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--- Issued June 20, 2007

When HACE kids go fishing for the first time, you get a little bit of everything – arm waving, jumping, running, dancing, screaming, laughing, frog catching, clam inspecting, smiling, frowning, eating – and some fishing.

The Authority held it’s second annual Learn to Fish program this summer, in June, and it was a big, big success. “We’ll certainly do it again next year,” said John E. Horan, HACE executive director.

Twelve children, ages 9 through 12, from Harbor Homes and the John E. Horan Garden Apartments participated. Eight boys and four girls participated.

Each child had a mentor-volunteer – with Authority staffers, Erie police officers, juvenile probation offices, and members of other social service agencies giving their time and knowledge. The mentors taught the youths about equipment, fishing techniques, the kinds of fish, and how to catch and release them from the hook.

The day of fishing was held at the Rotary Pavilion at Presque Isle from 4 to 8:30 p.m., with a fish-fry for all the participants held at the end.

Everybody caught his or her first fish. Some caught as many as 12. All were released back into the bay as part of the environmentally friendly program, with Earth Force providing environmental education.

The fishing followed two days of instruction on June 12 and 13.

Each of the young participants received a rod, reel, and tackle box and equipment.