OUT & ABOUT

Gun club offers skeet shoots for all ages

WELLSBORO — From 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Sundays, including today, the Nessmuk Rod and Gun Club is hosting skeet shoots at its outdoor range at 4646 Route 287 in Delmar Township, 6.5 miles south of here. The shoots will continue each Sunday through the fall, weather permitting

A fee applies for members and non-members 18 years of age and older, but is free for youth ages 12 to 17. The club will provide up to two cases of ammunition free to each youth to use at the range the day he or she shoots.

Shooters have to provide their own shotguns and ammunition. Eye and ear protection are required.

The club will have a limited supply of 12 and 20 gauge shotgun shells in boxes of 25 available for purchase.

For more information, contact Skeet Shoot Coordinator John Davis at johndavispa@gmail.com.

Hunter education class set

JERSEY SHORE — A Hunter-Trapper Education class will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Northcentral Office of the state Game Commission, 1566 S. Route 44.

Students may register on the Game Commission website under “Education” and by the date of the class.

Students must attend both sessions and pass a certification exam to receive their certificate.

Fore more information, call Max Farley at 570-337-8750.

Discover the value of natural meadows

LEWISBURG — Seven Mountains Audubon will hold a free program at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Kelly Township supervisors building, 551 Zeigler Road.

Ian Adrian will present an overview of the value of protecting native habitat and converting one’s yard to a natural meadow. This will be accompanied by a slideshow of mostly Pennsylvania nature photography.

Brent Bacon will also share how he is restoring his own farm and residence to make them more friendly to birds and other wildlife.

All are welcome.

Audubon staffer to discuss puffins

WELLSBORO — In recognition of 2018 as the “Year of the Bird,” the Tiadaghton Chapter of the National Audubon Society is hosting Steve Kress as its featured speaker at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Wellsboro Area Senior High School’s large group instruction room, 225 Nichols St. The presentation is free and open to the public.

In the 1800s, hunters wiped out nesting colonies of Atlantic puffins on islands off the coast of Maine. Kress will talk about how he restored puffins to their nesting colonies on an island called Eastern Egg Rock off the Maine coast and how the diving seabirds are now serving as a sensitive indicator of climate-induced changes in the Gulf of Maine. He will also discuss how lessons learned from the puffin restoration project can help people create sanctuaries in a changing climate for birds in their own backyards.

Kress is not only the National Audubon Society’s Seabird Restoration Program executive director and Bird Conservation vice president, but has also remained the director of Project Puffin since 1973.

Today, Kress manages 13 seabird nesting islands in Maine that are home to more than 42,000 water birds of 27 species, including most of Maine’s rare and endangered seabirds.

Tiadaghton Chapter members will hold their regular business meeting at 5:30 p.m. The public is also welcome to attend. There will be a brief break between the meeting and the 6:30 p.m. presentation.

Those interested in more information are asked to contact the Tiadaghton Audubon Society by email at tasmember@yahoo.com or Sean or Robin Minnick by phone at 570-948-9052.

Early registration for trail challenge now open

WELLSBORO — To compete in the 11th annual Ives Run Trail Challenge on Oct. 13 and be guaranteed a free event T-shirt, male and female walkers and runners ages 13 and over must register and pay an entry fee by the end of the day Friday. For details, call 570-835-5281.

The Trail Challenge will be at the Ives Run Recreation Area on Hammond Lake at 710 Ives Run Lane in Tioga Township, 12 miles north of Wellsboro via Route 287. It is for runners and walkers of all ages.

On race day, check-in and registration for the 4-mile Trail Challenge will be from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Stephenhouse Pavilion. The challenge starts at 10 a.m. and will be on portions of the Lynn Keller, Stephenhouse and Archery Range trails. Terrain varies.

Visit www.stepoutdoors.org to download course maps and registration forms or to register and pay online. Do not mail completed registration forms after Friday.

