Please be sure to check the Calendar page to find out what’s happening currently with the Doc Fritchey Chapter and the activities we’re engaged in. Also, check our News Archive_2013, News Archive_2014 and News Archive_2015 pages for information about previous years’ activities.
June 10: Ninth Annual Home Waters event is another huge success
This year’s Home Waters event hosted 15 veterans from the Harrisburg Veterans Center and their family members for a day of fishing and just plain camaraderie at Ed and Nichole O’Gorman’s beautiful property located along the banks of Clarks Creek. After a welcome and introductions from RoseAnn Viozzi who organizes this event, a sumptuous barbecue luncheon was served courtesy of the local Applebee’s franchisee. Then it was off to either the stream or O’Gormans’ pond to join DFTU’s volunteer guides who instructed the vets in the basics of fly fishing.
Just about everyone caught fish, either trout that were stocked from the Dauphin County Anglers & Conservationists (DCAC) hatchery several days before, or bluegills in the pond. The fishing of course was the major draw, but equally important was the opportunity for these veterans to establish new relationships and just have the opportunity to put their cares aside and enjoy this beautiful day. Click here to see pics of this event.
May 19: PA Outdoors Writers are introduced to the Quittie and Snitz Creek
On a very warm Friday morning, chapter members greeted four outdoors writers at the Quittie Nature Park who were attending the PA Outdoors Writers Association’s annual conference at the Holiday Inn of Grantville and had expressed interest in fishing a local stream. Arrangements for the guided fishing had been made earlier through Tyler Frantz, a Lebanon County outdoor writer who is a member of our chapter.
After a morning of fishing the Quittie, the group departed for the Snitz Creek Brewery in Lebanon where co-owner and chapter member Patrick Freer hosted a tour of the facilities, along with lunch and a sampling of the brewery’s malt beverages. Patrick had also spent the morning fishing Snitz Creek with one of the other writers. For an in-depth look at the day’s activities, please see Forest Fisher’s excellent online article at: http://www.sharetheoutdoors.com/2017/05/22/gurgle-babble-slurp-the-welcome-language-of-a-reborn-trout-stream/
May 16: Annville-Cleona senior receives 2017 Dr. Francis Viozzi scholarship
The 2017 Dr Francis Viozzi Scholarship for Environmental Studies was awarded to Abigail Deaver who is a graduating senior from the Annville-Cleona High School. Abigail was the fifth recipient of this annual scholarship, and intends to major in biology at Gettysburg College, with her main focus on improving and protecting clean water. After Frank Viozzi’s untimely death in 2011, members of the Doc Fritchey Chapter established the scholarship to honor Frank’s many years of outstanding service as chapter president. The scholarship is awarded annually to a high school senior who is planning to major in a biological science that suports TU’s mission to “conserve, protect and restore coldwater fisheries.”
April 28: Quittie DHALO waters receive 2nd. stocking of the year
On a glorious spring morning, seven chapter members met the PFBC hatchery truck in Annville’s Quittie Park to help float stock the special regulations section of Quittapahilla Creek. The Commission supplied about 250 trout, mostly rainbows, which were distributed throughout the DHALO waters by four of the DFTU volunteers. Click here to see pics of the stocking.
April 19: Two TIC schools release their fish at the Ned Smith Center
On a chilly, gray April day, 33 5th graders from Kelli Recher’s Math Science Academy class and 24 from Maureen Mahnken’s 8th grade class at Harrisburg Catholic Elementary visited the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art to complete their year in the Trout in the Classroom (TIC) program.
Each school received about 150 brook trout eggs from the PFBC in November, and after 5 months of monitoring water quality for their hatchlings, just about 20 from Math Science Academy and 10 from Harrisburg Catholic survived to be released as fry into Wiconisco Creek (by comparison, it is normal for only about 1% of eggs produced by brook trout in the wild to survive).
