This is Your Invitation to Attend FBC’s 17th Annual Sportsmen’s Dinner, Sept 21

Outdoor Opportunities By COL(Ret.) Grey D. Berrier II

When is Fall? I know the calendar tells us the Autumnal Equinox will occur on Monday, Sep. 23, when the Sun is directly over the Equator and we experience roughly the same amounts of daylight and darkness. However, you might not be aware meteorologists delineate the seasons a little differently, based on predominant weather patterns. Meteorologically speaking, Fall covers Sep., Oct., and Nov., followed by Winter (Dec.- Feb.), and so forth for Spring (Mar. – May) and Summer (Jun.- Aug.). I learned this in an Introductory Meteorology Course at Penn State, back in 1983, and it has influenced how I look at the seasons ever since. Fall is overwhelmingly my favorite season. I love the cooler weather and colorful Autumn foliage, but most of all, Fall equates with hunting season and being afield as much as possible. To get ready for hunting season, I have my preseason activities that help countdown the days. These include purchasing a new hunting license in Jun., submitting PA antlerless applications in Jul. and Aug., and attending First Baptist Church’s Sportsmen’s Dinner in September. I treasure learning new things about the outdoors and gathering with like-minded individuals, and their event is where you can do both. On behalf of First Baptist Church, 984 West Maitland Lane, New Castle, PA 16105, allow me to cordially invite you to attend their 17th Annual Sportsmen’s Dinner on Sat., September 21, 2019. Now, don’t let the name fool you, it’s called a Sportsmen’s Dinner, but the event is open to the entire family with men, women, youths, and children all welcome and you will see numerous families with several generations in attendance. Doors open at 5 PM, but from past experience, the “early birds” will start lining up a little after 4 PM for the 5:30 PM start time. Now in its 17th year, you will personally see how the many volunteers from First Baptist Church work together as a team to orchestrate this significant event. The evening includes a delicious free meal to the fi rst 400 attendees who register in advance to receive meal tickets, followed by two 30-minute sessions of informational seminars (you get to chose the topics you want to learn more on), and then the main speaker addresses everyone in the auditorium, and fi nally there are abundant free door prizes awarded before the evening concludes, usually a little after 9 PM. First Baptist Church is asking that everyone preregisters for this event by Tuesday, September 10, 2019. (If you’re reading this after that date, you may still attempt to register, but all 400 meal tickets might already be handed out.) You can register several ways: (1) going to the FBC website: and completing your registration there; (2) calling the church office at (724) 658-2507 between 9 AM – 4 PM, Monday thru Friday, and talking to a staff member (Sorry, no voicemail registrations will be accepted); or (3) stopping by the church office during business hours, Mon. – Fri., 9AM - 4PM to register in person. There is no charge for this event and no freewill offering will be taken, but preregistration is required. This year’s seminar topics and speakers include: (1) Archery Hunting with Eric Burkett; (2) Black Bears by Roger Coup; (3) Coon Hunting with Zane Slick; (4) Handguns by Mike Lewis; (5) Measuring Antlers with Larry Baker; (6) Rabbit Hunting by Tom Walker; (7) Ticks with Paul Kamenar; (8) Trapping by Glenn Flick; (9) Turkey Hunting with Larry Cole; and (10) Snapping Turtles by Wayne Anderson. Once again, I too will have the opportunity to present a seminar and this year I’ll be covering “Why Not Shift Your Hunting Paradigms Some This Fall?”, where I plan on discussing some hunting tactics you may not have considered and some new hunting opportunities we have for the first time this year in PA. Denny Barger will be the Keynote Speaker and his talk is entitled “Heart Problems in America – How’s Yours?” It should be highly informative and a great time, so don’t wait to get registered. I hope to see you there, as we all eagerly prepare for the upcoming hunting seasons! God Bless, Be Safe, and Great Outdoors! ©WBB 2019

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