Save Our Native Species Inc.
S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie Fishing Club
(A 501 C (3) not for profit organization)





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Contact Information:
Jerry Skrypzak

Vice President
Ed Kissell

Don Tombaugh

Terry Pfeffer

Mail: PO Box 3605
Erie, Pennsylvania 16508

Phone/Fax: 814-453-2270


Newsletter The S.O.N.S. publish a monthly newsletter, ('The Bucket") that is mailed to its members. It contains articles and information that is of interest to our readers. 

April 2018 Bucket

NEXT MEETING: Monday, April 23rd   at the Polish Falcons Club, 431 E. 3rd St at 7:30 PM.

PROGRAM: Justin Di Rado a member of the Fish USA pro staff will give a presentation on his research of the history of the Atlantic salmon

FISHING REPORT: When cold weather and high winds subside, many anglers have been making nice catches of perch off of the docks and boats in the bay.


Over 600 men, women and kids came to the Erie Shrine Club in Erie on April 8th to join in the fun at our 37th Ice Out Party. By the time the “Fin and Fur” drawing, which is traditionally held at the end of the party was done, a lot of fun and games became history.

We served over 1400 hot dogs, 900 bags of potato chips, 6 kegs of beer, thousands of baked beans, gallons of soda, gallons of greek sauce, pounds of macaroni salad and sauerkraut. The 600 guests left with about 150 fishing rods, dozens of lures, tackle, fishing vests and so many other prizes that the list would fill pages. Every kid got a fishing pole. Every lady in attendance got a prize including 100 specially designed beach bags with the SONS logo. 

Ron Lubak and his crew composed of Lubak family members kept the kids busy with a specially designed game that kept the kids coming back in an attempt to win the hundreds of toys available as prizes. There was a perch coloring contest manned by Dawn and Halleigh Hartman to keep the kids occupied during the day. Ron’s crew also raffled off some nice items with a Chinese auction and tip board raffles.

Jack Bock and his 17 helpers cooked and served food for 4 hours straight with the help of a professional Shrine Club cook. Chuck Miller held a Wine & Swine raffle with his crew of mostly family members selling tips on a ham, a bottle of wine and more. Lettie Skrzypczak and Don Benczkowski passed out Utz chips. Sue and Marshall Chase sold thousands of pull tab tickets. Bob Zawadzki and his team spun the Big Six wheel hundreds of times. John Krupinski operated his “SONS Store” selling hats, shirts and more. Rich Smith ran a mug game. Bill Brown, Bill Stewart and Paul Jenkins monitored the beer wagon checking ages and passing out cups. Our guests were met at the front door by Jim Mattson, Dick Kelley, Buddy Yurcak and Jack Hartman. Inside Gary Heubel, Shannon Bizjac, Bill Henderson, Rick Nyberg, Justin Mattson helped the gusts turn in raffle tickets, memberships and purchase raffle tickets. Steve and Tom Skrypzak sold tips. Ed Kissell called out hundreds of winning raffle tickets while Jack Klapthor, Sharon Lipinski , Casey Grabinski, Mike Felege and Ray Halt passed out prizes to the winners all while Will Richardson  brought more raffle tickets to the stage. Paul Holtz auctioned off prints and bottles of wine. In all over 60 SONS volunteers worked to make the event a success leaving our great treasurer Terry Pfeffer to count the proceeds and determine if the party was also financial success. We hope everyone had fun. 



The culmination of our “Ice Out Party” is always the drawing of the winning tickets of our “Fin and Fur” raffle. The raffle was organized many years ago by Director and founding member, Bob Zawadzki, who has organized the raffle every year since. The raffle is our biggest fund raiser. We have had great success with it over the years thanks to the hard work of our volunteers selling tickets at shows and gun raffles that begin in the summer and run until our Ice Out Party. Rich Smith, Chuck Miller and Bill Henderson led the way this year at the shows and raffles with the help of other volunteers.

Dot Molder was the lucky grand prize winner of this year’s Fin and Fur raffle. She chose to take the ATV as her prize. She was present at the Ice Out Party and we took the above picture as she took a seat on her new Polaris 450 ATV. Bob Zawadzki and Sharon Alex from Alex Motorsports stand by.

