Duck Derby to sail in new waters Aug.11

July 31, 2002|by RICHARD BELISLE

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The rubber ducks in the annual Greencastle Duck Derby will travel in new waters this year.

The annual fund-raiser, held upriver from the historic Martins Mill Covered Bridge on the Conococheague Creek for the last 12 years, is moving to the Greencastle Sportsman Association at 3260 Sportsman Road because of insurance problems at the old bridge site, said Holly Burkett, spokeswoman for the society's chapter in Chambersburg, Pa.

Burkett said the Sportsman Association facility will be as effective as the bridge and offers good public access.

This year's derby is Aug. 11.

Evon Barvinchack, president of the Martins Mill Bridge Association, said the bridge and the park land surrounding it are being turned over to the Antrim Township Supervisors. The land is contiguous with the township's new park off Grant Shook Road.

The agreement is awaiting final signatures, Township Administrator Ben Thomas said Tuesday.

The association has had difficulties getting liability insurance, Barvinchack said.


The association lost a $26,000 liability suit this year that stemmed from an accident involving a boy on a bicycle who was injured when he ran into a gate blocking vehicular traffic on the bridge, Barvinchack said. In addition, insurers have been balking at such coverage following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, he said.

The association was organized to repair and maintain the bridge following a major flood in 1972 that pushed it off its moorings and sent it downstream. Barvinchack said the decision to turn the bridge over to the township was difficult for the association to make.

"But reality sets in," Barvinchack said. "We want to see the park continue in perpetuity."

When the transfer is complete, the group will disband, he said.

At 2:30 p.m. Aug. 11, a troop of Boy Scouts will drop about 2,500 yellow rubber ducks into the Conococheague and send them floating downstream.

Contributors to the fund-raiser pay $5 per duck, and each duck is numbered on the bottom. Prizes will be awarded based on where the ducks end up at the finish line.

The ducks can be paid for at any of the six McDonald's restaurants in Franklin County or by calling the Cancer Society at 717-264-4412.

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