2017 Golf Tournament Scenes

Here are some scenes from the tournament.

2017 Golf Tournament Results and Sponsors

Pennsylvania Forest Heritage Association and the
Pennsylvania Forestry Association held the 16th Annual Golf
Outing Friday, June 23, 2017. The rain-shortened event was
held at the Rich Valley Golf Course in Mechanicsburg, PA.
48 golfers in 12 foursomes participated in the event. A midafternoon
storm shortened play but all agreed it was a great

The First Foursome was Rick Klimkos, Shannon Terry, Matt
Kring and Tag Kring.

The second foursome was Shane Hoover,
Brent Will, Andy Masson and Mitch Morrill.

In third place was
the foursome of Dave Klinger, Steve Kline, Terry Felty and John

The Pot of Gold was won by Ken Brenner. Closest to the pin on
#5 was Rick Klimkos. The longest drive on #7 was Dave Klinger.
Despite the rain, the intrepid golfers tried their best to play out
but the torrential rains just would not allow play to continue.
Following the golf, dinner was served at the clubhouse where
the prizes were awarded.

Many thanks to our generous sponsors.

Smokey Bear Birthday Party 2017

In what is fast becoming an annual tradition we celebrated the Smokey Bear birthday party at the Forest Heritage Discovery Center on Sunday, August 6.

Below are more pictures:

The children seemed to really enjoy their visit with Smokey and the birthday cake, sub sandwiches, and orange drink. They also got to learn a little about forest conservation and fire safety!

It took the efforts of many people to make this event happen:

  • Bob Rudy organized the event, arranged for the donations and put on the Smokey suit.
  • Ranger Brandon Black accompanied Smokey and drove him around the park.
  • Charlie Meyers brought a box of plastic Smokey to distribute.
  • Joe Dague volunteered at short notice to run the Forest Heritage Center.
  • Peter Linehan helped out for the first part of the afternoon.
  • Walmart in Chambersburg donated the beautiful cake and the six-foot sub.
  • McDonald’s Delamor Enterprises donated the orange drink.

Summer 2017 Volunteer Signups

The Pennsylvania Forest Heritage Association opens the Forest Heritage Discovery Center at Caledonia State Park from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend. We are open on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and holidays.  Here are the signup schedules:

Remember that more than one person can sign up for a date. If you have any questions contact me at pel2@psu.edu

2016 Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Forest Heritage Association was held on November 12, 2016 at the Caledonia State Park Office Conference Room. Twenty members were in attendance. Some things of note that occurred at the meeting were:

  •  The board of directors are seeking comments from the membership on the wording of the mission statement (found at the end of the winter 2016 newsletter). Since the name change is official the statement should reflect that.
  • Jim Hyland from the Bureau of Forestry in District 12 is heading the BOF Forest History Committee.
  • The Golf Outing will be held June 23, 2017.
  • The Association received and opened the photo collection of Thomas C. Harbison, a graduate of Mont Alto and a former State Representative.
  • During the year the Discovery Center had more than 1,300 visitors.

Joseph Dague receives the George Wirt award.

If you stop by the Discovery Center on a regular basis you are likely to run into Joe Dague. Joe is tireless in his volunteer efforts to promote PFHA, and for his outstanding efforts he was presented with the 2016 George H. Wirt Award for his work on behalf of the mission of the association. Joe is pictured above with Jack Graham who presented the award

Smokey Birthday Party 2016

Yesterday’s Smokey Bear birthday party at the Forest Heritage Center at Caledonia State Park was a great success. Over 115 people came to wish Smokey a Happy Birthday and learn a little about wildfire safety and the story of forest conservation in Pennsylvania. Given that it was a perfect sunny Sunday afternoon, there were many visitors at the park, including families with children.

Many thanks to our sponsors: Walmart for the cake and sub, and McDonald’s for the drinks.

Thanks to our volunteers: Bob Rudy (sponsors and Smokey), Joe Dague (volunteer and firepump demonstrator), and Peter Linehan (volunteer).

Thanks to Caledonia State Park Director Phil Schmidt and Ranger Brandon Black for your help. And finally thanks to Phil Bietsch from Bureau of Forestry District 1 for helping us get the Smokey suit.


Golf Tournament Results

Last Friday, June 24th, the Pennsylvania Forest Heritage Association and Pennsylvania Forestry Association Golf Tournament was held at Rich Valley Golf Course in Mechanicsbug. Forty golfers enjoyed the near perfect weather for a great afternoon of golf. This year the net proceeds from the tournament will be dedicated to improving the displays at the Forest Heritage Discovery Center at Caledonia State Park.

The winning teams included:
First place: Terry Felty, John Risser, Steve Kline, Mark Chritzman
Second place, the American Legion team: Brian Shonyo, Josh Swails, Bobby Williams, Dave Dudley
Third place: Ken Brought, Phil Faust, Wayne Wright, Jake Creswell

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Here are some pictures from the day:

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Many thanks for the sponsors and volunteers.

Sponsorship Poster

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We hope to see you at next year’s tournament!