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December 20, 2014
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REGION — The annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count will be held this year on December 20th. All are invited to join.

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

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