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*Fishing Club donates Connestee’s 50th Anniversary books to CF Employees

On January 15th Fishing Club President Myron Pstrak delivered 65 free books to Connestee’s HR manager, Rocio Borghini, for distribution to all permanent CF employees. It is the Club’s way of showing our appreciation for all that our wonderful Connestee employees do to make our community so special.

*Order Connestee’s 50th Anniversary Book

Celebrate Connestee’s 50th anniversary with the Fishing Club-sponsored commemorative photo book, “Connestee Falls: Our Golden Anniversary”!

It’s a jumbo, 9”x12” hardcover volume with 112 full-color pages containing more than 600 photos by residents. Cover to cover, it tells of Connestee’s history, people, events, clubs and activities and our scenic beauty, including our flora and fauna. You’ll want to keep this coffee-table quality book in your home for viewing by family and friends.

A great holiday gift idea for all. If you order NOW, you’ll get your book(s) for only $40 each. And there’s FREE pick-up/delivery inside Connestee! Books can also be shipped to an outside address, for an additional charge of $6 each for postage.

To order go to the "Anniverary Book" heading on the Club’s website.

There’s a limited supply in the first printing and orders will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-Christmas availability is planned for residents currently on-site, while supplies last.

Proceeds from book sales benefit the Fishing Club’s Outreach Program, fish stocking, and its many other community service and social activities.

Many thanks to editor Chris Wunder and all the others who helped develop this amazing publication.

A few sample pages from the book:

*Order your Photo Calendar

The Fishing Club is now accepting orders for our 2021 Connestee’s Beauty for All Seasons Photo Calendar. This 50th Anniversary edition displays a special captioned photo for each month, selected from the many photos submitted by our Connestee residents and friends. What a great holiday gift item!

Calendars are $15 for one and $10 for each additional. Completed orders will be available for delivery around Thanksgiving and can be delivered free to your Connestee home, or mailed to an outside address (for a postage fee of $3 per calendar). Proceeds from the sales support the Fishing Club's many community service activities and events.

Many thanks to all those who submitted photos and to Chris Wunder and Susan Caldwell for their generous efforts in preparing this special calendar.

To order your calendar(s), click on the link: Calendar Purchase

If you need help with your order, email Al Byrne (abyrne146@gmail.com).

Preview of Calendar cover

Preview of Calendar last page

*Lake Stocking 11/12/2020

Our final fish stocking of the year took place Thursday 11/12/20.

Morgan Mill Trout Farm delivered 946 pounds of 13 - 16 inch rainbow trout to three of our lakes (Atagahi was stocked in October).

Tiaroga received 189 lbs. (approx. 150 fish).

Ticoa received 473 lbs. (approx. 375 fish).

Wanteska recieved 284 lbs. (approx. 225 fish).

A good group of fishing club members watched as the healthy looking, spirited, fish swam off into the lakes.

The cost, $2,602, was paid by CFPOA .

Rick Hybil, CFFC Fishery Management Committee

Wanteska stocking video

Tiaroga stocking video

*Meeting Minutes – Club Meeting 10/31/2020

Club mtg 10_31

A ‘Catch-up’ meeting (report by Ray Tuers)

            The Club held its first meeting in seven months on Oct. 31, a kind of pandemic-era catch-up gathering that we called an End-of-Season, Meet & Greet, Bring-Your-Own-Chair and Wear-Your-Mask meeting.

            It was held at the Atagahi Park pavilion on a Saturday morning. And although temperatures hovered close to the 30s that day more than 40 members and guests turned out.

            “I think folks are just anxious to get out and do something,” said Club Treasurer Vernetta Milts, who with other Club officers reported on latest activities.

            Our new president, Myron Pstrak, opened the meeting with a series of updates on activities. He mentioned September’s drive-by version of our annual Fish Fry, the latest stocking, the record number of large fish caught so far this year and a number of other subjects.

            Vice President George Goyette talked about programs we may hold at future meetings, Secretaary Al Byrne reported on boat sales and the new First Catch awards for children, and Fishery Management Committee Co-chair Joe McMurray told members about lake conditions.

            Chris Wunder, who is putting out our annual calendar and the club’s book celebrating Connestee’s 50th anniversary, reported on those projects.

            And Randy Bunn gave a roundup on the Fish Fry, which Vernetta said yielded a net profit of $4,000 to benefit the Club’s various projects and programs.

            The Executive Committee decided to try the socially distancing format during its early October meeting and set the Saturday date. Many members brought their own chairs and all wore masks. Before and after, we served our usual “coffee-and” light refreshments.

