Ottawa Sportsmen's Club News

Carole Williams, Club Reporter

The L'Anse Sentinel, Wednesday, July 12, 2000

OSC Tackles Summer Projects

The Ottawa Sportsmen's Club will be the scene of many activities during the remaining days of summer.

Plans have been made to build a new brick barbeque pit at the clubhouse and at the club's Courtney Lake campground. Anyone wishing to donate block or brick which they have laying around should contact Ken Jolgren or leave a message at the club.

The construction of the roof over the shooting position portion of the outdoor range is progressing and will be a welcome addition to protect guns and shooters during inclement weather.

Members will also be working on a 300 and 400 yard range for sighting in guns as there has been much interest and many requests for this improvement.

Sunday, July 23 at 3 p.m., the OSC will be "On The Road Again" for the summer roadside clean up. Because the club cleans two miles of highway, many volunteers are needed; those with benders and those with fenders. If you can lend a hand and a leg or two, please stop by. A "Sloppy Hobo Joe" supper is planned so helpers can not only clean the roadside, they can clean a plate. "Ramblin Ray" Juntunen has agreed to provide entertainment on his keyboard and has been practicing his rendition of "I Love Trash". It has also been rumored that a new song, "The M-38 Blues", will make its debut. Who says work can't be fun?

In conjunction with the clean-up on July 23, the Turkey Shoot Committee has been asked to meet at 5 p.m to continue planning for this September event. The Turkey Shoot requires a tremendous amount of volunteers and is an excellent opportunity for members, especially new members, to get involved and meet new friends. If you'd like to help, you are more than welcome to attend this meeting. An invitation to join the "Roadies" for supper has been extended, so plan to gather and gobble. Anyone wanting to help but unable to attend the meeting, can volunteer by leaving a message at the club or by calling Russ Weisinger or Ron Kamarainen.

The annual family picnic will be held Sunday, Aug 6 at the club's campground facility at Courtney Lake. Ed Aho has volunteered to take charge of the meat grill and has planned 1 p.m. as serving time. Picnickers should bring a dish to pass their own place settings and a big appetite as this pot-luck is one of the best. Anyone wishing to provide games and activities for the children will be appreciated and those wanting to camp overnight are welcome to pitch a tent or park a trailer.

The trap range also continues to be open each Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. thanks to the efforts of Mike Harkonen, Ron Haka, Jim Hulkonen, John Messer and Jim Proctor. If you haven't chocked this out, stop by and have a took.

At the regular meeting held July 3, members learned that "Tracks", a conservation publication for youth, will continue to be provided to local schools by the OSC and that Hunter Safety Classes will be held at the club on August 19 and 20. It was also decided to harvest, the club's timber at Courtney Lake and use the proceeds for campground improvement. Many thank you cards were received from the youth who attended the Junior Shooting Sports Camp as well as a thank-you and pictures from the White Pine Schools for the grant received from the OSC to build wood duck nesting boxes. Ron Granroth received a loud hand of applause and a gift of appreciation for his leadership in directing the Junior Shooting Sports Camp in June.

"Atta-Boys" also go out this month to the Grounds Committee members who have kept the outside area of the clubhouse looking so spiffy and to the guys who purchased and installed our beautiful new stainless steel three door refrigerator. Special thanks also to Chipper Seppanen who has been mowing and manicuring the OSC Courtney Lake Campground.

The next regular meeting to be held at the club will be on Labor Day, Monday, Sept 4 at 7:30 p.m. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend.

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