Open paddle planned
Country Ski & Sports in Montoursville is organizing an open paddle at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays beginning this week and through the season. The event is not a class. It will meet at the Greevy boat launch.
For more information, call the store.
Take a hike with regional club
The Otzinachson Regional Group of the Sierra Club and the Edward Abbey Hiking Society will hold a number of hikes throughout the region. They are open to the public, but hikers should contact the hike leader prior to the event. Participants are advised to bring lunch and water on every hike.
Hikes will be held:
Today - Black Moshannon Lake Loop Hike, Centre County. Hike 11 miles, rated as moderate-strenuous for length. See gorgeous spring flowers along the Moss-Hanne Trail, which circles Black Moshannon Lake. Meet at the Lewisburg post office at 8:30 a.m., the Ravensburg rest stop along Interstate 80 at 9 a.m. or the beach parking lot at Black Moshannon State Park at 10 a.m. Register with Paul Shaw at 717-215-8339 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday - Southern loop of the 2013 Megatransect, Clinton County. Hike 9 strenuous miles and see the waterfall area near the Rosecrans Reservoir outside Loganton. Descend into the McElhattan Reservoir area from the south and then re-ascend Giant Steps onto Bald Eagle Mountain. Meet at 9 a.m. off the Loganton exit of Route 80. Turn away from Loganton and gather at the Ice Cream and More Restaurant. Bring your camera, sunscreen, lunch and sufficient water for about five to six hours of hiking. Register with Joanne Heimer at email@example.com or 570-295-1431.
May 11 - Golden Eagle Trail Hike, Lycoming County. Hike 9 miles on moderate to strenuous terrain. Meet at 8 a.m. at the Sovereign Bank parking lot, Southern Avenue between Market and Hastings streets (Route 15) in South Williamsport or at the trail parking lot along Route 414 at 8:50 a.m. Register with Roy Fontaine at 570-220-4707.
May 17 - Rider Park, Lycoming County. Make a 6.2-mile, easy to moderate, figure-eight loop around the parking lot. The tired hiker can bail after only 2 miles, making it an easy-to-moderate hike. Migratory spring songbirds may be spotted. Meet on Warrensville Road next to Loyalsock Creek, just beyond the Interstate 80 overpass over Warrensville Road at 8:30 a.m. or 8:45 a.m. at the parking area 1.6 miles up Calebs Creek Road. Register with Roy Fontaine at 570-220-4707.
May 18 - Loyalsock Trail, Lycoming County. Cover 10 miles of strenuous terrain starting with the first section of trail from the trail head on Route 87 to Smith's Knob, then down the back of Smith's Knob to Pointer Run. Hikers will return via the "x" trail back to Little Bear Road. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the back of the Walmart parking lot on Route 87. Register with Sue Wright at 570-323-2411 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 25 - Prowl the Sproul Trail, Clinton County. This 7 1/2-mile, moderate to strenuous jaunt will be uphill for 3 1/2 miles and downhill for four. Meet at 8 a.m. at the Harvest Moon Restaurant on Route 220. Hike begins at 9 a.m. at the Western Clinton Sportsman's Association Building off Route 150, just before the bridge crossing near Hyner. Register with Michele Brague at 570-220-6474.
Alpine Club announces trail care hikes
The Alpine Club of Williamsport seeks volunteers to help clear clear the Loyalsock Trail's footpath, trim limbs and check blazes. The club will hold trail care hikes on the following dates:
Today - High Knob area
May 18 - Rain date
Volunteers should bring lunch, water, gloves, loppers, bow or folding saws and hammers. Some equipment will be provided.
Call Ruth Rode at 570-322-5878 to sign up or if you have questions or want to work on the trail at your convenience.
Try out kayaks and paddleboards
Country Ski & Sports in Montoursville will hold a kayak and stand-up paddleboard demo day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the borough's boat launch.
Call the store for more details.
Teachers, students invited to falcon banding
HARRISBURG - Tuesday is the last day that students, teachers and non-formal educators can register to attend the annual peregrine falcon banding event from 1 to 2 p.m. May 13 in the Rachel Carson State Office Building auditorium. It is sponsored by the state Department of Environmental Protection and Game Commission and also will be webcast live.
Space is limited; registration is required and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis with priority given to educators and students who have not previously attended the event or a falcon educator's workshop.
Anyone can view the live stream of the banding on DEP's website, www.dep.state.pa.us.
During the one-hour session, biologists will retrieve the newly hatched nestlings, weigh them and place a metal band with a falcon-specific code around each bird's left leg. Wildlife officials and bird enthusiasts will use the band code to monitor the birds after they leave the nest. A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service band will be placed on the eyases' right leg, registering each on a federal banding database.
To register for banding event, mid-state educators should contact DEP's Environmental Education and Information Center at 717-772-1644 or email@example.com.
Public meeting set for update on Colyer Lake
SPRING MILLS - The state Fish and Boat Commission will hold a public meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium at Penns Valley High School, 4528 Penns Valley Road, Centre County, to provide an update on reconstruction of the Colyer Lake dam.
The meeting is free and open to the public.
In early 2013, the commission announced that the lake's dam was unsafe and would have to be rebuilt. This was done after routine inspections by its engineers and the state Department of Environmental Protection found that existing undermining beneath the dam's spillway had become more severe. As a result, the lake was drawn down by about 17 feet as a temporary solution while the commission secured funding to rebuild the dam.
