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Gursky talks about his passion for fishing at Golden K meeting

Orice Walters photo Dr. Paul Jacobs, right, introduces Tom Gursky to present a program on fishing at the Golden K meeting March 2.

KINGSFORD — The miracle of sunshine, brightening our days and lives and, best of all, melting snow. If one takes notice, seeing around snow banks at intersections has become much easier. Mother Nature may throw in a storm or two before she allows spring to make its grand entrance but there is hope it will arrive soon and will be welcomed by all.

Gilbert Engel, chairman for March, led the Golden K meeting March 2. With Sue LeDuc at the piano and Don Pedo directing, the members began singing those “oldies” that always bring back memories of days past.

“Auld Lang Syne” was sung in memory of Bruce Stuart, a longtime Golden K member. He always requested one song to be sung whenever he was present: “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” Now he has a host of singers ready to cheer with him for the “Home Team.”

The “Welcome” song greeted guests Bill Rice and Tom Gursky. Jeannine Polkinghorn gladly gathered up the winnings from the 50-50 drawing and Happy Dollars reflected the Proudfits’ family gathering in Marquette to support a great-niece who, at age 11, had the lead role in the recent production of “Matilda.” Paul Ward was happy to see spring — there is a man with positive thinking and high hopes.

Rice handed out information concerning Dickinson Conservation District Services. He explained the many services the conservation department works on. Living in the U.P., the forests, lakes and streams are appreciated by all. To conserve and preserve takes concerned citizens staying aware of the efforts of the conservation personnel and supporting those efforts where ever we can.

Dr. Paul Jacobs introduced Gursky. He had set up several display boards and proceeded to explain there is much more to Gursky than singing. Singing is a passion and when he performs — one is mesmerized not only by his powerful voice, but his feeling for the song. He also does substitute teaching several days weekly, works in many positions at church, sings at nursing homes and fishes.

His passion for fishing has led him to encourage others to get out there and fish. He works with Duane Bernard, who repairs fishing poles and equipment, which is one of his many sideline interests.

Gursky has worked as a guide on fishing expeditions and will give one a guarantee to “catch your limit.” Getting the right pole, reel with the right line and bait are primary to begin a fishing experience that will warrant many pictures and even more stories.

Bernard and Gursky are adamant about the right bait. Gursky uses plastic worms — and not just any plastic worm — along with jigs and minnows that are also designed to be enticing to the fish whether they are hungry or not. No matter the type of fish, Gursky emphasized the importance of having the right equipment.

He has a program developed for the veterans, Take a Vet Fishing. He would like more people to step in and help with this program. The veterans are excited to get out and fish. Serving a veteran is rewarding for the volunteer and for the veteran. Gursky has worked with Andy Mendini, who himself has helped veterans in many ways. Their motto is “We Will Never Forget.”

Those who have gone on Gursky’s fishing excursions have experiences they will never forget.

The Golden Throats will sing at ManorCare on Wednesday. Today’s Golden K meeting was to feature George Bosley from Niagara, Wis., on street work plans.

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