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Monday, May 25, 2020


Trout Day scheduled at Sullivan West Elementary

JEFFERSONVILLE - The Upper Delaware Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Jeff Bank have together sponsored Trout in the Classroom at
Sullivan West Elementary School. On May 9, fifth grade students will be celebrating the 11th Annual “Trout Release Day” with a number of events. The release day will take place at the junction of Rt. 52 & North Branch Road in Jeffersonville, where owner Jim Hughson has generously donated the use of the park. The property runs along Callicoon Creek, and is maintained in memory of his daughter, Lauren, a great lover of the outdoors.
Eggs that were received in classrooms in the fall have now reached the fingerling stage.
Students have been journaling the observations they've noted during the stages of trout development and monitoring the health of the tank. Their observations have been incorporated into all areas of the curriculum. Volunteers from Trout Unlimited provided invaluable advice and assistance over the course of these past few months, and they will continue their relationship with students that day by giving
fly casting demonstrations, teaching fly-tying and entomology. In addition, the National Park Service will be featuring the enviroscape table. Students will release the brown trout they raised into the Callicoon Creek. Following the release, students will enjoy a picnic lunch with live entertainment sponsored by Jeff Bank, “Twist & Trout”, by environmental musician Ira McIntosh.
The slate of events will begin on May 9 approximately @ 10; a rain date has been scheduled for May 10. Community residents wishing to volunteer may contact Upper Delaware Chapter Trout Unlimited at 887-4714 or the school at 482-4610.

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