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ECO Brian Canzeri shows pelts of local wildlife to area youths at the Capital District Sportsmen’s Center’s open house held on June 27.

The Capital District Sportsman Center (CDSC) held its first ever open house on June 27 and by all reports it was a resounding success. Over 250 outdoor enthusiasts got a sneak peak of the CDSC and its future vision, all while enjoying great live music, food & drink, pony rides, inter-active wildlife displays plus much more.

The organization is the brainchild of consummate veteran NYS Environmental Conservation Officer Brian Canzeri. It sprung as an offshoot of the Capital District Sportsmen’s page he created on Facebook nearly three years ago, combined with PJ Hyde’s long-running Hoosick Falls Outdoors Show. The two formed a 501c and leased the vacant old Grafton Elementary School which is now the permanent home to the Capital District Sportsmen’s Center.

The CDSC’s stated mission is “to provide outdoor, conservation and life skill education and training as it relates to nature to the New York State Capital Region area; with a focus on the region’s urban, suburban, and rural youth.”

They strive to educate and connect local youth and adults to the many outdoor opportunities that exist in capital region. Their leadership attempts to accomplish passing on the principle of, “conservation through education with integrity.”

The center accomplishes this by prioritizing outdoor education, connecting youth and the community to the outdoors, life skills training, environmental awareness, with the ultimate goal of ensuring everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.

In addition to the many area youths and their parents in attendance, local dignitaries came down to show their continued support of the center. Among the many VIPs in attendance at CDSC’s inaugural event were, NYS Assemblyman Jake Ashby, County Court Judge, Debora Yound, Rensselaer County Legislators Dan Casale, Bruce Patire, Jeff Wysocki, and Bill Malone, Troy City Court Judge Jill Kehn, Deputy Commissioner of Youth Services, Pierce Hoyt, and Grafton Town Councilman, Frank Lewandusky.

The CDSC is a sponsor of the Hoosick Falls vs Berlin High School Trap Shoot Event, hosts Youth Plant and Tree Identification, Sportsman Education, deer butchering classes, plus many other topics of interest to both veteran outdoor enthusiasts and those new to the outdoors. Nearly all services, classes, and events of the CDSC are free and are always open to the public.

It is a charitable organization that gives back to the community. This year alone, donations included 30 deer donated by hunters, untold pounds of freshly butchered pork, 60 boxes groceries, plus $5,000.00 in grocery store gift cards plus much more.

Attracted to the yeoman’s work supporting conservation and community being accomplished right in their backyard, Penny Kretchmar-Spiezio, Allie Wolfe, Chris Marsh, and Don Mc Cabe immediately volunteered and comprised CDSC’s initial executive board. Since then, many other volunteers, teachers, sports ed instructors and donors have stepped up joining forces to help coordinate the effort.

Hats off to all of the VIPs and to all the volunteer’s who support this organization’s mission. They are proving you can truly make a difference simply by joining a shared vision, infusing it with energy and enthusiasm, then watching the fruits of their efforts grow. All to shape the future of conservation, community, and the shooting sports in outstanding positive fashion.

Kudos to all those involved with such a worthwhile effort.

Happy Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping until next time.

News and Notes

Save the Date for Greene County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited Banquet: Jeff Holiday and the Greene County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited want you to “save the date” for their banquet scheduled to be held at Anthony’s Banquet Hall in Leeds on September 26th. More information to follow.

Lake Taghkanic Bass Tournament Schedule: The remaining Lake Taghkanic Bass Tournament schedule is as follows: July 17, July 31 and August 14. All tournaments are held from 4-11 a.m. Entry is $40.00 per person and includes lunker prize entry. Weigh-in is at West Beach. 100 % pay-out for 1st place, 30% for 2nd 25%, 20% for 4th and 15% for 5th 10% with 6th place winning their entry fee back.

Tournament rules are five fish per boat, fish must be alive at weigh-in, live bait is allowed. Boats must have a live-well. For more information call Bill Johnson at (518) 537-5455.

Remember to report poaching violations by calling 1-844-DEC-ECOS.

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