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Have pets? Grow a nonpoisonous plant

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This column is written by members of the Lycoming County Master Gardeners.) Q: My two cats like to chew on my houseplants. Are there plants that are poisonous to pets? A: Some pets enjoy eating grass and other plants. There are several theories as to why they eat ...

Years after immigrating, family in Columbia County feels more rejected

BLOOMSBURG (AP) — The Valentin family had just moved here from Puerto Rico the first time they encountered a hateful slur. It was 2000 and Maria Valentin and her husband, William, were walking into the DMV in Berwick when someone nearly backed into William Valentin on the sidewalk. Then the ...

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ADOPT ME: Pit bull-type dogs ready for real homes

I grew up around big dogs. When I was an infant, my parents had a white German shepherd and a wolf-hybrid that they both trusted around me. I’ve never understood the fear that comes with big dogs because I’ve never had an experience where I felt threatened by any type of ...

What’s next for Boscov’s after retail titan’s death

READING — Albert Boscov was the ebullient public face of a department store chain he built from a single corner store in downtown Reading to a regional powerhouse with dozens of locations in seven states and more than $1 billion in annual sales. After his death Friday at age 87, Boscov ...

FARM FUNCTIONS

Manure workshops set for farmers The Lycoming County Conservation District will hold a workshop on Thursday to help farm operators complete manure management plans (MMPs) for their operations. Any operation that generates manure or uses manure on its farm is required to have an ...

Farming twins use technology to assess livestock quality

LEECHBURG (AP) — Michael and Matthew Kasanicky can tell you how good a steak will be before a butcher or chef ever sees it. The identical twins from Gilpin, third generation hog farmers and college students, have what could be called “inside” information about that steak. In addition ...

Auction announces realized prices

DEWART LIVESTOCK MARKET Report for Feb. 13 HAY (per ton) Alfalfa , $130 Alfalfa/Grass Mix, $85 to $260 Grass, $60 to $250 Mixed, $55 to $185 Timothy Grass, $140 to $160 Round bales, $25 to $37.50 each Straw, $90 to $140 per ton Firewood, $35 to $75 per ...

Learn how to prune shrubs

The Penn State Master Gardeners of Lycoming County will hold a free program on “Shrub and Ornamental Pruning Techniques: Management Practices in the Landscape” at 9 a.m. March 18 in the Chapel Room of the Lysock Complex, 542 County Farm Road in Loyalsock Township. Learn guidelines for ...

Group explains lasagna gardening

The Penn State Master Gardeners of Lycoming County will hold a free program on “lasagna gardening” at 9 a.m. March 11 in the Chapel Room of the Lysock Complex, 542 County Farm Road in Loyalsock Township. “Lasagna” gardening has nothing to do with the kitchen or what plants you want ...

‘Dare to Ask’ founder to speak at area university

BLOOMSBURG —Journalist Phillip Milano wants the tough questions on diversity asked at his panel “DARE TO ASK” in Bloomsburg University’s Gross Auditorium in Carver Hall. The free, public event is at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Milano is the founder of Y? The National Forum on People’s ...

Driver license, photo centers closed through Monday

The state Department of Transportation announced that all driver’s license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed through Monday for Presidents Day. Customers still may obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through ...

Real estate transactions filed

The following deeds have been registered in the Lycoming County courthouse: Montoursville • Paul A. and Sharon L. Boyer to Tyler A. Fetterman and Ashley V. Martin, $164,000, 501 Crawford Alley. • Bradley J. and Jessica L. Clayton to Courtney B. Graham, $172,900, 1209 Cedar ...

Pa. Resources Council holding photo contest

The Pennsylvania Resources Council is sponsoring a statewide photo contest focusing on litter, which could win photographers a top prize of $1,000. Lens On Litter encourages amateur photographers to take eye-catching images of other people’s litter — soda cans, burger wrappers and other ...

‘Human books’ are on loan at Penn State library

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Enter a library room at Penn State University on Wednesday and you’ll hear junior Brian Anthony Davis describe his transformation from gang member, dodging bullets by age 16, to college student who has studied in eight countries. Patrons that day can “borrow” the ...

Tioga commissioners approve change orders for courthouse

WELLSBORO — Tioga County commissioners approved change orders for the courthouse additions and improvements project at their meeting Tuesday. The change orders amounting to $174,386 include lighting and power renovations in the new sheriff’s area, the transfer of existing generator ...

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Wendy Rundio, of South Williamsport, sits with her 3-year-old dog, Dixie Delilah, a mix between an American staffordshire terrier and a bull terrier. Rundio has owned many breeds of dogs.

Hard sell: Breed education is vital, longtime owner says

Thinking about adding a dog to your family? Do yourself — and the dog — a favor and research different breeds before making a decision. That’s the advice from the assistant kennel manager at the Lycoming County branch of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to ...

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Co-driver Chris Wimbrough, left, and driver Jeremy Keck are shown with Keck’s 1999 Subaru Impreza. Keck will drive the Impreza during Saturday’s Waste Management Winter RallySprint.

Wellsboro man only local driver in RallySprint

WELLSBORO — Jeremy Keck is the only local driver among the 14 who have entered the 2017 Waste Management Winter RallySprint, which will be held on Waste Management property in Antrim on Saturday. Keck’s co-driver is first-timer Christopher Wimbrough. Both live in Wellsboro. It is ...

Amish targeted over problems with environment

LEBANON, Pa. (AP) — William Kautz grew up in the Chesapeake Bay’s backyard. He remembers standing in water up to his hips that was so clear he could see his feet. A few decades later, he couldn’t even see his shins. When the Baltimore County resident moved to South Lebanon Township in ...

Get Growing with the Master Gardeners: Philly flower show fun

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This feature is answered by members of the Lycoming County Master Gardeners. Readers who wish to submit a question to be answered by these experts may email it to region@sungazette.com.) Have you ever been to the Philadelphia Flower Show? If so, what did you enjoy ...

NY lawmaker pulls bill exempting farm dogs from welfare laws

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York lawmaker announced Thursday he is withdrawing a bill that would have classified farm dogs as “livestock” and exempted them from some animal neglect protections after animal welfare groups objected to the measure. Democratic Assemblyman William Magee, the ...