"R.J. was so happy when he got the bird that he just kept hugging me. I love when a kid gets a chance to do this stuff."
I couldn't have said it better myself.
E-town fishing derby results
The Elizabethtown Memorial Day fishing derby was again a big hit as dozens of youngsters turned out to land the big one. The overall winner with the largest catch - a 17.5-inch rainbow trout - was 9-year-old Jake Rider. Other winners included:
• Ages 0-5: Trinity Ashe, age 5, largest fish; Gabriel Gentels, age 5, most points; Sawyer Moulton, age 4, most fish and Hunter Soper, age 3, smallest fish.
• Ages 6-10: Jake Rider, age 9, largest fish; Edward Newphew, age 7, most points; Rebecca Davis, age 6, most fish and Kayla Helsel, age 10, smallest fish.
• Ages 11-15: Cora Adams, age 11, largest fish; Kearstin Ashline, age 14, most points; Ashley Martin, age 14, most fish and William Tomkins, age 11, smallest fish.
Organizer Joe Martin said the town of Elizabethtown would like to thank all the people and organizations who made the event possible, including the Essex County Fish Hatchery, Stewart's, Grand Union, the Elizabethtown Fish and Game Club, the Elizabethtown Fire Department, Hathaway Brothers and Adirondack Outfitters.
John Gereau is managing editor of Denton Publications and an avid outdoorsman. He can be reached at email@example.com.