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Two winners in ice out contest
ROXBURY -- When Dennis Daniel of Ellis Pond Variety went on vacation on April 15, there were two snowmobilers in the middle of Roxbury Pond. When he returned a week later, the ice was gone.
Daniel said the official time of the ice out at the pond, according to the Game Warden, was 3:29 p.m. on April 22.
That left not one, but two winners, in the sixth annual Rumford Falls Times' Ice Out Contest. Theresa Thomas of Mexico and Odette Carrier of Roxbury not only guessed the correct day, but both had an ice out time of 1 p.m.
Similarly, Daniel's contest at his store had two people guess the correct day, but Tom Snell of Massachusetts, who has a cabin at the pond, had the closest time at 11:36 a.m.
For the Times' contest, Theresa and Odette will divide the prize package from our sponsors, which consists of a $50 gift certificate to Surry Seafood, a $20 gift certificate from Mexico One Stop, an oil change, lube and tire rotation at Dan's Automotive, and a six-month subscription to the Rumford Falls Times.
Last year's ice out winner was Annette Ross of Rumford, who was closest to the ice out of March 26 with a prediction of March 30.
This was about a month earlier than the April 27 ice out the previous year when the ice was estimated to be between 24 and 30 inches at this time in 2011.
Records of the ice out at Roxbury Pond have been kept at least since 1978, noted Daniel. He said the average ice out has been between April 16-21. The earliest recorded ice out was on April 6 in 2006. The latest was May 8 in 1978.