            At the end, members applauded the effort and several cried out their thanks to the officers.

            “I’m glad we did it,” said Myron. “I think it went well and members certainly seemed to appreciate getting out and talking fishing.”

*Rainbow Stocking on 10/16/2020

On 10/16/2020 Alfred from Morgan Mill Trout Farm delivered and stocked the following Rainbow Trout:

  • 509 lbs. of large 15 +/- inch Rainbows ( approximately 339 fish @ average 1.5 Lb.) in Lake Atagahi.
  • Approximately  2,380 fingerlings in Lake Tiaroga.
  • Approximately 3,287 fingerlings in Wanteska.

Total cost was $3,099 paid for by CFPOA.

Thanks to Joe McMurray for taking the lead on this stocking.

Rick Hybil, CFFC Fishery Management Committee

*Club Officers begin 2021 term

 

 

On October 1st our Club officers began their terms for the 2021 season:

President - Myron Pstrak

Vice-President - George Goyette

Treasurer - Vernetta Milts

Secretary - Al Byrne

*2020 Fish Fry a great success!

This year’s “alternative” Fish Fry was held Sept. 22nd at Atagahi Park. Club volunteers served 185 Club members and their guests as they drove through Atagahi Park and picked up their food and beverages from their cars, then found a place to eat on their own.

This year’s Fry also included our annual Wine Bonanza raffle and a Local Merchant raffle for gift certificates purchased by the Club from local merchants. In addition, a special silent auction was held for a Weber Smoker donated by Lowes.

To view the Wine Bonanza raffle drawing, the list of Local Merchant raffle ticket winners, and the Silent Auction winner, go to our website cffishclub.org under the heading Fish Fry.

If you have one of the winning ticket numbers for the Local Merchant raffle, please email Al Byrne (abyrne146@gmail.com) with your name and ticket number; and we will arrange to deliver your prize. If a prize is not claimed by the end of the day Monday, 9/28, we will draw another winning ticket number for that prize. So hold on to your tickets even you didn’t win in the first drawing!

Thank you for supporting your Connestee Falls Fishing Club.

Club President Jim Bailey watches as Joe Mihelcic, T.J. Kopt and Mike Huckabey deep fry up some 200 catfish filets
Club President Jim Bailey watches as Joe Mihelcic, T.J. Kopt and Mike Huckabey deep fry up some 200 catfish filets
Marian Wolf delivered trays of filets to her assembly-line volunteers
Marian Wolf delivered trays of filets to her assembly-line volunteers
Jerry Brown pulls up in his pickup for his picnic dinner
Jerry Brown pulls up in his pickup for his picnic dinner
Volunteers formed an assembly line operation to fill dinner boxes
Volunteers formed an assembly line operation to fill dinner boxes
These diners brought their own table and chairs, complete with a floral centerpiece
These diners brought their own table and chairs, complete with a floral centerpiece
Some of the diners enjoyed their dinners at picnic tables in the park
Some of the diners enjoyed their dinners at picnic tables in the park
Winning tickets for the Merchant raffle were drawn following the Fry
Winning tickets for the Merchant raffle were drawn following the Fry

*Fish Fry 2020 tickets now available

This year’s re-imagined  Fish Fry at Atagahi Park will be held Sept. 22 and will have a new look, adhering to pandemic restrictions.

Because no crowds are allowed in the park, the Fry will have a drive-through format in which ticket-holders will pick up food and beverages from their cars, then find a place to eat on their own. The names of ticket-holders will be recorded at the time of purchase on the club’s website and checked off from that list during the drive-through.

Tickets are $16 and may be charged to a CF member account or paid by check.

Cars will be directed through the park on the usual one-way road. Food and beverage stops will be set up along the way. Ticket holders may show up at their choice of serving times, from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

Each meal will be delivered in a container. The menu will include a large catfish filet, deep-fried at the park, with salads and corn-on-the-cob. Beer and soft drinks are included.

A raffle for gift certificates for local businesses will be held, with tickets available on the website. And a special silent auction will be held for a Weber Smoker donated by Lowes. Also, on-line tickets are available for the annual Wine Bonanza raffle. All raffle tickets and silent auction bids may be charged to a CF member account or paid by check.

Tickets for the Fish Fry meal and the Wine Bonanza raffle are now available on the Club website cffishclub.org. Just click on the heading "Fish Fry".

Tickets for the Local Business Raffle and bidding for the Silent Auction item are not yet available. You will be notified as soon as the purchase forms are posted on the website.

Thank you for your continued support of the Connestee Falls Fishing Club!

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