Club plans fishing derby
PICTURE ROCKS - The Consolidated Sportsmen of Muncy Creeks will hold its annual Dick Harner Memorial Children's Fishing Derby today at Van Renselar Park. The park is behind George Ferrell Elementary School.
The derby is open to children up to age 12. Registration begins at 12:15 p.m., and lunch will be available.
Kids 5 and younger will start fishing at 1; 6-, 7- and 8-year-olds at 2; and ages 9 to 12 at 3. Only bait fishing is allowed and the limit is four fish.
The derby will be held rain or shine. Only high water could cause a postponement.
For more details, call Art Fry at 368-1245.
Take a hike with regional club
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 spring and summer.
They are open to the public, but hikers should contact the hike leader prior to the event. Participants are advised to bring lunch and water on every hike.
Hikes will be held:
Today - Rider Park, Lycoming County, 6.2 miles, easy to moderate. Walk a figure 8 loop centered around the parking lot. Beginning hikers or hikers with children can bail after only 2 miles. Rider Park is a good place to see migratory spring songbirds. Meet on Warrensville Road next to Loyalsock Creek just beyond the Interstate 180 overpass over Warrensville road at 8:30 a.m. or 8:45 a.m. at the parking area 1.6 miles up Calebs Creek Road. Leader: Roy Fontaine, 220-4707.
Saturday - Zindel Park, Clinton County, 10 miles, strenuous. We will hike a variety of trails in this recreation area. Meet at 8 a.m. at McDonald's just off the McElhattan exit of Route 220. Leader: Joanne Heimer, firstname.lastname@example.org, 295-1431.
May 12 - Golden Eagle Trail, Lycoming County, 9 miles, moderate to strenuous. One of the best hikes in Pennsylvania with excellent views. 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 8:50 a.m. Leader: Roy Fontaine, 220-4707.
Create something beautiful and floral
MIFFLINBURG - Country Farm and Home, 7801 Old Turnpike Road, has announced several Make and Take Classes, through June 26. A fee applies for each course.
Wednesday - Patio Planter, 7 p.m. Learn Keith's secrets for successful container gardening while planting a beautiful container full of the top performing thriller, filler and spiller annuals on the market.
May 22 - Butterfly Garden Planter, 7 p.m. Learn what is needed to entice butterflies to your garden while planting a butterfly garden, filled with host and nectar plants, in a beautiful planter.
June 5 - Living Wall, 7 p.m. - Graphically arrange a collection of plants in the Living Wall Planter System. We will frame your creations, so once you get it home, you mount it on a vertical surface, giving you a whole new world in which to express your creativity.
June 12 - Everlasting Butterfly Pitcher, 7 p.m. Fill a beautiful pitcher with everlasting summer flowers and butterflies.
June 26 - Gypsy Garden, 6 p.m. Create a unique fairy garden. This will be the final class and guests are asked to bring a salad to share. A meal will be held prior to the class.
Call 966-4030 to register or for more information.
Discover 'little known facts about Tioga County'
TIOGA - Don Knaus, a Pennsylvania outdoor writer and local historian, will present "Little Known Facts About Tioga County and the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the main pavilion of the Mill Cove Environmental Education Area. It is free.
Knaus writes the "Woods & Wilds" column in the Wellsboro Gazette and authored "Of Woods and Wild Things," a publication of short stories dealing with hunting, fishing and outdoor adventures.
Watershed group to discuss nutrient management
GLEN MAWR - The Muncy Creek Watershed will hold a program on nutrient management at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Shrewsbury Township Building, just off of Route 220. It is free and open to the public.
Two Lycoming County conservation technicians, Chad Bower and Rob Moorhart, will stress the importance of farming practices that may influence stream water quality. Residents who own one or more farm-type animals are encouraged to attend.
Master Gardeners to sell perennial plants
The Penn State Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners will hold a perennial plant sale beginning at noon Friday at Bruce E. Henry Park on Miller Avenue, behind St. Ann's Church. The sale will continue until all of the plants are sold.
The sale has been very popular, with plants selling out within the hour. They will cost $3 each.
Varieties will include yarrow, columbine, lupines, catchfly, money plant and dozens more.
Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions.
For more information, call Penn State Extension at 433-3040 or email@example.com.
Statewide conference for forestland owners set
ALTOONA - The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will co-sponsor a two-day conference for landowners focused on conserving and managing privately owned woodlands.
