To the Times of Ti:
A very special thank you to Steve Lamere and technician Chris at our Essex County Fish Hatchery for your help with the 23rd annual Roe Pond Children’s Fishing Tournament! I wish all 18 town supervisors could see the smiles and determination of our young anglers as they “hook the big one.”
Special acknowledgement to Whitetails Unlimited for their very generous donations. Also Boyeas Deli & Lakeside Dining. John Bezon Bait & Tackle for the worms and rod and reels. Norm St. Pierre Bait & Tackle for the poles and reels and to Devros for the gift certificate.
A monster thanks to South Bend Fishing Tackle Company for your donation of rod and reel outfits, and to Mike DeAvila of Lunkerville for your prizes. We finally made to the big time! A special thank you to our Highway Superintendent Jamie Wilson and our fantastic highway crew, you did an outstanding job on cleaning up Roe Pond.
To our professional driver Gary Cutting for your excellent driving skills, don’t worry I won’t tell Jamie or Scozzy about the over time! Thank you to our Town Supervisor Tom Scozzafava and Councilmen Tom Anderson, Paul Salerno and Tim Garrison for your continued support.
Huge thank you to our tournament staff. Twenty three years ago we started this tournament not knowing what we were doing, that still has not changed! Oh-well, maybe next year! When you bump into Joe (Coonrod) Rodriguez, Mike Aitner, Chip Perry Sr., Tom Langey, Mike or Jason Vargo, give them a big thank you for a job very well done! Gentlemen, (including you Chip) it has been an honor and a privilege that you have allowed me to serve with you! I look forward to the next 23 years.
And finally to Dain, you helped stock fish with us in years past; we miss your smile, your wit and your wet boots! Rest in peace Dear Soldier, I’ll look for the fire!
Brian Venne, Moriah Youth Commission