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Lycoming College students plan fishing derby for Muncy Historical Society

Lycoming College students plan fishing derby for Muncy Historical Society

Humans weren't the only ones to enjoy the beautiful day at the park -- a number of four-footed friends splashed about the waters as well.

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Communications students from Lycoming College helped plan a youth fishing derby, held at the Muncy Heritage Park on July 9. The students collaborated on the event with Rebecca Holler, education coordinator of the Pennsylvania Coldwater Habitat Restoration Program, Trout Unlimited, and the Muncy Historical Society.

Students Bethany Adamski, Michael Amaya and Malcolm Bell organized interactive and educational fishing-oriented activities for children under 16 years. The trio also made arrangements for picnic-style food and drinks to be available for purchase, and to have an artificial lure donated to each participant by Wertman’s Fish and Bait Shop.

The event is one of several summer activities resulting from a spring event planning class at the College.

More than 50 children registered for the event and enjoyed a morning of fishing and discovering crayfish, frogs and insects along the banks of the west branch of the Susquehanna River.

The catch-and-release fishing contest was the star of the show with prizes awarded for the longest fish in three age groups. Prizes included three fishing kits with lures, bait, rod and reel: a Shakespeare Bass complete fishing kit; a Shakespeare Walleye complete fishing kit; and a Shakespeare Trout complete tackle kit.

The event was sponsored by the Muncy Historical Society, Trout Unlimited and Lycoming College.