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Man lands large trout in local derby

A total of 225 people took part in the fishing derby May 25 at Northmoreland Park, with David Forsythe taking catch-of-the-day honors with a 14 12-inch rainbow trout.

Stacie Novitsky of Latrobe took first place in the adult category for longest trout with a 13-inch rainbow. Second place went to Ken Smith of Export and third to Susie Smouse of West Newton.

In the youth category, first place for longest trout was won by 5-year-old Joey Collini of Vandergrift with a 13-inch rainbow. Second place was won by 11-year-old Matthew Kish of New Kensington, while third went to 10-year-old Michael Berardo of New Kensington.

In the longest fish other than trout, first place was won by George Selembo of Greensburg with a 9 14-inch crappie. Terry Selembo of Greensburg took second place and third went to Steven Harmon Jr. of Vandergrift.

In the youth category, first place was won by 11-year-old Brent Markisotto of Delmont with a 10 58-inch crappie.

Nine-year-old Dustin Hoyle of Greensburg took second, and third went to 14-year-old Dakota Harmon of Vandergrift.

Corey Klingensmith, 13, of Apollo won for the biggest carp with a 22 14-inch fish.

The event was sponsored by the Westmoreland County Sportsmen's League and Westmoreland County Parks and Recreation.

Helping hands

Sportsmen and other volunteers are working to make the outdoors more beautiful.

Recently, 40 volunteers from the Chestnut Ridge Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Dunbar Sportsmen's Club, Wal-Mart, Cleanways of Fayette County and Dunbar Township teamed up to remove 140 tires and enough trash to partially fill a 30-yard dumpster on state game land 51 in Fayette County.

"Trash was removed from along Dunbar Creek and from various parking lots and dump sites on the game lands," said Scott Tomlinson, the Game Commission's land management group supervisor for Fayette and Somerset counties.

"The efforts of these volunteers allow our food and cover crews to dedicate more time to food plots and habitat work rather than maintenance," Tomlinson said. "This greatly benefits wildlife and all who use this game land for recreation."

In Armstrong County, meanwhile, volunteers from various sportsmen's clubs belonging to the Armstrong County Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsman's Clubs planted more than 1,000 seedlings of various species.

The seedlings will provide food sources and cover habitat for wildlife, commission wildlife conservation officer Gary Toward said.

Talking turkey

Matthew Van Cise of Brookville took first place in the recent 2008 U.S Open Turkey Calling Contest.

The event was at the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World store at the Opry Mills Mall in Nashville, Tenn.

For winning, Van Cise earned an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2009 Grand Nationals and the National Wild Turkey Federation 2009 National Convention, a spot in the Grand Nationals competition, a $500 Mossy Oak clothing package and $5,000 in cash.

Range grants

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is trying to help public and private shooting ranges increase participation in the shooting sports.

The Foundation has created a "Range Partnership Grant Program." It will award $250,000 annually for projects that recruit new shooters, reactivate lapsed shooters or increase opportunities for active shooters to try another discipline.

Grant guidelines and applications are available at www.rangeinfo.org/grants .

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