The students also participated in several outdoor education stations, including an up-close look at the macroinvertebrates trout eat, and a model of a watershed where they observed the way point-source and non-point-source pollution dramatically affects our water quality. Staff members Beth Sanders and Santino Lauricella, along with several Ned Smith Center volunteers, assisted DFTU members Cyndi Camp, Greg Silva, Steve Vegoe and Rich DiStanislao in making this a memorable day for these kids. Click here for pics of the event.
April 1: DFTU Annual Fundraising Banquet was another big success
About 90 chapter members and their guests celebrated the 47th. year since the chapter’s founding by attending this year’s annual banquet at the Holiday Inn in Grantville. Bidding on the live and silent auction items was brisk, as was the activity surrounding the various raffles, and many favorable comments were heard about the evening overall.
This year’s Gerald L. Miller Outstanding Volunteer Award went to Joseph Connor, and the ceremonial “Net” was passed on to Jim Rauch who will use it for his fishing adventures and return next year to tell us about how the “Net” enhanced his ability to catch more fish. Click here to see some pics of this event.
January 16: Nominations needed for Gerald L. Miller Volunteer Award
Since 2014, this award has been presented annually to a chapter member whose volunteer work has consistently contributed to the attainment of the chapter’s mission to “conserve, protect, and restore the coldwater fishery resources of Dauphin and Lebanon counties” through education or hands-on involvement with chapter projects. Previous years’ winners of this prestigious award are Steve Long, Bob Pennell and Rick LaTournous.
The 2017 Gerald L. Miller Outstanding Volunteer Award will be presented at the chapter’s annual banquet on April 1. The nomination form which can be downloaded here must be submitted no later than February 28 to Rick LaTournous, 2500 Magnolia Terrace, Harrisburg, PA 17110, or by email to Rick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 14: Teenage candidates needed for 2017 TU Youth Camp
Following our practice of previous years, our chapter is once again seeking as many as 3 teenage (ages 14-17) students to attend this year’s TU Rivers Conservation & Fly Fishing Youth Camp to be held at Messiah College from June 18 through June 23. The camp, which was founded in 1995, each year accepts 32 students who must send an application along with a letter stating why they wish to attend and what they expect to get out of their week-long experience.
If you are aware of any students whom you feel would benefit from participating in this year’s camp, please encourage them to check out the full details at www.riverscamp.com. Our chapter will pay the full tuition fee of $400.00 (includes all meals and accommodations) for the first 3 students from either Dauphin or Lebanon County whose applications are accepted. The only thing we ask in return for our sponsorship is for the student to do a presentation about his or her camp experiences at one of our fall chapter meetings.
October 11: DFTU volunteers assist with PFBC stocking of the Quittie
On a beautiful fall day, about 10 chapter volunteers showed up to float stock the Artificial Lures Only section of Quittapahilla Creek, beginning at Spruce Street and extending down to Rt. 934 in Annville. This section of the Quittie includes the recently completed Phase II Stream Restoration Project which together with the Phase I work has greatly enhanced nearly a mile of this popular Lebanon County stream. If you haven’t seen it, you should take your rod along, and you might just be lucky enough to entice one or more of the nice rainbows that were stocked that day. Click here to see pics of this activity.
August 27: Plan to attend our Annual Membership Meeting on September 27
Our monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 27, will feature a presentation by Tom Gilmore who has just authored “Flyfisher’s Guide to Pennsylvania,” the first new guidebook to PA streams to be published in 20 years. We will also be electing officers and directors to serve for our new fiscal year which begins October 1. The following names have been placed in nomination, and other nominations will be taken from the floor.
President – Russ Collins Steve Long Cyndi Camp
Vice Pres. – Steve Vegoe Steve Funck RoseAnn Viozzi
Secretary – Bob Pennell Joseph Connor Rich DiStanislao
Treasurer – Francis O’Gorman Rick LaTournous Chuck Swanderski
Past Pres. – Ed O’Gorman Rob Konowitch
For additional information on the meeting, please see the Calendar page.
