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New ride at Lake Arthur will enhance experience for visitors

October 26, 2020 Digital Media Exclusive

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The Moraine Preservation Fund's new pontoon boat hit the waters of Lake Arthur for the first time Thursday. The boat will begin public tours of the lake next spring.

School and community groups who participate in educational activities next year on Lake Arthur will have a powerful new ride.

Moraine Preservation Fund has purchased a custom-built new boat to use for sightseeing, historical, bird watching, fall foliage and other tours on the lake in Moraine State Park.

Jack Cohen, president of the county Tourism and Convention Bureau, took the lead in ordering the boat when he was president of the preservation fund.

He said the boat has two 22 horsepower outboard motors and is 53 feet long by 16 feet wide.

But the most impressive feature of the craft is its two levels, Cohen said.

The lower level is closed in and the upper deck is open, which will allow for stargazing tours, open-air dining and fresh-air tours of the lake.

The new boat is now being tested for buoyancy so experts can determine a safe occupancy maximum, which will be certified by the state Fish and Boat Commission.

Cohen said the boat will be stored for the winter within the next few weeks, and the first groups to use it in the spring will likely be school groups on educational tours.

This is an excerpt from a larger article that appeared in Sunday's Butler Eagle. Subscribe online or in print to read the full article.

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Paula Grubbs

Paula Grubbs

Paula Grubbs is a Butler County native who has been with the Butler and Cranberry Eagle newspapers since June 2000. Grubbs has covered the Mars School District and Middlesex Township for over 20 years with the Eagle and her former employer, the Cranberry Journal. She also covers Adams Township, Evans City and Mars in addition to events and incidents throughout Southwestern Butler County as assigned. Grubbs has taken the lead at the Cranberry Eagle in reporting on shale gas development, which has been a hotly debated topic in the recent past, both locally and nationally. A 1979 graduate of Butler Senior High School and a 1994 graduate of Geneva College, Grubbs has won a Golden Quill and four Keystone state awards, plus an award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Grubbs enjoys following the Penguins, Pirates and Steelers, volunteers with the Connoquenessing Creek Cleanup each summer, and loves spending time outdoors and bird watching at her Penn Township home. Grubbs is the daughter of James R. Davis Sr., of Center Township, and the late Maxine Davis. She has two grown children, Jacqueline and Thomas.