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DOWNLOAD THE TRAILS NEWSLETTER     Spring 2018
45th Anniversary Picnic Wrap-Up
FTTU celebrated its 45th anniversary with a picnic and raffle on July 14. The event was held at the Kingston Sportsmen's Club near Latrobe. There were 80 in attendance and the weather cooperated with a beautiful summer day. We had a display of all of our many awards and historic photos of past projects. Two VIP's who were present at the first meeting in May, 1973, Tom Evans and Jim Elliott were also at the picnic.
What started out as a way to get some of the old timers together for a reunion, turned out to be a great fundraiser for the chapter as well. Members really came through with an approximate 20% response from our ticket mailer that went out in June. We sold over 600 raffle tickets through the mail and an additional 160 tickets at the picnic! Plus we gave away $215 in a 50/50 raffle. A huge THANK YOU to all who pitched in by buying raffle and/or picnic tickets. Congratulations to all the prize winners:

Sage Rod: Rick Lynch - Jeannette, PA
$450.00 Anniversary Jackpot - Jim Shusko - Slickville, PA
Regal Medallion Vice - Darrel Zezzo - Irwin, PA
Orvis Encounter Rod Combo - D.K. O'Lear - Greensburg
Loop Fly Rod - Don Kowatch - Ligonier, PA
TFO Bug Launcher Rod Combo - Rod Cross - Bear Rocks, PA
TFO Bug Launcher Rod Combo - Al Ludwig
Abel Tool - Ron Miller - Latrobe, PA
Dr. Slick Tools - Ted Adamerovich - Latrobe, PA
Lanyard - Angela Schultheis - Latrobe, PA
Rep Your Water Hat - Ben Onusko - Latrobe, PA
TU Hat - G. Matteo

Ed Bordas Award Presented to Foggy Mountain Lodge
On July 18 FTTU made a special presentation of our Ed Bordas Award to Jim and Karen Dunn the owners of The Foggy Mountain Lodge. The
Ed Bordas award honors contributions to FTTU by a business or organization. The Foggy Mountain Lodge hosted our Disabled Veterans Fishing Outing at their facility and lake in May 2018.
FTTU Veterans Chair Larry Myers had this to say, “Jim and Karen, thank you so much for the use of the lake and your facilities.  Foggy Mountain Lodge was the perfect setting for the event.  The scenery, wildlife and fresh air were rewarding in themselves.  Everything was within easy access and in perfect condition.  We know you went to special effort to make the facilities extra nice for the veterans.  It was obvious from our first meeting that you held a special place in your heart for veterans.  I ask all of our event friends to please stop back for lunch or dinner and spread the word.  I can attest that the food and service is fabulous!”
The award was presented at a luncheon at the lodge by FTTU representatives. Ed Bordas was a prominent Industrial Arts Instructor and FTTU volunteer. Past winners of the award include The Angler's Room, Ligonier Outfitters, John Hardeman Excavating, Folly's End Campground, Outside-In and the Lincoln Highway Experience.

Project Completed on Fourmile Run
Hank Balles represented FTTU in working on a Loyalhanna Watershed Association project on Fourmile Run. 25 bank stabilizing and habitat improvement structures including log vanes and cross vanes were constructed on a 2,400 foot section of the stream.
Work was halted for a few days because of the flooding on June 20. The work done to that point held up to the flood waters however, with just one loose log being lost. The project site is located a short distance upstream of the Red Rocks area. The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and the PA Fish & Boat Commission were partners in the project. Mark Sausser of the PAF&BC designed the project.

