Forever Young Kids Fishing Derby funds to create memory garden for Hillside Park, derby volunteers


Fishing derby honors park volunteers with memory garden plans

By Ben Freda - For Abington Journal



Tom Roberts’ family and lodge brothers of Waverly Lodge 301 pose for a photo in front of a rain shelter dedicated to Roberts’ memory. The dedication was held after the Forever Young Kids Fishing Derby, held in honor of Roberts’ friend Bug Young, on June 11. From left, first row, Keira Mulhern, Gavin Mulhern, Jane Roberts, Betty Roberts, Linda Young, coordinator of the fishing derby; and Eagle Scout Wyatt Sebring, who built the shelter. Second row, Lori Mulhern, Colin Mulhern, Kevin Mulhern, Charles Saxe, worshipful master of Waverly Lodge 301; and Michael P. Hughes, senior warden of Waverly Lodge 301.


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Thom Kreidler, left, one of the judges at the Forever Young Kids Fishing Derby, reads names’ of winners during the event June 11. At right, Lina Young, coordinator of the event, awards Connor Watkins, 10, of Clarks Summit, the ‘Catch of the Day Award’ for biggest overall fish.


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From left, Violet Holgate, 5, of Clarks Summit and sister Paige Holgate, 10, of Clarks Summit look on as Nick Bushta, 8, of Factoryville, displays a fish caught by Violet.


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Rhys Kauffman reels in a crappie as his grandfather Danny Kauffman, left, looks on.


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Bob Kester, one of the judges, gets ready to measure a catfish caught by Paige Holgate, 10, of Clarks Summit.


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SOUTH ABINGTON TWP. — An event in memory of one late Abington area resident has become a way to remember others in the community.

The Forever Young Kids Fishing Derby, held Saturday, June 11 on Eston Wilson Lake at Hillside Park, was created in memory of the late Lawrence “Bud” Young, a funeral director who owned the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home in Clarks Summit. An avid angler, Bud loved to go fishing with his family members and friends.

Now the event has become a fundraiser to create a memory garden at the park in honor of Bud’s friends and derby volunteers who have passed away through the years, including Tom Roberts, of Clarks Summit, who died last year.

Linda Young, coordinator of the derby and widow of Bud, said a three-segment dock was installed at the lake using proceeds from last year’s event, which is part of the memory garden.

Linda said the garden will have paths made of engravable material, such as bricks, flagstones, or pavers. Members of the community can purchase a memorial to place in the garden in memory of friends or family members. In addition to pavers, community members can purchase other items like a wood carving, a shrub or a tree in memory of loved ones.

The memory garden will be built near the dock where there’s currently a sign reading “Welcome to Hillside Park Memory Garden,” which is carved on a tree stump by The Sawptician Chainsaw Carving.

During the event, Connor Watkins, 10, from Clarks Summit, won in his age group and the Catch of the Day Award for catching the biggest overall fish, which was a 13 3/4-inch catfish. He won two trophies and a bike.

“I think it’s good,” Watkins said about the fishing derby. “It’s really nice and fun.”

After the fishing derby, there was a rain shelter dedication on the other side of Eston Wilson Lake.

The shelter, dedicated to the memory of Roberts, was constructed by Eagle Scout Wyatt Sebring. The Forever Young Kids Fishing Derby committee provided Sebring with the materials.

The sign on the doorway reads “Gotcha Covered,” which Roberts always replied when somebody from the fishing derby committee needed his help.

“‘Gotcha covered’ was his way of saying, ‘I’ll take care of it,’” said Linda.

Roberts’ family were present at the event, including his wife Betty Roberts, his sister Jane Roberts, daughter Lori Mulhern, son-in-law Kevin Mulhern, and their children Kiera, Gavin, and Colin Mulhern.

Tom Roberts’ family and lodge brothers of Waverly Lodge 301 pose for a photo in front of a rain shelter dedicated to Roberts’ memory. The dedication was held after the Forever Young Kids Fishing Derby, held in honor of Roberts’ friend Bug Young, on June 11. From left, first row, Keira Mulhern, Gavin Mulhern, Jane Roberts, Betty Roberts, Linda Young, coordinator of the fishing derby; and Eagle Scout Wyatt Sebring, who built the shelter. Second row, Lori Mulhern, Colin Mulhern, Kevin Mulhern, Charles Saxe, worshipful master of Waverly Lodge 301; and Michael P. Hughes, senior warden of Waverly Lodge 301.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Derby-5.jpgTom Roberts’ family and lodge brothers of Waverly Lodge 301 pose for a photo in front of a rain shelter dedicated to Roberts’ memory. The dedication was held after the Forever Young Kids Fishing Derby, held in honor of Roberts’ friend Bug Young, on June 11. From left, first row, Keira Mulhern, Gavin Mulhern, Jane Roberts, Betty Roberts, Linda Young, coordinator of the fishing derby; and Eagle Scout Wyatt Sebring, who built the shelter. Second row, Lori Mulhern, Colin Mulhern, Kevin Mulhern, Charles Saxe, worshipful master of Waverly Lodge 301; and Michael P. Hughes, senior warden of Waverly Lodge 301. Ben Freda | For Abington Journal

Thom Kreidler, left, one of the judges at the Forever Young Kids Fishing Derby, reads names’ of winners during the event June 11. At right, Lina Young, coordinator of the event, awards Connor Watkins, 10, of Clarks Summit, the ‘Catch of the Day Award’ for biggest overall fish.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Derby-4.jpgThom Kreidler, left, one of the judges at the Forever Young Kids Fishing Derby, reads names’ of winners during the event June 11. At right, Lina Young, coordinator of the event, awards Connor Watkins, 10, of Clarks Summit, the ‘Catch of the Day Award’ for biggest overall fish. Ben Freda | For Abington Journal

From left, Violet Holgate, 5, of Clarks Summit and sister Paige Holgate, 10, of Clarks Summit look on as Nick Bushta, 8, of Factoryville, displays a fish caught by Violet.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Derby-2.jpgFrom left, Violet Holgate, 5, of Clarks Summit and sister Paige Holgate, 10, of Clarks Summit look on as Nick Bushta, 8, of Factoryville, displays a fish caught by Violet. Ben Freda | For Abington Journal

Rhys Kauffman reels in a crappie as his grandfather Danny Kauffman, left, looks on.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_derby-1.jpgRhys Kauffman reels in a crappie as his grandfather Danny Kauffman, left, looks on. Ben Freda | For Abington Journal

Bob Kester, one of the judges, gets ready to measure a catfish caught by Paige Holgate, 10, of Clarks Summit.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Derby-3.jpgBob Kester, one of the judges, gets ready to measure a catfish caught by Paige Holgate, 10, of Clarks Summit. Ben Freda | For Abington Journal
Fishing derby honors park volunteers with memory garden plans

By Ben Freda

For Abington Journal

Reach the Abington Journal newsroom at 570-587-1148 or by email at news@theabingtonjournal.com.

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