Who’s There: William Skelton | SummitDaily.com

Who’s There: William Skelton

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Summit Daily/Bob Berwyn William Skelton

The Fourth of July dawned crisp and clear in Summit County, with rows of flags unfurling down quiet streets, in flower boxes and on lawns covered with pearly dew. It was a day for picnics, volleyball, parades and, yes, fishing, which is what 16-year-old William Skelton has in mind for the first part of the holiday.Standing at a pond in Frisco, he casts his rod with a flick, sending the lure far out to the middle of the water. He retrieves it with a quick spin, the bright gold sliver flashing brightly in the green water, waiting, waiting for that big lunker to rise up to the challenge.

Skelton doesn’t live in Summit County these days. He’s back in Colorado for a family reunion – the first since his grandmother, the family matriarch, died last winter. On a big holiday, Summit County is home to many extended families from all over the world.”It’s good to be back. It’s great to see the mountains and all the wildlife,” the high school junior-to-be says. While he now lives in Windham, in Southern Maine, Skelton was born in Denver while his parents lived in Summit County.The family moved to Maine when he was 6, but he still has family in the area and makes it back for frequent visits.

“I’m pretty much just kicking back and hanging out, enjoying summer vacation,” Skelton says, reeling in his line to try a different lure. “It’s a rooster tail,” he says, explaining that the fish aren’t biting any more. But the action was good earlier in the day, before the winds kicked in to stir the surface into a rippled chop.

Skelton has a lot on his mind this Independence Day. His older brother is in the marines, serving his second tour of duty in Iraq.”He’s in the western part of the country. It’s a heavy combat zone,” Skelton says. “It means a lot to me that he’s over there fighting for us. Independence Day really speaks out to me a lot. I don’t know why exactly, but it gives me goosebumps just thinking about it, thinking about my brother. I think about him a lot,” Skelton says.

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