The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


November 7, 2012

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Good shooting equals good pay

Jamie Gray of Lebanon brought home a gold medal for her shooting at the London Olympics back in August.

Last week, USA Shooting announced that it would be giving Gray and two other Olympians a bonus of $60,000 each for their gold medal-winning shooting. This is in addition to the $25,000 that the U.S. Olympic Committee had already paid to each gold medalist.

Gray won gold in the women’s three-position rifle. She competed in four separate Olympic events.

The CEO of USA Shooting, Robert Mitchell, stated that, “My organization is proud to recognize our Olympic medalists on behalf of shooters, both good and not so good, nationwide. Hopefully, this financial incentive will help in recruiting more young shooters into this phenomenal sport and encourage them to make the diligent preparations that prepare a shooter to compete on the world stage for our great nation.”

Photo contest

The Susquehanna Valley Visitors Bureau is hosting its Fifth Annual Photo Contest.

The theme for this year’s contest is, “Every turn a treasure.” This certainly has an outdoor feel to me because the contest guidelines suggest that the photographers show, with their snapshots, what they treasure about the Susquehanna Valley.

The photos must be in a digital format and should have been taken within this calendar year. Deadline to submit entries is Feb. 1.

The contest application may be downloaded from the visitor center’s web site at

Millions of campers

The Outdoor Foundation, the Coleman Company and the Kampgrounds of America conducted a year-long survey that just wrapped up.

They learned that 43 million Americans camped out at least one night in the past year.

This impressive number represents nearly 15 percent of the entire population in our country.

These findings and many more interesting outdoor-related tidbits can be found in the American Camper Report.

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