Wednesday, May 09, 2001

Disabled will try to reel one in

By Jenny Callison
Enquirer Contributor

        Virginia Dean knows there's at least one fish in Clermont County's East Fork Lake with her name on it.

        She plans to catch that fish at the sixth annual outing for the disabled, which takes place Saturday and Sunday. It is sponsored by the Cincinnati chapter of Fishing Has No Boundaries, a Wisconsin-based organization whose goal is to provide fishing opportunities for disabled people.

    To register or to volunteer, call Mr. Reichert at 671-3343 or Chuck Locy at 871-7121.
        This will be the fourth such event for Ms. Dean, 54, who lives in Hyde Park.

        “Last year was the first year she caught a fish,” said Bill Reichert, one of the event organizers. “We gave her the Perseverance Award.”

        East Fork Lake is Ms. Dean's favorite fishing spot, but she doesn't go there just to reel in a catch.

        “It's a lot of fun, and I see a lot of friends,” she said. “I like being on a boat, or just sitting on the bank.”

        Both options are open to participants. Each participant must have a personal assistant along.

        A few spots are still available either Saturday or Sunday, Mr. Reichert said. The event's $10 registration fee covers a continental breakfast and lunch, a hat and T shirt, all fishing equipment and bait.

        Event hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Awards will be given each day.

        “We also could use a few more volunteers with boats, and people who wish to give a donation to defray expenses would be greatly appreciated,” he said.

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