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By Faith Ministries plans Trout Fishing Derby

| Saturday, April 6, 2013, 1:11 a.m.
Helping plan By Faith Ministries’ Trout Fishing Derby are (front, from left) John Cooke, Pastor Ron Michaux, Glenda Williams, Kevin Porterfield, Josh Williams, Associate Pastor Bob Sanner; (back) Chad Cooke, Jason Richter, Frank Detone and Dave Sanner. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 27 in Yough River Park in Connellsville.

By Faith Ministries will sponsor a Trout Fishing Derby at Yough River Park in Connellsville on April 27. Tagged fish, totaling $1,125, will be stocked in the river for the derby.

“This is a first-time event for By Faith Ministries. I have been involved with fishing derbies elsewhere and know that they are a good way to reach out to the community,” said Assistant Pastor Robert Sanner, organizer of the Trout Fishing Derby. “I love people and being out in the area to find out the needs of the community. The Yough River in Connellsville is a beautiful place and will lend itself to a very successful day. This fishing derby should fit right in with the community.”

The derby will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $15. Cash prizes will be awarded.

Although one day, this event has a unique exception: If anyone registered for the April 27 derby catches one of the tagged fish up until July 27, the dollar amount will still be paid. The five tagged trout will be: $25, $100, $200, $300 and $500.

“The river is a wonderful resource to bring families together and also benefit the city of Connellsville through events such as the fishing derby,” church member Pam Porterfield said.

The church plans to use the proceeds from the event to help with repairs and improvements at local playgrounds.

Also as part of the event, a $3 Kid's Fishing Pond will be set up.

“We want to be able to give all the kids a prize and would appreciate any donations from the community,” Sanner said. “Those who can help with children's prizes can call 724-626-9520. All contributions will be appreciated. The Kid's Fishing Pond will be set up in the mid-morning. Children 2-10 must be accompanied by an adult.”

Volunteers will be selling breakfast and lunch that includes sausage in the morning, hot dogs in the afternoon, plus coffee and drinks.

Participants are urged to pre-register so they won't have to wait in line to sign up and pay that morning, allowing them to get right to fishing.

“If they pre-register, there is no delay in their opportunity to catch the big one,” Sanner said.

Payment must be received 10 days prior to the event to process registration. Those ages 11 and up need to register to participate. Make checks payable to By Faith Ministries; only cash will be accepted the day of the event.

“We want it to be a nice event for everybody and we strongly encourage everyone to register in advance at, by mail or at the church at 107 N. Seventh St., by appointment,” Sanner said.

Anyone over the age of 16 years must have a valid fishing license. All state, county, city and park laws apply.

Nancy Henry is a freelance writer.

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