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 - 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.
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.
June 15 - 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 22 - 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 28 - Allegheny Front Trail, Centre County. Try a moderate to strenuous, 11-mile hike in Moshannon State Forest, west of State College. Meet at 9 a.m. in the parking lot of the Harvest Moon complex on Route 220, west of Williamsport. Register with Catherine McLaughlin and Ed Lawrence at 570-925-5285.
Catch some carp - and prizes
Signups for Big Al's 16th annual Carp Tournament will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Linden Boat Ramp. Fish all day on Saturday.
A $50 registration fee applies for each two-person team. Anglers are limited to five carp and must follow all the rules of the state Fish and Boat Commission.
A weigh-in will be held at the same boat ramp at 11 a.m. next Sunday. Prizes awarded by weight.
For more information, call Big Al or Lisa DiMassimo at 570-971-6385 or 570-971-0681.
Listen to tales of a troubadour
WASHINGTONVILLE - Guitarist, singer, songwriter and poet Lester Hirsch will perform from 2 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the Environmental Education Center at PPL's Montour Environmental Preserve.
The free program represents a lyrical and literary journey on Hirsch's road of life. From early songs of protest and love to those more mature, the program will offer an interesting array of music, creating pictures of a lifetime on the road.
Tour Lewisburg's gardens
Six gardens are on "A Garden Tour of Lewisburg," which will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday rain or shine. The event is the sixth annual one organized by the Lewisburg Garden Club.
Tickets are $10 and ages 12 and under are free. Light refreshments will be served.
During the walking tours, guests can learn about formal in-town gardening, historic gardening, country gardening, vegetable gardening and more. Tour guides will be available at each garden.
Tickets are on sale at these locations:
ONLINE: Use Paypal through the club's website: www.lewisburggardenclub.org.
In LEWISBURG: Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau, 81 Hafer Road off Route 15; The Purple Platypus, 225 Market St.; The Mercantile, 319 Market St.; Cherry Alley Cafe, 21 N. Third St.;
In VICKSBURG: Reiff's Greenhouse, 446 Strickler Road (off Route 45)
By mail: Send a check for $10 for each ticket payable to "Lewisburg Garden Club" to: Lewisburg Garden Club, P.O. Box 344, Lewisburg, PA 17837.
Guests are urged to buy tickets in advance.
For more information, send an email to lgcpublicity @gmail.com or visit www.lewisburggardenclub.org.
Group plans canoe, kayak races
The local chapter of PACK (Pennsylvania Canoe and Kayak) will hold several canoe and kayak races in the area this summer.
June 14 - 50th Tiadaghton Elm Canoe and Kayak Classic at McElhattan Boat Launch
June 15 - Loyalsock Flatwater Challenge at Greevy Boat Launch
June 22 - PACK State Championship at Woodward Township Boat Launch, Lock Haven
July 12 - Bricktown Challenge at Bald Eagle State Park
July 13 - Third annual Keystone Challenge, a 40-mile race and 15-mile relay race, starts at Bald Eagle State Park and ends at Haywood's on the Water
Aug. 11-17 - United States Canoe and Kayak Nationals Race at Woodward Boat Launch, Lock Haven
Oct. 5 - PACK Fall Foliage in Castanea
NWTF plans 1st archery hunting banquet
ALLENWOOD - The White Deer Jakes chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold its first Archery Hunting Heritage Banquet on June 14 at Drop Tine Archery, 14325 S. Route 44.
The event will begin at 3 p.m., with dinner at 5:30. It replaces the July 12 banquet that was to be held this year.
Prize drawings will be held for nature-related prints, furniture, a wood pellet grill, handgun vault, ladies items and more. Each bow and crossbow that is awarded as a prize will come with a $50 gift card to Drop Tine Archery.
The 2014 Rifle of the Year is a limited edition Weatherby Vanguard with Redfield 3-9x40 scope. It will be given away during the event.
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.
Local NWTF chapter plans banquet
The Susquehanna Longbeards chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold its annual Hunting Heritage banquet on June 22 at the Genetti Hotel.
Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. A buffet style dinner will be served at 5.
Proceeds will be returned to the area in the form of grants. Last year, the chapter received grants for habitat projects, land acquisition, JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship), Women in the Outdoor events, seed subsidy and surplus seed programs under the "Save the Habitat, Save the Hunt" initiative.
Dinner attendees may purchase tickets for a raffle featuring thousands of dollars in prizes, including four firearms, gift cards, a wood pellet grill, NWTF wagon, outdoor-themed art prints, furniture, jewelry and home decor.
The 2014 Pistol of the Year is the Remington 1911 .45 ACP, for which tickets are being sold in advance.
A ladies raffle will include chances at prizes and a one-year membership in the Women in the Outdoors program.
Those who buy tickets before June 14 will receive extra chances for the sportsmen or ladies raffles.
Each banquet ticket comes with a dinner, NWTF membership or a renewal, and one raffle chance.
Tickets vary in price per package. For tickets or questions, call Steve Berger at 570-322-0673.
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 schedules 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 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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All submissions must contain the name, telephone number and, if available, email address of a contact person.
News releases submitted in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS will not be accepted.
Photographs by area residents of trophy fish or game animals or other interesting outdoor occurrences also will be considered. Digital photos may be sent by email.
Hard-copy glossy prints, negatives or slides may be dropped off or mailed. Polaroid prints typically cannot be reprinted in the newspaper.
Only photos sent with a stamped, self-addressed envelope will be returned.
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Therefore, all information for publication on any given Sunday must be submitted by noon on the Monday prior.
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