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scribed as a combination of color images, live drama, music, comedy and boisterous audience participation. As the town grew, the activities of the town hall were moved to the POSA building. The most curious point about the town hall is its unusual location. It was the only structure near downtown Ricketts that was on the east side of the creek, and it was only a few feet above normal creek level. A Douglas photo dated De- THE AUTHOR discovered artifacts around the area where the Ricketts Town Hall once cember 10, 1907, shows the town stood. Seen here are an axe head, stove pipe hall with the muddy waters of the flashing, and a piece of clay jug that was Mehoopany Creek about four commonly used in the early 1900s. feet up the sides of the building. No doubt this was also a factor in mov- ture on the far right. I had been looking in ing activities to higher ground. the wrong location. I find myself gingerly stepping The outline of a row of moss-covered around a northern water snake. It’s rocks rises before me just above the forest coiled and resting on a deer trail lead- floor. It is partly hidden by blueberry bushes ing away from the creek, soaking up and fallen logs. The structure appears too the afternoon sun. I will soon learn straight not to be manmade. that this location is a favorite sunning A carpeting of moss peels easily away area for these large reptiles known for from the rocks with only a slight pull, retheir impressive size and aggressive vealing flat stones that had been placed bite. While admitting to no abject fear, there with precision. The line of rocks I do sense a primal sense of unease comes to a corner and makes a 90-degree whenever walking amongst them and turn back toward the creek. This must be remember an old historical precau- the back of the foundation. A subsequent tionary warning: “Don’t Tread on Me.” detailed search around the immediate area The photographs of the town hall produces two sections of stove-pipe flashI had previously studied were taken ing and a corroded axe head. The most sigfrom almost the same location, shot nificant items I find are the most numerfrom only a slight angle off the foot- ous and scattered under the leaf litter: bridge, looking across the creek, mak- Around the perimeter of the foundation ing the structure appear closer to the are several cut nails dating back nearly 100 bridge than it actually was. years. I am standing in the center of the On this day, the photo I am using Ricketts Town Hall. for reference, of the two young ladies, The shutter of the camera released with was taken at almost a 90-degree angle an audible “click.” I look up the embankto the bridge and instantly gives a bet- ment toward the railroad bed to an image ter appreciation of the distance that of three figures standing by the tracks. I the building was from the creek. The give the photographer and two young latown hall is barely visible in the pic- dies a smile and a nod. They part ways. Old photos courtesy of the Sullivan County Historical Society; color photos by the author. GAME NEWS

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010

Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010
Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Contents
A Chocolate-Covered Cream-Filled . . . Gobbler
The Close Call
Silent Whispers
The Shot Not Taken
Eastern Coyote
A Grandparents’ Pride, A Grandson’s Gift
In the Company of Children
A Jake for Ben
Early Bear Management
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Fun Game
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - A Chocolate-Covered Cream-Filled . . . Gobbler
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - The Close Call
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Silent Whispers
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - The Shot Not Taken
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Eastern Coyote
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - A Grandparents’ Pride, A Grandson’s Gift
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - In the Company of Children
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - A Jake for Ben
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Early Bear Management
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 60
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Crossings
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