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Memorial Fishing Derby seeks local support

May 13, 2009
The Gilford Police Department is preparing for the sixth annual Officer Kainen Flynn Memorial Fishing Derby, and they are looking for local support to keep the event going.

"It is becoming a little tougher to put it on every year," said Det./Sgt. Kristian Kelley. "We do receive donations, but we know people are cutting back. We feel guilty about asking for money. We are just asking for whatever people can do. The fact is we don't make any money. We are doing it for the kid."

The derby will be held on June 6 at the Gunstock Recreational Area in Gilford. The department stocks the pond with trout and there are prizes for the biggest fish in four different age categories. There will still be t-shirts for the participants and hot dogs and hamburgers and hot dogs will be served for a fee to help off set the costs like in previous years.

"The derby has done everything we hoped for," said the Gilford Police Association in a statement, "promoting water safety and a good time for the kids in our community, as well as keeping Kainen's memory alive."

Registration is free and prizes in the past have included bikes, sports memorabilia, and gift certificates. Kelley said the local businesses and community members are great about helping out and making sure the event is a success each year. The association added that they are committed to keeping the event, even if it means that they have to make cuts themselves.

Kelley said that they want people to now they are sill holding the event and that any support is appreciated. Anyone interested in helping could donate items to be used as prizes or donate money to the Gilford Police Relief Association. The department is hoping for things like rods and reels, shirts, toys and sports items that they can raffle off or use as prizes.

"It's about spending time with your children," said Kelley. "In this day and age that time can get lost. Everyone tends to get a fish because we stock the pond full. It introduces the kids to fishing and makes them want to come back again. Fishing is one of those things that comes down through generations."

Details of the event and registration can be found at the police Web site, www.gilfordpd.org, or by calling Field Training Officer Christopher Jacques or Kelley at the police department business line, 527-4737. All donations are tax deductible.

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