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SEPTEMBER  10, 2003
ISABELLA SWORN-IN AS NEW GAME COMMISSIONER

PHILADELPHIA -- Joined by family and friends, Gregory J. Isabella of Philadelphia today was officially sworn-in as a member of the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners by Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Frank T. Brady. The ceremony took place at the Pennsylvania Masonic Temple.

Gov. Edward G. Rendell nominated Isabella to the Board of Game Commissioners on July 1, 2003. He was confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate on July 28, 2003.

"I would like to thank Gov. Rendell and the State Senate of Pennsylvania for the opportunity to serve," said Isabella, who is the first person appointed to the Board from Philadelphia in 68 years. "I had always hoped that I would be in a position to help shape Game Commission policy in my region, so that I could aid my fellow sportsmen in the pursuit of our common passion."

"We welcome Commissioner Isabella to the Pennsylvania Game Commission," said Vern Ross, Commission executive director. "We believe he brings a different perspective not only as an avid sportsman, but also as a businessman who lives and works in the state's largest city."

A native of Philadelphia, and a hunter for 30 years, Isabella is a co-owner of Firing Line Inc., a military and police equipment distributor.

Isabella is a life member of the National Rifle Association; and a member of the Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Pennsylvania Game and Fish, the Philadelphia Federation of Sportmen's Clubs and the Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania. He also is a member of Rising Sun Lodge #126, where he served as Worshipful Master.

Isabella fills the vacant seat for District 8, which is comprised of: Berks; Bucks; Chester; Delaware; Lehigh; Montgomery; Northampton; Philadelphia; and Schuylkill counties.

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