Volume 31, Issue 4   April, 2007                        � Spring Creek Trout Unlimited
    John Shaffer                                                           Newsletter Editor



MEMBERSHIP MEETING---Return to Original Location for May meeting.

May 3:   Ken Undercoffer and Jack Williams,   "Brook Trout in PA: Past, Present and Future", Comfort Suites, 7:30 PM.    Ken and Jack are PATrout representatives for TU's Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture (EBTJV).   Ken is from Clearfield, and Jack from Clarion.   They plan a two-part presentation: first, discussing the history of brook trout in PA from the late 1800s to the present, and then the findings and recommendations of the EBTJV .

Mark your calendar. Bring some friends.



Mark your calendars for SaturdayJune 16, 2007 for the TU cookout at Poe Paddy State Park.  Fish Poe Creek and/or Penns Creek.  Then enjoy quality cuisine from TUs own Chef John.  Come for the day or stay over night. We will have a group campsite reserved.  The cost will be approximately $10-15 per person.  The chapter will provide steaks grilled to order, baked potatoes and non-alcoholic drinks.  Bring a dish to share.  Bring a friend and enjoy the social event of the season.  You got trout, you got beautiful scenery, you got camaraderie, you got good food, what more can you want? For reservations call Bill Palmer (364-9101) or John Shaffer (359-3054).


Spring Creek Chapter of Trout Unlimited is committed to the “Preservation and Restoration” of Spring Creek

On April 5 the front page of the CDT featured a story under the heading “Spring Creek Environmental Worries”. The article went on to explain how the muddy discharge from a construction site into Spring Creek caused concerns and Trout Unlimited was contacted. This is an example of the Chapter’s “Watershed Watch” program in action. Spring Creek is a very high quality native brown trout fishery. It is one of the best trout streams in the East. Studies have shown that visiting fisherman spend millions of dollars locally each year. The threat to the stream’s occupants is silt that enters the stream as muddy inflow. The chapter hopes that the “Watershed Watch” program will help preserve the high quality status of Spring Creek though preventative actions and emphasizing the employment of ‘best practices’ at construction sites.

Recently the chapter named its Habitat Improvement Fund in memory of Tony Gerace, past chapter president and long time environmental activist. The current exceptional quality of Spring Creek is in large measure due to Tony’s past dedication and hard work. The chapter in partnership with PA Fish and Boat has a goal to install stream habitat and riparian improvements in 12 sections of Spring Creek. It is fitting that these improvement efforts will be a memorial to Tony.

The first project on PSU Sheep Farm is expected to be completed in 2007. Construction work is scheduled for 8-20-07. The chapter has been awarded a TU Embrace-A-Stream Grant and the chapter is also contributing funds for the sheep farm project.

Grant applications are being completed so that funding can be acquired to complete at least 5 additional habitat improvement sites over the next 3 years. These projects will be undertaken in partnership with PA Fish & Boat Commission. Letters of support for these projects have been received from a wide range of local business, environmental, government and sportsman groups.

Volunteers for the “Watershed Watch” and the Habitat Improvement Initiative are welcomed and needed.

By Joe Boston.

Thank You To The Following Donors That Helped Make

The 2007 Spring Creek Chapter Of Trout Unlimited Annual Banquet A Great Success




Angler Sport Group


Mr. James M. Rayback


Spruce Creek Fly Co & TCO State College


Stackpole Books




Andy Reed, Artist


Bass Pro Shops


American Angler


Auto Buffs Auto Detailing & Stocker Chevrolet


Petzl America


Danalco, Inc.


Elkhorn Outdoors, LLC


Doug Wennick


Doug Bear


Spring Creek House


Paul & Gretchen Rebarchak


Doug Reddy


Wienken & Associates, Mr. Robert Rosenberg, Jr.


Clem's Woodfired BBQ


Fly Rod & Reel


McQuaide, Blasko, Fleming & Faulkner, Inc.


Umpqua Feather Merchants


Gardner's Candies


Metzger Animal Hospital, Dr. Fred Metzger


P.J. Harrigans


Glacier Glove


Fly Tyer


Fred Coombs


Glenn O.Hawbaker, Inc.


The Richardson Chest Fly Box Company


Ed Shenk


Joe Humphreys


Metz Feathers Division, Belleville, PA


Jim Teeny Inc. Products


David Weaver


Gamble Mill Inn


Frog Hair


Mr. Albert M. Lavan, Jr.


Battenkill Lodge


Boomerang Glass & Fiberarts


Mr. Brent D. Veronesi


Outback Steakhouse


Kettle Creek Lodge, LTD


Mr. David Fields


Harrison's Wine Country Grill


Greg Hoover


Mr. David C. Whiteman


Mr. Donald & Ms. Marie Hamer




Mr. Edward J. Pavsek


Maurice Mahler


Clearfield Bank & Trust Co.


