082413 Yakking for Loons event raises funds for protecting rare species (223 w/ 3 col. photo Fleet

MOULTONBOROUGH — Lake Winnipesaukee was awash with color as fifty eager paddlers turned out at Lee's Mill Landing for the Loon Preservation Committee's (LPC's) second annual "YAKKING for Loons" kayak-a-thon in July.

Paddlers were treated with a perfect morning to traverse the 2.5 mile "Ganzy" course or the 4.6 mile "Green's Basin" course. LPC's Field Program Coordinator, Chris Conrod, and Winnipesaukee Biologist, Melissa Leszek, served as guides.

A boxed lunch prepared by Curt's Caterers of Gilford was the perfect ending to a rigorous and fun paddle, with Curt Chesley and staff on hand to serve. Prizes were awarded to Megan Chesley, Joanne Chesley and Bonnie Ireland as the top three fundraisers, while Marion Smith was awarded the prize for traveling the longest distance to participate. Prizes were donated by LPC members John and Kittie Wilson of Pleasant Lake and Tom Whalen of Wild Meadow on Winnipesaukee.

Prime Sponsors for the event were Curt's Caterers and Irving Oil. Linda Allen and Joanne Chesley spearheaded and co-chaired the event, arranging the volunteer spotters (John Allen, Ralph Rannacher, Beverly Leonard, Elaine Chesley, and Warren Reynolds) and soliciting "yakkers" and contributions. Wild Meadow of Winnipesaukee helped out by providing rentals on site at a discounted rate.


Paddlers gather at Lee's Mill Landing on Winnipesaukee for the 2nd Annual "YAKKING for Loons" kayak-a-thon to benefit New Hampshire's loons. (Courtesy photo)