Disabled Veterans Fishing Outing A Big Success

Fly Fishing to Heal the Body and Soul

Friends,
 
On behalf of Forbes Trail Chapter of Trout Unlimited, l  want to thank all of you once again for helping to make our fly fishing outing for the veterans a great success!  Even with the debacle at the end, trying to get the VA bus out of the mud before it stormed, it seems like everyone had a great time.  We were very fortunate with the weather and everything seemed to go very smoothly.  Best of all…you caught fish!
Jim and Karen, thank you so much for the use of the lake and your facilities.  Foggy Mountain Lodge was the perfect setting for the event.  The scenery, wildlife and fresh air were rewarding in themselves.  Everything was within easy access and in perfect condition.  We know you went to special effort to make the facilities extra nice for the veterans.  It was obvious from our first meeting that you held a special place in your heart for veterans.  I ask all of our event friends to please stop back for lunch or dinner and spread the word.  I can attest that the food and service is fabulous! 
To our friends at Project Healing Waters, we would not have attempted the event without your guidance and support.  Thank you!  Amanda and Terry, you were terrific to work with.  You walked us through the planning and promotion process in detail, guiding us on what to do, and what not to do.  PHW volunteers worked tirelessly the entire day and kept everything moving smoothly.  This obviously wasn’t your first rodeo!  You have a very dedicated group to work with.  You’ve making a positive difference in the veterans’ lives.  Keep up the great work!
Scout Troop 465 has once again proved to be everything we could ask for and more.  The opening ceremony added a special touch, especially for the veterans.  We appreciated how the scouts took orders and delivered lunches to those veterans opting to stay at the lake.  Wendy, and Terry, thank you so much for the terrific lunch.  It was so nice to just hand you a menu then show up to eat the delicious food.  That took a load of work off FTTU.  Everyone enjoyed the food and camaraderie around the lunch tables.  That was yet another smooth, turn-key operation!  Troop 465 risen to the occasion once again!  We hope the s couts will add fly fishing to their repertoire.  We need more stewards for our coldwater fisheries.
Our most special thank-you goes to our veterans, first for your service, and secondly for participating with us in the event. This was all for you!  From the smiles and comments we received, we have to believe you all had a good time.  Certainly catching fish was not a problem.  I know at least two veterans caught 30 pan fish or more.  And we know that you ended up with a nice cooler full of trout to take home.  That was the icing on the cake.  We know many of the vets from PHW are already building rods, tying flies and fishing whenever they can.  We hope that others, especially those who we recruited locally, will find fishing relaxing and rewarding.  Our whole purpose was to introduce fly fishing as a means of enjoyment and therapy for our veterans.  We hope you enjoyed the event as much as we enjoyed having you.  We invite you to join us for monthly meetings, Thursday fly tying sessions and other special events.

-Larry Myers

View a slideshow of photos from the disabled vets fishing day here.

Monthly Meetings
We are taking the months of July and August off. Monthly meetings will resume the first Wednesday of September (the 5th) at the Nimick Family Education Center in Ligonier.

FTTU Crew Cleans-Up Loyalhanna Creek
A group of FTTU volunteers conducted a litter cleanup within the DHALO section of Loyalhanna Creek in Ligonier on Wednesday evening May 2. The job was a little tougher this year due to winter and spring flooding which swept more garbage in to the area. We filled 10+ gabage bags in a couple of hours. Wouldn't it be better if people just didn't litter in the first place?
Many thanks to those who participated.

Russ Mason Memorial Library
The Russ Mason Memorial Library is now open at the Nimick Family Education Center in Ligonier. The library is made up largely of books from long time FTTU member and Director Russ Mason's personal collection. Russ passed away in January 2016 and the books were generously donated to the chapter by Russ' brother Dave Mason.
The collection is supplemented by additional titles from the collection of Bill Meidel a longtime FTTU member from Latrobe who also passed away in 2016.

The books are housed in a beautful wooden bookcase handmade by member/director Hank Balles. The bookcase is situated near the entrance of the Nimick Family Education Center located in the refurbished barn near the Loyalhanna Watershed office in Ligonier.
See the Meetings page for directions.

The library is made up of over 150 books covering travel, conservation, entomology, fly tying, fly fishing, tackle craft and rod building, and stories and literature on trout fishing and the outdoor life. Many of the books are classics and hard to find titles. Authors are among the most famous and well read writers in the genre including Schwiebert, Gingrich, Marinaro, Geirach, Sparse Grey Hackle and more. There's also a lot of local info on PA streams and hatch information.

Check out the Russ Mason Memorial Library by coming to FTTU's September meeting on Wednesday, October 18th at the NFEC beginning at 8:00 p.m. and take out a book or two. You do not have to be a member to withdraw a book, just fill out the sign-out sheet and bring the book back in a couple of weeks. If you have any surplus books in your collection that will fit into the library's theme, you may donate them to the library.

Click here for a complete list of titles.

A cross vane newly constructed on Fourmile Run in June 2018.
Veterans enjoy fishing at the FTTU disabled vets event.
The Ed Bordas Award is presented to Jim & Karen Dunn, owners of the Foggy Mountain Lodge. Standing L-R, Larry Myers; FTTU Vets Chair, Jim Dunn, Karen Dunn, Monty Murty; FTTU President, Rod Cross; FTTU. Seated L-R, Bob Shusko; FTTU Director, Milt Claney; FTTU, Drew Banas; FTTU Director and Youth Chair.
Rick Lynch (Left) accepts the Grand Prize Sage One Fly Rod from FTTU President Monty Murty
Grand Prize
Ed Bordas Award
Litter crew near the swinging bridge on Loyalhanna Creek