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JunE 2015 | Vol. 20 | Issue 6 | Mail Run: 8,462 | Total Print Run: 11,500

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The Brotherhood of the Jungle Cock Thurmont Middle’s

Celebrates 75th Year of Takin’-a-Kid-a-Fishin’ Amanda Portner
Named County

Deb Spalding Teacher of the Year

The name, The Photo by Deb Spalding make sure it continues beyond James Rada, Jr.
Brotherhood of the Jungle our time,” said Abraham.
Cock (BOJC), sounds He was followed by When Amanda Portner was a young girl, she would
naughty today, but when Bosley Wright, executive vice pretend to be a teacher, writing on a chalkboard and
the idea of forming the president and sixty-three-year assigning classwork. Of course, she may be the only
organization was discussed member of the BOJC, who teacher to have ever been given a time-out by her
in the 1930s by a few recognized Gus Day for serving mother.
men, Joseph W. Brooks, as the organization’s Treasurer “I kept trying to give my little sister detention,
Jr., J. Hammond Brown, from 1978 to 2013. Wright because she wouldn’t do the homework that I assigned
and Frank L. Bentz, who indicated that it now takes her,” Portner said.
gathered for a weekend three people to do that job. Portner, who is a literacy specialist at Thurmont
of fishing at the Catoctin The invocation was Middle School, was named the Frederick County
Recreation Area above given by John Adametz and Public Schools 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year.
Thurmont, it was just dinner was served. Dinner — Continued on page 23 —
the name of a bird. The was catered by Crooked
jungle cock name solely Creek Grillers. Special guests
refers to the neck feather were acknowledged and Vigilant Hose Co.
of the Indian Jungle Fowl a presentation was given Holds their Annual
(now endangered), whose by Mike Brooks and Lefty
colorful feathers are sought Six year-old Cole Shanholtz and his father, Kreh. Kreh is a renowned fly Spring Fling
by anglers for fly-tying. In Brian, are shown during the 75 campire fisherman and outdoors writer
the early days of the BOJC, of the Brotherhood of the Jungle Cock. who worked with Mike Brooks Deb Spalding
members wore a single to create a documentary about
jungle cock feather in their hats to let others Brooks’ great uncle, Joe Brooks, Jr. In addition Emmitsburg’s Vigilant Hose Company hosted
know they were part of the organization. to being one of the founding fathers of the their 7th annual Spring Fling in the parking lot
Those few men who gathered in the 1930s BOJC, Joe Brooks was a notorious angler of Mount St. Mary’s University’s Waldron Family
decided to create an organization whose who pioneered the sport in the 1960s and Stadium on May 16, 2015. In past years, the event
purpose was to share angling with youth in 1970s with appearances on ABC’s American has been described as our community’s version of a
order to carry forward the love of the sport. Sportsman. BOJC guests were given a preview party at the beach; this year’s location was described
In 1940, the name “Brotherhood of the Jungle of the documentary about Brooks that Mike as a community tail-gate party. No matter how you
Cock,” was formally adopted during a meeting and Lefty have been working on. It’s titled look at it, it’s a good time. During the event, some
that was held at Camp Airy in Thurmont. The The Father of Modern Fly Fishing, and tells families host their family reunion; some pre-arrange
first annual camp fire was officially held there about how Joe Brooks’ and his wife’s love story — Continued on page 16 —
in the spring of 1941. The BOJC still meets changed fishing forever. There is a memorial
annually, seventy-five years later, at Camp Airy. in honor of Joe Brooks along Route 77 in
The organization hosted 430 participants this Catoctin Mountain Park. For more information Not All Dinosaurs
year. about this documentary, please visit www.
BOJC’s 75th year president, Robert Were Huge, Some
Abraham, Jr., opened the 75th Anniversary The BOJC is ceremonial; there is a creed, a
Celebration Dinner by reiterating the sentiment prayer, and a poem. Attendance over the years Were Shrimps
of the founders. allows young anglers to tie flies, build a fly rod,
“The Brotherhood of the Jungle Cock is make a net, and fish. Participation culminates James Rada, Jr.
about youth, fly fishing, and conservation—to — Continued on page 18 — Hundreds of millions of years ago, dinosaurs
walked the earth, and hundreds of millions of years
before that, prehistoric clams filled a vast lake that
covered all of Central Maryland and a mud flat that
stretched from North Carolina to Connecticut. The
lake, known as the Lockatong, sat in the middle of
Pangaea, an immense, C-shaped supercontinent.
Then came the drastic climate change that dried
the lake, leaving the clams, fish, and other creatures
Scan to link laying in mud where they died. Small land animals
directly to
our website. — Continued on page 18 —
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