Parks & Rec put on a great fishing derby this year. White’s Pond had been stocked, the weather on May 14 couldn’t have been better, and over 100 kids registered at Sunrise Park to try their skill. Peter Leclerc had made his plans well and his staff and volunteers were ready.
The official weighing station with the fish scale managed by Scouts from Troop 66 was kept busy helping young anglers hold on to their wiggling catch and then letting them hang to register on the scale. For efficiency, measuring the length of each fish was not part of the routine, but experts were present to identify what variety of trout, or perhaps something else, had been caught.
Some kids released their catch, others took the fish home. One can hope that at least a few were properly boned, nicely cooked, and happily eaten.
Parking was strung out quite a way along the park road, including a few men who were preparing the pavilion and firing up the grill for a party. They were members of the Air National Guard 103rd Heavy Airlift Squadron, who had returned to Bradley Airport the day before from a deployment to the Middle East. A young Airman First Class said they were looking forward to hosting about 100 family members and friends for a nice outing at the park.
Sounds like very nice to come home to.