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NY group promoting cruel Iditarod seeks women attendees at workshop

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    Please send a letter to the editor: http://www.syracuse.com/contactus/ Read about the cruelties of the Iditarod at http://www.helpsleddogs.org Wilderness
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      Please send a letter to the editor: http://www.syracuse.com/contactus/
      Read about the cruelties of the Iditarod at http://www.helpsleddogs.org

      Wilderness workshops seek women

      Friday, September 10, 2004
      By Laura T. Ryan
      Staff writer

      Selkirk Shores State Park hosts the second annual Wild Women Unite, three
      days of women-only wilderness workshops designed to celebrate and empower
      women, Sept. 16 to 19.

      The program features talks by guest speakers, including DeeDee Jonrowe, a
      breast cancer survivor who has raced in the Iditarod sled-dog race 18 times
      and written a book, "Iditarod Dreams: A Year in the Life of Alaskan Sled Dog
      Racer DeeDee Jonrowe" (1995, Epicenter Press); Mark Emery, a photographer
      and filmmaker for National Geographic, the Discovery Channel and the BBC;
      naturalist "Wildman" Steve Brill, who has appeared on the Food Network;
      Oswego musician Gina Holsopple; humor-motivational speaker Jim Snack; and
      Jackie Hobbs, president of the New York State Old Tyme Fiddlers Association.

      The weekend includes workshops on kayaking, hiking, hunting, photography,
      wilderness safety, wild edibles, bird identification, campfire cooking and
      more. There also will be a parade at 6 p.m. Sept. 17 on Main Street in
      Pulaski to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

      Marchers will pay 50 cents to participate, and then Wild Women Unite will
      match it. Money raised will be donated to the foundation in Jonrowe's name.
      Among those scheduled to march are the Syracuse Sting women's professional
      football team, the U.S. Postal Service and race-car driver Star Madison.

      Yvonne Kopy, who runs Little John's Guide Service in Sandy Creek with
      husband John, organized the event when she realized how few women
      participate in sport fishing and other outdoor activities.

      There's nowhere for them to go for instruction where they won't feel mocked
      or challenged by men, she says.

      "It's giving women a chance to get together in a safe, fun environment to
      learn outdoor skills," Kopy says.

      Last year's event attracted 128 women, between the ages of 19 and 68, from
      nine states. Kopy expects as many, if not more, this year. About half the
      women will camp in the state park, and half have opted to stay in the Port
      Lodge in Pulaski, where Kopy set aside a block of rooms.

      Women can register right up until the day of the event. The full weekend
      costs $125 per person. To attend the Jonrowe lecture only is $25 per person.

      Call Kopy at 387-6343 or visit www.wildwomenunite.com .

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