2009-10-31 / Front Page

Warm welcome for ‘Wounded Warriors’

Community, preserve welcomes

Veteran Rob Kislow puts his hand over his heart during the ‘Star Spangled Banner,’ played at a reception to honor ‘wounded warriors at Potter County Outfitters last Friday. Veteran Rob Kislow puts his hand over his heart during the ‘Star Spangled Banner,’ played at a reception to honor ‘wounded warriors at Potter County Outfitters last Friday. wounded veterans

A large group of well-wishers turned out to honor eight wounded military veterans during a reception at Potter County Outfitters in Coudersport.

They were in Potter County for some hunting opportunities provided through the 256-acre LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve in Oswayo. The preserve is staffed by veterans who volunteer their time to help their colleagues enjoy outdoor recreation, despite any physical limitations. It is named after its four founders: BMCM (R) Lewis T. Fisher, USCG; Elaine Fisher; Col. (R) Edward J. Fisher, USA; and Kate Fisher, and dedicated to the memory of their father, Lewis Fisher, who taught them the joys of outdoor recreation.

Ed and Leslie Easton, owner of Potter County Outfitters in Coudersport, prepare to cut a camouflage cake baked by Leslie for the Oct. 23 reception at their store. The event honored eight wounded veterans who were being hosted by the LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve in Oswayo. Ed and Leslie Easton, owner of Potter County Outfitters in Coudersport, prepare to cut a camouflage cake baked by Leslie for the Oct. 23 reception at their store. The event honored eight wounded veterans who were being hosted by the LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve in Oswayo. Veterans who visited last week participated in archery and muzzleloader hunting. Experienced outdoorsmen from Potter County volunteered their time to serve as guides and assist the veterans in target practicing and hunting. The preserve also has facilities for fishing. All are designed for wheelchair and vehicle access.

A smaller group of veterans will arrive during rifle season. Another group will be hosted at the preserve during spring gobbler season.

Ed and Leslie Easton, Potter County Outfitters owners, hosted the reception, which featured a cake cutting and refreshments, guest speakers and patriotic music.

Several county officials attended, including Judge John Leete, Commissioners Doug Morley and Susan Kefover and Veterans Affairs Director Lenny Kalkbrenner.

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