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Outdoors

Scouting for deer this fall? Scout for deer browse, too

Many woodland owners take to their woods in October to begin scouting for deer season. A good way to learn more about where white-tailed deer might be found is by understanding what they’re eating. A deer’s diet consists of a variety of crops, herbaceous and woody vegetation, fruits, and ...

More state forest roads opening for hunting, outdoor activities

HARRISBURG — Hunters and other outdoors enthusiasts heading into Pennsylvania’s state-owned woodlands this autumn will find additional roads open in 18 of the 20 state forest districts, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced. “This improved accessibility, coupled ...

Bald Eagle Rifle League

Match for 10/1/19 Tylersville 0-1 @ Liberty 1-0 Tylersville Scott Weidler 96-5 John Brungard 95-2 Tyler Lucas 94-0 Bill Myers 93-1 Mike Bonchack 92-2 Kyler Phillips 92-2 Reese Lucas 90-2 Mike Frantz 88-2 Team 740-14 Liberty Lenny Young Jr. 98-7 Park Lane 97-5 Brett ...

Bald Eagle Rifle League

Matches for 10/1/19 Mill Hall 0-1 @ Strouse Electric 1-0 Mill Hall Karen Woods 99-3 Lynn Woods 98-6 Jim Baney 96-4 Jeff Koch 94-2 Andy Kotzur 92-2 Michael Barner 91-2 Tyler Weaver 90-1 Barry Johnson 90-0 Team 750-20 Juniors Michael Barner 91-2 Wyatt Corman 79-0 Strouse ...

Garden class growing at a Maplewood elementary school

By BLYTHE BERNHARD St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Mo. — At this school, students aren't just encouraged to smell the flowers, they can eat them too. All students at Maplewood-Richmond Heights Elementary School take a one-hour garden class every week, just like art and ...

US announces caribou protections for Idaho, Washington

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. officials on Wednesday announced protections for woodland caribou and their habitat in parts of Idaho and Washington. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated the southern mountain population of woodland caribou as endangered and confirmed 47 square miles (122 ...

Easy to be green: Saying good-bye to the tastes of summer

By Quentin Stocum The tastes of summer are quickly disappearing. Corn on the cob doused in melted butter and covered with salt is history. Soon real tomatoes will be a thing of the past, to be teased by the anemic look-a-likes in the grocery store. The resident humming birds, along with ...

September 2019 Garden of the Month announced

The winner of Dogwood Circle Garden Club’s Garden of the Month award is James McClean, 439 S. Fairview St., Lock Haven. A great example of a “transition” garden, perennials and annuals beyond their optimum have been cleared and replaced with potted plants and seasonal decor to make a ...

Did you know?

Weeding is a chore few gardeners relish. Weeds can seemingly pop up overnight. And when left to their own devices, weeds can quickly grow out of control. There are a few key tips to weeding that can make the process easier. First off, start with wet soil. Choose to weed after it rains, as wet ...

Fall hunting just around the corner

HARRISBURG — Although some hunting seasons are underway, the cooling temperatures and changing leaves signify the best is yet to come. Pennsylvania’s statewide archery deer season begins Saturday, Oct. 5, and its return is prompting the Pennsylvania Game Commission to issue some helpful ...

Dogwood Circle Club looking for October nominations

LOCK HAVEN — Dogwood Circle Garden Club is soliciting nominations for the October Garden of the Month Award. The theme is “Vow Renewal: a garden that is in its full brilliance!” This garden has survived August and comes back roaring for a spectacular fall garden. Gardens are judged for ...

In the Parks

Kettle Creek State Park — On Saturday, Sept. 28 at 3:30 p.m., there will be a program on the “Whitetails of Pennsylvania.” Topics will include adaptations, a brief history, and habits among other things. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Nature Center in the ...

Gated roads in Sproul State Forest opened for deer season

RENOVO — The Sproul State Forest will open some seasonally gated roads to provide additional motorized vehicle access to portions of the Sproul State Forest. With these additions, there are over 500 miles of roads on the Sproul State Forest open for vehicular access by deer hunters. Each ...

In the parks

Kettle Creek State Park — On Friday, Sept. 13., at 3:30 p.m., there will be a program on “Pennsylvania Elk.” Some of the topics at this program will include their diets, mating season, and history. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Nature Center in Lower ...

Wildlife in Need

By JOAN SATLER Most compassionate people find it hard to turn away from a suffering and obviously incapacitated animal, whether it be domestic or wild. With domestic animals though, at least you know where to turn. Local animal shelters such as the Lycoming County SPCA are staffed and ...

Soybean growers: What to know about Soybean Cyst Nematode

Soybean cyst nematodes (SCN) is the number one most damaging pest in soybean in the United States. This tiny, silent, yet ferocious pest was first found in North Carolina in 1954. Currently, the nematode is present in more than 80 % of the soybean production areas in the United States. In ...

A new and exciting crop

There is an exciting new cash crop that is now taking off like gang busters. Plus this crop is environmentally friendly, fast growing and easily replaced. Hemp, the plant that was banned solely on the basis that it is related to marijuana, even though it does not have the chemical make up to ...

If you’re worried your soil is contaminated, get it tested

By LEE REICH Associated Press Dampening my friend Dan's excitement about moving to a new home was one nagging fear: Before being developed for homes about 45 years ago, the site had been an orchard. Orchards are notorious for being doused repeatedly with toxic sprays. Were residues ...

Wild pheasant hunt planned for junior hunters

HARRISBURG — Thirty-eight junior hunters drawn by lottery soon will experience the thrill of seeing a wild pheasant rooster pounding skyward while having the special opportunity to harvest it. The Pennsylvania Game Commission announced the application process for the third annual Central ...

In the parks

Ole Bull State Park ∫ On Friday, Aug. 30, at 8 p.m., there will be some “Friday Night Star Hopping.” This program will focus on learning how to use a star map, finding visible constellations and sharing some folklore and mythology about them, and also learning about a free program that ...