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Flock of ducks raises $5,612 for Hospice

Posted 15 July 2013 at 12:00 am

Provided photo – Baxter Healthcare employees, from left, Rich Johnson, Steve Crane, Rod Johnson and Vice President Nelson Patterson accept their prizes and thanks from Marsha Rivers, Hospice development director.

Press release
Hospice of Orleans

LYNDONVILLE/MEDINA Deep waters and a swift current resulted in a break-neck Ducks Ahoy Race to benefit Hospice of Orleans on July 4th.

“I don’t know if I’ve ever seen the creek this high for the Duck Race,” said John Denniston of Albion, a Hospice volunteer who dons his wading trousers each year to retrieve the winners from the pool-noodle race track constructed and set by Lyndonville DPW employees, headed by Terry Woodworth.

More than 2,000 weighted plastic ducks of various colors floated to the finish line in Johnson’s Creek in what has become a favorite tradition of the Lyndonville Lions’ Independence Day celebration.

Hospice extends hearty appreciation to the Lions, the Village staff, and to all the Hospice volunteers who make the Duck Race such a success.Special recognition is due to Baxter Healthcare International of Medina for their very generous underwriting of the prizes.

In the end, it was Baxter employee Rich Johnson’s blue waterfowl winning the top prize of $500 by three duck-lengths. Thanks to everyone who bought tickets. See you next year for another riveting race!

Congratulations to the winners (including a pair of brothers and a double winner): Rich Johnson – $500, Jim Stelianou – $300, Mary Miesner – $200, Mary Miesner – $150, Don and JoAnn Melfi – $125, Rod Johnson – $100, Steve Crane – $75, and Rebekah Karls – $50.