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75 Pounds Of Fish Prepared At Bentley Senior Center

Posted 8/17/2017

VIRGINIA Collins, left, and Starla Black prepare a plate of food at the fish fry. VIRGINIA Collins, left, and Starla Black prepare a plate of food at the fish fry. By Debbie Parks

BENTLEY—Several faithful Bentley Senior Center activity participants worked together last Saturday to prepare a delicious fish fry meal for the Bentley community.

The work to provide for the fish fry began in April this year. Virginia Collins contacted Sam Croger about doing some fishing for a fundraiser for the Bentley Senior Center.  He agreed and asked a friend, Dennis Winkler, to help him. The two friends have been fishing together for four or five years but have known each other about 39 years.

Croger and Winkler caught the fish from three public ponds in Colwich, Maize and Valley Center, fishing off the bank. Winkler likes to fish with 8-pound test line and Croger with 12-pound test line on his pole. 

The two used one of their favorite baits, stink bait, to catch the fish.  Some of the bait was purchased and some of it was homemade.  For the men’s secret recipe, you will have to talk to them. 

The two men caught about 85 pounds of channel catfish on their outings.  Seventy-five pounds of fish was prepared for the fish fry at the Bentley Senior Center.  About 10 pounds of fish are stored in Winkler’s home freezer for other upcoming meals.  They both did the catching of the fish and Croger cleaned and filleted the channel cat making it ready for frying. 

Frying the fish Saturday night were Croger and Winkler plus Suzanne Lane, Shelley Bliss and Shelly Moore. The fry crew worked outside under open brick area, which serves as the covered entrance to the senior center. The kitchen crew inside prepared the cole slaw, tater tots, Cajun rice, finger food veggies of carrots, radishes, celery boats (filled with crème cheese), and cheddar and jalapeno cheese squares.  Tatar sauce was available as a relish for the fish and potato chips were also available. 

Several individuals including Starla Black, Virginia Collins, Bessie Black, Linda Beckner, Salt Fowler, Gary Phillips, Annette Marker, Darrell Cummings and Mille Rosenberger worked together to prepare the inside food and set up the dessert table.  Rosenberger volunteered as the cashier and greeted everyone coming in wanting to eat the prepared meal.  For $10 for adults and $6 for children, people coming through the line were able to pick up a plate of two fried fish fillets, coleslaw and tater tots. Iced tea and water were available as part of the meal package. Desserts of several cakes and brownies were baked and donated by several of the senior center ladies.

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