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September 21. 2013 11:18PM

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The Factoryville Sportsmen’s Club will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the clubhouse. Nominations for officers and board members will be accepted. Elections will be held during the October meeting.

The Endless Mountains Rendezvous Muzzleloader Show will be held on Oct. 5 and 6 at the American Legion Post 510 on Route 6 in Black Walnut (at mile marker 297). The show runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days and admission is $3 and free to those 16 and younger. Proceeds benefit “The Oldest House.” For more information, contact Robin at 570-499-6758 or visit “The Oldest House” on Facebook.

The U.S. Army Corps Engineers’ Philadelphia District has announced the Francis E. Walter Dam has enough water storage for a final addition to the 2013 recreation plan.

Wet conditions throughout the summer have allowed the Corps to add the 10th and final increment of the plan. The details of the final increment are listed below. Water will be released during the period of Friday, Oct. 11 to Monday, Oct. 14. The ramping up and down of releases allows for fishing and whitewater rafting opportunities during the final drawdown of the recreation season.

· Friday, Oct. 11 – 400 cubic feet per second water release

· Saturday, Oct. 12 – 1700 cubic feet per second water release

· Sunday, Oct. 13 – 1000 cubic feet per second water release

· Monday, Oct. 14 – 400 cubic feet per second water release

The Corps will also release 300 cubic feet per second of additional water storage every day starting Friday, Sept 13 as part of the drawdown. To see the plan or view updates, visit:

The United Sportsmen’s Camp 271 in Huntington Mills will host a junior pheasant hunt in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Game Commission from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19. There is not cost to the hunt. Children ages 12-16 that have a Hunter/Trapper Education certification may participate. The deadline for registration is Sept. 25. Spaces are limited. If you are interested, call Nick at 570-574-0682 for more information. Register online at

Pheasants Forever local chapter 803, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Army Corps of Engineers, will hold a youth mentor pheasant hunt at SGL 119 on Oct. 12. Participants must be between the ages of 12-16 and have successfully completed a hunter safety course to participate.

They are also looking for volunteers/mentors with hunting dogs. For more details, visit or call Corey Wiesel at 570-282-6346.

Pheasants Forever Chapter 803 meets at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month at the Farmers Inn, Hillside Road in Trucksville.

Nescopeck State Park will host the following programs in September (For more information or to register, call 570-403-2006):

Wednesday, Sept. 25 - Guided Hike: Skyline Trail; 9 a.m.

Saturday, Sept. 28 - National Public Lands Day Park Cleanup; 9 a.m.

Sunday, Sept. 29 - Wild Mushrooms of NEPA; 1-3 p.m.

The Factoryville Sportsmen’s Club will hold a 3D archery shoot and a blackpowder rifle shoot today. Both events will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fee for the archery course is $8 for adults, $6 for under 18, and 12 and under have no fee. The archery course features 30 three dimensional targets, with an opportunity to win cash prizes at the end of the course. All levels of archers and equipment are welcome to this open event.

The blackpowder course features multiple life size animal print targets set at varying ranges. Only muzzleloading flintlock and percussion rifles are allowed. Shooter fee is $5. The clubhouse kitchen will be open for breakfast and lunch. For more information call Paul at 570-561-3748.

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council is accepting reservations for the 23rd Annual Evening for Northeast Pennsylvania’s Environment - Environmental Partnership Awards and Dinner to be held on Thursday, Oct. 24 at the Woodlands Inn and Resort.

Allison Tummon Kamphuis, Manager, Procter and Gamble Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program will be this year’s keynote speaker. Mark Volk, President of Lackawanna College will be the master of ceremonies. Award recipients include the Earth Conservancy, Nanticoke Conservation Club and Catherine Hughes and Rebecca Taylor of Luzerne County. For more information, call PEC at 570-718-6507.

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