Fish and game group readies for ox roast
ALTOONA - The Blair County Game, Fish and Forestry Association, 301 Riggles Gap Sportsman Road, will hold its 76th annual ox roast from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. The public is invited to celebrate the group's kickoff of its 100th anniversary celebration.
Activities include trap shooting, 3D archery (starting at 8 a.m.), running deer, bowling pin and novelty shoots, kids' games, bingo, bottle cap shoot, sportsman's flea market, .22-caliber shooting gallery and drop-the-block on the main range.
Activities on Sept. 1 include a field day shoot and live music from the Back Yard Rockers.
Also planned are food items, including ox roast sandwiches, hay rides and arts and crafts vendors. Parking is free.
For more information, call the lodge at 814-942-8522 or visit the website at www.blaircountygame.com.
Volunteers needed for local cleanup
Clinton County CleanScapes will hold a tire removal project Sept. 6 in either Bald Eagle Creek or West Branch of the Susquehanna River in Clinton County.
For details, email Project Director Elisabeth Lynch McCoy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 570-726-3511; or call Rich Best, of Sunken Treasure Scuba Center, at 570-398-1458.
Education class set for hunters, trappers
ANTES FORT - On Sept. 15-16, a Basic Hunter-Trapper Education class will be held at the state Game Commission's Northcentral Regional Office, 2 miles south of Jersey Shore on Route 44.
Students may register via the Game Commission's website under "Education."
Sessions will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m., and students must attend both sessions and pass an exam to receive a Hunter Safety Card.
For more information, call Max Farley at 570-337-8750.
ATV safety class scheduled
An all-terrain vehicle safety class will be held at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 20 at Wheels Of Williamsport Inc., 99 Grey Fox Drive, Montoursville.
Class size is limited and advance registration is required. Students - youths or adults - must provide their own ATVs.
State-certified safety instructors Bill and Nancy Stugart will teach the course.
Pennsylvania law requires that youths ages 8 through 15 take a Department of Conservation and Natural Resources-approved safety training course and earn a safety training certificate from it before operating an ATV off their parents' or legal guardian's property.
To register for the course, call Bill or Nancy at 570-435-0923.
Hunter-trapper education classes set
MUNCY VALLEY - A free hunter-trapper education class will be held via independent study classes 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 26 and Oct. 3 at the North Mountain Sportsmen's Association Club.
Individuals who are at least 11 years old may register on the state Game Commission website for any of these classes. Attendance at the entire program is required to receive certification card.
For more information, call Rick Smith at 570-924-3072 or email email@example.com.
4x4 club announces benefit ride
RANSHAW - Eagle Valley Off Roaders will hold its fourth annual Wheelin' 4 Wishes benefit ride from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area, 4100 Route 125, Coal Township.
The event, open to all makes and models of 4x4s, is a guided trail ride on the east and west property of the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area.
The ride was started three years ago by a high-school-age member of the Eagle Valley Off Roaders, a family-based, non-profit, four-wheel drive club, as part of a senior project. The proceeds benefit the Make-A- Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions.
Registration will be held from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. Rigs will break into guided groups at 9, with a driver's meeting at 9:15.
Participants should pack a lunch, must wear seat belts and must sign a waiver.
For more information, email the Eagle Valley Off Roaders at Evor4x4@gmail.com.
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