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After a few milder than normal winters, this winter has been an eye opener for many people; it has been cold with very few breaks and the wood pile that was slightly more than half used through last winter is now down to the last few logs of the last row. Spring officially arrived on March 20 this year, but as I write this column, it is 24 degrees and the wind is gusting up to 40 mph.

Workshop on high tunnels

RILEYVILLE, PA — The Penn State Master Gardeners of Wayne County will offer a workshop on fall gardening in high tunnels on Saturday, November 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the garden of Master Gardener Judy Trudgen.  Read more

Financial planning for forestland

HAWLEY, PA — A Financial Planning for Your Forestland workshop will be held on Tuesday, November 15 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Pike County Conservation District Office at 556 Route 402. A few simple steps of financial planning can go a long way toward making responsible forest management profitable and keeping forestland in the family for generations. Join Lloyd Casey of Casey’s Forestry Concepts at this evening workshop about timber tax minimization, forest finance and estate planning for private woodland owners.  Read more

‘DIRT! The Movie’

BLOOMING GROVE, PA — The Pike County Conservation District will present “Dirt! The Movie” at the district office in Blooming Grove on November 29 at 7 p.m. The film takes a humorous and substantial look into the history and current state of the living organic matter that we come from and will later return to.  Read more

Just till two inches for tulip bulbs, study finds

REGION — A Cornell University study shows that “top planting” is a much easier method of planting tulip bulbs and just as effective as digging the traditional six- to eight-inch holes for each bulb.

To top plant: Till the soil about two inches deep, place the bulbs on top of the soil and then cover them with a two-to-four inch layer of mulch and water to achieve successful tulips that will thrive year after year. No strenuous digging is needed.

“Top planting is a good way to go,” said William B. Miller, professor of horticulture and director of Cornell’s Flower Bulb Research Program.  Read more

Fall cleanup on the towpath

ROWLAND, PA — Members of The Lackawaxen River Conservancy, Bernt Balchen Lodge (Sons of Norway) and Men of Bethel gathered at Mt. Moriah cemetery at Kimbles on the morning of Saturday, October 22, for their annual fall trash pick-up under the PennDOT Adopt-a-Highway Program.  Read more

Managing forests for wildlife

GREENTOWN, PA — There will be a forum on ways landowners can manage their woodlots for songbirds, wild turkey, ruffed grouse, white-tailed deer and other wildlife at Promised Land State Park on Friday, October 21 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.  Read more

JAKES sponsor buck contest

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — There will be a Sullivan County Long Beards Youth Buck Contest for all JAKES 2011 members. It is for bow as well as gun season. The bucks will be measured by weight plus points. A tie will be determined by rack spread. Weigh in at TK Taxidermy, Route 52 in Jeffersonville. All entrants will receive a free Sullivan County Long Beards hat. The winner will receive a free buck mount donated by TK Taxidermy, a deer rifle donated by The Sullivan County Long Beards.  Read more

Some very odd ducks

COCHECTON, NY — My wife and I have a home on the Upper Delaware in the Town of Cochecton. I have been coming to the Upper Delaware for 50 years, and have always enjoyed the profusion of wildlife in the area. Every time I canoe down the river, there are visual experiences great for the heart and soul. But this past weekend, there was an event that was hard to believe.  Read more

Nurturing a downtown garden

Robert Zabady of Ellen Memorial Health Care Center, left, William Schweighofer of the Honesdale National Bank, Jack Batcher of Camp Umpy’s Bagels & Stuff and Batcher’s grandchildren Calvin and Melody Feustel pose in the garden that Ellen Memorial Health Care Center re-planted next to the Fred Miller Pavilion on Main Street several years ago. Camp Umpy’s Bagels and Stuff, located just down the street from the garden, took it upon themselves to pick up where the Himalayan Institute Main Street left off due to their recent closing, and is making sure this garden flourishes.  Read more

