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August 29, 2014
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A small gesture


Saturday evening, October 8, Barb and I attended the Theodore Gordon Flyfishers’ (TGF) conservation dinner in Roscoe. That night, Isaacs was given an award from TGF for his long years of service protecting our trout streams for future generations.

After receiving the award, Jack made a brief statement. He ended it by telling those in the room a little story. Each day when he went to work, he carried in his briefcase copies of two letters. One was the letter that had been written to Commissioner Crotty by Mr. Gauvin. Thus, he reminded himself that his actions during the day might bring him angry recriminations. The second letter, which had been written by someone in the audience that evening, encouraged him to do his job knowing there were many out there who would appreciate and admire his efforts. Such a small gesture, long forgotten, yet it went to work with Jack Isaacs every day.

Oh, one more thing, gentle reader. That Mr. Barnhart comes from the family who gave the name to one of the most famous pools on the Beaverkill River.