Valley News Digest

Athens, Sayre send students to district chorus

Students from Sayre and Athens high schools recently represented the Valley in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 8 Chorus Festival, held this past weekend in Canton.

Ryan Kipp and John Northrup of Sayre High School and Daniel Reynolds of Athens Area High School were among the 175 students from 42 schools chosen through a challenging audition process. Students rehearsed long hours on Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning, culminating in a concert on Saturday afternoon that Athens school officials described as "a delight to the ears."

Dr. Janet Galvan, director of choral activities at Ithaca College, conducted the district chorus.

In addition, Northrup qualified during the festival for the upcoming PMEA District 8 Jazz Festival, which will be held at Sayre in April, and Kipp qualified for PMEA Region IV Chorus, according to information from the Sayre Area School District.

Audubon club holding elk program

During its meeting next week, the Susquehanna Valley Audubon Society will host a program about elks by one of its members.

Marsha Zwierlein will present "A Weekend to See the Elks" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21 at the Page Manor community room on Church Street in Athens. The program is open to the public.

During the presentation, Zwierlein will highlight a recent trip to visit Pennsylvania's elk herd at Benezette, Elk County. Zwierlein also visited the Austin Dam disaster historic site in Potter County and the Kinzua Bridge Skywalk and Visitor Center in McKean County. The presentation will include photos, according to information from the club.

The club's meetings are free and open to the public and start with a covered dish dinner at 6 p.m. For more information, visit or call club president Inga Wells at (570) 731-4396.

Athens library to demystify curling

In time for the upcoming Winter Olympics, the Spalding Memorial Library in Athens will host members of the Philadelphia Curling Club to explain one of the games' more intriguing sports.

Curling, known by its players and fans as "chess on ice," involves sliding a stone down a lane of ice, using brooms to help guide it along onto a target at the end of the lane. The sport, which originated in Scotland, was officially added to the Winter Olympics slate in 1998.

Club members will share their insights into the game and explain its rules, history and terminology during the program, which starts at 1 p.m. Feb. 1, according to information from the library. Members will also display their equipment, including an official curling stone, and participants will be entered to win curling-related prizes.

The program will take place at the library, located at 724 S. Main St. in Athens. For more information, call the library at (570) 888-7117 or email