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Shickshinny Boat Launch Open for Business

The Shickshinny Boat Launch, several years in the making, is complete and open for business… a new children’s playground is complete as well. Stop by and enjoy it! Located behind Thomas’ Market in Shickshinny.


The Citizen’s Voice provides news coverage on the opening


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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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Children’s Park on Susquehanna now open!

Susquehanna Avenue Children's Park


The Children’s park on Susquehanna Avenue (alongside the Susquehanna Warrior Trail) has been refreshed and is now open.  Come out and enjoy!  Thanks to the Shickshinny Borough, aided by their workforce.

Remember – no pets in the playground area, and all pets on the Susquehanna Warrior Trail, and in the Borough of Shickshinny, must be leashed at all times.

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Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Susquehanna Greenway Partnership collaborating with the Susquehanna Warrior Trail Council

SHICKSHINNY –Dale Freudenberger, representing the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor and the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership, attended the meeting of the Susquehanna Warrior Trail Council recently to share news on developments along the D&L Trail and the Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails and learn about plans for 2012 along the Susquehanna Warrior Trail. These and other trail organizations in the region are working towards a common goal of eventually linking together in the Luzerne County area. Pictured L-R, SWTC members Dan Shane, Bonnie Shane, Freudenberger, SWTC President Julie McMonagle, and Frank Coughlin. For information on joining the SWTC please contact Vice President Lance Kittelson at (570) 542-4543.

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