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Vandals steal fish fry signs

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By John Barnhart

    Otterville United Methodist Church holds a fish fry twice each year, something that it’s been doing for the last 40 years. Its second fish fry of 2012 will be held this Saturday, Sept. 15 and is still on schedule despite the absence of the usual signs that advertise the event.

    According to Polly Telschow, whose husband Albert heads the committee in charge of the event, church members put out signs as they always do. The signs went in the same spots they always do, with church members following the map they always use to make sure they are put in the same spots. The signs were put out on the Saturday before Labor Day. Telschow said that they have had some signs stolen in the past, but this year they got a nasty surprise.
    “This year they took them all, 64,” said Telshow.
    “I can’t understand why anybody would be against a fish fry,” commented the Rev. Mark Wilkerson, the church’s pastor.
    Wilkerson, who has been the church’s pastor for seven years, said that the fish frys are events that the community supports. He said that between 300 and 400 people typically turn out.
    “I just want everybody to know that the fish fry will go on,” said Wilkerson. “Y’all are invited and everybody will have a good time.”
    “Even the sign thieves are welcome,” he added. “We would just ask them not to do it again.”
    Wilkerson said that the proceeds are used for various projects. One is Hugs for Rwanda, an organization that provides a Christian hand up to people in that African country.
    The fish fry takes place on Sept. 15 from 5 to 9 p.m.
    “It’s all you can eat, nine bucks,” said Wilkerson.
    Otterville United Methodist dates back to 1881. The current church building was built in 1907. It’s located on Big Island Highway north of Keytown Road, just before you get to Otterville Road.