The "2013 Private Forest Landowner Conference: The Future of Penn's Woods," will be held Friday and Saturday at the Blair County Convention Center.
The event will focus on conserving and managing healthy, regenerating forests with the intent of bringing together landowners who want to demonstrate commitment to forest sustainability.
Regionally and nationally recognized experts will give presentations on a variety of topics including conservation options, invasive species, taxes, water quality, woodland care, wildlife, and backyard woodlots. Exhibitors will offer informational and resource displays, and demonstrators will showcase tools and services.
On Friday, optional tours addressing wind energy and forests, invasive species control, vernal ponds and early successional wildlife habitat will be offered before the conference officially starts at 1 p.m. The program continues from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday.
Registration is open and costs $75. Registration details and other information can be found at ecosystems.psu.edu/research/centers/private-forests/events/2013-private-forest-landowners.
Enjoy birds and bagels at PPL's Riverlands
BERWICK - Enjoy a spring walk in search of songbirds from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at PPL's Susquehanna Riverlands.
Experienced birder Dr. James Montgomery will help attendees identify birds by their song, field marks, behaviors and habitats where they are found. Before the hike, a light breakfast will be served, allowing participants to discuss their favorite birding adventures.
The free program will meet at the Susquehanna Energy Information Center. Registration is appreciated by contacting PPL at 1-866-832-3312, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For directions, visit www.pplpreserves.com, select "Susquehanna Riverlands," then click on "Contacts and Directions."
Look and listen for spring birds
WASHINGTONVILLE - A free bird walk will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at PPL's Montour Environmental Preserve.
Participants will venture through several of the preserve's habitats to look and listen for birds as they establish territories, begin courtship and build nests. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them.
The program will meet at the Environmental Education Center. For directions, visit www.pplpreserves.com, select "Montour" and then click on "Contacts and Directions." For more information, contact the preserve at 437-3131 or email@example.com.
Club to stock trout
On Saturday and next Sunday, the Consolidated Sportsmen of Muncy Creeks will do their inseason stocking for the tributaries to Muncy Creek that were stocked preseason.
The public is invited to join in.
Explore, paddle, learn on West Branch Sojourn
The Susquehanna Greenway Partnership's annual sojourn on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River will start May 14 in Mahaffey, Clearfield County and end May 19 in Keating, Clinton County. A fee applies.
The six-day, 97-mile canoe and kayak trip takes paddlers of all ages and skill levels to some of the most beautiful and remote locations along the river. Along the way, local experts will give exclusive access to the area's history, wildlife and conservation efforts through river-side presentations.
Registration includes river guides, camp sites, meals, insurance, shuttles, a T-shirt and educational programs and entertainment. Paddlers must provide their own boat and gear. Boat rental information and a daily schedule are available in the online registration packet. Beginners are encouraged to join.
Paddlers may pay for the entire trip or on a day-to-day basis. Information may be downloaded at www.susquehannagreenway.org or by calling Erin Pierce, program coordinator, at 522-7244.
"The West Branch sojourn will be a great way for folks to explore this stretch of water trail, since much of it is breathtakingly rural, secluded and one of the closest things we have in Pennsylvania to a wilderness experience," Pierce said.
Pennsylvania's river sojourns are a national model for connecting people to their natural environment in a fun and educational way. National Geographic Adventure named the West Branch a "Best Adventure Destination for 2012" and the 228-mile river also is recognized as a National Recreation Trail by the National Park Service.
Fishing derby announced
The Black Hole Creek Fishin' Derby will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 18 in Montgomery, at the Bower Street Bridge on Main Street.
Children under 13 years old may participate. A drawing for prizes will be held during the event.
Food and drink will be available. Golf balls from the floodplain restoration project at White Deer Golf Course will be on sale for $5 per dozen.
For more information, call 547-6289.
ATV safety class scheduled
An all-terrain vehicle safety class will be held at 8:30 a.m. May 18 at Wheels Of Williamsport Inc., 99 Grey Fox Drive, Montoursville.
Class size is limited and advance registration is required. Students - youths or adults - must provide their own ATVs.
State-certified safety instructors Bill and Nancy Stugart will teach the course.
Pennsylvania law requires that youths ages 8 through 15 take a Department of Conservation and Natural Resources-approved safety training course and earn a safety training certificate from it before operating an ATV off their parents' or legal guardian's property.
To register for the course, call Bill or Nancy at 435-0923.
