Story by Rick Hiduk
Troy Rod & Gun Club members met with representatives of the Bradford County Memorial Park Association (BCMPA) on Oct. 22 to present a check for $589 that the club raised during a successful skeet shooting fundraiser on Sept. 27.
Club secretary Lisa Seymour reported that there was a “wonderful turnout” for this year’s event, proceeds from which always go to a charity. Last year, profits from the family shooting contest were given to the Wounded Warriors Project. “When people find out that the money goes to a good cause, they are more willing to help out.”
“The Troy Rod & Gun Club is a valuable asset to our community and conducts lots of programs for young adults,” BCMPA founder Joe Doherty stated in appreciation of the gesture. He accepted the donation at a brief meeting held at Alparon Park in Troy. “This grass roots family-oriented club really needs and deserves more exposure,” he added.
Located at the intersection of the Veterans Memorial (Route 6) Bridge and Main Street in Towanda, the park is destined to become iconic to motorists and pedestrians alike. Some infrastructure, including walls, flag poles, and stairways, are already in place.
Engraved pavers honoring specific veterans and sold during the course of the past year to supporters have arrived and are ready to be installed.
“So many don’t get the recognition that they deserve,” Seymour said of veterans. She purchased a block with her husband’s name on it which spurred her to suggest the Veterans Park to fellow Rod & Gun Club members. “I thought it would be great to give what we could.”
“I think this park has its own special meaning,” said BCVMPA administrative officer George Crowell in a previous interview. “This is our history. These aren’t just your neighbors. These are people who helped save other people’s lives.” The park will be as much about the future as it is the past, he continued, making a reference to his son and daughter, both currently serving in the military.
All BCMVPA members are volunteers, who have literally done all of the legwork and promotion of the park at their own expense. Nobody except those providing contracted services has received any reimbursement. Middendorf Construction has overseen the work that has been completed so far.
The park project is entering its final phase and, more than ever before, needs support from the public and private sector.
Readers who would like to know of several ways to support the park project may log on to www.bcvmpa.org or call 570-596-3224.