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Joelle Urban

2 to receive FFA Keystone Degrees

CANTON — Two Canton FFA students — Joelle Urban and Mak Gleckner — will received their Keystone Degrees at the state FFA Midwinter Convention, which will be held Jan. 8 during the state Farm Show in Harrisburg. The degrees will be conferred in the large arena. FFA members can earn ...

Real estate transactions filed

The following deeds have been registered in the Lycoming County Courthouse: Fairfield Township • River Valley Holdings Co. LLC to Max A. and Dorothy J. Dangle, $28,000, 9 Gibson Court Muncy • Allen R. and Elizabeth M. Smith to Bruce J. and Robin A. Clark, $173,000, 106 S. Market ...

Road work scheduled

Road work is scheduled by the state Department of Transportation in the following counties this week. LYCOMING • Crack sealing along routes 2023 in Loyalsock and Hepburn townships, 3017 in Old Lycoming Township, 1009 in Jackson Township and 1008 in Cascade Township. • Shoulder work ...

State: Grants available for agricultural researchers

State Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding has announced that more than $860,000 in grant funding is available to researchers interested in finding solutions to some of the most pressing and persistent problems confronting the commonwealth’s farms and farmers. “Sound ...

Driver license, photo centers closed for Christmas holiday

The state Department of Transportation’s driver license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed through Monday for the Christmas holiday. Customers may obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications ...

MIMI MYLIN/Sun-Gazette Correspondent
Shown above is a collection of items that drivers should keep in their vehicles in case they need something in a pinch.

Experts advise drivers prepare vehicles for winter months

Early winter is one of the best times to give automobiles a good health checkup to be sure they will run reliably and safely over the next several months. Preventative maintenance helps drivers avoid breaking down when the weather is at its most severe and minimizes the likelihood of an ...

PHOTO COURTESY OF Lauren Shaffer
A pileated woodpecker searches for insects.

Why count birds?

It’s pitch black inside and out when the alarm softly chimes Saturday morning. I quietly slip out to the den, into my long-johns and other warm clothes and gather up Dusky dog for his earlier-than-normal walk around the neighborhood pond. It’s 17 degrees, starless, but thankfully not ...

BILL BOWER/Sun-Gazette Correspondent
The Christmas tree often is called Christ’s tree.

Reflections in Nature: Christmas customs

The custom of using evergreens to help celebrate goes back almost 2,000 years. In pre-Christian days, it was believed evergreens contained magical powers because the trees remained green throughout the year. Evergreens first were used in celebrating the winter solstice, which is the ...

Auction announces realized prices

DEWART LIVESTOCK MARKET Report for Dec. 18 Hay, per ton: Alfalfa/Grass, $130 to $245 Grass, $55 to $175 Mixed, $60 to $150 Timothy Grass, $70 to $140 Round bales, $17.50 to $37.50 each Straw, $90 to $125 per ton Firewood, $50 to $90 per load Oats, $3.20 per bushel All ...

Real estate transactions filed

The following deeds have been registered in the Lycoming County Courthouse: Williamsport • Victor E. Wright and Kristine M. Rainey to Christopher A. and Gina Matrey, $189,000, 7 Terrace Lane. • William J. and Mary Ellen Miele to Amo Real Estate LLC, $275,000, 36 W. Fourth St. • ...

Game Commission suspends seedling sales

Tree and shrub seedlings from the state Game Commission’s Howard Nursery will not be offered for sale to the public in 2018 due to drastically low inventories. Seedlings will continue to be supplied to participants in the Seedlings for Schools Program, as well as to landowners who open ...

Count birds with the experts

The Lycoming Audubon Society will participate in the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 30. The count is a good chance for beginners to learn from experienced birders. The data gathered from these annual counts across North America is important for research. Counts will be held ...

PA Trophies

For information on submitting a photo for “PA Trophies,” send an email to outdoors@sungazette.com or call 570-326-1551, ext. 3115.

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Abby Heatley, 18, shows off the large racked white-tailed deer she shot on Dec. 2 in Tioga County. She fired a .308 bolt-action rifle, shown at top, just once at the buck, whose presence she was alerted to by a group of about 10 does. Heatley comes from a family of hunters and also uses a bow to hunt.

‘Can’t really believe it’: Liberty woman brings home trophy buck

LIBERTY — When Abby Heatley went into the woods this hunting season, she wasn’t going specifically for a trophy buck. She walked out on Dec. 2 with the monster of a lifetime — an 18-point Tioga County whitetail. “I don’t expect to get anything like that ever again,” she ...

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U.S. Army Sgt. Howard Steppe, right, finally receives his service medals earned in the Vietnam War, during a recent ceremony at the Jersey Shore Veterans of Foreign Wars from retired U.S. Army Maj. Galen Klobe, left. Steppe’s wife, Betty, stands between the veterans.

Jersey Shore vet receives service medals

JERSEY SHORE — During a time when a lot of his peers were protesting the Vietnam War, burning draft cards or leaving the United States to avoid the draft, Howard Steppe demonstrated his patriotic duty by enlisting in the Army and fighting in the swamps and jungles of Central ...

Dewart livestock report provided

DEWART LIVESTOCK MARKET Report for Dec. 11 Hay, per ton: • Alfalfa, $120 • Grass, $45 to $280 • Mixed, $40 to $115 • Timothy Grass, $80 Round bales, $10 to $40 each Straw, $100 per ton Firewood, $40 to $100 per load Oats, $4 per bushel All animals sold per ...

WW II-era vessel gets some TLC from farmers

BOLIVAR (AP) — Rus Davies and Greg Clark have never served in the military, but each has taken a turn piloting a 3,000-ton retired Navy landing vessel. For the past two years, the friends, who own Fairfield Township farms, have spent several weeks living and working with other volunteers ...

Wandering bovine returned to Philly nativity scene

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A cow that escaped twice from a nativity scene in Philadelphia is back in place. The cow, nicknamed “Stormy,” wandered away from the nativity scene at Old First Reformed Church of Christ Thursday and ended up on Interstate 95. Philadelphia police eventually boxed ...