Our Native Species Inc.
S.O.N.S. publish a monthly newsletter, ('The Bucket") that is mailed
to its members. It contains articles and information that is of interest
to our readers.
NEXT MEETING: Monday, January 22 at the Polish Falcons Club, 431 E. 3rd St at 7:30 PM.
PROGRAM: John Laskos Environmental Education Specialist from the Tom Ridge Environmental Center will talk about “The Wildlife on Presque Isle State Park”
FISHING REPORT: While this issue of the Bucket is being written there is approx. six inches of ice covering the bay however there will be several days of warmer weather this week. What effect this will have on the condition of the ice remains a question so be careful; There are reports of some nice perch being caught and another report of a walleye being caught.
NOTICE: IF YOU HAVE NOT RENEWED YOUR MEMBERSHIP FOR 2018 YET, THIS WILL BE THE LAST ISSUE OF OUR NEWSLETTER “THE BUCKET” YOU WILL RECEIVE, UNLESS YOU REJOIN.
AN ELECTION OF S.O.N.S. DIRECTORS WAS HELD AT DECEMBER MEETING
Elections were held for the office of directors at our December 18, 2017 meeting. Nominees Ken Plonski, Jack Klapthor, John Krupinski, Rich Brine and Doug Smith were on the ballot. Since there were four directors positions open and five candidates a run-off election was necessary.
Ken Plonski, Jack Klapthor, John Krupinski and Joe Springer got the most votes and will serve as club directors for the next three years. Thanks to Doug Smith for showing the interest in becoming a ditrector.
President Jerry Skrypzak, VP Ed Kissell, Secretary Don Tombaugh and Treasurer Terry Pfeffer were nominated to serve another term for 2018. There were no other nominations for the officers’ positions so these individuals will continue to serve our club in their present offices respectively.
FISH USA OFFERS DISCOUNT TO SONS MEMBERS
Fish USA, Erie’s on line tackle shop is offering an exclusive club coupon to members of the SONS of Lake Erie! Our members will receive a 10% discount for any purchase from January 18-31 either on line at the Fish USA website (www.fishusa.com) or by visiting the Pro Shop at 6960 West Ridge Road, Fairview, PA 16415 and use the code SONSJan2018 to take 10% off your total purchase!" Members do not need to provide a membership to receive the discount.
SHIP REPAIR OPERATIONS TO AFFECT ICE FISHING
It is expected that the disruption of existing ice conditions will be limited to the eastern portion of Presque Isle Bay/East of Dobbins Landing. (This area should be avoided at all times). However, the public should be advised that all portions of the Bay could be impacted by this work. Extreme caution should be used at all times when accessing the Bay for any and all recreational purposes.
WINTER LAY-UPS ARE NOT NEW HERE
Ever since the first docks were built in Erie they have been used as a place to moor vessels during the winter months where they were refitted and repaired. Below is a 1960’s photo of the Holland St. Docks with ships tied up for lay- up.
RAFFLE TO BE HELD AT JANUARY MEETING
You should have received your 2018 member renewal packet by now. Included with the packet are a membership renewal form and six raffle tickets for a drawing to be held at our Jan 22, 2018 meeting when ten $100.00 prizes will be awarded. The raffle helps to defray the cost of our printing and mailing. Our goal again is to maintain our membership level at 3000+ members. If you look on the back of the packet cover letter you will find extra membership forms that you can use to sign up a friend or family member. If you have not yet mailed in your returns, you may bring your tickets to the meeting in order to be eligible for the drawing.
FISHING CLUBS SHOW APPRECIATION TO LAND OWNERS
On December 16th, club members from 3-CU, the PA Steelhead Association, Trout Unlimited, Gem City Outdoorsmen’s Club and the SONS of Lake Erie distributed 87 fruit baskets to land owners who have generously opened areas of their properties that border streams allowing access to fisherman. The fruit baskets are given to show our appreciation for this kindness. The program was started in 2009. The baskets are purchased with monies donated by the above clubs as well as individual donations.
