Kids — sign up now for get Hooked on Fishing

The Town of Pagosa Springs Parks and Recreation Department, Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association and BossTin (a local lead-free fishing supply company) are proud to partner again to present Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs. An additional partner this year is El Pomar Foundation, through its southwest regional prevention program.

This year, the program will be held at Lake Forest five consecutive Mondays starting June 29, from 10 a.m. -4 p.m. each day. Two of the fishing dates will include a traditional barbecue, with fish tacos.

Along with their fishing, the participants will be involved in a curriculum that focuses on good choices and “7 Habits.” Ken and Charlotte Jones will lead the group with volunteers and parks and recreation director Tom Carosello and Pagosa Springs Youth Center director Joanne Irons. John and Lori Unger, owners of BossTin will address environmental issues, and fly fishing will be taught to those participants who are interested.

Participants may bring their own rods and tackle boxes, but rods will be available for those that don’t have one. Snacks and water will be provided, but lunches should be brought from home — excepting the two cookout days. Hats, sunglasses and sunscreen should be a part of the attire.

The cost for the five Mondays is $25 and registration forms can be picked up at the Parks and Recreation Department office at Town Hall. Participation is limited to 25 youngsters between the ages of 8 and 13.

Drop-off and pickup will be at the Lake Forest boat launch area on Lake Forest Circle. The program runs from Monday, June 29, to Monday, July 27.

If you have questions about the program, call Tom Carosello at 264-4151 or Joanne Irons, 946-7545.