Open paddle planned
Country Ski & Sports in Montoursville is organizing an open paddle at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays beginning this week and through the season. The event is not a class. It will meet at the Greevy boat launch.
For more information, call the store.
Take a hike with regional club
The Otzinachson Regional Group of the Sierra Club and the Edward Abbey Hiking Society will hold a public hike today in R.B. Winter State Park and Bald Eagle State Forest, Union County.
Meet the group at 8:30 a.m. at the parking lot at the breast of the dam along Route 192 and register with Joe Rebar.
Bring lunch and water for the 12-mile, strenuous, loop hike.
Garden and farm tour planned in Clinton County
Clinton County Historical Society's fourth annual Garden and Farm Tour will be held rain or shine from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. today.
In addition to six colorful, creative and unique city and countryside gardens, the tour, in conjunction with Clinton County's 175th anniversary, will feature two very early farms steeped in local history.
The tour guide, which includes descriptions, addresses, directions and a map, will serve as the entry pass to the gardens and farms. It may be purchased for $10 per person at Heisey Museum, 362 E. Water St., Lock Haven, beginning at noon.
For more information, call the Heisey Museum at 570-748-7254 or visit the website at www.clintoncountyhistory.com.
Workshop planned on 'woodland legacy'
LEWISBURG - The Central Susquehanna Woodland Owners Association will hold a free program titled "Your Woodland Legacy: Tools for Estate Planning" from 1:30 to 4 p.m. today at the Union County Government Building, 155 N. 15th St.
During the first half of the program, Dr. Jim Finley, Ibberson professor of forest resources management and director of the Center for Private Forests at Penn State University, and Dr. Allyson Muth, stewardship program associate in the Department of Ecosystems Science and Management at Penn State, will cover issues forest landowners face as they consider the future of their woodland holdings. They will discuss reasons for expanding numbers of private forest landowners, their intentions for their woodland, their legacy, how few of them have long-term plans and tools for starting the conversation about legacy planning.
For the second half of the program, attorney Karen Hackman, of Rudnitsky Hackman & Potter LLP, will compare methods of planning an estate and preparing for landowner succession. Her presentation will cover a few of the many tools for passing forestland on to the next generation.
Registration is voluntary but recommended. For more information, or to register, contact Gerald Hoy at 570-922-3344 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Try scuba free at Loyalsock Community Pool
Sunken Treasure Scuba Center, of Jersey Shore, will introduce newcomers to the thrill of scuba diving at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Loyalsock Community Pool.
"There is nothing like breathing underwater for the very first time," said Rich Best, of the scuba center. "It takes a little getting used to - after all, human beings weren't designed to do that - but after a few minutes of awestruck wonder, most participants realize how easy scuba diving really is."
The tryout is free.
For more information, call Best at 570-398-1458.
Scuba trip planned to 47-acre lake
JERSEY SHORE - Sunken Treasure Scuba Center is organizing a scuba diving trip on July 6 and 12 to Dutch Springs , a 47-acre lake off of Route 22, a few miles north of Bethlehem.
Surrounded by 50 acres of grassy fields and woods, Dutch Springs is privately owned and has been set up as a dive facility.
Divers are required to pay an entry fee to Dutch Springs. Organizers are taking a grill, burgers and brats and ask attendees to bring a dish to share.
To register, call Rich Best at 570-398-1458.
Musician to perform at Montour Preserve
WASHINGTONVILLE -Enjoy an afternoon of acoustic music, folk ballads, humorous songs and good old-time music from 2 to 3:30 p.m. July 6 at the PPL Montour Environmental Preserve.
Pennsylvania singer-songwriter Jerry Haines will provide a delightful musical program for all ages, mixing vocals with guitar, harmonica and autoharp.
The free program will be held 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 570-437-3131 or email@example.com.
Hunter-trapper education classes set
MUNCY VALLEY - Free hunter-trapper education classes will be held at the North Mountain Sportsmen's Association Club on the following dates:
6 to 9:30 p.m. July 11 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 12
6 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 15 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 16
Independent study classes from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 26 and Oct. 3.
Individuals who are at least 11 years old may register on the state Game Commission website for any of these classes. Attendance at the entire program is required to receive certification card.
