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March is the first month when trout begin looking up to feed on insects on the surface, instead of hanging underneath, feeding on minnows and nymphs that cling to the bottom. One for the favorite streamers for this time of year imitates the sculpin, a fish that swims near streambeds. In fact…

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This winter has given us numerous opportunities to ask the ugly question “How much snow are we supposed to get?”

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Phil phoned early this morning and asked me to go over to his house and give his dogs a run since he was in the hospital with possible gallstones.

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It’s no secret that life is full of inconveniences, some more inconvenient than others. It’s also no secret that how we respond to them can influence the degree of their impact on our everyday lives. Over the decades, I’ve found that they rarely come singly. I’ve also learned that the most c…

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Ed, Todd and I rode over to Dillsburg to pick up our guns from Chad McCauslin. He’s a gunsmith, who used to have his shop on Beagle Club Road in Carlisle, but moved home to contain costs and help with schooling and such.

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It’s been a different kind of year. Last year at this time, I was helping teach fly tying to a group of people from age 8 to retired in the community room at Green Ridge Village. I guess the 8-year-old isn’t 8 anymore, but he started tying at age 8 without using a vise.

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“So, when’s the last time you flew?” the kid asked on a cold winter afternoon while I was up to my elbows in dishwater.

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Neva sent an email last night telling us she booked a campsite at Point Camp on Raystown Lake for the end of April. We’ve been trying to find the site for reservations, but the federal recreation site has been shut down until apparently just the other day.

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Here we are with the cable bill equivalent to about a car payment a month, and the provider sends an email informing customers that there will be a pricing update. Yes, that means the price is going up.

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One of the most important tasks that I have as a State Senator is reviewing the governor’s selections for state cabinet positions and confirming their appointments.

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In another year, I would be looking forward to the Great American Outdoor Show at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, but it’s been canceled by our governor. It might be best because in most other years there have been great crowds of outdoor folks roaming the aisles. 

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Later this year, Pennsylvania voters will hopefully be given the historic opportunity to change how we elect the 31 justices and judges who sit on our three state appellate courts — Supreme, Superior and Commonwealth. Under a proposed constitutional amendment now being debated in the state H…

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Todd got one, too. We hunted together two years ago outside of Patten, Maine, at Patten Hunting Lodge, and Bill Finney, the owner, just sent us a letter inviting us back to hunt grouse and woodcock.

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While recently visiting my “Hometown Proud Market,” I ran into a friend in the far corner of the store without a shopping cart or single item in hand. When asked if he was walking through the store for his health, his response was: “I was looking for one of the Saylor brothers to thank them …

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Editor’s Note: This is a column on area watersheds by Blyden Potts and guest columnists to spread awareness of the area’s tributaries and the efforts of area volunteers to keep them clean.

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Ruffles came up lame the day after Christmas, so we haven’t been hunting her on pheasants and rabbits or ducks, which means we’ve been spending more time with her on the couch, and the cat in my lap in the lounge chair near the fireplace. It also means our pile of cherry cord wood on the por…

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Editor’s Note: This is the first installment of a column on area watersheds by Blyden Potts and guest columnists to spread awareness of the area’s tributaries and the efforts of area volunteers to keep them clean.

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ODD: It was probably 8:30 or so on New Year’s Eve when suddenly I realized that there wasn’t a 2021 calendar in the house.

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We all seem to have our own needs for shooting our shotguns away from gun clubs, preferring the less formal way of backyard shooting.

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Old-time Shippensburgers waxed nostalgic when they noticed Santa and his sleigh had returned to “the square” this year.

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If you missed last week’s column, now is the time to buy a new fishing license because the old one expires Dec. 31. It’s also the time to buy a new dog license.

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It was the summer of 1776, near New York City, when Gen. George Washington readied his troops for an attack by the British. As the leading center of commerce, it was imperative that the Continental Army help this vital economic center.   

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Not only do our legislators choose their voters by drawing their own districts by gerrymandering, but they have empowered their leadership to severely limit their own participation in the bill-making process. Only the ruling party makes the rules. How can it be that bills enjoying that overw…

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Ruffles and I planned to hunt for ruffed grouse in our nearby mountains and chase some stocked pheasants on our game lands. We thought we’d wait, but the cold weather held on and then the Wednesday afternoon and Thursday snowstorm. Hopefully there might be a bit of melting, but there are dee…

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Everyone’s been posting photos of their baked goodies on Facebook this week. Some showoffs even rubbed our faces in it earlier.

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The little Christmas tree was in place, but naked except for the lights that came pre-attached. Dozens and dozens of ornaments were nestled in their totes, waiting to be selected for the honor of gracing the 2020 Tannenbaum.