Boating season begins in B'ville

The rain held out just long enough for Saturday's fishing derby to come to a close.

Presented by the Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by the Baldwinsville Kiwanis Club, the event provided 50 children with new fishing poles in addition to six $20 gift certificates for the biggest catch, smallest catch and most fish caught in two age-group categories -- 5- to 8-year-olds and 9- to 12-year-olds. Overall, 59 children participated in the event.

The Kiwanis-built gazebo provided shelter from the rain during the awards ceremony.

"The Baldwinsville Kiwanis have donated $2,000 over the past four years in fishing poles, hooks and sinkers," Kiwanis Tony Saraceni said regarding the fishing derby. "We also recently made a $25,000 pledge to the Ronald McDonald House."

Saraceni said the club's focus is to support and donate to children's causes.

"We would love new members with new ideas," he said, adding the club meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Fireside Inn and interested parties should contact him at 409-8542.

Not so fair weather

Chamber president Lori Diver said 11 teams showed up for the kayak/canoe race, which she considered a good turn out seeing as it was the event's inaugural year and it rained during the length of the race.

"[The participants] were all soaking wet," she said.

Afterwards, local dignitaries and business owners boarded the Night Heron, a vessel the Fireside Inn uses for its dinner cruises. Captain Tom Rasbeck piloted the boat to the Route 690 bridge where a wreath ceremony was held. County legislators Bob Warner (Van Buren) and Richard Lesniak (Lysander) wished everyone a safe and happy boating season, then dropped the wreath into the water. While the wreath flipped upside down when landing in the water, Lesniak said it would be the only capsize all season. A boater following the Night Heron flipped the wreath right side up, allowing it to float down the river.

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