WARREN, Pa., (August 3, 2010) — The Boonies International, an Independent Film Festival at Warren, PA announces its first annual Sportsman’s Film Festival, to be held Saturday, October 2 and Sunday, October 3, 2010.

Submissions for this event are now being accepted. All entries must be created and produced by amateur filmmakers and must pertain to hunting, fishing or wildlife observation. Film categories include: Firearm Hunting (rifle, flintlock, etc.), Bow Hunting (compound, curved, cross, traditional, etc.), Freshwater Fishing, Salt Water Fishing, Conservation / Wildlife Observation, and Grizzly Gary Humorous category. 

Cash and/or prizes will be awarded for each category. Event sponsor Grizzly Gary Outdoors has donated a special $1,000 award for 1st place in the Most Humorous Amateur Film category.

Films will be judged by a jury of peers and professionals, with winners announced on Sunday, October 3, 2010. Jurists will be announced in the near future.

Like its parent organization The Boonies International, the Sportsman’s Film Festival is open to films created in Northwestern Pennsylvania and around the world. Filmmakers of all ages are encouraged to submit their work.

For more details, submission guidelines and the submission form, visit the Events section at www.thebooniesinternational.com. or go to www.warrenadventures.com/sports/index.html.

Joey Roy, The Sportsman’s Film Festival Manager, encourages those interested in the event to find additional Festival information on Facebook, Twitter and Myspace. You can also contact Joey at joeyr@thebooniesinternational.com, or by phone at 814-726-1674.

The Sportsman’s Film Festival is a fundraising event for the benefit of The Boonies International, a non-profit organization whose mission is to support, educate and promote independent filmmakers of all ages, as well as promote Northwestern Pennsylvania’s location and natural resources to the film industry.

The inaugural Boonies International Film Festival will present film, music, technology and other art mediums and will take place in Warren August 17-20, 2011.

Antlerless licenses are sold out for WMU 1B, which covers the northwestern portion of Warren County, and WMU 2F, which covers the southeastern portion of Warren County. WMU 1B had an allocation of 27,844 antlerless deer licenses, and WMU 2f had an allocation of 22,148 antlerless deer licenses.

In addition, WMU 2G, to the east of WMU 2F, is also sold out. Other Wildlife Management Units in northwestern Pennsylvania currently have licenses avalable… WMU 1A (22,490 available), WMU 2D (19,138 available), WMU 2E (4,667 available), and WMU 3A (11,727 available)  Beginning on Monday, July 26, county treasurers will begin accepting applications from non-residents for the licenses that remain available.

You can check current antlerless license availability at the Pennsylvania Game Commission licensing website.

The PA Department of Environmental Protection’s Environmental Quality Board is proposing new regulations that will update existing rules for drilling, casing, cementing, testing, monitoring, and plugging of oil and gas wells. The new regulations will also update rules for protecting public and private water supplies. This is referred to as the Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board Proposed Regulations for Oil and Gas Well Casing and Cementing.

All public comments must be received by Monday, August 9, 2010, and information on where to send public comments is included in the summary.

If you would like to view the complete Oil and Gas Well Casing and Cementing proposed rulemaking, please follow this link to the PA Bulletin: http://www.pabulletin.com/secure/data/vol40/40-28/1248.html

BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will play host to more than a dozen camps, gatherings and other events this summer.

The camps will take place between May and August and are open to the public.

Ongoing through June 25 are Advanced Swimming Classes with Pitt-Bradford head swimming coach Ed Bahan.

The classes are open to swimmers age 9 and older with at least two years of competitive swimming experience.

Swimmers can choose which weekday sessions are the most convenient to attend. Through June 5, the sessions run from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. or 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. weekdays at the Paul C. Duke Aquatic Center in the Sport and Fitness Center.

            Between June 7 and June 25, swimmers can choose between a 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. session and a 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. session each weekday.

            This class is designed to allow athletes to experience different types of training techniques for the sport of competitive swimming and to expose them to training for longer, more difficult collegiate events such as the 1000 freestyle, 1650 free, 400 individual medley, 200 butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke.

            The cost is $175 for the entire program, but can be pro-rated.

            Bahan is a six-time senior national competitor and a 1980 Olympic trial competitor with 22 years’ coaching experience. He was recently named the 2009 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Coach of the year for men, and co-coach of the year for the 2010 season for women.

            Bahan will also hold Panther Swim Clinics for children age 8 and older from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 14 to 18 and June 21 to 25.

            The basic swim clinic is for children age 8 to 11 years old who know how to swim all four competitive strokes, perform open turns and flip turns, and dive from the blocks.

            The advanced clinic is for children 12 and older who, in addition to the requirements of the basic clinic, can start from the blocks and have been or are on a swim team.

            Cost for the swim clinics is $125 each week. A second swimmer is $40.

            For more information on the advanced swim class or summer swim clinics, contact Bahan at egb17@pitt.edu or (814)362-5034.

            For those with a more leisurely approach to the water, two sessions of the Kinzua Fly Fishing School will be held May 15-16 and May 21-23.

