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A lone biker leads a pack of ATV riders at the start of the AOAA’s Fight the Blight benefit ride Saturday, Sept. 14, 2018, in Coal Township.

AOAA flourishing as it celebrates its fifth year in operation

COAL TOWNSHIP — The Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area (AOAA) is flourishing as it celebrates its fifth year of providing outdoor enthusiasts challenging and adventurous off-road riding.

The park, which had a soft opening on May 17, 2014, has attracted more than 88,000 riders in five years, according to AOAA Director of Operations Dave Porzi.

On Friday, a chicken barbecue dinner pre-sold to riders will be held at the trailhead welcome center to mark the fifth-year anniversary.

Porzi said the AOAA has grown in popularity each year with its regular schedule and special events such as Jeep Jamborees.

“We went from 6,000 riders in the first eight months to over 26,000 riders last year,” Porzi said.

Porzi said a Fourth of July fireworks viewing will once again be held at the AOAA to coincide with the fireworks display sponsored by Citizens for a Better Community.

Other upcoming events at the AOAA include the Jeep Jamboree Summer Coal Mountain on the first weekend in August and the annual Fight the Blight Ride on the first weekend in September.

Porzi said AOAA officers are continuing negotiations with Shamokin City officials to hold additional “Take It to the Streets” events.

Porzi stated, “We are absolutely blessed that this project (AOAA) continues to grow and grow, not only in motorized recreation, but also in conservation of natural resources and economic development.”

Rainy, chilly weather expected to continue next couple days

Rain, rain go away. Come back some other day.

That old adage has been repeated many times during this wet spring season.

While mothers were honored Sunday on their special day, the outdoors were no place to celebrate as Mother Nature brought steady rain and brisk temperatures throughout the day.

Fortunately, heavy winds didn’t accompany the rain as no power outages or severe flooding were reported in the local area.

A tree was reported down on West Ridge Road in Upper Augusta Township at 1:16 p.m. and a section of road near the intersection of Boyles Run Road and Johnson Road in Upper Augusta Township was closed at 2:23 p.m. when part of the embankment washed away as a result of the rainstorm.

But those two emergency calls were the only weather-related ones reported to Northumberland County Communications Center as of 9 p.m. Sunday.

Unfortunately, the rainy weather and unseasonable temperatures are expected to continue the next couple days.

AccuWeather Meteorologist Alyson Hoegg said Sunday’s low temperature was 47 degrees with a high of 52. She said 70 degrees is the average temperature for this time of year.

Today also will be chilly with a high of 48 followed by an overnight low of 43. “Monday will be another dreary day with on and off drizzle throughout the day,” Hoegg said.

Tuesday will be similar to Monday with a high of only 53.

It will turn warmer and dry Wednesday with the temperature around 65 with some clouds.

Thursday also is expected to be dry and sunny with temperatures reaching 67 degrees.

Hoegg said there will be an outside chance of a shower or thunderstorm Friday with temperatures reaching 70.


Owners of these Jeeps were among the 173 people to try out the new Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area on Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Coal Township. Fifty-eight season passes were sold on opening day.