Kayakers excited to paddle Somers Mill Pond

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Somers - posted Thu., Oct. 3, 2013
Scantic River Watershed Association kayak Somers Mill Pond
Paddlers came together to enjoy nature. Pictured are Rebecca, Tom and Debbie Talamini, Pat Stroker, Kathy Doody, Joe Strong, Patrick Sharron (president of Scantic River Watershed Association) and Gail Syble. Photos by Lisa Stone.

The Scantic River Watershed Association invited the public to be a part of the Scantic River Paddle on Sept. 28 at the Somers Mill Pond. More than 30 boats took part in the event.

Kayaks lined the path to the boat launch. The parking lot was full and people were gathering around SRWA’s president, Patrick Sharron, to hear what was in store for the paddlers. Sharron instructed the participants as to where they should travel and what they should look for along the way. Sharron also gave the paddlers a time frame of approximately two hours for the 2-and-a-half-mile course.

The SRWA scheduled a moonlight paddle in July, but due to inclement weather, the paddle had to be rescheduled. Though this paddle did not offer moonlight thrills such as seeing wildlife by the water’s edge, it gave the kayakers the opportunity to enjoy the colors of the leaves and natural beauty of the water and vegetation.

“I love seeing the changing of the leaves,” said SRWA member Jan Collin. “The pond is so beautiful and the water is as smooth as glass. I love kayaking.”

Sue Silliman and Missy Pascarelli attended the event. “This is my first paddle,” said Silliman. “I am not sure what to expect, but I am so happy to be here.  Pascarelli added, “I love the fact that we can get exercise and meet new friends. I am new to this, but this is so exciting.”

Sam Wentworth, a member of Boy Scout Troop 888, is working on his Eagle Scout project: building a bog bridge in the Scantic River Linear East Park, which connects to the Somers Mill area from Scitico. Wentworth is asking for donations to offset the cost of the project. “Sam is an ambitious kid,” said Sharron. “This is a great project to get behind.”

The paddlers were asked to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the local food shelters.

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