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A Double Hitter: Fishing Derby and Solar Story Walk

Fishing Derby’s Individual Snack Bags; Left to right: Kortney Dorow and Bridget Hart, each with a big fish
Steve Soreff, MD
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Yes, a double hitter is supposed to be when there are two baseball games back-to-back, but thanks to hard work and creativity of the Nottingham Parks & Recreation Department (NPRD) on this Saturday, May 8, 2021, there be the kick-off at 8 AM its annual signature Young Fishing Derby followed by a Solar Story Walk. Let’s look first at the Fishing Derby. This has been a yearly long-awaited event for Nottingham youngsters for over 15 years. It is a much-heralded Nottingham tradition which could not be held last year because of COVID -19. According to NPRD director, Kortney Dorow over 60 kids have already signed up for it. The event will be held outdoors with families socially distant and be mindful of the pandemic guidance. It will be held in front of Community Center where NH Route 152 crosses the North River. NH Fish and Game have the stocked the waters along with extra fish provided by the NPRD. So the fishing promises to be good.


Kortney, the NPRD director, notes the following about the Derby. “Each participant has 5 chances to a fish. Liar’s Paradise and Demmons store are providing worms for each family. The Recreation Department is providing snack bags to each participant and their families. The Nottingham Fire Dept will be onsite to sound the start and finish horn.” She adds, “a thank you to Riverbend Realty, ReVision Energy and Lenk Orthopedic for sponsoring the event.” There will be 4 largest fish winners- one for each age category: 5 and under, 6 and 7, 8 through-10, and 11 through 15 years old. There will also be an award for the smallest fish.


In addition to Youth Fishing Derby, NPRD is also launching, in partnership with ReVision Energy, a Solar Story Walk that day. The Walk will be on the Nottingham Community Center trail, which starts behind the Bandstand. Families are invited to follow the trail along tree-to-tree story board path to learn about a big friendly yellow creature named Sunsquatch. Originally from deep in the North Woods, Sunsquatch has emerged to help the fight against the climate crisis. As folks explore this trail, they will learn more about the battles between Sunsquatch and Baron Von Carbon, and discover what you can do to help keep the Earth healthy. Although the official launch of this Story Walk on May 8th, it will be open any time after. For more information about the Story Walk, please, contact NPRD And to complete the double hitter, the first 20 kids who walk the trail on May 8th will go home with a Sunsquatch plushie and a ReVision Energy workbook and sticker.


Thanks to NPRD. To Nottingham’s youth good fishing and walking.