This past Saturday, one of the residents was able to do something he has not been able to do in 30 years. Fish a beautiful Adirondack Lake. Joe Campanella, a 98 year old World War II Veteran of the Pacific Theater and resident of Prestwick Chase, had shared back in June his hope to get another chance at fishing.
John Dahl, the Residence Relations Manager heard of Joe’s wish and put a plan into action. Reaching out to Schroon Lake Marina, John was able to set up a fishing boat rental on Paradox Lake. The lake is just north of Schroon Lake and is a spring fed lake with excellent fishing. Paradox is known to have huge pike, chain pickerel, rainbow trout, lake trout, perch, crappie, small mouth bass, large mouth bass and brook trout.
With a beautiful new fishing boat, bucket full of minnows, 70 degree day, the conditions were perfect. John being an avid fisherman of Paradox Lake, took Joe to several spots on the lake to give him a chance at a catch. The trout escaped this time but pike and bass were caught! The trees on the lake have started to turn and vibrant colors abound around the edge of the waters.
It was a great trip and a joy to watch Joe catch some fish, relax and share his stories of his life and time in the war. A special thank you to Tina at the Schroon Lake Marina for making this possible and to Micheal the young man who delivered/picked up the boat for us to use.
Prestwick Chase is a family run business and it shows. It indeed is all about family. The management and staff love being able to make these situations, hopes, dreams come true when they can for the residents. Mother nature provided the perfect day and by the photos below, we’d say Joe had a pretty nice day on the lake.