Master Gardeners announce events

The Penn State Master Gardeners of Lycoming County will hold a variety of free, public programs this spring.

While free, registration is required for some programs due to limited seating. To register, go online to http://extension.psu.edu/lycoming/events and click on the event. If an event is not listed, registration is not needed.

Those who cannot register online may call the registration desk at 877-345-0691.

Anyone who needs special accommodations or has questions about physical access may indicate this when registering.

Programs planned by the Lycoming County Master Gardeners include:

• Monday — Transplanting Seedlings, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Hands-on … learn the do’s and don’ts.

• May 20 — Rider Park Open House, Caleb Creek Road, 1 to 5 p.m. Master Gardeners will be there with fun activities for the youth.

• First Friday: June 1. Stop by the Master Gardener’s table downtown Williamsport from 5 p.m. to dark.

• June 9 — What’s Growing on in the Garden, 10 to 11 a.m. See what pests, practices and produce are in the gardens, and tips and tricks to get the most from your gardens. Bring a sample of mystery weeds, bugs or disease from your gardens to share. Rain or shine, so dress accordingly. Also planned for June 9.

• June 10 — Kids Day at the Sensory Garden, noon to 4 p.m.

• June 16 — How to Preserve and Keep Cut Flowers Fresh, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Hunter-trapper education class set

JERSEY SHORE — A hunter-trapper training class will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Northcentral Regional Office of the state Game Commission, 1.5 miles south of the borough on Route 44.

Students may register on the Game Commission website under “Education” and look under the dates of the class. Students must attend both nights of training and pass an exam to get their Hunter-Trapper Certification Card.

For more details, call Max Farley at 570-337-8750.

Learn how to make your yard bird friendly

LEWISBURG — Seven Mountains Audubon will hold a free program at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Kelly Township Building on Ziegler Road.

Brent Bacon, a Master Naturalist, will discuss how people can make their yards bird friendly. The event is free and open to the public.

Birding group plans field trip

BARBOURS — The Lycoming Audubon Society will hold a birding field trip at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, weather permitting. It is open to the public.

The group should meet at the Plunketts Creek Township Building, 179 Dunwoody Road.

The trip — which celebrates Loyalsock Creek, Pennsylvania’s River of the Year — will be an easy 1-mile walk near the creek, through woods and fields.

Trip leader Larry Waltz may be reached at 570-323-2385. For directions, see the website www.lycomingaudubon.blogspot.com or meet at 7:45 a.m. in the Montoursville Walmart parking lot near Wendy’s to carpool.

Step Outdoors Springfest returns to state park

WELLSBORO — Free, family friendly, outdoor activities for all ages will be offered rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the 12th annual Step Outdoors Springfest on Saturday at Hills Creek State Park, 111 Spillway Road, Charleston Township, 7 miles northeast of the borough.

Free equipment and instruction will be provided for stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing, fishing and crafts for youngsters.

For the last several years, the park has used grant money to purchase adaptive equipment to mechanically assist an adult or child who has a disability. The equipment includes a kayak chariot, a special balloon tire device that makes a kayak or canoe mobile on land; a transfer bench seat; outriggers to help stabilize a kayak in the water; and arm and wrist devices.

The kayak or canoe sits on the big balloon tires. The chariot transfer bench sits above the tires so a person with a disability can move from a wheelchair or vehicle in a parking lot directly into a kayak, which can be taken directly into the water.

“This equipment allows a person with a spinal cord injury, or someone who cannot balance himself, has lost the use of a hand or an arm or has other physical disabilities, to get in and paddle a canoe or kayak on Hills Creek Lake,” said Tim Morey, natural resource specialist. “We now have all of the necessary equipment to be able to offer it free to people to use,” he said.

Morey will have the equipment on display and talk about it at 10 and 11 a.m., noon, 1 and 2 p.m. “I will explain how it works and schedule people interested for a private one-on-one session with me to learn more about it and to actually try it out if they want.”

Unless there is a forest fire, Smokey Bear will visit. At the Game Commission table, learn about Pennsylvania’s wildlife and how to identify their tracks. Participants will have an opportunity to color their own plaster track to take home.

At the Tiadaghton Audubon Society table, youngsters will be able to dissect owl pellets to figure out what owls eat.

The Bureau of Forestry will have a display of native and invasive plants, free handouts on both and be available to talk to landowners about them.

Fishing poles, bait and lures will be provided free to those who want to learn basic fishing skills in Hills Creek Lake. Fishing licenses are required for anyone 16 and older.

At 1 p.m., go on a guided 3-mile, slow-paced easy hike around Hills Creek Lake with Daryl Warren or go on a self-led hike using park maps as a guide.