August 24: Quittie Phase Two restoration project is underway
Earlier this month work began on the second phase of a stream restoration project on Quittapahilla Creek which when finished will extend the previously completed section from the Quittie Nature Park downstream to Rt. 943 in Annville. This work is being done by Aquatic Resource Restoration Co. with grant money obtained by the Quittapahilla Watershed Association. Click here to see a few pics of the early stages of this project.
July 9: DFTU volunteers teach fly tying to kids at DCAC Youth Field Day
As part of the Dauphin County Anglers and Conservationists’ (DCAC) Youth Field Day, 10 DFTU volunteers were on hand to teach fly tying to the 40 or so kids who attended. Each child tied one or more Green Weenies under the supervision of our volunteers and each was also presented with one of Rick LaTournous’s masterfully crafted woolly buggers. The event also included a number of other volunteers who taught fly casting, spin casting, fishing techniques, macroinvertebrate, fish and mammal identification. The kids also had an opportunity to try their newfound fishing skills on the 750 trout that had been freshly stocked in Clarks Creek from DCAC’s hatchery. Click here to see pics of this event.
June 11: Another great day on the water with our disabled veterans!
For the seventh consecutive year, we welcomed disabled veterans from the Harrisburg Veterans Center to spend a day at Ed and Nichole O’Gorman’s beautiful property along Clarks Creek. This year, 22 vets participated and 22 chapter members volunteered as guides for a day of fishing, good food, and just chilling out. For those who felt more comfortable fishing still water, the O’Gomans’ pond provided plenty of action on bass and bluegills, and the catch of the day…a 20+ pound snapping turtle! Our thanks go out to Applebee’s who donated a catered lunch, R & K Subs who donated subs for dinner, and a whole host of companies who donated various items for each vet’s goodie bag…and a special thanks to RoseAnn Viozz1 who once again made it all come together! Click here to get a sense of what this fun day was all about
June 6: 2016 Viozzi Scholarship awarded to Palmyra High School senior
The fourth annual Dr. Francis J. Viozzi Memorial Educational Scholarship for Environmental Studies has been presented to Brenna Hogue, a graduating senior at Palmyra High School. Brenna will be attending Temple University in Philadelphia and will major in Environmental Science. This scholarship is awarded each year to a deserving high school senior in honor of Frank Viozzi who served as president of the Doc Fritchey Chapter for many years before his untimely passing in 2011.
May 7: DFTU partners with CRW on Adopt-a-Highway cleanup of SR325
Five DFTU volunteers turned out on a rainy morning for the annual Adopt-a-Highway cleanup on Clarks Valley Road (SR325) paralleling the 1.9 mile Fly Fishing Only stretch of Clarks Creek. After completing our cleanup, the volunteers reconvened at the DeHart Dam where Capital Region Water treated us to lunch and a tour of the dam and surrounding property. The dam forms a 4.5 mile long, 90 foot deep pristine lake and provides a year-round bottom release to ensure that the downstream waters of Clarks Creek support a sustainable wild trout population. Click here for pics of this event.
May 5: Math/Science students release TIC fingerlings at Ned Smith Center
Fifth and sixth graders from the Marshall School Math/Science Academy in Harrisburg spent a good portion of the day at the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art on May 5, releasing the fingerlings raised in their Trout in the Classroom program in Wiconisco Creek while gaining insight into the importance of the coldwater environment where trout live. Volunteers from our chapter joined Ned Smith staff and volunteers in teaching the kids about the macroinvertebrates that trout depend on for their survival. Click here to see pics of this event.
April 13: DFTU Annual Banquet was another huge success
If you weren’t able to attend our Annual Banquet on April 9, you missed out on a great opportunity to enjoy the evening with friends and a chance to win some really great prizes. The banquet was attended by about 100 members and guests who participated in raising a substantial amount of funds to help our chapter meet its conservation goals in Dauphin and Lebanon counties. Our sincere thanks go out to all of our sponsors and donors, and the chapter volunteers who contributed their time and efforts to make this banquet a huge success. Click here to see pics of this event.
