Thanks for success of fishing derby

Photo by KATHY CLEVELAND Eric Hager fastens a worm to a line during the Milford Police Department’s annual fishing derby on May 20. Hager, who works at Hampshire Hills Athletic Club, was there with his wife, Naytelle, and their four children. The derby is held in honor of Michael McBriarty, a Milford High School football star who died of leukemia at 33.

On May 20, the Milford Police Department held the annual Fishing Derby at Railroad Pond in memory of Michael McBriarty.

The goal was to make sure that the children and parents have a great day of fishing. On a sunny Saturday morning, 70 children registered, and they and their parents had a great time, as was evident by all the smiling faces.

I would like to thank the people that made this event possible for the children by providing generous donations, as well as their time and support. They include several police officers, Gerry Dusseault, the Milford American Legion, the Milford VFW, Sons of Milford American Legion, Rocca Auto, Walgreens, Ciardelli Fuel Company, Wal-Mart, New Hampshire Fish and Game, Mr. Richard Prunier – owner of Sumner Brook Fish Farm – The Milford Cabinet, the employees of the Milford Public Works Department, and members of the Fishing Derby Committee and their family members who helped make this derby a success.

I would also like to thank the abutting landowners who graciously gave permission for us to use their properties for the children to have access to the pond, including Mr. Paul Silva, Mr. Grayson Parker, the First Congregational Church of Milford, Walker’s Auto, the TD Bank and the town of Milford.

A big thanks goes to Sgt. Andrew Fowle, Sgt. Daniel Campbell, Detective Eric Wales and attorney Karinne Brobst for their time and efforts in preparing for this event. Their help is very much appreciated. A thank you also goes to Chief Michael Viola, Sarah Whittemore, Valerie and Danika Works, Chris Works, and Karl and Sheila Haven, who assisted in keeping the records of the fish caught and compiling the totals for the awarding of prizes. All proceeds from the raffle will go towards future fishing derbies for all to enjoy.

Also a warm and special thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Jim McBriarty and all of the McBriarty family members who did so much to support this wonderful event in memory of their son, Michael McBriarty.

Finally, the Fishing Derby could not have been a success without the children and parents who participated. A big thanks to all of you! A total of 102 fish were caught during the derby. The largest trout caught came in at 12 inches, the smallest trout caught was 5 inches and the most fish caught by one child was a total of 13!

The McBriarty family and the Milford Police Department extend our thanks to all who participated and look forward to seeing you all again next year!

Capt. Craig Frye

Milford Police