Anglers of all ages can learn how to tie a fly with Trout Unlimited Tiadaghton Chapter 688 volunteers. Fly tying materials and equipment will be provided free. Also available will be fly rods to practice casting at different distances and targets.

The Mountain Modelaires R/C Airplane Club will have radio-controlled airplanes, helicopters and quadcopters on display and a radio-controlled flight simulator for children and adults to try. Children 8 and older can assemble and decorate a foam model glider to take home.

At the craft station, Grand Canyon FFA members will assist youngsters with a plant-related activity.

Children and adults are welcome to bring their bikes, wear helmets and ride at the park.

This year, the concession stand will not be open during the event. Bring a picnic lunch and eat at one of the nearby picnic pavilions.

To learn more about Springfest or for directions, email hillscreeksp@pa.gov, call 570-724-4246 or visit www.stepoutdoors.org.

Park offers stargazing programs

COUDERSPORT — Free programs will be offered Saturday at Cherry Springs State Park, 4639 Cherry Springs Road. The park is 12 miles from Galeton via West Branch Road and 15 miles from Coudersport via Route 44.

Programs will be cancelled if it rains or thunders.

Anyone may observe the night sky at Cherry Springs on their own without attending a stargazing program. All visitors should arrive before dark. Search for the Clear Sky Chart online for 48-hour forecasts about viewing conditions. Arrive early for a stargazing program, bring a picnic supper and use nearby picnic tables and charcoal grills.

Events include:

• Park welcome and walking tour, 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. Meet at the information kiosk near the restroom in the visitor parking area on the north side of Route 44 for a short, guided walk to learn about the past, present and future of park facilities. The walk is less than a mile on mostly level terrain. No registration is required.

• Crescent moon and planet watch, 9 to 10:30 p.m. In the Night Sky Viewing Area, take a journey to the moon to explore some of its fascinating features from highlands to volcanic plains and to see where lunar landings took place. Then look at a visible planet and take an up-close look at the moon using park telescopes. Registration is required.

Online registration for stargazing programs is required. Visit http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/ cherry_springs_state_park. If there is a problem with registering online or for information about these free programs, call 814-435-1037 or email cherryspringsee @pa.gov.

Author to sign fly-fishing book

Walt Franklin, author of the newly published “Streamwalker’s Journey: Fishing the Triple Divide,” will sign copies of the paperback from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Pendulum Books & Toys, 109 W. Main St., Westfield.

A writer, educator and naturalist, Franklin is an active member of the Slate Run Sportsmen in Pennsylvania and Trout Unlimited in New York.

The essays in “Streamwalker’s Journey” are a celebration of the fly-fishing life, with a focus on the triple divide of watersheds in northcentral Pennsylvania and upstate New York: the Genesee River, the Allegheny River and Pine Creek.

As the author walks these waters with fly rod in hand, he delves into their natural history, local lore and conservation efforts to protect them. He shares the methods and fly patterns he uses to tease trout into striking, while occasionally telling tales of anglers past and present.

Franklin lives in Greenwood, New York, and blogs about fly-fishing on a regular basis at rivertoprambles.wordpress.com.

Volunteers welcome to help with stocking

TROUT RUN — The Lycoming Creek Anglers Club will hold trout stockings of Lycoming Creek every Saturday in May.

Anyone who wants to help should meet at 8:30 a.m. at the nursery, except on May 26, when the group will meet at 9 a.m. at the Trout Run Fire Hall. For directions to the nursery, call Sam Caldwell, club secretary and treasurer, at 570-322-6098.

The trout the club will stock have been purchased from the Cedar Springs Trout Hatchery.

Birding festival celebrates spring migration

RENOVO — Kettle Creek State Park will celebrate the spring migration with a birding festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the day use area of the park.

Baywings Falconry will bring live raptors, many of which represent species found in the area. Programs on raptor identification, adaptations and the sport of falconry will be held at noon and 2 p.m. near the day use playground.

Pontoon boat tours, focusing on the habitat features in and around the Kettle Creek reservoir that attract waterfowl and other species of birds, will be held at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. The boat will load at the dock by the boat launch. Space is limited and will be first come first served. Life jackets will be provided.

Participants can make crafts or build a bluebird house throughout the day at stations adjacent to the day use parking lot. There will be stations that will focus on teaching the proper use of binoculars, dissecting owl pellets, a comparison of birds’ and humans’ adaptations, and basic bird identification. Park staff will set up spotting scopes and assist park visitors with viewing waterfowl and raptors.

