Duck calls for Relay for Life

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Local duck call maker Lowell Polston of Manila again made a special Relay for Life call to benefit Buffalo Island American Cancer Relay for Life.

Lowell Polston makes duck call to benefit Buffalo Island Relay for Life.

Polston has been making duck calls for three and a half years and this will be his third to donate to the Relay for Life.

Each year he makes a special call, engraved with the year and the Relay for Life name, to be sold or placed on the silent auction table the night of the Relay.

This year's duck call is made of black walnut and has a gun, ducks, and a checkered panel carved into the call.

This year the Relay for Life benefited from another duck call maker, Joseph Paul Reinsch, a 35 year old native American from West Yellowstone, Montana.

"Joseph loves Big Lake calls," Polston said.

The two craftsmen met online and have not met in person but have plans to meet this fall.

"Joseph is a real artist when it comes to making duck calls," Poslton said.

The two have exchanged ideas on their duck calls and have become friends.

Reinsch sent Polston some ivory and he has used it in making calls. Polston sent Reinsch some local wood and he made duck calls from it.

Through their conversation, Reinsch found out about the Relay for Life and he made a call for the event. He sold the call and sent a check for $270 to the Buffalo Island Relay for Life.

Brenda Matheny, Buffalo Island Relay for Life chairman, expressed her appreciation to Mr. Polston and Mr. Reinsch for using their skills and taking time to help the Relay for Life.

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