Work on cutting trees near the breastworks at Dutch Fork Lake was expected to begin last week after a lengthy delay.
The delay occurred when the Pennsyvania Fish and Boat Commission did not get any bids to do the work as required by the Department of Environmental Resources. A bid was finally received after a second request for them was released.
The $5.1-million project to rebuild the lake’s concrete spillway and dam was completed in August, but the process of refilling the lake, which has been empty since the spillway was damaged by heavy rains in 2004, has been delayed until the tree cutting could be done.
Officials hope the lake can be refilled by spring.
• The 2012-13 scholastic rifle season began in the last week, and there are a few changes this year.
With the addition of a new scholastic team at Waynesburg High School, there are now 14 teams that compete in the WPIAL, including six that are located in Washington and Greene counties.
The WPIAL has increased the number of sections from two to three, placing all the smaller schools in Washington and Greene counties into Section 1. It’s comprised of Avella, McGuffey, Washington, Waynesburg and West Greene.
Trinity is competing in Section 2 with Bethel Park, Mt. Lebanon, Upper St. Clair and Woodland Hills.
Butler, Hempfield, Indiana and Plum compete in Section 3.
There are some fantastic scores being put up in the early going, with seven 800s last week, led by Hempfield’s 800-70X in a victory over Indiana Thursday.
Locally, Trinity posted scores of 800-66X in a win over Upper St. Clair.
• The Pittsburgh-Suburban Rifle League season also is under way, with Frazier-Simplex off to a 5-0 start and the Dormont-Mt. Lebanon Sportsmen’s Club team in second at 4-1.
The two local teams appear to be the class of the league again this year.
• GuestRated.com surveyed 30,000 campgrounds, RV parks and resorts across the country and found 42 – including seven in Pennsylvania – that were given an A grade.
The closest locally is Rivers Edge Campground in Connellsville.
Also on the list from Pennsylvania were Mountain Vista Campground in East Stroudsburg, Pioneer Campground in Laporte, Buttonwood Campground in Mexico, Dogwood Acres in Newville, Gettysburg Campground and Kalyumet Camping and Cabins in Lucinda.
Outdoors Editor F. Dale Lolley can be reached at email@example.com.