Riverkeeper Assoc. raises awareness about river and the issues it faces at Williamsport Crosscutters game
The Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association was the featured nonprofit organization for the Williamsport Crosscutters' Aug. 1 Charitable Tuesday home baseball game.
This included having an informational table in the stadium concourse, a pregame interview announced throughout the complex and on the Jumbotron, ability to throw out the ceremonial first pitch and a $500 donation from Miele Manufacturing.
Riverkeeper John Zaktansky shared information about the association during the interview, talking about how it began, how it is funded and the mission of the group as well as how people can get involved and what upcoming events are scheduled.
Ten-year-old Liam Crames, a graduate of the association's HERYN (Helping Engage our River's Youth with Nature) program and son of association Board of Directors President Marisssa Crames, represented the MSRKA by throwing out the first pitch.
Association board members Crames, Walt Bingaman, Cheryl Terpak and Michael Kinney along with intern Peyton Johnson and volunteers Brandon Forsythe and Samantha Zaktansky helped man the association's booth. It included a large display on the association, microscropes with macroinvertebrate samples in epoxy blocks, a TV showing a collection of videos about the association's work, a tank with various freshwater species (including rusty crayfish), model of and info about the Eastern hellbender and much more.
The association has rolled the $500 donation into additional advertising at Crosscutters home games throughout the season. This includes the following video advertisement that plays before each game:
We thank both the Williamsport Crosscutters and Miele Manufacturing for their support in our work. Some photos from the night:
John Zaktansky is an award-winning journalist and avid promoter of the outdoors who loves camping, kayaking, fishing and hunting with the family.