By Danielle Sturgis | April 26 2010 04:00
The following comes from Channel 34 in Binghamton, NY:
Greene, NY Sportsman's Club Gets NRA Foundation Grant 
A small sportsman's club in rural upstate New York, with 94 acres of land, recently received one of the largest grants awarded this year in NYS by the NRA foundation. The local club regularly holds registered ATA shoots, trap, skeet and 5 stand leagues, as well as being the home base of the “Border Rangers,” a cowboy action shooter competition. They also offer free use of the club to the Greene Police Department, Boys Scouts, North American Versatile Hunting Dogs of America (NAVHDA), hunter safety courses and youth educational projects. They annually donate to the Greene Lions Club, Rotary Club, and award a scholarship to the Greene High School. They also open their facility to the public for a fishing derby at the well stocked on-site pond for youth 5 to 10 years old.

A contractor recently purchased the land adjacent to the club with plans of residential development. This has forced the club to move 5 ranges so that they can comply with the "500 feet law". This involves clearing and grading land, building berms, and constructing a new shelter, shooting benches and a storage building. The grounds will also have to be limed and seeded. The cost of this project would be approximately $25,000 to $30,000. The Greene Rod & Gun Club President, Nick Freije said “We greatly appreciate the $5,000.00 grant from the NRA Foundation, this will help offset some of the expense.” “When Bradd Vickers, last year’s local Chenango County FNRA committee chair, explained how important it was for us to participate in the Friends of the National Rifle Association (FNRA) fundraising banquet, we really didn’t expect to see this much money come back to the community.”

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