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Pymatuning State Park Manager Retiring

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The head man at Pymatuning State Park will retire at the end of this week.

 Pete Houghton has been park manager for nearly half of his 37 year career with the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks. He is proud of the many improvements made during his watch, especially the multi-million dollar renovation at the popular spillway.

 He knows the park is vital to the tourist economy of the region. But he is also proud of his work to preserve the wildlife and natural beauty that attract about 3 million yearly visitors to a place he loves.

Houghton said, "Fortunately I have been able to start here, grow up here, return as manager here and spend a significant amount of time here. It is near and dear to my heart."

 Houghton took a lot of heat a few years ago for backing an unpopular and unsuccessful effort to ban feeding bread to the hungry carp at the spillway. But he said the debate helped to cut down litter and improve the unique attraction.

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