By Donna Brown, Rangeley Lakes Regional School
The multiage students (grades 1 and 2) at Rangeley Lakes Regional School recently visited the Rangeley Region Guides and Sportsmenâ€™s Associationsâ€™ clubhouse in Oquossoc.Â The children were greeted by Elaine Holcombe and other members of the association who then guided them through the â€˜Story Trailâ€™.Â This special hike was immensely enjoyed by the children because it highlighted a delightful tale called the â€œPossum and the Peeperâ€�.Â As the children traveled along the trail they would come upon a new page of the story. Â Anne Hunter, author and illustrator, has done a superb job in creating a whimsical story about animals awakening in the spring.Â Our classes loved the story and the experience and we hope this project continues year after year.
The Rangeley Region Guidesâ€™ & Sportsmenâ€™s Association will hold its monthly potluck dinner and educational program on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 5:30 PM. RRG&SA is pleased to welcome DIFW game bird biologist, Kelsey Sullivan, as our featured speaker. Kelsey, assisted by RRG&SA member, Jack McNulty, will discuss the annual grouse drumming survey. In addition, Kelsey will share information about the just completed grouse research project which looked at harvest, survival rates, and habitat use. The public is always welcome to join RRG&SA members at these monthly dinners and programs. The meetings are held at the RRG&SA clubhouse on Old Skiway Road in Oquossoc.
The Rangeley Region Guidesâ€™ and Sportsmenâ€™s Association (RRG&SA) will be hosting its 9thAnnual Turkey Shoot at the Associationâ€™s rifle and pistol range on Sunday, October 1, 2017. Registration is from 10 AM – 11 AM. No additional shooters can be accepted after registration closes.Â Competition will begin promptly at 11 AM. Shooters will have the chance to win a turkey or a ham for the holidays. Shooters may use any rifle from .17 Cal. rim fire on up through all centerfire big bore calibers. A novice competition will be held for shooters under the age of 16.Â Shooters will be staged with other shooters and will fire a single shot at a target.Â The shooter closest to the bullâ€™s-eye for each round will win a gift certificate redeemable for a ham or a turkey. Entry fee will be $4 a round or 3 for $10.
There will be a .22 Cal. rifle and ammunition provided for those without a firearm. Big Bore shooters must supply their own firearms and ammunition.Â Eye and ear protection must be worn by all shooters.Â Limited quantities of eye and ear protection will be available at the range or you may bring your own.
To get to the RRG&SA rifle and pistol range travel 5 miles west on Rt. 16 from Oquossoc then 1.5 miles north on the Morton Cutoff Road.
So grab your firearms, eye and ear protection and a box of ammunition (targets will be provided) and come on out for a fun day of shooting.Â For more information email to email@example.com or call 864-2651 or 864-5582.
On Thursday, September 21, 2017, the Rangeley Region Guidesâ€™ and Sportsmenâ€™s Association (RRG&SA) will hold its monthly potluck dinner and educational program. Â Back, my popular demand, is our â€œthemeâ€� potluck dinner. This month will feature â€œCatch of the Dayâ€�. The potluck dinner will start at 5:30pm and attendees are asked to bring either a seafood entrÃ©e, appetizer, salad or dessert. Our educational program will start at approximately 6:30pm and will be presented by Hal Blood and Lee Schanz, representing the Maine Professional Guideâ€™s Association. Their presentation and ensuing discussion will focus on ways outdoor sporting enthusiasts and organizations can work collaboratively to make sure our outdoor sporting traditions endure for future generations. Â
The RRG&SA clubhouse is located on Old Skiway Road in Oquossoc. The public is always welcomed to attend these dinners and programs.
The Rangeley Region Guides and Sportsmenâ€™s Association (RRG&SA) completed another great Junior Guides program this summer full of fun and learning.Â Activities included fly tying and casting, canoeing, archery and hiking.
