Next Saturday, June 8, will be a day of fun and entertainment for kids ages sixteen and under, as the Northern Bay Fishing Club holds its annual fishing tournament for kids. North East Town Park is the place and 9 a.m. is the starting time. Fishing will go on until about 11 a.m., when a lunch will be provided.

We do our best to make sure everyone is having a good time fishing and eating. Participants may bring their own rods and reels, or they may be provided with one for no cost. A long-handled net will be available just in case a fish may need to be lifted over the rocks. Simply ask one of the volunteers for help.

Speaking of which, plenty of volunteers will be scattered around the area to assist in getting registered, check in fish, fix rods and reels, serve lunch, and countless other things. Prizes will be given for the biggest fish for each of three groups. Awards will be given after lunch.

It doesn’t really take a big guy to catch the biggest fish. In fact, many times the biggest fish has been caught by one of the smaller girls. Yes, there are girls who may out-fish the guys. I know what it feels like to be on the short end of the stick.

Last year, my wife Valerie caught several big rockfish on a trip to Rock Hall for rockfish, and I was happy to see her do it. Hopefully, she will catch even more this year.

Be there before nine to register (free) and be ready to fish and have fun for a couple hours before lunch (also free).

About 50 or more years ago, I received my first shotgun, and it was a beauty, a model 12 Winchester. My dad had this shotgun ordered to shoot trap in 1947, and he won the Penn-Mar shoot that year. I don’t know what possessed him, but he gave the shotgun to me, and I loved it.

However, as all good things, later on, my son discovered a love for shotguns, and I gave my model 12 to him. To continue, about two months ago, he gave it back to me, and I continued to use it.

It has an English-style grip (straight) and an extended aluminum recoil plate that really makes it too long for me. So, I took the recoil plate off and installed a leather tie-on that shortens it. However, it does not relieve the recoil. So, making another wise decision, I decided to make another stock for it. This one has a Monte Carlo stock and I ordered it with checkering. If you have ever checkered a stock, you will appreciate the fact that someone else has done it for you.

I should receive the blank in about a month or maybe even less, then I can start to work fitting it to the action, sanding, and finishing it. It is a labor of love. Sometime between October and next year I should be finished and ready to shoot it once more.

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Next Thursday, June 6, is the anniversary of the invasion of Omaha Beach, part of D-Day, and is one we should remember. The North East Library will host a 29-minute video on the history of the invasion. Some photos and books discussing D-Day will be available for discussion. Light refreshments will be available, free of charge (as is the presentation), and is hosted by Valerie Simmers. The event begins at 6 p.m.

She traveled to France last year to view Omaha Beach, the cemetery and the surrounding area. Call Valerie at 410-459-3760 for more information concerning this event.

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