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Tioga GOP picnic to feature state judge, governor hopefuls, others

WELLSBORO — Supreme Court Justice Sallie Mundy, a Tioga County native whose seat is up for election in November, is the featured guest at an Aug. 5 picnic at Woodland Park of the Tioga County Republican Committee and the Republican Women. Several other Republican candidates are expected, ...

Assistant planner hired in Tioga County

WELLSBORO — The Tioga County commissioners and the county salary board hired a full-time assistant planner for the county Planning Department Tuesday evening, effectively doubling its staff. Kerry Miller, county planning director, said the department is responsible for the effective ...

Wellsboro council adopts $2.9 million budget

WELLSBORO — Wellsboro Borough Council voted unanimously Monday to adopt a $2.95 million budget with no tax increase. Council also approved budgets of $853,359 for water and $655,757 for sewer that also involve no rate hikes for water, sewer or garbage rates. In addition, council ...

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A pink-and-white striped clematis grows outside the photographer’s city home.

Easy-to-grow clematis come in 3 major types

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This column is written by members of the Lycoming County Master Gardeners.) Q: I think clematises are beautiful. Are they hard to grow? A: Clematises are not hard to grow and a real bonus is that they can live for 50 years or more. There are hundreds of varieties of ...

PHOTO COURTESY OF DAVID BROWN
While walking in Loyalsock State Forest on June 12, the photographer spotted this dark-eyed junco.

Summer birding — mostly by ear — in a state forest

On a recent morning I walked along a gated road through the Loyalsock State Forest in high elevation forested habitat at the southern end of the Allegheny Plateau. I had been to the spot a few times but never during summer and wanted to survey what birds were nesting in the area. I was ...

OUT & ABOUT

Garden tour is today MIFFLINBURG — The Mifflinburg Garden Tour will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. today, and tickets may be purchased at the Mifflinburg Buggy Museum, 598 Green St. The tour proceeds benefit the museum. Brochures provided with tickets will guide visitors from garden to garden, ...

BILL BOWER/Sun-Gazette Correspondent
These mountain laurel flowers are just beginning to open.

REFLECTIONS IN NATURE: Mountain laurel

The mountain laurel, which is in bloom now, became Pennsylvania’s state flower by Act 107 on May 5, 1933. Gifford Pinchot, who was the “father” of American forest conservation, nominated it. His wife, Cornelia, then successfully used her influence to have the legislators vote for the ...

Real estate transactions filed

The following deeds have been registered in the Lycoming County courthouse: Loyalsock Township • Richard F. and Elizabeth A. Schluter to Christopher D. and Jamie M. Vassallo, $337,500, 1144 Avalon Parkway. • Dwayne A. and Elizabeth Koons to William T. Young, $98,000, 1829 Mountainview ...

Ruffed Grouse Society to host benefit habitat shoot

MIDDLEBURY CENTER — The Susquehanna River Valley Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society will hold its inaugural habitat benefit shoot on July 15 at Thunder Ridge Sporting Clays & Game Farm, 619 Leon Brown Road. Proceeds from the fundraiser will support projects to create young forest ...

Construction to begin on Route 154 bridge in Forks Township

Construction for the Route 154 bridge spanning Double Run in Forks Township, Sullivan County, is scheduled to begin as part of the state’s Department of Transportation’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. Replacement of this bridge will allow PennDOT to remove it from Sullivan ...

Governor promotes designated driving, highlights awareness events

Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration, the state Department of Transportation, the state police and local police agencies urge travelers across the state to designate a sober driver and buckle their seat belts through the Independence Day holiday weekend. Partnerships throughout the state look to ...

Game Commission field officers report on outdoor happenings

Field officers for the state Game Commission’s Northcentral region filed the following reports on June 16, according to the agency’s website: • Lycoming County Wildlife Conservation Officer Jonathan M. Wyant reports observing several bucks sporting visible racks. • Clearfield ...

Dam opening now delayed for weeks

AUSTIN — Sinnemahoning State Park has announced that sediment removal from the George B. Stevenson reservoir has been completed but weather conditions have slowed progress of paving and modifications being made to mooring and launch area. Park officials have extended the opening of the lake ...

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Mark Verrico, Tioga County manager for Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, and Sharon Brown, past president of the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania, unveil the Blue Star during the Blue Star Memorial Highway Dedication Marker Dedication at the Route 15 Welcome Center in Tioga on Wednesday.

Blue Star Memorial Highway marker unveiled along Route 15

TIOGA — With many guests in attendance wearing patriotic colors and enjoying star and striped cookies, the dedication ceremony for the new Blue Star Memorial Marker at the Route 15 Welcome Center had a patriotic atmosphere on Flag Day in Tioga County. “The Blue Star Memorial Marker ...

Top prize not netted at trout derby

More than 450 people registered for the 27th annual Upper Pine Creek Trout Tournament on May 20-21, but no one walked away with the top prize of $1,000 in cash. Two of the 461 anglers won $500 cash. Of the 250 tagged fish stocked in Pine Creek by the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon Snowmobile ...

Experts choose favorite plants for containers

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This feature is answered by members of the Lycoming County Master Gardeners. Readers who wish to submit a question to be answered by these experts may email it to region@sungazette.com. Questions also should include the reader’s full name, phone number and town of residence. ...

Gas main replacement scheduled

WELLSBORO — On Monday, UGI Central Penn Gas will begin a natural gas main replacement project in Tioga County. The project, estimated to last about six weeks, will take place on Waln Street between Walnut and Grant streets and on the south side of Grant Street from Waln Street to Morris ...