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Read Marcus Schneck's blog on the great outdoors of Central Pennsylvania.



Last Build Date: Sun, 23 Jul 2017 13:53:41 UTC

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Much of Central Pennsylvania still waiting for cicadamania 2013

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 13:00:48 UTC

2013-06-05T14:33:20Z

Where are the cicadas of Brood II?

The explosive emergence of 17-year periodical cicadas expected about now has yet to fully materialize in many parts of Central Pennsylvania, and may indeed not materialize this year.

Brood II, which is the group of the large insects emerging this year, has never been as abundant or widespread as the gargantuan Brood X, which also is known as the Great Eastern Brood. However, some areas like Bergen County, N.J., have seen millions of cicadas emerge in the past couple weeks.
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And, some locations in Central Pennsylvania - notably the Williams Valley/Lykens Valley area between Tower City and the Millersburg-Halifax area - have seen large numbers of cicadas, accompanied by the trademark deafening buzz of the insects in some spots.

Greg Hoover, ornamental entomologist in Penn State's Department of Entomology and one of the leading cicada authorities in Pennsylvania, said one of the questions he's hearing most often from the media the past few days is "Why don't we have them?"

Part of the answer is the smaller nature of Brood II, but another part is that many areas no longer have "an abundance of uninterrupted woodlands" favored by periodical cicadas they once did. The third part of the answer may reside in the unseasonably cold weather just before Memorial Day, which may have held soil temperatures just below the 64 degrees Fahrenheit required to stir the cicada nymphs to leave their tunnels in the soil in search of mating opportunities.

"Some of those colder overnight temperatures may have slowed things down a bit," said Hoover.

However, he noted, areas southeast and northeast of Central Pennsylvania have seen significant emergences, hinting that "by the end of next week, the peak of the emergence will be past. We're getting close to it, if not in some of the southeastern Pennsylvania counties are past peak."

Central Pennsylvania may have one chance to yet see some emergence out of Brood II, and that chance lies in the rainfall forecast the weekend.

"A rainfall event really triggers" the full emergence," explained Hoover.

If you spot cicadas, please report your sighting to mschneck@pennlive.com.


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Beautiful Pennsylvania: Mill Creek Falls a cool respite in southern York County

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 09:00:00 UTC

2017-07-23T13:53:41Z

Mill Creek Falls drops 30 feet through three drops right off River Road in southern York County. Watch video

The cool ozone flows thick through the small, dark chasm at the base of Mill Creek Falls near Holtwood Dam in southern York County.

The falls may be just 30 feet from top to bottom, making twists and turns over three drops, but it roars through the moss-covered ledges and sluices carved over centuries.

Most guides suggest hiking five minutes or so along the adjacent Mason-Dixon Trail to the head of the falls.

However, the base of the falls, right from the River Road bridge over Mill Creek offers its own unique encounter worth a visit.

The falls are accessed from River Road, which runs north from Rt. 372 immediately west of the Norman Wood Bridge over the Susquehanna River.


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Shark Week guide to most dangerous beaches for Pennsylvanians

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:00:00 UTC

2017-07-21T13:33:33Z

Shark attacks are rare and even more rarely are they fatal, but they occur every year in waters along beaches frequented by vacationers from Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvanians must travel beyond our borders to put themselves at risk of a Jaws-type encounter worthy of an appearance on the Discovery Channel's Shark Week, which begins Sunday, July 23.

The beaches of Pennsylvania - and the closest we come to an oceanic beach is Presque Isle in non-oceanic Lake Erie - just aren't patrolled by sharks.

There has only been one recorded shark attack, and that was in a tank at the Fairmount  Park Aquarium in Philadelphia. A keeper came away with a lacerated thumb received from an attack by a captive shark while he was cleaning the shark's tank on Feb. 17, 1961.

And, the bull sharks known to swim in the Delaware River, as they do far upriver from oceans worldwide, have never been reported in an attack on any humans, although in late April and early May 1922 newspapers throughout the U.S. reported on a 12-foot shark "said to have been on the man-eating variety" that was shot and killed in the river at Tacony, a suburb upriver of Philadelphia. In summer 1960, so many sharks were reported in the river that Delaware authorities issued warnings for beaches along the river.

However, hordes of Pennsylvanians make annual pilgrimages to beaches all along the East Coast, with sandy shores in New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland topping those destinations.

