National Fishing and Boating Week will be celebrated with a Water Safety Festival, Saturday, June 12, at the Dry Brooks Day Use Area of Blue Marsh Lake, located off Route 183, Bernville.

Organized by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and other organizations, activities will be held beginning at noon and are scheduled to conclude at 5 p.m. In addition to celebrating National Fishing and Boating Week, the date is also National Marina Day and National Get Outdoors Day.

Scheduled events are designed to be both entertaining and educational that focuses on water and boating safety through a variety of displays and presentations. Activities are planned for those of all ages and interest.

In all, more than 30 organizations are expected to participate in this event, including the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, American Red Cross, Blue Marsh Sailing Association, Keystone Canoe Club, Northeast Search and Tactical Rescue, Sport-Cycle Suzuki/SeaDoo, Greater Philadelphia Search and Rescue, Schuylkill River Power Squadron, Sidewinders Bass Club and Reading Fire Department SCUBA Team. In addition, numerous boat dealers will have watercraft on display.

Dam Control Tower Tours will also be offered throughout the afternoon, and there will be games of skill for children and adults. These include a rod-and-reel casting contest for kids, kayaking and canoeing and Water Safety Scavenger Hunt.

In addition, the PFBC will be demonstrating emergency boat operation skills and rescues.

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A series of regional public meetings to gather comments from anglers on smallmouth bass management in the Susquehanna River and its major tributaries is being sponsored by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Attendees will be asked a series of questions on smallmouth bass regulations, and fisheries biologists will be available to provide information on water quality, bass health and answer questions.

Regionally, meetings will be held Wednesday, June 2, 6:30-9 p.m., Wertz Student Center, Jane Schultz Room, Lycoming College, 700 College Place, Williamsport; Saturday, June 5, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., River Rescue and Emergency Services, 1119 S. Cameron St., Harrisburg; Wednesday, June 9, 6:30-9 p.m., Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, Snyder Room, King's College, 133 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre.

Additional information on smallmouth bass management in the Susquehanna River is available at http://fishandboat.com/susquehannabass.htm.

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A fishing rodeo will be held today, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., for ages 6 and younger, at South End Field and Stream, Frackville. For information, call Joe Conapinski at 570-205-5527.

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Fish for Free Day will be held today, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Locust Lake State Park, Barnesville. For information, call Robin Tracey at (570) 467-2506.

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Today's guest of Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association member Doyle Dietz on "Experience the Outdoors," from 7:30-8 a.m. on Oldies 1410-AM is Purina Pet Care research scientist Brian Zanghi. A rebroadcast will be heard Sunday from 9:30-10 a.m. on WMGH, 105.5-FM, and is available on the Web at www.wmgh.com by clicking on the "Experience the Outdoors" link.

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A 3-D course is open for public use from dawn to dusk at Bear's Head Sportsmen's Association, Delano, located off Exit 134 of Interstate 81, daily through Saturday, Oct. 23. Donations are accepted and for information call the clubhouse at 570-467-0331 or e-mail docblazer@verizon.net.

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"Summer DiscoverE Day Camps" for children between the ages of 4-13 will be held this summer at Beltzville State Park, Lehighton. Registration is underway from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Beltzville's Environmental Interpretive Center at the cost of $35 per child and $17.50 for each additional child in a family. For information, call the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks at 1-888-PA-PARKS or Beltzville State Park at 717-558-2711.

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Schuylkill County Sportsmen's Association meets Thursday, May 27, beginning at 7 p.m., at Locust Valley Fish and Game, Barnesville. For information, contact Ron Blew at 570-943-2900 or rblewy@yahoo.com.

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A "Lake View Trail Hike" will be held Friday, May 28, from 2-5 p.m., at Tuscarora State Park. For required pre-registration and information, call Robin Tracey at 570-467-2506 or access the Web site www.dcnr.state.pa.us.

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Schuylkill Spurs Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation meets, Thursday, June 3, beginning at 7:30 p.m., at West Penn Archery, South Tamaqua. For information, call Kevin Titus at 570-668-5903.

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Schuylkill County Youth Field Day will be held Saturday, June 5, beginning at 8 a.m., for ages 10-15 with adult chaperon, at Friedensburg Fish and Game Association. For registration and information, call "Porcupine Pat" McKinney at 570-622-4124, ext. 113, or e-mail porcupinepat@yahoo.com mailto:porcupinepat@yahoo.com .

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Frog Hollow Fun Day, for ages 3-9, will be held Saturday, June 5, from 1-3 p.m. For information, call Pat McKinney at 570-622-4124, ext. 113, e-mail porcupinepat@yahoo.com or access on the Web at www.schuylkillonthemove.com.

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Schuylkill Spurs Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will sponsor a "Jakes Day," for ages 8-16, Saturday, June 12, beginning at 9 a.m., at Silverbrook Rod and Gun Club.

An adult must accompany all participants, who will receive a complimentary Jakes NWTF membership and other prizes, and one will win a guided spring gobbler hunt at Silverbrook on the Pennsylvania Game Commission's 2011 Youth Day, Saturday, April 23. For information and registration, call Kevin Titus at 570-668-5903.

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A National Wild Turkey Federation Women in the Outdoors event will be held, Saturday, June 12, beginning at 8 a.m., at Ontelaunee Rod and Gun Club, New Tripoli. For registration and information, contact Katrina Skrapits at 610-760-1689 or kskrap@ptd.net.

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First Frontier Militia, the muzzleloader arm of Bowmanstown Rod and Gun Club, will hold a muzzleloader shoot Sunday, June 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bowmanstown Rod and Gun Club is located on Gun Club Road, off Route 248, Bowmanstown. For information, call Roger Fisher at 610-377-2812.

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Beltzville State Park will hold its annual Get Outdoors PA Demo Day, Saturday, June 19, with the assistance of staff from Northeast PA Kayak School. They will offer a skill-building and safety course for kayakers of all levels and a second course specifically for experienced paddlers.

Staff from Eastern Mountain Sports will be at Pine Run boat launch with a variety of kayaks for participants to try and will give a free demonstration on kayaking gear. Pre-registration is required, and for information; contact Stephanie Strub at sstrub@state.pa.us mailto:sstrub@state.pa.us or 215-453-5015.

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This year's Empire State Lake Ontario Tournament dates have been announced. Here is the schedule: Summer, Saturday, June 19-Sunday, July 18; Fall, Friday, Aug. 20-Monday, Sept. 6. For information and registration, access on the Web at www.loc.org or call (888) 733-5246.

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Schuylkill Trout Unlimited will hold a pig roast, Sunday, July 24, from 2-7 p.m., at Bulls Head Road, Pottsville. For reservations, call Bruce Schneck at 717-647-4362 or Randy Emerich at 570-622 1252.