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WAYNEDALE WOODS AND WATERS---OUR GREAT OUTDOORS

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If you know of any ANTI-HUNTING groups or persons that are infiltrating our Waynedale schools to distribute anti-hunting literature, contact The Waynedale News immediately. Especially be on the lookout for anyone connected with P.E.T.A. (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). I jokingly tell people that P.E.T.A. stands for: "People Eating Tasty Animals." Ok animal lovers, do-gooders, and anti-hunters send your comments and hate mail to: Ray McCune, c/o The Waynedale News, 2700 Lower Huntington Road, Waynedale, Indiana 46809 and try to explain to me why I shouldn't hunt or eat meat.

The last time I encountered a group like yours, the dummies were all wearing the same kind of orange colored hats and vests (they must have bought out the store - a plus for the sporting goods store and clothing manufacturers) and were walking through the woods and fields shooting their shotguns (a plus for the firearms manufacturers) into the ground and into the air (a plus for the ammunition manufacturers) trying to scare animals away from my deer stand. I'm sure all of them must have had to buy hunting licenses to remain "legal" (a plus for the IDNR). They jumped an 8-point buck and ran it right in front of my nephew. He said to tell you, "Thanks; it was delicious." So why do you people continue to oppose hunters and at the same time support them? Is this what you call 'Two Faced'? Why don't you do some good somewhere else like helping the Rescue Mission, the Salvation Army, or a local church that is helping PEOPLE?

 

SALAMONIE SENIORS' EVENT IS TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE

The 2003 Salamonie Seniors' Fall Fest is September 9-11, 2003 in the Modern Campground in Lost Bridge West. The three-day event is designed for retired people age 50 and over. The 2003 theme, History in the Making, Taking a Look Back, highlights area history including the Wabash and Erie Canal through performer Digger Gallagher the Canaler and the Salamonie dam construction with Jim Duguid, of the US Army Corps of Engineers. Register soon to enjoy the activities of your choice.

Marvin McNew, interpretive specialist and event organizer said visitors can take a step back from today's hectic lifestyle and enjoy this relaxing three-day program. The event includes a living history character talking about the construction of the Wabash and Erie Canal on Tuesday evening. Wednesday promises a chance to learn the beginning skills of several potential hobbies including: watercolor painting, nature photography, journaling, carving, bird watching, dulcimer playing, butterfly gardening, water gardening, basket weaving and quilting. The main entrée is provided at dinner, and B.G. Express provides entertainment Wednesday evening. Thursday morning provides a chance to hear the story of the Salamonie dam construction.

A $1 special program fee entitles visitors to a program pass to use for the week's events. Seniors will pay this fee at the property gate with their entrance fee and use one program pass for all of the week's events. Campsites should be reserved using the new Central Reservation System. To pay for your site, call 1-888-6CAMPIN or use the Internet, www.camp.in.gov.

This special event is located in Lost Bridge West Recreation Area on Highway 105 in western Huntington County. There is a $4 entrance fee ($5 for out-of-state vehicles) to enter the Lost Bridge West Recreation Area. Indiana residents may purchase an annual entrance permit for $24. Those age 65 or older may choose to purchase the annual Golden Hoosier Passport entrance permit for $12.

 

INDIANA CONSERVATION OFFICERS RECEIVE NEW HANDGUNS

The guns confiscated from Indiana fish and wildlife law violators were part of a group of guns that were traded to help pay for new side arms for Indiana's Conservation Officers. Lt. Col. Jeff Wells pointed out, "The handguns currently being carried by our officers are 12 years old and some of them are in need of repair."

He said, "To solve this problem, the Law Enforcement Division traded in their old .45cal Sig Sauer Semi-Automatic handguns, along with the confiscated guns and purchased the new stainless models. The new models should hold up better in the rugged and wet environment that officers frequently find themselves in. The real beauty of this plan is that the poachers and game law violators are the ones that enabled us to purchase new guns during these times of tight budgets."

 

THE BEST WAY TO 'SEASON' A TENT

When I was growing up and in the early years of our marriage all we had were canvas tents. They were made of cotton canvas and when they were new they would leak like a sieve when it rained. My dad told me a secret once that saved me from getting soaked on our first time out. We (my wife and I) had just purchased a new tent and were "goin' camping". Dad asked me if I'd seasoned it yet. I didn't know what he was talking about. It was a tent wasn't it? And it was supposed to keep us dry, right? I camped under canvas as a Boy Scout and our tents never leaked unless you touched the sides and wherever you touched a leak would start. So we never touched the side of the tent when it rained. What was seasoning?

Dad said that the canvas has to be seasoned. I asked him what that meant. He said, "Take your tent and set it up and wet it down with a garden hose - inside and out. Let it dry and do it again if you have time before you go camping. Let the tent dry completely before you roll it up. He said that the canvas would shrink and seal the holes between the threads and where it was sewn together. I did as he said and it worked.

I find that the new nylon tents are pretty well water proofed already but I still set them up and hose them down inside and out. This tells me where the leaks are and you will find a few. You will find them mainly where a hot needle was used to sew the fabric together. I locate these areas and spray CAMP DRY in that area to seal the holes after I let the tent dry thoroughly. Good luck seasoning your tent whether it's canvas, nylon, or a combination of the two. There is nothing like a dry campout even if it rains cats and dogs.

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