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This past weekend, Local 535 sponsored the annual Great New England Carpenters Ice Fishing Derby. The Derby, held at the Norton Reservoir, was cosponsored by the New England Carpenters Labor Management Program, The New England Carpenters Training Center and Bill's Bait and Tackle in Norton.
A single grand prize was awarded for the heaviest fish of any species and the remaining twenty-five percent of the proceeds were donated to Blackstone Valley Technical Education Fund.
This year??s Derby drew 100 fishermen, doubling the participation from last year??s event. Registration began at 4 am and the Derby ended at 2 pm. The entry fee for the event was $20. Nearly half of the participants were members of various Locals from surrounding communities.
The winning 6-pound fish was reeled in by a 10-year old Walpole resident, who participated in the event with his father. He received the $1,473.00 grand prize.
State Senator Jim Timilty awarded the Grand Prize to the Walpole resident and announced the $676 donation to be made to the Blackstone Valley Technical Education Fund.