Keystone Sportsmen group ready to host annual field day

The Keystone Sportsmen for Youth group is planning its 25th annual Youth Field Day to be held at the Blair County Game Fish and Forestry Association grounds at Riggles Gap on Saturday, June 2.

The event begins 7:30 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m. Registration begins at 7 a.m. All youth must be pre-registered by May 21. There will be a limit of 200 participants.

Multiple stations will be used for events including fishing, fly tying, trap shooting and .22 caliber rifle range.

Youth ages 6-16 are invited to attend. Participation of individuals is at the discretion of the instructors for each event. All youth participants must be accompanied by an adult. One adult may bring more than one youth.

For more information, contact Mike Luke at mluke@veeder.com or at 932-5270.

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Cambria County will be the site of four hunter-trapper education courses over a one-month period, starting on May 19.

It is there that the first one will be held at the Smokey Valley Sportsmens Club in Hastings. It runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and the class limit size is 25.

The next one wlll be held on Saturday, June 2, at the Mosscreek Rod & Gun Club in Northern Cambria. It runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The class limit is 50.

The Civil Defense Club will host one on Sunday, June 10, in Northern Cambria. It will run from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and the class limit size is 20.

The final class will run on Saturday, June 23, at the Colver Sportsmen Club in Colver. It will run from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and the class limit size is 30.

For for more information on all classes, contact Jerry Olsavsky at 247-8968.

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Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman recently reminded boat owners they need specific insurance for their watercraft, and neither their homeowners nor auto policies will cover most damage or liability resulting from claims involving a boat.

“Many Pennsylvanians enjoy boating each year on our state’s over 85,000 miles of rivers and streams, 76 natural lakes, and 2,300 constructed impoundments. But state waters can get crowded, as the U.S. Coast Guard reports 315,503 recreational vessels were registered in Pennsylvania as of 2016,” Altman said. “A boat, especially a power boat, is a big investment, typically costing tens of thousands of dollars, and owners should make sure their investment is properly protected.”

Homeowners insurance typically provides only minimal coverage for very small boats with no engine or a very small engine. Auto insurance will provide limited coverage if the boat is damaged while being pulled by a vehicle, but will not cover damaged caused by the boat should it hit a person or cause property damage.

“Owners should consider coverage for damage to the boat, or damage the boat may cause to other property, as well as liability coverage for injuries the boat could cause if it strikes an individual, and for any injuries someone may suffer while on the boat,” Altman said.

Many boat owners use their watercraft for recreational activities, such as fishing, and so may have expensive gear on board. Boat insurance can also cover theft of personal possessions on the craft, along with vandalism, and damage by fire.

Similar to homeowners insurance, there are different levels of boat insurance.

There are three types of boat insurance that consumers can select from to provide coverage for damages to a boat:

Actual cash value or market value: Your insurer will reimburse you for the current value of the boat, minus your deductible, if you experience a total loss. For a partial loss, the insurer will pay for the depreciated value of lost or damaged items, minus your deductible.

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