzler, $350,000, Konkle Road. • Dolores H. Ritter and Brian L, and Theresa S. Cain to Rosanna Landin, $263,000, 1008 Bonair ...

Free Picnic in the Park scheduled in Lewisburg

LEWISBURG — The Lewisburg Neighborhoods Corp. and its River Town Team will hold a picnic in the park from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 1 at Soldiers Memorial Park along North Water Street. The corporation will provide food and ensure bathroom access and a welcoming, neighborly atmosphere. All are ...

Game Commission field officers report on outdoor happenings

Field officers for the state Game Commission’s Northcentral region filed the following reports on Aug. 11, according to the agency’s website: • Lycoming County Wildlife Conservation Officer Kris Krebs reported he has seen numerous rattlesnakes while patrolling state game lands in ...

Pennsylvania farmers seek new markets amid ‘buy local’ trend

COOPERSBURG (AP) — For Lehigh Valley farmers, the mantra “if you can grow it, you can sell it,” is no longer true. Between growing and selling, farmers now have to worry about branding, marketing and muscling out major retailers. In the last 10 years, sales directly from farms to ...

Counties draft plans on wildfire protection, seek public comment

Elk and McKean counties are asking residents to review drafts of Community Wildfire Protection Plans that have been developed for each county and to offer comments. The plans have been developed by a “core team” of stakeholders including representatives from county planning, county and ...

Tabitha Metzger

Canton junior to perform at National FFA Convention

Tabitha Metzger, a member of the Canton FFA chapter, will be on stage and in the spotlight Oct. 25-28 during the National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis. Metzger, a junior at Canton High School and the daughter of Josh and Sonya Metzger, has been selected to be a member of the ...

Auction announces realized prices

DEWART LIVESTOCK MARKET Report for Sept. 11 Hay • Alfalfa Grass, $240 per ton • Grass, $105 to $175 per ton Straw, $80 per ton Firewood, $50 per load Ear corn, $100 per ton Rye, $7 per bushel Shelled corn, $3.70 per bushel All animals sold per 100 pounds unless ...

Deborah Keller works on her oyster farm in Apalachicola Bay, Fla. The oysters harvested there have a taste unique to the region in which they are grown. Keller is able to grow them to the size that restaurants prefer.

Native conservationist now farms oysters in Florida

After a collapse in the mollusk population, many, including a few Lycoming County natives, are farming oysters in a new wave of effort to bring back the industry that once was a staple of the Florida coast. Apalachicola Bay is a stretch of about 30 miles on the Florida panhandle that produces ...

OUT & ABOUT

Take a hike under the full moon TUNKHANNOCK — The Endless Mountains Nature Center, 1309 Vosburg Road, will hold a series of full moon hikes this year at its grounds in Wyoming County. The center’s naturalist will lead each 90-minute hike on trails in the area. All ages are welcome. Hikes ...

Auction announces realized prices

DEWART LIVESTOCK MARKET Report for Aug. 28 All animals sold per 100 pounds unless otherwise stated. The market information in this report is collected through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Quality Systems Assessment’s Livestock Auction Market Reporting program under the ...

Reflections in Nature: 10,000 ant species

In June, ants invaded our kitchen. My wife Mary Alice immediately went into combat mode. Her first attack was to put out a few basil leaves. She had read in a gardening book that basil and mint leaves could be used to repel ants; however, the basil did not work. Ant traps also were ...

Sproul State Forest trails now open to larger ATVs

RENOVO — The Whiskey Springs and Bloody Skillet ATV trails will allow larger registered all-terrain-vehicles to use the trails in the 2017 riding season, according to a news release from state Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Lock Haven. The two trails in Sproul State Forest will allow vehicles up to 64 ...