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February 01. 2014 10:35PM

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The Benton Gun Show is gearing up for early February and so far 80 tables of of gun dealers will be on hand. The show will take place on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dealers will be buying, selling and trading guns, ammo and other related items. There will also be a custom knife maker and custom leather works stand, and a display of custom embroidery where some embroidery work can be done at the show or special orders for clubs or business can be placed. One display specializes in civil war items. And there are absolutely no flea market items or snack venders at this show. A home-cooked breakfast and lunch that will be served each day. There is an admission fee of $5 and children under 12 are free. All of the proceeds benefit the Benton Volunteer Fire Company.

The Luzerne Conservation District will host a conservation workshop for municipal workers and officials, engineers and consultants, and earth moving contractors in Luzerne and surrounding counties on Feb. 28 at the Knights of Columbus facility in Luzerne. The purpose of the workshop is to provide the latest information on soil and water issues and requirements. Event details and information on how to register can be found at

The Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society will host the following events this winter:

Saturday, Feb. 15 — Barnegat Light, N.J., 7 a.m. ($5 fee), Join GWVAS to view harlequin ducks. Located at the north end of Long Beach Island on the New Jersey coast, Barnegat Light State Park is one of the best places to see purple sandpipers, red-brested mergansers, and long-tail ducks, as well as other shorebirds and songbirds. Meet at 7 a.m. at the Park and Ride across from K-Mart by Blackman Street. Call Dave Fisher for more information at 570-362-8727 or to register.

Monday, Feb. 17 — Hog Island Camp, 7 p.m. at the Trinity Presbyterian Church on Irem Road in Dallas. Hog Island in Bremen, Maine, is owned by National Audubon Society. Ellie Harding and Sandy Goodwin will share their experiences from the Joy of Birding event attended in June. They will share with us the island many interests, its flora and fauna seen during this week-long program. Why puffin populations are decreasing? What birds are found nesting at the camp? Find out about the many other exciting things that happen at Hog Island. For information, call Craig Yarrish at 570-479-0400.

Sunday, Feb. 23 — Birding in the Kirby Park Natural Area, 8 a.m. Join Bob Wasilewski as he leads a bird walk through the Kirby Park Natural Area. With a species list totaling some 165, you never know what surprises might await. Come see what birds are in the park. Meet at the Nesbitt Park boat launch located via First Avenue, and Pierce Street, Kingston. Across the street from the Subaru dealership. For information, call 570-542-5948.

Nescopeck State Park will host the following events in February (to register or for more information call 570-403-2006):

Saturday, Feb. 8 - Family Movie Matinee: Raccoon Nation; 1 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 13 - Snow Moon Hike; 6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 21 - Homeschool Education Day: The Science of Birdwatching; 9 a.m. to noon

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