Bird walks will begin at 10 a.m. The walks will cover several habitat types in the season for migrating songbirds, waterfowl and raptors, as well as year-round resident species.

Participants are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and use one of the many picnic tables in the area.

Parking will be in the day use parking lot at the boat launch and there will be an information table set up near the boat launch. Bring binoculars, journals, field guides or birding related material.

The festival will happen rain or shine but may be cancelled in the event of severe weather. Call the park at 570-923-6004 for more information and event status.

Program to feature Native American tribe

The Gen. John Burrows Historical Society, 19 N. Loyalsock Ave., Montoursville, will host a program on the Susquehannock Indians at 2 p.m. next Sunday. The presenter will be Tom “Tank” Baird, a local avocational archaeologist and vice president of the Northcentral Chapter 8, Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology.

The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Audubon chapter to offer birding program

Ian Gardner, wildlife technician and co-founder of Partners in Neotropical Bird Conservation, will present the “Neotropical Birds of Honduras” program during the next meeting of the Lycoming Audubon Society. He will review his 2017 trip to threatened regions of Honduras, as a member of the CACAO expedition team.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. May 23 in the Lowry Room on the third floor of the Welch Wing in the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St. It is free and open to the public.

Pistol course open to women

WELLSBORO — An eight-hour National Rifle Association Basic Pistol Course will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 26 for eight women, 18 years of age and older, at the Nessmuk Rod and Gun Club at 4646 Route 287 in Delmar Township, 3 miles south of here.

A fee applies. Lunch, soda and water will be provided. Participants can bring snacks.

For more details, contact instructor Marilyn Jones at jones–mk@yahoo.com or 570-549-2794.

Museum to open ‘snake oil’ exhibit

TROY — The Bradford County Heritage Association will hold a grand opening of its 2018-19 exhibit titled “Snake Oil to Modern Medicine” from 1 to 4 p.m. May 26 at the Heritage Village and Farm Museum. The site is one-half mile north of the intersection of Routes 6 and 14 in Alparon Park.

The exhibit focuses on Bradford County medical history. Displays in the main museum reflect Dave Lennington’s research, the Bradford County Civil Defense and the Packaged Disaster Hospital.

Other exhibits include a Civil War field medical tent, a snake oil salesman, Dr. Lopatofsky’s school traveling dental chair, Dr. William Campbell’s office building, Barber-Surgeon history in the back room of the barber shop and Dr. Alfred Parson, who lived in the Gregory 1822 Inn.

Also onsite during the grand opening will be a variety of health-related vendors and refreshments. For more details, send an email to info@TheHeritageVillage.org.

Airports hosts fly-in breakfast

WELLSBORO — The Canyon Pilots Association’s all-you-can-eat Memorial Day Fly-in breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. to noon May 27 in the commercial corporate hangar at the Wellsboro Johnston Airport, just west of the borough on Airport Road in Delmar Township.

It is open to the public and will be held rain or shine.

The menu features ham, eggs, buckwheat pancakes, coffee and orange juice. Requested is a donation of $7 each for adults and $3 each for youngsters ages 3 to 8 years old. Children 2 and under are admitted free.

Handicapped parking will be along Airport Road near the hangar. Others can park along the roadway and in the parking area near the main gate.

Weather permitting, pilots in various types of full-size aircraft will fly to the airport for the breakfast. The public is welcome to watch them land and take off and talk to pilots about their “flying machines.” In addition, airplane and helicopter rides will be available for a fee, weather permitting.

Members of the Canyon Country Ultralight Club will assist with the breakfast and have a display of ultralight aircraft.

The Mountain Modelaires, a group of individuals who fly radio controlled airplanes, quadcopters and helicopters, will display RC aircraft in an area next to the terminal. They will also have a computer set up with an R/C flight simulator program for children and adults to try.

Conservancy announces river paddle

The Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy and Canoe Susquehanna is sponsoring a kayak trip on a stretch of the West Branch Susquehanna River at 1 p.m. May 27.

A fee applies, and registration is required. Participants may rent a kayak or bring their own.

The trip is 7 river miles between Montgomery and Watsontown with an island rest stop midway. The group will meet at the Montgomery River Access and Canoe Susquehanna will distribute gear and review paddling instructions.

During the trip, participants will see remnants of the canal, a peregrine falcon nesting site that may or may not be in use, an old railroad bridge and parts of a World War II-era dam that provided water for the munition factory at Alvira, near Allenwood.

When the trip ends in Watsontown, Canoe Susquehanna will provide a shuttle bus ride back to the vehicles at Montgomery.

To make a reservation, email Mail@PaddleHappy.com or call 888-524-7692 or 570-524-7692.

