|ALPINE HUNTING AND FISHING CLUB|
Year in Review
SPRING FISH STOCKING
The stocking truck arrived to the delight of everyone present.
Free hot dogs and soft drinks were enjoyed by the enthusiastic workers and onlookers.
Many cameras were busy capturing the memorable moments.
Many thanks to Dave Levy, Jack Albenze and their helpers for making this day possible.
KEEPING THE TRADITION ALIVE
Ranger, Trina and Smokey collared their respective owners and laid out a
template for the planting of 200 Eastern white pines on the Club
property. The pattern is a saw tooth formation with
double rows of pines to be set on each side of the "two track" between
fields 1 and 2.
(To see land map of fields click here.)
These trees will enable
the hunting program to advance to another level . Four flights of
hunters will now be able to hunt simultaneously. It will further
provide wildlife with additional cover, improved habitat areas, wind
breaks and shelter from the elements to identify but a few of the
benefits. The OSC purchased the white pines and on April 8 and 9 they
were set in the planned grid. Additional trees that remained after
the first 170 trees were set along the utility right of way adjacent to
field 3 and around the lower parking lot. Great things were
accomplished. When you see these men please give them your thanks for
their hard effort. The task force included Bruce Barnhart, Bill
Coen, Don Fehl, Rob Keddie, Dave Levy, Tony Sciorilli and David Tambellini.
Spring Cleanup Days
Scott Quinn told his son Zach that "Many
hands make for light work." and that was proven to be
true. Two dozen showed for the clean up on March 7th,
including 5 kids, who all received free dinner certificates from Jack.
The older 2 have the option of a sporting clays lesson from Tony S.
with OSC supplying the clay targets. The Quinns, including wife
Lori and adorable little Lindsay, removed stones from the garden and
around the grounds which were dumped in the muddy road between field 3
and the power lines. Kevin Kees with son Owen and fiancée Jan
Pattishall cheerfully did the "special" duty of cleaning dog doo and
cigarette butts by the bagful from around the club house.
Heather Slinger and sons Moe and Jacob really helped around the lake
shore. Special thanks to Jacob S. and Owen K. for work around
the shooting range, and kudos to Moe S. who hauled 15 tires up from
below the spillway. Working together, most of us cleaned up
the immediate grounds around the Club House, then along the edges of
the parking lot and down over the hills, starting at the
dumpster, around the main gate, out along the garden and
finally around the entire lake shore and shooting range. With Ollie
Weiss running the front loader, we stuffed the dumpster with all the
debris. Metal objects were dragged up from the woods and
separately hauled back to be stacked for a later date.
Another work party of adult members pulled even more salvageable metal
and debris from out of the woods and all around the fields, brought it
down and stacked it back at the bird pens for a later date. Jack
and Sherry provided a very nice, very tasty picnic lunch for all.
This is in addition to free lunches for the OSC events of the Parent
Child Hunt and the General Member Hunt. Remember to thank Jack,
Sherry and Drew. Also attending were John Brandstatter, Tom
Watson, Mike Hahner, Jim Wehar, Bill Coen, Ray Kassab, Mark Kenny,
Dave May, Rob Keddie, Will Scott and Randy Keefer.
GENERAL MEMBER HUNT
The Alpine Club Hunt Management Team wishes to thank all the members who participated in the scheduled hunt March 1. It was a record turnout with more than 42 individuals participating. We had 18 dogs on site, with seven members volunteering their "guide service and dogs" for those members who were without canine help.
I personally wish to thank those who showed up early to catch and set birds, crate birds for successive flights out and provide assistance for those who needed some help. Those early rising folks included Rob Keddie, Don Fehl, Dave Levy, Tony Sciorilli and son Eric and David Tambellini. Many, many others helped during the course of the day for which the Hunt Management Team is grateful for the assist.
We offer no apology for the flight of the birds, errant shots, wet powder, cold winds and general good spirits from those participating. We enjoyed the day and hope you found the day as satisfying as it was challenging to put it on. See you at the 2010 Member Hunt.
Compliments to Jack Albenze who presented his usual stellar buffet for all members who joined in the days activities.
If you have any comments or suggestions on improvements to the days
Parent Child Hunt
The day went
smoothly and we hope everyone enjoyed themselves. Sharing the
opportunity to hunt with others and working out our dogs is definitely
one the advantages of being a member of the Alpine Club.
We have heard
nothing but good reports from the participants. In fact some have
indicated they will also be attending the Member hunt after this good
experience. Kudos to Jack Albenze again for the good food.
Third Place Winner in the Novice
category for a
only 3 United States Gun Dog breeds.
Congratulations to Donny Zarra and
In September of 2009 Duke vom Buffeltaler, handled by Donny Zarra, is qualified to run in the prestigious NAVHDA INVITATIONAL. He qualified in June of 2008 by earning a Prize 1 Utility in NAVHDA (NORTH AMERICAN HUNTING DOG ASSOCIATION) with 196 out of 204 points. The "Invitational" is an International Versatile Championship held by NAVHDA each year. This year's Invitational will be held in Ohio, USA.
Duke vom Buffeltaler handled by Donny took first place in
the International Armbruster Championship.
In October of 2007 Duke vom Buffeltaler handled by Donny Zarra took Prize 1 Utility in the JGHV ("German Hunting Dogs Testing System" - the world's most demanding Versatile Hunting Dog Test). Duke earned 303 points out of 312 points in the JGHV Utility Test.
Best of Luck to Donny and Duke in September. Keep up the outstanding work.