WELCOME & NEWS

 A PROUD HISTORY - A BRIGHT FUTURE 
  
For 86 years, the WARREN COUNTY CHAPTER has worked to protect our natural resources in Virginia's Northern Shenandoah Valley.
    
Warren County is our primary membership area, but we maintain a waiting list of applicants from adjoining counties.
    
Our MISSION is "...to strive for the purity of water, the clarity of air, and the wise stewardship of land and its resources; to know the beauty and understanding of nature and the value of wildlife, woodlands and open space; to the preservation of the heritage and to man's sharing in it."
    
Welcome to our online home!
     
 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Updated APRIL 10

, 2015

   Spring!


NEXT MEETING . . . MAY 4, 2015

Spring is in full bloom at the Park. We had 62 members and guests at the April meeting. 
  
Our next membership meeting will be on May 4, 2015. The menu and program will be posted here or on Facebook when we know 'em.
  
The park facilities are available to members as we go into the spring. Members are welcome to come out and watch spring bust out. The indoor restrooms are now in operation. Drinking water may be somewhat rusty, so it's still best to bring your own. 

Between meetings, you're welcome to attend the Board meetings at the County Government Center on the third Tuesday of each month.

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APRIL BOARD MEETING
    
The April meeting will be held in Conference Room 101 in the Warren County Government Center on Tuesday, April 21st.
  
You - and your input on Chapter issues - are always welcome at the Board meetings. There's plenty of room, for both you and for your ideas on how to keep our Chapter the best in the League. If an issue comes up that can't wait for the Board meeting, call Harry Reed or another Board member.

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TINY IKES (T'IKES)
  
Did you know that the League has a program for the littlest among us? It's called "T'Ikes."
  
Does outdoor play make kids smarter? We know that outdoor play improves kids' physical health. All that fresh air and exercise – what's not to like? The truth is, there actually may be more to like. Outdoor play has been scientifically  linked to stronger mental muscle.
  
Encourage the children in your life to love the outdoors and they’ll love it for life – and lead a healthier lifestyle.
  
The League designed this program specially for children ages 2-5. Children must be accompanied by an adult for each program – it’s an experience they’ll treasure together.
   
Just listen to what one T'Ike said about the program: "There sure is a lot of nature out here!"

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CONGRATULATIONS!

Let's all congratulate those members who were recognized for their extra efforts toward the Chapter's success in 2014.
  • Barbara Kelley for coordinating our delicious meals
  • Linda Ruhling for her work as Membership Secretary
  • Bob Cullers for arranging interesting programs (and humor)
  • Marshall Jones for 17 years of service on the Grounds Crew
The Chapter recognized Ralph West as Conservationist of the Year.
  
Last - but not least - Orivel Baker was honored by being named Waltonian of the Year.



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LITTER PICK-UP

The Chapter helped clean up Browntown Road on Saturday, December 13th. Anti-litter chair Dennis Mosher led the enthusiastic group in picking up loads of trash from the shoulders.
   
The Chapter has also taken on cleanup of boat landings in the County, along with the trailhead at Thompson Hollow. 
  
The next Browntown Road litter pickup will be after the weather warms a bit, but before the vegetation grows in. Call Dennis at (540) 635-3559 to volunteer. 


    
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SIMPSON'S LANDING OPEN! 
  
If you're a kayaker, canoeist, or you fish you'll be glad to hear that Warren County has completed renovation of Simpson's Landing.  
  
Our Chapter's anti-litter program picks up litter at Simpson's, along with three other landings in the county. 
  
When the water warms up, check it out at the end of Downing Farm Road (Rt. 623), on river left, about ½ mile downstream from Karo.
 

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BEST NEWSLETTER 2014!

Your Chapter newsletter, the Hogback Echo won the Best Chapter Newsletter award at the recent national convention!
  
Thanks to 1st VP Rich Crawford for putting together an award winning nomination package. 
  
We were also one of the top 12% of chapters nationwide to receive the Defenders Chapter Achievement Award. This award recognizes a broad range of chapter performance goals.

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SHOOTING REMINDERS

  
The range has some recent improvements. The area around the pistol stand has been leveled, a cross-drain has been installed in the road, and other drainage issues have been improved. 
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Please keep in mind that the Grounds Crew is working all over the park from about 8:00 a.m. to about 2:00 p.m. every Friday.
  
People may be working on the trails around the range.
  
Unless you absolutely have to shoot on Friday mornings, please schedule your range time outside these hours.
  
If you can't resist, please advise Gene Mathews that you will be shooting, so that he can schedule work away from the areas near the range.
 
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BEEHIVES

While our bees will soon be shaking off the winter. They have important spring work to do, and they're very docile if you don't bother them.  Their hives are inside an electric fence. Please keep children away from both the bees and the fence. While the bees go "buzz," the fence goes, "bzzzzzzzt."  
  
If anyone is allergic to bee sting of any kind, please bring an EpiPen(R) with you while at the Park.  
  
Also, Julie & Robert Cipriano will be glad to help anyone who might be interested in beekeeping.


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WINTER IN THE REAR VIEW MIRROR?
  
That little skiff of snow on Friday may have been the last of the season. Building & Grounds Crew is spending more time on outdoor projects. This winter involved a lot of clearing, pruning and removal of dead and dying trees. And shoveling snow. And cutting firewood. And keeping the house buttoned up.
   
The water is back on, and the restrooms are open.

The porch walls have been painted, the tables and chairs refinished, and the projector/screen/sound system reworked.   
   
The Park's in good shape, thanks to Gene Matthews and his Crew. 
   
 Of course, the Park is always open for members' use, whatever the season or weather.
   
This is a beautiful time of the year to check out the park and its trails. But when you're in the woods, remember to wear: 

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BLAZE ORANGE
  
Hunting seasons come and go, but there may be shooting (firearms or archery) in the Park just about any time of the year. VDGIF advises wearing blaze orange in the woods . . . in or out of hunting season. It's the law for hunters, and not bad advice for all of us whether hunting or not. Without it, you might just disappear!
   
Blaze orange is not just for hunters. Dress defensively. When you're in the woods, wear blaze orange to be safe and be seen.
  
                                       

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