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March, 2023

Thursday
2
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For our first scheduled trip of the year, Gus Anderson is planning to paddle the Violette’s Lock loop. Meeting at 11:00 with optional lunch at Fish Taco afterwards. Email Gus at gusanderson@aol.com if you plan to join.
Saturday
4
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Ed Gertler will head out to Sleepy Creek in the WV Panhandle for his annual Ice Breaker trip. This will be a novice cold water trip. Masks are required on the shuttle. In then event of low water the trip will be moved to Back Creek or Antietam Creek.

Contact Ed at 301-585-4381 or e_gertler@yahoo.com if you are interested in participating.
Sunday
5
Myersville McDonald's
11:00 AM
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Goal on this cool day is a short trip on the Lower Antietam, meeting at Nutters in Sharpsburg at 11:00. MD 34 is the put-in. Set shuttle to Furnace Rapid and go. Antietam is a PN - practiced novice run. But do dress warmly. Level is now 450 cfs/ 3.32 ft [CZ = 150/ 2.5] so we anticipate a quick run. WX - Sunday - Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. Light and variable wind becoming northwest 11 to 16 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 24 mph. This trip Beltway-to-Beltway - is about 6 hours. Please let John Snitzer - navajuela@comcast.net 301 349-2003 know you‘re coming and where to meet. or AlfCooley@gmail.com 703 442-7935 Our cells are: John: 301 404-0009 Alf: 703 397-6882
Tuesday
7
Piney Branch Elementary School Pool
6:45 PM
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Pool Sessions RESUME Tuesday, March 7 Heater is fixed and pool is back up to temperature. Sessions resume Tuesday, March 7, 7-9 PM. Remaining sessions are March 7, 14, 21, 28. Piney Branch Elementary School, 7510 Maple Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912; 7-9 PM. Open pool sessions for paddlers to practice; participants are responsible for their own gear and safety. Instruction is NOT provided. $20 cash for pool entry, plus appropriate ACA insurance (details below). Sign-in starts about 6:45, inside the pool. Enter through steel service doors on the west corner of the building. Insurance requirements through ACA have changed considerably, so please read carefully: · All persons getting in the pool must be an ACA member of some kind, and have completed an ACA waiver. CCA membership doesn‘t count. · ACA full membership ($40) and on-line waiver covers you for the entire season, all 11 sessions, as well as any future events · "Event" membership for ACA is $10 per individual session · Paper ACA waivers are good only for an individual session · Minors (under 18) need their own membership, either full ACA membership or event membership, and waiver with adult signature At sign-in, please have available: · ACA number. If you can‘t provide your ACA number, you‘ll have to sign in as an "event member" and pay $10 per session. · ACA waiver confirmation e-mail. If you can‘t provide that, you‘ll have to fill out a paper waiver for each session, or the on-line waiver again. · Parents dropping off teens- please come into the pool with them so we have all paperwork including your signature · Teens driving themselves, make sure you have a parent‘s signature on a waiver. ACA membership: https://americancanoe.org/join/individuals/ ACA member waiver: https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/612e4bfd92e80/web/ ACA non-member waiver: https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/612e51630b072/web/ Any changes or updates- such as unexpected cancellations due to weather or other problems- will be posted on Pad
Tuesday
7
Piney Branch Elementary School
7:00 PM
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Piney Branch Elementary School, 7510 Maple Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912; 7-9 PM.

Open pool sessions for paddlers to practice; participants are responsible for their own gear and safety. Instruction is NOT provided. $20 cash for pool entry, plus appropriate ACA insurance (details below).

Sign-in starts about 6:45, inside the pool. Enter through steel service doors on the west corner of the building.

Insurance requirements through ACA have changed considerably, so please read carefully:
· All persons getting in the pool must be an ACA member of some kind, and have completed an ACA waiver. CCA membership doesn‘t count.
· ACA full membership ($40) and on-line waiver covers you for the entire season, all 11 sessions, as well as any future events
· "Event" membership for ACA is $10 per individual session
· Paper ACA waivers are good only for an individual session
· Minors (under 18) need their own membership, either full ACA membership or event membership, and waiver with adult signature

At sign-in, please have available:
· ACA number. If you can‘t provide your ACA number, you‘ll have to sign in as an "event member" and pay $10 per session.
· ACA waiver confirmation e-mail. If you can‘t provide that, you‘ll have to fill out a paper waiver for each session, or the on-line waiver again.
· Parents dropping off teens- please come into the pool with them so we have all paperwork including your signature
· Teens driving themselves, make sure you have a parent‘s signature on a waiver.

