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First Posted: 3:09 am - March 1st, 2015 - Views

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The Red Rock Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold its annual Hunting Heritage Banquet/Auction on Saturday, March 7 at the Appletree Terrace in Dallas. Doors open at 5 p.m. with a cocktail hour, beverages and raffles. Soda and beer are included in ticket price, other drinks available as a cash bar. Following dinner there will be a live auction, raffle and winners of other raffles will be announced. There’s even a ladies table. If you are interested in attending, ticket prices are: $60 for a single ticket, $85 for a couple, $285 for a Sponsor and $310 for a Sponsor couple. We will also have a Red Rock Chapter one of a kind Gun of the Year. For more information, contact Chris Lamoreaux at 570-696-2406 after 4 p.m. or by e-mail at [email protected] There will be prints, bags, jewelry, 15 guns and more available.

State Rep. Gerald Mullery will host a public meeting with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission on March 26 at the Luzerne County Community College Education Conference Center from 6 to 8 p.m. Speakers for the event will be announced in the near future. For more information, call Mullery’s office at 570-740-7031.

The Western Pocono Chapter of Trout Unlimited will sponsor a special presentation of its Speaker Series program on Thursday, March 19 at the Hazleton Penn State Campus, Kostos Classroom Bldg. Auditorium. Special guest speaker will be U.S. Forest Service spokesperson Melody Remillard, who will provide a slide presentation on legendary Pennsylvania conservationist Gifford Pinchot and his ancestral home, Grey Towers. The program title is: “Gifford Pinchot, the Greatest Pennsylvania you Never Knew.” A close friend and adviser to President Teddy Roosevelt, Pinchot was a visionary who advocated sustainable forestry and sound management of America’s natural resources at a time when the natural treasures were being decimated. A two-time governor of Pennsylvania and an avid fly fisherman who authored two books on fishing, Pinchot’s life and his magnificent family estate, Grey Towers, in Milford are subjects that all Pennsylvanians should take pride in.

A special video will be shown of President John F. Kennedy’s speech from Sept. 24, 1963 (just two months before his assassination) when JFK visited Milford and dedicated Grey Towers to the U.S. Forest Service proclaiming Gifford Pinchot: “The Father of Conservation in America”. The program is free to the public. Call 570-454-4862 or 570-233-0099 for more information.

The Stanley Cooper Sr. Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold its monthly meeting on March 11 at the VFW Anthracite Post on 757 Wyoming Ave. in Kingston at 7:30 p.m. Joe Humphryes is scheduled to visit. His topic will be announced closer to the meeting date. Humphryes, now retired, is a noted fly fisherman, author, educator, conservationist. He taught fly fishing courses for over 40 years and taught the Penn State University fly fishing course in State College for 19 years. The public is invited to attend all meetings.

Stanley Cooper Chapter Trout Unlimited will hold their Annual Conservation Banquet at the Holiday Inn, formally the Best Western Inn, in Wilkes Barre Township on March 28. The conservation banquet has been held for nearly 30 years. For more information, visit www.sctu.org.

Volunteers are needed for litter and brush clean up on the Susquehanna Warrior Trail, including light trail maintenance and other projects. The cleanup is scheduled for March 28 and will run from 9 a.m. to noon. If you or your group would like a hands-on way to get outdoors and give back to the community contact Susquehanna Warrior Trail Council board member Tony Pszeniczny at 570-868-3109 or Max Furek at 570-542-7946, to let them know you plan to attend.

Volunteers will meet at the Shickshinny trailhead near the borough playground and the intersection of North Susquehanna and Oak streets. All tools and equipment will be provided.

The rain date for this event is April 25.

The cleanup is taking place in conjunction with the Great American Cleanup Of PA program sponsored by the Keep America Beautiful program running from March 1 through May 31 and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

A Sportsman and Outdoor Show will be held on April 11-12 at the Sugarloaf Township Fire Station on 95 West County Road in Sugarloaf. Times are Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The show is presented by the Arbutus Masonic Lode #611. Admission is $5 and children under 12 are free. For more information or for vendor tables, call Joe DiSabella at 570-497-6005.

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