The Enterprise-based Creative Memories program formed to share hunting and fishing experiences with physically disabled children is reaching out to the elderly.
According to Ken Coreson, the author of the program, a new branch of the original nonprofit group is focused on reviving memories for career veterans and disabled adults.
The biggest impact here, says Coreson, is that the specially designed handicap accessible boat owned by Coresons partner Gene Sutton now is fishing on Wallowa Lake two or three times per week.
More handicapped adults than children are availing themselves of the fishing opportunity presently, said Coreson, but hunting remains the favorite activity for the younger set.
Although aspects of the Creative Memories program are popping up across the state, Coreson says a good percentage of referrals to his program in Enterprise are made by the Shriners Hospital, in Portland.
Residents of the Alpine House and Sunshine House, both of Enterprise, not only are accessing Suttons boat to fish on Wallowa Lake, but also are catching fish.
Anyone locally wishing to catch a fishing trip on Wallowa Lake can contact Gene Sutton at 541- 963-9446.
Coreson recommends that those wishing to take handicapped individuals out for a hunting or fishing trip call four or five days in advance.