Sidewalk Astronomy in November

Sidewalk Astronomy at the Celery Fields
Astronomy Club’s inaugural event at the Sarasota Park made possible with the gracious cooperation of the Sarasota Audubon Society

October 24, 2016 – The Local Group of Deep Sky Observers, a Bradenton/Sarasota group of astronomy enthusiasts, is pleased to announce their Sidewalk Astronomy event for November.

Weather permitting, on Saturday, November 5, 2016 starting at sunset and continuing until 10:00 p.m., the members of the Local Group will set up their high-quality telescopes for public viewing in the parking lot at the southeast corner of Sarasota’s Celery Fields Park. Home to the Sarasota Audubon Society, located at 6893 Palmer Boulevard, Sarasota, public parking will be available just west of the Nature Center building. The telescopes will be set up in the parking lot on the east side of the Nature Center. (There will be no telescopes set up at the top of the hill).

Sunset on November 5th will be at 6:43 p.m.

Highlights of the evening include incredible views of Saturn’s rings in the early evening, the first quarter moon, and an opportunity to view the planets Mars, Uranus and Neptune. A variety of other celestial objects will be viewed through the telescopes as they become visible throughout the night.

This will be the final opportunity to view Saturn during a Sidewalk Astronomy event until the fall of 2017.

As always, Sidewalk Astronomy is FREE and open to everyone.

For more information, please contact Local Group President Jonathan Sabin at (941) 518-8695, or visit our website,

The public is also encouraged to sign up for our free event mailing list at
Link to the latest Sidewalk Astronomy photographs for publication:

Jonathan Sabin,
President, LGDSO

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Camp Flying Eagle Blood Drive

Hi Everyone!

This email has all the information for the upcoming Blood Drive we are having at Camp Flying Eagle during the OA Section Leadership Summit on Saturday, November 5th, from 10am to 2pm. Click Here to view & print the flyer for the blood drive, parental consent forms for anyone 16 years old (2 pages), guidelines of who can donate and what to bring or do before & after your donation. Please make sure you follow the directions on the flyer to schedule your time. Randi already has hers, who is going to join her?

Please feel free to pass it along as you see fit. We have not had one out here since the OA Section Conference in 2007, which by the way was a HUGE success and we would love to make this one too! Do you know that each donation can save three lives? We would like to challenge all that are attending SLS (you can still come out and donate even if you are not attending SLS), if you qualify to donate then let’s make this drive the biggest one that they have had!!!

We would like to personally thank each and every donor that we get for this Blood Drive. This means a lot to us and we will hopefully save many lives!

P.S. If you have any questions or are in charge of an event at Camp Flying Eagle and would like to have your own blood drive, please contact Randi Greene at

Randi & Todd Greene

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Haunted Hike Canceled this Year

Scouts and Scouters,

I was notified that the Haunted Hike has officially been canceled for this year. Hopefully, the Haunted Hike will be back next year, the weekend before Halloween.

Ed Copeland
Editor – The Manatee Rambler

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Jamboree on the Air!

This is for ALL units!

A reminder that Jamboree On The Air is THIS SATURDAY, October 15th, at the Admin Pavilion at Camp Flying Eagle, with activities starting at 11AM and running until 9PM! Details and schedule are in the flyer (click here or on the image below).

This event is for all scouts and Scouters of all ages, from Tigers through Adults! (See the flyer – there is an advancement or recognition requirement available to ALL attendees! Radio Merit Badge will be offered as well!)

There is no fee for this event, and pre-registration is NOT required to be there! You do not have to be there for the entire time of the event, but the longer you stay, the more you can experience!

Come out and show support for the largest scouting event in the world, with over a million participants in 151 countries last year alone – let’s make it even bigger this year.

Many thanks to the Manatee County Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) group especially, and the Amateur Radio community members in the area and world wide for being the driving force behind this event!

For any questions, please contact Ken Settlemyer at

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2016 OA Section Leadership Summit Registration Extended

Section Leadership Summit is an OA Training Event designed for Lodge and Chapter leadership to obtain training in various aspects of Lodge Administration, Ceremonies, and American Indian events. Any Arrowman currently holding a position or considering running or holding a position in the future should consider attending.

On-Time registration for Arrowmen ends 10/20/16 – no exceptions. After 10/20/2016 a fee of $10.00 will apply.

To register, go to You can register now and send payment to Council if you can’t pay today. All fees are due to the council office not later than 10/27/16.

Contact Lodge Advisor, Andy Devlin, at

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2016 Haunted Hike at CFE

2016 Haunted Hike flyer.pages

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What does a boy get out of Boy Scouts?

Scouters and Parents,

I read the following article on the blog “Bryan on Scouting” titled “Things I Did Because I Was a Boy Scout: An impressive list” and thought it was well worth sharing:

Blog Contributor, Bryan Wendell, an Eagle Scout, is senior editor of Boys’ Life, Scouting and Eagles’ Call magazines.

This article got me thinking about how much impact we have on our scouts. I had the opportunity this past weekend to camp with our troop and some visiting Arrow of Light scouts and parents at Camp Flying Eagle. We planned this campout as a service campout to coincide with the CFE Workday. It was a real joy for me to see all of these scouts, scouters and parents working hard on several projects around camp.

We really are making a difference and I am glad to be a part of this organization.

Ed Copeland
Editor – Manatee Rambler

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Roundtable Recap – Training and 2016 Charter Renewal


Since September’s Roundtable was canceled due to inclement weather, there were two Big Rock Topics cover at Roundtable this month; Training and Charter Renewal (Recharter).

For all of the references of the training topics that were covered, please visit the Training Page.

To view the presentation on Charter Renewal to make sure you have all of the information needed (such as the change of dates this year) to make Recharter a success, Click Here.

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Update – ALERT! ALERT!

The CFE Ranger just notified that the Camp phone is inoperable. You can call the CFE Ranger on his cell phone 737-5612.

Attention all units:

Due to potential high winds and heavy rains from Hurricane Matthew, Camp Flying Eagle will be closed for camping Friday night 7 October. Depending on whether or not water and electrical services are functional the camp will reopen for camping, scheduled training classes, and work day activities beginning 07:30 am Saturday 8 October.

Units scheduled to camp as well as units and individuals scheduled to perform maintenance or attend training Saturday should call the Campmaster at 746-3919 early Saturday morning to determine if the camp is open.

Red Dog
Scout Mentor
Take some boys camping and let Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water forge them a more moral compass

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UPDATE – Roundtable


Mac stopped by the Salvation Army HQ to verify that we can hold our meeting this evening. They are not anticipating a need for the building. See everyone this evening… let’s have a good showing. Tonight’s Big Rock topic is “Re-Charter.”

Ed Copeland

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