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  • A Recap

    A Recap0

    First, I would like to congratulate my friends at Little League International. The 2022 Little League World Series was off the charts, and I wanted to say thanks for another great experience. Jensen and I made it over to the complex on a few occasions. We are proud to say that we are from Williamsport.

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  • Following on the Sea of Galilee0

    The Sea of Galilee is a freshwater lake located in Israel. It is unique for two reasons. First, sitting 700 feet below sea level, it is the lowest freshwater lake on earth. Second, and far more importantly, it serves as the backdrop for the public ministry of Jesus Christ. Compared to the Mediterranean Sea, Galilee

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  • An MLB Smallmouth

    An MLB Smallmouth0

    No. I did not score a ticket to the MLB Classic. No worries, kids. It’s cool, but I was hoping to see the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox. Many of my friends were in the stands. I even spotted a few who were watching from the dike. I waved, but perhaps they didn’t realize.

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  • Plug It0

    No, this is not an essay on how to fix a flat tire, but it may help put a bend in your favorite bass fishing rod. These days when it comes to selecting lures to stuff in your tackle box, there is so much to choose from that it makes your head spin. I remember

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  • Learning Aids0

    I feel extremely fortunate to have spent my formative years growing up in Lycoming County, PA. My parents and grandparents were great mentors and extremely supportive of my interests in the outdoors. From hunting and fishing to just wiling away the hours observing and learning about the wonders of nature, they were always there to

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  • Panfishing the Mid-Summer Heat Wave0

    If you like to fish, now might be a good time to concentrate your efforts on a lake and a good target would be panfish. The title “panfish” is often used to describe several different fish species. I think the name may have come from the fact that several will fit nicely into a frying

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  • Backyard Bassin’0

    Wow. You look great. Have you lost weight? No. Diet Pepsi. No booze. Just a lot of wading. But jeez, you are so tan. Did you go to the beach? You must be playing some golf? No. No trips. Very little golf. Only fishing. Thanks for being so nice. Several years back, I came up

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  • So You Want to Get Into Fishing0

    Over the past couple of years, it seems like more people have hit me with the question, ” I want to get into fishing, so what equipment should I buy?” Well, it would take me a year of columns to answer that question, and I’m not sure that would still be enough. What I can

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  • Prepare (Your Freezer) for the Upcoming Hunting Season0

    Well, are you ready for the upcoming hunting seasons? They will be here before you know it. By now, you probably have your hunting license and perhaps have even looked over your hunting equipment to see just what you need to upgrade or replace for this fall. For some of you, vacations have been scheduled,

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  • ACES Dominican Plate Dinner To Be Held Monday, August 10

    The Dominican Republic is one of the poorest countries in Latin America, and its needs are great. One organization that tries to aid in the effort to alleviate this poverty is ACES North American. The organization is a Williamsport-based not-for-profit working specifically in the Dominican Republic on projects highlighting health and education. ACES is currently

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  • Getting in Over Your Head0

    When we hear the phrase “getting in over your head,” we usually think someone has gone too far, and now they must suffer the consequences, but sometimes it pays to get in over your head when it comes to fishing lakes. In other words, it’s time to start targeting the deeper water rather than the

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  • The Roving Sportsman… Father’s Day Weekend – Day Two0

    My two sons and I had declared the first day of our Father’s Day Weekend fishing extravaganza a huge success! Yes, we did not land nor even hook a fish throughout the entire day, and it would take a dedicated fisherman to understand how someone could call a day without catching a fish a “success.”

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  • Faith and Logan0

    For those of you who tried to contact me over the past few days. I am very sorry. I am off the grid on Pine Creek, and I will hit you up on Monday. We have to punch out this afternoon, but I am then heading north for another golf tournament in Emporium. Don’t worry.

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  • The Roving Sportsman… Father’s Day Weekend0

    Yes, Father’s Day and Father’s Day Weekend have passed, but I am anxious to share with you just how my Day and Weekend unfolded — hoping that it might inspire you to do something similar in the future. For several years, as I have written about ideas for Father’s Day gifts, I have always stressed

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  • The Roving Sportsman… Be “Tick-Aware” This Summer!0

    For outdoorsmen who are about to spend an increasing amount of time in the out of doors in the upcoming months, it is only a matter of time until you come in contact with ticks. Whether you are fishing at your favorite mountain stream, preseason scouting for this coming fall, or working on food plots

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  • A Dad’s Love is a Gift From Above0

    Those of you waiting for me to get out my Louisville Slugger and take some swings at all the tough issues bombarding our Nation are going to have to wait another week This week we’re going to celebrate Father’s Day with a little history, some thoughts about the day, and a great giveaway. I had

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  • FORE. The Return to Bad Golf0

    I was asked to tee it up with a few of my good friends. I don’t know why I agreed as I’d like to say I am a has-been. This past weekend was the first time I touched a club in 2022. I had no expectations, and it was so good to see my chums.