Twelve more prizes were drawn and the winners as well as the prize donors are listed as follows:

2nd Prize:  12 gauge Benalli Pump Shotgun sponsored by Church and Murdock was won by Bill Stewart of Erie Ticket# 13216. 3rd Prize:  G.P.S. sponsored by Janitors Supply Co.  (814) 459-4563 was won by Drew Kramer  of  Erie Ticket # 21337. 4th Prize:  Minnow Pack Pass ($150 value) on The Edward John won by John Krampf of Cumberland, MD Ticket # 10083. 5th Prize:  One year membership to Lake Shore Towing won by Tom Turner of Erie Ticket# 08357. 6th Prize:  $250 Gift Certificate to Poor Richards Bait and Tackle won by Rob Barker of Erie Ticket # 01299. 7th Prize:  Marlin 22 mag. rifle. Sponsored by Winschel  Bros. Landscaping  won by Byron Schwartz of  Cambridge Springs, PA Ticket # 21210. 8th Prize:  4 hour lake trout spring charter on the “Waterbok”, Capt.  Steve Skrypzak won by Darla Kerr of Edinburg, PA  Ticket # 21913.  9th Prize:  10 trips on the (Perch Pirate) won by Matt Szustak of Erie, PA Ticket # 14633.  10th Prize:  $250 Gift Certificate sponsored by FishUSA.com a won by Joe Walko Ticket # 19185. 11th Prize: $250 Gift Certificate to “Poor Richard’s Bait & Tackle”, sponsored by Hertel & Brown Physical and Aquatic Therapy won by  Bob Bardee of Erie, PA Ticket # 20167. 12th Prize: Lake Erie perch charter for 6 on “Lake Erie Custom Charters”  Cpt. Paul Greiner won by Michael Soto  of Westfield NY  Ticket # 21393.  13th Prize: $250 Gift Certificate to Link’s Taxidermy sponsored by Alex Roofing won by John Costlow of Erie Ticket # 20071


For over thirty years now, the S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie has worked hard with others including the L.E.A.F (Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier), PA Sea Grant, Coastal Zone Management and early on with kids from Strong Vincent High School to clean up, restore, improve habitat and reduce sedimentation and pollutants entering Presque Isle Bay. All of the efforts over the years by us and our partners have changed a previously polluted stream into a viable water way to support trout providing a fishing opportunity for inner city residents.

This year on April 7th thirty one SONS volunteers were joined by Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scout leaders and parents from Troop and Pack #13 headquartered at Elmwood Presbyterian Church in Erie along with members of the Gannon University fishing club and some park neighbors to  clean up Cascade Creek and Frontier Park. The day was cold and clear and for three hours the volunteers gathered garbage bags litter. After the work was done everyone was provided a lunch of hot dogs, coffee, hot chocolate and chips. The stream was stocked with brown trout on April 13th. Photos taken during the clean-up are shown below including the scouts from Troop and Pack #13. Thanks to our friend John Baker for photos that he took that day.



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A Friend
A Leg Up
Allburn Florists
Alma Jean Skrypzak
Anchor Marine
Art's Bakery
Auto Zone
Bay Rat Lures
Bianchi Honda
Bill Gross
Bonnie  Dias
Cab Bar and Grill
Car Care II
Champion Ford
Chipper's Tavern
CiCi Pizza
Court Yard Winery
Cove Restaurant
Creative Imprints
Cutco Knives by Case
Dave Hallman Chevy
Dave Hallman Hyundai
Don “Doc” Daugherty
Jack Paluh
Jimmy John Subs
Joe Root's
Kraus Department Store
Lories Wild Ridge Restaurant
Luminary Distilling
Marco Pizza
Eat & Park Restaurant
Edible Arrangements
Edinboro Outdoors
El Canelo
Empire Pewter
Ericson Memorial Studio
Erie Batteries & Alternators
Erie Beer Co.
Erie County Hist. Society
Erie Sport Store
Ferrier’s Hardware
Field & Stream
Floor Expressions
Folly's End Campground
Freeport Restaurant
Game Stop
Giant Eagle
Golden Corral
H&K Donuts
Hoss’s Restaurant
Maria's Pizza
Mazza Winery
Mc Gary's Tavern
Nickel Plate Mills
NY Lunch (Peninsula Dr)
Oasis Pub
O'Reilly Auto Parts
Out Back Steakhouse
PA Outdoor News
Pano's Restaurant
Patti Leone
Patti’s Pizza
Paul Holtz
Pet Supplies Plus
Pete's Pizza
Pittsburgh Inn
Potratz Florist
PPG Paints
Presque Isle Gun Shop
Primanti Bros
Red Lobster
Ring Side Restaurant
S.M.C. Jewelry
Seasonal Selections
Serafini's Restaurant
Sherwin Williams Paint
Silk Screen Unlimited
Skippereno's Pizza
Smith Provision Co.
Stan's Garden Center
Syd's Restaurant
Tires For Less
Tom Pakela
Trespassing Hair Salon
Trost Steinfurth Florist
U Haul North East
Uncommon USA
Urbaniak Brothers
UTZ Snack Foods
Valerio's Restaurant
Valu Home Center
West End Hardware
Wild Birds Unlimited



