Greetings fellow MCTU Members! Spring has sprung and so has our chapter, right into a technological advancement. For the first time, our spring newsletter will only be electronically distributed! In an effort to conserve budget needs, we will only snail mail our fall newsletter each year. However, if you run into fellow MCTU member who mentions they did not receive the spring newsletter, please have them contact me at 717-404-7642 so that we can send a paper version to an address of their choosing.

During the winter months, we were able to host a presentation on the Little Juniata River at our March meeting. At the time of this event we also held a raffle which generated enough money to cover the cost of the presentation, as well as, allow us to give a donation to the Little Juniata Organization. It is important to our chapter that we support other organizations with similar passions. As usual, we also had two food stands up and running for the opening day of trout fishing, more details on the event can be found in-side the newsletter. We will be hosting the ForSight Vision fishing event again this year over Mother’s Day weekend, a tradition that has become near and dear to many of the members. In August we will once again have our booth at the Red Lion Street Fair. Please be sure to look for us and stop by to say, “hello”.

The nursery and the fingerlings have survived another winter! A big thank you to our feeders who ensured that the fish were fed and snow removed over the winter months. We are currently working to stock streams in the Muddy Creek Watershed to ensure a successful fishing season. I would also like to express our sincere appreciation to all those who have given generously to our Trout Fund and have joined us as Co-Op Sponsors. We wouldn’t have a successful nursery without this continuous financial support!

We are still working and involved with the Bonham Wake-Robin Wildlife Sanctuary on a project entitled “Trout in the Bonham”. The student who worked with us on this project has submitted his paperwork for his Eagle Scout Award; he did an excellent job with his Vibert box Trout Incubator project. The next steps include the design and installation of informational and educational signs which will be erected within the sanctuary this spring/summer as well as a potential habitat improvement project on the stream.

I hope the weather will encourage each of you to join us at our monthly meetings over the summer. Please note these meetings will be held at the nursery. Our meetings will commence at 7pm; please feel free to bring a friend, spouse or prospective member.