Author: Darlene Macklem

PennDot Core Boring on State Route 44 in Watson & Cummings Townships – Under Traffic Restrictions September 13, 2023

State Route 44 North in both Watson and Cummings Township will be under traffic restrictions beginning Wednesday, September 13, 2023, due to core boring in 19 locations along the road, and traffic will be reduced to one lane during this project. The contractor, Navarro Wright, doing the drilling estimates the work will be completed in 20 days.

Click for Fire Risk Info:

NOTICE: The currently posted fire risk level is ONLY updated when the level changes.

Fire Danger is expressed using these levels

LOW – Fuels do not ignite readily from small firebrands although a more intense heat source, such as lightning, may start fires in duff or light fuels.

MODERATE – Fires can start from most accidental causes, but with the exception of lightning fires in some areas, the number of starts is generally low.

HIGH – All fine dead fuels ignite readily and fires start easily from most causes.

VERY HIGH – Fires start easily from all causes and, immediately after ignition, spread rapidly and increase quickly in intensity.

EXTREME – Fires start quickly, spread furiously, and burn intensely. All fires are potentially serious.

DCNR Wildfire Information:

Wildfires in Pennsylvania

The greatest danger of wildfires in Pennsylvania occurs during the spring months of March, April, and May, and the autumn months of October and November. In Pennsylvania, 99 percent of all wildfires are caused by people.

Certain conditions are necessary for a wildfire to occur:

  • An available fuel source, such as dried grass or leaves
  • Dry conditions, including low relative humidity
  • An ignition source — some way for the fire to start

The first two factors occur most frequently in Pennsylvania during spring and autumn. As the spring sun climbs higher in the sky, days become longer and warmer.

The trees are bare during this time, allowing sunlight to reach the forest floor, warming the ground, and drying surface fuels.

Coupled with strong and dry spring winds, this leads to a tremendous amount of combustible fuels.

During autumn, leaves turn color and begin to fall, accumulating in a deep, fluffy layer that creates a fire hazard.

The third factor, an ignition source, also frequently occurs during these periods.

Zoning Hearing Board Vacancy

The Watson Township Supervisors appointed Nate Hollick to fill the vacancy on the Watson Township Zoning Hearing Board during the March 16, 2023 monthly meeting.



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Cleanup in the Pine Creek Valley!

Sunday April 16, 2023 on Rt. 44 North

Pre-registration requested by Thursday April 13, 12 noon

Where: Meet at Up the Crick, 5099 North Rt. 44 Hwy, Jersey Shore, 17740

Watson Twp., Lycoming County

Directions: From Rt. 220, exit onto Route 44 North, drive 5 miles & park in

business lot of Up the Crick []

When: April 16, Sunday from 9:30 AM-12:30 PM

Litter collection teams: Pick up litter along Route 44 North roadside. Divided into 4 teams, each team will collect litter from 1.5-mile sections. In total, we will complete 4.2 miles! All teams will be lead by a Safety Captain. Long pants & closed toes shoes are mandatory (no bare feet, shorts or sandals). An extra jacket, hat, shoes & socks are highly recommended. Youth between the ages of 12-17 must be accompanied by a participating adult.

Photographer: Capture the volunteers in action & email your favorite picks to CleanScapes. Selected works will be shared on social platforms & print mediums.

Registered volunteers will be provided donuts, gloves, trash bags, safety vests & lunch.

Registration & questions, contact Elisabeth Lynch at 570.726.3511 or

Clinton County Spring Events: April 15 Shade Hollow Roadside cleanup, Bald Eagle Twp. & April 30 Mt. Riansares Vista, Lamar Twp.

Upcoming event details posted on &

Project partners, supplies & funding provided by: CleanScapes Members, Up the Crick, Watson & Porter Twp.’s, Pine Creek Preservation Association, Lisa Lynn – Davis Real Estate, Pizza To Go,Venture Inn, Welshan’s Farm, Weis Grocery –Jersey Shore, Dunkin’ Donuts, Honey Dippers—Williamsport,PennDot Districts 2 & 3, the Clinton County Community Foundation, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, &Brenda & Donald Lysle. Thank you!