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Kiosk to be built at boatlanding
RUMFORD -- The Rumford boat landing is getting a couple of nice additions, one is an information kiosk, with a new sign to mark the entrance to the recreation site, located off from Route 2.
Selectmen Thursday approved the request for the kiosk made by Jim Rinaldo, a member of the town's economic development committee. There will be no cost to the information kiosk as Brookfield Power has agreed to donate the funds to make it possible.
Meanwhile, the eight-foot wide kiosk, open on both sides with a roof, similar to the one in Bethel, will be constructed by Androscoggin River Watershed Council in their ongoing effort to promote the river.
Even though the item was not on the agenda, Rinaldo said he was hoping to gain approve that evening because he wanted to see the kiosk placed before the canoe/kayak trek taking place on Oct. 1.
The board had to deem the matter a critical circumstance to take action.
Following that, Town Manager Carlo Puiia announced that the watershed council would also be paying to replace the sign at the entrance to the boatlanding.
Rinaldo said the day on the river on Oct. 1 will be a canoe/kayak trek ranging from a short trip for beginners (35 minutes) to a medium length (one hour) and a longer trip (2.5 hours) from Hanover to Rumford, followed by a barbeque.
Recently, 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 Canadian 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. On Thursday, he said he anticipates between 25 and 40 people will be participating.
For those who would like to try kayaking, he said Bruce Powell of Stony Brook Campground will be bringing down some kayaks and canoes.
"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 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.