The New Bethlehem Police Department and New Bethlehem Borough Council thank everyone who helped make the first annual Cops and Bobbers Fishing Derby a great success. The weather couldn’t have been better to spend a beautiful morning along Red Bank Creek, although the water was muddy from the recent rains. Kids caught catfish and bass that had been stocked that morning by Chief Malnofsky and his helpers and some trout that had been stocked the night before. Kids also enjoyed rides in a Humvee and tours of a large truck brought by members of the Brookville Army Reserve Engineers Division. Brookville probation treated everyone to a demonstration of their beautiful drug detection German Shepherd. Nineteen prizes were drawn and presented to participating children.
Representatives of Manor Township Police Dept., Clarion State Police, Sheriff Rex Munsee, PA Fish and Boat Commission Armstrong — WCO Anthony Beers, and District Judge Jeff Miller participated in the event along with NBPD Chief Malnofsky, Officers Clark and Taylor, PD Secretary Rebekah Weckerly, and their spouses, and Gordon Barrows, Lisa Kerle, Mayor Tim Murray, Jenn Murray and I as members of Borough Council.
We thank the owners of Gumtown Park for making it available. The park was made ready for the event by Kevin Reichard, Roger Hilliard and Chris Bowser who mowed the grass, Chief Malnofsky and Officer Nick Hawk who cut down brush near the creek’s edge, and Boy Scout Troop 403 who cleared fallen branches and cut down knotweed the previous Saturday during the Community Clean Up. Scouts and volunteers also weeded before and spread the mulch in the gardens during the Clean Up sponsored by Redbank Renaissance and Subway on May 4.
Cub Scout Pack leaders Susan Heschke, Tami Skinner, Valerie and Harold Miller and Mayor Tim and Jenn Murray helped prepare hot dogs, hamburgers and french fries for the participants.
The fishing derby was the idea of Chief Malnofsky to give kids an opportunity to meet the officers, perhaps consider a career in law enforcement, learn about scouting and enjoy some good outdoor activity. Many thanks to those who donated funds or prizes to make this event possible including: Mark Aaron for Judge, Maria Battista for DA, Lisa Kerle and Charitable Deeds in memory of Duff and Tom Kerle, Redbank Renaissance, DJ Jeff Miller, Gordon Barrows, Joe’s Pizza & Restaurant, Veronesi Auto Sales, Hetrick’s Farm Supply, Allegheny Valley Land Trust, customers at A-Plus, East Brady Sports Shack and Northwest Bank (New Bethlehem and Rimersburg), The Jewelry Shop, Pat and Ben Kundick Jr. , Janna and Frank Magagnotti, Walkie Talkie Red Hats, Steve and Anna Mae Kemp, Men’s and Ladies’ Prayer Breakfasts, Joyce Foster, Hawthorn Rod and Gun Club, Sheriff Rex Munsee, Dollar General, Tom’s Riverside, Hosses’ Little Houses, Redbank Valley Subway, Valley Bike Shop, Rich’s Outdoor World, Cub Scout Pack 403, J&K Service Center and Sportsman’s Outfitters.
Other events are being planned. The community’s support for the police dog fund and events are welcomed.