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Riley's Wish 2021; a fun day out on the lake

By Fran Gonzalez | Feb 22, 2021
Photo by: Fran Gonzalez Seven-year-old Owen Raven, holds his winning 12-inch trout Feb. 20 at this year's Riley's Wish fishing derby.

Liberty — On a frozen lake with a perimeter that takes in roughly 14 miles in Waldo County, a community came together to fish, socialize and honor a local son who was taken way too soon.

Riley’s Wish Winter Games & Derby honors the memory of former Mount View High School and Waldo County Technical Center student Riley Boulay, who died in a car crash while driving to school Dec. 6, 2017.

The fourth annual Riley’s Wish fishing derby, held at Lake St. George Saturday, Feb. 20, was a little different this year because of the pandemic.

Riley’s father, Luke Boulay, said he did not approach officials at Lake St. George who have provided a warming and food area in years past at the state park, because of concerns over COVID-19 and capacity limits. “We had it outside to keep people as comfortable as possible and keep people safe,” he said.

Family and friends came together on this picture-perfect winter day and fished, played and socialized. There were prizes for different categories and several community-sponsored prizes were raffled off.

According to the event flyer, over $1,000 worth of prizes were raffled, with proceeds benefitting the Riley H. Boulay Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Luke, along with his wife, Jackie, began the scholarship fund as a way to keep the memory of their son alive and help students attending post-secondary trades training with scholarships.

Luke said since the start of the fund in 2018, eight graduates from across Waldo County who graduated from WCTC have received scholarships. "We've awarded over $8,000 so far for Waldo County Technical Center kids from Searsport, Belfast and RSU 3," he said.

By three o'clock, anglers headed back to the official "fish board" for weighing and measuring, and to hear the raffle winners being called out.

"The turnout today has been great," Luke said, and added that he was touched by the support he has received from the community.

"I'm just glad to see everyone out here," he said. "Our future fishermen. If there is anything good that can be taken from COVID-19," he said, "it is the family time together. One moment can change your world."

The fish board at Riley's Wish Feb. 20, at Lake St. George in Liberty. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Friends gather at a fishing hole Feb. 20 on Lake St. George for Riley's Wish fishing derby. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Fish-talking at Riley's Wish Feb. 20 on Lake St. George. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Luke Boulay, right, announces the winning fish Feb. 20 at Riley's Wish, an event that honors his son and raises funds for a scholarship in his name. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
A couple of young fishermen eye the recently caught fish from a distance Feb. 20 at Riley's Wish on Lake St. George in Liberty. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
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Traveling in style across Lake St. George on a one-lunger Feb. 20 at Riley's Wish. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Ed "Moose" Savage, from Solon, center, hams it up for the camera Feb. 20 at Riley's Wish on Lake St. George in Liberty. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
A fisherman walks across Lake St. George in Liberty Feb. 20, at Riley's Wish fishing derby.
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Barbara and John Boulay, at the fishing derby in honor of their grandson, Riley Boulay pictured in the background, Feb. 20. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
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