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Negotiations on budget to ramp up

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Negotiations for next year’s state budget are expected to begin in earnest this week as local lawmakers join their colleagues in the Senate and House to come up with a spending plan. The state budget is due by Friday. The problem of deciding on how to best fill an estimated $2.2 billion ...

People in business

Business

Engineering firm hires interior designer Larson Design Group recently announced that Dani Eck has joined its Williamsport office as a licensed interior designer, according to a news release. Eck has 25 years of experience in architectural design and project management. She’ll serve as a ...

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A pink-and-white striped clematis grows outside the photographer’s city home.

Easy-to-grow clematis come in 3 major types

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(EDITOR’S NOTE: This column is written by members of the Lycoming County Master Gardeners.) Q: I think clematises are beautiful. Are they hard to grow? A: Clematises are not hard to grow and a real bonus is that they can live for 50 years or more. There are hundreds of varieties of ...

CIA chief: More leaks than ever

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WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA Director Mike Pompeo says he thinks disclosure of America’s secret intelligence is on the rise, fueled partly by the “worship” of leakers like Edward Snowden. “In some ways, I do think it’s accelerated,” Pompeo told MSNBC in an interview that aired ...

Events and seminars

Business

Value stream mapping topic of workshop IMC will host a “Value Stream Mapping and Standard Work” workshop Monday. Value Stream Mapping will be introduced as a tool for organizational improvement and process improvement. This is a high level tool that looks at the current state, develops ...

PHOTO COURTESY OF DAVID BROWN
While walking in Loyalsock State Forest on June 12, the photographer spotted this dark-eyed junco.

Summer birding — mostly by ear — in a state forest

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On a recent morning I walked along a gated road through the Loyalsock State Forest in high elevation forested habitat at the southern end of the Allegheny Plateau. I had been to the spot a few times but never during summer and wanted to survey what birds were nesting in the area. I was ...

Motive for gunshot wound to head remains mystery

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(EDITOR’S NOTE: Today the Sun-Gazette continues a five-week Sunday series on unsolved homicides in the city since 2014. Investigators say they have no new information to release on any of the homicides but they are seeking the public’s help.) Christopher T. Wilkins was already dead when a ...

Grocery chains donate to veterans’ organizations

Business

As part of Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets’ annual Support Our Troops in-store campaign, customers and associates donated $643,518 to United Service Organizations and the American Red Cross Services to the Armed Forces in support of service members, a news release ...

OUT & ABOUT

Outdoors

Garden tour is today MIFFLINBURG — The Mifflinburg Garden Tour will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. today, and tickets may be purchased at the Mifflinburg Buggy Museum, 598 Green St. The tour proceeds benefit the museum. Brochures provided with tickets will guide visitors from garden to garden, ...

BILL BOWER/Sun-Gazette Correspondent
These mountain laurel flowers are just beginning to open.

REFLECTIONS IN NATURE: Mountain laurel

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The mountain laurel, which is in bloom now, became Pennsylvania’s state flower by Act 107 on May 5, 1933. Gifford Pinchot, who was the “father” of American forest conservation, nominated it. His wife, Cornelia, then successfully used her influence to have the legislators vote for the ...

Real estate transactions filed

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The following deeds have been registered in the Lycoming County courthouse: Loyalsock Township • Richard F. and Elizabeth A. Schluter to Christopher D. and Jamie M. Vassallo, $337,500, 1144 Avalon Parkway. • Dwayne A. and Elizabeth Koons to William T. Young, $98,000, 1829 Mountainview ...

Ruffed Grouse Society to host benefit habitat shoot

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MIDDLEBURY CENTER — The Susquehanna River Valley Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society will hold its inaugural habitat benefit shoot on July 15 at Thunder Ridge Sporting Clays & Game Farm, 619 Leon Brown Road. Proceeds from the fundraiser will support projects to create young forest ...

Construction to begin on Route 154 bridge in Forks Township

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Construction for the Route 154 bridge spanning Double Run in Forks Township, Sullivan County, is scheduled to begin as part of the state’s Department of Transportation’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. Replacement of this bridge will allow PennDOT to remove it from Sullivan ...

Governor promotes designated driving, highlights awareness events

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Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration, the state Department of Transportation, the state police and local police agencies urge travelers across the state to designate a sober driver and buckle their seat belts through the Independence Day holiday weekend. Partnerships throughout the state look to ...

Game Commission field officers report on outdoor happenings

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Field officers for the state Game Commission’s Northcentral region filed the following reports on June 16, according to the agency’s website: • Lycoming County Wildlife Conservation Officer Jonathan M. Wyant reports observing several bucks sporting visible racks. • Clearfield ...

Dam opening now delayed for weeks

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AUSTIN — Sinnemahoning State Park has announced that sediment removal from the George B. Stevenson reservoir has been completed but weather conditions have slowed progress of paving and modifications being made to mooring and launch area. Park officials have extended the opening of the lake ...

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Steve Webster, of the Charlotte Pipe and Foundry team, shoots an airborne clay disc or pigeon at the third annual Shootout Saturday, a fundraiser for Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors Inc. held by the Larry's Creek Fish and Game, Little Harbor and Lost Eight clubs. This is the first year the event was open to the public, and more than 20 teams of five shooters participated.

Shooting for a good cause

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SALLADASBURG — About three years ago, Larry’s Creek Game and Fish Club member Dan Roupp came up with the idea of a shooting contest as a way of building fellowship among his group and neighboring camps Little Harbor and Lost Eight Hunting Clubs. In 2015, nine teams competed in the first ...

Misguided action

Letters

I'd like to address the recent letter concerning the removal of Confederate Era monuments in New Orleans. By all means, remove the one that commemorates the white supremacist uprising in the 1870's. I'm really surprised that it lasted this long. And take down Jefferson Davis, too, if ...

Surprised

Letters

We were very surprised to read the Sun-Gazette’s June 6 editorial getting behind higher energy taxes, as the paper’s editorials have consistently been opposed to energy tax increases that could threaten local jobs. Additional energy taxes will harm the Commonwealth’s ability to attract ...