A western Pennsylvania man who loved hunting and fishing but shunned people left virtually his entire estate to the state game commission.
Officials with the Game Commission say that the $349,198 gift from Joseph Trempus was highly unusual because of its size. Most donations are more like $25, commission spokesman Travis Lau tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Trempus, of Shaler, died last November at the age of 93.
Neighbors say Trempus and his late wife didn’t have children and rarely socialized. But they loved the outdoors, including goose hunting and trout fishing.
The Game Commission says the donation will go toward displays and exhibits for a new wildlife learning center to be built at Pymatuning, and a room there will be named for Trempus.
Skills competition airs on next Crawford County Outdoors
Duane Koller hosts the second annual “Wild Games” outdoorsman skills competition through Saturday on Crawford County Outdoors on Armstrong channel 23.
Koller speaks with Waterfowl Expo Chairman Rich Guiney of Ducks Unlimited and a few of the exhibitors from Oct. 13 to 26. A chef will also present a barbecue wild duck recipe for the Waterfowl Expo show.
Trout stocking set for Harbar Acres Lake
BUTLER COUNTY — Staff from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will stock adult trout into Harbar Acres Lake on Friday instead of its originally scheduled Oct. 1 date. This change was necessary because the lake water temperature is too warm to sustain these trout. Waiting until this later date will hopefully result in cooler water temperatures, the PFBC says.
Anglers can search the trout stocking schedules for locations and dates of interest. Visit fishandboat.com and click on the link for Fall Trout Stocking at the top of the home page. Select a county at the top of that page, then press go. The search results will provide you with each body of water within a county that is scheduled for stocking, the section of water, the date, the species of trout, the meeting place and time, the hatchery stocking the section, the regulations that apply, and the latitude/longitude number.
Turkey shoots on at Jamestown Masonic Hall
JAMESTOWN — Turkey shoots take place Sunday, Oct. 20 and 27 at Jamestown Masonic Hall, 4301 Route 322. Registration is at 12:30 p.m. and the first shoot is at 1.
More information: Call Ron Callen at (724) 932-5661.
Ravine walk planned at historic cemetery
The Crawford County Conservation District holds a “Big Trees Ravine Walk” on Oct. 16 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Greendale Cemetery in Meadville.
Greendale Cemetery ravine is a throwback to an earlier time in Pennsylvania’s forested history and features some of the oldest specimen trees in Crawford County. Meet outside the Randolph Street entrance of the cemetery and accompany Mark Lewis, service forest for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, before heading to the ravine. All children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult.
n More information or to register: Call Kathy Uglow at 763-5269 or visit crawfordconservation.com.
You'll meet live raptors at rehab's open house
SAEGERTOWN — Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center invites public of all ages to meet live raptors at its free annual open house on Oct. 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. at 21601 Stull Road.
Non-releasable “education” hawks, owls and falcons will be presented “on the glove” by handlers for the public to view up close and personal. Children’s crafts, tours of the admissions facilities and refreshments will be provided.
There will be a silent auction; T-shirts, wildlife photos and center memberships will be available for purchase. The center’s licensed rehabilitators, educators and volunteers will be onsite to answer questions and discuss exciting successes of the past year. Visitors are also invited to suggest a name for Tamarack’s newest education bird, a red-phase Eastern Screech Owl.
Tamarack Wildlife Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to care of injured wildlife in order to return them to the wild and to promoting appreciation and understanding of wildlife through education.
n More information: Visit tamarackwildife.org or call 763-2574.
Cambridge club sets turkey shoots
CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS — Springs Rod & Gun Club holds turkey shoots on Oct. 20 and 27, Nov. 3, 10 and 17. All shoots begin at 1 p.m. on the club’s grounds on Route 99 — one mile north of Cambridge Springs.
Special beers on tap to raise money to help birds
ERIE — A “Brews for Birds” fundraiser is Nov. 2 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, 301 Peninsula Drive.
Music will be provided by Salmon Frank. Taste beers from Voodoo Brewery of Meadville and sample wines from Blue Iris Winery of North East. Snacks and appetizers will also be provided.
Play some games for a chance to win prizes. Tickets are available at Wild Birds Unlimited in Village West in Erie, at the Audubon Pennsylvania office at 301 Chestnut St. in Meadville, or at the door. Brews for Birds is sponsored by the Presque Isle Audubon Society along with Audubon PA and benefits bird research and banding at Presque Isle State Park.
More information: Call 333-1170.
Snowmobile safety class looking for students
HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania State Snowmobile Association (PSSA) encourages parents to sign up their 10- to 15-year-old son or daughter for required snowmobile safety classes in time for the next snowmobiling season. In conjunction with the PSSA’s PA Powersports Show at the Lebanon Expo Center, Pennsylvania’s snowmobile safety course is Oct. 26 at the Lebanon County Cooperative Extension office, which is located at 2120 Cornwall Road.
Pennsylvania’s Snowmobile Law requires youngsters between the ages of 10 to 15 to earn a safety certificate before they may lawfully operate a snowmobile in the state, except upon lands owned or leased by their parent or legal guardian. The course content will cover winter clothing, machine safety, and snowmobile laws and regulations. Class participants qualify for their certificate by completing their workbooks and achieving a score of 80 percent or better on the final examination.
Parents are to accompany their children to registration so that the required forms may be completed. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.; class starts at 8 a.m. and will end at 4 p.m. Enrollment for the course is limited to a maximum of 60 students and parents are requested to pre-register their children.
More information or to pre-register: Call (888) 411-PSSA (7772) or visit pasnow.org.
Public trap practice held on Sundays
SAEGERTOWN — The Saegertown Sportsmen’s Club is holding open-to-the-public trap practice on Sundays from 2 to 4:30 p.m.
There will be no shoots on the third Sundays of the month.
More information: Call 763-3773.