The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


July 20, 2013

Bob Garrett's Talking Points: News from the Jamboree


This month's full moon will be next Monday evening, July 22nd. July's full moon is known as the Full Buck Moon. This interesting name is attributed to the fact that antlered deer racks are now becoming visible as they push through the deer's foreheads and are covered with a thin coat of velvety fur. This fall the deer will rub their antlers against trees and other rough surfaces to remove this velvet coating. Other names for the July full moon are Full Thunder Moon (see if you can tell why this coming Saturday) or the Full Hay Moon (you'll notice plenty of farmers cutting their hay about this time of the year).

Hold the date

I just got advance notice that the Linn Conservancy will be hosting its 25th anniversary celebration on Oct. 19 from 1 to 3:30 the Campus Theatre in Lewisburg. Please try to hold this date and time so that you can attend this event. Everyone is invited to the celebration that will also serve as a kick-off for several new initiatives. You'll be reading much more about this event and the new undertakings as soon as the details are available.

Outdoors happenings

Katherine Faull, a professor of German with a specialization in the history of the Susquehanna Valley, madeg a presentation about Chief Shikellamy at the Public Library for Union County near Lewisburg on Thursday night. On Saturday, you and your family can join renowned wild mushroom expert and forager Bill Russell, at 2 p.m. at the Halfway Run Environmental Learning Center in the R.B. Winter State Park. The "Jewel of the West Branch" is the name of the Saturday afternoon guided kayak trip that goes from Montoursville to Muncy. Contact or call 570-524-7692 to learn more about this fun trip.

Sierra Club members will lead a 10-mile, moderate to strenuous hike through the R.B. Winter State Park and around the nearby Bald Eagle State Forest on Sunday. If you want to hike along, please bring your lunch and water and give Joe Rebar a call at 570-259-0134.

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