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UPPER DELAWARE RIVER — While this scene may by typical of how a fisher releases a fish back to the wild, “you don’t usually get such a good photo of a robust trout swimming out of the net,” according to The River Reporter’s fishing columnist Andy Boyar (The Incomplete Angler). This brown trout was caught by Boyar on May 21, while he was fishing with his friend Peter Kolesar and guide Bill Fraser on the main stem of the Delaware River near Buckingham, PA.

Mum sale supports Milford Garden Club

MILFORD, PA — Milford Garden Club is holding its second annual mum sale. Sales will be on a pre-order basis only. Mums are available in 8- and 14-inch pots. Also available are decorative kale and cabbages in 8-inch pots. Mum colors are red, bronze, yellow, rust, white and purple. The cabbages are available in green and purple. The kale is green only. The 14-inch pots are offered at $20 each. The 8-inch pots cost $10 each, three for $25 or four for $30.

The garden club is celebrating 75 years of civic service and beautification this year. The mum sale supports its efforts.  Read more

Tree walks planned for Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — Guided walks and talks about the trees on the grounds of Grey Towers National Historic Site, 122 Old Owego Turnpike, are planned for Saturday, September 15 at 11:30 a.m. and at 1:30 p.m.  Read more

Milford Garden Club holds flower show

MILFORD, PA — The Milford Garden Club, in coordination with District II/III, Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania, will hold a flower show on Friday, August 24 from 2 to 5 p.m. and Saturday, August 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 300 Broad St., at the corner of West Ann Street.  Read more

Caring for public trees

LIBERTY, NY — Sullivan County residents interested in caring about public trees are invited to help form a new Tree Keepers organization by attending an inaugural meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 28 at the CVI Center.

The purpose of the organization is to bring together a working group of individuals with Tree Steward training, arborists and other experts in the field, and representatives of organizations working to protect forests and habitat.  Read more

Sporting licenses on sale

NEW YORK STATE —Freshwater fishing, hunting and trapping licenses for the 2012-13 season will go on sale on Monday, August 13. You can purchase licenses online, by phone or in person at DEC offices and most sporting goods stores and town clerk offices. The 2012-13 licenses are valid from October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2013. If you plan to fish, hunt or trap prior to October 1, 2012, you must have a valid 2011-12 license. Visit

CFFCM gets Italian sister

CASTEL DI SANGRO, ITALY — At the ninth annual SIM (Italian School of Fly Fishing) Fly Fishing Festival, held in Castel di Sangro on June 23, the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) and the International Museum of Fly Fishing Stanislao Kuckiewicz established a relationship to exchange history, information and friendship to preserve and promote the universal language of, and interest in, fly fishing.  Read more

Become a Master Gardener

FERNDALE, NY — You can learn to become a Master Gardener through Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County through a 15-week training program that will begin September 6 at the Gerald J. Skoda Education Center. Up to 20 individuals will be accepted into the program after an application and interview process.  Read more

Discovering butterflies

THOMPSON, PA — Naturalist David Trently will lead a nature walk at Florence Shelly Preserve to discover and identify butterflies on Sunday, August 5 at 2 p.m. He will lead participants through the diverse 400-acre protected nature preserve to find butterflies in some of their preferred habitats: fields, woods, and wetlands.  Read more

Cornell holds maple camp

ITHACA, NY — There will be a Cornell Maple Camp held from August 1 to 4 at Cornell’s Arnot Teaching and Research Forest. It is designed for anyone who wants to become a producer or who has a few years of experiences, but is seeking to expand production, products, markets or profitability.  Read more

Children’s garden workshop

LIBERTY, NY — Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program will present a garden workshop for children and their adults on July 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the Gerald J. Skoda Education Center. Singer, storyteller and puppeteer Grian MacGregor will entertain the audience with her cast of puppets. A talented gardener herself, MacGregor has developed programs for children that make learning fun.  Read more

Kids’ Adventure Days

GREENTOWN, PA — Join the Park’s Environmental Educator for a fun-filled day at Promised Land State Park, geared for ages 11 to 15. The day for girls will be Thursday, July 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The day for boys will be Thursday, August 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The program will encourage young people to discover and explore the park, try new activities and make new friends. Prepayment is required; once participants are registered, their parents will receive a confirm letter with more program details.  Read more

Milford Garden Club holds secret garden tour

MILFORD, PA — The Milford Garden Club’s 20th Annual Secret Garden Tour will take place on Saturday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are eight gardens for viewing this year. The featured gardens are located within the Borough of Milford. However, the locations of these eight gardens are a “secret” until the day of the tour. Pre-event tickets cost $15; ticket price the day of the tour is $20. Call 570/296-6345 or 296-3833.

