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Outdoors

Those big, splashy winter finches that we miss

By WAYNE LAUBSCHER Years ago, Evening Grosbeaks were fairly regular winter visitors in the northeast. They have not been around so much in the past couple of decades, however. In the 1970’s and 1980’s these unmistakable finches mobbed many a bird feeder, voraciously consuming huge ...

Elk season right around the corner

HARRISBURG — Coming off the heels of an unforgettable first archery-only elk hunt Sept. 14-28, the 98 general season elk license holders, 27 for bulls and 71 for antlerless, are primed for one of the most exciting hunting adventures in the Keystone State. The general elk season begins Monday, ...

Bald Eagle Rifle League

Matches for 10/29/19 Mill Hall 1-3 @ Liberty 4-1 Mill Hall Karen Woods 98-6 Milt Geyer Jr. 98-4 Lynn Woods 98-4 Jim Baney 98-2 Dink Dolan 95-4 Jeff Koch 95-2 Ed Hamberger 93-1 Holly Baney 93-1 Team 768-24 Junior Tyler Weaver 86-2 Liberty Emery Gunsallus 99-4 Lenny ...

Fall hunting is looking up for turkey hunters

HARRISBURG —Two consecutive light fall wild turkey harvests and a substantial statewide turkey population of 212,000 birds should provide plenty of action in the upcoming fall turkey hunting season, which opens Saturday, Nov. 2 in most Wildlife Management Units. The most significant change ...

Bald Eagle Rifle League

Match on 10/18/19 Strouse Electric 2-0 @ Tylersville 0-2 Strouse Electric Kevin Novosel 98-6 Adam Yarnell 98-3 Jim Newman 98-3 Andy Klaus 98-3 Sam McCartney 97-5 Mitchell Holden 97-4 Gary Vonada 95-2 Bob Marshall 95-2 Team 776-28 Tylersville Mike Bonchack 98-4 John ...

Ashton Peters earns Eagle rank

WOOLRICH — Ashton Peters from Woolrich Troop 66B, chartered through the Woolrich Community United Methodist Church, achieved the rank of Eagle on Oct. 8. Ashton’ s Eagle Project was a walk for suicide awareness. His project was named “The Cimarron Thomas Memorial Walk for Suicide ...

Bird Watchers: Bird Emergency

By GARY METZGER A bird watching friend of mine has often mentioned that he is just not seeing as many birds in his favorite spots as in years past. I have usually just offered that neither he nor I are getting any younger and that our eyes and ears aren’t what they once were. Similarly, ...

Dogwood Circle names October Garden of the Month

Dogwood Circle Garden Club has chosen Diane and Dave James, 517 Wright St., Flemington as winner of the October Garden of the Month. Gardening their corner lot for the past 50 years the James have surrounded their landscape with a riot of color, especially chrysanthemums in fall. Every spring ...

Snowmobile youth safety course offered

HYNER — The Hyner Mountain Snowmobile Club’s youth Pennsylvania snowmobile safety course will be conducted on Sunday, Nov. 17, at the Hyner Mountain Snowmobile Club lodge, which is located along Route 44 approximately 6 miles north of Haneyville in Clinton County. Class participants ...

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 ...