Youngsters learn the joys of fishing

Battle Ground: Amanda Fortin, Battle Ground resident and spokeswoman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, celebrates with Jacob on July 26 after he caught a fish at an angling event at the Bonneville Fish Hatchery in Oregon.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

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Battle Ground — A group of people with cerebral palsy learned the joys of fishing at an angling event in July at the Bonneville Fish Hatchery in Oregon. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, United Cerebral Palsy of Oregon, Catch a Special Thrill (CAST) for Kids Foundation and others sponsored the July 26 event that taught 39 people from Clark County and the surrounding areas to fish. With the help of Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Amanda Fortin, participants dipped their poles into a pond at the hatchery that was prestocked with fish. There were many catches that day. A boy named Jacob had a streak of bad luck until something bit his hook. "I worked for an hour with him trying to catch a fish, and wouldn't you know that as soon as I took a break, he caught a fish," said Fortin, a Battle Ground resident, in an email. Learn more about CAST for Kids at

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