ORONO — The University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Bryant Pond 4-H Camp & Learning Center in western Maine has received a $50,000 scholarship grant from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The funds will offset camp fees for Maine youth interested in learning more about conservation, nature, hunting, fishing and boating safety.
Eligible campers, age 8-17, could receive up to $300 toward the $595 fee for a weeklong program in Basic Conservation Camp, which includes the state hunter-safety certification in firearms or archery; Natural Explorer, Fishing Camp or Paddling Camp, all of which include boating safety education, according to DIF&W. The funds, from the department’s annual moose permit auction, also could be used to offset fees for visiting school or youth groups, provided they complete the required hours for hunter- or boater-safety education.
Students also can choose educational opportunities including first aid, map and compass use, outdoor survival, fish biology, wildlife management, endangered species, wildlife identification, hiking and low-impact outdoor recreation principles.
For further information, contact Ryder Scott at Bryant Pond 4-H Camp & Learning Center, 665-1778. Additional information about Bryant Pond activities is available at http://www.umaine.edu/bryantpond.
OLD TOWN — The Old Town High School hockey players will trade their hockey sticks for golf clubs on Saturday, July 16, during the 11th annual Golf Scramble at Hidden Meadows Golf Club in Old Town.
The event will be hosted by the Friends of Old Town High School Hockey, and all proceeds will support the team. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m. with shotgun start at 8 a.m. Registration fee is $50 per player, $200 for a team of four.
Try to win an Old Town canoe kayak, a family membership to Hidden Meadows Golf Course or a Taylormade club. To support the team, get a team together, donate a prize or sponsor a hole for $100. For more information, contact Laurie Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit Hidden Meadow Golf Course athttp://www.hiddenmeadowsgolf.com or call 827-4779.
Berry Day in the Wildlands
ORLAND — Grab your berry baskets and venture to the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 16. Nikki Fox will lead berry pickers to the wildlands’ premium wild berry patches. Rain date is July 23. Bring your kids, receptacles, water, hat and sunscreen. Participants are asked to preregister with Nikki Fox for location to meet by calling 667-6703 or email email@example.com. Next berry day for blackberries will be Aug. 20.
Golfing for hockey
ORRINGTON — The Hockey Boosters of John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor will hold their sixth annual golf tournament fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 20, at the 18-hole Rocky Knoll Golf Course. Shotgun start is at 1 p.m., rain or shine. Space is limited to first 40 paid teams.
There will be a $10,000 Hole-In-One contest, with other prizes awarded to the top three teams with the lowest scores. Prizes also will be awarded for closest to the pin, longest drive, hockey shot, putting and chipping contests.
Purple Team fee is $400 with four players, tee sponsorship, cart, meals, strings and Mulligans. White Team fee is $275 with four players, cart and meal. Individual golfers may sign up for $75 each and be placed on a team, as space allows.
Holes can be sponsored individually for $125 each. Proceeds from the tournament help defray the costs for the varsity and JV hockey teams for the 2011-2012 season.
To obtain information and to register, contact Melissa Harvey of the John Bapst Hockey Boosters at firstname.lastname@example.org or 294 River Road, Orrington 04474.
Canoe and rescue skills
OLD TOWN — An instructor from Maine Bound Outdoor Adventure Center at the University of Maine will lead a clinic on canoe and rescue skills 12:30-3 p.m Sunday, July 17, at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, 35 Hudson Road, Route 43.
The clinic is free. Preregistration is requested by July 15 at 944-9259 or 827-2230. For directions, visit http://www.hirundomaine.org
Hunt Road Race
BANGOR — Riley Masters, 21, of Bangor, University of Maine track and cross-country runner and Bangor High School graduate, won the Walter Hunt Memorial Fourth of July Road Race for the third year in a row in 8 minutes 2 seconds, breaking by 8 seconds the 1988 record that Gerry Clapper set.
Other area racers finishing in the top group included Orono native Josh Trevino, second; and Adam Goode of Bangor, fourth.
Jen Dagan, 27, of Bangor won for the women in 9 minutes 52 seconds after finishing second last year. Kathy Maher of Bangor was third, and Brewer native Meghan McCloskey finished fourth.