Outdoors

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An unidentified person walks on the Bluebird Trail at the Williamsport Municipal Water Authority property near DuBoistown.

Walk in Penn’s Woods: New initiative on Oct. 1 showcases state’s forests

A new program, initiated by Penn State’s Center for Private Forests along with the Bureau of Forestry, kicks off this fall to showcase the many values and uses of Pennsylvania’s forests. Throughout the state, local water authorites, sawmills, landowners and conservation groups ...

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These are two of the four green heron nestlings that fledged from a tree this year in the Muncy Heritage Park.

Muncy Heritage Park attracts various birds

The Muncy Heritage Park and Nature Trail, just south and west of the Borough of Muncy, is a small, quiet little treasure owned and tended by the Muncy Historical Society. It has become one of my favorite spots to go to do a bit of bird watching. At 11 acres, it is by no means an ...

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Riverkeeper seeks citizen scientists for stream assessments

SUNBURY — The Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper program has partnered with the Izaak Walton League of America through its Save Our Streams (SOS) program to offer water quality monitoring training for citizen scientists at 9 a.m. Sept. 30 at the new headquarters for the riverkeeper, 112 Market ...

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Cadet Amanda Christine Southard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bret Southard, of Williamsport, completed cadet basic training at the U.S. Military Academy.

Local woman completes basic training at West Point

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Cadet Amanda Christine Southard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bret Southard, of Williamsport, completed cadet basic training at the U.S. Military Academy. Southard entered West Point on July 3 and successfully completed six weeks of the training, which is one of the most ...

Ava Lorson

4-Her of the Month

The following 4-Hers were recognized by the Penn State Cooperative Extension office: August 4-Her of the Month — Ava Lorson Ava Lorson, 8, of South Williamsport, is a member of the 4-H Cloverbuds. She is a third-grader at Central Elementary School. One of her recent 4-H accomplishments ...

Auction announces realized prices

DEWART LIVESTOCK MARKET Report for Sept. 18 No hay report issued. All animals sold per 100 pounds unless otherwise stated. The market information in this report is collected through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Quality Systems Assessment’s Livestock Auction Market Reporting ...

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Columnist Bill Bower photographed this version of “smoke on the water and fire in the sky” on Aug. 26.

Reflections in Nature: Water collection from fog

On Aug. 26, the Friends of Mt. Pisgah State Park held its 23rd annual Youth Field Day. It was a rather cool morning with fog covering the countryside. As I drove up a hill on the way to the park I saw what appeared to be a huge fireball in the distance. At first glance, I thought it was a ...

Ponduce Farms holds weekend festivals

ELYSBURG — Ponduce Farms, 270 White Church Road, will hold fall festivals from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and next weekend as well as every weekend in October. Admission and parking are free, as is a wagon ride. Visitors can pick their own pumpkins, play games and take part in various ...

Part of Northway Road to close

This week, a state Department of Transportation maintenance crew in Lycoming County will replace a large pipe on Northway Road in Eldred Township. Northway Road will be closed between Route 973 and Pleasant Valley Road from 7 a.m. Monday to 3 p.m. Wednesday. A signed detour will be in place ...

OUT & ABOUT

Park to hold 3D archery course today TROY — To commemorate National Hunting and Fishing Day and National Public Lands Day, the Friends of Mt. Pisgah State Park will sponsor a 3D archery shoot from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the park, 28 Entrance Road. Archers will find 24 targets along the ...

Bloomsburg University is partnering with Chesapeake Conservancy on river health

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University is partnering with Chesapeake Conservancy to restore the health of the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay. Dr. Steven Rier, professor of biological and allied health sciences, is representing the university in the three-year project named Precision ...

State forest opens roads for deer hunting season

EMPORIUM — The following roads in Elk State Forest will be open for the regular rifle deer season from Nov. 27 through Dec. 9. Side roads are not open to motorized vehicles. • Bauer Hollow No. 1 to No. 2 • Buffalo Switch Road No. 14 • Deer Pen Road No. ...

Real estate transactions recorded

The following deeds have been registered in the Lycoming County courthouse: Pine Township • Eric S. and Jeanette A. Fraser to Edward Garverick, $149,000, 294 Granger Lane. Jersey Shore • Gary E. and Pamela Y. Hill to Donald W. and Nancy M. Thomas, $127,000, 325 Wilson St. Piatt ...

Cornell Lab: School garden grants available

ITHACA, NY — The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Alaska Organic Fertilizer are once again teaming up to support school gardens. BirdSleuth, the Cornell Lab’s K-12 education program, is building on last year’s successful School Garden Grant Program by distributing $25,000 in grants to 20 ...

Punkin’ Chunkin’ Festival set in Centre County

HOWARD — The Howard Volunteer Fire Co.’s annual Punkin’ Chunkin’ Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct 21 at Bald Eagle State Park. Admission and parking are free. The festival features craft and food vendors, hayrides, a wood carver, strolling magician, mini launchers and ...

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Dustan McKee, 
co-owner of Greenwood Farms, holds a bag 
of sterile sawdust
with oyster
mushrooms 
growing on it. 
McKee grows 
these and lion’s mane mushrooms 
at his farm 
outside of Millville.

Uncommon farming: Columbia County couple raises unique mushrooms

MILLVILLE — In the quiet, rolling hills outside this borough, Dustan McKee spends his days farming. He’s not a typical farmer, producing crops such as corn or tomatoes, but rather cultivates mushrooms year-round at Greenwood Farm. McKee, a native of Montoursville, had been in the ...

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A crowd gathers around midway games during last year’s Bloomsburg Fair. The show starts on Friday and continues through Sept. 30.

Bloomsburg Fair starts this Friday

BLOOMSBURG — Few venues hold all of the enchantments of a zoo, amusement park, museum, concert hall and food court in one place, yet the Bloomsburg Fair offers all of these options within its 225 acres. The state fair starts Friday and runs through Sept. 30. “This year’s fair is ...

Lycoming College speakers to address Lyme disease

WHAT: Lyme Disease Symposium WHEN: Thursday; Oct. 11; Nov. 6; and TBA WHERE: Room G-11, Heim Biology and Chemistry Building, Lycoming College INFO: Call 570-321-4180 Lycoming College will hold four free, public symposiums on Lyme disease, each addressing a different subject — ...