14th annual kids fishing derby

To the editor:

More than 160 youngsters enjoyed a day of fishing, food and prizes at the 14th annual Calumet-Keweenaw Sportsmen’s Club kids fishing derby held at the Swedetown pond in Calumet on July 21, 2018. Thank you to Greg Nakkula and Mark Johnson for chairing the event. An extra special Thank You to Bruce Harter for gathering donations and prizes for the kids. And Thank You to Calumet Township and Paul Lehto for supporting the purchase of fish planted in the pond. These businesses and individuals provided donations which resulted in prizes ( fishing rods, tackle boxes, gift certificates, etc) for the boys and girls catching the largest fish, 2 bicycles and more fishing rods and prizes in a raffle, a “goodie bag” treat and prize for all participants:

A-1 toilets, ACE hardware Calumet, BP station Calumet, Bucko’s Party Store, Burger King of Calumet, Calumet Floral and Gifts, Calumet Machine, Calumet Mercantile/Copper World, Carmelita’s Restaurant, Certainteed, Cliffview Bar, Coca-Cola of Hancock, Copper Country Ford, Connie’s Kitchen, Dave Crouch, DTA Construction, Bill Darnell, Daytona Body Shop, Dirtworks Contracting, John & JoAnn Dudenas, Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home, Finlandia, Gasoline Alley, Gatorbar, Harter’s Car Quest, Harter’s Party Store, Holiday Station Calumet, The Hut, Bill Jahns, Jim’s Pizza, JP Fast Track, Bob Jollimore, Keweenaw Auto Body, Keweenaw Glass, Kopper’s, L&L Bar, Lake Linden Hardware, Lassila Insurance, Louie’s Super Foods, Luigi’s Bar, 41 Lumber, Paul Malnar, McCabe Distributing, McGann Building Supply, MDI, Metal Sales, Millwork Distributors, Michigan House, Miner’s Café, Mohawk Superette, Northern Cuts, Northside Auto, Northside Excavating, O.K. Auto Value, Pat’s IGA Calumet, Peninsula Auto Repair, Peterlin Distributing, REL Inc, Ray Rinne, Rocky’s Bar, Royal Fabricating, 1281 Salon and Spa, Bob Sanderson, Shute’s 1890 Saloon, Superior Auto Tech, Superior National Bank, Superior Polymer, Toni’s Country Kitchen, Campioni’s True Value Hardware Calumet, Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center, Walt’s Crawlers, White House Restaurant, Williams Parts and Supply, Wooden Spoon, 97.7 The Wolf, Women’s Round Table of the Keweenaw, Woodport Doors, Woolf Distributing, Vollwerth’s. The kids really enjoyed visiting the National Park service tent for fishing tips. They also got a kick out of seeing “Elroy” from the Copper Country ELKS. Seeing kids smiling faces after catching a fish (size is immaterial) is very rewarding to all club member volunteers. And one more thank you to the parents/guardians for keeping watch on the kids throughout the derby.