Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Inlet’s Greg O’Hara Named to Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe New York State Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame (NYSOHOF) has announced that seven new members will be inducted for 2013. Among those being honored is Greg O’Hara of Inlet, a licensed guide who has been involved in search and rescue in the Adirondacks for many years.

In 2003 O’Hara founded Central Adirondack Search and Rescue Team (CASART) which involved recruiting volunteers, fund raising efforts to provide necessary equipment, and training in many skills necessary for this mission. In the past 10 years they have been involved in nearly 40 missions. Greg has been a licensed hiking and camping guide for over 20 years and has presented many seminars on his “Hiking Safely” program to schools, camps, and the visitors to the Adirondacks.

The other six inductees include:

Larry Becker of Gainseville is a longtime member of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) who served in various capacities, including president of the NYS Chapter of NWTF and a member of the NWTF Pro Staff. Currently he serves as chair of the NYS Sportsman’s Advisory Council and is an active member of the NRA, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Wyoming County Wildlife Federation, and NYS Conservation Council. Through the years he has actively worked with youngsters in hunting and conservation.

Chuck Booker of West Amherst is a man whose love of fishing has led him to introduce others to success and spend his lifetime helping conservation causes. He spent eight years raising awareness and over $100,000 to the Town of Andover Wetlands Restoration Project. His volunteerism includes the Pen Rearing Project for salmon at Olcott and Western Region Director of Lake Ontario Tributaries Anglers Council and offering fishing trips for many fund raising activities.

Greg giving briefing to CASART membersDiane Maciejewski from Elma has been active in Erie County sportsman’s organizations, particularly Trout Unlimited, for 25 years. She has served the Western NY Chapter of Trout Unlimited (TU) as secretary, president, and delegate for 24 years and was recognized by Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s’ Clubs as Sportswoman of the Year. In addition to holding offices she has worked tirelessly in many roles including fund-raising, stream improvement, and teaching fly casting.

Frank Miskey, Sr. of Elma has been involved as a hunter safety instructor for 35 years and served as Hunter Education Coordinator. He has brought Project Childsafe to Erie County and been responsible for the distribution of thousands of gunlocks free of charge. Frank Miskey has been active with Ducks Unlimited and the Erie County Federation in many roles and serves as superintendent of the Conservation Building at the Erie County Fair.

Stan Pascoo of West Nyack has been teaching hunter education courses for many years and has continually worked to open public lands to hunting in the Rockland County region. He has been instrumental in aiding the Wounded Warrior program and was the person most instrumental in bringing the venison donation program to the lower Hudson Valley. He is the perennial chairman of his county’s Friends of NRA Foundation Banquet which raises thousands of dollars which is returned to local clubs and programs for youth.

Art Segool from Orchard Park is an active and longtime member of the West Falls Conservation Society. As a certified instructor in hunter education he teaches several classes in hunter safety, archery, and trapping education each year. At Camp Hickory Hill in Western New York he teaches hunter safety and ran the rifle range, shotgun and BB gun shooting programs there

The organization’s annual banquet and induction will involve sportsmen and organizations from all across New York State. It will be held April 27 at the Rusty Rail in Canastota with registration and social hour beginning at 5 pm and dinner at 6 pm. Guests and interested parties are welcome. For information or reservations call (315) 363-3896 or (315) 829-3588. RSVP by April 20.

Photos: Above, Greg O’Hara follows his grandson on a hike; below, O’Hara giving a briefing to CASART members.

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