FAREWELL TO FRIENDS OF THE RIVER
The Susquehanna River Trail Association lost two great river men in November 2020, Allan Quant of Lewisburg and Richard Myers of Harrisburg.
Allan was a veteran of the Bucknell University Outing Club and spent two years at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in North Carolina. In 1978, he started a mechanical services business, Ironwood, but in his spare time, ran forest trails, competed in local bike/canoe/run races, and, in 1987, won the USCA National Championship in marathon canoeing. In 1992 he was invited to provide on-river safety for the second annual Susquehanna River Sojourn. Thus began 24 years of providing on-water safety for scores of week-long river awareness trips on multiple rivers. Through the many river sojourns and shorter trips he offered via his other business, Canoe Susquehanna, Allan introduced thousands of canoe and kayak paddlers to the enjoyment of waterways from Canada to Florida.
Richard was a veteran of the United States Navy. After his service, he assisted with Boy Scouts of America and served his church, Prince of Peace Roman Catholic Parish. Richard enjoyed camping, canoeing, hiking and the activities of the Canoe Club of Greater Harrisburg and the Susquehanna River Trail Association. Many memorable summer weeks were spent on sojourns, where he developed a friendship with Allan Quant.
Both men practiced conservation and relished adventure, the grandeur of nature, the gift of water. They navigated life -- and the Susquehanna River Trail – with fortitude and appreciation. Such good lives shall never be forgotten.
RENEW YOUR SRTA MEMBERSHIP ONLINE
Annual SRTA memberships and renewals can be done online or mailed in. Lifetime memberships are also available. Lifetime Members receive a limited edition print of “Island 109,” an oil painting by Margot Golba. A printable membership form is provided here for your convenience. Rewnew now and get a free updated Trail Guide.
SRTA 2021 SCHEDULE
(2022 schedule coming soon)
Feb 25 Virtual business meeting
Mar 18 Virtual business meeting
Apr 15 Virtual business meeting
May 7-8 Island work days
May 20 Virtual business meeting
Jun 17 Virtual business meeting
Aug 19 Virtual business meeting
Sep 16 Virtual business meeting
Oct 21 Virtual business meeting
Nov 5-6 Island work days
Jan 22 Annual Planning Retreat
Allen and his wife Betsy in 2018
NEW MAP/GUIDE IN 2021
The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation, Shippensburg University’s Center for Land Use and Sustainability, and the SRTA have been collaborating on the development of a new map and guide for the Susquehanna River Water Trail – Middle Section. Supported with funding from DCNR’s Community Conservation and Partnership Program and the Pennsylvania Water Trails Mini-Grant Program, administered by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, the new, waterproof guide will replace the SRTA’s current guide, published in 2003. The new guide will soon be available for purchase. Right now get a new guide by renewing your SRTA membership.
GRA COVID ADJUSTMENTS
The Great River Adventure (GRA) and Pat Reilly Roaring Bull Races scheduled for Saturday June 6, 2020, sponsored by the Susquehanna River Trail Association, sadly, had to be cancelled.
Our priority is to keep people safe, and the COVID pandemic made it impossible to ensure the safety of our race participants and volunteers.
We hope to resume GRA and the Pat Reilly Roaring Bull Races in June 2022.
For the foreseeable future, our monthly business meetings will be conducted by ZOOM conference.
We will post scheduling updates following these meetings.