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Provides Public Opportunity to Meet Commissioners and Staff
January 27, 2009
Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will be travelling across the state during the next two months, hosting a series of public meetings to update local communities about the agency’s work while also hearing directly from participants about sporting issues affecting them. A total of eight evening meetings will be held, one in each of the commissioner districts.

“The meetings will provide the public an opportunity to meet commissioners and staff and to hear firsthand about the multiple activities we undertake in order to meet our responsibilities and fulfill our mission,” said Doug Austen, PFBC executive director. “There are a lot of projects we do that I believe the public isn’t aware of. We want to tell them about how these projects enhance fishing and boating opportunities and how they protect and conserve our aquatic resources.

“At the same time, the meetings will also allow us to meet our customers, the anglers and boaters who use our services and the resources every day,” Austen said. “It’s important that we hear from them.”

The first public meeting will be held in York Springs on February 11 at the York Springs Fire Company. Meetings will begin with an informal open house from 6 - 7 p.m., during which the public can meet the executive director, the commissioner representing the district and Commission staff. From 7 – 8 p.m., Executive Director Austen and regional staff will make various presentations, including fisheries updates, habitat projects, outreach and education activities, and boating and access programs. A general discussion and question and answer period will follow from 8 – 9 p.m.

Meeting dates and locations appear below, along with the names of the commissioners representing each district. A map showing each commissioner district is available on the PBFC website at  




2/11 6 – Commissioner Robert Bachman York Springs Fire Company
312 Main Street
York Springs, PA
2/12 8 – Commissioner Richard Czop Montgomery County Community College
101 College Drive
Pottstown, PA
2/23 5 – Commissioner William Worobec Lycoming College
Heim Biology Building, Room G-11
Washington Boulevard
Williamsport, PA
2/25 7 – Commissioner Norman Gavlick Luzerne County Community College
Educational Conference Center Building #10
1333 S. Prospect St.
Nanticoke, PA
3/11 4 – Commissioner Leonard Lichvar Arena Restaurant
4407 Business 220
Bedford, PA
3/12 2 – Commissioner Thomas Shetterly Frazier High School
142 Constitution St.
Perryopolis, PA
3/23 3 – Commissioner William Sabatose Lock Haven University
Clearfield Campus
Founder’s Hall, 2nd Floor
Clearfield, PA
3/24 1 – Commissioner Samuel Concilla Vernon Central Fire Hall
16589 McMath Avenue
Meadville, PA

The mission of the Fish and Boat Commission is to protect, conserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s aquatic resources and provide fishing and boating opportunities. For more information about fishing and boating in Pennsylvania, please visit our website at


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