Get set once again, Port Matilda, for a different kind of casting call.
For the 16th time, the Bald Eagle Creek Trout Tournament returns to the borough April 19-20. Last year, fly fishermen bagged 768 tagged trout worth more than $18,000 in cash awards, the proceeds benefiting the Bald Eagle Sportsmen’s Club.
Prizes ranging from $10 to $1,000 return as the lure for anglers.
For starters, there’s the Big Trout Contest. An extra $10 on top of the registration fee earns anglers a chance to win a sponsored amount for the largest tagged trout of the tournament, plus a trophy and a large percentage of the funds collected for the competition.
Two opportunities are new this year.
In the Community Trout contest, open to any registered fisherman for $1, a tagged trout will be chosen randomly as the community trout. An eligible angler who catches it will receive the entire contest pot. Anyone who lands the trout but isn’t a contest participant will receive the cash value on the tag.
Also for the first time, any tagged trout from a prior year is good for a $25 prize.
Registration fees are $25 for adults and $15 for youth. Fishing times are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on April 19 and 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 20.
The check-in station at the Port Matilda Sportsmen’s Club, the tournament headquarters along old U.S. Route 220, opens with the fishing and closes 30 minutes after the day’s competition ends.
Free camping is available at the Port Matilda Community Park, and the Port Matilda Sportsmen’s Club will sell food as a fundraising effort.
For more information, call 353-4803 or visit www.baldeaglecreektournament.info.
Longtime bus driver honored
Dorothy Solt finally can catch a few extra hours of sleep when she wants.
Solt recently retired after almost 38 years of driving an Eagle Valley Bus Co. bus for the Bald Eagle Area School District. No longer does she have to report at 6 a.m. for the same route of Runville, Chestnut Grove and Gum Stump.
According to the school district, Solt logged more than 400,000 miles driving an estimated 1,200 different BEA students, counting field and athletic trips. Two generations of some families boarded her bus.
In honor of her service, the BEA school board recognized her career at a recent meeting.
“Dorothy has always taken her job very seriously and has been dedicated to her job, once going for eight years without missing a single day,” the district said on its website.
Milesburg set for egg hunt
They’ll be scrambling for eggs in Milesburg soon.
The Milesburg United Methodist Church at 301 Turnpike St. will hold a community Easter egg hunt at 11 a.m. on April 19 for children through the sixth grade.
At 8 p.m. the same day, the fun takes a darker turn with a flashlight hunt for teenagers. Participants will need to bring their own lights and dress warmly.
For more information, call the church at 355-5883.
Chris Rosenblum writes a weekly column about news in the Upper and Lower Bald Eagle valleys. If you have news to share, email email@example.com or call 231-4620.