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Archery shoot and barbecue to honor Goshen teen and wounded warriors

  • Thomas Bisbee, 17, poses with his bow in a USA T-shirt. Bisbee died Sept. 14, 2016.  FACEBOOK PHOTO



For the Gazette
Thursday, September 28, 2017

GOSHEN — Seventeen-year-old Thomas “T” Bisbee of Goshen was a well-liked senior at Hampshire Regional High School, an avid outdoor enthusiast and archer whose untimely death in 2016 rocked his close-knit community of friends and family.

On Saturday, the Deer Hill Rod and Gun Club in Cummington will hold a memorial archery shoot and family barbecue to honor Bisbee and to raise money for the Crossroads Wounded Warrior Archery Foundation.

The son of Scott and Jennifer Bisbee, “T” — as he was known — died on Sept. 14, 2016, at Baystate Children’s Hospital after suffering a heart attack at home.

A passionate archer, Bisbee had competed in the International Bow Hunting Organization’s World Archery Competition one month before he died. He had placed 20th at the event.

“He was a great kid, and last year we decided to do something like this every year to keep his memory alive and to honor the things that he believed in,” Bisbee’s aunt, Kelli-Beth Kellogg said. “He was an all-American kid that loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and loved his country and the military.”

Kellogg said that it was Bisbee’s love of archery and respect for the military that led his family and friends to donate to the Crossroads Wounded Warrior Archery Foundation, which focuses on the rehabilitation benefits of archery in assisting soldiers with service-related injuries.

In addition to honoring Bisbee and raising money for the foundation, the club is also hoping to spur an interest in the sport that brought so much joy to Bisbee, who had worked at honing his archery skills since he was a child.

Children and adults are welcome to try it on Saturday, in a 3-D archery shoot using life-size mock animal targets. It begins at 8 a.m. at the club, located at 225 Porter Hill Road in Cummington.

The event is not just for those interested in archery. At noon, there will be a barbecue and family games. The public is invited to any of the day’s activities. Hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken and venison will be served. A raffle will be held in the afternoon.

The archery shoot is $20, the barbecue is $20, and $35 covers both. Children under 10 may attend free.

Those who cannot attend the event but would like to make a donation may send a check payable to the Thomas C. Bisbee Memorial to PO Box 355, Williamsburg, MA 01096.