Residents enjoy beautiful weather at opening day of fishing

Isabeal Castillo, right, who was fishing in the children’s pond area with the assistance of her dad, Ricardo Avila, of Kansas City, Kan., said the fish were biting. She was waiting for her first catch on Saturday, March 15, at Wyandotte County Lake. (Staff photo)

by Mary Rupert  

Wyandotte County Lake Park was crowded with residents enjoying 73-degree weather on opening day of the fishing season March 15.

The fish weren’t biting for everyone, but the sunny skies and mild weather were enough for many to get out and enjoy a day in the park fishing, walking, biking, boating and picnicking.

Opening day had been postponed twice because of ice still on the lake, and on Saturday, it looked like the ice had melted.

Isabeal Castillo was fishing in the children’s pond area with the assistance of her dad, Ricardo Avila, of Kansas City, Kan. She and her family like to go fishing regularly at the lake.

Isabeal said the fish were biting, but she hadn’t caught anything yet.

Lindsey Silvers and Shari Silvers were out walking their dog and enjoying the weather at the Wyandotte County Lake Park Saturday. (Staff photo)

Lindsey Silvers and Shari Silvers were out walking their dog and enjoying the weather at the park Saturday.

Matthew Richards was enjoying skipping rocks at the lake, with his father, Shawn, on March 15 at opening day of Wyandotte County Lake. (Staff photo)

Matthew Richards was enjoying skipping rocks at the lake, with his father, Shawn.

Tong Thao, left, and Keng Vang of Kansas City, Kan., were taking a break from fishing on Saturday, March 15, at Wyandotte County Lake Park. (Staff photo)

Tong Thao and Keng Vang of Kansas City, Kan., had been fishing and said they had no catches yet on Saturday afternoon.

Thomas Barlow, Shawnee, Kan, a graduate of Washington High School, reported catching two trout on opening day, March 15, at Wyandotte County Lake. (Staff photo)

Thomas Barlow, Shawnee, Kan, has gone to opening day at the lake since the days he was a high school student at Washington High School.

He reported catching two trout. He used “Power Bait,” a commercial bait that has a cheese-based product. Worms were working for some other anglers located just northwest of the lake’s administration building, he reported.

Saturday events

Wyandotte County Third Saturday Democratic Breakfast to meet March 15

The Wyandotte County Third Saturday Democratic Breakfast will meet March 15 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Minnesota, Kansas City, Kan.

It will be the 10th anniversary of the breakfast. Guest speaker will be Jean Schodorf, secretary of state candidate; and Sen. Pat Pettey, D-6th Dist., with a legislative report.

The breakfast buffet opens at 8:15 a.m. and the program begins at 9:15 a.m. The cost is $10, or $7 for students and those on limited incomes. The meeting is open to all Democrats.

Reservations are requested, but not required to attend. To make a reservation, email scottmackey08@yahoo.com by Friday, March 14.

Opening day of fishing to be March 15

Opening day of fishing will be March 15 at Wyandotte County Lake, 91st and Leavenworth Road.

Weather permitting, fishing season opens at 6 a.m. March 15. The lake is stocked with trout and other fish

Diehl steps down as president of Strawberry Hill Neighborhood Association

Carole Diehl, president of the Strawberry Hill Neighborhood Association, has stepped down.

Diehl will continue to serve on the board as a vice president, while Tim Ryan will serve as the new president of the association, according to an announcement. Diehl chose not to run for re-election at a meeting March 13.

“I’m really going to miss them and am really sorry my tenure had to come to an end, but together we did a lot of great things in the 17 years I was president,” Diehl said. “Thanks to all for supporting me, and I hope they support Tim. I want them to be as behind him as they were behind me.”

“Carole will be missed,” said Nick A. Tomasic, vice president, in a news release. “She was the face and the voice of the Strawberry Hill Neighborhood Association. She was a tireless advocate, always thinking and planning the next project to improve the quality of life in the neighborhood. Her accomplishments, too numerous to list here, are well known to the community. She was able to get the people involved in the association. She wanted to make Strawberry Hill a place of pride in our community as a whole.”

Ryan is the director of sales for Hilton Garden Inn in Kansas City, Kan.

“I want to thank everyone involved in the Strawberry Hill Neighborhood Association,” Ryan said. “I appreciate everyone’s assistance and patience as we work through the transition period.”

The mission of the Strawberry Hill Neighborhood Association is to work in cooperation with all residents toward the preservation, restoration and revitalization of the Strawberry Hill community, the association stated. It strives to improve and develop Strawberry Hill into a community that provides a safe, clean climate that attracts new businesses and homeowners. The association’s website is at www.strawberryhillkck.com.