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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

‘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 ...

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 ...

Reflections in Nature: Rifle deer season starts Monday

Here in Pennsylvania, the opening of buck season on the first Monday after Thanksgiving Day has been a tradition for more than a century and many schools and some businesses are closed this day. Since the hunters have many opportunities to hunt for the elusive whitetail before the regular ...

Dickens of a Christmas celebrates 34th year this weekend

Special to the Sun-Gazette WELLSBORO — The community’s Dickens of a Christmas is celebrating its 34th anniversary this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1, 2 and 3. The festival annually rekindles the holiday spirit by turning back the clock to England’s Victorian era and author ...