Outdoors

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 ...

Bloomsburg University is partnering with Chesapeake Conservancy on river health

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University is partnering with Chesapeake Conservancy to restore the health of the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay. Dr. Steven Rier, professor of biological and allied health sciences, is representing the university in the three-year project named Precision ...

State forest opens roads for deer hunting season

EMPORIUM — The following roads in Elk State Forest will be open for the regular rifle deer season from Nov. 27 through Dec. 9. Side roads are not open to motorized vehicles. • Bauer Hollow No. 1 to No. 2 • Buffalo Switch Road No. 14 • Deer Pen Road No. ...

Real estate transactions recorded

The following deeds have been registered in the Lycoming County courthouse: Pine Township • Eric S. and Jeanette A. Fraser to Edward Garverick, $149,000, 294 Granger Lane. Jersey Shore • Gary E. and Pamela Y. Hill to Donald W. and Nancy M. Thomas, $127,000, 325 Wilson St. Piatt ...

Cornell Lab: School garden grants available

ITHACA, NY — The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Alaska Organic Fertilizer are once again teaming up to support school gardens. BirdSleuth, the Cornell Lab’s K-12 education program, is building on last year’s successful School Garden Grant Program by distributing $25,000 in grants to 20 ...

Punkin’ Chunkin’ Festival set in Centre County

HOWARD — The Howard Volunteer Fire Co.’s annual Punkin’ Chunkin’ Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct 21 at Bald Eagle State Park. Admission and parking are free. The festival features craft and food vendors, hayrides, a wood carver, strolling magician, mini launchers and ...

Uncommon farming: Columbia County couple raises unique mushrooms

MILLVILLE — In the quiet, rolling hills outside this borough, Dustan McKee spends his days farming. He’s not a typical farmer, producing crops such as corn or tomatoes, but rather cultivates mushrooms year-round at Greenwood Farm. McKee, a native of Montoursville, had been in the ...

Bloomsburg Fair starts this Friday

BLOOMSBURG — Few venues hold all of the enchantments of a zoo, amusement park, museum, concert hall and food court in one place, yet the Bloomsburg Fair offers all of these options within its 225 acres. The state fair starts Friday and runs through Sept. 30. “This year’s fair is ...

Lycoming College speakers to address Lyme disease

WHAT: Lyme Disease Symposium WHEN: Thursday; Oct. 11; Nov. 6; and TBA WHERE: Room G-11, Heim Biology and Chemistry Building, Lycoming College INFO: Call 570-321-4180 Lycoming College will hold four free, public symposiums on Lyme disease, each addressing a different subject — ...

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 ...