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Fishing Festival returns to Five-Mile Pond

By Jason Poole

Staff Intern

SPRINGFIELD The sixteenth annual Family Fishing Festival will return to Five-Mile Pond on Boston Road on Sunday, May 22.

The Festival is a memorial to Joseph Nahorniak and his son Joseph, and is run by his widow Yolanda Nahorniak, the director of the senior center at Pine Point.

The Pine Point Community Council Inc. and the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Aquatic Resource Education Program are co-sponsoring the Festival this year.

All are welcome to the event, which is free to the public. Participants will be registered as they come in, and will be given fishing poles and a limited amount of tackle if they are in need. The fishing begins at 8 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m.

There will be raffles throughout the day, and companies such as Big Y, Dominoes, and McDonalds will be on hand to provide services to people partaking in the event.

"Big Y shows them how to cook the fish. They cook fish for them and let them taste how delicious it is," Nahorniak explained.

There is no fishing license required for registered participants. An adult must accompany children under 12.

For more information about the event, call 732-1072.