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SHOHOLA, PA — Members of the Shohola Boy Scout Troop #76 will hold their third annual “Shohola-Barryville Bridge 5K Run/Walk” at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 18, at Rohman Park in Shohola. This event will serve as the kick-off to Pumpkins in the Park, a long-standing community event held in Shohola each October.
Proceeds from the 5K will support the Scout troop’s program activities, such as merit badge opportunities, summer camp fees for those in need and equipment for camping trips. A portion of the proceeds will also be donated to the Ecumenical Food Pantry of Pike County.

Sportsmen's Expo at Villa Roma

CALLICOON, NY — The Sullivan County Catskills Sportsmen’s Expo will be held on Friday, March 30 from 2 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Villa Roma Resort and Conference Center. It will be held indoors at the tennis center.  Read more

New shooting club forms in Pike

PIKE COUNTY, PA — Pike County now has a new 4H Shooting Sports club for young people from ages eight through 18. The club’s group leader is Ron Tussel, well known for his outdoor writing and television appearances.  Read more

Trout stocking schedules available

PENNSYLVANIA — The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is stocking adult trout in a variety of lakes and streams that are open to public angling throughout Pennsylvania in 2012 and has posted where and when those fish will be released at Click on the link for 2012 Trout Stocking Schedules, select a county and start and end date from the calendars at the top of the page, then press go.  Read more

Program to help forest landowners

PENNSYLVANIA — An initiative to share information and management suggestions with the hundreds of thousands of private forest land owners has been launched by Penn State: the Center for Private Forests. Nearly two-thirds of Pennsylvania is covered by forests, with more than 70% of those woodlands privately owned. The overall mission is the retention, stewardship and management of private forests, according to center director James Finley, professor of Forest Resources. Focus will be research, education and outreach.  Read more

Fly fishing for women

ALTMAR, NY — Trout Unlimited will sponsor a fly-fishing seminar for women on June 2 and 3. The Salmon River Fish Hatchery in Altmar and the Salmon River will serve as the classrooms for this event.

The seminar is designed for women who are looking to learn or improve their fly-fishing skills. It will cover all topics from beginner to advanced.  Read more

Pammer wins Telemark Masters Race in Vermont

PERU, VT—Bill Pammer is seen here just after crossing the finish line at the 27th annual Kare Anderson Telemark Ski Race at Bromley Mountain in Vermont on Sunday, February 26, winning the gold medal in the Telemark Masters Expert Category. Pammer, a resident of Bethel, NY and Sullivan County Planning Commissioner from 2004 to 2009, won in the Masters category and placed fourth overall in the entire experts category.  Read more

Trout stocking schedules available

PENNSYLVANIA — Pennsylvania trout stocking schedules are now available in anticipation of opening day, scheduled for Saturday, April 14. Copies of the schedules are available at Representative Mike Peifer’s office at the Wayne County Visitors Center, 32 Commercial St., online at or by calling 570/253-5533.

Tree and shrub program open in Sullivan

LIBERTY, NY — The Sullivan County Soil & Water Conservation district has announced its annual spring tree and shrub program. There is a wide range of species and sizes available. Ground covers, fertilizing tablets, marking flags, tree protectors and wildlife habitat housing are also available. To order, call 845/292-6552, ext. 101 and request the brochure and order blank. The application deadline is Monday, April 9. Tree pickup is Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28, at the district office on Frendale-Loomis Road.

‘The Woods in Your Backyard’

LaPLUME and EAST STROUDSBURG, PA — Penn State Extension is offering a one-day workshop titled “The Woods in Your Backyard” on March 30 at Keystone College, repeated on March 31 at East Stroudsburg University. The program is designed specifically (but not exclusively) for smaller landscapes. The vast majority of Pennsylvania’s landowners have less than 10 acres. This land, wooded or not, can provide benefits. By enhancing wooded areas or creating natural areas on your lot, you can enjoy recreation, aesthetics, wildlife, improved water quality and reduced energy costs.  Read more