Women in the Outdoors event planned
TIOGA - A Women in the Outdoors event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 19 at Ives Run Recreation Area at Hammond Lake. Women ages 14 and older may apply.
The event is designed to teach women new skills and activities and introduce them to new friends. No experience is necessary.
Paid registration includes four classes, a one-year membership to the Women in the Outdoors program, breakfast and lunch and use of equipment and materials. Raffles and a silent auction also will be held.
Classes include birding, outdoor photography, preparing wild game, archery, fishing, bobcats, Dutch oven cooking, shotgun and trap, geocaching and kayaking.
This Women in the Outdoors event is sponsored by the Arnie Hayden Memorial chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. More information about the program and other area events can be found at www.womenintheoutdoors.org.
NWTF chapter plans annual banquet
The Susquehanna Longbeards chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold its annual Hunting Heritage Banquet on June 2, at Haywood's on the Water, 610 Antlers Lane. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. and dinner is at 5.
The deadline to take advantage of "early bird" registration is May 25. The two packages involve a discount on tickets for the sportsmen raffle and a special ladies' raffle.
A variety of ticket packages are available from single, to couple to sponsor memberships.
Auction and raffle items include 20 firearms, including the 2013 Gun of the Year, a Browning A-Bolt Medallion .30-06 caliber rifle with upgraded walnut stock and engraved receiver; a wine cabinet; double hammock; Thomas Kinkade print; a child's pedal truck; NWTF Wild Turkey Disc-It outdoor wok; NWTF teak bistro set; Ned Smith and Dan Christ prints; along with other prints, items and gift certificates donated by local businesses.
Proceeds from the banquet are used in the local area. Last year, the chapter received grants used for habitat projects, land acquisition, seed subsidy and surplus seed programs, and events for JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) and Women in the Outdoors.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, call Steve Berger at 322-0673.
Bicycle ride opens registration
Registration now is open for the Tour de Bill, a 2-mile bicycle loop around Williamsport on June 1. Riders will use the River Walk and city side streets.
The route begins between 9 and 11 a.m. at Wegmans and also ends at that grocery store.
Funds raised benefit the Strong Kids Campaign at the YMCA.
To register, go to www.williamsportymca.org and look under "events" or register in person at the YMCA, 320 Elmira St. The first 100 registrants will receive an event T-shirt.
View photos of gas drilling in Pa.
BLOOMSBURG - The Moose Exchange Stairwell Gallery will host an exhibition titled the "Marcellus Shale Documentary Project" through June 8. The exhibition includes the work of six professional photographers who share in the telling of the complex story of Marcellus Shale gas drilling in Pennsylvania. The Marcellus Shale Documentary Project photographers are Noah Addis, Nina Berman, Brian Cohen, Scott Goldsmith, Lynn Johnson and Martha Rial. The exhibition represents each photographer's aesthetic, each having chosen a different angle from which to view the subject. Together, they offer a compelling narrative that represents, they believe, an honest appraisal of how the arrival of Marcellus Shale drilling has affected communities.
For more information, visit mooseexchange.org/site/?p=4457.
Get down and dirty at Clinton County mud run
MACKEYVILLE - The Clinton County Fair Association is sponsoring its first Kels Lomison Mud Run at the fairgrounds on June 15.
The 5K will be open to people of all ages who want to run, walk, crawl or climb the course.
The run will be non-competitive and will not be timed. Individuals or teams may register.
Three courses will be set up - one for adults ages 14 and up; the Mini Mudder for ages 9 to 13; and the Pee Wee Mudder for ages 4 to 8. Participants will receive a free Kels Lomison Mud Run T-shirt.
Proceeds benefit the new permanent Kels Lomison Memorial Stage being planned at the fairgrounds.
For more details, visit www.clintoncountyfairpa.com or call Ruth Eoute at 660-1231.
Register now for greenway sojourn
The 2013 Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Greenway Sojourn - a fully supported, five-day ride along the Great Allegheny Passage - will take place June 23-27, and participants now can reserve their seat.
The Greenway Sojourn is part bicycle ride, part trail-building program. It celebrates newly opened trails and promotes the completion of others to create regional trail systems.
The ride covers mostly off-road, multi-use trails between Pittsburgh and Cumberland, Md.
All ages and skill levels may register by going online to wilderness-voyageurs.com/rails-to-trails-greenway-sojourn.html.
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