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B'ville: For the love of Carp?

The fishing begins at 9 a.m. Thursday and ends at 11 a.m. Saturday. A community celebration concludes the tournament with an awards ceremony (5 p.m.), live entertainment and fireworks from 3 to 10 p.m. on Paper Mill Island.

There will be $10,000 in cash prizes including a $1,000 cash prize for the highest ranked local team, where both teammates live within 20 miles of the Red Mill Inn.

Community involvement

During the 50-hour tournament, the community can check out what the anglers are doing from Lion's Community Park and Mud Lock, which is near the Good Dog Park at Longbranch Park on Route 370.

The public can also get involved through volunteering.

Landon said last year she and Kelly were at the Red Mill Inn waiting to begin tracking catches, but heard nothing for hours.

"We thought, 'What's happening?'" she said. "The problem was there were so many fish coming in so fast, volunteers didn't have time to call them in."

The committee is looking for marshals (serve as the ACST eyes on the course coordinating weighers and ham radio operators and making sure scores are called into headquarters), weighers (weigh fish, record scores and sign-off on official weight), runners (run errands for anglers) and island volunteers (assist with Saturday's island events). If you are interested, call the Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce at 638-0550.

Carp -- blessing or curse

Anyone who lives in Baldwinsville knows we have a tremendous amount of carp. But why? Landon said in the 19th century, a Baldwinsville man created a man-made pond stocked with carp in order to sell at market. However, in 1892 a terrible storm hit and broke the pond's dam, releasing all the fish into the Seneca River (see page 4, Preserving the Past). The result is numerous strong and healthy carp in our river.

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