None of those states come anywhere near the top of the tally of shark attacks, but they also are not shark-free. The following numbers are from 1837 through 2016.

New Jersey has seen 15 attacks, according to the International Shark Attack File maintained by the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Global Shark Attack File maintained by the Shark Research Institute.  They work from a database of more than 6,000 incidents from the mid-1500s to the present.

By beach area, those attacks break down as follows: Atlantic City, 4 attacks; Matawan Creek, 3; Ocean City, 2; Sandy Hook, 2; Sea Girt, 2; and Seaside, 2.

The database shows three attacks in Delaware waters, one each at Mispillion Light in the Delaware Bay, Dewey Beach and Cape Henlopen State Park.

Maryland has seen relatively few attacks, with 1 each in the Patapsco River, in Tangier Sound and at North Beach.

And, along the beaches of Virginia: Virginia Beach, 4; Norfolk, 2; Sandbridge Beach 2; Coral Gardens Reef, 1; and False Cape, 1.

New York isn't a huge beach destination for Pennsylvanians, but its water have seen some shark attacks: East River, 4; Brooklyn, 3; Manhattan, 2; Rockaway, 2; Greenport Sound, Long Island, 1; Coney Island, 1; and Staten Island, 1.

Coastal states further south, which see fewer Pennsylvanian vacationers, experience more shark attacks, likely because of the larger number of people at the beaches there.

In North Carolina, New Hanover has seen 6 attacks; North Topsail Beach, 6; Ocracoke Inlet, 6; Morehead, 5; Topsail Island, 5; Atlantic Beach, 4; Emerald Isle, 4; and Holden Beach 4.

The South Carolina tally includes 24 at Myrtle Beach, 15 at Isle of Palms, 10 at Hilton Head, 8 at Charleston Harbor, 5 at Folly Island, 5 at Pawley's Island and 4 at North Myrtle Beach.

Florida's New Smyrna Beach is notable as the site of 238 shark attacks, according to the database. Florida waters have seen 778 attacks since 1837; Georgia, 13; and Alabama, 8.

Worldwide there are 70-100 shark attacks each year, reading in 5-15 human deaths.


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Frogs and toads of Pennsylvania: Are there really 17 species?

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 09:00:00 UTC

2017-07-17T18:36:11Z

From the mighty bullfrog to the familiar toad to the singing spring peeper, Pennsylvania is home to a wider range of frogs and toads than most of us realize.




Beautiful Pennsylvania: Towering Forest Cathedral of Cook Forest

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 09:00:00 UTC

2017-07-16T09:05:43Z

One of Pennsylvania's last remaining stands of old growth forest is part of Cook Forest State Park in Clarion and Forest counties. Watch video

Pines stretching 200 feet into the sky, hemlocks with trunks 3 feet in diameter, some of them 350 years old, form the Forest Cathedral in Cook Forest State Park in Clarion and Forest counties.

The canopy of the great trees creates a ceiling of green that filters the sunlight, and at places nearly blocks it entirely, even at high noon.

The forest floor stretches out with little understory, allowing a shaded view across the wooded expanse.

The Forest Cathedral of towering white pines and hemlocks is a Natural Area of Pennsylvania and a National Natural Landmark.

It's home to the finest stand of tall white pine and hemlock in the northeastern U.S.

The state park holds 11 old growth areas totaling more than 2,300 acres. Many white pine and hemlock trees in those areas are 350 years old. Scientists believe they began growing in the wake of a large forest fire in 1644. Some trees survived the fire and date back to the early 1500s.

In the late 1800s, thousands of acres of old growth forests were cut for the shipbuilding and construction industries. 

Previous entries in the Beautiful Pennsylvania series:


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Will northern lights be visible in Pennsylvania Sunday night?

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 15:57:00 UTC

2017-07-16T00:06:50Z

Geomagnetic energy burst from the Sun on route to Earth. It could trigger the aurora borealis.

Energy from a large sunspot ejection from the Sun is headed to Earth, triggering a geomagnetic storm watch for Sunday night through Monday, July 16-17 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

As that geomagnetic energy, known as a coronal mass ejection, hits Earth it likely will trigger the northern lights.

NOAA has predicted a geomagnetic storm of G2 strength, which would be a storm of moderate strength. That leads to a forecast of kP 6 for how far south the northern lights might be seen on Sunday night.

