Sartoris Wins Fourth State Title
Inside the Outdoors, June 27
, 2014

When Latrobe resident Lou Sartoris traveled recently to Elysburg to participate in the Pennsylvania State Sportsmen’s Association’s Trap Shoot competition, his hopes were high, but he had no idea how he would vie while competing against many other marksmen.

A past champion of the Pennsylvania State Veterans Class both in the Commonwealth and out of state, the custom framing entrepreneur contended against 430 others which was no easy feat.

Zeroing in on 100 out of 100 clay pigeons, he was able to capture the title once again.

“This is the fourth time I not only won the title in this division,” Sartoris said, “but repeated my perfect score also for the fourth time.”

As the winner, he was the recipient of a clock embedded in oak, covered in leather, shaped in form of the state of Pennsylvania. On it was inscribed ‘2014 Pennsylvania State Veterans Class Champion.’

When asked about his future endeavors, Sartoris said, “I continue to look forward to win this class competition and get another perfect score,” he stated, grinning from ear to ear.

Both he and his wife Trish reside at 565 McFarland Rd.

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Forbes Trail Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, North Huntingdon, will sponsor its Third Annual Sporting Clays Shoot at Seven Springs Mountain Resort Friday, August 8, 2014.

Registration and Warm-Up Shotgun Games begin at 9:30 a.m. 11 a.m. is the scheduled time to start the 100 Target Course. Following at 2:30 p.m. will be dinner, an auction, raffles and prizes. Individual sponsor cost is $395 per person (includes individual shoot). Corporate sponsor cost, which includes a four-man squad, is $800.

Squads are based on four persons. If one has less than four registrants, Ducks Unlimited will fill vacancies to make a full four-man squad.

All participants are asked to bring their own gun and shells. Seven springs can provide the equipment for an extra-added cost.

If one does not wish to participate, but give a donation, one can do so by mailing it to Ducks Unlimited Forbes Trail Chapter, c/o Pitt industrial Diamond Products, Inc., 7650 Route 30, N. Huntingdon, PA 15642.

Deadline to register is July 31, 2014.

For additional information, call 724-863-3001, or email a DU representative at ALONGO @PIDPI.COM.

DU is now the world’s largest and most effective private waterfowl and wetland conservation organization. DU is able to multilaterally deliver its work through a series of partnerships with private individuals, landowners, agencies, scientific communities and other entities.

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Much comes to mind when I think of the body of water located near the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s headquarters in Somerset County. There were times I and fellow-anglers would fish both from the shore and my boat. Both times I was filled with great anticipation, which is common with most fishers. It was one place we knew we could catch fish providing we had the right bait and got to the good spots before others. Those were the good old days, as the saying goes.

Recently, I learned that Lake Somerset has been drawn down and there is no future date set as to when it might be filled. The latter is most disturbing to most fishers because that body of water was a popular place to fish.

According to Pennsylvania Outdoor News, June 20, 2014, the plans to fix the county lake are on the table. There just isn’t enough money to complete the work.

A staff reporter stated that, “The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission-owned lake takes in 253 acres at full pool. It’s smaller than that right now, having been drawn down 6 feet since a regulatory scheduled inspection of its earthen dam in spring of 2012 determined that water was seeping out of it.”

At one time, the structure would be stabilized and repaired and then the water would be allowed to fill back up. But then it was determined after further study that it would be better to build a whole new structure rather than repairing the old. It would be located “upstream of the current spillway.”

Michele Jacoby, the commission’s chief engineer, said, “We won’t have to import as much material or move it as far as we might have had to otherwise, which is a positive.”
But even though the existing clay and concrete will be used, there is no money to turn the blueprints into an existing reality. The cost has been assessed at $1 million dollars. “State funds will cover $700,000 of that, with the commission accounting for the rest.”

Jacoby concluded that the lake is as low as it will be drained. “There is no need to drain it any further so long as no additional leaks are found,” she said.


- Paul J. Volkmann
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