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 - 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.
Saturday - 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.
June 29 - 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.
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. Events include:
Today - 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 Parkand 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
Learn why 'bees are the best'
WASHINGTONVILLE - National Pollinator Week is upon us and the bees are abuzz.
From 2-3:30 p.m. today, the Penn State Master Gardeners of Montour County Pollinator Friendly Garden Committee will host an area chef who will show attendees that honey is not for tea and toast alone! Come and taste sweet samplings of an appetizer, entree, dessert and beverage, each featuring honeys from a local apiary.
Have a favorite honey recipe of your own? Submit an entry in the "Bees are the Best" recipe contest.
For more details and to register for "What's the Buzz? Bees are the Best," call 570-437-3131 or email your name, phone number, email and number of attendees to firstname.lastname@example.org. Seating is limited and registration is required. The registration fee is $5.
The 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 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 today 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.
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.
Coyotes topic of group's public meeting
FORKSVILLE - The Loyalsock Creek Watershed Association will hold a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the park office of Worlds End State Park.
Wildlife Conservation Officer Phil Kasper and Deputy WCO Mike Scott, with the state Game Commission, will discuss "Coyotes: Masters of Adaptation" and explain what makes the wild and wily coyote so successful.
Attendance is free.
Mill Cove sets annual meeting
MANSFIELD - The sixth annual meeting of Mill Cove Inc. will be held Wednesday with a picnic dinner at 6 p.m. and the meeting at 7 at the large pavilion at the Mill Cove Environmental Area.
The keynote speaker will be Robert Schnell, operations manager of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tioga-Hammond and Cowanesque Lakes projects. He will talk about the programs and upgrades at the lakes and partnership opportunities between the Corps and other groups.
Business items to be address include the election of board members and officers, reports on the capital fund drive, Earth Day, the Youth Hunter Education Challenge and current improvements at the Mill Cove property.
Dinner will be catered by Harland's Restaurant, of Wellsboro.
To reserve or purchase a $20 meal ticket, contact Ruth Ann Shumway, 194 Plaza Road, Middlebury Center, PA 16935 or call 570-376-4083.
KTA announces 'preview' hikes
Two preview hikes will be held prior to the Keystone Trails Association's sixth annual Susquehanna Super Hike & Ultra Trail Run.
These are hikes at a normal, brisk pace (not runs or speed hikes) to familiarize prospective participants with the course and its challenges. Attendees should bring lunch and water.
Hikes will be held at 9 a.m. on:
Saturday at Pequea Creek Campground in Pequea, Lancaster, to the east side of the Norman Wood Bridge, about 12 miles. Meet at Lock 12 parking lot on Route 372, just west of Norman Wood Bridge. Bring water and lunch.
July 12 from Lock 12 to Otter Creek Campground in Airville, York County, about 15 miles. Meet at Otter Creek Campground.
Advance registration and payment ($10 per hike) is required, and there is a 20-participant limit per preview hike, which will be held regardless of weather.
On Sept. 6, the Keystone Trails Association will offer two mileage options: a 23.4-mile Super Hike and 29.6-mile Ultra Trail Run. The registration fee is $90 for participants registering before Aug. 1 and includes snacks and beverages at several checkpoints along the route, admission to a celebratory picnic, a one-year membership to KTA, a completion certificate, a commemorative T-shirt, and bus transportation from the finish line to the parking area at the start.
Registration will be capped at 600 participants; over 250 individuals already are registered.
For more information or to register for the Susquehanna Super Hike and Ultra Trail Run or a preview hike, visit www.kta-hike.org or call KTA at 717-238-7017.
Get buggy at Montour Preserve
WASHINGTONVILLE - Explore Mother Nature's fascinating insect population on Saturday with two programs by Ryan "The Bug Man" Bridge, an insect educator, at PPL's Montour Environmental Preserve.
From 1:30 to 3 p.m., learn how insects play an important role in the world, using hundreds of real bugs as examples. Many of these are the largest species in the world. The presentation will include a detailed discussion on insect anatomy, life cycle and defensive characteristics. Bridge will introduce live insects and encourage everyone to touch or pet some of the world's largest species of cockroaches and even scorpions.
Later that evening, from 8-11, Bridge will answer questions while using hundreds of real insects to explain the hidden world of nocturnal bugs. He will share a wealth of knowledge with you from more than 30 years of experience and interest in insects.
After the indoor presentation, the group will venture outdoors to where light stations are set up to attract insects. See what is flying, crawling and hopping around at night. Due to the length of this program, it is recommended for ages 8 and older.
Both of these free programs 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.
Garden, farm tour planned in Clinton County
Clinton County Historical Society's fourth annual Garden and Farm Tour will be held rain or shine from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. June 29.
In addition to six colorful, creative and unique city and countryside gardens, this year's tour, in conjunction with Clinton County's 175th anniversary, will feature two very early farms steeped in local history.
The tour guide, which includes descriptions, addresses, directions and a map, will serve as the entry pass to the gardens and farms. It may be purchased for $10 per person on the day of the tour at Heisey Museum, 362 E. Water St., Lock Haven, beginning at noon. In addition, tickets are available now at Sweeney's Floral Shop, Lynda's Upscale Resale and Downtown Lock Haven. Tickets can be redeemed for the tour guide on June 29.
For more information, call the Heisey Museum at 570-748-7254 or visit the website at www.clintoncountyhistory.com.
Workshop planned on 'woodland legacy'
LEWISBURG - The Central Susquehanna Woodland Owners Association will hold a free program titled "Your Woodland Legacy: Tools for Estate Planning" from 1:30 to 4 p.m. June 29 at the Union County Government Building, 155 N. 15th St.
During the first half of the program, Dr. Jim Finley, Ibberson professor of forest resources management and director of the Center for Private Forests at Penn State University, and Dr. Allyson Muth, stewardship program associate in the Department of Ecosystems Science and Management at Penn State, will cover issues forest landowners face as they consider the future of their woodland holdings. They will discuss reasons for expanding numbers of private forest landowners, their intentions for their woodland, their legacy, how few of them have long-term plans and tools for starting the conversation about legacy planning.
For the second half of the program, attorney Karen Hackman, of Rudnitsky Hackman & Potter LLP, will compare methods of planning an estate and preparing for landowner succession. Her presentation will cover a few of the many tools for passing forestland on to the next generation.
Registration is voluntary but recommended. For more information, or to register, contact Gerald Hoy at 570-922-3344 or email at 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 details, call Rick Smith at 570-924-3072.
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clinton Township Volunteer Fire Co. plans river cleanup
The Clinton Township Volunteer Fire Co. is organizing a cleanup of the Susquehanna river beginning at 8 a.m. July 19 at the Susquehanna Boat Club of Montgomery.
Scuba divers and shore volunteers are needed.
For more information or to register, contact Kaelyn Fogelman at 570-590-7785 or email email@example.com.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 570-726-3511.
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