Outdoors

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Directors re-elected during Tri-County annual meeting

TROY — Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative members returned three incumbents to the cooperative board of directors during the utility’s annual meeting on July 25 at the Troy Fairgrounds. Incumbent directors Nicholas Reitter, of Genesee, Matthew Whiting, of Lawrenceville, and Lowell ...

LIVING PROOF: Kayakers embark on 301-mile journey

BUSHKILL (AP) — When Carolyn Choate was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in 2003, her tumor had already grown the size of a golf ball. Doctors gave her three years to live. Fourteen years later, Choate is kayaking the Delaware River for a cause that’s close to her heart: ...

Practicing zen and the art of flyfishing

I was in an area flyfishing shop this spring, eyeing some of the insect selections to prepare for an afternoon of angling on one of my favorite trout streams when I noticed a woman looking over the vast display of bug imitations. At first, I thought she might well be part of my tribe, that ...

Cogan House Festival nearing

TROUT RUN — The second annual Cogan House Township Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. next Sunday at the township complex, 4609 Route 184. Admission and parking are free. The festival features live music on both days; food and craft vendors; classic ...

Birder chases a white-winged tern

I recently went on a bird chase. In birder language, this means that someone else found a rare bird that I wanted to see, so I went to see it as quickly as I could. The bird was a white-winged tern. It was found by Wellsboro birder Rich Hanlon at Nessmuk Lake in Tioga County on Aug. ...

Reflections in Nature: Katydid song ends summer

August is the month when we begin hearing the choruses of both the katydids and the crickets. Although many people recognize the katydid’s calling, not many know what the insect looks like. Katydids, which are members of the long-horned grasshopper family, are a leaf-green color, with ...

OUT & ABOUT

Soybean research topic of field day for farmers ULSTER — Farmers interested in soybean production are invited to attend a free field day to see the results of research into various crop management practices being conducted in real-world conditions by farmers on their own farms. Tuesday is ...

PFBC: Labor Day brings special fishing opportunities

The state Fish and Boat Commission is offering two special fishing opportunities to entice adults and kids to fish on Labor Day, Sept. 4. The first is a $1 license for adult residents and non-residents. The license — good for Labor Day only — provides an easy and affordable way for ...