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Outdoors

Catch of a lifetime

It was close to 10 p.m. William Breasette had already packed up his fishing gear on the bank of the Susquehanna River and was ready to head home. His son, Liam, wanted just one more cast. That cast landed. What ensued was a 30-minute struggle which led to the fish story of a lifetime. Liam, ...

Charitable journey: Man kayaks Susquehanna to raise veteran suicide awareness

Jeff Loeffler took his first step in what he thinks was mud. Actually, he just hopes it was mud. In fact, no matter what it was, he’s going to assume it was mud because the alternative is not really something he wants to think about. On the banks of the Susquehanna River with only days ...

Williamsport native catches 49-inch muskie

Williamsport native Liam Breasette caught an impressive 49-inch long muskie in Lycoming County. The state record is 57 inches, which has stood since 1924. Breasette, 19 years old, is currently attending Lock Haven University and is an avid fisherman along with his dad, William.

Hot shots: Top photo locations of the Susquehanna Greenway

Now is the time to grab your cameras and get out on the Greenway. Not only is May National Photography month, but the Susquehanna Greenway is awakening with the onset of warmer weather and a landscape of photography opportunities. Not sure where to start? Here are some favorite spots in the ...

Safe boating involves checklists, common sense

“Life jackets?” “They’re on the back seat,” I answered my friend who was taking out his dad’s small bass boat for the first time on the Susquehanna. ​ ​With an equal mix of excitement — and nervousness — we went around the boat, making sure everything was in place. We ...

More shooting ranges now open

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Game Commission today announced that, on May 22 it reopened shooting ranges on additional state game lands in counties to be upgraded to the yellow phase in the state’s three-phase matrix to ease COVID-19 restrictions. Those counties include: Adams, Beaver, ...

Seeing your favorite birds on a 4-mile run

Recently, my wife and I have been combining two of our favorite outdoor activities — birding and running. We run at our favorite birding hotspots, eyes-wide and ears perked, and stop only when we see or hear something interesting. We coined it “bird running” and it has been a welcome ...

New Riverkeeper brings experience, passion to the job

When John Zaktansky, the new Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper, came to the position after Carol Parenzan resigned last year, he brought with him a whole lot of experience and a passion for protecting and connecting with the outdoors. “For me, it was kind of a converging point of a whole ...

Fish app encourages anglers to help collect data

John Zaktansky would like all fishermen to invested in the areas in which they fish. It’s why he and the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association is asking anglers to report photos of their catches on the Water Reporter app. The app allows anglers to report photos of the fish they ...

Tentative 2020 floating classroom dates announced

Much of Janice Schreck’s enjoyment of last summer’s Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Floating Classroom series revolved around sharing the experience with her family. “I know my grandkids were excited about going for a ride on a paddleboat,” said the Northumberland County woman. “I ...

Birds are soon stopping by in massive spring migrations

They are coming. Heading here by the millions. Mostly by night. These masses will arrive from the south, largely unseen. Most just pass overhead, but many will settle here, making their homes around us, unnoticed. These nighttime invaders are not hostile. The invaders I am referring ...

Game commission launches podcast series on outdoors

HARRISBURG – The state Game Commission recently launched its new podcast, “Call of the Outdoors” a series of episodes focused on wildlife, hunting, habitat and conservation across the Keystone State. The podcast is hosted by Game Commission Marketing Director and world turkey calling ...

Fish and Boat commission approves ratifies trout season changes

HARRISBURG – During its formal quarterly business meeting held virtually Monday, the state Fish and Boat Commission board of commissioners voted to ratify recent changes that were made to the 2020 trout season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The retroactive action is required under Section ...

Incoming hummingbirds will brighten home life

In coming days and weeks, some exotic travelers will be pouring into Pennsylvania, invading our communities and speeding around farm country. But they carry no epidemiological surprises and their presence is welcomed. They make almost every homeowner a little more comfortable, even under our ...

Pandemic disrupts Appalachian Trail dreams

COSBY, Tenn. (AP) — When Alexandra Eagle first mentioned plans to hike the entire Appalachian Trail alongside her new husband, her sister told her they’d either be divorced in five months or married forever. Eagle, 33, and Jonathan Hall, 36, had just moved out of their Brooklyn ...

Get out to state parks, but be safe and respectful while there

Wanting to get out of the house and get some fresh air in the lungs is not a bad thing, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. As temperatures are on the rise and spring starts to show up more everyday, many people across Pennsylvania have ventured out to state parks to find a way to be ...

There’s a new push to develop bike and pedestrian network

The Middle Susquehanna Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan (Bike+Ped Plan) is an important development for our communities, but most of us are probably thinking: what does that even mean? The long and short of it is that the Bike+Ped Plan seeks to make our communities more bike and ...

Call to the wild: Great outdoors an escape in tough times

Jim Klug’s office phone rings off the hook with anxious anglers inquiring about the status of their upcoming fly-fishing trips. It’s a stressful time for the co-owner of a fishing travel company as he postpones and re-books international and domestic expeditions due the coronavirus ...

Game Commission meeting to go virtual

Due to the continued effects of the global COVID-19 outbreak, the upcoming Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners meeting will be held only online. This decision was made in accordance with strict guidelines enacted across the Commonwealth to protect human health and reduce the spread of ...