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Earlier this year, I heartily enjoyed serving as an environmental educator at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center (LCEEC) in Covington Township, PA. Traipsing through the forest, followed by children ranging in age from pre-school to fourth grade, peeking under rocks, poking along a stream bank, exploring a meadow, we focused on learning about habitats and the various species typically found in each.

It was wonderful to see the children absorbed in these outdoor experiences as their senses came alive. Often, we would hear one exclaim, “I wish I could do this EVERY day!”

Volunteers needed at Promised Land

GREENTOWN, PA — Promised Land State Park invites all interested conservation volunteers to attend a volunteer meeting on Friday, June 10 at 5:30 p.m. in the Park Office Conference Room. No pre-registration is necessary.
Volunteer jobs include campground host, docent at the Masker Museum for 2012, assisting with nature arts and crafts, assisting with the family fishing program, researching park history, monitoring nesting eagles and more.
Email PromisedLandEnvEdSp@state.pa.us or call 570/676-0567.

Go on a secret garden tour

HONESDALE, PA — Tickets are now on sale for the Wayne County Historical Society’s annual Secret Garden Tour, scheduled for Sunday, June 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ticket buyers receive driving directions from the historical society to 10 gardens, but they can be visited in any order during those hours.
Tickets cost $15 and are available at the Wayne County Historical Society, 810 Main St., Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through June 25, and on June 26 until 12 noon. Email wchshop@ptd.net or call 570/253-3240.

It’s pond stocking time

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The Sullivan County Soil & Water Conservation District is holding its annual bass and minnow fish stocking program. If your pond seems to have excessive vegetation, you also may want to consider grass carp or barley straw.

If you are interested in stocking your pond with largemouth bass, fathead minnows or grass carp, and/or purchasing barley straw, call 845/292-6552, ext. 101 and request that an order form with a price list be mailed to you. The district wil accept orders until Friday, June 17.

Woodstick at the fly fishing center

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) will host a group of European, Japanese and American modern craftsmen who will gather to share the craft of traditional tackle making at Woodstick on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22 from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

In addition to international guests, a group of selected vendors specializing in classic tackle will be on hand for demonstrations, answers and sales.  Read more

Help Roscoe win national contest

ROSCOE, NY — Having made it through the first round of the World Fishing Network (WFN) contest to be named the “Ultimate Fishing Town” in the United States, Roscoe now needs help to be awarded the ultimate honor. The winning community will receive $25,000 to improve fishing access, as well as a cable TV episode about the town. The final voting round began at 12:00 noon on May 10 and will continues through May 31.  Read more

Roscoe needs votes to win national contest

ROSCOE, NY Roscoe is looking for voters to help it win the World Fishing Network (WFN) contest as the "Ultimate Fishing Town" in the United States. The winning community will receive $25,000 to improve fishing access, as well as a cable TV episode about the town. The final voting round began at 12:00 noon on May 10 and continues through May 31.  Read more

Final voting approaches for Roscoe as Ultimate Fishing Town

ROSCOE, NY — The first round of voting for Eagle Claw’s America’s Ultimate Fishing Town is complete. As of the end of that round, Roscoe was in position to be named one of the top 20 finalists, being one of the top two towns in the Northeast. The judges are now reviewing the votes and will officially announce the towns that made it into the final round (top two from each region plus seven wild cards) on May 10. Final round voting will run from May 10 through May 31.  Read more

A garden tour ticket for Mothers Day

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Tickets are now on sale for the Sullivan County Garden Tour, sponsored by SullivanArc and Sullivan Renaissance, in time for Mothers Day. The tour itself will be held on Saturday, July 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is self-guided, with maps provided the day of the tour. It will feature about eight private gardens in Sullivan County, and there will be a private reception following the tour for ticket-holders.

Gardens from the 2010 tour can be seen at gallery.me.com/sullivanarc#100004&bgcolor=black&view=grid.  Read more

Native plants walk

DELAWARE TOWNSHIP, PA — Dr. Ann Rhoads, author and botanist, will lead a native plants walk at the Delaware Township’s Akenac Park property, a part of the five-year anniversary celebration for the Pike County Scenic Rural Character Preservation Program on Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. There will be light refreshments. The walk is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. Email info@delawarehighlands.org or call 570/226-3164.

