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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 ...

Auction announces realized prices

DEWART LIVESTOCK MARKET Report for Feb. 6 HAY, per ton Alfalfa    , $75-150 Alfalfa/Grass Mix, $115-230 Grass, $95-240 Mixed, $105-165 Timothy Grass, $85-210 ROUND BALES, $20-32.50 each STRAW, $60-130 per ton FIREWOOD, $45-175 per load All animals sold per 100 ...

Borough to discuss flood plain details

LEWISBURG — The Borough Flood Impact Task Force will hold a flood plain public information session at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at the William Cameron Engine Co. training facility’s annex building on Buffalo Road and North 5th Street. All are welcome. The task force will review various publicly ...

Road race begins on Saturday in Tioga County

WELLSBORO — Fourteen cars were registered to compete in  the 2017 Waste Management RallySprint, as of Feb. 3. The organizing committee is hoping for 20 entries by Saturday, the day of the event. The contest is limited to 30 cars. “We expect to see more cars enter. Last year 18 cars ...

Meeting set this week on proposed highway plan

SELINSGROVE — The state Department of Transportation’s Engineering District 3 will hold a public meeting to provide updates and seek input on the Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation project’s (CSVT) Southern Section from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Selinsgrove Middle School, 401 ...

Crash claims life of Wellsboro woman, 27

MANSFIELD — Misty M. Bacon, 27, of Wellsboro, was killed when her SUV crashed on Route 6 in Sullivan Township about 10:30 a.m. Monday, according to state police. Bacon was traveling east on Route 6 when she lost control of her Mercury Mountaineer, which went off the road, struck a tree and ...

Jazz and Art Festival with special concert gets support in Lock Haven

LOCK HAVEN — The 2017 LH JAMS Festival will return to the downtown Aug. 18 and 19, and a special Saturday concert again will be scheduled on the river that weekend. This year, The King of Blues, Billy Price, will play on the floating stage Aug. 19. Price is from Pittsburgh and draws big ...

Substance abuse is a national health crisis, report states

In January, we highlighted the U.S. surgeon general’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health, issued in 2016. The report, while highlighting the serious problems created by the use and misuse of drugs and alcohol, offers support and ideas to change the landscape of care for alcohol and ...

Ice sculptor carves out a niche in Erie

ERIE (AP) — Chain saws and a vast assortment of handheld power tools litter Bill Sandusky’s Erie Ice Works studio. Inside the 4,500-square-foot facility at 1220 W. 20th St. are two large freezers — one measuring 14 feet by 16 feet, the other 22 feet by 10 feet. Nearby sit two ...

Pre-4-H program open to children

Enrollment is open for Cloverbuds, a Penn State Extension program designed for children in kindergarten through third grade. Cloverbuds meet once a month to do fun, educational activities that are hands-on and interactive. Many 4-H activities are available only when a child reaches the ...

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Maxwell plays in a yard at the Lycoming SPCA.

Singled out: Pit bulls troubled by negative perceptions

  (EDITOR’S NOTE: Today is the first part of a series about pit bull-type dogs, animals that often are portrayed as vicious and aggressive. For the next few weeks, learn more about these dogs from the people who deal directly with them.) Shelter dogs have it ...

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Courtney Case, River Valley Farms manager, stands in a feeding area of a new Tioga County pig farm. Each hog will have five minutes to consume its meal of corn and soybeans, farm officials  said during an open house earlier this month.

Tioga County pig farm opens doors to public before hogs

KNOXVILLE — Animal welfare and hygiene are essential aspects of Country View Family Farms’ newest pig farm, River Valley Farms, 500 Doan Road. The 495-acre farm will have 5,000 pigs that will be bred without antibiotics for Hatfield Quality Meats, according to Bill C. ...

Grant approved for Tioga emergency services

WELLSBORO — Tioga County commissioners Tuesday approved a $154,184 state grant to fund the emergency services internet system for the county’s 911 center. The grant paves the way for better communications services between Tioga and surrounding counties, according to officials. “If our ...

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Thyme and lemongrass grow in an old tool box in an area gardener’s home.

Get Growing with the Master Gardeners: Herbs can have a place in your home

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This column is written by members of the Lycoming County Master Gardeners.) Q: How can I grow herbs inside my house? A: It is not difficult to grow herbs indoors if you follow a few tips. First, you will need to choose a container. Just about any will do but ...

Clinton County zoning ordinance to reflect ACRE law

LOCK HAVEN — When Woodward Township abandoned its legal action last year against John Grand and his pig farm, a chain reaction of sorts was set in motion. The intense examination of local zoning regulations by local attorneys culminated in a decision last Tuesday by the Clinton County ...