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
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