Staff and “Friends” member Angel Rosario has been busy preparing 400 rods and reels for the upcoming March 9 “Rainbows for Veterans” fishing derby.

Staff and "Friends" member Angel Rosario has been busy preparing 400 rods and reels for the upcoming March 9 "Rainbows for Veterans" fishing derby. This derby is free and for all active and retired military and family members wishing to attend. However, only military attendees may fish. Military ID will be required at registration, which will begin at 8 a.m.

The first 100 veterans to register will receive a free T-shirt. A brief ceremony will begin prior to fishing which starts at 10 a.m. Poles and bait are provided and personal fishing gear is not allowed to prevent the transference of contaminants to our ponds. There is a catch limit of four rainbows per person and the fish must be taken as there is no "catch and release" fishing. A fishing license is not needed at the event. Volunteers will be on hand to clean and bag the fish on ice. A free lunch will be provided by "Friends of the Neosho National Fish Hatchery." Anyone wishing to volunteer is welcome to the event and very much appreciated.

Volunteers are needed to help with parking, serving food, cleaning fish, distributing poles and bait, registration and wherever there is a need. A "Friends" and volunteers planning meeting will be held Thursday, Feb. 21, in the Rainbow room of the hatchery at 6:30 p.m. Volunteers are welcome but not required to attend this meeting. For more information call Janice at 451-0554, ext. 112. It is sure to be a grand day.

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Education Outreach Specialist Bruce Hallman provided a booth at the Annual Sportsman's Dinner Event at Racine Christian Church last Saturday. Approximately 400 attended the event.

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Biologist Justin Perkins is in La Crosse, Wis., this week attending an "Introduction to Fish Health" course. The hatchery welcomes student volunteer Jordan Flack from MSSU.

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Local visitors of the week are Tim and Austin Reed of Ozark, Mo., and formerly of Neosho. Long distance visitors of the week are Steve and Nancy Speck from Springfield, Tenn.

Janice Eaton is the automation clerk at the Neosho National Fish Hatchery.