YORK – Heavy snow the night before clogged things up a bit for the 2019 version of Bob Roth’s fishing seminar to benefit York Adopt a Pet last Wednesday evening.

Roth has staged the event for years, always making sure to include expert angling clinicians, demonstrations, public information from Nebraska Game & Parks, a pulled pork sandwich meal and drawing for a expenses-paid, fly-in fishing trip for two donated by Eddie Showalter of Ear Falls, Ontario.

Showalter was on hand in person when York resident Jack Vincent’s name was drawn as the winner. Vincent had the choice of taking either the trip or $1,000 cash. A non-fisherman, Vincent chose the money which he will in turn donate in equal $500 portions to YAAP and the Phil-Anthropy project in memory of longtime York High School teacher and school board member, Phil Towle.

Vincent said he and his wife, Jean, wish to, “Salute all the things Phil did for kids. Also, since our arrival in York, we appreciate all Gail and Judi (Nordlund sisters) and other volunteers have done for the (YAAP) organization.”

Roth said unofficially the event raised just less than $4,000 for the pet rescue, shelter and adoption agency.

During the evening John Brouillette and Doug Prince interrupted the proceedings to present a gag gift to Roth, but then followed it up with a fully sincere plaque to honor the longtime York resident and fishing enthusiast’s efforts to promote his favorite sport and support local anglers.

The plaque reads: “York area fishermen wish to thank Bob Roth for his enthusiastic support of all things fish. His dedication in teaching others to love the sport of fishing knows no bounds. May your stringer always be full.”

Roth said something more than 70 people were counted in attendance, a number that was down from the more typical 100 or so participants.

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