The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


May 23, 2013

Bob Garrett's talking points: Free fishing this Memorial Day

"It's time to lay aside business and go fishing."

Memorial Day means many things to people. It's a great time to remember that our freedom was in no way, free. Here in Pennsylvania, it's also our first fish-for-free day of the year. These Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission designated Fish-for-Free Days allow anyone both residents and non-residents of any age to legally fish with no fishing license required on all of Pennsylvania's waterways. So after paying your respects to our veterans, why not head to a local stream to try your luck at catching a big one? Please keep in mind that all other fishing regulations still apply.

n Halfway Dam happenings

The good folks up at the R.B. Winter State Park are encouraging everyone to get outdoors and to attend a few of the programs that are planned at the park over the Memorial Day weekend. This Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, there will be a Fishing Skills for Kids show-and-do demonstration. Kids should bring a parent or grandparent along and meet at the Beach House to learn fishing basics. The park even has some equipment to lend. At 4 p.m. on Saturday, there will be a Wildflower Walk that heads out from the Environmental Learning Center. On Sunday morning, there will be a 90-minute Songbird Walk that also starts at the Environmental Learning Center. Sunday afternoon offers a most-interesting sounding program called "Moles in the Pool." This 3 p.m. program is geared to kids of all ages, particularly kids who love frogs and salamanders. The event begins with a short story and then a peek into a park's pond that is located at the Sheary-Linn Amphitheater. The Environmental Center will be open to everyone each afternoon throughout the three-day weekend.

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