Career Center Students to hold ice fishing tournament for local charities this weekend

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NEWPORT — The North Country Career Center Welding Program students are holding an ice fishing tournament from 12:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 24, until 12:00 p.m on Sunday, January 25.

The tournament will take place on Lakes Memphremagog, Lake Willoughby, and Crystal Lake, with registration and weigh-in at the South Bay Boat Launch.

Ice fishermen are to fish for perch, pike and trout.

The students, while learning about their responsibility to give back to their communities, have chosen the event to help raise money for three local causes that will each receive 33 percent of the proceeds.

The local Green Mountain United Way that gives guidance to those needing financial literacy training, healthy living tips, and early learning opportunities for children, is one of the charities that will benefit from the tournament.

In order to help the environment, they have also chosen the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and its project of trying to eradicate the local lakes of milfoil.

Third, because one of their fellow students is suffering from cancer, the welding class has decided to assist Bretton Hawksworth and his family with funds for medical bills or other family needs.

During the tournament, the students will be serving food and holding raffles. An award ceremony will take place after 12:00 p.m. on January 25 at the South Bay Boat Launch.

Dig out your ice fishing equipment, come on down to South Bay for registration, and do your share in providing some well-needed funds for Green Mountain United Way, the DEC Milfoil Project, and the Hawksworth Family.

For entry fee and other information, contact Isabelle Matos, Senior Class Chairman at 802-673-4521, or Benjamin Wells, NCCC Welding Instructor at 802-744-2424.