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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.

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

Chainsaw safety training offered for landowners

The Game of Logging (GOL) is widely acknowledged as the premier chainsaw safety training program in the country, offering hands on training. Top instructors across the country combine demonstration with participation to teach safety, productivity, conservation and cutting techniques. Wayne Conservation District (WCD) has made arrangements for the 4 levels of GOL’s at a price of $90 per level.  Read more

Extension to offer gardening advice sessions

MILFORD, PA — A Master Gardener from Penn State Extension will answer lawn and garden questions on Fridays and Tuesdays from September 2 through 30 at its office, 514 Broad St. from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The sessions are free. Visit extension.psu.edu/pike.

Sullivan offers trout stocking

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The Sullivan County Conservation District is now offering its annual trout stocking program. If you are interested in stocking your pond with trout or fathead minnows this fall, the district will accept orders until Monday, September 19. Rainbow, brook and brown trout are being offered for sale. Trout should be stocked in cold-water ponds. Anyone stocking a pond with fish must apply for a fish-stocking permit through the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation in New Paltz.

Visit sullivancountyswcd.com or 845/292-6552, ext. 101.

Kohrs wins NEPA scholarship

Kelsey Kohrs, right, is this year’s Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon (NEPA) Society scholarship winner. The $4,000 scholarship is presented every year to a graduating senior who plans to pursue a career in an environmental field. Kohrs is a 2010 graduate of Honesdale High School and will attend Juniata College to major in Environmental Science. She is the daughter of Sue and Randy Kohrs of Honesdale. She is pictured here receiving her award from NEPA Scholarship Chair Christine Weigand.  Read more

Garden show to be held in Milford

MILFORD, PA — The Milford Garden Club’s Flower Show will be held on Friday, August 26 from 2 to 5 p.m. and on Saturday, August 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s theme is “The Seuss, the Whole Seuss, and Nothing but the Seuss.” The event will be held at the First Presbyterian Church on the corners of Broad and Ann Streets, and is open and free to the public.

All amateur designers and growers are eligible to enter. Horticulture exhibits must have been grown by the exhibitor and/or in their possession at least 90 days prior to the show.  Read more

Early goose season at Promised Land

GREENTOWN, PA — Promised Land State Park will again participate in the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s early goose season this year. Participation in this hunt will help control the park’s resident goose population and reduce the problems associated with large numbers of geese.

The early goose season in the park will be held from Tuesday, September 6 through Saturday, September 24. Hunting days and hours will be carefully controlled to limit conflict with the Labor Day holiday and other park activities and to ensure safety of all park visitors.  Read more

Civilian Conservation Corps reunion features a history in song

GREENTOWN, PA — Promised Land State Park will hold its annual Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) reunion on Saturday, August 20. All Civilian Conservation Corps members, their families and friends are invited to attend. The afternoon portion of the reunion is open to the general public.

The general public is welcome to attend afternoon programming which begins at 1:15 p.m. and includes a special presenter, Paula Purnell presenting “Celebrate Pennsylvania! A History through Story and Song.”  Read more

What lives in Lake Wallenpaupack?

LAKE WALLENPAUPACK, PA — Nick Spinelli, director of the Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District, will lead a session on what live in Lake Wallenpaupack from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 9, at PPL’s Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center. Participants will collect samples from the lake and view them under microscopes in the water quality lab. For directions to the event, visit www.pplpreserves.com, click on “Lake Wallenpaupack,” then select “Directions.”  Read more

A walk in the wetlands

THOMPSON, PA — Stu Slocum, a retired biology teacher at Mountain View High School and a long-time member of the Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve Stewardship Committee, will lead a nature walk focusing on aspects of stream ecology at the preserve on Sunday, August 7, from 2 to 4 p.m.  Read more

‘Peddler Pete’ recognized by WCHS

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Historical Society (WCHS) will present its “People Who Make a Difference in Wayne County Agriculture” award to Peter Wilken, also known as “Peddler Pete,” on Friday, August 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the J.B. Park Farm Museum at the Wayne County Fair. Pete Wilken has spent 50 years working for the Grange League Federation and later Agway, the first 10 years in a managerial position and 40 years (and counting) as a traveling salesman.  Read more

Sullivan Garden Tour

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Sullivan County’s third annual Garden Tour will take place on Saturday, July 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., followed by a private reception following the tour at the Bashakill Winery for ticket-holders.

This year, the gardens on view are located between Liberty and Wurtsboro. Tickets cost $25.

For details visit our June 30 story at tinyurl.com/3n3qzzu.

Native and invasive species

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — There will be a free public program about invasive species in the local area on Saturday, July 23 at 11 a.m. Learn to identify the top 10 priority invasive plants for the Catskills, as well as two of the most important forest pests for the state. Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership Coordinator Meredith Taylor will talk about some ways for you to get involved and help to stop the spread of invasive species in our region.  Read more

UDC hosts Family Raft Trip

BARRYVILLE, NY — The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) will hold its 23rd annual Family Raft Trip on Sunday, August 7. Reservations with advance payment are required by Monday, August 1.  Read more

Sullivan to hold first Sportsman’s & Outdoor expo

COCHECTON, NY — A Sportsman’s & Outdoor expo is scheduled for Friday, September 23 and Saturday, September 24 at the Villa Roma Resort & Conference Center from 2 to 8 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Booth prices have just been reduced. Email chamber@catskills.com or call 845/791-4200.

Sportsman’s raffle

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — The Loch Sheldrake Fire Department will hold its first annual Sportsman’s Raffle on Saturday, July 9 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Firemen’s Park on Route 52. The door prize will be a Browning X Bolt 300 Win Mag Stainless. Other prizes will include a Maverick Bolt 270 Blue Composite (package), Ruger 10/22 Birch Stock Blue Steel, Ruger 77 22 Hornet Walnut Blue and more. Chances cost $15. Call 845/434-3131.

R.E.S.C.U.E. awards scholarships

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne/Susquehanna Chapter of the environmental group R.E.S.C.U.E. has made a cash award of $100.00 to six graduating seniors, class of 2011 in the six school districts within Wayne/Susquehanna R.E.S.C.U.E. geographical boundaries.

Qualifications for the award include good citizenship, leadership in an environmental area, past interest in environmental projects and/or the possibility of a future career in an area that would benefit the environment.  Read more

Nature walks in the Florence Shelly Wetlands

THOMPSON, PA — The Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve Stewardship Committee will sponsor a nature walk on Sunday, July 10, at 2 p.m. It will be an introduction to the preserve through its “Signs of Wildlife.”  Read more

Summer planting tips

LIBERTY, NY — Sullivan Renaissance will present a gardening workshop on “Essential Summer Planting and Maintenance Tips” for residents on Wednesday, July 6 at 7 p.m. in Cablevision Center. The workshop will address seasonal activities including container gardening, dead-heading, watering, pest control, staking and supporting plants, pruning shrubs and planting fall bulbs.  Read more

Sullivan garden tour to end at winery

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The Third Annual Garden Tour of private gardens in Sullivan County, sponsored by SullivanArc and Sullivan Renaissance, will take place on Saturday, July 23. The eight to 10 gardens, located between Liberty and Wurtsboro, are open for visits between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Individuals can follow the route shown on the provided guide map or select their own. A wine and cheese reception for ticket holders and garden owners follows the tour at Bashakill Vineyards.  Read more

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