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A day to enjoy the river
RUMFORD -- A group is working to provide a day to encourage people to enjoy what the Androscoggin River offers.
That day will be Saturday, Oct. 1 when there will be a canoe/kayak trek ranging from a short tip for beginners to a medium length and a longer trip from Hanover to Rumford, followed by a barbeque.
Last week, Jim Rinaldo said he went on a 2.5-hour canoe trip on the river from Hanover to Rumford with Dick Lovejoy, and Bill Hine and Cathy Hazelton. Besides the tranquility of the river, they saw a pair of eagles, at least one blue heron, some Canada geese and a bunch of ducks.
"The river is a great resource for the area. I called the DEP and they said the river is now Class B in places and Class C in others. It's good enough to swim in," said Rinaldo.
He noted besides the enjoyment and exercise, people will also want to bring their cameras to photograph the wildlife as well as the scenary as it should be peak foliage season. Along this trek, there are also small islands and sandbars for people to enjoy.
The day will start around 10 a.m. and will culminate at the Rumford Boat Launch where Rinaldo said there will be a couple of grills fired up with free food offered. He said people will also be transported if need be.
Word has already gotten around about this planned day. Rinaldo said a Maine Guide and his family will be attending.
For those who would like to try kayaking, he said Bruce Powell of Stony Brook Campground will be bringing down some kayaks.
"We're hoping for a fun day. We just want to get people out on the river. If it goes well, we'd like to make this an annual event," said Rinaldo, adding that the rain date will be the following day on Sunday.
He noted that seeing more activity on the river might also have an economic benefit as it could help attract perhaps a sporting goods or outfitting business.
For more information or to make a suggestion, call Jim Rinaldo at 369-0396 or 364-2983, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.