Fun is catch of the day at family fishing festival

May 14, 2014 

Give a family a fish, and it eats a small meal.

Teach it how to fish together, and it might feed on a lifetime of fun.

That’s the hook of the upcoming Bald Eagle State Park event.

Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the Family Fishing Festival on June 7 is intended to teach fishing fundamentals to families with little or no experience.

All equipment and bait will be provided by the PFBC, and fishing licenses are not necessary. Commission staff will be on hand to teach about basic skills, types of fish, gear, knots, casting and regulations.

In addition, all participants will take home a packet with fishing maps, fish identification guides and fishing tips.

The festival will run from 4 to 8 p.m. at the park’s Pavilion 6. Preregistration is required, and can be done by visiting www.takemefishingpa.com.

Park officials say space is limited and urge interested families to register as soon as possible. For more information, contact Amidea Daniel at 359-5127.

Science expo draws crowd

It looks like the Bald Eagle Area School District might have found a winning formula for its science night.

Take some snakes and milking goats, add microscopic aquatic animals under magnifying glasses, mix in a little dripping maple syrup and giant homemade bubbles, top with a mobile planetarium and other astronomy displays, and the result was a crackling success.

The recent Bald Eagle Area 2014 Science Expo at the middle/high school attracted more than 300 visitors who roamed the lobby, gym, auditorium and hallways while learning at every turn.

Wagon rides brought people to more education at the BEA Environmental Center, a science center with its own pond on the school grounds.

But as any scientist knows, sometimes you need a good catalyst to achieve results. The school district offered special thanks to alumni Dennis Showers, Class of 1971, and Emily Riglin Showers, Class of 1979, for helping fund the various presenters and the Science in Motion’s StarLab from Juniata College.

Chris Rosenblum writes a weekly column about news in the Upper and Lower Bald Eagle valleys. If you have news to share, email crosenbl@centredaily.com or call 231-4620.

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