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BILL BOWER/Sun-Gazette Correspondent
A young Bill Bower holds a young opossum in the fall.

Reflections in Nature: Animal marvels

On Jan. 27, the temperature was above freezing when we woke up, so it was no surprise when, later in the day, I saw a road-killed opossum. Raccoons, opossums and skunks are animals that we refer to as “light sleepers.” Although they den up for the winter, during a warm spell, these ...

Author to share peek beneath the Susquehanna River

LEWISBURG — Keith Williams, of Freshwater Journeys, will present a program titled “The View Below: Amazing Sights in Our Streams and Rivers” at 2 p.m. next Sunday in the Gallery Theatre at the Elaine Langone Center on the Bucknell University campus. The program is free and open to the ...

PennDOT schedules road work

Road work is scheduled by the state Department of Transportation in the following counties this week: LYCOMING • Crack sealing along Bloomingrove Road in Loyalsock and Hepburn townships, Bottle Run Road in Old Lycoming Township, Rose Valley Road in Cascade Township and Trout Run Mountain ...

Agriculture education events planned in Lycoming County

Rod Morehart, of the Lycoming County Conservation District, released the following list of agriculture education events that are open to the public. • March 5 — Profitable Meat Marketing workshop, 6-9 p.m. Matt LeRoux, agriculture marketing specialist at Cornell Cooperative Extension, ...

This Feb. 3, 2014 remote camera photo provided by the National Park Service shows mountain lion P-23 approaching a kill in the Santa Monica Mountains. The Southern California mountain lion was part of a study by federal biologists has been found dead. The National Park Service says remains of the 5½-year-old female lion known as P-23 were recovered this week near Malibu Canyon Road and she appeared to have been struck by a vehicle. (National Park Service via AP)

‘ALWAYS A CHANCE’: Feds declare eastern cougar extinct in Pennsylvania

Despite yearly reports of cougar sightings in Pennsylvania, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced it is removing the mountain lion subspecies native to the region from its list of threatened and endangered animals because of a long known technicality — it’s extinct. ...

Prison budget under control, warden reports

McELHATTAN — Warden John Rowley wants the public to know something. “The costs are not running away at the jail,” he said at the county prison board’s monthly meeting Wednesday. The Clinton County Correctional Facility currently houses some 250 prisoners, including out-of-county ...

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Shown above is Marta McDowell’s book, “All the Presidents’ Gardens.”

GET GROWING WITH THE MASTER GARDENERS: ‘All the Presidents’ Gardens’

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This column, written by members of the Lycoming County Master Gardeners, will be published every third Sunday.) February is a month dedicated to honoring our presidents. What better time to share with you one of my favorite gardening books — “All the Presidents’ ...

DAVID BROWN/Special to the Sun-Gazette







An American 
tree sparrow 
perches on a 
dried stalk on 
Dec. 26, 2017,
at Lime Bluff Recreation Area
in Hughesville.

Sparrow species may be present for bird count

The Great Backyard Bird Count is this weekend. Amateur bird watchers can submit their bird sightings to this citizen science project. Simply count birds in your own yard for a minimum of 15 minutes and submit the details through the website. Full details on how to participate can be found at ...

OUT & ABOUT

Winter Outings series continues Step Outdoors Winter Outings in Tioga and Potter counties include the following events: • Mountain or snow bike ride today and Feb. 25. Oswald Cycle Works is sponsoring the free Mountain and Snow Bike Riding Series. Meet at 9 a.m. at the USGS Northern ...

Auction announces realized prices

DEWART LIVESTOCK MARKET Report for Feb. 12 Hay, per ton • Alfalfa, $110 to $117.50 • Alfalfa/Grass, $75 to $180 • Grass, $75 to $255 • Mixed, $70 to $255 • Timothy Grass, $50 to $90 Round bales, each • Alfalfa, $42.50 • Alfalfa/Grass, ...

Real estate transactions filed at county courthouse

The following deeds have been registered in the Lycoming County Courthouse: Wolf Township • Mira Point LLC to George Ryan and Gayle C. Tate, $65,500, 340 Chel Drive. • Mary M. and Daniel Y. Hostetler to Bryan S. and Patricia A. McCoy, $215,000, 4307 Route 220. Montoursville • Leo ...

Signals project may cause delays on Route 15 in Union County

Motorists in Union County are advised they may experience delays on Route 15 due to a project to install new traffic signal equipment at intersections in East Buffalo Township and Lewisburg Borough, according to the state Department of Transportation. New signal equipment is being installed ...

State’s commitment to farmland preservation reaches $1B milestone

HARRISBURG — The state farmland preservation board’s first meeting of the year not only brought good news for families who have committed to protecting their farms in perpetuity, it also marked a milestone in the history of the nation-leading program. The Agricultural Land Preservation ...

Canyon Sled Dog Challenge on track for next weekend

ANSONIA — Sled dogs and their mushers will hit the trail — the Pine Creek Rail Trail — on Saturday for the first Canyon Sled Dog Challenge, an out-and-back 18-mile run from Ansonia to Tiadaghton. Pro and registered breed teams of six and eight dogs each will pull sleds to test their ...

Sportsmen prepare for annual banquet

HUGHESVILLE — The Consolidated Sportsmen of Muncy Creeks will hold its 58th annual banquet on March 24 at the Hughesville Fire Hall Social Center. Doors will open at 5 p.m., with a buffet dinner at 6. The evening will open with a roast beef dinner with homemade pie, a gun and rod raffle, a ...

Rear Adm. Blake Converse, of Montoursville, receives honors from the sideboys as the official party departs following a change of command ceremony for Submarine Group 9.

Montoursville man takes command of US Navy’s Submarine Group 9

KEYPORT, Wash. — Rear Adm. Blake Converse, of Montoursville, took command of Submarine Group 9 at a change of command ceremony at the Naval Undersea Museum on Dec. 15. Rear Adm. John Tammen, from Washington Township, New Jersey, was properly relieved by Converse during the ceremony held ...

Erik C. Tokarz

Local graduate is commissioned as naval officer

Erik C. Tokarz, son of Gerard and Donna Tokarz, of Montoursville, was commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Navy on May 20, 2017. Tokarz is a 2012 graduate of Montoursville Area High School and a 2017 graduate of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, where he received a bachelor of science ...

Donna Iannone

Sullivan commissioner seeking state House seat

LAPORTE — Sullivan County Commissioner Donna Iannone has announced she is seeking the 110th state House seat in this year’s spring primary. Iannone, a Democrat, said she is running to help improve the lives of those she already represents as commisioner as well as all of the people of ...

Bids invited on razing burned-out store

LOCK HAVEN — Contractors are invited to bid on razing the burned-out former furniture store at 37-41 Bellefonte Ave. City Council voted unanimously Monday to proceed with removing the vacant structure. No comments were made about the proposed demolition. Council Vice President Stephen ...