The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


August 11, 2012

Bob Garrett's Get out Often column: Something for everyone

"Let us invoke the wonders of science instead of its terrors. Together, let us explore the stars." -- President Kennedy

Happening today: The Perseid meteor shower peaked last evening but you might be able to see a few stragglers this evening. The meteors have been streaking across the nighttime sky all weekend.

Last evening, if you were able to get to a clear location with limited reflective light, you may have been able to see up to 50 Perseid meteors per hour.

This morning, starting at 10, there's a dutch oven donuts hands-on workshop up at the Hills Creek State Park outside of Wellsboro. More importantly, this is a "belly-on" event because free donuts will be offered as long as the supplies last. You and your family can help make donuts the real old-fashioned way. The good folks over at the Buffalo Valley Sportsmen's Club outside of Mifflinburg are hosting a delicious chicken bar-be-que and an archery shoot today.

n Happening Tuesday: Ag Progress Days runs today through Thursday at the Russell Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs a few miles west of State College. This is not an outdoor show in the pure sense; however, there will be plenty of activities for outdoor enthusiasts. For example, there are ATV safety classes, wildlife presentations on everything from birds of prey to turtles and sessions dealing with predator impacts on deer herds. If you haven't attended Ag Progress Days, this year might be a good time to head on up. And, of course, being an agricultural fair, there will be plenty of good food to eat.

n Happening Wednesday: The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is hosting a family fishing day this afternoon starting at 5:30 on the Susquehanna River Commons Fishing Pier in Wilkes-Barre. The pier is located on North River Street and I've personally seen some huge fish hauled in at this location. You do need to register for this free event by contacting Andy Fedor at or by telephone at 570-477-2206.

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