Outdoors

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 ...

Global worry over Amazon fires escalates; Bolsonaro defiant

By MARCELO SILVA de SOUSA Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO — Amid global concern about raging fires in the Amazon, Brazil's government complained Thursday that it is being targeted in smear campaign by critics who contend President Jair Bolsonaro is not doing enough to curb widespread ...

Potential effects of ozone pollution on your health

METRO — If asked to offered their unfiltered reactions to the word “ozone,” many people might not hesitate to say, “It’s bad.” But ozone is more complex than that and can actually be good. Ozone is a gas composed of three atoms of oxygen that occurs in both the upper atmosphere ...

Watershed restoration project rejuvenating Hawaii stream

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii stream is coming back to life with help from a watershed restoration project, officials said. The project funded by a state Department of Health and the federal Environmental Protection Agency has produced positive results in the Waipa Stream on Kauai, The ...

Dogwood Circle announces Garden of the Month

PHOTO PROVIDED Dogwood Circle Garden Club has chosen Elko Fetter, 19 W. Arch St., Mill Hall, as the August Garden of the Month. Front, side and rear gardens along Arch Street dazzle the visitor with a variety of colorful blooms in the mixture of annuals and perennials she has added in the ...

Knowing when to prune is as vital as knowing how

By DEAN FOSDICK Associated Press Pruning is one of the most fundamental tasks in gardening, and knowing when to trim is as essential as knowing how. Pruning woody plants at the wrong time can interrupt bloom cycles and damage stressed plants. "It's time to prune whenever your pruners ...

How to bring beneficial bees back

METRO — Bees, birds and butterflies play integral roles in pollinating many of the crops humans rely on for sustenance. Bees are beneficial for yards. Gardener’s Supply Company says one out of every three bites of food humans take depends on a pollinator. That’s because about 150 ...

Cool as a cucumber

By LAURIE WELCH For me cucumbers are one of those vegetables I look forward to eating fresh out of the garden every year. But let’s face it you can only eat so many before you start giving them away or turning them into pickles! A little history on this summertime mainstay. The cucumber ...

Garden diseases are in full swing

By TOM BUTZLER Harvest of backyard gardens should be in full swing this month. Staples such as beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, and summer squash should be picked every few days to ensure continued harvest and top quality. Unfortunately, it is this time frame that unseen micro-organisms try to ...

Want a second crop of cabbage this season? Here’s two methods

By LEE REICH Associated Press I have a head of cabbage that's getting so swollen I know it's going to split. Especially if a thunderburst drenches the ground. And after that head splits, my other cabbage heads, not as far along as the first, are also likely to swell, then split. I'm not ...

Safe travels and happy birding

By BRUCE BUCKLE I have always enjoyed traveling. By myself, I appreciate the opportunity to reflect upon the world around me and my relationship to it. The camaraderie of traveling with family and friends is equally welcome. Spending time on the road with others deepens relationships, and ...

Pretty… and tasty too

Ernestine Hamilton of Long Run Road, Mill Hall, submitted this photograph of Burgamot Tea, also known as beabalm, growing on the property where she and her husband, John, live, just across the street from the Old School Market in Salona. Ernestine said a friend gave her a handful of the plant ...

In the parks

OLE BULL STATE PARK ∫ On Thursday, August 8 at 10 a.m., bring a camera or cell phone for this high tech “Photo Scavenger Hunt.” Find the items on the list, take a photo, and get a prize. Children will need the help of an adult in order to participate. This program may be cancelled in ...