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Monday, September 3, 2012

Tell City DU to celebrate 75th anniversary with banquet, auction

Ducks Unlimited will commemorate its 75th anniversary Sept. 8 with a banquet and fund-raising event at the Schergen’s Center in Tell City.
Ducks Unlimited (DU) is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of wetlands and associated upland habitats for waterfowl, other wildlife, and people. It has more than a half-million members, mostly in the United States and Canada.
DU has become a leader in waterfowl habitat conservation and has conserved more than 12.4 million acres of waterfowl habitat in North America. DU partners with a wide range of corporations, governments, other non-governmental organizations, landowners, and private citizens to restore and manage areas that have been degraded and to prevent further degradation of existing wetlands. 
One such project has been to partner with the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources at the Yellowbank Wildlife Management Area across from Perry County, where a waterfowl refuge area has been established.
Among the activities of the local chapter has been the placement of  wood duck boxes around the area.
Bert Holtzman, co-chair of the upcoming event, said the local chapter was revived in 2009 after it had become inactive, and since has become very active and has qualified for several organization awards.
“Our 75th anniversary event is open to the public andfeatures numerous homemade items, which can be viewed on our Facebook page. We also have all the traditional items auctioned at a DU event,” added Holtzman.
Information about the event is available on internet’s Facebook at: Tell City Ducks Unlimited. Information and tickets also are available from Holtzman at 812-719-5183.
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TRAIL PROGRAM -- Gov.  Mitch Daniels has announced that Indiana will continue to participate in the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) that has provided $14.5 million in federal funds for more than 100 trails projects in the state since 1994.
  The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) recently passed by Congress reauthorized RTP for the next two federal fiscal years beginning Oct. 1 but also gave governors the option to not participate. Daniels chose to renew Indiana’s commitment to trails initiatives, which fits with the Hoosiers on the Move plan he announced in 2006.
  “Hoosiers on the Move established an ambitious goal of having a trail within 7.5 miles or 15 minutes of every Hoosier citizen by the year 2016,” Daniels said. “We’re getting close, and continued funding from the Recreational Trails Program over the next two years will put us over the top in fulfilling that goal.”
RTP is a matching grant through the Federal Highway Administration that funds multiple trail types, including bicycle/pedestrian greenways, mountain biking, equestrian, water and motorized (ATV, motorcycle, four-wheel drive). RTP funds are routed through the Indiana Department of Transportation and administered by the DNR Division of Outdoor Recreation.
Indiana’s Outdoor Recreation website has a trail inventory with an interactive map for finding various types of trails.
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RIG STORAGE -- Alabama and other umbrella-style bass fishing rigs have earned a permanent place among many bass fishermen's tackle arsenals, but the wire-frame contraptions have had a problem fitting into anglers' traditional tackle storage systems. Now one company has come up with a solution.
Plano, a long-time tackle storage company, has developed The Plano® Alabama Rig® Box, which joins the company's StowAway™ lineup in tackle bags and other tackle management systems.
  The Plano Alabama Rig box measures 14"L x 9.13"W x 2"D and is designed to hold up to four rigs in individual compartments.  
  The specialty box, available now, retails for around $12.

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