Take a hike with regional group
The Otzinachson Regional Group of the Sierra Club and the Edward Abbey Hiking Society will hold a number of hikes throughout the region in the fall.
They are open to the public, but hikers must contact the hike leader prior to the event. Participants are advised to bring lunch and water on every hike.
Hikes will be held:
Today - 1,000 Steps: Standing Stone Trail Hike, Huntingdon County, nine miles, strenuous. A great scenic hike with views and much historical interest, ending with the descent down the 1,000 Steps near Mt. Union. The steps were created for quarry workers who had to climb and descend Jack's Mountain every day. Meet at 9 a.m. at the K-Mart parking lot on Route 15 in Shamokin Dam or 10:30 a.m. at the 1,000 Steps parking area on Route 522 between Mt. Union and Mapleton. Leader: Paul Shaw, 717-215-8339 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday - Golden Eagle Trail, Lycoming County, nine miles, moderate to strenuous. Meet at 8 a.m. at the Sovereign Bank parking lot, Southern Avenue between Market and Hastings streets (Route 15) in South Williamsport or at the trail parking lot along Route 414 at 9 a.m. Leader: Roy Fontaine, 220-4707.
Learn about photography at Audubon meeting
Montgomery County birds Paul and Anita Guris will discuss photography at the Wednesday's meeting of the Lycoming Audubon Society.
The presentation, titled "Reflections on Our First Year (or so) in Bird Photography: Going from Photography Illiterate to Semi-literate," will explore the Gurises photographic journey when they purchased their first digital single-lens reflex cameras in October 2009. They will review photography basics, explains what people can and can't expect when starting out, discuss modern gear and show what can be accomplished by beginners using consumer-level equipment if they're willing to put forth a little bit of effort.
The free public program will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Lowry Room at the James V. Brown Library.
For more information, visit www.lycoming.org/audubon.
Trout Unlimited chapter plans annual banquet
LOGANTON - The Lloyd Wilson Chapter No. 224 of Trout Unlimited will hold its annual family banquet at 6 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Southern Clinton County Sportsmen's Association Clubhouse.
The menu is a family-style ham and turkey dinner. The guest speaker will be John Arway, executive director of the state Fish and Boat Commission. Door prizes and a raffle will be held. A fee applies.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, call Bill Bailey at 748-6120.
Club offers free snowmobile course
HANEYVILLE - Registrations are being accepted now for a free snowmobile safety course planned for Nov. 17 at the Hyner Mountain Snowmobile Club lodge, along Route 44, about six miles north of here in Clinton County.
State law requires that children ages 10 to 15 earn a safety certificate before lawfully operating a snowmobile, except upon lands owned or leased by their parents or legal guardians.
The goal of the course, which was developed by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, is to develop safe attitudes in all Keystone State snowmobilers. Student manuals and workbooks will illustrate the sport's basic principles and safety concepts. Course content will cover winter clothing, machine safety and snowmobile laws and regulations. Class participants qualify for a certificate by completing their workbooks and achieving a score of 80 percent or better on the final examination.
Course instructors will be Henry Hartman, of Hanover, and Harrison Langley Jr., of Palmyra.
Parents must accompany their children to registration so required forms may be completed. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Class starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. The club will provide lunch.
Enrollment is limited to a maximum of 30 students. Registration priority will be given to those between the ages of 10 to 15.
Students who register in advance will be guaranteed a seat until 8 a.m. Walk-in students, including adults, only will be accepted if the class is not completely filled or if the registered students do not arrive by 8.
To register, contact Louise Davidson at 368-2288 or email@example.com.
Outdoor events sought
Do you have a meeting or outdoor event you'd like to publicize in the Sun-Gazette?
Announcements must be submitted at least three weeks prior to the date of the event, preferably earlier.
Information and news releases may be:
Mailed to Outdoor editor, Williamsport Sun-Gazette, 252 W. Fourth St., Williamsport PA 17701
Emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Dropped off at the Sun-Gazette office, 252 W. Fourth St., Williamsport
Submitted through the Outdoor section of the Virtual Newsroom on the paper's website, www.sungazette.com.
All submissions must contain the name, telephone number and, if available, email address of a contact person.
Photographs by area residents of trophy fish or game animals or other interesting outdoor occurrences also will be considered. Digital photos may be sent by email.
Hard-copy glossy prints, negatives or slides may be dropped off or mailed. Polaroid prints typically cannot be reprinted in the newspaper.
Only photos sent with a stamped, self-addressed envelope will be returned.
Announcements published in the "Outdoor Briefs" section will print in chronological order as space permits.
The Outdoors section is published weekly on Sundays, but it goes to print early on Wednesday mornings.
Therefore, all information for publication on any given Sunday must be submitted by noon on the Monday prior.
For more help, call 326-1551, ext. 3116.