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Ashlee Newton, the 2019 Bradford-Sullivan Counties Outstanding Young Woman, will be hosting the 2020 OYW program at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 28 at the Towanda Area Jr./Sr. High School auditorium. Joining Ashlee as co-host is Dr. Gabrielle Gaustad, the 2000 Bradford-Sullivan Counties Outstanding Yo…

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If you read last week’s article discussing stream permit options, there was mention of a “new” permit option for Bradford County. In this week’s article, we’ll discuss the evolution of that permit, what it is, and how you would go about qualifying for it.

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Last week we talked about how stream regulations protect people, and what NOT to do in streams.  This week’s topic is about how to get permits when stream work IS needed.  The first call you should always make with any stream work questions is to the Conservation District at (570) 485-3144.  

Q: Greg I enjoy your nostalgia car columns on the Mercury, especially the one you just did on Dan Gurney and those special Mercury Cougars. I know you always liked the looks of the 1955 and 1956 Mercurys, so can you give us a little more on these special Mercurys? William L., Rhode Island.

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This is a question that we at the Conservation District hear with various wording on a fairly consistent basis, but especially after flooding events. The statement is exaggerated to make a point, but the emotion that I hear behind it is sincere.  “WHY am I not allowed to protect my property!?’  

On Sept. 3, 2019, the Bradford County Commissioners will open the application period for a new round of the successful County Stream Initiative Program.   

SAYRE — “History Under the Stars” will return to the Sayre Historic Society on Saturday, Aug. 24 with music by Dr. Maria Sanphy, followed by an outdoor history program on Howard Elmer Park, presented by Sayre historian James Nobles. Admission is free.

Ernest Manchester is a name to be remembered if you enjoy the natural resources of Bradford County.  The scholarship in his name is open for application until Sept. 30 each year.

We all know that perfection is the enemy of progress.  How many times does that project around the house get stalled because you are waiting for everything to line up just right? I have always admired my dad, a life-long farmer, for his ability to get things done. I have affectionately joked…

For seven decades, Pennsylvania’s county conservation districts have actively engaged residents to understand management of our natural resources.  What is a conservation district anyway?  

Are you planning to visit the Troy Fair next week? We are, and we hope to see you there. The conservation district will be on hand all week at the fair with interactive, educational displays highlighting Bradford County’s valuable natural resources. Our community’s first county fair 144 year…

Q: Greg, I’d like to know more about the 1965 Chevelle Z16 you wrote about in that special “Cars We Remember” section in the Gainesville Sun.  Can you tell us more from your viewpoint and why Chevrolet put it out the same year as the Corvette 396, but with the Corvette horsepower at 425? Tha…

Harmful algal blooms, have been making the headlines a lot these days. But what exactly are they? As defined by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, “Harmful algal blooms, or HABs, occur when colonies of algae – simple plants that live in the sea and freshwater – grow out of …

Q: Greg I enjoy your old-time articles, especially when you add your experiences and mention the legends of racing. I am still a Mercury fan even though Ford dropped the brand long ago. I especially remember the 1968 Dan Gurney XR7-G Special Edition Cougars.

The Common Buttercup (Ranunculus acris) is one of our absolute favorite wildflowers.  First off, we will give you some information about this beautiful glossy yellow wildflower.  (Even being color deficient, I can easily see the color of yellow).

Are you one of those homeowners that have very difficult areas to mow? A bank? A ditch? Around trees and obstacles in the lawn? Have you evaluated all the alternatives (not that there are really that many) to deal with this?  

A pond can be an excellent addition to your property, offering many hours of fun and enjoyment for your family, friends and future generations, but it would be wise to do a little homework before committing the often significant financial investment for construction. An essential part of thi…

So, we have explored many reasons as to why we have living things growing in fields during the winter. We have talked about improving soil biology, water infiltration, helping reduce erosion, and most importantly, helping provide clean water. All of these reasons apply to any crop, commercia…