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Seniors welcome at Roe Pond

Roe Pond, home to the annual Roe Pond Invitational children’s fishing tournament, is now open to senior citizens.

Roe Pond, home to the annual Roe Pond Invitational children’s fishing tournament, is now open to senior citizens.

— Young anglers at Roe Pond can now have company.

A children’s fishing site, Roe Pond is now available to senior citizens.

The Moriah town board voted Aug. 11 to allow people age 65 and older to fish at the Witherbee pond along side children. Seniors will be allowed at the pond Monday through Thursday, but must first show proof of residency and get a free permit from the town clerk’s office.

Seniors must agree to “catch and release.”

Roe Pond was designated a children-only fishing area about a decade ago. It is stocked annually and hosts the Roe Pond Invitational youth fishing tournament each year.

Brian Venne, a Moriah justice, led the campaign to make Roe Pond a children’s fishing area when he was on the town board. He suggested the change.

“Now a grandfather can take his grandchildren fishing there,” Venne said. “Roe Pond has always been about giving children an opportunity to fish. This doesn’t change that. Now children will have the opportunity to learn from adults.”

Tom Scozzafava, Moriah supervisor agreed.

“This is a good thing,” he said. “Perhaps even more children will be able to fish at Roe Pond now that they can go with their grandparents and others.”

While the pond is “catch and release” for adults, children are allowed to take home their trophies.

For information call the town clerk’s office at 546-3341.

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