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  • Remembering Newberry’s Legendary ‘Burt the Barber’0

    It was with sadness that I learned two weeks ago of the passing of Burt Ware Jr., a longtime barber in the Newberry area. He had gained a great reputation as a beloved barber and friend to many people. I thought it might be appropriate to dust off an article I wrote about Burt 13

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  • Don’t Put That Flyrod Away Yet0

    That I like to fly fish for trout is an understatement; I try to fit in as much time as I can, even if it’s only for a couple of hours on any given day. Of course, when we hear some reference to trout fishing, we usually think April and May — after all, that’s

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  • Father’s Day Gift Ideas for All Types of Dads0

    This Father’s Day, families will gather to thank dads for all they do. Gifts often are part of Father’s Day celebrations, and here’s a list of gift ideas for dads with various interests. Gaming Dad The draw of popular video games doesn’t abate for some men as they get older. If your dad is at

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  • River Monster0

    I was never exposed to fly fishing growing up. Sure, I tried it several times, but the purist ideology never stuck. It can be extremely frustrating, and I have zero confidence. I quit fifteen times and went back to my spinning rods. But COVID changed everything. I started with YouTube and made a few calls.

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  • Peregrine Falcons

    Peregrine Falcons0

    Like most folks out here in rural Pennsylvania, I enjoy seeing a wide variety of birds, and like many of us, I really get a kick out of spotting some of the “big guys” like hawks, ospreys, and especially eagles. Some hawks, like red-tailed hawks, are often seen perched in trees along major highways, where

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  • The Roving Sportsman… Gift Ideas for Father’s Day0

    With just over a week left until Dad’s Big Day rolls around, here are some suggestions that might bring a smile to his face on “His Day.” For most outdoor enthusiasts, there are so many gadgets and so much gear available, no matter what the specific sport or activity they enjoy. For a father or

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  • The Roving Sportsman… The Greatest of All Father’s Day Gift0

    You can go to your local outdoor store and come up with numerous gift ideas for Dad on His Day. You can go online and find hundreds of great gift ideas to make His Day a little brighter. And, you can browse through the many catalogs you or he receives in the mail to come

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  • Crappie Fishing

    Crappie Fishing0

    I’ve had a few crappy fishing days over the years, but that’s seldom the case when I’m fishing for crappies. The truth is crappies can be taken year-round; we catch them through the ice in good numbers, and spring, summer, and fall can also be productive. The key is to know where to look for

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  • Fishing Derby

    Fishing Derby0

    I am always looking for an outdoor adventure. This past Wednesday, I headed north for something new and exciting. It was a gorgeous morning outside of Bodines, PA. My gear was in the car, but there were no plans of fishing. I met up with a few friends along Slack’s Run Road. I wanted to

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  • Fly Fishing: Yes, You Can Do It0

    Over the past few years, I’ve run into more and more people who want to learn to fly fish, and I’ve had the opportunity to teach a number of newcomers the art of fly fishing. I hesitate, however, to use the word “art” to describe fly fishing simply because it’s no more of an art

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  • Tough Decision0

    I mentioned to some that I was on the fence about returning. And after a little break. I made the decision. I recently stepped down at St. John Neumann. Look. I had a great run. But it is now time to focus on far more important things. Many folks will question, and I totally get

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  • That Big Slimy Salamander0

    I’ve been reading a book entitled Sentinels of the Susquehanna, by a friend and local writer, John Zaktansky. John is the executive director of the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association, an organization devoted to protecting 11,000 square miles of land that drains into the North and West Branches of the Susquehanna. The first couple of chapters

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  • Vacation Fashion Essentials0

    With spring in full swing, many folks are thinking ahead to summer and upcoming vacations. We have two trips on the calendar this year, a week in Colorado and a few days in a cabin creek-side here in PA. Both trips will be heavy on outdoor activities, with hopefully a chance to unplug and unwind.

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  • What Depth?0

    There are a lot of factors that are a part of a successful fishing outing, and it’s not just what bait or lure you are offering but where and how you present it. In this piece, I’m referring more to the warm water species like panfish and bass, particularly when fishing lakes and ponds. We

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  • My Guards are Outstanding

    My Guards are Outstanding0

    The St John Neumann Golden Knights had an amazing year on the hardwood. My phone continues to ring, and we are still trending. Everywhere we go. Someone will always extend a hand and want to talk basketball — even a month after the season. It is beautiful. Last week, Senator Gene Yaw stopped by to

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  • My Bearded Friends0

    This week’s write-up has very little to do with sports. I only wanted to give my boys a quick shout. My full-time gig is with Susquehanna Marble and Granite. Yes. There is never a dull moment. My fellow work chums say that I am a liability. Rocks are heavy. I am not the strongest guy,

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