Learning of the history of the Henry rifle

Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center, built on land where the Henry rifle was first manufactured, will hold a seminar on the Henry Longrifle at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11 on its site. Tim Lubenesky of the Jacobsburg Historical Society will share insights on how the Henry Longrifle played a role in our nation's military history. In recognition of Veteran's Day, Lubenesky will discuss both the history and design of the rifle from the Revolutionary War through the Civil War. Register by contacting Andy Fedor at 610-746-2801 or anfedor@pa.gov.

Forks of Delaware TU drilling program: Paula Piatt, Eastern organizer for Trout Unlimited, will present "Shared Habitat," a program focusing on the potential impacts of shale gas drilling at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 6 at the Stockertown Rod and Gun Club, Lefevre Road, Stockertown, sponsored by the Forks of the Delaware Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Piatt, a Pennsylvania native and graduate of Lock Haven University, is an avid fly-fisherman and turkey hunter. Most recently, she served as associate editor of New York Outdoor News.

Her program on shale gas drilling will include discussions on associated construction activities and their impact on fish and wildlife habitats; the sportsman's experience; and ways sportsmen can preserve the habitat.

Plan your fly tying now: The recent cold snap has many shivering at the thought of winter, but winter is the perfect time for tying flies to use in spring and summer fishing. Once again, the Hokendauqua Chapter of Trout Unlimited is presenting its annual fly-tying classes this coming winter.

The eight-session, two-hour classes begin Saturday, Jan. 4, and run every Saturday, weather permitting, through Feb. 22 at the Northampton Middle School cafeteria.

Cost of the class is $30 and includes all materials and borrowing of tools. Students 18-and-under are free of charge, but registration is required. For more information contact Dale Ott at 610-262-7598 or search the Internet for the chapter website via a Google search.

Watercraft removal at Tuscarora State Park: All watercraft moored at Tuscarora State Park must be removed by Oct. 31, according to park manager Lewis Williams. If you are unable to comply, please contact the park office by calling 570-467-2404.

DCNR looking to name trail of the year: The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is looking for nominations to name the 2014 trail of the year. DCNR's Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee is coordinating the nominations for the thousands of miles of trails that are open in the Keystone State.

A special commemorative poster will be distributed statewide to honor the trail of the year. Nomination packets including a description of the trail and information on history, benefits and future promotion must be submitted to roprunty@pa.gov by Dec. 1. The winning trail will be announced in early 2014.

For more information on the nomination process or on trails, visit http://www.explorePAtrails.com and choose the 2014 Trail of the Year slide.

gary.blockus@mcall.com

610-820-6782

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