Kids fish derby a hit

Nipigon Notes, by Glena Clearwater
Spring at the Nipigon Marina produces amazing things — like two weeks of jumbo perch fishing from Black Bridge, catches of rainbow and pike, and best of all, the annual Kids Fish Derby.
This year was an over-the-top event, possibly created by the late spring weather.
Each spring, local fishermen flock to the edge of the marina waters and docks, but especially to Black Bridge, that separates the marina waters from the lagoon. On Saturday it was lined shore to shore with families fishing, as 114 kids registered for the derby. Seventy-six fish were weighed in, but more than 250 were caught.
Organizer Art Laframboise said that by late afternoon they had to quit weighing the perch, because some children caught as many as 10 fish. There is a hole in front of Black Bridge that has given up 500 to 700 perch over the past two weeks, and on the lagoon side it was sucker after sucker, weighing in at two to five pounds.
The catch of the day for the derby was a 16-pound lake trout caught from a boat in front of the docks. It was caught, weighed and released, but no photo was taken. Rainbow and a specks were also caught.
Due to the generosity of sponsors, every child at the derby was able to choose a prize.
The first year of the derby, three fish were caught. What a change the weather can make.
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The 43rd annual Seniors Supper in Nipigon was a great success, sponsored by Nipigon Legion, Red Rock Legion and Auxiliary, Nipigon Elks and Royal Purple, and Nipigon-Red Rock Rotary, with the sea cadets serving of the meals.
Fruit baskets went to Gert and Alex Cantley, oldest couple; Frank Kramski, oldest man; and Maria Onyshkewych, oldest woman. John Ahl was honoured as Senior of the Year, with provincial and township awards. Bill Locker was honoured for the work he has done getting invitations out to seniors in Nipigon and Red Rock.
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The Onondaga Sea Cadet Corps held its annual inspection outdoors under sunny skies. The cadets performed neat manoeuvres, and inside the Legion manned displays of the skills they have learned, from marksmanship and first aid to knots and badges.
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The Recreation Youth Drop in Centre is open, with programmer Aleysha Williams. Soccer (Tuesday and Thursday), junior ball (Monday and Wednesday) and lacrosse (Monday) have started, but there is room for more players. Recreation trail runs start at 7 p.m. each Thursday at the Marina, with one kilometre this week; three km for two weeks; five km for two weeks; and seven km for two weeks. No registration is necessary.
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The annual spring roadside cleanup in Nipigon will continue until June 3, with no tipping fees at the landfill for yard waste.
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The JK-SK class at George O’Neill School had an exciting two weeks with the hatching of chicks. Holding a newborn chick is a delicate task which the students lived up to with very gentle hands. The chicks go back to the farm when old enough.
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Merchandise is available, at the town office, featuring the new town logo and Paddle to the Sea logo. T-shirts for children and adults, books, water bottles and wooden canoes are offered.

(Glena Clearwater’s column appears every other Wednesday.)