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Disabled Veterans Fishing Outing A Big Success

Fly Fishing to Heal the Body and Soul

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

June Meeting
Our June meeting will be on Wednesday the 6th at the Lincoln Highway Experience on Rt. 30 East, Latrobe near the Kingston Dam.
We will have a fly casting clinic, and the SupperMarket has food from local vendors. The SupperMarket runs from 5:00 - 8:00 pm. There is a $3.00/car parking fee. Cancelation notice will be posted here by 1:30 pm the day of the event if foul weather is forecast.

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.

Save-The-Date FTTU 45th Anniversary Celebration July14
We are planning a 45th anniversary party and fundraiser for Saturday, July 14, 2018 at the Kingston Sportsmen's Club near Latrobe.
There will be food, raffles and other activities. Stay tuned for more details.
Members will be receiving a mailing.

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.

Litter crew near the swinging bridge on Loyalhanna Creek