The second annual ice fishing derby for the Wolfeboro town employees, their families and friends on Feb. 29.

“This derby originated from a few ‘diehard’ ice-fishermen from the highway department last year. It was so much fun, we decided to do it again,” Bruce Marinel, also known as the “Iceman,” said.

Top honors on the day went to Jake Dearborn from the fire department; second place was Steve Petsche of the highway department, who third went to Eli and Norah Pelletier from the electric department.

“I would like to thank the town Hall employees, electric and water departments, the public safety department, parks and recreation department, friends and family members for all their support and for helping us to have such a great turnout,” Mainrel said. “I also want to mention the two police officers who braved the cold with the rest of us.”

He added: “Special thanks to Pat Waterman, our great town clerk, for acquiring so many donations for our raffle. The prizes were great. She even organized a free children’s raffle. We are so grateful to all the many businesses who were very generous and gave without hesitation. All you needed to win a prize was the derby ticket, no fishing required.”

Mainrel said the derby was a team event to bring to fruition.

“It would not have been such a success without the help of my co-workers at the highway department, who promoted the event and help run it. Jim Aponas was so great at organizing all the details with me, and he even cooked — we make a great team!”

He added: “Thank you to my grandson, Jake, for all his help; my son Aaron who did posters and tickets; my daughter, son and grandson Miles were there too, which made for a true family day. Our close family friend, Eric Levesque, donated his time and took drone footage of the event. Last, but not least, a huge thank you to my wife Kathy for helping and putting up with me during all the planning. We hope to see you all there next year and many more to come.”

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