15th Anniversary Picnic

Anniversary Picnic

Join us in celebrating 15 Years of restoring and protecting the Shenango River Watershed!

When: Sunday, August 28th @4PM | Food Served @5PM

Where: Shriners Club | Lamor Rd Hermitage, PA

Tickets : $20 (Children 10 & Under : Free)

Tickets are available at Our Office, through an SRW Board Member, and these participating businesses: Hermitage Agway & Carried Away Outfitters

Tickets are also available through our website! Use our Paypal Donation page, enter the amount corresponding to the number of tickets you would like to purchase (ex. 2 tickets = $40), fill out all the information, and your tickets will be held for you at the door the day of the picnic.

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Fishing Pier Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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Press Release:

Shenango River Watchers (SRW)  has announced the completion of a fishing pier that is wheelchair accessible.  This completes a $58,000.00 project that has been in the making for nearly 14 years.

“We are so excited that the pier is now complete. We have always seen the potential of this wonderful asset, our river; however there were too many people who could not enjoy it due to physical limitations” said Jennifer Barborak, one of the founders of the Shenango River Watchers (SRW).  “We’re pleased to see the pier already being used by fisherman, and some people who just wanted to come out and see the completed project,” Barborak added.

The pier is located in Bicentennial Park, near Connelly and Riverview Manors.  Fourteen years ago, fundraising for the pier started with the residents of those facilities holding a pancake breakfast. The breakfast yielded the first $100 toward the project. The board of SRW vowed then to see the project to completion.  Major donors toward its construction include Mark and Steven Jubelirer of Reyers, HHSDR, Rien Construction and Donna Winner. In addition to the major donors, over 75 individuals contributed financially as well.  A ribbon cutting ceremony planned for Tuesday, August 2nd at 5:30 pm at the Wheelchair Accessible Fishing Pier in Bicentennial Park, Sharon will include the unveiling of a plaque that will recognize donors.

The Shenango River Watchers was formed in 2001, and is a recognized 501c(3) nonprofit. The group is very active in all aspects of cleaning the river and promoting its use in a safe, healthy and recreational way.  In addition to conducting educational programs and research, they also offer a scholarship for students who have volunteered extensively in environmental activities within the watershed.  Having won many awards and receiving recognition for their contributions in highlighting the river for the asset that it is, they have adopted the phrase “We all live downstream”.  “We want everyone to realize that the river is not something you drive past and have no interaction with. Its health affects all of us, as citizens and businesses. We want that to resonant with all of the residents in the area and especially with our students,” said Barborak.  Students have been actively involved as volunteers, including the cleanup days which have resulted in over 2.5 million pounds of illegal dumping and littering being cleaned up from the watershed and tire recycling efforts yielding over 55,000 discarded tires being disposed of properly.

Membership to support SRW’s efforts is $10 annually for an individual, $20 for a family and $35 for a business.  More information can be found at shenangoriverwatchers.org or by calling Monica King, Executive Administrator to the Board of SRW at 724-342-5453.

 

Spring Paddle Fest – June 25th

Join us for our 2016 Spring Paddle Fest!

Enjoy a float down one of Pennsylvania’s Official Water Trails!
After the float, enjoy live music and a cookout with fellow paddlers.
Registration 7:30am – 10am at Pymatuning State Park
Drop your gear at the launch below the dam in Pymatuning State Park, then proceed to Riverside Park (Greenville, PA) and park your vehicle.
From there, take our bus shuttle back to the launch, and put-in when you’re ready.
Bussing from Riverside Park to Pymatuning will be provided
$15 per person
Lunch provided @ Riverside Park, Greenville
Launch from Pymatuning State Park float to Riverside Park (9 miles, ~3.5 hours Class 1 Water)
Restrooms Available at launch, mid-float (Halfway Rd), and at take out.

Bus Schedule
Riverside Park: 8:00, 8:30, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00, 10:30
Paddle Fest T-shirts will be available!

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Celebrate With Us!

Join us in celebrating our 15th Anniversary at

Donna’s Diner on Thursday June 2nd from 5-7pm

We will have cake for all of our guests, and Donna’s Diner will have a limited dinner menu available for our guests to order dinner. Donna’s Diner will donate a portion of the proceeds to SRW.

We will be out back overlooking the river and have face painting and other fun activities for the kids, and live music by Steve Vuich! Adults can BYOB, non-alcoholic beverages will be available through the Diner.

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Tire Recycling

May 28th 9AM – 1PM*

Buhl Park -Hermitage, PA

*Once the truck is full, we cannot accept any more tires.

