The Arc's rubber duck race postponed

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Putnam - posted Tue., Aug. 16, 2011
The rain didn't stop Richard from exploring the river on Aug. 14. Photo by D. Coffey.
The rain didn't stop Richard from exploring the river on Aug. 14. Photo by D. Coffey.

The drizzling rain postponed the annual rubber duck race sponsored by the Arc of Quinebaug Valley on Sunday, Aug. 14. Cancellation notices didn't reach everyone, as some area residents made their way to the Quinebaug River in hopes of catching it.

“I don't know why they canceled it. It's a perfect day for ducks,” said one disappointed man.

And indeed it was. A few mallards swam near the stanchions used for the city's river fires. One graceful swan swam upriver of the Woodstock Avenue Bridge.

The annual race is one of the major fundraisers for the non-profit organization whose mission it is to help deliver services to individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families. The Arc of Quinebaug Valley is a local chapter of Arc US, one of the world's largest community-based organizations for people with such disabilities. It works with Connecticut's Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) and the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) to provide a host of programs for residents in the 13-town area of northeastern Connecticut. The Arc provides vocational support as far west as Hartford and as far south as Norwich.

The rubber duck race has been rescheduled for Saturday, Aug. 20, at 5 p.m.

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