For more information, call Rick Smith at 570-924-3072 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
KTA announces 'preview' hike
A preview hike will be held prior to the Keystone Trails Association's sixth annual Susquehanna Super Hike & Ultra Trail Run. It will be held at 9 a.m. July 12 from Lock 12 to Otter Creek Campground in Airville, York County, about 15 miles. Meet at Otter Creek Campground.
The hike will proceed at a normal, brisk pace to familiarize prospective participants with the course and its challenges. Attendees should bring lunch and water.
Advance registration and a $10 fee is required, and there is a 20-participant limit per preview hike, which will be held regardless of weather.
On Sept. 6, the Keystone Trails Association will offer two mileage options: a 23.4-mile Super Hike and 29.6-mile Ultra Trail Run. The registration fee is $90 for participants registering before Aug. 1 and includes snacks and beverages at several checkpoints along the route, admission to a celebratory picnic, a one-year membership to KTA, a completion certificate, a commemorative T-shirt, and bus transportation from the finish line to the parking area at the start.
Registration will be capped at 600 participants; over 250 individuals already are registered.
For more information or to register for the Susquehanna Super Hike and Ultra Trail Run or a preview hike, visit www.kta-hike.org or call KTA at 717-238-7017.
Group plans canoe, kayak races
The local chapter of PACK (Pennsylvania Canoe and Kayak) will hold several canoe and kayak races in the area this summer. Events include:
July 12 - Bricktown Challenge at Bald Eagle State Park
July 13 - Third annual Keystone Challenge, a 40-mile race and 15-mile relay race, starts at Bald Eagle State Park and ends at Haywood's on the Water
Aug. 11-17 - United States Canoe and Kayak Nationals Race at Woodward Boat Launch, Lock Haven
Oct. 5 - PACK Fall Foliage in Castanea
Volunteers needed for river cleanup
The Clinton Township Volunteer Fire Co. is organizing a cleanup of the Susquehanna river beginning at 8 a.m. July 19 at the Susquehanna Boat Club of Montgomery.
Scuba divers and shore volunteers are needed.
For more information or to register, contact Kaelyn Fogelman at 570-590-7785 or email email@example.com.
Rails to trails group plans events
SNOW SHOE - The Snow Shoe Rails to Trails Association is planning the following events:
July 19 - 12th annual Best Line Powersports/SSRTA chicken barbecue. Ride as you please, then return around 11:30 a.m. to Gillentown Trailhead for a chicken dinner. Take-outs available.
Labor Day Weekend - Moose Dice Run on the SSRT. Members may register at Clarence Moose from 9 to 10 a.m. and return to Moose by 4 p.m. for last roll and meal.
Sept. 20 - Second annual Carns Equipment/SSRT pig roast dinner ride. Ride as you please and return to Gillentown Trailhead for dinner. Eat in or take out for $8.
Furtaker gathering open to public
ARNOT - A furtaking and trapper gathering will be held July 26 at the Arnot Sportsmen's Club, 167 Elm St.
It begins with a cable restraint course from 8 a.m. to noon. Participants should register in advance.
Lunch will be served at noon and will be provided by the club.
Free demonstrations will start at 1 p.m. They will include:
Cable restraints and dog-proof traps, by Herb Senderling;
Complete fur handling for raccoon, by Matt Kauffman;
Canines, by Joe Mast
Vendors and supply dealers will be on hand, include Smithy's Stretchers and Supplies and Pete's Fur Shed.
Special prizes will be given to young sportsmen who attend, and a drawing will be held for a lake fishing trip guided and donated by Bob Kelly. The club will award a variety of door prizes.
For more information, call Ron Signor at 570-638-2985.
Volunteers needed for local cleanups
Clinton County CleanScapes recently announced the following events:
July 26 - Tire removal project in Bald Eagle Creek, Clinton County. Water activity.
Sept. 6 - Tire removal project in either Bald Eagle Creek or West Branch of the Susquehanna River in Clinton County. Water activity.
For details, email Project Director Elisabeth Lynch McCoy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 570-726-3511; or call Rich Best, of Sunken Treasure Scuba Center, at 570-398-1458.
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