To the editor:
Even though this was a very mild winter, with lots of people skeptical about whether we would be able to have the derby, a week of cold nights and then snow the night before made for a safe and beautiful day on Saturday, Feb. 18.
The newly opened Blue Canoe Grill (formerly Rosie’s) on North Lake Road, Erieville, graciously agreed to host the event. They provided a place to warm up and fuel up with tasty hot food throughout the day, beginning with breakfast at 5 a.m.
Over 130 people registered for the derby, including several youths. Over $1,000 was raised to contribute to the Fish Fund for stocking Tuscarora Lake.
The adult winners of the fishing derby were:
Jason Clark, with the Longest Walleye: 19 ½ inches; Buddy Hunsinger, Jr., with the Heaviest Walleye: 2 ¼ pounds; Scott Will, with the Longest Perch: 12 1/8 inches; and Mark Bufano, with the Longest Other (Legal) Fish: a 21 ¾ inch Pickerel.
The youth winners of the fishing derby were:
Daniel Hines, with the Longest Perch: 10 7/8 inches; and Dillan Lyrek, Jr., with the Longest Other (Legal) Fish: 21 ½ inches.
Through the support of businesses and individuals in the community, there were numerous wonderful door prizes. The derby committee would like to thank the following donors of door prizes:
A-n-Z E-Z Mart, A-Z Massage Therapy, Automatic Utilities, Back On Track, Brewster Inn, Brookside Greenhouses, Buyea’s Hardware, Cazenovia Bookstore, Caz Pizza, Caz Sports Bowl, Cooley’s Do It Best Home Center, Dave’s Diner at Common Grounds, Falls Village Market and Sunoco Station, The Fort, Kinney’s, Highland Lakes Construction, Hotel Solsville, Irish Knots, Lincklaen House, Maken Frenz Plus Bait Shop, Meralee deClercq, McCraith Beverage, Inc., MacKinnon’s Liquors, Nelson Farms Store, Nelson Odeon, Pampered Chef, RA-LINS, Rod and Bobber Bait Shop, Southern Wine and Spirits, Thirty-One, TOPS Market, TriValley Beverages, Trooper Larry Puccio and the Tuscarora Lake Association