ACA membership: https://americancanoe.org/join/individuals/
ACA member waiver: https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/612e4bfd92e80/web/
ACA non-member waiver: https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/612e51630b072/web/

Any changes or updates- such as unexpected cancellations due to weather or other problems- will be posted on Paddle Prattle as soon as they are known.
Tuesday
14
Piney Branch Elementary School
7:00 PM
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Piney Branch Elementary School, 7510 Maple Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912; 7-9 PM.

Open pool sessions for paddlers to practice; participants are responsible for their own gear and safety. Instruction is NOT provided. $20 cash for pool entry, plus appropriate ACA insurance (details below).

Sign-in starts about 6:45, inside the pool. Enter through steel service doors on the west corner of the building.

Insurance requirements through ACA have changed considerably, so please read carefully:
· All persons getting in the pool must be an ACA member of some kind, and have completed an ACA waiver. CCA membership doesn‘t count.
· ACA full membership ($40) and on-line waiver covers you for the entire season, all 11 sessions, as well as any future events
· "Event" membership for ACA is $10 per individual session
· Paper ACA waivers are good only for an individual session
· Minors (under 18) need their own membership, either full ACA membership or event membership, and waiver with adult signature

At sign-in, please have available:
· ACA number. If you can‘t provide your ACA number, you‘ll have to sign in as an "event member" and pay $10 per session.
· ACA waiver confirmation e-mail. If you can‘t provide that, you‘ll have to fill out a paper waiver for each session, or the on-line waiver again.
· Parents dropping off teens- please come into the pool with them so we have all paperwork including your signature
· Teens driving themselves, make sure you have a parent‘s signature on a waiver.

ACA membership: https://americancanoe.org/join/individuals/
ACA member waiver: https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/612e4bfd92e80/web/
ACA non-member waiver: https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/612e51630b072/web/

Any changes or updates- such as unexpected cancellations due to weather or other problems- will be posted on Paddle Prattle as soon as they are known.
Thursday
16
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Mark Brenneman will coordinate a trip from Angler’s Inn to Lock 10. Meet at the Lock 10 parking lot at 11:00 am. We will set a shuttle to Angler’s Inn, planning to launch there by noon. Water temperatures are in the mid to low forties, so dress warmly. The level is forecast to be 3.9’. Please contact Mark at mabrenneman@verizon.net if you plan to join this trip. He can also be reached on his cell at (240) 343-0096.
Friday
17
Saturday
18
Parklawn Local Park
9:00 AM
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Join Potomac Conservancy for a safe, fun, 50 person trash cleanup at Parklawn Local Park. Make a huge difference for the Potomac River as we turn to the water for a safe, healthy place to recreate outdoors. Sign up for one of 50 spots available, which will allow you to make a difference for your hometown river!
Tuesday
21
Piney Branch Elementary School
7:00 PM
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Piney Branch Elementary School, 7510 Maple Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912; 7-9 PM.

Open pool sessions for paddlers to practice; participants are responsible for their own gear and safety. Instruction is NOT provided. $20 cash for pool entry, plus appropriate ACA insurance (details below).

Sign-in starts about 6:45, inside the pool. Enter through steel service doors on the west corner of the building.

Insurance requirements through ACA have changed considerably, so please read carefully:
· All persons getting in the pool must be an ACA member of some kind, and have completed an ACA waiver. CCA membership doesn‘t count.
· ACA full membership ($40) and on-line waiver covers you for the entire season, all 11 sessions, as well as any future events
· "Event" membership for ACA is $10 per individual session
· Paper ACA waivers are good only for an individual session
· Minors (under 18) need their own membership, either full ACA membership or event membership, and waiver with adult signature

At sign-in, please have available:
· ACA number. If you can‘t provide your ACA number, you‘ll have to sign in as an "event member" and pay $10 per session.
· ACA waiver confirmation e-mail. If you can‘t provide that, you‘ll have to fill out a paper waiver for each session, or the on-line waiver again.
· Parents dropping off teens- please come into the pool with them so we have all paperwork including your signature
· Teens driving themselves, make sure you have a parent‘s signature on a waiver.