A kP 7 usually is needed to push the viewing opportunities south as far as the Pennsylvania-New York state line.

However, it's a forecast and the geomagnetic storm could be stronger or weaker when it impacts Earth.

The weather forecast for Sunday night offers a good chance of mostly clear skies, but with the possibility of some rain. If the northern lights do show as far south as Pennsylvania, clear skies will be needed for viewing them.

In addition, the darker the skies the better for viewing.

The NOAA will update its forecast as the geomagnetic energy gets closer to Earth. We'll provide updates on any significant changes.

The northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis, are the result of collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun and gaseous particles in Earth's atmosphere. Variations in the color of the lights are due to the different types of gas particles.


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Pennsylvania's most beautiful streams

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 09:00:00 UTC

2017-07-14T01:43:44Z

Do you prefer a stream that flows through a towering hemlock forest? Or a creek with many cascading waterfalls? Regardless of your preferences, Pennsylvania can satisfy them.




First West Nile mosquitoes of 2017 collected in Dauphin County

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 18:15:16 UTC

2017-07-12T10:33:20Z

Positive samples were collected in Harrisburg and Swatara Twp. Last month, positive samples were collected in Lemoyne and East Pennsboro Twp., Cumberland County.

Dauphin County has reported its first two mosquito samples infected with West Nile.

The infected samples in Harrisburg and Swatara Twp. on July 6, but no human cases have been reported in Dauphin County. 

Two positive samples were collected last month in Cumberland County -- in Lemoyne and in East Pennsboro Twp. 

West Nile virus, when transmitted to people, can cause West Nile encephalitis, an infection that can result in an inflammation of the brain. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that all residents of areas where virus activity has been identified are at risk. 

Symptoms in severe cases include a high fever, headache, neck stiffness, muscle weakness, disorientation, tremors and convulsions, according to a news release from Cumberland County, and demand immediate medical attention. Less than one percent of infections develop into encephalitis.

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The CDC recommends the following precautions to help guard against he spread of West Nile virus:

  • Remove any standing water around your home -- including in pots, containers, pool covers, tires, wheelbarrows, wading pools and gutters.
  • Buy products with Bti (Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis) for stagnant pools of water in your lawn or garden. It's a naturally-occurring bacteria that kills mosquito larvae but is safe for people, pets and plants.
  • Fit screens tightly over doors and windows.
  • Wear long sleeves and long pants, and keep your ankles covered when outside if you can, especially at peak mosquito times -- dawn and dusk. You can also reduce outdoor exposure.
  • Use insect repellents that contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Repellent is not recommended for children under the age of two months, so consult your child's physicians. 

"Although the risk of contracting WNV from an infected mosquito is small, people -- particularly the elderly and those with compromised immune systems -- should try to reduce their risk," Dauphin County Commissioner George P. Hartwick III said in a news release.

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Beautiful Pennsylvania: Susquehannock State Park overlooks above Susquehanna River

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 16:30:00 UTC

2017-07-09T16:31:48Z

A panoramic view of an island-rich stretch of the lower Susquehanna River is waiting in Susquehannock State Park in southern Lancaster County. Watch video

From 380 feet above the water, the overlooks at Susquehannock State Park near Drumore in southern Lancaster County offer a panoramic view of the lower Susquehanna River.

The plateau that the 224-acre state park occupies overlooks an island-rich area of the river. Among those islands is Mount Johnson, which was the world's first bald eagle sanctuary and for many years hosted an active eagle nest.

Mount Johnson Island juts up out of the Conowingo Reservoir, the largest of several hydroelectric impoundments on the lower Susquehanna.

The overlooks also provide regular viewing opportunities on eagles, osprey, turkey vultures and black vultures that regularly soar by the cliffs on columns of rising air called thermals.

Susquehannock State Park also features picnic areas and ball fields in a mature hardwood forest, and an extensive system of hiking and nature trails.

The state park is named for the native Americans people who Capt. John Smith first encountered while exploring the Chesapeake Bay in 1608. In his journal, Smith said they "seemed like Giants to the English," but archeological research shows the Susquehannocks to have been of average size for the time.

According to the state park's webpage, "It is unknown what the Iroquoian-speaking Susquehannocks called themselves, but the name that graces the river, the people and the state park is derived from the name, Sasquesahanough, given to Captain Smith by his Algonquian-speaking American Indian interpreter. The word has been translated "people at the falls" or "roily water people" referring to the Susquehannock's home by the river.

