Scott Clark is running a "Learn to Fly" event for the Experimental Aircraft Association at the Woodbine Airport. Dale Gerhard

Scott Clark, 55, of the Tuckahoe section of Upper Township, has been flying in non-commercial aircraft all his life. His dad, Arden Clark. was a licensed pilot, and he went up regularly with him in small planes during his childhood. “We’d go a couple of times a week. It was a wonderful father and son experience,” he said.

For 25 years, Scott Clark did hang gliding, then moved into flying a small ultralight plane he inherited from his dad. Neither required a pilot’s license, but he finally got licensed about three years ago and now flies a 1955 Cessna 170 “taildragger.”

He’s part of a group that wants to help more people become pilots. The Experimental Aircraft Association is sponsoring its second annual Learn to Fly Day on Saturday at Woodbine Airport.

“The bug hits everybody at different times. I know one guy learned when he was 70 years old,” said Clark, the general manager at Oaks of Weymouth in the Mays Landing section of Hamilton Township. “When you love something, you want everybody to love it,” Clark said.

The Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 287 will host a free International Learn to Fly Day event 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 21 at the Woodbine Municipal Airport, 660 Henry DeCinque Blvd. in Woodbine. Contact Jim by email at or click here for the website.

Operation: Jersey Shore

Janet Garraty, of Galloway Township, will see her son Paul Garraty at Camp Lejeune in South Carolina this week, for the first time since his nine-month deployment to various locations in the Middle East on the USS Kearsarge. The U.S. Marines Lance Corporal enlisted two weeks after graduating from Absegami High School in 2009, largely because of the impact 9/11 made on him when he was just 10 years old, said his mom, a writer and publisher of

While he is on his way home, she’ll be helping with the second annual Operation: Jersey Shore — Care Packages for Our Troops, organized by The Sons of The American Legion Squadron 396 in Brigantine. After Paul Garraty told his mom he really missed Wawa food while away, she approached the company, which has donated cases of hand and foot warmers, coffee and lots of other items. Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City has donated hundreds of T-shirts and decks of cards, the Philadelphia Phillies have contributed dozens of team T-shirts, and other companies and individuals have helped, too.

Donations of approved items (click here to see the approved list) and volunteers are still needed from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 21 through May 23 at the Brigantine branch of the American Legion, 3218 W. Brigantine Ave. Call Squadron Cmdr. Steven Ross at 609-442-3621.

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