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The frenzy was all about fishing

Pangborn Park hosts MIHI event

Pangborn Park hosts MIHI event

June 17, 2007|by ALICIA NOTARIANNI

HAGERSTOWN - Twenty years ago, Many Individual Helping Individuals began as a group aspiring to making recreation accessible for people of all abilities. Saturday's fifth annual Fishin' Frenzy at Pangborn Park demonstrated a realization of that goal.

About 1,000 people of various ages and abilities fished and mingled at the event sponsored by the group known as MIHI. N. Linn Hendershot, chairman of the board of directors for MIHI, said he was pleased with the turnout.

"This is a nice crowd. We have a lot more people here with special needs than ever before. We really tried to get the word out to the disability community," Hendershot said. "It's a true-blue family affair and a great thing to do on Father's Day weekend."

More than 250 people registered to fish in the tournament. Others opted for barrel rides, pony rides, face painting, balloon sculpture and listening to the live music of Pete Lancaster.

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Hendershot said Fishin' Frenzy is a cooperative effort among MIHI, Antietam Bassmasters, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and area businesses and organizations. In addition to managing the fishing contest portion of the event, Antietam Bassmasters presented MIHI with a $500 donation.

"They do so much work for MIHI," Hendershot said. "When they gave us a check today for $500, it blew me away."

Jason Miller, 26, of Hagerstown, met up with his friend, Jeannette Webb, 24, also of Hagerstown, for a day of fishing. Between the two of them, they landed 10 fish.

Jason Miller's mother, Beverly Miller, 64, of Hagerstown, said she found out about the event through a friend who is on the MIHI board of directors.

"We would definitely come out for this again," Beverly Miller said. "MIHI is a great organization. They do a lot around the community."

Stephen Sasse, 12, of Hagerstown, went to the tournament with his grandfather, Stephen Gouker. Sasse said he was surprised when he caught a 1 1/2-pound catfish. Gouker, 50, of Hagerstown said the tournament was a nice activity to share with his grandson.

"I enjoy taking him fishing and he loves it," Gouker said.

Chase Pryor, 6, of Waynesboro, Pa., went to the tournament with his cousins, Tonya Clopper and Dawn Fisher of Hagerstown, and Fisher's boyfriend, Scott Bradbury of Sabillasville, Md.

Chase Pryor caught four fish and a neighborly angler gave him one more. His favorite catch was a carp that weighed in at more than 3 pounds.

"It was cool because it gave me a tough fight," Pryor said.

Roy Tarmon, 52, of Sharpsburg, stood on the path by the pond gazing at his grandchildren, Madison and Chase Tarmon. Madison, 5, her face painted like a spotted puppy, cheerfully munched on a hot dog and sipped an icy soda. Chase, 4, sporting a silvery shark likeness, fiddled with his white foam bait box, peering in at his collection of night crawlers.

"They've been having a big time," Tarmon said. "They fished, rode ponies, rode the train, got their faces painted. They've done it all."

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