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March 2, 2014

MARTINO: Volunteers are key for youth shooting sports

Kids Fishing Clinic Benefit Concert is coming up March 8

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The Hunter Ed program is open to everyone but is recommended for those above the age of 10. It is important to note the program is mandatory for everyone born after Dec. 31, 1986 before purchasing a regular Indiana hunting license. Hunter Ed is suitable for everyone with an outdoor interest whether or not you engage in hunting activities.

Registrations are required. To sign up go to www.ivytech.edu/kokomo/ and click on the hunter ed. link.

PASSING OF A GOOD MAN

It’s always hard to learn of the passing of a good friend. It was just several days ago when I found out Curt Reed had succumbed to cancer. He fought a gallant battle, but in the end it was just too much. Curt was well known for his fishing knowledge and tournament successes. He was even more known and respected for his gentle demeanor and pleasant personality. He was a fixture at the Jim “Moose” Carden Kids Fishing Clinic. He loved children and passing his knowledge on to our next generation.

Last summer, he served as a boat captain even though the ravages of the disease had taken a toll on his body. You could tell he was in pain although he never admitted it.

“I can’t believe you’re here,” I said to him, as he pulled his boat up to the bank before the start of the graduation tournament. “Why wouldn’t I be?” was all he said as he walked towards the kids.

He was someone everyone enjoyed being around. At the young age of 53, he was much too young to leave this earth. Saying goodbye hurts. It’s made even worse when you know you’ll never get the chance to say “hello” again in person. For those of you who may not have had the opportunity to know Curt, I am sorry for your loss. Rest in peace Curt and know you’ve touched the lives of many.

John Martino is the Tribune’s outdoors columnist. He may be reached by email at jmartinooutdoors@att.net.

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