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Hughesville Locals Sept. 16, 2015

By Staff | Sep 15, 2015

A few months ago, I was dismayed to learn that methane gas had been detected in nearby Sugar Run, and that its presence was attributed to a failed casing in a natural gas well. Three weeks ago it was disclosed that German Run and Little Muncy Creek were both similarly impacted in the past couple of years. These problems were not limited to wells drilled by a single company, or to a single county. At least three different energy development firms have had casing failures. My concern has always been that, while methane will be evident through bubbling and smell in water, there could be other contaminants present that may take years to discover. I do hope that those companies that are currently drilling will be vigilant in protecting our most precious natural resource, our abundant water.

On a happier note, it seems that properties along every road leading into Hughesville are being improved and updated. It’s good to see residents taking care of their yards and houses and making an effort to make us all look good! Another improvement that has everyone watching and wondering is the recent grading and compacting of the large lot across from the fire hall on Railroad Street. (Does everyone remember Lundy Lumber Company?)

Soon we will be enjoying the sight of fall flowers, foliage, and decorations. The weather is gradually cooling and I have begun to see more and more signs that fall is truly approaching. Among those signs are the annual fund-raisers held by both Trinity Lutheran Church in Hughesville and the East Lycoming Historical Society. Farther afield is the Pennsylvania Bowhunters Festival in Forksville. If you plan your weekend well, you can take part in all three events.

The Lycoming County Commissioners would like you to mark your calendar for Monday, September 28. There will be an open-house type session for public information about the Lycoming County Comprehensive Plan at the Hughesville Area Public Library from 3:30 6:30 p.m. Public input is sought to help “plan the possible” future of Lycoming County and its communities by establishing priorities for growth, development, transportation, resource protection, recreation, and more in the next ten to twenty years. This should be a great way to learn what is projected for our area and to “put in your 2 cents’ worth”!

Just one week remains before the official start of autumn. September 23 is the equinox, so it’s time to start thinking about all those outdoor projects that you want to accomplish before winter sets in. Let’s hope we have a nice mild season!

Hughesville Events

Thurs. Sept.17, 5 7 p.m. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), the Community Traffic Safety Project, Safe Kids Lycoming County Partner and the Hughesville Volunteer Fire Company will host a child safety seat inspection and used seat collection at the Hughesville Fire Hall, Railroad & Water Streets, Hughesville, PA. Parents and guardians are urged to participate to make sure that children are being transported safely.

Fri. Sept. 18, 9 to 3, annual fund-raiser at East Lycoming Historical Society museum, 66 South Main Street. Unique items will be offered.

Fri. & Sat. Sept. 18 & 19, annual rummage event at Trinity Lutheran Church, 120 south Main Street, Hughesville. Fri. 8 to 3 and Sat. 8 a.m. to 12. Lunch items will be available.

Fri., Sat., and Sun., September 18 to 20, Pennsylvania Bowhunters Festival at the Sullivan County Fairground at Forksville. Food, prizes, vendors, and souvenirs for archery enthusiasts of all ages. There is an admission fee.

Mon. Sept. 21, ELHS to present a program on Roadside America with guest speaker, Robert Webster at 7 p.m. in the Trinity Lutheran Church social hall at the corner of S. Main and Academy Streets. All are welcome to recall the days of life in the pre-computer world!