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GET GROWING WITH THE MASTER GARDENERS: ‘All the Presidents’ Gardens’

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This column, written by members of the Lycoming County Master Gardeners, will be published every third Sunday.) February is a month dedicated to honoring our presidents. What better time to share with you one of my favorite gardening books — “All the Presidents’ ...

Sparrow species may be present for bird count

The Great Backyard Bird Count is this weekend. Amateur bird watchers can submit their bird sightings to this citizen science project. Simply count birds in your own yard for a minimum of 15 minutes and submit the details through the website. Full details on how to participate can be found at ...

OUT & ABOUT

Winter Outings series continues Step Outdoors Winter Outings in Tioga and Potter counties include the following events: • Mountain or snow bike ride today and Feb. 25. Oswald Cycle Works is sponsoring the free Mountain and Snow Bike Riding Series. Meet at 9 a.m. at the USGS Northern ...

Auction announces realized prices

DEWART LIVESTOCK MARKET Report for Feb. 12 Hay, per ton • Alfalfa, $110 to $117.50 • Alfalfa/Grass, $75 to $180 • Grass, $75 to $255 • Mixed, $70 to $255 • Timothy Grass, $50 to $90 Round bales, each • Alfalfa, $42.50 • Alfalfa/Grass, ...

Real estate transactions filed at county courthouse

The following deeds have been registered in the Lycoming County Courthouse: Wolf Township • Mira Point LLC to George Ryan and Gayle C. Tate, $65,500, 340 Chel Drive. • Mary M. and Daniel Y. Hostetler to Bryan S. and Patricia A. McCoy, $215,000, 4307 Route 220. Montoursville • Leo ...

Signals project may cause delays on Route 15 in Union County

Motorists in Union County are advised they may experience delays on Route 15 due to a project to install new traffic signal equipment at intersections in East Buffalo Township and Lewisburg Borough, according to the state Department of Transportation. New signal equipment is being installed ...

State’s commitment to farmland preservation reaches $1B milestone

HARRISBURG — The state farmland preservation board’s first meeting of the year not only brought good news for families who have committed to protecting their farms in perpetuity, it also marked a milestone in the history of the nation-leading program. The Agricultural Land Preservation ...

Canyon Sled Dog Challenge on track for next weekend

ANSONIA — Sled dogs and their mushers will hit the trail — the Pine Creek Rail Trail — on Saturday for the first Canyon Sled Dog Challenge, an out-and-back 18-mile run from Ansonia to Tiadaghton. Pro and registered breed teams of six and eight dogs each will pull sleds to test their ...

Sportsmen prepare for annual banquet

HUGHESVILLE — The Consolidated Sportsmen of Muncy Creeks will hold its 58th annual banquet on March 24 at the Hughesville Fire Hall Social Center. Doors will open at 5 p.m., with a buffet dinner at 6. The evening will open with a roast beef dinner with homemade pie, a gun and rod raffle, a ...

Montoursville man takes command of US Navy’s Submarine Group 9

KEYPORT, Wash. — Rear Adm. Blake Converse, of Montoursville, took command of Submarine Group 9 at a change of command ceremony at the Naval Undersea Museum on Dec. 15. Rear Adm. John Tammen, from Washington Township, New Jersey, was properly relieved by Converse during the ceremony held ...

Local graduate is commissioned as naval officer

Erik C. Tokarz, son of Gerard and Donna Tokarz, of Montoursville, was commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Navy on May 20, 2017. Tokarz is a 2012 graduate of Montoursville Area High School and a 2017 graduate of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, where he received a bachelor of science ...

Sullivan commissioner seeking state House seat

LAPORTE — Sullivan County Commissioner Donna Iannone has announced she is seeking the 110th state House seat in this year’s spring primary. Iannone, a Democrat, said she is running to help improve the lives of those she already represents as commisioner as well as all of the people of ...

Bids invited on razing burned-out store

LOCK HAVEN — Contractors are invited to bid on razing the burned-out former furniture store at 37-41 Bellefonte Ave. City Council voted unanimously Monday to proceed with removing the vacant structure. No comments were made about the proposed demolition. Council Vice President Stephen ...

Barred access to river draws ire of firefighters, boaters

MUNCY — The former Muncy access area to the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, off of Railroad Street, remains closed to boaters — and there are no plans to reopen it. That’s the official word from the state Fish and Boat Commission, which closed the site in July 2016 after a ...

GET GROWING WITH THE MASTER GARDENERS: Wise bird feeding tips

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This column, written by members of the Lycoming County Master Gardeners, will be published every third Sunday.) Bird feeders seem like an easy, beneficial summer garden task. But, too often, bird feeders actually harm wildlife more than they help. With a little ...

American black duck resembles mallard species

The American black duck, Anas rubripes, is a dabbling duck of eastern North America. Black ducks are similar to female mallards but are a darker shade of brown. The are the same size as mallards with a length of 23 inches and a 35-inch wingspan. Males and females are similar but adult ...

Knit-Away conference set for April

WARREN — The Warren County Fiber Artists will hold the the Kinzua Knit-Away conference April 6-7 at the First United Methodist Church, 200 Market St. Registration is open through March 10. The conference begins from 6 to 8 p.m. April 6 with Cathy Briscoe, of New York, who will discuss ...

USDA: ’17 was near-record year for farm loans

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced 2017 was another year of high activity in its farm loan programs. Hard-working farm families across the country accessed nearly $6 billion in new credit, either directly or guaranteed through ...

Muncy resident elected to county FSA committee

County Committee elections for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency are over and the ballots have been counted, according to Lycoming County agency Executive Director Michael Sherman. Ralph W. Fogleman Jr., of Muncy, was elected to represent local administrative area ...

Game commissioners will discuss 2018-19 hunting, trapping seasons

HARRISBURG — The state Board of Game Commissioners will hold its first quarterly meeting of 2018, from Jan. 28-30 at its 2001 Elmerton Ave. headquarters. Beginning at 1 p.m. next Sunday, the commissioners will hear public recommendations for 2018-19 hunting and furtaking seasons and bag ...