2013 Bucket Brigade
by Jeff Nelson
Many thanks to all that attended which totaled 121 folks. Dan White recruited 30
Walmart associates with 41 of their family and friends from several stores including Summersville and Kimball. TU had 45 members with family and friends and DNR had 3 employees led by John Rebinski with his wife, Christine and daughter Erica too.
The Bucket Brigade got underway about 9:45 with John leading us in a moment
of silence in honor of Ernie and then Susan filled the first bucket to go down the line. Avery Orr handed it off with help from her granddad.
The lunch was donated from the Summersville Walmart store led by Dave & Cindy Herndon. Snacks and mid morning drinks were provided by Susan Nester and her sister Marci Brady.
Morning started a bit wet but never rained while on site. We moved
660 buckets which equated to 10 tons of limestone fines moved by everyone along the 1/4 mile trail to the dump site. The last bucket was carried down the entire line to the dump site by a young lad named Andrew with the Walmart contingent around 1:30pm.
Dan White reported the Walmart Foundation will donate $3000 to the next years limestone fines for the Middle Fork of the Williams River. Ken Eigenbrod our official photographer had 82 pictures uploaded to www.wvkvctu.org Facebook site so go and check them out.
Again thanks to everyone for their time and commitment. This event gives us all a chance to enjoy friends and family while doing something for our beautiful state fish.
A Special Thanks to Susan Nester & her sister Marci for contributing so much to this and being with us to continue Ernie's legacy.
Ernest E. (Ernie) Nester
December 25, 1937 - March 25, 2013
By Dennis Cottrill
It is with great sadness I must report the passing of Ernie Nester. On behalf of the KVCTU, I offer our sincerest condolences to Susan, Nancy, Jane, and all of Ernie’s extended family. Ernie served as the foundation upon which the original twelve members formed KVCTU and shepherded it’s growth throughout the years. Ernie was and is the epitome of TU’s motto of conserving, protecting and restoring West Virginia’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. WV’s trout fishermen off all ages and types owe a sincere debt to Ernie and his dogmatic efforts to grow and expand the fishery in the state.
Ernie’s down home appeal and demeanor no doubt helped him to
accomplish his goals, to borrow a quote from the Gazette’s John McCoy “He had an easy smile and an affable manner that put folks instantly at ease, and a manner of speaking that sounded very much as if someone had taken famed actor Jimmy Stewarts’s voice and transplanted it into a lanky civil engineers body”
We have all lost a friend and mentor, rest in peace Ernie, and “tight
Loop Creek Stocking - August 23, 2014
Event Coordinator - Tom Moody 304-744-4083
Meeting Place - Cemetery on Rt. 61
Meeting Time - 9:30 AM
Loop Creek Stocking - Needs Your Help!
Please come out! The stocking works best with at least 25 participants. We expect to finish around noon and then go fishing.
We will meet at the cemetery on Rt. 61, Fayette County, located 1/4 mile below Ingram Branch. See directions below. It takes about one hour to reach the cemetery from the I-64/77/79 split in Charleston via Rt. 60 through Montgomery.
Bring waders, lunch, and fishing gear. Most of the stocking requires wading for various distances. We normally finish by 12 noon.
We do not stop the stocking because of weather!
If you would like a ride or have questions, please contact Tom Moody.
See you on the 23rd!
DIRECTIONS from Charleston
Take route 61 east from Montgomery to Deep Water (about 5 miles). You will cross Loop Creek there, and then route 61 turns sharply southeast following Loop Creek towards Oak Hill.
Go about 10.5 miles and look for a old auto repair shop on the left. The cemetery is on the right across the tracks behind some trees. If you get to Ingram Branch Rd on the right, you just passed the cemetery about 1/4 mile back.
When you find the cemetery come on in, there is plenty of room for you!
Directions from US 19 (north,east, & south)
Drive into downtown Oakhill off of US 19 and find the next to last stop light from the South. It is within site of the last stoplight. There is an Exxon on the corner and a Subway across the street. Turn left or right depending on the direction you are coming from past the Exxon and you are on Route 61 headed down along Loop Creek. Drive about 7.3 miles and you will find the Cemetery on the left across the tracks and behind some trees. There is an old auto repair shop on the right directly across from the entrance.
Look for Ingram Branch(small green road sign) on your left at about 6.8 miles from the stop light. You will find the cemetery on the left in about ¼ mile. When you get there come on in, there is plenty of room! Note that you can only see into the cemetery at the entrance.
Blue Creek Stocking - September 6, 2014
Event Coordinator - Don Lyons
Meeting Place - Cedar Grove Go-Mart
Meeting Time - 10:00 AM
Project Healing Waters Benefit Support Dinner - September 18, 2014
Event Coordinator - Paul Moore
Place - Charleston Marriott
Time - 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Come out to support Project Healing Waters and see the keynote speaker, WWII Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Hershel "Woody" Williams! In addition to great food, the evening will include a raffle for prizes and a Silent Auction. Proceeds from the benefit will be used to support the 7 Project Healing Waters groups in West Virginia.
Individual tickets are $45 or an entire table of 10 seats can be purchased for $450. Companies and corporate sponsorships are welcomed and are fully tax deductible. See the flyer below!
Contact Paul Moore at (304) 993-7108 to purchase tickets.
Piney Creek Stocking - Date TBD
Event Coordinator - Jason McDaniel
Meeting Place - Quinnimont Rail Yard
Meeting Time - 9:00 AM
Elk River Stocking - October 4, 2014
Event Coordinator - Steve Young
Meeting Place - Elk Springs Resort
Meeting Time - 10:00 AM