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 Izaak Walton League of America Inc.

Defenders of Soil, Air, Woods, Water and Wildlife

 

Alexandria Chapter of the Virginia State Division
2729 Garrisonville Road
Stafford, Virginia  22556-3412 

John Barry, President (540) 720-7151
Pete Williams, Caretaker (540) 752-5331
Joe Kolos, Newsletter Editor (703) 791-3056

 January 2008

Calendar

Range closings for big game season.  Ranges closed Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday through January 5.

  • January 5, 12, 19, 26 - 6 pm -Turkey Shoot - Every Saturday through March – See detail this page

  • January 12 – Virginia Division Meeting – Suffolk, VA.

  • January 20 – 1:00 pm - Executive Committee Meeting; 2:00 pm – Chapter Member Meeting

  • January 26 – 8 am - Work Party – Tool Shed Clean-up

In This Issue

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TURKEY SHOOT: Held Saturdays through March with a “Stock Match” on the last Saturday of each month.  John Komrowski is running the Turkey Shoot this year and is looking for volunteer help.  Any time is appreciated.  His telephone is 540-752-1079

President’s Column

The Stafford County Planning Commission voted unanimously to remove our property from the Park Land redesignation amendment to the County’s Comprehensive plan.  Hopefully, that issue is resolved and will not surface again, but we will keep an eye on the comprehensive plan as it moves forward.  

Chapter officers, board members and volunteer members attended two planning commission meetings.  We would like to thank all of the members who showed up to support the chapter.  It would not have been a success without your effort.

Work Party 

Our next work party will be on January 26th, 2008.  Please come out and help.

Donations 

We are still looking for donations of tools and equipment.  If you have any items to spare that are in good working order, please bring them to the chapter.  We are still looking for a refrigerated vertical display case for the turkey shoot.  

We regularly use chain saws, weed eaters, and other outdoor implements as well.  Again, any item you donate helps the chapter move forward and saves money on big projects.  Thank you for your help.

Turkey Shoot

John Komrowski’s wife, Valerie volunteered to run the Turkey Shoot kitchen this year and has done a fabulous job.  Unfortunately, she has to have back surgery December 19, 2007, and will be out for approximately six weeks.  Please drop Valerie a get well soon note when you get a chance.  The Komrowski family has poured everything they have into this fundraiser for the chapter and we should make sure that do what we can to help them through this recuperation time.

We still need volunteers to help run the Turkey Shoot this year.  If you have some time and would like to help one night, please contact John Komrowski at 540-752-1079.  We will schedule you for as many nights as you want, but even one would help.

The Chapter Officers and Board of Directors wishes you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 

Thank you for your support,

John Barry
Chapter President 

The reminders for everyone this month are:

 1. Do not shoot or throw clay targets from under the shotgun range pavilion.

 2. There is a new parking curb at the Rifle/Pistol range.  Respect the property boundaries and leave your vehicle in the parking lot. 

3. All ranges are closed during the regular monthly meeting, which starts at 2:00 PM every third Sunday.  Ranges are closed until that meeting is over.   

4. Please pick up your targets, brass, empty hulls and trash on the ranges when you leave and take it home with you.  We do not have sufficient trash service to handle disposing of trash brought in from outside.  “Pack it in, pack it out”. Thank you. 

5. Reset the combination on the gate padlock to four zeros “0000” after you open the lock. 

6. All Ranges are CLOSED on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from now until the end of hunting season, which ends the first week in January.  They are OPEN on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.  Please remember the days, we have already had people show up to use the ranges and say they didn’t know about this rule.  This rule has been in effect for a very long time. 

Mark Williams is one of our members with a new taxidermy business.  He is working to establish his business and would like to help with your next trophy.  He can be contacted at Flatlands Taxidermy Studio 17416 Corder Road Elkwood, VA  22718 Shop – 540-423-1961 Cell – 540-270-3477.

CONSERVATION REPORT

Nan Rollison 

Climate Change Negotiation Breakthrough in Bali

A last-minute breakthrough by a change from the United States has allowed the climate change negotiations in Bali to move forward in consensus to develop a new treaty to succeed Kyoto beyond 2012. The agreement extends the Kyoto Protocol to the United States and developing nations such as China and India. A successor treaty will be agreed at a meeting in Copenhagen in late 2009. 

More:  http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSL1412327320071216

Senate Passes Huge Farm Bill – President Threats Veto

The Senate approved a $286 billion farm bill authorizing significant new spending for farm programs, food stamps and conservation but would make only modest changes in the nation's traditional agricultural subsidy system.   Acting Agriculture Secretary Chuck Conner was "disappointed" with the Senate measure referencing the elimination of a provision ending subsidies for the wealthiest of Americans with the 2.5 million cap.

More:  Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/14/AR2007121401845.html 

U.S. Energy Bill

Los Angeles Times

Senate passed the Energy Bill. Good news:  higher fuel economy standards.  Yes, we're finally going to get higher fuel economy standards and should win passage with the House and avoid Presidential veto.  Bad news: doesn’t go near enough to reduce fossil fuel use and switch to renewable forms of energy to combat accelerating climate change. 

More:

 http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-energy15dec15,0,3054096.story?coll=la-news-comment-editorials

Stafford Parks and Recreation Department Seeks Public Input on Aquia Landing Park

The Stafford Parks and Recreation Department will hold a public meeting on Monday, December 17, 2007, to solicit input from residents about proposed changes to the dates that Aquia Landing Park is open to the public.

Aquia Landing Park, located at 2846 Brooke Road, is currently open only between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The proposal under consideration would open the park to visitors all year. The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Parks and Recreation Administration Office in the Rowser Building, located at 1739 Jefferson Davis Highway.  Written comments may be submitted by e-mail to choppe@co.stafford.va.us or mailed to the Department of Parks and Recreation, P.O. Box 339, Stafford, VA 22555. 

RECIPE OF THE MONTH

Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie

 INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree

  • 1 cup apple butter

  • ¼  cup dark brown sugar

  • ½  teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½  teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ¼  teaspoon salt

  • 3 eggs, beaten

  • 1 cup evaporated milk

  • 1 (9 inch) unbaked deep dish pie crust

 

STREUSEL TOPPING:

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • ½  cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/3  cup dark brown sugar

  • ½  cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 0F (175 0C).

In a large bowl, combine pumpkin, apple butter, 1/4 cup brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Stir in eggs and evaporated milk. Pour into prepared pie shell.

Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a knife inserted 2 inches from the center comes out clean. Sprinkle streusel topping over the pie, and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

To make the streusel topping: In a small bowl, combine butter, flour, and 1/3 cup brown sugar. Stir until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in pecans.

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