EMHR Student River Sojourn Announced at Commissioners Meeting

Bradford County Commissioners (back, from left) Daryl Miller, Doug McLinko, and Ed Bustin welcomed Keith Brown (front, left) and Braydin Ryck to their meeting on April 25 to discuss this year’s Student Heritage Sojourn, which is open to students across the area and will be held May 18 to 20.

Endless Mountains Outfitters (EMO) owner Keith Brown visited the regular public meeting of the Bradford County Commissioners on April 25 to ask for permission to use Larnerd-Hornbrook Park for an overnight stay by at least 40 students participating in this year’s Student Heritage Sojourn. The river adventure from Sayre to Sugar Run will last three days and include overnight stops at the park in Sheshequin Township and French Azilum Historic Site, and the county’s consent for en gratis use will save the students money.

Brown acquired EMO this year from David Buck, who had previously coordinated the paddling excursions that are sponsored by the Endless Mountains Heritage Region. Brown has been an integral part of the program and brought with him student paddler Braydin Ryck, whom he also now employs.

Braydin told the commissioners that Brown introduced him to paddling via the student sojourns and that it seems to him that more people are taking an interest in the Susquehanna River and its related wildlife.

Brown said that it is his goal as a high school teacher and owner of the recreational business to increase the number of youths on the river because the future generations will have to take care of it. He opened the sojourn this year to junior high students for the first time and still has openings for those who register through Friday, May 4 by calling 570-764-7102 or sending an email to kayaks@ptd.net.

The commissioners, who were invited to join the students at any point along the sojourn, unanimously granted his request. Bustin and Commissioner Daryl Miller have participated in previous years.

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