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What it means here: Lamar Lighthouse Camp cancels events; Game Commission reopens ranges

Lamar Lighthouse Camp cancels events

The Lamar Lighthouse Camp board of directors determined that it would be very difficult to practice social distancing of concert crowds.

“It’s the board’s responsibility to be safe in protecting the people who attend the concerts,” a news release from the board said.

More information is available on the camp’s facebook page, which also has links for the musical groups that were to perform that week so readers can enjoy their music.

The annual Lamar Lighthouse Camp Meetings scheduled from July 12 to July 19 are canceled and the camp will be closed for the use of outside groups, and organizations including family reunions during the 2020 camp season.

“Even though the camp activities are on pause for this summer our construction of the new tabernacle will continue,” the news release said. “We are presently getting bids for the floor to be replaced. The building has been ordered but has been held up because of COVID-19 pandemic. We have ordered the basic building shell. We will need additional funding for doors, windows, exhaust fans, and eventually seating.”

The camp is accepting donations for the project. Any questions or comments can be directed to Bill Hargenrader at billhargenrader@yahoo.com or 570-924-3968.

State Game Commission reopens more shooting ranges

The Pennsylvania Game Commission reopened shooting ranges on additional state game lands in counties to be upgraded to the yellow phase Friday.

Those counties include Columbia, Juniata, Mifflin and Wyoming counties, among others.

Within those counties, any rifle, shotgun, pistol and archery ranges on state game lands were reopened Friday and regular hours of operation will resume, a news release said.

Where counties will remain in the matrix’s red phase, and where stay-at-home orders remain in place and large gatherings are prohibited, shooting ranges on state game lands will remain closed.

This is the third round of shooting-range reopenings to be announced. The combined May 8 and May 15 upgrades of 37 counties to the matrix’s yellow phase reopened shooting ranges on 14 game lands.

Shooting ranges that reopened previously include State Game Lands 176 in Centre County, among others.

Future changes regarding the opening of additional game-lands shooting ranges will be announced by the Game Commission as they are authorized.

With the reopening of additional shooting ranges, as permitted by Gov. Tom Wolf’s updated COVID-19 guidance to take effect May 22, more than half of the ranges operated and maintained by the Game Commission will be back up and running, said Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans.

“With the May 22 round of reopenings, most of shooting ranges on Pennsylvania’s state game lands again will be available for hunters, trappers and other properly permitted shooters to use,” Burhans said, according to the news release. “That this third round of reopenings so closely followed the second surely is welcome news to many, and I look forward to announcing the next. If each of us continues to strive to stay safe and follows the state Department of Health’s guidelines for limiting the spread of COVID-19, it only can help to make it happen.”

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