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 - 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.
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 email@example.com.
June 8 - R.B. Winter State Park and Bald Eagle State Forest, Union County. Hike a 12-mile, strenuous loop. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the parking lot at the breast of the dam along Route 192. Register with Joe Rebar at 570-259-0134.
June 14 - Full Moon Hike, Zindel Park, Clinton County. Enjoy a unique hiking experience on an easy, 5-mile hike. Meet at the parking area in Zindel Park, Woolrich exit off of Route 220, at 8:30 p.m. Bring head lamp or flashlight. Register with Michele Brague at 570-220-6474.
Commission announces working group meeting
HARRISBURG - The state Board of Game Commissioners will hold a public working group meeting at 8 a.m. Monday at the Game Commission's headquarters, 2001 Elmerton Ave.
It also will be streamed live on the agency's website, www.pgc.state.pa.us.
Working group meetings allow for an exchange between the board and commission staff ahead of the regular quarterly meetings. While the meetings are open to the public, public comments are not accepted.
Those attending, however, are permitted to submit questions in writing to the board.
The board's next quarterly meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. June 9 and 10 at its headquarters.
Conservancy plans fundraiser
Friday is the last day to purchase tickets for the Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy's spring fundraiser, which will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. June 1.
The fundraiser consists of an afternoon with Jim and Anne Meyer, of Morgan Valley Road, just off Route 654, between Bastress and Nippenose Valley. Their home adjoins a property they co-own with their neighbors, Frank Shinko and Susan Hoelscher. The 135-acre property is under conservation easement with the Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy.
Attendees will walk around the top of the property, socialize in the "wedding field," tour Jim's studio, listen to acoustic bluegrass and watch a demonstration of hot glass work by Deb Parsons. Pulled pork sandwiches and sides from the Country Store are on the menu.
The event will be held rain or shine. Tickets cost $45 and may be purchased by mail at P.O. Box 2083, Williamsport, PA 17703 or online at npcweb.org/get-involved/2014-spring-fundraiser.
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.
Learn about Hug-A-Tree and Survive program
WASHINGTONVILLE - A workshop about the Hug-A-Tree and Survive program will be held at 1:30 p.m. May 31 at PPL's Montour Environmental Preserve.
Inspired by the search for a 9-year-old California boy and initiated by a renowned tracker, the Hug-A-Tree and Survive program teaches children what to do if they become lost in the woods. Designed specifically for children ages 7-11, the program also can be effective with slightly younger and older children.
The training features an introduction to the Hug-A-Tree program, an entertaining video and a few practical suggestions and demonstrations.
The free program will 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kids' fishing derby planned
NEW ALBANY - The annual Charlie Wiles Fishing Derby will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 31 at Behrend and Wiles ponds on Overton Road. The free catch-and-release event is open to children ages 4 to 13.
Every registered child will receive goody bags, bait, refreshments and a prize.
The derby is sponsored by the New Albany Area Children's Fund.
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/SSRTA chicken barbecue. Ride as you please, then return around 11:30 a.m. to Gillentown Trailhead for a chicken dinner. Take-outs available.
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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