MINERVA On a place called the point at Minerva Lake on June 30, 2007, also known as Minerva Day, from around 10:30 a.m. to noon, a large number of kids could be seen casting out their lines and hauling in plenty of scaly aquatic creatures. The weather was windy, but the air was clear, and everybody had a great time.
The 2007 Minerva Day Fishing Derby was unquestionably a success, with plenty of prizes and lots of fish hooked, brought to shore, weighed, and released, sometimes to be caught once more. The fish came in all sizes, from very, very little to really, really big. Being weighed on the fine triple beam balance and hand-held scale were pumpkinseed sunfish, perch, largemouth bass, and northern pike. No fewer than 38 kids tried their luck in the waters of Minerva Lake fishing for both piscine friends and great prizes.
This event was sponsored and organized by the Minerva Parks and Recreation Committee and has become one of the annual favorites of the Minerva Day line-up of great activities. Prizes ranged from tiny swivels to attractive red and white bobbers to fishing poles to actual paper cash. There were some very big (and very toothy) fish caught during this years fishing derby; the competition was fierce but the competitors were professional and thoughtful. The age range was impressive: the youngest angler was two (Alex Wyant) and the eldest was 15 ( Samantha Mule). Lets hear it for fishing and the diversity of anglers!
Many folks and businesses contributed to this years Fishing Derby on a number of levels. First of all, many thanks go to McCall Construction and John and Wanda Callihan for their very generous derby prize donations. Fishing tackle as prizes was acquired from the Adirondack Bass Shop in Olmstedville and Murdies store in Minerva. Both of these shops donated prizes for the cause. Thanks to Christine Perryman of Minerva Central School for the use of its triple beam metric balance for weighing our fine fish. Thanks also to Amber Levielle for her lifeguarding help during the event.