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Celebrate June River Month and Fathers Day with Susquehanna Sojourners in Shickshinny

Published by Dave Kile [davekile] on 06/16/2009 (1526 reads)
Fathers Day ’09 promises to be a lively day in Shickshinny when 80 paddlers land in town as part of the North Branch Susquehanna Sojourn. The 100 mile, six day sojourn begins on June 18 upriver at Vosberg Neck and comes to Shickshinny on June 21. It ends on June 23 at Shikellamy State Park, Sunbury, at the confluence of the River’s North and West branches.

Community members are invited to greet the sojourners at Shickshinny’s Crary Park on South Canal Street at 6:30 p.m. Cake and ice cream will be served and kayak demonstrations by Endless Mountain Outfitters will be available for anyone who wants to try paddling. Special guests at Crary Park will include Cindy Dunn, Deputy Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), and a representative from the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) who will make presentations on the Commonwealth’s planned investments for improvements to Crary Park and the Shickshinny boat launch. DCNR has awarded the borough a grant of $156,000, for the South Canal Street Park rehabilitation, and PFBC has award Shickshinny a $97,000 grant to construct a new boat launch. Shickshinny Mayor Beverly Moore will also make a brief presentation on the planned improvements.

The Susquehanna Greenway partnership (SGP) is coordinating the Sojourn. Gary Bloss, Executive Director, SGP, said, “The Susquehanna River is truly a national treasure, which offers recreation, wildlife viewing, ecosystem study, and opportunities for peaceful contemplation. It is also a necessary source of water for many of our communities and provides half of the fresh water entering the Chesapeake Bay, the nation’s richest estuary.”

“Shickshinny is embracing its heritage as a river town and has many exciting improvement projects planned along the Susquehanna that will enhance the quality of life for its residents and the economic climate for business,” says Deputy Secretary Dunn. “I encourage you to come out with or without your father for some ice cream, a paddle and to learn more about these exciting projects.”

The sojourn is a floating classroom, with hands-on experience and a way to see our river from the river’s point-of view. Along the way, sojourners learn about many projects to protect and enhance the natural and cultural resource along the Susquehanna.

The sojourners will stay the night in Shickshinny, then launch Monday morning for their next stop for lunch at Berwick’s Test Track Park where they will learn about a project to improve bike and pedestrian trails. Then it’s off to Bloomsburg, where they will spend the night and learn about improvements to Town Park and efforts to link Bloomsburg and Danville with the North Branch Canal Trail, a bike and pedestrian trail along the river.

The North Branch Susquehanna Sojourn is sponsored by the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership. To learn more about the Susquehanna Greenway or the sojourn go to
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