Local youngsters compete in fishing derby at McDade Park

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Lackawanna County Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley and Parks & Recreation staff members participate in the presentation of trophies to the winners in the 4 – 8 age category at the 24th annual fishing derby held recently at McDade Park.  Over 80 children participated in the event.

Front from left Oliver Stewart, Old Forge, first fish caught; Noah Smith, Dunmore, fifth place for largest fish; Madison Kilmer, Carbondale, first to limit caught; Willow Ritter, first place largest fish, and Harmony Ritter, fourth place largest fish caught, both of Scranton; Gianna Loyek, Olyphant, second place largest fish caught; and Sarah Williams, Scranton, third place largest fish caught.

Back row: Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, John DeNunzio, Rich DeStefano, Norm Coupland, Jerry Melvin and Bennie Pritchyk, Parks & Recreation staff; and William Davis, Deputy Director of Parks & Recreation.


Dunmore Boy Scout Reels in a Record Breaking Catch

Boy Scouts are across the region are camping at Goose Pond Boy Scout Reservation this summer. Activities include boating, swimming, merit badge classes and fishing. Scouts are often known for their “patrol yell” and their large mouths. But, a stay at Goose Pond has another meaning for a large mouth.

Joe Talutto of Dunmore Boy Scout Troop 66 poses with his impressive catch. It's the largest largemouth bass in Goose Pond records.

Joe Talutto of Dunmore Boy Scout Troop 66 poses with his impressive catch. It’s the largest largemouth bass in Goose Pond records.

Trying to angle for the big one is every fisherman’s goal. Boy Scout Joe Talutto of Dunmore Troop 66 reached that goal this week. Talutto caught the largest largemouth bass in Goose Pond records, weighing in at 5lbs, 4oz. Receiving plenty of praise and slaps on the back, Talutto hopes to keep his newly gained fame and title for the largest largemouth bass at Goose Pond. Excited about his catch, he told a whopper of a fish story to the other Scouts and leaders. He didn’t need to embellish or exaggerate the size. He will have this memory at Goose Pond to store away with years of others amazing Scouting memories.

The Boy Scouts of America was incorporated in 1910, under the laws of the District Of Columbia. Scouting has since spread throughout the country, with councils in every region of the United States, becoming the largest youth organization in the United States.  Being born of the Boy Scout Association from Britain by General Robert Baden-Powell, the scouting effort was brought across the Atlantic Ocean to the United States.

The NEPA BSA consists of the Dan Beard District and the Two Mountains District. With the headquarters being centrally located on Montage Mountain in Moosic, Pennsylvania, it offers training, scout shop, information and houses the business office of the council.