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Thursday, May 22, 2003

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Anthoney Hoffman, 10, of Fort Recovery, shows off his catch Wednesday during the special kids fishing derby held along the east bank of Grand Lake St. Marys. The event &emdash; sponsored by the nonprofit Lake Improvement Association and co-sponsored by Grand Lake St. Marys State Park &emdash; is held for children who are physically and mentally challenged. Every child is provided free bait and poles for the day and volunteers help the kids bait their fishing hooks. Kids also got a free lunch and soft drinks. Approximately 150 kids from Mercer and Auglaize counties attended the event, state park assistant manager Brian Miller said this morning.