In November, Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law a transportation bill that provided funds for the commission to rebuild high-hazard dams such as Colyer Lake. The $7.2 million construction project is being funded with $5.85 million from the state's capital budget, $1.25 million from the commission as a result of the transportation law, and $100,000 from the Save Colyer Lake organization.
The lake is expected to be fully drained in September. Construction is scheduled to begin in October and be completed by late 2015. The lake is expected to be refilled and fully useable again by summer 2016.
Colyer Lake is a 77-acre reservoir in Potter Township, Centre County. It is owned by the state and managed by the commission.
Master Gardeners to sell perennials
The Penn State Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners will hold a perennial plant sale at noon Friday at Bruce E. Henry Park on Miller Avenue (behind St. Ann's Church).
The $3 perennial plant sale has been a very popular event, with plants selling out within the hour. Master Gardeners will be on hand to help with the purchase of the plants and to answer questions about the plants for sale. More than 30 varieties will be offered, from achillea (yarrow) to violas.
For more information, contact Penn State Extension at 570-433-3040 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Master Gardeners also will sell copies of their new cookbook, which features loads of delicious recipes and numerous helpful hints.
Develop better birding skills
WASHINGTONVILLE - A free birding program will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at at PPL's Montour Environmental Preserve.
Participants will explore several habitats to find summer resident bird species. After the outdoor session, an indoors lesson on improving bird identification skills will be held. Bring binoculars and a small notebook if you have them.
Meet at the Environmental Education Center. For directions, visit www.pplpreserves.com, select Montour and then click on Contacts and Directions. For more information, contact the preserve at 570-437-3131 or email@example.com.
Bicycle and River Fest set in South Williamsport
The Susquehanna Greenway Bicycle and River Fest will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the South Williamsport Sports Park.
Features include free live music from the Pepper Street band, food vendors and booths where you can learn new skills such as bike maintenance and healthy living habits.
A Kid's Bike Derby for ages 6-12 will teach children new bike skills on a challenging course. A Bicycle Scavenger Hunt for ages 13 to adult will have participants pedaling along the Susquehanna River Walk trail to collect clues and learn about river history, culture and nature.
Registration is required for the derby and the scavenger hunt. Registration includes an event T-shirt, a healthy meal donated by Hillside Catering, water bottle and other goodies.
For more information and registration forms, visit www.SusquehannaGreenway.org.
Williamsport Bike Share bicycles will be free to borrow on a first-come-first-served basis and with a valid photo ID.
ATV safety class scheduled
An all-terrain vehicle safety class will be held at 8:30 a.m. May 17 at Wheels Of Williamsport Inc., 99 Grey Fox Drive, Montoursville.
Class size is limited and advance registration is required. Students - youths or adults - must provide their own ATVs.
State-certified safety instructors Bill and Nancy Stugart will teach the course.
Pennsylvania law requires that youths ages 8 through 15 take a Department of Conservation and Natural Resources-approved safety training course and earn a safety training certificate from it before operating an ATV off their parents' or legal guardian's property.
To register for the course, call Bill or Nancy at 435-0923.
Run or walk to raise money for research
The Strides for Spinal Cord Injury Research 5K/10K Run and Walk will be held at 9 a.m. June 14 at Indian Park in Montoursville. Registration begins at 8 a.m.
Participants who sign up before June 1 will save $4 on the entry free. All participants will receive a bag containing a 5K event T-shirt, coupons/gift certificates to local businesses and other small items (while supplies last).
Giveaway drawings for the participants will be held after the event. Medals will be handed out to the top three finishers in each age group.
All money raised will be donated to the Reeve Irvine Research Center and research for a cure. The center is named after Christopher Reeve and his family and its goal is to cure paralysis after a spinal cord injury. The money raised via the event will go directly to spinal cord injury research.
For more information, call organizer Jay Harner at 570-601-4882.
Smith's Knob Scramble Trail race planned
The Mid Penn Trailblazers will hold an 8-mile trail race at 9 a.m. June 14 at Camp Conley, 15 miles north of Montoursville.
The race follows portions of the Loyalsock Trail over the steep Smith's Knob.
To save $5 on the registration fee, sign up prior to race day.
Awards will be given in 10-year age groups up to 60 and older. Race shirts will be given to all who register in advance. Limited quantities will be available on race day.
Proceeds will benefit the Boy Scouts of America Troop 21, of Montoursville.
For more information and a race application, visit www.midpenntrailblazers.com/trail-race-events/smithknob.htm or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hunter-trapper education classes set
MUNCY VALLEY - Free hunter-trapper education classes will be held at the North Mountain Sportsmen's Association Club on the following dates:
6 to 9:30 p.m. July 11 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 12
6 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 15 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 16
Independent study classes from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 26 and Oct. 3.
Individuals who are at least 11 years old may register on the state Game Commission website for any of these classes. Attendance at the entire program is required to receive certification card.
For more information, call Rick Smith at 570-924-3072 or email email@example.com.
Clinton County CleanScapes announces events
Clinton County CleanScapes recently announced the following events:
July 26 - Tire removal project in Bald Eagle Creek, Clinton County. Water activity.
Sept. 6 - Tire removal project in either Bald Eagle Creek or West Branch of the Susquehanna River in Clinton County. Water activity.
For details, email Project Director Elisabeth Lynch McCoy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 570-726-3511.
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