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Indian Kill Open House and Fishing Day draws families, memories

Sometimes the simpler things in life are the most memorable.

Children clutching fishing poles stood alongside their parents and family members at the start of the 19th Annual Indian Kill Open House and Fishing Day at the Indian Kill Nature Preserve in Glenville on Saturday, May 7. Anyone under the age of 15 years old was invited to try to hook the biggest fish in their age category. The atmosphere wasn't overly competitive, however, because most people were just happy to be out with their families.

It is just a nice time to take the kids out and basically get the time to fish and father and son time," said Ron Stafford, from Glenville, who was helping his 9-year-old son, Alex. "I have a memory of winning a contest similar to this one when I was 5 or 6 years old."

Before the anglers cast their lines, Mark Storti, founder of the event, had a few words of encouragement.

"Whether they catch it or lose it, they are going to remember it for the rest of their lives," said Storti. "This is a family day for getting children and their parents or grandparents out fishing and utilizing a natural resource."

Storti, who grew up in Vermont, said he took part in a fishing day when he was a kid. Remembering that experience as a child inspired him to bring a similar event to his community.

"It has been a great time," he said. "We have had a lot of help from the county, Kiwanis and the Schenectady County Conservation Council."

Setting up the fishing day is a major effort. The day before the event, volunteers release more than 500 rainbow trout into the milelong stretch of stream in the preserve. The fish are purchased from Avery's Trout Hatchery in Gloversville, and the number of fish purchased depends on the amount of funding received.

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