July 19, 2008

Women’s Boating Class Coming Up This Weekend in Huber Heights


A twoday training program exclusively for women interested in boating is scheduled for Saturday, July 19, and Sunday at the Gander Mountain store in Huber Heights.

"Take the Helm" will be taught by certified instructors and will include extensive onthe-water, hands-on boat handling instruction as well as classroom time.

"The new program is designed to give women who are experienced or new to recreational boating the knowledge, skills and confidence to operate a boat safely on the water," said Joe Hardin, district manager for Gander Mountain. "We believe there is a pressing need for a boating educational program tailored specifically to meet the needs of today's women boaters."

To sign up, call (937) 236-9786 or visit gandermountain .com. The cost is $40 per person. The project was developed by the Marine Marketers of America. For information, call John Wisse at (614) 265- 6695.

Paddle at the fair

A new kayaking pond will be the centerpiece of the 8-acre Natural Resources Park at the upcoming Ohio State Fair. This year's fair runs from July 30 through Aug. 10 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus.

The 4,000-square-foot pond will be open to children 18 and younger. Kayaks and life jackets will be provided for free. Watercraft professionals will be on hand to supervise and instruct.

Other attractions at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources exhibit will be a walkthrough aviary and butterfly garden, a kids' fishing pond, a lumberjack show, zoo animals, an Ohio wildlife exhibit, retriever dog demonstrations and a 15-foot animated Smokey Bear.

The fishing pond will be stocked with channel catfish and bluegills. Kids 14 and younger may fish daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. using provided cane poles and tackle. Nearby will be a laser-shot simulator and archery range.

Live river otters, wild turkeys, bald eagles and a bobcat -- all animals native to Ohio -- will be on display.

Short shots

Record carp: A new Bowfishing Division carp has been certified and added to the state record fish list by the Outdoor Writers of Ohio. It was arrowed by Rich Caddy of Newark on May 28 in Sandusky Bay. It weighed 47.65 pounds. It was 38 inches long, with a 31.5- inch girth. It replaces Springboro's Jake Kerstetter's state record carp which weighed 40.25 pounds and was taken from Lake Erie in 2006.

Sharp shooter: Robert Vogel, of Wapakoneta, won the Limited-10 Division title at the recent United States Practical Shooting Association's Area 5 Championships held in Dorr, Mich.

Former chick: One of Dayton's past peregrine falcon chicks, from 2004, named "Dragon" has taken up territory at the AK Steel plant in Middletown. He nested with "Surge," a female from a 2005 nest at Aberdeen. The pair produced two chicks this season.

Eagle expansion: A record 184 eagles nests were spotted in Ohio this year. Of those nests, 119 were known to be successful in producing young eagles. An estimated 222 eagles hatched in nests in 43 Ohio counties.

Contact this reporter at (937) 225-2409 or [email protected]

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