LAKE WYLIE The 12th annual Lake Wylie Riversweep, organized by the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, Lake Wylie Covekeepers and Lake Wylie Marine Commission, will be held Saturday, Oct. 5.
Registration is open to help keep the shoreline of Lake Wylie and the Catawba River.
There are 14 volunteer sites around the lake with the addition of Catawba Yacht Club in Mecklenburg County. Recycling for eligible materials such as plastics, aluminum and tires is available.
Event planners say the cleanup is focused on volunteers taking ownership of the shoreline conditions in their lakeside neighborhoods, including the streams and creeks that feed into the lake.
“We hope to encourage people to go to a volunteer site that’s convenient to where they live, and in doing so, increase overall participation,” says Joe Stowe, executive director of the Lake Wylie Marine Commission.
To register, visit lakewylieriversweep.com.
Benefit fishing tourney Oct. 19
LAKE WYLIE A benefit fishing tournament will be held from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 19 at Buster Boyd Access Area.
Proceeds will help with medical expenses for 1-year-old Bo Brown’s family. Bo was diagnosed July 2 with encephalitis and a traumatic brain injury. He is the nephew of Jeff Brown of Lake Wylie.
Cost is $100 per boat. Sign-ups run 5-6:45 a.m. Cash payout awarded to first four top finishers with $1,000 for first place.
Raffle tickets will be sold for additional prizes; each participant receives one ticket.
The event is hosted by Lake Wylie Bait & Tackle, and sponsored by Pleasant Hill Presbyterian/Relevant Church, Lake Wylie Tax and Sterling Source Inc.
For tournament questions, to become a sponsor or make a donation, email email@example.com.
Boating class offered Saturday om Fort Mill
FORT MILL The Catawba Sail & Power Squadron offers America’s Boating Course from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Driving 911 classroom, 2000 S.C. 160.
This is a one-day class with an exam that will earn a certificate for a discount from most boat insurance companies, meets North Carolina’s law for under age 26 boater education and qualifies 13- to 16-year-olds to legally operate a personal watercraft.
Participants should review chapters 1-4 of the manual before class. The manual costs $35 and can be shared. The class is free. Lunch can be provided for $5.
Call 803-831-8252 or 803-548-5362.
Find lake info on app
LAKE WYLIE Duke Energy has made its lake information “smart-phone friendly” in time for the peak of hurricane season.
The site can be accessed on a smartphone at m.duke-energy.com. The default menu shows an option for “Lakes and Recreation.”
Duke Energy’s lake information web pages – which include recreational water release schedules, lake levels and alerts – attract thousands of hits each month. The number rises steadily when heavy rainfall causes high water conditions at the lakes managed by the company.
Duke Energy’s lake management teams are prepared for severe weather. Lakeside residents are encouraged to be prepared by monitoring weather forecasts and checking for lake level alerts when heavy rainfall is predicted.
In addition to accessing the new mobile-enabled website, boaters can check real-time lake levels and updates at duke-energy.com/lakes/levels.asp, and on Duke Energy’s lake information phone line at 800-829-5253.
Boater safety course offered
LAKE WYLIE US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 26-02 offers About Boating Safely Course from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every third Saturday, except December.
Cost is $35 for first family member and $10 for each additional family member. For more information, call 704-576-0821.
Scuba club dives into events
FORT MILL The Carolina Scuba & Adventure Club meets monthly at the Towne Tavern in Fort Mill. Club members will participate in beach cleanups, including an underwater cleanup. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Renew S.C. hunting, fishing license
South Carolina hunting and fishing license sales for 2013-2014 are available in person at any of the four regional S.C. Department of Natural Resources offices or by visiting one of the 500 license vendors across the state. Licenses also are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 866-714-3611 or by visiting dnr.sc.gov.
Residents and nonresidents 16 and older must purchase the required licenses to hunt and fish in South Carolina. Anyone born after June 30, 1979, must have successfully completed a hunter education course to obtain a hunting license.
Hunting license applicants who do not have a hunter education certification may use a one-time exemption and apply for an annual Apprentice Hunting License.
Covekeepers meet monthly
LAKE WYLIE The Covekeepers, volunteers who work with Catawba Riverkeepers, meet the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at T-Bones on the Lake.
The public is invited. For more information or to report water issue concerns, visit catawbariverkeeper.org.
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