SRAC receives local artifacts

The Susquehanna River Archaeological Center in Waverly recently received a donation of two rare pieces to add to one of its collections.

The center received a turtle effigy and ceremonial pick from avid collector Mark Orshaw to add to the collection of the late Bernie Safford, on display in a large case in the museum's exhibit hall. Orshaw and Safford used to look for Native American artifacts in the area, according to a release from the center.

Orshaw decided to donate the pieces to the SRAC after recently choosing to downsize his collection, the release states.

"We want to thank Mark Orshaw for donating these two very rare pieces to SRAC and reuniting them with Bernie's collection," said SRAC executive director Deb Twigg. "I am sure that the public, as well as researchers, will be interested in taking a look at these significant pieces."

Che-Hanna show to again feature scavenger hunt

The annual Che-Hanna Rock and Mineral Club show, to be held this weekend at the Athens Township Volunteer Fire Company hall, will again feature a scavenger hunt for elementary-age students, according to club president Inga Wells.

Children can pick up the quizzes at the show - an easy one for children under eight years old and a harder one for older students. The questions are based on the show's educational exhibits, and club members are on hand to help the students, Wells said. Participating students receive a mineral or fossil as a reward for filling out the scavenger hunt.

Each year, the two elementary schools with the highest participation receive a book and mineral specimen. Out of 26 competing schools, Lynch-Bustin Elementary School in Athens placed first last year with 40 forms, while St. Agnes School in Towanda came in second with 13.

For more information, contact Wells at (570) 731-4396.

Sayre library to hold crochet program

As part of its ongoing lecture series, the Sayre Public Library will host a Crocheting 101 workshop Saturday with a local slant.

The event, to be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, will offer ideas and inspirations with an opportunity to practice the basic stitches of crocheting, according to a release from the library. The 90-minute session will be hands-on and teach more about the basics of the art involving a hook and yarn or thread.

Sayre resident and crocheting enthusiast Cathy Dibble will be on hand to discuss the latest and greatest crocheting ideas, patterns and techniques, according to the release.

Space is limited to 30 participants and registration is required for the program. For more details or to register, stop by the South Elmer Avenue library or call (570) 888-2256.