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FEMA Region III update

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Susquehanna Greenway Partnership’s 2014 Progress Report

Susquehanna Greenways, an important partner of ShickshinnyForward, has released their 2014 Progress Report, which highlights the ways they work to make it possible to walk, bike, or paddle from river town to river town.

Inside, you’ll learn about:

  • New trails
  • New public river access
  • And many local projects along the Susquehanna Greenway!

We hope the progress illustrated here is informative and inspires you to get involved, volunteer, or donate to become a member.
Every day is an adventure along the Susquehanna River, and we look forward to accomplishing great things together in the future.

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July 21 (Wilkes University) and July 22 (Luzerne County Community College) Public Meetings on Wyoming Valley Levee System and Luzerne County Flood Insurance Rate Map

Wyoming Valley levee public meeting flyer FINAL

The Luzerne County Flood Protection Authority, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invite you to a meeting to learn about changes to the Wyoming Valley Levee System and Luzerne County Flood Insurance Rate Map. Please take one of these opportunities to meet representatives from the Flood Protection Authority, FEMA and the Corps of Engineers.


Wilkes-Barre Meeting

July 21, 2014

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Wilkes University

2nd Floor Ballroom

84 West South St.

Wilkes-Barre, PA



Plymouth Meeting

July 22, 2014

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Luzerne County Community College

Educational Conference Center

1333 S. Prospect St.

Nanticoke, PA

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It Was a Cold and Windy Day, In Bright & Cheerful Downtown Shickshinny!

The 6th Annual Susquehanna Warrior Trail 5K Race/Walk

Shickshinny Forward was out in full-support of the 6th Annual Susquehanna Warrior Trail 5K Race/Walk, with two race participants and several members staffing the Shickshinny Forward stand.

Some of the finish line stats help tell the story of what this great race does for the community.  Daniel Pszeniczny of Benton finished first with a speedy 18:08 minutes.  An 11-year-old boy from Berwick came in 6th place out of a record 331 participants.  The first Shickshinny resident to cross the line was 23-year-old Luke Shillington, who came in 20th place.  The Polish Falcons of neighboring Mocanaqua were well represented in show stopping hot pink and black T-shirts.  The most senior finishers were two 75-year-old gentlemen from Mahanoy and Wilkes-Barre.

In other words, this event inspires good health, brings the community together, draws in out-of-town support, and involves people of all ages.  In addition, it supports the core mission statement of Shickshinny Forward, which encourages the development of our River Town as a hub of recreation and community activity.

Thanks to SWTC for all of your hard work!

The Polish Falcons rockin’ out their new Team Shirts!

The Polish Falcons rockin’ out their new Team Shirts!

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What were those kayaks and canoes doing on the Susquehanna on October 27???

Brian Phillips, President, ShickshinnyForward

We felt the quiet solitude of paddling a remote river in the backlands of Alaska, but we were right here in our own backyard becoming one with the Susquehanna River.


This past Saturday, Oct 27th, from 9am until 2pm, ShickshinnyForward was partner in sponsoring a Susquehanna River Kayak event and Susquehanna Warrior Trail walk, run & bike day. This event was free and promoted for adventurers to come out and enjoy the fall recreation and tourism options around the greater Shickshinny area. Dave Buck, owner of Endless Mountain Outfitters, provided kayaks for those who needed them and was an excellent guide, trainer and safety resource. We had a group of 16 kayaks, one canoe and a wire haired Hungarian bird dog on the adventure! Paddlers came from Shickshinny, Berwick, Mountaintop and as far away as Wyalusing and Sugar Run for this fall sojourn.

Nobody got wet and the temperature was a balmy 65… perfect for a fall paddle with a few novices along for the trip. The water was chilly and green topped with fallen leaves. We saw fifteen instances of bald eagles circling close by, swooping in to grab a duck out of the river for dinner (it escaped) and even paddling right up to find two eagles hidden perched in a tree just 20 yards away. To be clear, they were not crows; white heads and white tails flashed when they took off. They were joined by a few herons along the way. They were likely the same pairs of eagles; and they made their presence known. At the half way point we took a break for snacks. Throughout the day our paddling group, along with the many fishermen along the way were jockeying for position and comaradarie on the 7.5 miles of river trail.

Dale Freudenberger, Anthricite Region Coordinator of the Delaware, Lehigh and Wyoming Valley Herritage Corridor also came out to welcome the group to shore in Shickshinny. Recently in cooperation with the Susquehanna Greenways Shickshinny was designated as an official Rivertown and river trail.

We expect to do it again next year, but we’ll try to do it two weeks earlier to experience the peak in changing fall foliage.


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