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Bobbin For Barr Derby Creates True Community Spirit

BY DAVE SHEA

Wheathouse Bay was transformed into a community on ice on Saturday as a group New York State Correctional Officers hosted the Bobbin For Barr ice fishing derby to honor one of their own, retired officer Tim Barr.

Barr is currently undergoing treatments for Leukemia and reported that things were going as well as good could be expected.

"The doctor is treating me with a pill and my levels have gone down pretty well. I have had some rough days but I am feeling better now," said Barr who spent much of the day traveling around the several throngs of anglers who spent the day fishing, socializing and enjoying the bright sunshine and comfortable snow conditions on the ice.

The event drew 190 anglers and many other people attended to make a donation and share in the community spirit of the day. A post derby party was held at the Moose Lodge and by the end of the day $19,000 was raised.

Local members of the New York State Correction Officers Benevolent Association have staged fishing derbies and other events to aid fellow members through trying times and Tim Barr was always ready to get involved.

Barr has also been involved the Ogdensburg Minor Hockey Association for decades and many members of his extended hockey family joined the supporters.

"It was a great day. There weren't a lot of fish entered but we had some big ones. Everyone had a great time and we raised a lot of money for a great cause," said Wes McDonald speaking for the derby's organizing committee.

Andy Firshing won the cash prize for the biggest walleye at 11 pounds, 12 ounces from the same hole that produced a large walleye for Dustin Smithers. The largest northern pike of the day went to Derek Pearson at 10 pounds, 7 ounces.

Tim Barr second from left is honored by Steve and Frank Barr and Wes McDonald. Jamie Myers Photo

Frank Firshing (left) and guide Dustin Smithers display winning walleye. Dave Shea Photo

Gavin Amo weighs in a nice northern pike. Dave Shea Photo

Mike and Cullin Fennessy enjoy a nice walleye catch. Provided Photo

Corey Boyer enjoyed a good day of pike fishing. Provided Photo

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