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In March 2007 New Marlborough's Berkshire Fish Hatchery was recognized at a ceremony held in Washington, D.C. Members of the Hatchery Foundation were given a Certificate of Appreciation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and recognized for their role in the first and only all-volunteer operated federal fish hatchery in the nation. A core group of Foundation members came up to the Hatchery on a daily basis - feeding fish, cleaning tanks, collecting data, mowing the lawn, fixing buildings and doing anything else that needs to be done. This page is in remembrance of the many volunteers who helped to sustain the hatchery and while no longer with us, remain in our hearts. .

Phil Gunzinger

Phil was involved with the Hatchery for many years. He took part in running the hatchery when the Izaak Walton League was in charge in the 50's. For 27 years Phil was President of the Berkshire Chapter of the Izaak Walton League and at one time was Vice President of the Foundation.

 LeRoy Thorpe

LeRoy was the Secretary and Treasurer of the Berkshire Chapter of the Izaac Walton League for more than 25 years and formally National Director.  He was  the key driving force behind the success of the Hatchery and was recognized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for his many hours of volunteerism. LeRoy died of an aortic aneurism in December 2010

John Doelman

John moved  back to the Berkshires in 1999 after stints in western New York and Virginia, and lived across the street from the Berkshire National Fish Hatchery. His association with the Hatchery started shortly after it reopened. His interest in the facility dated back to the late 60's when he and his wife first moved to New Marlborough. After a long career in the Canadian Newsprint Industry he retired in 2006. John  traveled extensively throughout northern Canada and the Arctic - he was a dedicated fly-fisherman and had a keen interest in fish and their preservation. John died in May 2011 after a long illness.

Keith Janwich
 
Volunteer LeRoy Thorpe counts salmon fry during inventory. Looking on are (volunteer) John Doelman and (workamper) Leita Berlin.   Volunteer Keith Janwich fixing and sealing windows in preparation for winter.
 
Volunteers Phil Gunzinger, LeRoy Thorpe and Keith Janwich weighing brook trout during the monthly inventory.