The 51st running of the General Clinton Canoe Regatta was held this past weekend, with the 70-mile endurance races from Cooperstown to Bainbridge on Memorial Day. Pro paddlers Andy Triebold from Michigan and Steve Lajoie of Quebec won their 6th consecutive pro race, taking the $3300 dollar prize. It was Triebold’s 8th victory, placing him 2nd all time for Clinton wins, he told WCDO’s Craig Stevens why he likes the Clinton Race:
(Andy Triebold News 2013)
Triebold & Lajoie finished in 6:36:55, just 19 seconds slower that the regatta record set by Serge Corbin & Bruce Barton in 1990.
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Todd & Sean Lefever of Unadilla finished in 2nd place in the men’s 50 years & younger Comp Cruising race; they told WCDO’s Craig Stevens that they raced in memory of their mother & past Regatta Chairperson Pam Lefever:
(Lefevers News 2013)
The brothers finished the 70-mile course in 7:27:59; over 1200 paddlers competed over the 4-day regatta, coming from 22 states & Canada.
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Canoe racers from 22 states and Canada descended on Bainbridge to compete in the 51st general Clinton Canoe Regatta, pro paddlers Andy Triebold & Steve Lajoie won their 6th straight pro race, and came within 19 seconds of breaking the record for the fastest time. First time Clinton participant Frederick Blaise from Quebec took 1st place in the 1-man pro race, he told WCDO’s Craig Stevens what he thought about his 1st experience at the general Clinton race:
(Blaise News 2013)
2nd place C-1 Pro finisher Nick Walton of Michigan said that it was a tough race with the 26-year-old Canadian:
(Nick Walton News 2013)
Blaise beat Walton by just 6 seconds in a sprint for the finish line. Over 1200 paddlers competed in the 4-day regatta.
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This year, 11 people were inducted into the Regatta Hall of Fame Saturday, including long time canoeist and paddle maker Al Camp of Otego. Camp talked about the paddling community:
(Al Camp News 2013)
Camp won the Clinton pro race in 1969 with Jim Root of Binghamton; he was also an original 700-mile club members, completed 18 regattas and designed camp Paddles and Canoes.
The Otsego County Sheriff’s Office arrested 39 year old Scott Gaynor of Portlandville on 2 counts of felony criminal possession of marijuana, criminal possession of a controlled substance, aggravated operation of a motor vehicle, & operating a motor vehicle without an ignition interlock device. Deputies confiscated more than 12 pounds of marijuana from Gaynor’s truck & home, as well as $15,000 in cash, a scale, and plastic bags used for packaging and 10 hyrdrocodone tablets. Gaynor was arraigned in the Town of Milford Court & was sent to the Otsego County Jail on $15,000 cash bail.
The Chenango county sheriff’s department arrested 39-year-old Albert Enders of Greene for 3rd degree Menacing & Aggravated Family Offense. Enders was arrested following an investigation into a domestic dispute, where he is accused of putting a family member in fear of physical injury by physically menacing the victim. Enders faces court action shortly.
Molly Youngs of Sidney will participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington DC Today. Molly recently spoke with WCDO News about the trip to Washington:
Molly’s first round is this morning; preliminaries are tomorrow, the Semifinals are on Thursday morning and Finals Thursday night. The event is being televised by ESPN.
The city of Oneonta will begin reconstruction of Spruce Street from Maple to Clinton today. Work will include the replacement of sewer, water & storm water facilities as well as curbs, sub-base & pavements. The work is expected to be completed by August 26th.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office Arrested 44-year-old Frank Vail and 52 year old Christina Heisler of Oxford, on charges of petty larceny & 6th degree conspiracy. The 2 were arrested following an investigation into a larceny of a Norwich business. The Defendants are accused of conspiring and successfully stealing merchandise from the store and returning said items to the store to receive a refund to which they were not entitled. Both were issued appearance tickets to appear in the Town of Norwich Court at a later date.