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Fly Casting Clinic – Rain Date

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Hello aspiring, amateur, and advanced fly casters alike! Due to forecasted thunderstorms, we had to reschedule the Fly Casting Clinic with Ted Fauceglia. The rain date is Sunday MAY 15TH.

Have you ever wanted to know more about fly fishing? Have you tried fly fishing, but you aren’t sure you have the proper equipment? Are you an avid fly fisherman, but you don’t know or have not perfected all your casting skills?
If you answered yes to any or all of the above, we have a treat for you!

Ted Fauceglia, author of Mayfiles, Major Eastern and Midwestern Hatches, renowned photographer and certified casting instructor has offered to give a free Fly Fishing Casting Techniques Seminar/Clinic at Buhl Park on Sunday, May 15th at 2:00pm. Not only will Ted give us a brief discussion about equipment, he will demonstrate and teach several popular casting techniques and some difficult casts so you are better prepared for fly fishing on our local streams and river!
Ted became a Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting instructor after years of fly fishing and months of hard work, classes and testing and he is ready to share what he learned with Shenango River Watchers! We hope you will join us to learn from this incredible teacher!
We will meet at the grassy area next to the eastern part of Lake Julia (east of the bridge) at 2:00pm. It is not necessary that you have equipment to attend this class, but if you have it, bring it!

Spring Paddle Fest

Join us for our 2016 Spring Paddle Fest!

Enjoy a float down one of Pennsylvania’s Official Water Trails!
After the float, enjoy live music and a cookout with fellow paddlers.
Registration 7:30am – 10am at Pymatuning State Park
Drop your gear at the launch below the dam in Pymatuning State Park, then proceed to Riverside Park (Greenville, PA) and park your vehicle.
From there, take our bus shuttle back to the launch, and put-in when you’re ready.
Bussing from Riverside Park to Pymatuning will be provided
$15 per person
Lunch provided @ Riverside Park, Greenville
Launch from Pymatuning State Park float to Riverside Park (9 miles, ~3.5 hours Class 1 Water)
Restrooms Available at launch, mid-float (Halfway Rd), and at take out.

Bus Schedule
Riverside Park: 8:00, 8:30, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00, 10:30
Paddle Fest T-shirts will be available!
Please Pre-Order by June 3rd

 

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Fly Casting Clinic May 1st

Join us for our FREE Fly Casting Clinic with Ted Fauceglia on Sunday May 1st at 2pm in Buhl Park!

 

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Have you ever wanted to know more about fly fishing? Have you tried fly fishing, but you aren’t sure you have the proper equipment? Are you an avid fly fisherman, but you don’t know or have not perfected all your casting skills?
If you answered yes to any or all of the above, we have a treat for you!

Ted Fauceglia, author of Mayfiles, Major Eastern and Midwestern Hatches, renowned photographer and certified casting instructor has offered to give a free Fly Fishing Casting Techniques Seminar/Clinic at Buhl Park on Sunday, May 1st at 2:00pm. Not only will Ted give us a brief discussion about equipment, he will demonstrate and teach several popular casting techniques and some difficult casts so you are better prepared for fly fishing on our local streams and river!
Ted became a Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting instructor after years of fly fishing and months of hard work, classes and testing and he is ready to share what he learned with Shenango River Watchers! We hope you will join us to learn from this incredible teacher!
We will meet at the grassy area next to the eastern part of Lake Julia (east of the bridge) at 2:00pm. It is not necessary that you have equipment to attend this class, but if you have it, bring it!

Earth Day Cleanup April 23rd

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Our Earth Day Cleanup is just around the corner!
We will meet in the parking lot behind O’Neill Coffee in West Middlesex at 9AM on Saturday April 23rd.

The cleanup site is just past the Dairy Farmers of America building, we will walk up together from the parking lot. The site has a lot of tires that need to be removed from the area. We will have 1 or 2 semi trucks there to load the tires onto. We will NOT be getting on the river this day, but the land we are cleaning up runs along the river, and there is also a decent size wetland area on this property that has some tires in it, so bringing your waders might be helpful. We are concentrating on the large tire piles (that are on dry land) first, and if we can get through them, we will move on towards the wetlands to cleanup that area.
Below are some photos of the tire piles that we will be tackling!

Your support and time is greatly appreciated. We hope to see you all there! Bring a friend!

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SRW Phantoms Game Fundraiser

Join us April 2nd at the Covelli Centre for an evening of hockey! Ticket forms can be turned into our office until Thursday March 31st at 4:30 pm.

 

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