Q-C paddlers make frigid first float to welcome 2013


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Originally Posted Online: Jan. 01, 2013, 6:34 pm
Last Updated: Jan. 01, 2013, 6:41 pm
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By Dawn Neuses, dneuses@qconline.com

DAVENPORT -- The sun was brighter than the biting of the cold Tuesday when the Saukenuk Paddlers took part in their annual new year's gracing of theMississippi River.

Saukenuk Paddlers Canoe & Kayak club members Rosemary Dreessen, Nick Bleuer, Lynn Majetic, JoAnne Rebello, John Zabloudil and club president Dave Hill launched into the river at 1 p.m. Tuesday from the Marquette Street boat ramp in Davenport, participating in the 34th annual First In Float.

The club also held a Last Out Float at 1 p.m. Monday.

Ms. Dreessen said they had help from some "support crew," also members of the club. The members paddled a couple hundred yards out into the river, she said.

"It was beautiful and invigorating just to see the sun on the water," Ms. Dreessen said.

The annual floats were first held Dec. 31, 1978, and Jan. 1, 1979, by club founders Harold Harrington and Dick Butts.

Area paddlers are invited to the club's monthly meetings, held at 7 p.m.the last Wednesday of every month, at the American Red Cross building, 1100 River Drive, Moline. For more information, visit rivers-end.org.



















 



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