This program credits its success to the many volunteers who share their time and expertise. The Junior Guides program runs for 6 consecutive Mondays and is a 2-year program that builds on the previous yearâ€™s activities. The graduates from the Basic group â€˜graduateâ€™ to the Advanced program the following year. For those wanting to participate in 2018 in the Basic Program, ages 9 through 12, registration will be held in the Spring.
At the June meeting of the Rangeley Region Guides & Sportsmenâ€™s Association, the organization unveiled a memorial bronze plaque to honor its past president, Don Palmer. With Donâ€™s wife Stephanie, their sons, and grandchildren in attendance, RRG&SA Secretary, Elaine Holcombe, read the inscription.
Richard â€œDonâ€� Palmer
Rangeley Region Guides and Sportsmenâ€™s Association
The association salutes its past president, Don Palmer, for his vision, devotion, and
leadership in his tenure as president.
Don revitalized the organization into one of the largest, most dynamic, and influential
sporting clubs in Maine. Donâ€™s passion, integrity, and intrepid vision, swept hundreds into our mission of
preserving, enjoying, and promoting Maineâ€™s sporting heritage.
He leaves a legacy of service and fellowship that we will not forget.
Following the unveiling, DIFW Commissioner, Chandler Woodcock, and Game Warden, Harry Weigman, presented the Palmer family with a beautiful print of a Maine black bear. After the ceremonies, the large gathering entered the clubhouse to enjoy a potluck supper and an educational program presented by Commissioner Woodcock.
On Thursday, July 20, 2017, the RRG&SA will hold its monthly membership meeting at our clubhouse on Old Skiway Road in Oquossoc. Our potluck supper starts at 5:30 PM. The business meeting this month will include election of officers and board members. Lee Kantar, Maineâ€™s moose biologist, will present the four year findings of the ongoing Moose Survival Study. Lee last visited RRG&SA four years ago, after the first 30 moose were fitted with GPS collars. At the present time, DIFW is now following more than 100 collared moose. The information from this ongoing study should be of great interest to our membership. The public is always welcomed to attend our potluck suppers and educational programs.
Need a reason to get outside with your family? Come check out the Story Book Walk at the Rangeley Region Guides and Sportsmenâ€™s Association Tim Baker Nature Trail.Â RRG&SA and the Rangeley Public Library have collaborated to bring POSSUM AND THE PEEPER by Anne Hunter, a delightful spring story to the trail behind the Clubhouse. Pack some snacks and enjoy the walk with your family from July 1st to August 31st.
The RRG&SA Tim Baker Trail was a collaborative idea brought to fruition with the work of the AmeriCorps Group of young adults and other volunteers. Elaine Holcombe decided it would be a great idea to have a storybook walk on the trail for youngsters to read as they discover the delights of a woods trail and its unique offerings.
The engaging story is posted along the trail one page at a time. Anticipation mounts as the reader gets closer to the climax of the story. Although geared to children ages 3-8 years of age, older children will enjoy reading the story as well. In the story, a possum is awakened one spring morning disturbed by a strange sound. Several of his animal neighbors help him make a surprising discovery of who is making the racket.
Come an enjoy a great walk in the outdoors!
RRSTA cordially invites members and their guests to participate in our second annual 4th of July range fundraiser.
The festivities will start at 10AM on Tuesday, July 4th. This year will feature our new clayshooting sports. All participants will shoot one round of 5-stand sporting clays and one round of skeet. Weâ€™ll then break for a lunch of hotdogs, Guide Fries, and soft drinks. Potluck cookies or brownies for dessert will be appreciated. The cost of this event is $20 (no punch cards). Lunch for spectators is $10. All participants will be entered into a raffle for a trap/skeet and sporting clay card.
After lunch, the fireworks begin! We will start the ever popular back-up wobble trap. Partners will be chosen by blind draw. You can enter as many times as you wish. Cost for this event is $5 per round. The winning team gets 50% of the pot, with the remainder going to the club.
We hope you can join us for this fun event.