Mr. Eric W. Karlovich


Gray's Sporting Journal


Jim & Cheryl George


Mr. Jerry C. Olson


Meiser & Earl Hydrogeologists, Jay Lynch


George F. Altemus


Mr. Lester R. Thurston, Jr.


Whitehill Lighting & Supplies, Inc.


Conner Bravis


Mr. Matt A. Sanderson


David W. Wigfield & Assoc. CPA


International Angler, Pittsburg


Mr. Robert F. Carline


Nittany Mountain Trail Rides, Inc.


George Daniel


Mr. Robert J. Eberhart


S.J. Miska, Goldsmiths & Jewelers




Mr. Ron Evans


Barnard-Maine, Ltd.


George & Ann Moellenbrock


Mr. William Bressler


Welldone Enterprises, Ben Farahani


Bob Divaney


Mr. William R. Rinninger


R.H. Marcon, Inc., Mr. Ray Marcon


Flyfisher's Paradise


Dennis Charney


M&M Printing Service, Bellefonte, PA


Chota Outdoor Gear


Ms. Thelma Hawbaker


Sammis Greenhouse


Leatherman Tool Group, Inc.


Ruth Davis-Bast


Beth Richards Kalenak of Kissinger, Bigatel & Brower


Pat & Joe Boston


Scherer Designs


The Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery


State College Spikes


Scot Powr-Ply Co.


Penn State Golf Courses


John Corr, Southern Wines of PA


Silpada Designs


Culbertson Financial Services, Mr. Scott Culbertson


Denny Hameister


Steve Sywensky


Nittany Valley Chiropractic Center, Dr. Roy Love


Lion Country Supply


Thomas & Thomas Rods


Nittany Mountain Trail Rides, R.B. Powell


Caf� 210 West


Tussey Mountain Outfitters


Casselberry & Associates, Jim Casselberry


Oakley Inc.




Wennewoods Publishing, Ron Wenning


Ted Trostle


Vince Norris


Saltwater Fly Fishing


Ron Evans


Wild Wings


Curtis White, PSU Cheerleading Coach


Tait Farm Harvest Shop


Wiscoy Pet Food Co.


Scott & Mary Ann Bubb


Olive Garden Italian Restaurant


Woolrich Clothing Store

Banquet Critique. Dick Stevenson would appreciate constructive critiques of this year's banquet.
Please send your critiques to Dick at:
 Dick Stevenson
 20 Mahala Street
 Port Matilda, PA 16870

OR  email:  res4@psu.edu



Board meetings are held at the Comfort Suites Hotel, 132 Village Drive, State College at 7:30 p.m. on the second Monday following the scheduled Membership Meeting. The Board members welcome and would appreciate greater participation from Chapter members. As many of you know, our membership and board meetings are held at the Comfort Suites Hotel. Comfort Suites provides the rooms to us at no charge. We want to thank Karen Mansfield and her staff for their support.

VISIT THE SCTU WEB SITE: springcreektu.org

The Web Site lists membership and board meeting dates; contains the past 5 months of Tertiary Treatment; and provides links to Spring Creek USGS stream flow conditions, weather, and a number of other good information sources.



Please consider joining the SCTU List-Serve. The Chapter maintains a List-Serve, an e-mail contact list that includes approximately 65 of the 350 SCTU members. The List-Serve is used to provide e-mail notices of upcoming events and activities. You will not be flooded with a lot of unwanted e-mails. The List-Serve will only be used for important communication from the chapter. If you would like to be included in the List-Serve please send your e-mail address to Bill Brusse at wbrusse@converseconsultants.com </ym/Compose?To=wbrusse@converseconsultants.com> or to Vince Norris at vpn1@psu.edu


SCTU needs volunteers. Many of the issues that affect the Watershed will be decided based on the “science” of the issue. We need knowledgeable individuals to help out with land use, water quality, and legal issues. We also need volunteers to attend Township and Borough meetings to help track development plans and proposed ordinances that could impact the Creek so that SCTU has the opportunity to comment on those issues before they are approved. We also need volunteers to organize creek improvement and cleanup activities.

Chapter Officers:


President              Bill Brusse
Vice-President   Vacant
Treasurer            Jere Willey
Secretary            George Moellenbrock


Jere Willey   (12/09)  667-3895

George Moellenbrock   (12/09)  364-9528  gxm3@psu.edu

Allen Phillips 238-4414
    (12/09)  atp@.psu.edu<mailto:atp@.psu.edu>

Bob Donaldson 237-4362
    (12/08)  rbdonald@adelphia.net

Jay Lynch 422-8988    (12/07)  Jlynch@AOL.com

Theodore Trostle 237-9509  (12/08)  tctrostle@verizon.net

Dick Stevenson 692-8471  (12/07)  res4@ psu.edu

Jim George 867-0765  (12/08)  jamestgeorge@earthlink.net

William Brusse 234-8851wbrusse@converseconsultants.com <mailto:wbrusse@converseconsultants.com>


Start or Renew Your TU Membership through SCTU

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