By Lisa Neff, staff writer Apr 8, 2018  Great Lakes Daily News

With  the opening March 29 of the 60th shipping season on the St. Lawrence Seaway, oceangoing vessels began transiting the Great Lakes, bringing cargo — and the risk of even more ballast-water invasive species.

Efforts to mitigate that invasive-species risk are being fought by the shipping industry.

Court-ordered regulations require oceangoing ships to treat their ballast water before discharging it. However, according to the Alliance for the Great Lakes, the shipping industry is fighting the regulations, lobbying Congress for passage of the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act—a broad series of measures to gut shipping regulations.

The bill would eliminate Clean Water Act authority over ship discharges — including ballast water — and remove the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to decide standards to protect waterways, including the Great Lakes. The measure also would exempt ships operating solely on the Great Lakes and pre-empt states’ rights to protect their waters.

Said alliance vice president for policy Molly Flanagan: “The shipping industry marks the seaway opening with fanfare and celebration each year. But behind the scenes, industry lobbyists are fighting to weaken regulations intended to protect the Great Lakes from the biological pollution that is invasive species.”

She continued, “Aquatic invasive species cause more than $200 million in economic damage annually to the region and have caused irreparable harm to the Great Lakes.”

Members of the Great Lakes congressional delegation prevented inclusion of the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act in the federal omnibus spending bill passed in March.

However, industry lobbyists continue to push for passage.

Destructive Living Cargo Cargo vessels have introduced a number of aquatic invasive species — such as zebra mussels and round gobies — that have cost the region billions of dollars since the late 1980s, according to the alliance.

Two non-native zooplankton — Thermocyclops crassus and Brachionus leydigii — were found in Lake Erie in recent years.

And, in February, researchers announced a bloody red shrimp was found in the Duluth-Superior harbor on Lake Superior.


S.O.N.S. member, John Larese recently participated in National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic along with 400 other veterans at Snowmass, Village Colorado from Aprbil1st thru 6th . John was recognized for his achievement in a skiing event. See the picture below.

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Wed April 25th 9-12 Girard Borough Park Mrs. Tolbert’s Class Kids Fishing Volunteers needed
Sat. April 28th 8-12 Rotary Pavilion Presque Isle Clean Up Volunteers needed to provide lunch for cleanup volunteers
Sat. May 5th  8:30- 12 Kids fishing at Harborcreek Community park off Firman Rd Vol. Needed
Sat.  May 5th 9-12 3-CU Middle Rd Raceway Veterans Fishing Vol. needed
Tues. May 8th
9-2 Waterworks pond Annual Youth Summit volunteers needed
Thurs. May 17th 9:30-12 Waterworks pond Waterford Life Skills kids fishing volunteers needed
Wed. May 23rd 9:30-12 Waterworks pond General McLane kids fishing volunteers needed
Sat May 26th 9-12 Perry Monument EPSFA kid’s fishing derby Volunteers needed


Boat: 1990 Carver Montego 26 ft  Model 2557, Fiberglass hull, Merc Cruiser 350, galley, head, shower, radio, power trim tabs, AC/DC refrigerator, nice, low hours, Asking $8,500.00 Call Dennis at 814-450-0190 Can be seen at Lampe Marina.
Ice Hut: Amish built, one man, on skis 3”X4’10” opened call Tom at 814-864-1886 after 3 PM
Ice Auger: 8” Eskimo Stingray used once ,  like new in  box asking $225.00  Call Andy at 440—944-4557
Outboard Motor: 6 hp Johnson asking $475 Call Ron at 814-455-8343 or cell  814-431-5711

16 foot inboard or outboard Call 724-504-7561

Wanted Old photographs of Erie’s Waterfront-Ships, Boats, Buildings, Fishing, and Fishermen, Railroads etc. Call Jerry at 814-452-6291. I would like to borrow and scan them for my slide presentations.

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