Open paddle planned each Wednesday
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 - 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.
Saturday - 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 Wal-Mart parking lot on Route 87. Register with Sue Wright at 570-323-2411 or email@example.com.
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.
June 1 - Quehanna Wild Area, Elk and Clearfield counties. This 10-mile, moderate to strenuous hike travels through the Mosquito Creek watershed, past Crawford Vista and plateau meadows before finishing at Marion Brooks Natural Area, home to one of the largest stands of white birch in Pennsylvania. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the parking lot behind the Lewisburg post office or at 9:45 at parking lot of Snow Shoe Restaurant, just off Exit 147 on Interstate 80. Register with Paul Shaw at 717-215-8339 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn about climate change
LEWISBURG - The Otzinachson Regional Group of the Sierra Club will hold a discussion titled "Climate Change: Dealing with Deniers" at 6:45 p.m. Monday at the Public Library for Union County, 255 Reitz Blvd.
Speaker Richard Whiteford will present the facts and truth about climate change. The program is touted to enlighten everyone - from those who accept the overwhelming consensus of climate scientists to the fiercest climate denier.
Whiteford will provide scientific validated information on climate disruption and explain how climate deniers distort the facts to build their case.
Son to discuss underwater photography pioneer
WELLSBORO - Photographer Jim Montanus, of Rochester, N.Y., will chronicle the career of his father, the legendary Kodak photographer, Neil Montanus, during the Grand Canyon Photography Club's meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center, 134 Main St.
Neil Montanus was a pioneer in underwater photography who is known for taking the world's largest underwater photograph - an 18- by 60-foot Kodak Colorama that hung in New York's Grand Central Station.
In addition to the official presidential portrait of Gerald Ford, he photographed what Disney staffers called the "best portrait ever" of Walt Disney.
Jim Montanus will show some of his father's classic vintage photography and explain how his dad captured some of his greatest shots. Also during the meeting, Jim will present his own images that recently created a sensation on the Internet.
For more information about Neil and Jim, visit their website at www.montanusphotography.com.
Fishing derby open to kids to age 12
The 10th annual Black Hole Creek Fishin' Derby will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Riverside Campground on South Main Street in Montgomery.
Kids up to 12 years old are invited. A prize drawing will be held, and food and drinks will be available.
ATV safety class scheduled
An all-terrain vehicle safety class will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday 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.
Audubon Society plans tureen dinner
The Lycoming Audubon Society will hold its annual tureer dinner in conjunction with a panel discussion by its most experienced birders at 6 p.m. May 28 at the James V. Brown Library's Lowry Room, 19 E. Fourth St.
Bring a covered dish to share and your own table setting. Drinks will be provided, and visitors are welcome.
The birders will talk about their favorite birds and share facts. Ask bird-related questions and share your favorite bird or wildlife story with the group.
The event is free and open to the public.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rails to trails group plans events
SNOW SHOE - The Snow Shoe Rails to Trails Association is planning the following events:
July 19 - 12th annual Best Line Powersports and SSRTA chicken barbecue. Ride as you please, then return around 11:30 a.m. to Gillentown Trailhead for a chicken dinner. Take-outs available for $8.
Labor Day Weekend - Moose Dice Run on the SSRT. Members may register at Clarence Moose from 9 to 10 a.m. and return to Moose by 4 p.m. for last roll and meal.
Sept. 20 - Second annual Carns Equipment/SSRT pig roast dinner ride. Ride as you please and return to Gillentown Trailhead for dinner. Eat in or take out for $8.
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 email@example.com or call her at 570-726-3511.
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