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Notebook: Area angler wins New York bass tournament

| Sunday, July 27, 2003

A Washington County angler came home from a bass tournament $5,000 richer.

Robert Tarr, of Canonsburg, won the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Northeast Division's second regular-season tournament, held July 12 at Lake Champlain, near Plattsburgh, N.Y.

Tarr checked in with a five-bass catch weighing 16 pounds, 14 ounces. That was enough to beat out nearly 200 other boaters.

Two other Pennsylvania anglers -- Gary Andrew Lavage of Elizabethtown and Robert Polishan of Scranton -- finished in the top five.

The Northeast Division's next stop will be Aug. 2 at Cayuga Lake, in Seneca Falls, N.Y. The top 30 finishers at the end of the season qualify for a regional competition Oct. 7-11.

Tarr also caught the biggest fish in the Meadowlands Bass Masters tournament on Cross Creek Lake July 2. He checked in with a 7-pound, 31/2-ounce bass.

FIELD DAY

Somerset County Chapter 603 of Pheasants Forever will host a youth field day Aug. 2 at the Jenner Community Sportsmen's Club, near Jennerstown.

The day will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will shoot .22 rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, and bows, take part in a "Cherokee Run," canoe, and see trapping and hunting dog handling demonstrations.

All participants will get lunch, a free hat and T-shirt and memberships in the NRA Junior and Pheasants Forever Rooster programs.

The day is open to boys and girls ages 11-15. Advance registration is required by calling Larry Adams at 814-634-5919, Roy Fritz at 814-267-4204, Dave Meyers at 814-754-4838 or Ed Kovac at 814-443-2071.

FUN TRIAL

The Pennsylvania Brittany Club will hold a fun trial open to all breeds beginning at 8 a.m. today at the club grounds in Irwin Township, Venango County.

The trial is open to the public. Lunch will be available.

For information, call Rick Johnson at 724-378-0730 or 724-662-6655.

MEETING CHANGE

The House Game and Fisheries Committee will hold its next hearing into whether to merge the Game and Fish and Boat commissions at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Williamston Inn, Towanda, Bradford County. The meeting was to be at the Towanda Country Club, but a fire there forced the change.

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