            Beginning and intermediate fly anglers, male and female, age 12 to adult, are welcome to come learn fly tying, fly casting and fly-fishing techniques with nymphs, wet flies, streamers and dry flies. For more information, visit http://users.penn.com/~skvarka/ or e-mail Steve Skvarka at skvarka@penn.com.

            Pitt-Bradford’s Outreach Services will run this year’s Science Camp for students who have completed grades 1 through 6. Camp takes place from 8:30 a.m. until noon June 7-11 in Swarts Hall.

            Campers will learn about plants, birds, stream life, water quality, chemistry, physical science and more. There will also be guest presenters each day. There is a $75 fee for one child and $50 for each additional child in a family to attend. The fee includes a T-shirt. Registration is due by May 28. For more information, call Outreach Services at (814)362-5078.

            On June 17-19, the 13th Penn’s Woods Jeep Jamboree rolls onto campus. The Jamboree is an off-road adventure weekend that brings together the outdoors, down-to-earth people and their Jeep 4x4s. Participants will travel through the Allegheny Highlands on trails that rarely see visitors. All ages are welcome, but drivers must have a valid license to drive Jeeps. Cost is $275 for adults, $125 for children age 6 to 12. Family plans are available. For more information, visit http://www.jeepjamboreeusa.com/.

            Sixty community children will take to the Bromeley Family Theater stage the week of June 21-26 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with Missoula Children’s Theatre, a theater workshop for children who are entering grades 1 through 12 sponsored by the Bradford Creative and Performing Arts Center. After just one week of practice, the children will present “The Wizard of Oz” at 2 p.m. June 26 in the Bromeley Family Theater in Blaisdell Hall.

            The cost of the workshop is $100. Applications became available May 3 and spots are available on a first-come basis. For more information, visit http://www.bcpac.com/ or call (814)362-2522.

            Autism Network International will bring its Autreat to Pitt-Bradford for the third year from June 28-July 2. Autreat is a retreat-style conference run by autistic people for autistic people and friends. It is an opportunity for autistic people and those with developmental differences and their friends and supporters to come together to discover and explore autistic connections and develop advocacy skills in an autistic-friendly environment. Family members and professionals are welcome to attend. For more information, visit http://www.autreat.com/.

            Head baseball coach Bret Butler will hold Pitt-Bradford Baseball Camp from 9 a.m. to noon July 5-8 for ages 6 to 14.

            Pitt-Bradford Baseball Camp is an all-skills camp focusing on every aspect of the game: hitting, pitching, infield, outfield, defense and defensive aspects of catching. For more information or to register, contact Butler at bab15@pitt.edu or call (814)362-5093.

            Pitt-Bradford will host the Embraceable Ewe Knitting Camp from July 9-13. Beginners, intermediates and experts are welcome to work on a knitting project, learn techniques and share ideas and tips with other knitters. For more information or to register, call (716) 646-6674.

The week of July 12-16 is Andy Moore’s Co-Ed Basketball Day Camp for ages 8 to 17 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The camp will teach the fundamentals of basketball to campers through individual and group instruction and provide competitive game situations to practice individual skills.

Andy Moore’s Boys’ Basketball Camp will follow the same format and take place from July 19-23. Cost for the co-ed and boys’ camps is $125 and includes a T-shirt. There is a $10 discount for siblings.

 Moore even has camp for the youngest players. Andy Moore’s Gym Rats Basketball Camp for children age 4 to 8 takes place from 9 to 11:30 a.m. July 26-29. The cost is $60 and includes a T-shirt and daily snack.

Moore has been head basketball coach at Pitt-Bradford for 16 years and has a career record of 253-177. For more information on basketball camps, contact Moore at (814)362-5276 or ajm8@pitt.edu or visit the Pitt-Bradford athletics website to download a brochure and application: www.upb.pitt.edu/athletics.aspx.

            High school students from the Intermediate Unit 9 can spend the week of July 18-24 at Seneca Highlands Summer Academy exploring criminal justice and forensic science, sculpture and art, or drama and communications. Students should contact their guidance counselors for more information.

            During the week of July 19-23, students from Floyd C. Fretz Middle School in Bradford can explore careers at Camp Compass, a free camp sponsored by the TRiO Educational Talent Search office at Pitt-Bradford. Camp will include career and college games and activities such as website safety, art projects and a tour of the Crime Scene Investigation House. Students will also hear presentations on topics such as “College Life,” see a police dog demonstration and take a trip to the Aquarium of Niagara in Niagara Falls, N.Y. For more information or to register, call the TRiO Educational Talent Search office at (814)362-5115.

            Finally, Mike Idland’s Goalkeeper Soccer Clinic will take place Aug. 6-8 on the Kessel Athletic Complex. The clinic is for middle school and high school goalkeepers. Training topics include shot stopping, crosses, breakaways, footwork and distribution.

            The cost is $200. For more information or to register, contact Idland at 814-362-5062 or mei6@pitt.edu.