Outdoors

Spring gobbler season holds plenty of potential

HARRISBURG — The approach of spring gobbler season has Pennsylvania hunters eager to get afield. That they’ll be participating in the state’s 50th anniversary spring-gobbler hunt further sweetens the pot. Properly licensed junior hunters and mentored youth can head afield Saturday, ...

Rifle match on 4/3/18

Avis 6-14 @ Tylersville 0-20 Avis Bob Marshall 99-5 Chad Marshall 99-4 Eric Wunder 97-4 Nate Clinger 97-3 Mike Goodman Jr. 95-4 Kevin Kline 93-4 Ray Eldred 93-2 Ron Marshall 92-2 Team 764-28 Tylersville Tyler Lucas 97-3 Scott Weidler 96-4 John Brungard 96-2 Jake Brown 93-3 Mike ...

Bluebird nest boxes help connect with wildlife

HOWARD — It’s time to say goodbye to winter and hello to spring. The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Howard Nursery wants to help you “spring” into the season and connect with wildlife in your backyard. Bluebird nesting boxes built by staff at Howard Nursery are available for sale ...

Garden of the Month awards to begin

LOCK HAVEN — The annual Garden of the Month Awards Program will begin in May. The program is sponsored by the Dogwood Circle Garden Club in cooperation with The Express. It recognizes area gardeners who live within a 10-mile radius of Lock Haven. This is the 24th consecutive year for the ...

Gardens start to stir

What a damp, gloomy March it has been. Can anyone remember when we had two sunny days in a row this month? On the bright side (no pun intended), we hardly received any snow from the four nor’easters that tore up the eastern seaboard. We still have a long way to go before we can plant our ...

Bald Eagle Rifle League

Matches for 4/3/18 Liberty 8-12 at Mill Hall 11-9 Liberty Lenny Young Jr. 98-5 Rick Bowman 96-4 Allen Muthler Jr. 96-2 Emory Gunsallus 95-4 Bob Fenton 95-3 Chase Roan 94-1 Lance Bowman 94-4 Lion Hinton 92-1 Team 760-24 Juniors Lance Bowman 94-4 Emory Gunsallus ...

Bear harvest ninth best all-time

HARRISBURG — Despite one of the worst opening days in more than three decades of bear hunting, Pennsylvania charted yet another Top 10 bear harvest in 2017. Hunters harvested 3,438 bears in the 2017 seasons, with the archery harvest of 493 bears and the extended season harvest of 1,083 ...

Golden Crowned Kinglet topic of Audubons

PHOTO PROVIDED A Golden Crowned Kinglet, like the one pictured, will be the topic at the next meeting of the Lycoming Audubon group. Carmeron Fiss, a biologist with IUP Research Institute, will present the program on “Golden-winged Warbler Ecology.” The golden-winged warbler population is ...

AT THE PARKS

WATERVILLE — The eagles have returned to the nest at Little Pine State Park, and incubating behavior has been observed. If you would like to learn more about our national bird, join the park naturalist on April 14 for two Eagle Watch programs. The first will be at 10 a.m. and the ...

Bald Eagle Rifle League

Make up Match for 1/16/18 Mill Hall 9-9 @ Avis 5-13 Mill Hall Lynn Woods 100-4 Jim Baney 99-3 Jeff Koch 96-3 Karen Woods 95-2 Holly Baney 93-2 Steve Walker 93-1 Barry Johnson 92-3 Milt Geyer Jr. 91-3 Team 759-21 Avis Chad Marshall 100-4 Nathan Clinger 98-5 Eric ...

r Making Life Better, It’s time for pussy willows and pollinators

Finally the signs of spring have arrived. The crocus that had been planted years ago in the yard are blooming, and the Eranthis cilicica, with the common name of winter buttercup, are in competition with the crocus in their attempt to attract honey bees. The daffodil and tulip leaves are trying ...

Williamsport to host four PA Wilds key events in April

WILLIAMSPORT — The city of Williamsport will be hosting four PA Wilds events in April, including the grand opening of new PA Wilds Conservation Shop, Creative Makers Exhibit, the 2018 PA Wilds Annual Dinner and Awards, and Creative Entrepreneur’s Conference. The PA Wilds Center for ...

Bald Eagle Rifle League

Match for 3/13/18 Avis 4-12 @ Liberty 8-9 Avis Chad Marshall 98-6 Eric Wunder 98-6 Bob Marshall 97-4 Dave Danneker 96-5 Mike Goodman Jr. 95-2 Kevin Kline 94-2 Ray Eldred 94-1 Ron Marshall 93-2 Team 765-28 Liberty Lenny Young Jr. 99-4 Emory Gunsallus 98-6 Norm Fenton ...

Clinton Master Gardeners welcome four new apprentices in March

MILL HALL — The Penn State Master Gardeners of Clinton County welcomed four new apprentices at their meeting on March 13. They are Christine Gray, Diane Michura, Emily Montarsi and Julie Moodler, all of whom completed the Master Gardener basic training program on March 8. Concluding ...

Orchid Show next weekend at Penn State

STATE COLLEGE — The 53rd Annual Orchid Show, presented by the Central Pennsylvania Orchid Society (CPOS), will take place Saturday, April 7, from 1-6 p.m. and Sunday, April 8, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at Penn State’s Snider Ag Arena, located at the corner of Park Avenue and Fox Hollow Road ...

Bald Eagle Rifle League

Matches for 3/13/18 Tylersville 0-17 @ Strouse Electric 13-4 Tylersville Mike Bonchack 97-2 John Brungard 94-3 Jake Brown 94-1 Terry Kuzma 93-4 Earl Leedy 93-3 Scott Weidler 93-1 Kyle Phillips 91-2 Bill Myers 89-0 Team 744-16 Strouse Electric Kevin Novosel 100-6 Jim ...

Researchers to study ramps’ market, flavor profile, vulnerability to pest

UNIVERSITY PARK - A good way to describe ramps, it has been said, is to note what they are not. Ramps are not leeks, nor are they scallions or shallots. Ramps look like scallions, but they’re smaller and have one or two broad, flat leaves. Among the first green things to pop out of the ...

Birding field trip planned

WILLIAMSPORT — The Lycoming Audubon Society will hold a birding field trip around Rose Valley Lake on Saturday, March 31. This walk-and-ride event to look for a variety of waterfowl, songbirds and raptors, will begin at 8 a.m., weather permitting. Trip leaders is Ron Beach, who can be ...

Outdoors stores quietly continue to sell assault weapons

By DEE-ANN DURBIN AP Business Writer DUNDEE, Mich. — Some big retailers have curbed sales of assault weapons after last month's school shooting in Florida. But others are sticking to their guns. Several outdoor chains, including Bass Pro Shops, Cabela's, Gander Outdoors and Academy ...

Hardy Alstroemerias shine in gardens

These cold, short days are the perfect time to reflect on last season’s garden successes and failures and plan for this season. It’s exciting to look through the glossy catalogs with tantalizing photos and see the label NEW! on many plants. In case you missed it, here is one flower that is ...