Workshop planned on American chestnut conservation

TOWANDA — A free program about conservation efforts for American chestnut trees will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. May 27 at the Bradford County Conservation District, 200 Lake Road. It is held in partnership with the Bradford/Sullivan Forest Landowners Association.

Topics will include the history, former uses, ecological importance, threats to and restoration efforts associated with the American chestnut tree.

The workshop starts at the conservation district with a quick presentation, followed by a driving tour of some of the local chestnut restoration plantings that the district and the association have partnered to plant over the past year. Attendees also will see some of the largest surviving American chestnut trees.

Space is limited to 50 participants and registration may be made by emailing Daniel.Rhodes@pa.nacdnet.net or calling 570-265-5539, ext. 6.

Hike the Appalachian Trail

The Otzinachson Regional Group of the Sierra Club will hold a public hike on June 2 at the Pinnacle on the Appalachian Trail in Berks County. The 13-mike loop hike is considered very strenuous.

Hikers may meet at the Sheetz on Route 54 in Elysburg at 9 a.m. or at the Hamburg Reservoir parking lot at 10:30.

Participants should contact hike leader, Paul Shaw, prior to June 2 by calling 717-215-8339 or emailing pshaw@ptd.net.

Audubon chapter to host free local field trip

LEWISBURG — Seven Mountains Audubon will offer a free local field trip at 7:30 a.m. June 2. Anyone who is interested should meet at the north end of the Weis Markets parking lot.

A few loaner bionoculars will be available, but birders may bring their own equipment.

Barclay Mountain Heritage Day to debut this summer

CANTON — LeRoy Heritage Museum, 257 Mill St., will introduce a new event in 2018. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 11, it will host a Barclay Mountain Heritage Day at the community grounds next to the museum.

The new event is designed to celebrate all topics pertaining to Barclay Mountain and to bring those subjects together in one event where people with common interests can spend the day learning more about the mountain.

Barclay Mountain Heritage Day is an educational event, featuring lectures, demonstrations, exhibits, music and food. There is no admission fee.

The day will feature a full schedule of events including a lumbering program, coal mining program, heritage music concert, and more.

Displays will be available from a number of authorities in Barclay Mountain history including Civilian Conservation Corps, abandoned mines, forest and stream conservation, coal mining and lumbering tools, railroading, hunting and more.

The history of Sunfish Pond, where the first game refuge on private land in Pennsylvania was established, will be recognized.

Anyone with a collection of history objects, photography (old or new), mounted game harvested from the mountain or anything else pertaining to the mountain is welcome to contact the museum and register to set up their own display at the event to share their passion with others. There will be no cost for setup but exhibitors are limited to two 8-foot tables, which they will need to supply. Outdoor displays under pop-up tents are encouraged. Limited indoor space will be available.

During the event, descendants of families who worked on the mountain in any capacity will be honored with a special badge.

LeRoy Heritage Museum will be open during the event with special photo displays and brand new merchandise in the gift shop that will be released this year.

Anyone interested in having a display should contact the museum through its website at www.leroyheritage.org or call the museum office and leave a message at 570-364-5003.

Basic pistol class to be held in September

MANSFIELD — An eight-hour National Rifle Association Basic Pistol Class will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 15 at the pistol range at the Lambs Creek Sportsman’s Club. It is open to men and women of all skill levels.

According to Lead Instructor Marilyn Jones, the two NRA Basic Pistol classes being held in May are already full.

“We are recommending that men and women who want to take the course, register now for the Sept. 15 class,” said Jones. “If that course also fills up, then we will consider offering another class.”

Those who register for the Sept. 15 class will receive a handbook when they arrive that day, Topics to be covered will include: Safety, Pistol Mechanisms and Operation, Building Pistol Shooting Skills and Pistol Maintenance, Selection and Use. Upon successfully completing the written test and shooting qualifications, participants will receive a completion certificate and a Basic Pistol Class rocker patch.

Lunch, soda and water will be provided. Participants can bring snacks.

A shooter can borrow a .22 pistol for the day or bring his or her own pistol or revolver. Participants should also bring eye and ear protection. Those interested in registering are asked to contact Jones whether they borrow a .22 pistol or bring their own gun and whether they do or don’t have eye and ear protection.

The fee is $50. To register, send a check for $50 made out to Marilyn Jones to her at 1155 Old State Road, Covington, PA 16917. To register, each person is asked to provide his or her name, address, phone number, email address and date of birth to Jones. To borrow a .22 caliber pistol or eye and ear protection and for more details about this class, call 570-549-2794 or email jones–mk@yahoo.com.

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