River cleanup and barbeque for fly fishers

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — On May 7, join the Long Island Fly Rodders to clean the Willowemoc Creek and Beaverkill River. Participating in the 2011 Stream Clean will be the Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, Long Island Boy Scouts, and members of the Roscoe Chamber of Commerce. The cleanup begins at 9 a.m. There will be a barbeque at 1 p.m., followed by fishing. There will be a free casting clinic from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and fly tying demonstrations in the museum. Call 845/439-4810.

Plant and seed swap

CALLICOON, NY — The second annual Callicoon Creek Park Plant and Seed Swap will take place on Saturday, May 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., under the tent on Dorrer Road.

The swap is flora-ecumenical. All plants and seeds are invited. Non-food plants left over after the swap will be donated to The Callicoon Creek Park. This year, extra food-plant seeds, vegetable plants and herb plants will be shared with area families.

Participants are encouraged to bring extra pots and containers. There will be an on-site Master Gardener to give advice.  Read more

Golf tournament to benefit conservancy

HAWLEY, PA — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy On the Course for Conservation benefit golf tournament will be held on Monday, May 16 at The Country Club at Woodloch Springs.

The tournament will include a hearty farm-to-table breakfast and registration at 8:30 a.m., followed by a 10 a.m. shotgun start. A wine and cheese reception and awards ceremony will be held at 3 p.m.

The format is captain and crew. Cost is $110 per golfer, which includes breakfast, golf and awards reception. Cost for the reception only is $50 per person.  Read more

Pure Catskills membership open

REGION — Membership enrollment is now open for the annual Pure Catskills Guide to Farm Fresh Products. Download a copy of the registration materials or update your profile in the Get in the Guide section of the webpage, www.buypurecatskills.com/. New this year is an additional publication free with paid memberships: Pure Catskills’ Business-to-Business Directory. This publication is designed for retailer, restaurant and wholesale buyers.

Milk exempted from oil spill regs

NATION — Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency formally exempted milk and milk containers from the Oil Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure rule, potentially saving the milk and dairy industries more than $140 million a year.

Since the 1970s, all kinds of oils, including animal fats like those contained in milk and vegetable oils, had been considered oils under the EPA rule, with special requirements for storage and handling to keep them out of waterways.  Read more

New dairy court named at dinner

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Sullivan County Dairy Promotion Committee will hold its annual dinner at Kings in Livingston Manor to welcome its new 2011-2012 court. The family-style dinner will cost $25 per person. Active dairy farmers will receive a $10 discount per farm. Milk punch will be served at 7:30 p.m. and dinner at 8 p.m. Call 845/482-9983 for reservations.

Garden club gives downtown a facelift

MILFORD, PA — Members of the Milford Garden Club are gearing up to plant the Milford Borough streets with flowers as they have been doing since 1937. This year, they have purchased a number of new flower urns for Harford and Broad streets that will be filled with a seasonal, changing assortment of plants and flowers.

Contributions to help defray the expense would be welcome. It is possible to purchase and dedicate one of the urns. Donations should be made payable to The Milford Garden Club, P.O. Box 764, Milford, PA 18337.

Air pollution harming PA wildlife

STATE COLLEGE, PA — A new report from National Wildlife Federation (NWF) finds that a number of wildlife species important to hunters and anglers in Pennsylvania are harmed by toxic air pollution and climate change. The report comes at the same time the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing long-awaited proposed rules to limit mercury, sulfur dioxide and other toxic emissions from power plants.

Mercury is one of the most common and toxic power plant emissions in Pennsylvania and causes a variety of health disorders for fish, mammals, birds and other species.  Read more

Talk on perennials

MILFORD, PA — The Milford Garden Club will meet on Tuesday, April 19 at 10 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, located on the corners of Broad and Ann streets. The guest speaker is Brian Oleksak, who has worked as an agricultural program associate for Rutgers Cooperative Research & Extension since 1999. He holds a B.S. in agronomy and an M.S. in ornamental horticulture. The topic is “Perennials as a Problem Solver.” Guests and new members are always welcome. Call 570/686-1043.

4-H workshops for young gardners

LIBERTY, NY — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County will host a day of 4-H’s spring workshops on April 9 in honor of Earth Day. Horticulture is the theme for this year’s annual event.  Read more

Knotweed brochure and seminars

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Spread the Word… Not the Weed! Battle the Invasion of Japanese Knotweed on our Native Plants, Riverbanks and Views” is the message of a new brochure produced through a partnership grant project coordinated by the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway (UDSB).

The brochure provides information on the plant’s characteristics, shows photos to identify it throughout its seasonal stages, describes its ability to quickly overwhelm native vegetation and offers helpful tips on management practices.  Read more