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2016 Rendezvous Demo DVD

The Keystone Institute for Furbearer Education now has available the DVD from last year’s (2016) PTA Rendezvous.

The DVD is 100 minutes long and contains demos done by the following instructors:

Harry Hestell – dog proof
Jeff Dunlap – muskrats
John Wilkinson – otter
Steve Wentzel – pest control
Herb Senderling – cables
Dick Atkins – fox
Lesel Reuwsaat – coyote
Mark June – bobcat

There have been only 100 DVD produced. The price is $20.00 each, shipping & handling included.

Check or Money Order only. No credit cards.

Order from:
Keystone Institute for Furbearer Education
P. O. Box 654
New Bloomfield, PA 17068

Obituary: Robert Heater

Robert Miles Heater, of Pittsfield, Pa., passed away on Sunday, July 16, 2017, at UPMC Hamot, due to injuries from an accident.

He was born in Erie, Pa., on November 7, 1957, and graduated from East High School.

After serving in the Navy, Bob attended Penn State Behrend, earning a B.S. degree in Psychology. In Bob’s younger years, he worked for Chesley’s Auction Barn in Little Hope, helping with livestock.

Bob worked for various construction companies throughout his career building houses, but most notable is his 20 years of dedicated service with Building Systems, Inc. At B.S.I., he was involved in commercial construction, was highly respected by his fellow coworkers, and was a good friend to many of them.

Bob’s passion was hunting and trapping in the woods of northwest Pennsylvania. He was a member of the National and Pennsylvania Trappers Associations, and he also enjoyed teaching kids how to trap. Bob was very proud of the homestead he built with his loving wife of over 20 years, Barbara Ann (Brumagin) Heater.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his little dog, Casey; his stepdaughters, Stephanie and Katie; his in-laws, Lyle and Mimi Brumagin; his brother-in-law, Don (Gale) Brumagin; his sister-in-law, Lori (Jed) Johnson; his mother, Mary; his son, Robert; his sisters, Heidi, Mary, Kathy, and Nanci; and many grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. He will be sorely missed by many, many friends.

Barbara Ann would like to extend a special thank you to Tim, Micah, Andy, Nick, and Nanci for their tremendous support, and the I.C.U. nurses that cared for Bob at UPMC Hamot, and all of those who kept Bob in their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

A celebration of Bob’s life will be held on Sunday, August 6th, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at St. Boniface Picnic Grove, Rt. 8 and Dewey Road, south of Interstate 90.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pennsylvania Trappers Association, c/o Donna Spittle, P.O. Box 708, Hummelstown, PA 17036.

NTA Convention 2017

Photos the NTA convention in Pecatonica, IL. The PTA booth was manned by President Charlie Sykes and Dave Eckels – FTA Director.

Obituary: John Joseph Stemmler, Jr.

On July 23, 2017 John Joseph Stemmler, Jr. (58) entered the kingdom of heaven while surrounded by his loving family at their home. His undeniable strength, drive and willingness to always say, “What next?” in his 9-year battle with cancer showed his courageous character, as he fought for as much time as God could give. He often said it’s not the challenge we are given, but our response to it. John’s response brought extended opportunities for him to enjoy life and make countless precious memories with his family and friends, while being an actively-contributing member of his community. He was strong in his faith and an active member at Christ Church McKeansburg, its consistory, and cemetery committee. His work at EEG, Inc (Empire Education Group) was respected and his colleagues were friends. He pioneered cutting edge cancer treatments helping to advance protocols for others. He was a board member of many progressive organizations including West Penn Archery Club, Pennsylvania Flyers Association, and Keystone Institute for Furbearers Education (KIFE). John was a member of two gun clubs and D.R. Schall hunting camp. Shooting, hunting, fishing and trapping became contagious when you were with him because he was a wealth of knowledge and loved to share what he knew with others. He has now earned a well-deserved rest in the arms of our savior and is with those who have loved him and gone before us. His memory will live in the hearts of all those whose lives he has touched forever. John is survived by his wife of 35 years Cindy Stemmler, Daughter Jessica Stein and her husband Jacob Stein, Daughter Emily Stemmler; his parents John and Mary Stemmler, Sister Barbara Stemmler and her companion Tom Parson, Brother James Stemmler and his wife Mary, Sister Cathy Gerber and her husband David, Multiple Nephews and Nieces In lieu of flowers, John requested donations be sent to KIFE, Keystone Institute for Furbearer Education, P. O. Box 654, New Bloomfield, PA 17068 to promote youth education and help make a dream become a reality. A Religious Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, July 26th at Christ Church McKeansburg with Rev Mark T. Shellhamer officiating. Visitation from 9:00 AM until time of service. A meal will be provided in the church basement social hall after brief services at Zion’s Red Church Cemetery. All are welcome. Hamilton-Breiner Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., Orwigsburg is honored to have been entrusted with the arrangements.