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March 13, 2013

Bob Garrett's Talking Points: Mentored Youth Trout Day lures 2,000 anglers

“Everyone should believe in something; I believe I’ll go fishing.”

-Henry David Thoreau

Nearly 2,000 anglers have signed up for the Pa. Fish and Boat Commission’s Mentored Youth Trout Day that will be held on March 23.

This new program is gauging interest in a pre-season youth-and-mentors-only trout fishing day. It builds on the highly-successful model of introducing young people to the joys of the outdoors through mentored activities.

A dozen central and southeastern lakes are the designated waters for this one-day event. Kids under the age of 16 must register with the Fish and Boat Commission to participate and join with a mentor angler.

March 23 was selected because it’s one week before southeast regional opening day for the trout season for all anglers. According to Laurel Anders who is the Commission’s outreach director, “The waters will be stocked to ensure a plentiful supply of fish to catch for the youth day and also for the regular season that follows.”

Both the youth and mentor anglers will be allowed to keep two trout that are a minimum of 7 inches long.

The waters in the program are: Waynesboro Reservoir, Adams County; Antietam Lake and Scotts Run Lake, Berks County; Levittown Lake, Bucks County; Children’s Lake and Doubling Gap Lake, Cumberland County; Middletown Reservoir, Dauphin County; Muddy Run Recreational Lake, Lancaster County; Lions Lake, Lebanon County; Lehigh Canal, Lehigh County; Green Lake, Montgomery County; and Locust Lake, Schuylkill County.

More information and registration forms are available at: www.takemefishingpa.com.

Caring for Communities: Earth Month

The month of April marks the beginning of Union County bicentennial celebration, the Merrill Linn Conservancy’s silver anniversary and its 10th year of presenting the Caring for Communities family-oriented environmental series.

With all of this to celebrate, it’s not surprising that there will be almost daily activities, including hikes and canoe/kayak trips, that are open to everyone. You and your family are cordially invited to part of the celebration.

The following is just the beginning of the list of activities, but it gives you some taste of what’s available.

On April 2 at 7 p.m. the movie “Black Gold” will be shown at the Campus Theatre in Lewisburg. This movie is about coffee bean growing and the fair-trade movement.

Mark Lawrence the “silver-tonged host” of “On the Mark” on WKOK will be doing an in-depth report on the Conservancy’s work at 9 a.m. on April 4. On April 6 there will be a tour of Ard’s farm and market that’s west of Lewisburg starting at 9:30 a.m. Participants will learn about the cutting-edge erosion control features that are being used on this farm.

At 1 p.m. on the April 6 the folks from Canoe Susquehanna will be leading a float on the upper section of Buffalo Creek from Cowan to Mazeppa. Please pre-register for this trip at www.canoesusquehanna.com or by calling 524-7692.

This is all happening just in the first week of this month-long event. Keep an eye on these “Talking Points” for many more great celebratory events.

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