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December 29. 2013 1:30AM

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An ice fishing tournament will be held at Lake Jean on Jan. 5, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., from the west boat launch. Registration begins at 5:30 a.m. and weigh-in will be held at 2 p.m. No-ice date is Jan. 12.

A second tournament will be held at Long Pond in Wayne County at the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission launch on Jan. 19, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration begins at 5:30 a.m. and weigh-in is at 2 p.m. No-ice date is Jan. 26.

The fee for each event is $10 per angler with an optional $5 pickerel lunker. Winners will be based on the heaviest fish combination of five bluegill and five perch.

For more information email or call 570-991-6176.

The Stanley Cooper Sr. Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold its monthly meeting on Jan. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the VFW Anthracite Post on 757 Wyoming Ave. in Kingston. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Nescopeck State Park will host the following events in January (for more information or to register, call the park office at 570-403-2006):

Wednesday, Jan. 1 — First Day Hike, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 4 — Junior Bird Club Eagle Watch, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 11 — Nescopeck State Park Winter Trails Day Hike, 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 16 — Eagle Watch, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Nescopeck State Park and the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society are seeking new members for their Junior Bird Club. The club is open for children ages 9 and older and features several bird watching field trips throughout the state. In addition to bird watching, the group has also participated in many other adventures including geocaching, kayaking, and mountain biking. The program was also featured at the annual PA Society of Ornithology meeting held last spring in Wilkes-Barre.

Bird watching experience is not needed, only a desire to enjoy the outdoors, make new friends, and visit some extraordinary places in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Binoculars and field guides are not necessary as participants may borrow items from the park during meetings.

Meetings are bi-monthly and take place at Nescopeck State Park and other local birding hot spots.

The first adventure for the new year will be a Bald Eagle Watching Adventure set for Saturday, Jan. 4, starting at 9 a.m. After a short introduction to the bird club, the group will travel to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. The program will last until 4 p.m. Participants should plan on bringing a lunch and snacks. Registration is required by calling the Park Office at 570-403-2006. There is a one-time-only fee of $5 per member.

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