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18th Annual Swatara Sojourn May 6 & 7, 2006
"Water Under the Bridge"
Thank you for taking part in the Swatara Sojourn!
Do you know how special you are? Your team work stood out in my mind as the best effort ever on a Swatara Sojourn. Congratulations, and job well done. Your comradery and friendship are touching.
Looking at all of the trash pulled from the Swattie, I think we could both build a house and set up house keeping. Let's see, there were the front steps, the toilet and seat, siding, a table, chairs, an aluminum pot and frying pan, television, and a street light for outside. There was a culvert pipe that took two canoes to bring in, a wheel barrow to do the yard work, a new side panel for the bed of a pickup truck, and a boat for the driveway brought in by Justin, Austin, Doug, and Don. Ted Walke, from the PA Fish & Boat Commission was along, and took down the ID numbers to try to contact the owner. The tire trailer was too full, and when I came back Monday morning with Tom and Jack, everything was gone, courtesy of Middletown. The aluminum john boat that was wrapped around a bridge pier was left behind. To free it, trees would have had to been removed. It stands as a monument to the force of water.
And didn't the animals put on a great show for us? Two osprey dove into the water to catch fish--right in front of me. Wow. Then there was the snapper turtle whose shell measured about one foot across. But not to be outdone, a beaver took a limb across the Swattie too. Other birds included ducks, geese, sand pipers, a red winged black bird, king fishers, great blue heron...the list goes on.
Did you enjoy Matthew Dodd singing and telling Union Canal stories? The red-tailed hawk, owl, baby opossums, and black snake from Dauphin County Wildlife Rescue sure seemed to be popular Saturday night.
We did get a second load of tires from the Fulling Mill Road site, bringing the total to 100 tires. Again this year, Brian Kettering was gracious in accepting our haul. The metal was removed from Hershey Highmeadow Campgrounds on Tuesday, and taken to Brandywine Recyclers.
Again, you are number one in my book. Thank you! Jo Ellen Litz
With regard to the boat (PA 6224 SS), we located the owner in our database and our Bureau of Law Enforcement will be notifying the individual of the location of their boat. Since the last registration expired in 1997, there's a chance it may not be reclaimed. Our regional office will be notified of the boat's location at the access. If it remains unclaimed, then it'll eventually be up for grabs. Ted Walke, PA Fish & Boat Commission
THANK YOU, So much for accommodating troop 20's early exit. They all had fun and this was the first weekend trip they took that it DID NOT rain in years they have a knack for choosing rainy trips but I chose this one so that should say something. HEE HEE! Once again I had a great time and loved the lunch music and critter lady and leaving the Swattie allot cleaner! we'll be back next year...can I sign up now so I'm first? I'll keep in touch. Lori Sheffy
I just want to write to thank you for organizing the wonderful Swatara
Sojourn this past weekend. Our family had a great time and we couldn't believe
that we did not capsize! (Thanks to volunteers that keep us