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Kayak Roll Sessions at Uniontown High School

Kayaking Roll Session at Uniontown High School

Kayak Roll Sessions are happening at Uniontown High School.



Roll sessions are the gateway into kayaking.

Kayaking Roll Session at Uniontown High SchoolIIt’s such a fantastic gateway into the world of whitewater and fortunately for the kids at Uniontown High School the Youghiogheny River is 17 miles away. The Youghiogheny River has multiple sections for for kayakers of intermediate to advanced abilities. It’s a fantastic river to learn how to kayak on and a river that will challenge the abilities of even the best boaters well into their paddling careers.

Fayette County Pennsylvania has a thriving tourism industry in Ohiopyle State Park.

At Uniontown High School Jim Engel and Ben Scoville have spearheaded a roll session that not only introduces young people to the world of whitewater through kayaking, but also offers an opportunity for employment into the outdoor tourism industry of Ohiopyle State Park on the Youghiogheny River.

Jim Engel is a local Pastor at St. Peter’s Church in Uniontown and is active in the WELS program that gets kids out in nature while introducing them to the benefits of rafting, climbing and more that Ohiopyle State Park has to offer. He is great with the kids and brings his energetic and sage like guidance to our area youth.

Ben Scoville is the river manager at Wilderness Voyageurs and is an incredible boater, raft guide and SUP paddler in his own right and is really doing the heavy lifting, literally for the roll session. He brings about 15 kayaks, paddles and spray skirts in and strapped on a van every Monday to the roll session and enables the students to check out various sized boats to get the right fit to start the learning process of kayaking. He’s the man. He also teaches kayaking along with Jim and another instructor Zach Sipe.

Zach Sipe is a local in Uniontown who teaches in the Laurel Highlands School District. He also works at Wilderness Voyageurs and is a seasoned kayaker and raft guide on the Youghiogheny.

These roll sessions are extremely important to the community and our area youth.

Kayaking Roll Session at Uniontown High SchoolIWe can only say a generous heartfelt thank you to people that help make this happen like Debbie Rittenhouse Curriculum Coordinator at Uniontown High School and the Maintenance people as well. We could not do this without you giving us a chance. The best chance though is for our community to enter into this world of kayaking with education and experience. Then our young people can take pride in their area and teach the tourists that come here with first hand experience.

Kayak Roll Sessions at Uniontown High School


For more information on Uniontown Kayak Roll Sessions contact Jim Engel


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6th Annual River Cleanup

May 6, 2017, 9:00am - May 6, 2017, 12:00pm

Come out and join us for the 6th Annual Spring Cleanup on the Susquehanna River! Please register at and you will be added to our email list and receive periodic updates leading up to the cleanup. The main effort occurs between Lewisburg and Sunbury with the majority of onfoot work below Sunbury.

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Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association, Inc. with Susquehanna Life Magazines hosted its first "Bridges Over Troubled Water" event on Earth Day. Carol Parenzan, Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper, serves as the ACA-Pennsylvania Stewardship Director.

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Building Bridges of Awareness We had a wonderful Earth Day as we celebrated our Susquehanna River during our "Bridges Over Troubled Water" event on Saturday. Thank you to those that rode, swirled and swished, spoke, served, drove, prepared, wrote, delivered, and cared about the watershed. A special thanks to my newly-introduced third cousin Ann Nowaskie for taking and sharing these photos. It's a small world! And thank you to our new AmeriCorps VISTA Tina Hayes for making sure everything ran smoothly throughout the day. Another trip is in the works, and if you were unable to join us on this adventure but would like to be roll with us on another river journey, please let us know so we can add you to the interested-in-attending list. Thank you to: Susquehanna Life Magazines Susquehanna Trailways Spyglass Ridge Winery Salty & Baked Union County Conservation District Merrill W. Linn Land & Waterways Conservancy (Ryan Sabo) Le Jeune Chef at Penn College BucknellU (Gary Grant) Happy Valley Vineyard & Winery Fero Vineyards And Winery Shade Mountain Winery & Vineyards Susquehanna River Valley

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Your ACA-Pennsylvania Stewardship Director speaking up for our rivers in Harrisburg. ...

Speaking for Our River on Capitol Hill Thank you to my colleagues at Choose Clean Water for the opportunity to bring voice to our Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay during our Pennsylvania Lobby Days on Monday. It was an honor to share our story and ask for continued support for all the agencies and organizations that put people before profits, and our river before funding reductions. Thank you for loving your river.

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