Submit fish photos online only

Heffley proposes bill to halve terms of Fish and Boat Commission members.

In all the excitement about the start of fishing season, we forgot to tell you how to submit fish photos for potential publication.

All fish photos that run with the Fish Report on Fridays will be selected from our online outdoor photo gallery. Do not email or mail them to me. While you may submit photos of palomino, or golden trout, they will not run in the print version of the newspaper.

To submit photos to our Online Outdoor Photo Gallery, go to http://www.mcall.com/outdoors. On the right-hand side of the page, there is a link for Pictures. Click on Outdoors: Send Your Photos! Then click on the Upload Your Photo link above the first picture you see. You have to register, but registration is free. Simply upload your photo and it could be selected to appear in the weekly Fish Report on Fridays.

Make sure you include pertinent information such as who caught it, where they are from, where it was caught, the species and the size. Without complete information, the picture may not be published.

Please do not email or mail photos to me. If you wish to alert me to a specific photo, just email the information that you submitted a picture that you feel is unique.

Happy fishing!

Going after the BOC: Speaking of fishing, state Rep. Doyle Heffley, R-Carbon, has proposed legislation that would reduce the terms of the governor-appointed Board of Commissioners for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission from eight years to four.

"My bill aims to hold the commissioners more accountable to the public through the appointment and confirmation process and ensures that we have the most qualified commissioners serving our commonwealth," Heffley said last week to a crowd gathered at the Firefly Trout Hatchery, the former Kriss Pines hatchery, in Lehighton.

House Bill 798 would establish a four-year term while removing the limitations on service so that the same commissioner could serve multiple consecutive four-year terms.

For more information on the proposed bill, go to http://www.RepHeffley.com.

Sporting clays for scholarship fund: Lehigh Carbon Community College will hold its 10th annual Scholarship Spring Clay Shoot to raise money for scholarships.

The event takes place 9:30 a.m. April 26 at Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays in Coplay. Registration is $125 and includes 100 rounds of clay shooting, shells, a souvenir, refreshments and a barbecue lunch from Grumpy's Barbecue, along with awards.

For more information or to register, call Jane Wilchak at 610-799-1929, email her at jwilchack@lccc.edu or go online to http://www.lccc.edu/foundation/people-events/lccc-foundation-clayshoot.

Bird box building rescheduled: Scott Burnett's presentation on building bird boxes titled "From Bluebirds to Barn Owls: A Complete Lesson on Nest Boxes," has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. April 19 at the Education Center building of the Wildlands Conservancy, 3701 Orchard Place, Lower Macungie Township.

Burnett will present information on construction, husbandry and a primer on each species. He has been building and monitoring nest boxes for more than 35 years. The workshop was initially scheduled for Feb. 8 but had to be postponed due to inclement weather.

Broadhead TU receives grant: The Broadhead Chapter of Trout Unlimited received a $3,100 grant from the parent organization's Embrace-A-Stream program. The conservation effort has contributed more than $4 million to more than 1,000 projects since its inception in 1975.

The Broadhead chapter is one of 16 chapters across the country to receive an Embrace-A-Stream award for 2013.

gary.blockus@mcall.com

610-820-6782

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