Hunters are asked to donate venison

Since '97, Md. contributions have exceeded 67 tons

Notebook

November 28, 1999|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

With the firearms hunting season for deer open until Dec. 11, hunters who fill their bags and have extra venison are reminded they can donate meat to Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry at participating processors across the state.

Since 1997, FHFH has provided more than 67 tons of venison and 536,000 meals for needy people in Maryland.

"The season of giving has arrived, and with additional harvests from the firearms season, support is needed more than ever to process this food source for the homeless and the hungry," said FHFH director Rick Wilson. "With our abundant supply of white-tailed deer, our ministry feels no one should be without the warmth, peace of mind and nutritional value good meals provide."

FHFH distributes the meat through the Salvation Army, church groups and food banks.

"Meat is a product that is in very short supply at the Capital Area Food Bank," said Lynn Brantley, chief executive officer of CAFB.

For information, call FHFH at 301-582-4506 or visit www.fhfh.com on the Internet.

Remembering Butch Ward

Last week, bass fishermen and conservationists lost a good friend when Butch Ward of Clear Spring died suddenly at the age of 58. Ward was president of the Maryland B.A.S.S. Federation, an avid smallmouth fisherman and a top guide on the Potomac and Susquehanna rivers.

Whether it was a casting competition for children, helping out at any of the many national and local tournaments or banging heads with Department of Natural Resources or riverfront developers, Ward was never shy about making a point.

And very often he was right.

Rest in peace.

Not a design flaw

Young America Challenge and its main designer, Farr Yacht Design, Ltd., of Annapolis, have indicated that the recent deck failure on USA 53 was not a fault of the engineering or design of the International America's Cup Class boat.

USA 53 cracked behind the mast and nearly sank during the Louis Vuitton Cup elimination series off Auckland, New Zealand.

The investigation to determine a cause continues in Auckland, and repairs to the boat are being completed.

Young America substituted its newer boat, USA 58, in the LVC after reinforcing areas of the hull.

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