Police hold youth fishing contest
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The 3rd Annual Jim Thorpe Police Department Fishing Contest which was held at the Germantown Grove on the East side of town enjoyed a great turnout of children in the Jim Thorpe Area School District aged 15 and under.
The 3rd Annual Jim Thorpe Police Department Children's Fishing Contest was held at the Germantown Grove on the East side of town.
The event was open to all children in the Jim Thorpe Area School District aged 15 and under.
The idea for the police-sponsored youth event originally came from retired Carbon County Sheriff Pete Hoherchak.
Jim Thorpe Police Chief Joe Schatz noted that "without the help of the Germantown Grove Club, we wouldn't be able to make this possible."
"There's a lot of support that we get from throughout the community that help to make this event possible."
"We have a good turnout today, the weather's holding up, and we have a lot of off-duty police officers here with their families."
Chief Schatz finished by saying "the kids have a good time and it gives them an opportunity to get involved with something positive, which is the sport of Fishing."
Jim Thorpe's Mayor Michael Sofranko thanked the Germantown Grove Club and the Rodgers family for donating the use of the facility and buildings for the event.
The Mayor said that "Police Chief Schatz did an excellent job once again in organizing this along with our former Carbon County Sheriff Pete Hoherchak."
"I thank them for their time and dedication that they put into this with the support from the Jim Thorpe Police Department. They've all done an outstanding job."
Police Chief Joe Schatz was grateful to the sponsors that contributed to the Jim Thorpe Police Department Fishing Contest, among them : Retired Sheriff Pete Hoherchak, Rodgers Family, Germantown Grove Club, Sand Spring Trout Hatchery, Cabella's, Highland Beverage, Jim Thorpe Market, Jim Thorpe National Bank, Mauch Chunk Trust, Ron Sheehan, American Legion Post #304, Ed & Ann Gula, Henry & Catherine Desrosier, Ken Schlecht, Jim Thorpe Lion's Cllub, Jim Thorpe Rotary Club, Ed McArdle, Jim Gallagher, and Diligent Fire Co. and all the volunteers that helped make this 3rd Annual Fishing Contest a great success.