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A Little Duckie Intrigue Adds to the Flavor and Community Support
photo providedWhether on the green in Vergennes or with projects around the state and world, the Vergennes Rotary Club, " The Mavericks" is ready to work to improve the quality of the lives of groups both small and large.
Tuesday October 2, 2012
By Cookie Steponaitis
The crowd on the banks of Otter Creek on Vergennes Day was animated and focused. Their eyes were glued to the flotilla of rubber duckies that were about to make their journey down the river to the finish line. At stake was bragging rights, prize money and the fun of knowing all that was raised in the annual Vergennes Rotary Fundraiser was going to local scholarships and programs. Then suddenly, fate intervened and a random event became a big duckie deal. A lone seagull flying high over the event swooped down and plucked one of the intrepid rubber duckies from the race. The gull made two laps around the Otter Creek Basin and then dropped the duck well ahead of the pack floating behind. With wind, currents and just plain old luck, that loan duckie crossed the finish line ahead of the floating flotilla. While some people good naturedly lodged a sea gull protest, the judges ruled that the freak incident was not a disqualification and a duckie champion was crowned.
Behind the scenes and right in the thick of the competition were Big Duck Sponsors, local companies that supported the goals of the Vergennes Rotary by purchasing individual and groups of ducks, proving once again how community involved they are. The Vergennes Rotary would like to thank not only all the individual duckie ticket holders, but the following Big Duck Sponsors for their support that accounted for raising $4500. Onward to 2013 and the day that the flock will once again take to the river to raise scholarship funds.
The 2012 Big Duck Sponsors are: A&D Automotive, A&H Signs, Addison Outfitters, Amy’s Hair Design , Aubuchon Hardware, Auto Creek, Blacksheep Bistro, Bub’s Barn, Century 21 Jack Associates ,Champlain Radio Group, One Credit Union, People’s Bank ,Classic Stitching, Comfort Hill Kennel ,Contact Communications , Co-Operative Insurance Co., Denecker Chevrolet ,Everywear for Everybody ,Footes Insurance Agency ,Gaines Insurance Agency ,Graze LLC ,Hall Communications, Hollyhocks Flowers & Design , Jackman Fuels, Kinney Drugs, Landmark Financial Services ,Lang Mclaughry Spera ,Linda’s Apparel and Gifts ,Long Trail Physical Therapy ,Marbleworks Pharmacy ,Marcotte and Sons Auto Village,Merchants Bank, Mina Brothers Winery, Nathaniel Group , National Bank of Middlebury, National Life (The Vermont Agency), Law Office of Ouimette & Runcie, Precision Print and Copy ,Rivers Edge Cottages & Campground, RPM Inc. ,Stavenow Appraisal Service, Steady Transport, The Clock Shop, Three Squares Café , Tom’s Marine Service ,Town & Country Self Storage, Law office of Venman and Lee, Vergennes Animal Hospital , Vergennes Redemption, Vergennes Wine and Beverage, Vermont Livestock,Wales Flooring , WCAX ,WoW Toyz , Yandow Sales and Service , Benton Appraisals ,Bonnie Stagg BLS, Bookkeeping Services (The Winner),Emerson Guest House,Marcel Brunet and Sons, Stone Block Antiques, Peak View Eye Care, Maecliff Computers, Middlebury Fence Company and Law Office of Kevin Brennan.
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