Jason Evans stocking trout

Jason Evans, a member of the South Branch Fishing Club, releases brook trout in South Branch Blacklick Creek on Wednesday, June 26, 2019.

NANTY GLO – The stocking of 150 brook trout in South Branch Blacklick Creek Wednesday came as an unexpected bonus for those planning this weekend’s Nanty Glo Community Days. 

The stocking represented a collaboration of Windber Sportsmen’s Association and the South Branch Fishing Club, said Rich Wargo, Nanty Glo Borough manager.

Wargo, who is also president of the Paint Creek Watershed Association and a Windber Sportsmen’s Association member, arranged the donation following a discussion at the June 3 Borough Council meeting. Council members urged those fishing in the waterway to practice catch-and-release so more people can enjoy fishing in Nanty Glo. 

“These sportsmen’s associations work closely together,” Wargo said. “South Branch wanted to put them in and Windber wanted to provide them.”

The Windber association operates one of the state’s oldest trout nurseries.

In return for the donated fish, the West Branch club donated $300 to the Windber association, West Branch President Jay Davis said.

Although the stocking was arranged after Nanty Glo Community Days schedule had been finalized, organizer Bryant Greene said fishing is a welcome addition. 

“Hopefully, that brings some sportsmen out,” Greene said. “Stocking the trout is good for the stream and the ecological system itself. That really helps with this event, too.”

Community Days was organized by the Nanty Glo Volunteer Fire Department following the success of last year’s centennial festival, Greene said. He is second assistant chief for the fire department. 

“We had the centennial last year, and we decided we wanted to keep it going in the community,” Greene said. “We invited all the nonprofits in Nanty Glo and Blacklick Township and Vintondale to come.”

The nonprofits will have booths selling fundraising items as part of the events centered at Nanty Glo Fire Department. 

Other highlights include children’s events at the Nanty Glo ballfield, car cruise, cornhole tournament and live performances by Fuse at 8 p.m. Friday and Shades of June at 9 p.m. Saturday.  

Schedule of events

Here is the schedule for Nanty Glo Community Days. All events at fire hall, except fair day. 

Friday

5 p.m.: Registration opens for cornhole tournament and basket raffle. 

7 p.m.: Cornhole tournament.

8 p.m.: Live music by Fuse.

Saturday

9 a.m.: Paul Galko Memorial 5K run (registration begins at 8 a.m.).

11 a.m.: Vendors, food and events open at fire hall.

11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Fair day with children’s events at ballfield, featuring Altoona Curve mascot Loco.

2 p.m.: Kids’ battle of the barrel.

3 p.m.: Car cruise.

5 p.m.: Duck race.

7:30 p.m.: Basket raffle drawing. 

9 p.m.: Live music by Shades of June.

Randy Griffith is a multimedia reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at 532-5057. Follow him on Twitter @PhotoGriffer57.

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