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It’s great that our schools

support shooting sports

It is great news for gun safety instruction, public awareness of the shooting sports and America’s outdoor heritage that both the Northland Pines and Three Lakes school districts will soon have a school-sanctioned trapshooting club.

 

Pines has had such a club for a couple of years now, overseen by tech-ed teacher and shooting coach Tim Lehman. That program, the first in the area, is open to both middle school and high school students.

 

The Three Lakes School Board approved the formation of a trapshooting club last month, to be coached by Al Votis, a science teacher and avid outdoorsman who recently earned his shotgun coaching certification from the National Rifle Association (NRA).

 

What a great opportunity for students to learn safe and responsible firearm handling, as well as learn lifelong skills in shooting and possibly other outdoor sports that can be enjoyed with family and friends.

 

The Scholastic Clay Target Program, run by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, will sanction the program. That includes liability insurance for all shooters during practice and events, as well as access to a national scoring program. Students will pay a $20 registration to cover insurance and are responsible for buying their own shells.

 

The good news is that students will not need to travel to other shooting ranges for competition. Conference meets are on the home range in Hiles, and scores are entered into an online database, making it a virtual competition. That will save time and money.

 

Our support of the program centers on the statement the school districts are making by promoting the shooting sports and the safe handling of firearms. There is a dire need for both safety awareness among our youth and the message that guns aren’t bad — it just depends on what you do with them.

 

There are few lifelong sports that have as much rich history in Wisconsin and America as the shooting sports, and those skills could help develop safer, better hunters should they decide to join the ranks of that conservation-minded fraternity.

Silver Blades shined

with 57th annual show

The skaters, parents, coaches and volunteers involved with the Silver Blades Ice Show last weekend can take a bow, for they have maintained the legacy of the Eagle River Figure Skating Club for a 57th year.

 

The three shows featured young, talented skaters skimming the Sports Arena ice in bright costumes, providing great entertainment for about 1,000 spectators.

 

Our hats are off to the Eagle River Recreation Association, the dedicated coaching staff of Kim Emerson, Jacqui Monge, Amanda Mattke and Heather Pattinson, and the parents who support their children — participants in the longest-running amateur skating show in the state.

Behind the editorial ‘we’

 

Members of the Vilas County News-Review editorial board include Publisher Kurt Krueger, Editor Gary Ridderbusch and Assistant Editor Anthony Drew.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 11:01 AM
 

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