Outdoors

Soybean workshops set for December

The Penn State Extension Crop Management Team has scheduled four soybean production workshops in December. The daylong workshops teach soybean producers new integrated pest and cultural management practices covering the entire growing season, from planting to harvest. Each workshop ...

Reflections in Nature: Where the wild goose goes

So far this has been an autumn with temperatures staying higher than normal. Although the leaves on the trees were late in changing colors, as I’m writing this column, many trees still retain their leaves. We have birds that have not migrated south, and I have seen only a few northern ...

Game Commission field officers report on outdoor happenings

Field officers for the state Game Commission’s Northcentral region filed the following reports on Oct. 13, according to the agency’s website: • Clinton County Wildlife Conservation Officer Kirk Miller reported it was nice to see good hunter participation on the first day of archery ...

PennDOT centers closed for holiday

The state Department of Transportation’s driver license and photo centers will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. Customers may obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals, online ...

Electronic devices now lawful for hunting, agency reports

HARRISBURG — Four electronic devices recently approved for use while hunting now may be used afield. Within established seasons, hunters now may use electronic decoys in hunting waterfowl; electronic dove decoys solely for hunting doves; electronically heated scent or lure dispensers; and ...

Sugar Valley residents air concerns on Nicholas Meats

LOCK HAVEN — It might get worse before it gets better — and it might never get better at all. That seems to be the attitude of some Sugar Valley residents who live near a slaughterhouse and meat processing plant. About 50 people packed the Greene Township building Monday for a hearing ...

Rock wall adds to Sensory Garden

The crew responsible for a newly constructed rock wall at the Lycoming County Master Gardeners’ Sensory Garden earned recognition from the county commissioners on Thursday. Glenn Luse, a Pennsylvania College of Technology instructor, and seven students from his masonry and stone masonry ...

Gardeners prepare for holiday gift program

Want to put a personal spin on your gift-giving this holiday season? The Lycoming County Master Gardeners may have a workshop for you. A make-it-and-take-it class called “Garden Gifts for Christmas” will be held at noon on Saturday in the Chapel Room of the Lysock Complex, 542 County ...

Walk in Penn’s Woods: New initiative on Oct. 1 showcases state’s forests

A new program, initiated by Penn State’s Center for Private Forests along with the Bureau of Forestry, kicks off this fall to showcase the many values and uses of Pennsylvania’s forests. Throughout the state, local water authorites, sawmills, landowners and conservation groups ...

Muncy Heritage Park attracts various birds

The Muncy Heritage Park and Nature Trail, just south and west of the Borough of Muncy, is a small, quiet little treasure owned and tended by the Muncy Historical Society. It has become one of my favorite spots to go to do a bit of bird watching. At 11 acres, it is by no means an ...

Riverkeeper seeks citizen scientists for stream assessments

SUNBURY — The Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper program has partnered with the Izaak Walton League of America through its Save Our Streams (SOS) program to offer water quality monitoring training for citizen scientists at 9 a.m. Sept. 30 at the new headquarters for the riverkeeper, 112 Market ...

Local woman completes basic training at West Point

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Cadet Amanda Christine Southard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bret Southard, of Williamsport, completed cadet basic training at the U.S. Military Academy. Southard entered West Point on July 3 and successfully completed six weeks of the training, which is one of the most ...

4-Her of the Month

The following 4-Hers were recognized by the Penn State Cooperative Extension office: August 4-Her of the Month — Ava Lorson Ava Lorson, 8, of South Williamsport, is a member of the 4-H Cloverbuds. She is a third-grader at Central Elementary School. One of her recent 4-H accomplishments ...

Auction announces realized prices

DEWART LIVESTOCK MARKET Report for Sept. 18 No hay report issued. 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 ...

Reflections in Nature: Water collection from fog

On Aug. 26, the Friends of Mt. Pisgah State Park held its 23rd annual Youth Field Day. It was a rather cool morning with fog covering the countryside. As I drove up a hill on the way to the park I saw what appeared to be a huge fireball in the distance. At first glance, I thought it was a ...

Ponduce Farms holds weekend festivals

ELYSBURG — Ponduce Farms, 270 White Church Road, will hold fall festivals from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and next weekend as well as every weekend in October. Admission and parking are free, as is a wagon ride. Visitors can pick their own pumpkins, play games and take part in various ...

Part of Northway Road to close

This week, a state Department of Transportation maintenance crew in Lycoming County will replace a large pipe on Northway Road in Eldred Township. Northway Road will be closed between Route 973 and Pleasant Valley Road from 7 a.m. Monday to 3 p.m. Wednesday. A signed detour will be in place ...

OUT & ABOUT

Park to hold 3D archery course today TROY — To commemorate National Hunting and Fishing Day and National Public Lands Day, the Friends of Mt. Pisgah State Park will sponsor a 3D archery shoot from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the park, 28 Entrance Road. Archers will find 24 targets along the ...