"This small but powerful tribe occupied only one or two major towns at a time, but controlled the important trade routes along the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay. Their last town was near present-day Conestoga and the Susquehannocks were sometimes referred to as Conestoga Indians."

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Squirm factor rising at Hershey Gardens Butterfly Atrium's new BugZone

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 09:00:00 UTC

2017-07-07T09:02:02Z

Giant horned beetles, foot-long centipedes, lead-shaped mantids and more are part of the new exhibit in Hershey.




Why are we seeing so many fireflies this summer?

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 09:00:00 UTC

2017-07-06T09:02:02Z

Larger than usual numbers of fireflies are being spotted in many locations across Pennsylvania this summer. Watch video

Observers across Pennsylvania have reported larger than usual numbers of fireflies flashing over their yards this summer and wondering why that is.

The wet spring this year is likely the primary cause of any uptick in fireflies, according to Sara Lewis, professor of evolutionary and behavioral ecology at Tufts University and author of "Silent Sparks: The Wondrous World of Fireflies."

She noted that moisture is critical to the beetle at all stages of its life, which includes a year or two underground as juveniles before emerging to live as adults for just a few weeks in the summer.

Consider the life cycle of our most common lightning bug, the Pennsylvania firefly.

After mating this summer, which is the reason for all that tail-light flashing you're seeing, the females lay their eggs in debris on the ground.

Larvae, known as glowworms, will hatch next spring, grow all through the warmer months of the year and then overwinter in the soil, just below the surface.

They will pupate the following spring. The new generation of adults will emerge that summer.

Moist soil favors the insects while they're in the ground, as well as their prey living there, like earthworms, slugs and other insects.

A couple dozen species of fireflies are found in Pennsylvania, but there are thousands of species worldwide.

The Pennsylvania firefly (Photuris pennsylvanica) was designated the official state insect of Pennsylvania in 1974. Elementary students in Upper Darby Elementary School launched the campaign to encourage the Pennsylvania General Assembly to make the designation.

Tennessee also has a firefly as state insect, but a different species: the common eastern firefly (Photuris pyralis).

Regardless of species, the flying flashes of evening light will be with us for just a few more weeks this summer.

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Hanover bald eagle nestcam in final days for 2017

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 17:00:00 UTC

2017-07-05T17:03:03Z

Pennsylvania Game Commission announces end to livestreaming from bald eagle nest at Codorus State Park in York County. Watch video

The nestcam livestreaming from the bald eagle nest at Codorus State Park near Hanover will cease broadcasting for this year on Monday, July 10, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

With the two fledgling eagles spending less and less time at the nest, the commission noted that the "Hanover bald eagle family has had a successful 2017 season with both eggs hatching and both nestlings fledging" in announcing the end of the livestream, which is viewed through the commission's website.

Season 3 for the live-streaming webcam launched on Dec. 28, 2016.

The eaglets hatched March 20 and 21 from eggs laid Feb. 10 and 13.

Bald eagles have nested near Codorus State Park since 2005 and fledged eaglets nine times, usually two per year, according to the commission.

Last year, the female eagle laid eggs on Feb. 18 and 21. One hatched March 28, but the chick died. The other egg did not hatch.

The bald eagle pair successfully fledged two eaglets in 2015, the first year that the livestream from the nest ran on the commission's website.

The Hanover livestream camera has been in operation since November 2015. It is a joint project by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, HDOnTAP, Comcast Business and Codorus State Park.


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Visit to a Pennsylvania rattlesnake den

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 09:00:00 UTC

2017-07-05T14:12:08Z

Timber rattlesnakes gather in overwintering dens for hibernation from mid-October through late April. Particularly favorable dens may hold large numbers of the reptiles.