Legends of fly fishing inducted into Hall of Fame

The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) will recognize Doug Swisher, Carl Richards, Barry and Cathy Beck, Roderick Haig-Brown and John Alden Knight and induct them into the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame on October 8. A reception and ceremony, open to the public, will be held in the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum at 3 p.m. Past Fly Fishing Hall of Famers Joan Wulff, Mary Dette, Al Caucci, Art Lee, Gardner Grant, Keith Fulsher and others will be there to welcome this year’s class. Attendees are welcome to bring books and cameras as time will be available for signings and photos.  Read more

Grants available for parks and trails

Parks & Trails New York is launching the next round of its Capacity Building Grants for park and trail groups in New York State. The grants, of up to $3,000, will strengthen not-for-profit organizations that are working to build and protect parks and trails in communities across the state. Funds can be used to assist with activities associated with organizational start-up and development, training, communications, and volunteer recruitment and management. The deadline for submitting applications is November 16.  Read more

Assistance with trail development

NEW YORK STATE — Parks & Trails New York, a statewide parks and trails advocacy organization, is offering assistance to communities wishing to develop a new multi-use trail or increase usage of an existing trail as part of its Healthy Trails, Healthy People Program.

Communities will receive help with technical issues, planning, public outreach, grant writing, fundraising, programming, organizational development and other activities critical to the long-term success of trail projects.  Read more

‘Bring Out Your Dead:’ preparing wildlife specimens

GREENTOWN, PA — There will be a workshop on preparing wildlife specimens for education titled “Bring out Your Dead” on Thursday, October 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Read more

A walk in the woods

THOMPSON, PA — There will be a walk at the Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve on Sunday, October 2 at 2 p.m., led by Hank Hartman, a retired forester with the U.S. Forest Service.
The 400-acre preserve features many species of trees that tell a unique tale about this particular area and its human and natural history. Hartman will help identify some of these trees, discuss their special qualities and describe some of the modern environmental challenges they are under.  Read more

Assistance with trail development

NEW YORK STATE — Parks & Trails New York, a statewide parks and trails advocacy organization, is offering assistance to communities wishing to develop a new multi-use trail or increase usage of an existing trail as part of its Healthy Trails, Healthy People Program. Communities will receive help with technical issues, planning, public outreach, grant writing, fundraising, programming, organizational development and other activities critical to the long-term success of trail projects.  Read more

A walk in the woods

THOMPSON, PA — There will be a walk at the Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve on Sunday, October 2 at 2 p.m., led by Hank Hartman, a retired forester with the U.S. Forest Service.
The 400-acre preserve features many species of trees that tell a unique tale about this particular area and its human and natural history. Hartman will help identify some of these trees, discuss their special qualities and describe some of the modern environmental challenges they are under.  Read more

Chrysanthemum sale in Milford

MILFORD, PA — The Milford Garden Club is having a chrysanthemum sale on Saturday, September 17. The pick-up will be between 9 and 11 a.m. at Remembrance Place on Ann Street by the Grand Union (rain or shine.)

The club will sell eight-inch pots of chrysanthemums and decorative kale and cabbage, as well as 14-inch pots of chrysanthemums. Six colors will be available: red, bronze, yellow, rust, white and purple. The eight-inch pots will cost $10; or three pots for $25 and four pots for $30. The larger pots will cost $20 each.

Call 570/686-2168 or 491-5663.

Raptor migration

SPARTA, NJ — Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon will hold a raptor migration watch at Sunrise Mountain in Sparta NJ, on Monday, September 17.  Read more

Hurricane relief needed at Frost Valley YMCA

CLARYVILLE, NY — Hurricanes Irene and Lee destroyed the Frost Valley YMCA Camp and Conference Center, and flooding washed out some recent road repairs.

The collective damage from both hurricanes has disrupted the programs at Frost Valley YMCA in many ways. Despite canceling several events, the facility is open and the staff continues to assist many neighbors with food, water and shelter.  Read more

Maple syrup producers’ workshop

HONESDALE, PA — An educational workshop for maple syrup producers is set for Saturday, September 24 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Wayne County Cooperative Extension Office – Old Cafeteria Meeting Room, 648 Park Street. The hands-on workshop will feature Steve Childs, Cornell University Cooperative Extension maple syrup specialist. His topics will include taphole sanitation and making a reserve osmosis machine for the small maple syrup producer.  Read more