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On Saturday May 10th the Norfolk Trout Club in Norfolk Massachusetts hosted the New England Region MA PHWFF 5th annual day of fishing and barbeque lunch. The food and drinks were supplied by Project Healing Waters and Roche Brothers Supermarkets and prepared and served by the NTC. We are very appreciative to the club for its hospitality. In addition to three stocked trout ponds their site is one of the few around that is easily accessible by veterans in wheelchairs. It features level open grassy berms in beautiful forested surroundings making it ideal for an enjoyable day of camaraderie, fishing, and relaxation. After lunch there was a brief recognition ceremony with awards given to Richard Diamond as the 2013 Volunteer of the Year, Scott Hodgkin from Montachsett Veterans Outreach Center was the participant of the year, and Jimmy Clinton was recognized for being the longest serving program lead in MA (7 years). One of the participating veterans told me it was one of the best days of his life. Interestingly enough, that is the second time I’ve gotten that same exact comment. The last time was from a ninety five year old World War II veteran named Albert on a fishing trip last September. It was both a privilege and great fun spending the day with men and women who have paid the price of freedom serving our country in various capacities around the world.
The event was organized by PWH trustee Richard Diamond and former trustee and NE Regional Coordinator, Marcus Cohn. In addition to Marcus and Richard participants included Program Leaders Bill Manser of Montachsett Veterans Outreach Center, Gardner MA, Tom LeBlanc from the North Hampton Medical Center, Jim Clinton from the VA Boston Health System, Brockton MA and Steve Kirk from the Edith Nourse Memorial VA Hospital in Bedford MA along with 34 additional volunteers and 33 disabled veterans from the VA facilities.