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Help the West Penn Trail Council tell the story of the Trail by submitting a photo for the first ever West Penn Trail Photo Contest Summer/Fall Edition 2010. Now is the time to head out to the trail, take a few photos and submit them with the West Penn Trail Photo Contest entry form. The deadline for submitting photographs is November 1, 2010. Good shooting and good luck!
The Conemaugh Valley Conservancy has teamed up with GoodSearch and GoodShop. GoodSearch (powered by Yahoo's search engine) provides the CVC with 1 penny for each search performed. GoodShop provides the CVC with a percentage (up to 37%) of every purchase made through the GoodShop portal. (GoodShop represents many name brand retailers such as Walmart, Target, Amazon.com and many more.) Please consider helping the CVC by making GoodSearch your default search engine.
This trip is an excellent outing for heritage and eco-travelers. The course follows the Kiski-Conemaugh rivers between Johnstown and Avonmore, in southwestern PA. The trip features remnants of the PA Main Line Canal, stone arch rail road bridges that now host the West Penn Trail and stops in historic towns. The Thunder Mountain Lenape tribe, along with others, will provide cultural history education. Ideal for churches, employee groups, civic and social clubs, families and friends, this Sojourn has appeal for experienced paddlers while catering to first timers. Once among the most polluted waterways in the Commonwealth, these rivers have made an astounding comeback and provide perfect opportunities to become acquainted with river sojourning. For those who want a little extra adventure, an adrenaline packed whitewater trip down the Stonycreek River in northern Somerset/southern Cambria counties is offered on Sunday. You can sign up for all four days or each day individually, but space is limited so please register early.
Registrants will receive a confirmation packet including a more detailed itinerary, camping and other lodging options, meal information, directions, preparation checklists and more. And yes, you can participate even if you do not have a canoe or kayak. Wilderness Voyageurs will provide canoes, paddles, helmets & jackets for a small additional fee.
For more information you can call Jill Latuch at 814-442-8858, email@example.com.
Scheduled for April 20-22 at Greenhouse Park in Tire Hill, PA, near Johnstown, the festival features river races, live music, mountain biking, a kayak rodeo, and a whitewater rafting trip. For more information, contact Jill Latuch at (814) 442-8858 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://www.benscreekcanoeclub.com
On April 26 and 27, 2007 at Summers Best Two Weeks at the Quemahoning Reservoir in Somerset County, this event will allow students (K-12) to experience this region's cultural and natural heritage through a variety of hands-on activities and displays. Students will learn steps they can take to ensure a sustainable, "green" future. For more information, visit: http://www.naturalbiodiversity.org/oh/ or call (814) 532-5049.
Celebrate the completion of the last section of the West Penn Trail on Friday, May 4 at 6:00p.m. at a tunnel in the middle of this new section between the Conemaugh Dam and Saltsburg. The section will be dedicated in honor of long-time and immediate past CVC president Richard Mayer. To register contact Laura Hawkins at email@example.com or (724)858-0463. Please read our printable invitation to the Mayer Section Dedication.
Join us for the Annual Meeting of the CVC Membership on Wednesday, May 9, 2007 at 6:00pm at Pine Lodge, Pine Ridge Park, Indiana County. There is no cost to attend, but please bring a covered dish to share. CVC will provide and prepare hot dogs, burgers, drinks, plates and flatware. Come and enjoy the tranquil setting in Pine Ridge Park and the company of old and new friends in conservation. We’ll be featuring the Mountaintop Removal Road Show by Dave Cooper. Please RSVP by Wednesday, May 2, 2007 by contacting Jill Latuch at firstname.lastname@example.org or (814)422-8858. For directions and more details please see our complete flyer.
Enjoy a day of paddling at the Quemahoning Recreation area in northern Somerset County on Saturday, May 19. If you have not been to the reservoir, it is worth the trip to experience the beauty of this mountain lake. Experienced paddlers will be on hand to provide instruction on basic skills. Riversport will rent boats, and Benscreek Canoe and Kayak Club will have food for purchase on-site. For times and other details, contact Jill Latch at email@example.com or (814)422-8858.
River sojourns are multi-day outings on waterways all across the Commonwealth. This year’s Stony-Kiski-Conemaugh Sojourn is scheduled for May 31-June 3.
Sojourners will paddle from Johnstown to Seward through the Conemaugh Gap on Thursday, then Robinson to Blairsville through the Packsaddle Gap on Friday. Saturday’s trip from Tunnelton to Avonmore includes a lunch stop at the Canal Days Festival in Saltsburg. Sunday offers a unique and exhilarating whitewater event on the Stonycreek River.
With lots of instruction and plenty of support, the event is great for first-timers. If you’re not up for 4 days on the river, single day registrations are available. If you don’t have a canoe or kayak, you’ll be able to rent one through registration process.
Fees are $10 per person per day, plus $40 for Sunday’s whitewater event. Meals are included. Please see our complete brochure for all the details. Contact Laura Hawkins, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event is coordinated by the Conemaugh Valley Conservancy with organizing partner Wilderness Voyageurs.
The 2007 Stony-Kiski-Conemaugh River Sojourn was a GREAT success! Everyone seemed to have a great time and we hope to see you all back next year. Thank you for your support. Please visit the Benscreek Canoe Club for photos of the event. Thanks also go out to our wonderful sponsors!