Local Briefs — Oct. 9

West Branch Bird Club

to hold free presentation

McELHATTAN — The West Branch Bird Club invites the public to a free presentation by John Carter, Sean Herrmann, and Brian Schmoke on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the Wayne Township Landfill Administration Building, McElhattan Drive, McElhattan.

The presenters were members of a team led by Dr. Mark Bonto of Penn State University, Altoona Campus, which spent three weeks in Northern Australia studying raptors (birds of prey) to determine if they start fires in order to obtain food.

They are excited to share the photography and videos obtained, their data collection such as assessing fire dynamics, bird species found around the fires, what the raptors were eating and much more. They will talk about the controlled burns that they worked with the Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service and the Jawoyn Rangers, an aboriginal land management corporation.

Please use the parking lot behind the building and use the door adjacent to the lot.

Workshop on ‘Unemployment Compensation – Separation Issues’

LOCK HAVEN — LHU Small Business Development Center, CareerLink and the Clinton County Economic Partnership have joined together to bring to the area a training workshop for businessowner’s entitled, Unemployment Compensation – Separation Issue.

Nancy Smithbauer from UC Workforce Development will cover topics such as the process the UC Service Center follows when investigating and issuing benefit determinations relating to employees who voluntarily quit or have been discharged from a job, the fact finding process regarding how an employee leaves a job and what determines burden and more.

The workshop will take place on Thursday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. – noon at the LHU SBDC office located at 301 W. Church St., in Room J206. There is no cost to attend but we strongly encourage that all interested individuals register through Dorie Gilmore at dgilmore@tiu11.org or by calling 570-893-4022.

First Step for Starting a Small Business workshop

LOCK HAVEN — Have you always had a dream to start your own business but didn’t know where to start?

On Oct. 19, the LHU Small Business Development Center will help aspiring entrepreneurs begin the process of successful business ownership including evaluating business ideas, developing a business plan, and exploring financing options.

The presenters/discussion leaders for this workshop will be the highly qualified business consultants from the LHU SBDC staff. Other topics covered will be the feasibility of your business idea; the differences between business organization structures; how to develop a business plan; how to obtain financing; how to market their product or service; the applications and licenses needed to start their company and so much more.

Cost to attend is $20 and you can register on-line at www.lhup.edu/sbdc/training.htm or by calling 570-484-2848 by Oct. 16. Location of workshop will be at 1127 W. Fourth St., Williamsport.

Centre Historical Society director guest of PARSE

STATE COLLEGE –The Centre County Chapter of the PA Association of Retired State Employees (PARSE) will meet at Hoss’s Steak and Sea Restaurant, 1450 N. Atherton St., on Thursday, Oct. 18, beginning at 11:45 am. Members and guests are on their own for lunch.

The featured speaker is Mary Sorenson, executive director of the Centre County Historical Society. CCHS is the county’s oldest and largest educational history organization, founded in 1904 and headquartered in a 19th century house museum, the Centre Furnace Mansion.

Sorensen is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the society, as well as a restored and furnished ironmasters house museum, and one-room school house, all open to the public. Prior to being named executive director in 2010, she served in a volunteer capacity for 10 years in the planning and development of the Mansion’s period gardens.

Sorenson will share many interesting facts and stories about the Centre County Historical Society and the Centre Furnace Museum’s artifacts.

All PARSE members and retired state employees are encouraged to attend.

For further information, contact PARSE President Nancy Knofsinger at 814-383-2648.

Cash bingo to benefit ‘The November Boys’

LOCK HAVEN — A cash bingo will be held on Sunday, Nov. 11 to benefitthe Michael Brookens, Todd Mellott and Michael Gardner Memorial Fund, also known as The November Boys, through the Clinton County Community Foundation.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Lock Haven YMCA Swim Tea, the Toss Library and the Central Mountain High School Band Program.

There will be bingo games, rip-off tickets, basket raffle, 50/50 and a food stand.

Doors open at noon and bingo starts at 1 p.m. at the Dunnstown Fire company, 119Woodward Ave.

For tickets, contact Cheryl Seddon at seddon@yahoo.com. Advance tickets are $25 and at the door, $30. Tickets are also available for purchase at Dunnstown Fire Company.