The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Local News

December 16, 2008

High school students schooled about fish

SIDMAN — Trout in the Classroom is one fishy project.

Since 2006, the state-wide program has been instructing students on how to raise and care for trout from the egg phase to full-grown adults.

The fish will be sent on their way in May when students release them into local streams.

Since early November, students at Forest Hills and Shade high schools have been cultivating brook trout in

55-gallon aquariums.

Students and supporters of Trout in the Classroom gathered Tuesday at Forest Hills to talk about the project and how the fish are developing.

“We hope this project will help students connect with nature and they’ll carry on the work we’re doing today,” said Melissa Reckner, program director for the Kiski-Conemaugh Stream Team.

Sometime in the spring, students from Forest Hills will release their fish at Laurel Run while Shade students will turn their trout loose in Beaverdam Run.

“The students have been learning everything – from how to set up an aquarium, to testing for water quality, to the feeding habits and threats to the fish and how ecosystems work,” Reckner said.

Forest Hills sophomore Ian McCue said he has gotten quite attached to the tiny creatures.

“We care about them, and it’s teaching us how to care for another living being,” he said.

“This project connects us with nature and wildlife.”

Tyler McKay said it takes much skill to raise the trout in the right way.

“This has been a great educational experience and it helps you better understand what goes into raising and stocking these fish,” the Forest Hills senior said.

It costs about $1,000 to bring one of these projects into a classroom.

State funding is handled through the Mountain Laurel Chapter of the Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited.

The Beaverdale Sportsmen’s Club and Laurel Run Rod & Gun Club matched the $500 grant.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • foust_25 Teen shot in Oakhurst

    A 16-year-old New Jersey boy was taken to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center on Thursday after being shot three times in the Oakhurst section of Johnstown.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Audit: City overspent by $700G in 2013

    Legacy costs contributed significantly to the city of Johnstown coming up $689,000 short in its core services funding during 2013.

    July 24, 2014

  • Kuzma, jonathan Guilty plea in hammer death

    The Johnstown man who authorities said killed his father with a hammer last year pleaded guilty Wednesday to criminal homicide, authorities said.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • quecreek rescue Events to mark anniversary of Quecreek rescue

    When word spread that nine Quecreek miners were trapped underground in July 2002, Bill Arnold’s dairy farm quickly became the rescue effort’s ground zero.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Huger, Stephen Accused Hornerstown shooter will stand trial

    A Johnstown man will stand trial in connection with a July 12 shooting in the Hornerstown section of the city.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tribune Treasure!

    July 25, 2014

  • Board names Zahorchak’s successor

    The Greater Johnstown school board at a special meeting Thursday named a superintendent to replace the retiring superintendent, rehired its last business manager and approved other administrative appointments.

    July 24, 2014

  • Pasquerilla, Mark Pasquerilla recognized as arts patron

    First lady Susan Corbett announced Thursday from the Jimmy Stewart Museum in Indiana, Pa., that Mark Pasquerilla of Johnstown has earned the Patron Award from the 2014 Governor’s Awards for the Arts.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ebensburg gets ready to party

    Party down with a shutdown.
    Downtown Shutdown, a street party featuring music and food, will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday in downtown Ebensburg.

    July 24, 2014

  • ROTARY Local Rotary Club earns recognition

    The Rotary Club of Johnstown was named Outstanding Large Club of the Year in District 7330, which serves 42 Rotary Clubs in seven counties in southwest Pennsylvania, at the Rotary District 7330 and District 7300 Joint Conference that was held June 26 through 29 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

Poll

What is the biggest key to reducing gun violence in Johnstown?

Tackling the area's drug problem.
Controlling folks moving into city housing.
Monitoring folks in treatment centers and halfway houses.
Tougher sentencing by the court system.
More police on the streets.

     View Results
House Ads