1st year of Nathan Turner Memorial Fishing Derby
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[June 13, 2011]
For 15 years the D.A.R.E. program has
hosted a fishing derby for area children, a much-anticipated event
that encourages healthy outdoor fun and family-oriented activity.
This year, the name was changed to reflect a young man's attraction
to the sport of fishing and to create part of his legacy. A family's
wish to promote their loved one's favorite sport has partnered with
the annual event, newly named the Nathan Turner Memorial Fishing
Nathan Turner was 29 years
old when he suddenly died on Feb. 7,
2010. He was Lincoln's youngest city council member and an
optimistic, ambitious young man, willing to step up and help out.
To commemorate his love of the sport of fishing, his wife, Sarah
Chase Turner, and his parents, Dan and Nancy Turner, asked to be
part of the annual D.A.R.E. program fishing derby. They attended the
event on Saturday at Hickory Lane Campground, south of Atlanta.
"Nathan enjoyed fishing and just to be outside," Sarah Turner
said. "He liked to be away from the stress of life, sometimes. You
know, life can get hectic, and it is good to find a something that
allows you to step away and do something you enjoy. That is what
fishing was to Nathan."
"Nathan liked fishing," Nancy Turner reflected, "and he was in
the D.A.R.E. fishing derby until he was too old to participate. Then
he went on his own.
"We wanted to help promote something that meant a lot to him,"
Nancy continued, "and since this was always such a fun thing for him
to attend; we decided it should receive our support."
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Ken Greenslate, Lincoln police chief and D.A.R.E. program
coordinator, has sponsored the fishing derby since 2001. Lincoln
Park District hosts the event.
Children ages 4 to 15 fished from 9 to 11 a.m. A picnic lunch was
served after the derby. Prizes were given for the biggest and
smallest fish and for the most fish caught.
Registration was not required for the annual fishing event, so
there was no official head count, but Katy Goodman, co-owner of
Hickory Lane, was excited about the turnout. The campground and
adjoining fishing ponds have been owned and operated by Katy and
"This is just like old times," Katy said. "I wish every weekend
was like this. In the old days, we had campers and families stay all
weekend, and people would fish, the kids would run around. This is
just great. Everybody's having such a good time."
[By MARLA BLAIR]