A comfortable breeze and partly sunny skies set the stage for the annual South Abington Township Police and Maintenance Departments’ Fishing Derby at Lackawanna State Park July 27.
According to Thom Kreidler, derby chair, 126 children participated, with more than 350 hot dogs, 200 hamburgers and 30 cases of soda and water enjoyed by all after the derby.
Kreidler, who will retire from the police department later this year, said this was his last year as derby chair.
“I hope that the event will continue after my retirement. I am certainly willing to help with the next chairman. It has not only been fun but a pleasure to chair the derby for 16 years,” he said. “After this year’s derby, I was approached by many children and parents who extended their appreciation and that’s thanks enough. I will miss it.”
Prize winners in the three age groups were Maggie May, 2, of Dunmore, 103/8” Catfish; Derek Locker, 6, of South Abington Township, 16” catfish; and Dylan Major, 11, of Dickson City, 13 3/4” catfish.
The three children who caught the largest fish in each of the age groups won a gift certificate to a local sporting goods store and a trophy.
Sponsors for the event were Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 63; Scranton Label; Mann, Levi & Nogi; VFW Post 7069; Hampton Inn; Mike Noto/Abington Development Group; Patsel’s; Gourmet Family Restaurant; O’Hora Screen Printing; Pete’s Bait Shop; Crown Beverage; Abington Sportsman’s Club; Sharon Keen Family; Ward and Ann Jones; Armetta’s; Penn Security Bank; Convenient Food Mart, in Memory of Sgt. Varley Birtch; Francis Smith and Sons; Smith Air Center; Lackawanna State Park; Joseph Chermak Sales, Inc; Eden D. Soliman D.D.S; Weis Market; Allied Glass; Forever Young Fishing Derby; Abington Heights Civic League; Sprint Print, in Memory of Bob Floyd; Sultzer Monument; South Abington Police Department; Rolling Thunder Pa. Chapter 3, Inc; South Abington Twp. DPW, in Memory of Michael Keen; Pa. Fish and Boat Commission; Superior Trophy; Red Barn Village Miniature Golf; Mike Cobb,; Pepsi Cola; and “many, many volunteers,” said Kreidler.
Derby judges were Charles Duddeck and Kaytlyn Harvey, his granddaughter; Giles Stanton; and Tom Lorusso.
Giles Stanton, South Abington Township chairman, Board of Supervisors, presented Kreidler with an award of appreciation “for 16 years of outstanding dedication as Chairman and Organizer” of the derby.
South Abington Twp. Police Chief Robert Gerrity received an award from Rolling Thunder Pa. Chapter 3, Inc. for his assistance in providing traffic control and security for the annual Rolling Thunder Veteran’s Motorcycle run for the Gino Merli Veteran’s Center. Chief Gerrity establishes traffic control throughout every municipality that the 700-plus motorcycles pass through with police, fire and first responders at every intersection.