Fishing Fun in Oregon A fishing dock that Rockaway Lions in Oregon helped build 25 years ago has been torn down, and a stronger, longer and bigger one has replaced it. Storms had battered the old dock on Lake Lytle, one of the area’s most popular fishing sites, until it was too weathered to repair and too dangerous to stand. Once again collaborating with the city of Rockaway Beach and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Lions secured $70,000 in grant funding and donations for the building project. The project came in $1,700 under the estimated cost because Lions pitched in to help, says Lion Marilyn Karr. They tore out the old dock, moved the walkway, built forms and poured concrete, cleared brush and installed railings for disabled visitors. Lion Gerry Siegmann built a shed to house life vests, and Sioux Dempster, whose husband, Bob, was a project co-chair, stocked it with vests she found at garage sales. The 126-foot-long dock is made of aluminum sections held together and is supported by a plastic flotation system to better support the dock during severe weather. “Originally the dock extended 85 feet,” points out Karr. “The new, longer dock will provide better access to water five feet in depth rather than three feet.” To boost the chances of hooking a big one, the lake was recently stocked with 3,200 trout. Golfers are Game in Wisconsin Last year was notable for two reasons for Cedarburg, Wisconsin, Lions. The first is that 2012 was the 25th anniversary of the club’s first Cedar-Ice-Burg Open, a winter golf event played in the snow. The second reason? There was no snow. “We’ve played in every kind of weather,” says Lion Darrel Blank. “We’ve had piles of snow to bare ground, like 2012. We’ve had 60-degree weather and also played in minus 20 degrees. And yes, the weather affects the game. If we have light, fluffy snow, the golfers tend to lose the balls as they get buried in the snow.” The golf tournament coincides with Cedarburg’s Winter Festival in February and usually raises $3,000 to $4,000 each year. “We generally have 100 to 120 golfers, although we’ve had as many as 240 golfers,” says Blank. The $40 entry fee includes 18 holes of golf in a local park, golf gloves, a spaghetti dinner and raffle prizes. Golfers use one club, usually a 5-iron, and hit a fluorescent green tennis ball, a challenging feat in the snow, ice and on the frozen creek in the park where the game is played. Each hole consists of a tire marked with a flag. “It usually takes six to 10 people to set up and take down the course,” says Blank. “Since we had no snow this year, the setup was very easy. If we have lots of snow, we have to plow or blow a path from the tees to the greens. If we don’t have a path to follow, golfers have a hard time trudging through the snow.”
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