Trout Unlimited to host fishing derby for ALIVE

Carolyn Carter
Staff Writer

Community members with disabilities, with the help of the Feather River Chapter of Trout Unlimited, will reel in a great time Oct. 5 at Greenhorn Ranch.

Trout Unlimited is a community-based program that devotes its time to community outreach. In keeping with a long-standing tradition, Trout Unlimited will team up with the ALIVE program, administrated by Plumas Rural Services, which helps train and support people with developmental disabilities and special needs.

Together they will set up a fishing derby at the pond on the picturesque ranch.

Don Heinitz, Trout Unlimited’s chairman of the project, said the pond would be stocked with 150 to 200 trout. There will also be Boy Scout volunteers and Trout Unlimited volunteers on standby ready to instruct the ALIVE members, or help with baiting and casting.

The derby will start around 8:30 a.m. and the participants are allowed to keep any of the fish they catch. After about three hours of fishing, Trout Unlimited and Greenhorn will host a barbecue for the ALIVE members.

“(The derby) allows people to learn a valuable recreational skill in the place they live,” said ALIVE Program Services Manager Bob Battistoni. “They have a great time. It is something they look forward to.”

Battistoni said this is one of many events Plumas Rural Services puts on for the ALIVE program. The program works to increase community involvement, teach independent living skills and promote self-advocacy for people with disabilities.

“It is neat that an organization is willing to support these members of the population. They all have such a good time,” he said.

“It’s a great day,” said Heinitz. “You come away feeling so good inside. It’s really heartwarming. It’s the best thing I do all year.”

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