Fishing Event Slated

ST. MARYS — Through the cooperation of local churches, St. Marys students have an opportunity this summer to learn about fishing while enjoying a morning of activities at Grand Lake St. Marys through a series of three workshops.

Fishing, Fun and Fellowship will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 11 and Aug. 15 at the East Bank Road shelter house No. 1 at Grand Lake St. Marys. Organizer Kara Birt said the event will be open to school-aged children in the St. Marys City School District.

“The event will be open to St. Marys City School students that will be going into the first through the fifth grade in the fall of 2012,” Birt said. “We sent registration forms home with all the kids that would be eligible and we asked them to turn those in by June 8 to the local churches.”

Birt stressed that participants must pre-register for the event, and same-day registration will not be accepted.

At the event, participants will enjoy a full morning of activities and a lunch.

“The day will consist of a lunch, games, fishing and we’ll probably have a craft and a naturalist from the state park talk to the kids,” Birt said. “We’re going to put them in a group and they’ll rotate through the different sessions.”

Birt said Fishing, Fun and Fellowship came together through the work of local churches and a grant.

“It’s a cooperation of a group of local churches and we received a grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife,” she said.

The grant, she noted, will pay for all expenses of the workshop, so participants will not pay a fee.

“The grant will help pay for the lunch and all fishing supplies and things like that,” she said, noting that fishing poles will be provided through Grand Lake St. Marys State Park.

Volunteers from the churches will run the events.

“The volunteers that will be out at the park are from the local churches,” Birt said. “They’ll be helping the kids move through the different sessions and helping with all the different groups that we have.”

Birt said she hopes to see the event grow in the future.

“This is the first year,” she said.

“Right now, we don’t have a large amount of kids that have turned in their forms yet but we still have until the end of the week. We’re hoping this will grow and get bigger every year.”

For more information or to obtain a registration form, call St. Paul’s United Church of Christ at 419-394-3811.