April 12: Two Dauphin County students are selected for TU Rivers Camp
Every year, our chapter budgets funds to support as many as 4 teenagers who are selected to attend the TU Rivers Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp at the Allenberry Resort in Boiling Springs. We are pleased to announce that this year 2 applicants were accepted from Dauphin County; Gillian Price from Hummelstown and Jayden Shadle from Halifax. In return for our sponsorship, these students will attend a chapter meeting in the fall to tell us about their experiences and what they learned during their week at camp.
March 16: DFTU beginners fly tying class wraps up another successful session
For the second year in a row, under the tutorship of expert fly tyer Rick LaTournous, our chapter conducted an 8-week beginners fly tying class at the Wildwood Nature Center. Ten chapter volunteers served as mentors for the 15 students, most of whom had no previous experience in tying flies. As a bonus for this free course, students got to keep not only the flies they created, but also the tools the chapter donated for their use. Click here to see pics of the class.
March 4: Two Special Regulation stream sections stocked by DFTU this week
Chapter volunteers turned out on two mornings this week to assist with the PFBC’s stocking efforts in the DHALO sections of Quittapahilla and Manada creeks. On March 1, high water conditions in the Quittie allowed for bucket stocking only, but on March 3, Manada’s waters had receded to the point that float stocking was possible. Click here to see pics of the Manada stocking.
February 19: Outstanding Volunteer Award nominations are due by March 15
Each year at our Annual Banquet we present the Gerald L. Miller Outstanding Volunteer Award to an individual who has performed outstanding volunteer work for the Doc Fritchey Chapter. Your nomination needs to be submitted by March 15 for this year’s award that will be presented at our Annual Banquet on April 9. Click here to download the nomination form. Should you run out of space on the form, feel free to continue on a separate page. Questions should be directed to Rick LaTournous at email@example.com, and your nomination form can either be emailed to Rick or mailed to him at 2500 Magnolia Terrace, Harrisburg, PA 17110.
February 19: 2016 Members Only Raffle tickets are now available
If you’re a Doc Fritchey Chapter member, along with an invitation to our Annual Banquet you should have received four tickets in the mail for a special raffle available to current members only. Tickets are $5.00 each and are good for a chance to win either a Model LS1.5 Lamson Litespeed Series IV Fly Reel or a Sci. Anglers Sharkskin line of your choice. The drawing will take place at our banquet on April 9, and additional tickets are available by sending a check payable to Doc Fritchey TU, 2319 Valley Road, Harrisburg, PA 17104.
February 18: Reservations are being accepted now for April 9 Annual Banquet
It’s time to get your reservations made for this year’s Annual Banquet to be held at the Holiday Inn of Grantville on April 9. There are plenty of prizes to be won, including a GoPro camera as a door prize raffle item and lots of great wildlife art, guided fishing trips, tackle, and a host of other items that should appeal to both men and women who are not necessarily into angling. Your reservation buys you a wonderful buffet dinner, and free beer will be provided courtesy of Wilsbach Distributors and the Snitz Creek Brewery.
You can click here to download a reservation form, and if you have questions, please feel free to contact Ed O’Gorman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-580-3186. Reservations must be received no later than April 1.
January 30: DFTU seeking students to sponsor for TU Youth Camp
The Cumberland Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited is holding the 22nd annual Rivers Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp June 19-24, 2016, at the Allenberry Resort in Boiling Springs, PA. Students are instructed in ecology, aquatic biology, geology, hydrogeology, erosion and sedimentation control, ichthyology, riparian corridor protection, watershed management, entomology, and much more. Students also participate in a hands-on stream habitat improvement project and participate in 10 fishing sessions and fly tying instruction. Admission is limited to 32 selected qualified students, ages 14 to 17.
The Doc Fritchey Chapter has budgeted for the support of four students from either Dauphin or Lebanon County at a cost of $400 per student. For additional details and application information, click here.