New event to take kids fishing

Fort Frances OPP officers are going fishing on Saturday—and hope to come back with more than a good catch.
Twenty-seven students from local schools will spend the day fishing with 22 officers who have agreed to donate their boats for the day.
The group will leave at 9 a.m. from the Sorting Gap Marina, then will wrap up with a barbecue at Sunny Cove Camp in the afternoon.
The event, dubbed “Fishing for Futures,” will be a chance for students to get to know the officers as well as have a good time.
The students were chosen from among those who graduated from the (Drug Awareness Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program, which teaches youngsters strategies for avoiding drug and alcohol use.
“We stress the importance of having positive alternatives to drugs and alcohol,” said Cst. Dereck McLean, a community services officer with the Fort Frances detachment.
Local OPP officers are responsible for administering the D.A.R.E. program in schools, and know many of the students already. McLean noted this is an opportunity for students to spend time with officers in a less formal setting.
“We sent a letter to schools and asked teachers to give us names of students who might benefit,” Cst. McLean said.
Once the students were chosen, parents were asked for permission to have their children participate. “The response has been overwhelming,” he noted.
This is the first time the local OPP has organized such an event. And if all goes well, it may become an annual activity.
“I’m pumped, the officers are pumped,” Cst. McLean said.
Because the weather here has been less than ideal for outdoor activities in recent weeks, the group has a contingency plan. In case of rain, they will spend the day playing games indoors at Sunny Cove.
Cst. McLean noted the Fort Frances Kiwanis Club and local businesses have been very generous in sponsoring this new event. “It’s shaping up to be a pretty good event,” he remarked.