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Tama Police to release "Catfish"

April 12, 2014
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

No,"Catfish" isn't a notorious criminal nor a petty offender which Tama Police plan to turn loose on the public on Monday afternoon, April 14.

It's real catfish which are being stocked by the police as one of their first projects after taking on city-owned Cherry Lake as a community service.

Police Chief Jeff Filloon said the initial efforts by his department have resulted in collections of just over $400.

Police will release the catfish into the 40-acre lake at 4 p.m. Cherry Lake is located just southwest of the downtown Tama business district.

Filloon said earlier the police department believes the area offers "an outdoor recreation area for young and old alike."

Other work to enhance the lake planned includes: help maintain the shoreline; bring activities to the lake through programs like Fish Iowa and the DNR fisheries; bring tourism to Tama and its downtown; develop fish habitat within the lake; develop wildlife habitat through youth projects and grant writing for future projects.

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All of the plans are to be funded by private donations.

Police officers only work on the projects off-duty on a volunteer basis, Filloon said,

Cherry Lake Photos

A photo contest by police to benefit their efforts continues.

Everyone is invited to take their best photo of Cherry Lake - be it wildlife, "your biggest or first catch at Cherry Lake" or anything else associated with the lake.

A $5 entry fee will get your photo into the contest, a chance to win a prize and to have your photo appear on the 2015 Cherry Lake Calendar.

There's two age groups for photographers 17 and under and age 18 and above.

Photos need to be dropped off at the Tama Police Department or Tama city Clerk's Office by May 15. As an entry, they become property of the police.

The contest winners for both age groups will be announced at the Lincoln Highway Bridge Festival on May 16, just prior to the Tama Citizen of the Year award.



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