Appalachian Trail Museum continues to tell the tale of America's Trail through its people

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 21:34:54 UTC

2017-07-05T10:28:10Z

The Appalachian Trail Museum at Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Gardners adds a new class of key trial heroes into the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame. The Appalachian Trail Museum at Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Gardners adds a new class of key trial heroes into the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame. The Appalachian Trail Museum in Gardners recently inducted the seventh class of honorees into the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame: the late Harlean James, Washington, D.C.; the late Charles Parry, Blacksburg, Va.; the late Mildred Norman "Peace Pilgrim" Ryder, Egg Harbor, N.J.; and the late Matilda "Tillie" Wood, Roswell, Ga.  James played a large role in the initial organization of the movement to create an Appalachian Trail. After Benton MacKaye's seminal 1921 article proposing the trail, James and others advocated for concrete steps to begin the trail. In 1925, she issued the call for the initial "conference" to be held in Washington, D.C., to begin planning the trail. She remained active in the AT movement for decades afterward and was one of four pioneers to receive the initial honorary memberships in the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the organization's highest honor. Beyond her AT work, she served in Washington for many years as executive secretary of the National Conference on State Parks and the American Planning and Civic Association. She held various leadership positions in national planning and parks over a 37-year career. Parry was described as a relentless Appalachian Trail volunteer. He served as the Roanoke AT Club's trail supervisor from 1976 until his death in December 2010, shaping nearly all the 120 miles the club maintains and playing a pivotal role in the return of the trail to McAfee Knob in the late 1980s. His was a time of numerous trail relocations. He held master's and doctorate degrees in mathematics from Michigan State University and spent his career teaching at Virginia Tech. At the time of his death at 68, he was professor emeritus in the College of Science. Despite the popular belief that Grandma Gatewood was the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail in one year, Mildred Norman Ryder, universally known as "Peace Pilgrim", accomplished that feat in 1952. Thru-hiking the AT was just the first step in Peace Pilgrim's unique mission. She felt she had received a message from God to spend her life advocating for peace. After her thru-hike, she spent the rest of her life walking in every part of the country and most of Canada. By 1964, she had walked more than 25,000 miles. Eventually, she stopped counting. As she became more famous, she received invitations to speak at schools and churches. Friends and observers described her as fearless. In her words: "I shall remain a wanderer until mankind has learned the way of peace; walking until I am given shelter, and fasting until I am given food." Tillie Wood and her husband Roy were newlyweds in 1939 when they discovered a run-down cabin in the mountains south of Pearisburg, Va., just a half mile from the AT. They kept the cabin while Roy pursued a career preserving national forests and state parks. After Roy retired in 1981, they decided to fix up the cabin as a hostel for hikers. Roy died just after the work was finished in 1986, but Tillie spent the next 21 years giving hikers a place to rest, shower and warm their bellies with a southern breakfast. Woods Hole became known as one of the most beloved hostels on the AT. In 2007, Tillie learned she had cancer with only six months to live. Her granddaughter Neville felt called to keep up the family tradition. If anything, Neville's husband Michael was even more enthusi[...]


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Who makes the best mountain pies in Pennsylvania? State championship to decide

