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The Factoryville Sportsmen’s Club will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the clubhouse. Tickets for the May 11 SuperGun event are available in a limited quantity, as well as tickets for the Henry rifle raffle. The club will host a Hunter/Trapper Safety and Education class April 13. Those interested in attending must register through the Pa. Game Commission website.

The Factoryville Sportsmen’s Club will host an open house on April 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. If your child is interested in joining a team to promote the shooting sports, sportsmanship, teamwork and learning safe firearms handling under adult supervision, this event is for them. Parents or guardians with children from grades 5-12 are welcome to join.

The club has chosen to participate in the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation this year by recruiting interested youth members from the community to join its sporting clay’s team.

The volunteer coaches will be on the grounds to meet and greet the parents and youth, and registration opportunities will be available. There is a $40 registration fee for each shooter. If interested in participating but your child is unable to attend the open house, call John Hegedty at 881-9288 to get the necessary forms. Deadline is April 17.

Boat U.S. is accepting applications for sites to host Life Jacket Loaner locations. There is no cost to host a loaner site, but applications will only be accepted until March 31 and those that meet the program’s guidelines will be posted to the foundation’s Facebook page for public voting.

After public voting, each location that is accepted into the program will receive a life jacket loaner “kit” - a protective container that holds various sized life jackets for kids, signage, promotional materials and easy-to-use sign-out sheets to track usage. The program is simple for those hosting a location, as well as for boaters, anglers and sailors needing a kid’s life jacket. For more information on the program or life jacket laws, visitwww.BoatUS.com/Foundation/LJLP.

The Wildlife Leadership Academy seeks applicants ages 14-17 for an educational program focusing on wildlife conservation and leadership development. Participants attend five-day field schools and apply their knowledge through year-round service and outreach in their communities. Two field schools will be offered this year: Pennsylvania Bucktails focuses on white-tailed deer and will take place at Stone Valley Recreation Area in Petersburg, Huntingdon County, on June 18-22. Pennsylvania Brookies focuses on brook trout and coldwater fisheries, and will take place at Sieg Conference Center in Hermitage, Clinton County, on July 9-13.

Participants learn about wildlife and fisheries biology, habitat management, research techniques and nature photography through classroom and field experiences. They develop communication and leadership skills through team-building activities, educational presentations, and mock town hall meetings.

Field school applications are available at www.PICEweb.org and must be submitted by April 1. For more information, contact Michele Kittell at mkittell@piceweb.org or 245-8518.

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