There are not too many snowbirds who winter in Neosho.

There are not too many snowbirds who winter in Neosho.
Bill Linscott, who hails from Minnesota, has found a second home here. Up north, many retired people leave their snow-filled state and go south for the winter.
With his camper, Linscott tries to arrive each October and stay until April at a campground near Neosho. That way, he doesn’t have to worry about several feet of snow each winter and doesn’t have to go hundreds of miles farther south.
With his companion, Beth Summer, he started heading south a few years ago. His 94-year-old mother had come to live in Bella Vista, Ark., so he decided to look for a spot near the Arkansas line.
“I learned right away that campgrounds in Missouri were a lot cheaper than ones in Arkansas,” he said.
After scouting out several camps, Linscott found one near Neosho and is pleased with what he found.
“Everyone has been very good to us,” he said. “We have met some really nice people.”
Once they are settled in each fall, Linscott and Summer spend their time sightseeing and visiting with his mother.
“We’ve seen a lot of places around. Of course, we get to Branson and other places. We also take some walks and take our binoculars along just to look at animals and birds,” he said.
In 2015, they discovered the Neosho National Fish Hatchery, which has become their favorite place to visit. Last year, they met some in the group Friends of the Neosho National Fish Hatchery and were given the chance to volunteer at the veterans fishing derby.
Linscott arrived early and helped with parking. He said he had a great time. This year, he was back parking cars and again had a good experience.
“I kinda like to help people with problems,” he said, “so I like to help the older vets who walk with a cane or a walker.”
When Linscott suggests a place to park, he tries to find out the veteran’s physical ability and directs those with a handicap to park close to the registration table.
“You know, some of those guys get out of the car and I tell them I can find a better spot to park, but they just wave me off, saying they can still walk. I admire them for that,” he said.
After serving in the U.S. Marines, Linscott joined the Army Reserves. Today he is a member of the American Legion and often gets to help veterans.
He retired from the Minnesota Highway Department, where he worked as a heavy equipment mechanic for 20 years. He is handy with tools, so his new 2016 GMC pickup and his camper always are kept in good shape.
Although, Linscott and Summer are scheduled to go back north in April, they may stick around for the hatchery’s annual open house April 16. If they haven’t taken off for the north country, he again will be at the hatchery to help park cars.
That’s why Linscott is this week’s good neighbor.