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 18:33:05 UTC

2017-07-05T16:24:24Z

Mountain pie, an old campfire favorite, sees tasty makeovers in Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association statewide contest. The Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association and campgrounds across the state are looking for the best mountain pies in Pennsylvania. Through a series of local contests, individual campgrounds are selecting finalists to compete in the state championship Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Gratz Fair in northern Dauphin County. Prizes in the state contest will include $500 for first place, $200 camping certificate for second and $100 camping certificate for third. A trio of judges, at the local contests and in the state championship, will select the best mountain pies in two categories: sweet (dessert) and savory (meat, seafood, egg or vegetable). Also known as a campfire pie, camper pie, hobo pie and jaffle pie, a mountain pie is a crisp, melted treat, sandwich or meal made between pieces of bread or inside some sort of dough inside a pie iron - a hinged set of cooking molds with long handles - held over the flames or coals of a fire, preferably a campfire. For the competition, the judges will be looking for flavor (aroma, taste and balance), 30 points; consistency of filling (doneness and moistness), 25 points; crust (color, texture and doneness), 20 points; overall visual appeal, 15 points; and creativity, including plate presentation, 10 points. Remaining local contests are planned for Saturday, July 8, at Honesdale/Pocono KOA, Honesdale; Saturday, July 15, at Bucktail Camping Resort, Mansfield, and Pioneer Campground, Muncy Valley; Saturday, July 22, at Campers Paradise Campground & Cabins, Sigel; Saturday, July 29, Whispering Pines Camping Estates, Stillwater; Williamsport South/Nittany Mountain KOA, New Columbia; Cozy Creek Family Campground, Tunkhannock; Driftstone Campground, Mount Bethel; and Blue Rocks Campground, Lenhartsville; Friday and Saturday, Aug. 25-26, Austin Campground, Austin; and Saturday, Sept. 16, Bear Run Campground, Portersville. In last year's championship, the sweet category winner was Lauren Hurler, of Freehold, New Jersey. She won the local contest at Driftstone Campground in Mt. Bethel. Her entry was Maple Apple Bacon Mountain Pie. Here's the recipe: Maple Apple Bacon Mountain Pie Fry 6 or 8 pieces of maple bacon and cut into small pieces In a saucepan boil: 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup light brown sugar 1/4 cup dark brown sugar 1 tsp. baking powder 2 Tbsp. cinnamon 2 Tbsp. vanilla 3 Tbsp. maple syrup 1/2 stick butter Add: 1 chopped Granny Smith apple 1 chopped Pink Lady apple lightly boil for 20 min. Add: Pie crust to mountain pie iron Fill with: apple mixture and top with bacon Place in embers for about 4 minutes on each side Drizzle with caramel sauce and top with wet walnuts and whipped cream The savory category winner was Ellen Brinton from Schwenksville, representing Blue Rocks Family Campground, Lenhartsville. Her entry was Porky Delight Mountain Pie. Here's the recipe: Porky Delight Mountain Pie Ingredients: 2-pound boneless pork loin 1/2 cup finely chopped garlic 6 cloves of whole garlic 1/2 cup dried basil 1/4 cup olive oil 1 tsp salt 1 tsp pepper 12 oz barbeque sauce 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 med onion finely chopped 1 slice American cheese per pie In bowl mix garlic, basil, olive oil, salt and pepper. Cover pork loin in the mixture. Slice holes in 6 spots of pork and put whole clove in each. Cook pork on grill rotisserie at 275 degrees for two hours or until the meat breaks apart with a fork. Remove pork from heat. Add barbeque sauce, brown sugar and onions, and simmer on low for 20 mins or until onions [...]


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Check out these stargazing parties across Pa. in July

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 13:00:00 UTC

2017-07-03T14:02:17Z

Astronomy clubs and parks will provide public access to telescopes, star charts and guidance.

Astronomy organizations and observatories across Pennsylvania have scheduled stargazing events throughout July.

Most of the events include assistance by volunteers or staff, and telescopes and star charts for use by the public.

However, many of the events are held only when skies are clear enough for good viewing and the sponsoring organization will announce cancellations on their websites or Facebook pages.

Cherry Springs State Park

The only International Dark Sky in Pennsylvania and one of the darkest spots on the East Coast will host Night Sky Tours at 9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, July 14-15 and 2-22; a Lunar Viewing at 9 p.m. Saturday, July 8; and a Solar Viewing at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 15. All visitors are urged to arrive before dark at the park along Rt. 44, southeast of Galeton in Potter County. Pre-registration is required at http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/cherrysprings.

Astronomical Society of Harrisburg

Public Observing Programs will be held at 9 p.m. Sundays, July 9, 16 and 30 at the society's Naylor Observatory at Lewisberry. For more information, call 717-938-6041 or browse www.astrohbg.org.

York County Astronomical Society

A Public Observing Starwatch is planned for 8 p.m. Saturday, July 8, at the society's observatory at John C. Rudy County Park near Emigsville. For more information, call 717-759-9227 or visit  www.ycas.org.

Lehigh Valley Amateur Astronomical Society

A Star Party will be held at its South Mountain Facility along East Rock Road at Allentown on Saturday, July 29. The event will include a planetarium show for families with children ages 14 and younger at 6 p.m., a Night Sky Network talk at 7 p.m., a planetarium show at 8 p.m. and time with provided telescopes starting at 7 p.m. The society's website is http://www.lvaas.org.

The Delaware Valley Amateur Astronomers

A Star Party will be hosted on the model airplane field in the southwest corner of Valley Forge National Historical Park at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 29. For questions about the weather, call the DVAA hotline at 484-238-0960.

Chesmont Astronomical Society

The monthly Star Party will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 29, at French Creek State Park near Birdsboro. The society's website is www.chesmontastro.org.

Franklin & Marshall College

A public observing night will be held at 8 p.m. Monday, July 17, at Franklin & Marshall College's Grundy Observatory at Lancaster.

Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh

Star parties will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 11, at Murrysville; 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 14-15, at Mingo; and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 28-29, at Wagman. The association's website is https://3ap.org.


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