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Gifts for gardeners

(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. Questions also should include the reader’s full name, phone number and town of residence. ...

Get Growing with the Master Gardeners: Gifts for gardeners

(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. Questions also should include the reader’s full name, phone number and town of residence. ...

Auction announces realized prices

DEWART LIVESTOCK MARKET Report for Dec. 12 All animals sold per 100 pounds unless otherwise stated. The market information in this report is collected through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Quality Systems Assessment’s Livestock Auction Market Reporting program under ...

USDA rules would aim to protect livestock and poultry producers

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a little more than a month left in the Obama administration, the Agriculture Department on Wednesday announced new rules aimed at protecting the rights of livestock and poultry producers who do business with larger companies. A years-long fight over the regulations ...

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Monsanto Co. shareholders on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a $57 billion merger with Bayer AG, a deal that would combine two of the world’s biggest agricultural companies. But the path toward securing regulatory approval may be rough. Critics say the combination would ...

Idaho governor being vetted for agriculture secretary

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A spokesman for Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter says he is being considered as a possible candidate for agriculture secretary. Jon Hanian confirmed Thursday the Republican governor currently is being vetted by President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team. Hanian ...

Susquehanna Greenway Partnership opens endowed fund

The Susquehanna Greenway Partnership has established the Susquehanna Greenway Now and Forever endowment fund with the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania. The fund has begun with $25,000. A portion of the fund’s investment income will go to Susquehanna Greenway as a ...

Linn Conservancy starts endowed fund

LEWISBURG — Merrill W. Linn Land & Waterways Conservancy has started an endowed fund of $70,000 with the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania. The fund was created as a permanent funding source where a portion of the fund’s investment income will be granted back ...

Region Events

Electric trains displays set up The non-profit Loose Ties Model Railroad Club shows its electric trains in a free display every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Silver Moon Flea Market on Route 15, 2 miles north of Lewisburg in Union County. In addition, the free Saturday Trains ...

Neighbors donate to preservation group

LIGONIER (AP) — Brown trout thrive in the upper reaches of Loyalhanna Creek, providing a feast for belted kingfishers. Thanks to two local couples, that’s how things likely will remain for years to come at the wooded spot in Cook where the waterway tumbles out of the Laurel Ridge and ...

Traffic down to 1 lane on Route 154 in Sullivan County

A $219,000 project to repair sections of Route 154 in Fox and Elkland townships in Sullivan County began last week in five locations between Bagley Road and Wheelerville. The project includes drainage repairs and riprap placement to stabilize areas damaged by recent flooding. Traffic will be ...

Southern Tioga taxpayers can expect a tax hike

MANSFIELD — Southern Tioga School District taxpayers can expect to pay more in school taxes next year, the question is how much more. During the school board’s meeting Monday, business manager Kathy Ciaciulli presented a preliminary budget for 2017-18 that will either include a 3.2 ...

Commissioners deny tax collectors request

WELLSBORO — Tioga County commissioners on Tuesday denied a request from the county tax collectors to increase the per bill rate they receive. They now get $2.25 per bill collected and were seeking $5 per bill collected. “Based on the research conducted, the commissioners are satisfied ...

No water or sewer hikes expected in LH

LOCK HAVEN — City residents should not see any water or sewer fee hikes next year, according to the proposed budget. City Council talked about those fees and the expected expenses in both areas at a budget work session Monday evening. Council also reviewed a new budget for the Piper ...

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The Heatley brothers, John, and Richard, set up an elaborate holiday display in their neighboring yards along “Gingerbread Lane” each year at Christmastime.

‘Gingerbread Lane’ display delights visitors each December

LIBERTY — It’s known as Gingerbread Lane every December. Heatley Road near Navuoo, home to the Heatley family, is transformed into a holiday light show by John and his brother, Richard, each year. The brothers have been delighting visitors with the scene for at least the past 20 ...

Researcher studies the big role of the lowly earthworm

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — Jodi Johnson-Maynard has been playing with dirt for a long time. She remembers playing in a dirt pile in her backyard while growing up in California. “At one point my mom realized she had no spoons left in the house because I was constantly taking her spoons and any ...

Auction announces realized prices

DEWART LIVESTOCK MARKET Report for Dec. 5 Hay (per ton): Alfalfa, $200-230 Alfalfa/grass mix, $175 Grass, $95-260 Mixed, $95-160 Timothy Grass, $135-210 Round bales, $27.50-35 per bale Straw, $80-110 per ton Firewood, $45-60 per ...

EPA’s National Lakes Assessment finds widespread nutrient pollution

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released the results of a national assessment showing that nutrient pollution is widespread in the nation’s lakes, with four in 10 lakes suffering from too much nitrogen and phosphorus. Excess nutrients can cause algae blooms, ...

PennDOT schedules road work

Road work is scheduled by the state Department of Transportation in the following counties this week: LYCOMING • Crack sealing along Route 220 in Shrewsbury and Wolf townships and Route 3015 on Daugherty’s Run Road in Woodward Township. • Shoulder repairs along Route 44 in ...

Public forum to discuss automated vehicles set

The state’s Autonomous Vehicles Testing Policy Task Force has delivered recommended guidance to state Department of Transportation Secretary Leslie S. Richards for developing policies to oversee testing of highly automated vehicles, also known as HAVs, and has scheduled an online public forum ...