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Kids and adults learn fishing is fun -- together

Monday, September 19, 2005

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L. T. Clark looks at a fish Levi Asher caught at Craig Park.

The Fishing Fun Day began with a brief lesson by L. T. Clark, a retired Brazil sporting goods store owner.

"I teach two priorities," he said. "One, is safety and two is appreciation."

Clark wants young people to appreciate what they have in Craig Park.

His own appreciation stems from decades of involvement.

In the mid-1960s, Clark helped clean goldfish and other "trash fish," as he calls them, out of the pond at Craig Park. Hundreds of pounds of the dead fish were buried at the park, so the pond could be restocked.

Amos Vannatti supplied the game fish, Clark recalled.

The pond was used to supply the City of Brazil with water before the well field was built east of town.

"Now we have a much cleaner and better source of water," he said.

In 1977, Clark introduced Gov. George Craig and Mayor Norville Pickett Jr. at Craig Park's dedication ceremony.

Clark also appreciates the work of the parks department, saying they have done a wonderful job.

Looking around the portion of the park surrounded on two sides by water, with a shelter house and slide and swings for children to play on, Clarke compares it to major league baseball, saying the children fishing in the pond is "like a little leaguer playing his first game in Yankee Stadium."

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