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Kids’ Fishing Derby was a success
To the editor:
The La Grange Police Department hosted its fourth-annual Kids’ Fishing Derby Sept. 26 at Eagle Creek Golf Course.
Our goal throughout the entire planning of the derby was to provide a community event which primarily focused on allowing children to meet and spend time with police officers in an enjoyable atmosphere. Our responsibility to the public is not only to enforce laws and educate residents about the law, but more importantly, to be a part of the community and encourage positive interactions with police officers. The secondary goal was to provide a family-friendly environment in which parents could spend time with their children in a safe and fun setting.
Our fishing derby attracted 59 children from 2 to 16 years old.
The children who participated were divided into age groups for prizes which consisted of “Big Fish” and “Most Fish Caught.”
Olivia Reppen won the “Big Fish” competition in the 2- to 6-year-old age group with a 4-ounce bass. Jalen Moore won the 7- to 11-year-old division with a 5-ounce bass, and Nicholas Reppen won the 12- to 16-year-old age division in a tie breaker with his brother Mason, both of which caught a 9-ounce bass.
In the “Most Fish Caught” competition, Chayton Aldridge won the 2- to 6-year-old division with 33 total fish caught. Jalen Moore brought home a second trophy winning his age group of 7- to 11-year-olds with 36 fish caught. In the 12- to 16-year-old division, Ethan Campbell won with 28 fish.
In total, 439 fish were caught and released by all those participating. Each participant received a new fishing pole and a T-shirt for taking part in the event. We want to thank all 59 children and their parents for braving muddy and gloomy conditions and making this event not only a success, but something that is becoming a tradition for several families in the area.
With that being said it is important to recognize individuals and businesses whom without their financial sponsorships or donated time this event would have never succeeded: Eagle Creek Golf Course, The Oldham Era, The BANK–Oldham County, Fastline, Dynegy, East & Westbrook Construction, Pearce Ready Mix Concrete, Champion Chevrolet, McDonald’s, Allstate Ready Mix, Bedford Loan & Deposit Bank, Irish Rover Too, Farmers Bank of Milton, La Grange Service Center, National City (now a part of PNC), Oldham County Funeral Home, Campbellsburg Supermarket, Dairy Queen, Hometown Pizza, Taco Bell, Cash Express, Custom Signs and Graphics and Screens & Ink Screen Printing.
A special thanks goes to those who volunteered time and effort into the project: Kentucky Fish and Wildlife and Pat and Sharon Vincent.
I want to thank everyone who took part in the La Grange Police Department’s Kid’s Fishing Derby.
We work as a community to create an event that enriches the lives of all those who participate. We hope to see everyone again next year.
Chief Kevin Collett, La Grange Police Department
Chandler memorial golf scramble was Sept. 21
To the editor:
The 30th annual Oldham County “Happy” Chandler Memorial Charity Golf Scramble to benefit the Kentucky Sheriffs’ Boys and Girls Ranch was held Sept. 21 with Oldham County Sheriff Steve Sparrow hosting.
We send our heartfelt thanks to Sparrow, the Oldham County Sheriff’s Office and all those helping for their support and efforts to raise money for children in Kentucky. Their support and help not only of this event, but of the ranch as a whole, ensures we continue to reach Kentucky’s youth in a positive manner.
The support of all those involved – from the golfers and those preparing and serving lunch to those sponsoring holes and donating gifts and prizes – will see that Oldham County youth , along with children from throughout Kentucky, are able to attend camp and continue to learn from values and morals we strive to teach. We send our heartfelt thanks to each of you.,
Thanks again for an outstanding tournament and we look forward to seeing everyone at next year’s event.
Jerry Wagner, executive director