Community prayer vigil combats addiction crisis

ELKLAND — The Cowanesque Valley Ministerium, in partnership with the Knoxville Yoked Church Celebrate Recovery group, is sponsoring a community prayer rally centering on the opioid and addiction crisis. The rally will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Northern Tioga School District’s Clark Wood School Auditorium, 110 Addison Hill Road.

The rally will include a number of prominent guest speakers who have direct knowledge or influence in this crisis situation, as well as pastors and prayer teams from Cowanesque Valley Area churches. Prayer partners will be available for both group and individual prayer, so those within the community can have access to praying for needs on a deeper level.

Worship and testimony will be incorporated with the guest speakers. Prayer cards will be available for anyone wishing to honor a deceased loved one who has fallen to this epidemic, and extended group prayer for their families and friends. The cards can be completed with a loved one’s name, and each attendee preparing a card will have an opportunity to join together on the staging area, when group prayer will be raised for all those being remembered.

A community choir will close the evening, and anyone may participate.

For more information, contact Pastor Cathy Dawes at the Knoxville Yoked Church at 814-326-4187 or Cheryl Edgcomb, Celebrate Recovery PA state representative apprentice at 814-3216-6141 or by emailing crrainbowcheryl@gmail.com.

Bike ride through Mifflinburg

MIFFLINBURG — Mifflinburg Buggy Museum will resume its “Cycling through the Centuries” bicycle tour of the borough at 1 p.m. Sept. 23. Sept. 30 is set as a rain date.

A small registration fee applies.

This year, the riders will visit the north and west sides of towns to learn about well-known — and lesser-known — businesses and industries, with glimpses into the private lives of the men and women who called Mifflinburg home.

The ride is 5 miles long, with frequent stops to view historic sites and photos. It will last about two hours.

To register, call 570-966-1355.

University celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

BLOOMSBURG — Two award-winning writers will speak as part of the monthlong Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at Bloomsburg University.

Bilingual poet Manuel A. Lopez will talk on the “El arte de perder” or “The Art of Losing” at 6 p.m. Sept. 24 in the Kehr Union Building Ballroom 3.

That will be followed by a presentation from Nicholas Villanueva, who will talk about “Hispanic Heritage: An Endless Voice Shaping a Bright Future for America” at 6 p.m. Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. in Carver Hall, Gross Auditorium.

Lopez is an award-winning bilingual poet, writer and cultural promoter who came to the United States from Cuba in 1980. Villanueva is the director of critical sports studies and assistant professor of ethnic studies at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Learn about fall warblers

The Lycoming Audubon Society will present a program titled “Identifying Confusing Fall Warblers” at 6 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Lowry Room on the third floor of the James V. Brown Library’s Welch Wing, 19 E. Fourth St.

Birder Ian Gardener will discuss the challenges of identifying migrating warblers in the autumn, when their colors are muted and they are rarely singing.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Concealed carry seminars scheduled

Two concealed carry seminars will be held this fall for residents in Tioga and Potter counties.

Both will feature local law enforcement experts who will share information about the state’s firearms laws and Pennsylvania’s Castle Doctrine. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions.

The Tioga County seminar will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 27 at the PA Army National Guard Armory, 1810 Shumway Hill Road, Wellsboro.

The Potter County event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum, 5660 Route 6 in Galeton.

Seating is limited at these events. Register by visiting www.RepOwlett.com or by calling Rep. Clint Owlett’s office at 570-724-1390 in Wellsboro or 570-297-3045 in Troy.

Pig roast to benefit rails to trails group

SNOW SHOE — The sixth annual Carns/Snow Shoe Rails to Trails Association’s pig roast will be held beginning at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 29 at the Gillentown Trailhead. The meal is open to the public.

Snow Shoe Rails to Trails Association clothing, raffle tickets, 50/50 drawing and applications for memberships will be on hand the day of the event.

Sept. 29-30 is the last weekend to ride trails controlled by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources before they close for the fall.