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August 01, 2014

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Front row, from left, Tina Davant, Betty Pitts, Jane Meyers, Virginia Baker and Lorene Eidson; back row, from left, Windy Hampton, Gloria Wise, Maxine Sparks, Pam Washer, Liz Hayes, Marie Tsourakis, Ellen Milford and Tom Shouse are honored at the annual Blowing Rock Hospital Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon at Bistro Roca Monday. Photo by Jeff Eason

Originally published: 2014-04-11 08:25:57
Last modified: 2014-04-11 08:26:42

Hospital helpers honored

All of the patients and nurses at Blowing Rock Hospital know that volunteers make a difference.They may not realize how much of a difference until they add up all of the numbers.

In 2013, the volunteer-run thrift store, the Budget Box, raised $10,797 in proceeds toward a total volunteer contribution of $14,024 for Blowing Rock Hospital.

That money was used to fund rehab chairs for adults fished at Price Lake, the Middle Fork of the New River and other favorite spots around Blowing Rock.

The Trout Derby took place from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., with awards handed out beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Blowing Rock American Legion Hall. About a dozen businesses sponsored the Trout Derby this year, including the North Carolina Wildlife Commission, which also stocked Blowing Rock waterways with fish prior to the event.

Emma Grace Hamilton won the “First Fish” award when she landed a trout at Broyhill Lake just after 7 a.m.

In the small fry division, Dustin Hicks came in first in the “Biggest Fish” category after catching a 16 and 7/8-inch brook trout. Jacob Hicks came in second and Leah Parsons came in third.

In the girls’ division, Lisandra Mejia came in first, Paris Bolick came in second and Paige Bolick came in third.

Brandon Coffey landed the largest trout in the boys’ division.

In the women’s division, Janey Hicks came in first after landing an 18-inch trout at Price Lake. Jennifer Brian came in second and Robin Triplett came in third.

In the men’s division, Norman Locke came in first after catching a 19 and 7/8-inch brown trout. Tim Bolick came in second with a 17-inch rainbow trout and Jack Triplett came in third.

Winners won trophies and fishing supplies, while second and third place finishers won fishing supplies.

Winners of the largest catch by species won $50. Norman Locke caught the largest brown trout, Tim Bolick caught the largest rainbow trout and Dustin Hicks caught the largest brook trout.

The official artwork for the official 2014 Blowing Rock Trout Derby poster and T-shirt was titled “Peace, Love and Trout” and was created by Daisy Whittington, a fifth-grader at Blowing Rock School.

For more information and stories, see The Blowing Rocket.

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