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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 ...

‘SUPER DOG’: Union County Doberman lovers own best of breed

WEST MILTON — It may only have been October, but Christmas came early this year for Roxann and Wayne Miller when their Doberman pinscher puppy, Muellers Red Tornado “Stormy,” was chosen as the top dog at the Doberman Pinscher Club of America’s National Specialty Show in ...

Local lives life of a professional hawk watcher

“There is a red-tailed hawk half a glass above the notch and an American kestrel circling over the right saddle!” For three months last fall, I was the hawk watch counter at the Ashland Nature Center in Hockessin, Delaware. My task was to stand on a hill and count migrating raptors for ...

Project Bald Eagle to lead regional alliance

This month, Project Bald Eagle reveals exciting new developments affecting both Lycoming County and the greater northcentral Pennsylvania region. Since 2013, interested and concerned people have come together to discuss the crisis of opiate and heroin use and how it is affecting our ...

Pa. Farm Show returns to state

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Farm Show will be held through Saturday at the Farm Show Complex and Expo Center, at the corner of Cameron and Maclay streets. Hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. today through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free, and parking is $15. For more ...

Study highlights PA’s potential for new dairy processing plants

HARRISBURG — A new study released last Wednesday paints a promising picture of the commonwealth’s potential for dairy processors looking to relocate or expand their operations. The study was performed by three nationally renowned experts in supply chain management, dairy policy and ...

Auction announces realized prices

DEWART LIVESTOCK MARKET Report for Jan. 1 No hay report 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 ...

OUT & ABOUT

Public invited to annual Watersheds Summit The Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited will host its annual Watersheds Summit at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Covenant Central Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 807 W. Fourth St. It is open to the public. Many of the area’s watershed groups, ...

PennDOT schedules road work

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 ...

Afield with Friends: Time to catch big fish

Fifty years ago after I dressed out a 10-point buck and attached a tag to a long-beard gobbler during the first hours of the fall season, I realized it was time to make some adjustments in my outdoor activities. The 9-foot Sage rod on the wall of my cluttered den seemed to remind me the ...

Montoursville farmer 1 of winners in state soybean yield contest

HARRISBURG — Scott Snyder, of Montoursville, secured one of five regional first-place finishes in the 2017 Pennsylvania Soybean Yield Contest, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Soybean Board. He won the northern region category by planting Pioneer 36T86 and getting a yield of 62.37 bushels ...

‘A very unexpected season’: Grandfather, son, grandson all harvest bucks

Rich Day estimates he’s been hunting for nearly 54 years, but this year he and his family had “a very unexpected season.” On Oct. 26, during archery season, Rich, 66, harvested an eight-point white-tailed buck whose antlers had a spread measuring nearly 18 inches. Then, during ...

Step Outdoors events begin this Monday

WELLSBORO — The 2018 Step Outdoors Winter Outings series has been expanded to include more events in Potter County, according to organizer Tim Morey, a natural resource specialist with the Hills Creek State Park Complex. “This is our largest Winter Outing series yet with more than 25 ...

Reflections in Nature: Bird’s name means tree cleaver

Several weeks ago while driving up the Armenia Mountain road, near Gobbler’s Knob, I saw a big bird fly across the road and land on a tree. Before getting close enough to identify the bird, I knew it was a pileated woodpecker due to its unusual flight. A woodpecker’s flight undulates, ...

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 ...