ACA membership: https://americancanoe.org/join/individuals/
ACA member waiver: https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/612e4bfd92e80/web/
ACA non-member waiver: https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/612e51630b072/web/

Any changes or updates- such as unexpected cancellations due to weather or other problems- will be posted on Paddle Prattle as soon as they are known.
Thursday
23
Guide House Grill (formally Cindy Dee's)
11:00 AM
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Mark Brenneman will coordinate a trip on the Needles section of the Potomac. We will meet at Guide House Grill (aka Cindy Dee’s) at 11:00 to set shuttle. Paddlers will have two options for the take out. Mark will lead those paddlers interested in seeing the heron rookery down to the Weverton takeout. Paddlers not wanting to do this can take out at Patoma Wayside with Tim Tilson and Wayne McDaniel. We’ll figure who is taking out where when we set shuttle at 11:00. We’’ll stop for lunch/snack or just to stretch along the way. Please contact Mark at mabrenneman@verizon.net if you are interested in joining this trip. He can also be reached on his cell at 240-343-0096. The forecast is for temps in the low 70s, a chance of rain, and cold water. Dress appropriately.
Sunday
26
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The rain today (Friday) and, I presume, Saturday, has brought the Rapp up a bit, such that we are likely to have +6" or more of water on Sunday on the 4.5 mile Remington to Kellys Ford section. It has been hovering at 0 to +1" for some days, but it is not a very pleasant run at this level because the entire river is shallow and, for open boat canoeists, one‘s paddle blade hits bottom for more or less the full run. But with 6" or so above zero, the run is very pleasant--basically flat water plus a final mile or so of Class II-II+ (with one rapid perhaps as high as III-). Accordingly, I am willing to lead a trip, meeting at the putin at the "new" river access at the small park at the end of River Rd/Willis Ave (a small fork branching off of Bus. Rte 15/29 just past the Andes Market in Remington) at 11 AM on Sunday, March 26, 2023. Paddlers interested in this trip should contact me (see below); because the water is still cold, the trip should be for paddlers having Low Intermediate skills or better (in warmer conditions, this is a great Novice run!); bring a lunch. Note: I do NOT have a cell phone--the phone number below is a landline and I would need to be contacted, at the very latest, by 9:30 AM Sunday (preferably on Saturday) by interested parties. Hendrik van Oss 703-715-8381 (landline) hvanoss.cement@gmail.com.
Tuesday
28
Piney Branch Elementary School
7:00 PM
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Piney Branch Elementary School, 7510 Maple Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912; 7-9 PM.

Open pool sessions for paddlers to practice; participants are responsible for their own gear and safety. Instruction is NOT provided. $20 cash for pool entry, plus appropriate ACA insurance (details below).

Sign-in starts about 6:45, inside the pool. Enter through steel service doors on the west corner of the building.

Insurance requirements through ACA have changed considerably, so please read carefully:
· All persons getting in the pool must be an ACA member of some kind, and have completed an ACA waiver. CCA membership doesn‘t count.
· ACA full membership ($40) and on-line waiver covers you for the entire season, all 11 sessions, as well as any future events
· "Event" membership for ACA is $10 per individual session
· Paper ACA waivers are good only for an individual session
· Minors (under 18) need their own membership, either full ACA membership or event membership, and waiver with adult signature

At sign-in, please have available:
· ACA number. If you can‘t provide your ACA number, you‘ll have to sign in as an "event member" and pay $10 per session.
· ACA waiver confirmation e-mail. If you can‘t provide that, you‘ll have to fill out a paper waiver for each session, or the on-line waiver again.
· Parents dropping off teens- please come into the pool with them so we have all paperwork including your signature
· Teens driving themselves, make sure you have a parent‘s signature on a waiver.

ACA membership: https://americancanoe.org/join/individuals/
ACA member waiver: https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/612e4bfd92e80/web/
ACA non-member waiver: https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/612e51630b072/web/

Any changes or updates- such as unexpected cancellations due to weather or other problems- will be posted on Paddle Prattle as soon as they are known.
Thursday
30
Meet ON the Feeder Canal, Lock 6.
10:30 AM
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A short class on applying slalom techniques to river running for K-1 (long boats) to be held on the Feeder Canal. Course will cover strokes (forward, backward, sweep, duffek), ferrying and eddy turns, upstream and offset gates, and strategies for cl 3-4 rivers.
Thursday
30
Zoom
7:00 PM
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On Zoom.
Friday
31
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Moved to Friday for better weather. Contact Gary Steinberg at garymsteinberg@gmail.com.