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.
Library to hold program about Lyme disease
The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Third St., will hold a program on Lyme disease at 6 p.m. Monday in the Lowry Room on the third floor of the Welch Family Wing.
Each year, nearly 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported to the Centers for Disease Control by state health departments and the District of Columbia.
However, that number does not reflect all the cases of Lyme disease that occur in the United States every year. Lyme disease, one of the most common and widely tick-distributed bacteria, can go undetected in the blood (when using conventional lab tests) for about four to six weeks after infection.
The program will be presented by Affiniton, an environmental technology company. It is free and open to the public. Registration is suggested but not required.
For more information, or to register, go to www.jvbrown.edu or call 570-326-0536.
Audubon Society chapter holds public picnic
WARRENSVILLE - The annual Lycoming Audubon Society picnic will be held at the pavilion at Rider Park at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Bring a dish to share as well as table service for yourself and join Lycoming Audubon members and visitors for a good meal and lively discussion.
Beverages and corn on the cob will be provided by the chapter. Also, bring binoculars if you want to join some of the group for a little evening birding following the meal.
The program is free and open to the public.
Furtaker gathering open to public
ARNOT - A furtaking and trapper gathering will be held Saturday at the Arnot Sportsmen's Club, 167 Elm St.
It begins with a cable restraint course from 8 a.m. to noon. Participants should register in advance.
Lunch will be served at noon and will be provided by the club.
Free demonstrations will start at 1 p.m. They will include:
Cable restraints and dog-proof traps, by Herb Senderling;
Complete fur handling for raccoon, by Matt Kauffman;
Canines, by Joe Mast
Vendors and supply dealers will be on hand, include Smithy's Stretchers and Supplies and Pete's Fur Shed.
Special prizes will be given to young sportsmen who attend, and a drawing will be held for a lake fishing trip guided and donated by Bob Kelly. The club will award a variety of door prizes.
For more information, call Ron Signor at 570-638-2985.
Volunteers needed for local cleanups
Clinton County CleanScapes recently announced the following events:
Saturday - 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; or call Rich Best, of Sunken Treasure Scuba Center, at 570-398-1458.
Register now for West Branch sojourn
Aug. 6 is the last day to register for the West Branch Susquehanna Sojourn, a 64-mile exploration of the Susquehanna River and nearby trails. Scheduled for Aug. 13-17, the sojourn begins in Renovo and ends in Jersey Shore.
The five-day educational canoe, kayak and bicycle trip will give participants a unique look at life along the beautiful West Branch of the Susquehanna River. Along the way, local experts will share information on the area's history, wildlife and conservation efforts.
The final sojourn day, Aug. 17, will be a bicycle trip along the Pine Creek Rail Trail, which was voted as one of the "10 great places to take a bike tour" by USA Today. Bring your own bike and helmet, or request a loaner adult bike.
Full sojourn registration includes:
On-water guide service from Canoe Susquehanna
Safety and insurance
Shuttles and gear truck service
Scheduled programs and entertainment
Full registration is $285 for adults and $144 for kids 12 and under. Partial registration is $65 per day for adults and $33 per day for kids 12 and under.
Bass tournament comes to park
SUNBURY - The Pennsylvania Bass Nation will hold an adult and youth Open Buddy Tournament on Aug. 24 at Shikellamy State Park.
Check-in and boat checks begin at 4:30 a.m. Weigh-in will be held at 2:30 p.m.
A team will consist of an adult 18 years or older and a minor 17 years and younger. Launch order will go by the date that entries were postmarked.
Plaques and prizes will be given out to the first-, second- and third-lace teams. The team that catches the biggest bass will receive fishing-related prizes.
An entry fee will be charged per team.
All applications must be postmarked by Aug. 11.
For rules and information, contact Ernie Watkins, youth director, at 717-315-8951 or firstname.lastname@example.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. Events include:
Aug. 11-17 - United States Canoe and Kayak Nationals Race at Woodward Boat Launch, Lock Haven