Fishing club members stop to pose with part of the 68 fruit baskets that were distributed to show our appreciation to landowners that open their properties to fishing access.
FORMER ERIE RESIDENT DEVELOPED WIND- CHILL CALCULATIONS
Former Erie resident Dr. Paul Allman Siple (1908-1968) was a scientist, explorer, U.S Army colonel and expert on weather related effects on the human body. He moved to Erie with his parents when he was about ten years old from Montpelier, Ohio. Dr. Siple attended local schools eventually graduating from Central High School 1926. As a young man he joined the Boy Scouts of America where he earned over 60 merit badges and finally attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. He was selected out of the group of over 600,000 fellow scouts to accompany Admiral Richard Byrd on the first American Antarctic expedition in 1928 as a representative of the Boy Scouts of America.
After returning from the expedition he returned to Allegheny College where he completed his undergraduate work. While enjoying a post grad backpacking trip in Europe and the Middle East he was summoned by Admiral Byrd for a second expedition to the Antarctic in 1933. Upon his return in 1935 he entered Clark University where he earned his doctorate in geography and climatology. His doctoral thesis was entitled “ Adaption of the Explorer to the Climate of Antarctic”, It was in this thesis that he coined the term wind-chill to denote the rapid heat loss experienced by a body under strong winds. Byrd called on him again in 1939 to return to the South Pole While in Little America Siple with the assistance of Charles Passel, conducted research on the combined impacts of wind and cold on the body and the effectiveness of winter clothing. Together they developed an empirical formula calculating heat loss rate. It was called the Siple-Passel equation which has evolved into the wind-chill concept in use today.
Dr. Siple became Lt. Col. Siple during WWII acting as advisor to Gen. Eisenhower in the European theater on matters of developing clothing to protect our fighting men. After the war he made more trips to Antarctica and helped set up an American base right on the South Pole. His lifelong friendship with Admiral Byrd brought the team to the South Pole five times. He continued working after the war to develop gear for our military. Below is the NOAA wind-chill chart in use today.
DRESS IN LAYERS TO KEEP WARM AND WEAR A LIFE JACKET!
CITY OF NEW YORK AT THE PUBLIC DOCK
After returning from the Antarctic in 1930 Admiral Byrd’s flagship, the City of New York toured the Great Lakes with a stop in Erie on the tour.
FRIENDS OF FISH FOUNDATION CONTINUES TO SUPPPORT THE S.O.N.S.
For 16 years in a row the Friends of Fish Foundation, a Philadelphia based philanthropic organization, has again made a significant contribution to the S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie. Total contributions from this generous group over the last 16 years have exceeded $110,000.00.
We have used their generous donations to accomplish significant projects including land acquisition at Trout Run, a handicapped accessible ramp at the North Pier, fishing access at the Liberty Pier, hatchery up grades and last year we used it for an engineering study to build a fishing platform on the north end of the Holland St. pier and more. We are very grateful for their generosity and wish them success in their endeavors.
A SHIPWRECK EXHIBIT HAS OPENED at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center. It is free and open to the public from 10-6 daily. The exhibit will be open until April. The S.O.N.S. are one of the exhibit’s sponsors...
UPCOMING SHOWS AND GUN RAFFLES
Below is a list of upcoming shows and gun raffles that can cure your case of cabin fever. We sell memberships and raffle tickets at these shows. The sponsors of these shows and gun raffles support us by allowing us to promote our club at their events. We also are co sponsors of the Erie Sport and Travel expo. We will pass out sign up sheets for volunteers at our January meeting.
Convention Center Shows
February 1-4 Erie Auto Show
Rainbow Garden Gun Raffles
Sat February 3 5-10 PM Lake Erie Fan
Sat Feb 3rd 10-2 Ice Fishing at Waterworks Pond Volunteers needed.
Sun. Feb 11th 12 -3:30 Frontier Park Winterfest Volunteers needed
12 ft Crestliner Aluminum
Boat asking $300 call Tom at 814-864-1886 after 3PM
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