Honesdale student gets conservancy scholarship

HONESDALE, PA — At the Honesdale High School graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 9, honor student Devan George was awarded the first annual scholarship of The Lackawaxen River Conservancy.

In awarding the $500 scholarship to Devan, the Conservancy was impressed with her passion for the natural world, her outstanding academic credentials and extracurricular leadership roles, and her intention to pursue a career in an area related to environmental conservation. She will begin her studies at the University of New Hampshire in August.  Read more

What to do with a dead deer: compost it

ITHACA, NY — Composting isn’t just for veggie scraps. It’s often the best way to deal with roadkill, livestock mortality and even large-scale animal deaths due to floods, fires or other catastrophes.

Many people, including some farmers, assume it’s best to bury animals underground. In fact, it’s safer and kills pathogens more effectively when carcasses are composted in unturned piles, according to Jean Bonhotal, director of the Cornell Waste Management Institute.

“Most of the time they get buried, but that brings them 6 feet closer to the water table,” Bonhotal said.  Read more

Boating under the influence is a crime

HARRISBURG, PA — As the busy July 4 holiday approaches, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is reminding vacationers that boating under the influence (BUI) is a serious crime and a threat to public safety.

“Boating under the influence is no different than driving a car after someone’s been drinking,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “Alcohol impairs an individual’s ability to operate a vehicle safely. For the safety of all individuals on the water, please do not operate your boat, jet ski, canoe or kayak if you’ve been drinking.”  Read more

CFFCM announces Hall of Fame inductees

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum’s (CFFCM) Hall of Fame Committee has announced the 2012 Fly Fishing Hall of Fame Inductees. Deceased inductees are Joe Brooks, Carrie Frost, Dr. George Parker-Holden and Paul Young. Still living are Stu Apte, Thomas McGuane, Ed Shenk and Larry Solomon. The induction ceremony will be held at the CFFCM in October. Call 845/439-4810.

District receives knotweed funding

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne Conservation District has received $1,565 for a Japanese knotweed and invasive species demonstration site. Over the last decade, there has been a huge increase in the amount of Japanese knotweed and other invasive species along local waterways. In an effort to reduce non-point source pollution, in this case, soil erosion and sediment pollution, the conservation district is going to get rid of the knotweed and other invasive species along a section of the Lackawaxen River and replace it with a native vegetated buffer.  Read more

Learn conservation history on forest hike

MILFORD PA — A hike through the forest will introduce visitors to the history of conservation in America on Saturday, June 23, at Grey Towers National Historic Site, 122 Old Owego Turnpike. The moderate hike, which begins at 1:30 pm, will bring participants to the campsite replica of the Yale School of Forestry students who studied at Grey Towers in the early 20th century.

Regular tour fees apply and participants can tour the Grey Towers mansion for half price when tickets are purchased together.  Read more

Perennial plant sale

MILFORD, PA — The Milford Garden Club will sponsor a perennial plant sale on Saturday, June 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the property of 108 W. Ann Street and Gooseberry Alley in Milford. The rain date is Sunday, June 10. Flower pots decorated by club members will be available for sale.

All perennials being sold are donated by members of the club. The plants sold that day will come with instructions that suggest the best growing conditions. All monies raised will be used for the beautification of Milford. Call 570/296-2632.

April ‘One Bug’ tournament most successful yet

HANCOCK, NY—The annual One Bug fly-fishing tournament invites two-person fishing teams to Hancock, where the East and West branches of the Delaware River meet. Contestants must fish with only “one bug” for the entire day of fishing. Friends of the Upper Delaware River (FUDR), a non-profit group that advocates on behalf of the water, the wildlife and the residents of the region, hosts the event to raise funds to support their work.  Read more