Maple syrup in your own backyard

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Hub @ The Port Jervis Free Library, 138 Pike St., will be presenting a program for beginners who want to experiment with producing maple syrup on Thursday, February 23 at 7 p.m. The presenter will be Dr. Frank Simpson, a local veterinarian for 50 years, a former Town of Deerpark historian, and one of the founders of the Neversink Valley Area Museum in Cuddebackville, where his maple syrup production demonstrations have educated museum visitors for many years.  Read more

Cabin fever therapy

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Fly tyers John Waldron, from Poughkeepsie, left, and Jeff Phelan, from Westbrookville, were among the many fly fishermen who braved somewhat icy road conditions last Saturday morning to descend on the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) in Roscoe, NY for FlyFest.  Read more

Fly tyers gather at Fly Fest

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Fifty fly tyers will informally gather and shed their cabin fever in a fly-tying frenzy at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) on Saturday, February 11 at 9 a.m. A wide array of talent and tyers will be on hand to help you learn new patterns. The event, now in its seventh year, is sponsored by local Roscoe retailer Catskill Flies and Classic, and supported by Visitors are encouraged to bring their tying gear and join in the fun.  Read more

Conservation-careers summer camp offered

PENNSYLVANIA — Young people interested in pursuing environmental careers are invited to apply by April 1 for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ summer residential camp.
The six-day camp will begin Sunday, July 8, at Kirby Episcopal House and Chapel, Glen Summit, about 10 miles south of Wilkes-Barre.  Read more

To infinity and beyond

MONTICELLO, NY — Emma Chase teacher Patti Andersen’s first grade gets ready for an interstellar voyage in Starlab. The traveling planetarium, on loan from BOCES, gave students from Kindergarten through fifth grade the opportunity to crawl through the dark tunnel and receive a guided tour of the stars and constellations. Kindergarten teacher Eileen Koliatis led the students through their exploration of space.

Outside and inside fun at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center’s (PEEC) “Sunday for Singles” event on February 12 will be an eagle watch, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants should bring a lunch and dress in warm layers. Reserve a seat by February 5 to reserve a seat in the van. The cost is $25.

For those who prefer to stay inside, there will be an opportunity to explore PEEC’s new hands-on discovery room EcoZone!, crawl through the bat cave, sit in an eagle’s nest and more on February 12 and February 26 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Visit

Delaware Highlands Conservancy recreates website

HAWLEY, PA — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC) has announced a brand-new, completely redesigned website, made possible by the ongoing support of DHC members in addition to some grant funding. The site, located at the current url,, is user friendly, and contains a wealth of information about the conservancy and its ongoing efforts to protect the lands, waters and quality of life in the Upper Delaware River region.  Read more

Drive to revive Arbor Day

GLEN SPEY, NY — Arbor Day will be celebrated on April 27 this year and 55 fourth-graders in the Eldred Central School District will roll up their sleeves and plant a tree. The kids will become members of Fourth Grade Foresters. The project’s goal is to help revitalizethe observation of Arbor Day in America’s schools. Fourth-graders at the George Ross MacKenzie Elementary School in Glen Spey will receive trees to take home and plant.
The newly formed Eldred Lions Club sponsored the trees.  Read more

DEC seeks information about sick or dead deer

ALBANY, NY — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is asking the public to report any instances of deer appearing sick or acting abnormally. DEC is only investigating deer that appear to have died from unknown causes and not those that were killed by a vehicle, the agency announced today.  Read more

Skiing and eagle-watching at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), at 538 Emery Road, will offer a series of events in the month of February. There will be lessons in cross-country skiing on Saturday mornings from 9 to 11 a.m. and Sunday afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m. on the first two weekends of the month. The cost is $20 per adult and $10 per child. Skis and boots provided; register with your shoe size to guarantee a spot. If there is no snow, there will be a free winter hike.  Read more

Audubon holds eagle excursion

LACKAWAXEN, PA — The Eagle Institute will present an eagle bus excursion on Saturday, January 21 at 10 a.m., sponsored by the Northeast PA Audubon Society. An Eagle Institute guide will share information about eagle biology, the area’s unique habitat and how the eagle made a comeback from the brink of extinction. Meet the bus at the Eagle Institute field office at 10 a.m. Reservations are required. A $12.50 per person fee will be charged. The snow date is Sunday, January 22. Call 570/676-9969.