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PAT CROSSLEY/Sun-Gazette Correspondent






Dustan McKee, 
co-owner of Greenwood Farms, holds a bag 
of sterile sawdust
with oyster
mushrooms 
growing on it. 
McKee grows 
these and lion’s mane mushrooms 
at his farm 
outside of Millville.

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 ...

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A crowd gathers around midway games during last year’s Bloomsburg Fair. The show starts on Friday and continues through Sept. 30.

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 — ...

Tassels, which are the silks, or stigma of the female flower, develop on newly formed ears of corn.

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 ...

Lane restriction expected Monday on Route 15 south

A lane restriction in place on Monday on Route 15 southbound in Lewis Township, Lycoming County. Traffic will be restricted to a single lane both days from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. while crews clean up a fuel spill. Pipe replacement this week on Burlington Turnpike On Wednesday, a state ...

Real estate transactions filed

The following deeds have been registered in the Lycoming County Courthouse: Loyalsock Township • Alexander III and Tanja Roy to Dean Keefer III and Jolie R. Wetzler, $350,000, Konkle Road. • Dolores H. Ritter and Brian L, and Theresa S. Cain to Rosanna Landin, $263,000, 1008 Bonair ...

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 ...

Tabitha Metzger

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 ...

Deborah Keller works on her oyster farm in Apalachicola Bay, Fla. The oysters harvested there have a taste unique to the region in which they are grown. Keller is able to grow them to the size that restaurants prefer.

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 ...

Father coping with son’s addiction discovers valuable resource

Special to the Sun-Gazette During this time when deaths among teenagers and young adults are on the rise, many resources are available to parents to give information and support. The parent blog on the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is one of those resources. In an Aug. 15 parent blog post, ...