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Make a scene at these places from your favorite films

By MICHELLE LOCKE Associated Press Winter had trespassed into spring the day I visited Mirabell Gardens in Salzburg, Austria, where Julie Andrews and the Von Trapp children sang and danced their way through "Do-Re-Mi." Snowflakes stuck to my nose and eyelashes and also found their icy ...

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DCNR invites students to apply for Environmental Careers Camp

HARRISBURG — Young Pennsylvanians interested in pursuing environmental careers are invited to apply by April 15 for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ summer residential camp, DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said today. “Exploring Careers Outdoors Camp has become one ...

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Seeing change in our forests

UNIVERSITY PARK — Despite the sheer number (both individuals and species) of insects in eastern forests, they go unnoticed by many as they carry on with their life cycles, hidden from our cursory sight under the leaf litter or in the tree canopy or beneath the bark of a tree. Every once in a ...

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The state of pumpkin production in Pennsylvania

Next week I am giving several presentations at the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Conference, in Hershey. One of these presentations will be an update of our two-year pumpkin variety trial. Why study pumpkins? It’s an important crop for diversified vegetable operations in ...

Decoding the words part sun, part shade

Don’t we just love to sit back, close our eyes and dream of warmer weather? Chances are your dreams were triggered by the pile of gardening catalogs that have been arriving on a daily basis, enticing you with pictures of delicious, mouthwatering vegetables, bright colorful flowers or trees ...

New fishing license available

HARRISBURG—A new licensing services contract signed by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will deliver a benefit long sought by the agency — the ability for anglers to easily purchase fishing licenses from their smartphones and retain the license images on their devices to use ...

Deadline is Feb. 10 to register for Elk Hunt

KARTHAUS — The fourth annual Elk Antler SHED hunt organized by Quehanna Industrial Development Corporation (QIDC) is scheduled Feb. 10 through May 26 in the Pennsylvania Elk Management Area. Sheds must come from the wild elk herd, not a game farm or preserve. Registration fee is $10. ...

New information on bat fungus improves detection of deadly disease

HARRISBURG — The fungus that causes white-nose syndrome, a deadly disease of hibernating bats, spreads rapidly by way of bats, then establishes and persists in soil and on walls of underground hibernation sites, according to a study published today. Findings from the new study, conducted by ...

Ruffed Grouse Society to host Sportsmen’s Banquet in Williamsport

WILLIAMSPORT — The Susquehanna River Valley Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society will hold its second annual Conservation & Sportsmen’s Banquet Saturday, March 10, at the Genetti Hotel, 200 W. 4th St., Williamsport. A social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. ...

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Pesticides have become one of several tools used by farmers, green industry professionals, and the home structural industry to manage a variety of pests. If used according to the label, they pose very little risk to the applicator or the environment. However, there are times when these ...

Uninvited guests may bring unintended benefits

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse — if you believe that line of bull, I would like to sell you a bridge in Brooklyn. In case you were not aware or were just plain clueless, your house is a gigantic bug habitat, in ...

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PHOTO PROVIDED Matthew Stabley, of McElhattan, harvested this 14 point non typical whitetail Saturday, Dec. 2 at 8:30 a.m. in Wayne Township, Clinton County. He used a 270 Winchester. The deer has been an unofficial score 192 with a 22 1/4 outside spread. It’s thought to be aged at 51/2 ...

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Brothers get their bucks

PHOTO PROVIDED Brothers Ethan Simmons and Ashton Probst of Mill Hall shot their bucks one right after the other on Nov. 27. They were part of four generations of hunters that day as Ethan, who bagged his first deer, was sitting with his great-grandfather Dick Dauberman and Ashton was sitting ...

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Expecting hunter didn’t expect this

PHOTO PROVIDED Jennifer Walters is seen with her husband, Kyle Walters, and the trophy deer she shot on the first day of buck season. Taught to hunt and fish at an early age by her father, Mike Gavlock, Jennifer is an avid hunter herself. She landed this buck with a beautiful 12-point rack ...

First deer

PHOTO PROVIDED Owen Kaler, age 10, shot his first deer recently under Pennsylvania’s Mentored Youth program. He was hunting with his father, Aaron Kaler, in Caldwell.

A good pizza is healthy for you

Finally I now have a reason not to feel guilty when I order a pizza, one that is loaded with all the toppings. When you think about what actually goes into a good pizza, it is actually a health food. That is my opinion and I stick to it with every bite I take. My pizza contains grain, tomatoes, ...

Venison from harvested deer fills a need in Pennsylvania

When they sat down at the dinner table on Thursday, Pennsylvania’s hunters had plenty for which to be thankful. It’s prime time for Pennsylvania hunting and, with any luck, some game bags or ear tags have been filled already, or are nearly about to be. But as hunters are giving thanks, ...

Rare night heron seen near river

Poor weather can be a very exciting thing for birders who don’t mind dealing with the adverse conditions. It’s a great time to look for rare birds. Such conditions presented themselves on Oct. 29. Rose Valley Lake usually attracts the most attention during storms, so my day began there. ...