OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe purpose of the Al Hazzard Chapter of Trout Unlimited shall be to conserve, protect, and restore cold-water fisheries and their watersheds.The Chapter shall operate as a volunteer, non-profit, non-political, and non-sectarian organization. The Chapter shall function for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes.  By-Laws ____________________________________________________________________________


Saturday, September 6th (Rain Date: September 7th)

10:00am – 2:00pm
2014 Kid’s Fishing Derby
Location:  COLE PARK, #1674 Colesville Rd, Harpursville, NY
Open admission to all youths between the ages of 1 – 15 years old
No Admission Fee or Sign-up Fee Charged


Special Announcements:

Note from Your Chapter President

“I hope you all have been enjoying a summer of good fishing, catching…and releasing! The hatches have been unusual, not as prominent as I recall – and I wonder if nature is catching up to the floods and droughts.

Although we were not able to get together for the year-end picnic and we have no meetings in July and August, please know that your Board remains very active.

Three scholarships were awarded in June to graduating seniors; we elected two new Board members (Mike Norton and Don Sargent) and wrapped up the Genegantslet Creek restoration with the final willow planting.  The Owego Creek restoration at Park Settlement should be underway shortly.

We continue to inform you of special announcements and celebrations of our members so please look to our main page.  Michelle Miller continues to go above and beyond to serve us well.

I hope to expand the website and look to our members for assistance.  Bob Mead, Tony Valachovic and I recently cleaned out the TU items from Bob’s storage unit.  I am now the repository of those items (with the help of Fred’s Barn!).  In going through some of the boxes I neatly itemized and categorized the TU board minutes and Bulletins (remember those great ones that used to be mailed?!).  I am really going to be a corn ball but I can tell you I was very enthused as a kid when my Dad received one of these in the mail.  The chapter really did a fantastic job!

With the transition of technology, people are most likely to reference our website instead of resourcing paper copies. I’m hoping we can put some of this information on our website. I KNOW WE CAN!  The only problem is that we lack the volunteers!  We need articles.  Michelle can certainly put the content on the website; she just needs to receive the information.  I would LOVE a contribution of a fly recipe, a photo; I may even pass along these bulletins to Michelle and recycle some of the items.  This stuff was great then and it is now.  It irks me when the fly fishing catalogues come out “New in Flies for 2014!” and I say to myself…what is new in entomology?  I still use the Catskill dries and nymph with the traditional patterns and emergers and I am doing OK!

Please think about the banquet as we are open to suggestions.

I have been receiving emails from all over the country people reaching out to me to contact members of the chapter so I know the web-site works and it works well.  So USE IT!  We are open to suggestions.  If you are not able to fish anymore, you can contribute in so many other ways, tying, authoring great articles – pay it forward.”

Best Wishes-


Aka The Piscatorial Princess


Recent Willow Planting on Genegantslet Creek – COMPLETE!


Broome County DEC Official Receives Public Service Excellence Award from New York State Academy for Public Administration

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today commended Larry Lepak, an engineer with its Division of Water in Kirkwood, who has been awarded the Public Service Excellence Award by the NYS Academy for Public Administration (SAPA). Lepak is one of four individuals and four teams SAPA recognized this year as part of its Public Service Recognition week for outstanding performance by public servants.

“Larry represents DEC in a positive, professional and productive manner with a calm, cool demeanor and genuine interest in serving the needs of the public,” DEC Regional Director Ken Lynch said. “After Hurricane Sandy, Larry volunteered to travel to the affected areas and assisted several communities on Long Island to help them rebuild in a manner that is consistent with floodplain management requirements.”

“Larry exemplifies a person who has consistently devoted his long public service career to the safety of the people of our state day-in and day-out,” said Paul Shatsoff, Chairman of SAPA. “The fact that he stands out among his colleagues for his many achievements and dedication, make me proud, on behalf of the State Academy for Public Administration, to grant Larry this Excellence Award.”

Larry has devoted his life to public service through service in the military and 38 years with DEC. His work includes overseeing more than 30 flood control projects in Region 7 consisting of 52 miles of channels, 17.5 miles of levees, three miles of floodwalls, 179 gates, 24 closures and a large dam. During emergency flood events, Larry responds evenings and weekends working overtime and after-hours. Larry has successfully guided DEC’s flood control efforts in the Southern Tier through several major flooding events in recent years. In one recent storm producing record flooding, USACE estimated his team’s efforts prevented nearly $75 million in potential flood damage. His DEC team was recognized for this work with a certificate of appreciation by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The State Academy for Public Administration was formed in 1974 and provides a unique forum for engaging the skills and talents of senior government professionals in support of the public service in New York State. Its Public Service Excellence Awards honor New York State’s workforce.

A ceremony to recognize the awardees was held May 21, 2014 at Rockefeller College’s Milne Hall. The event was co-sponsored by the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy.