For an employee of Westport’s Sylvan Nursery, returning a call from the boss paid sweet dividends Saturday.

Jim Krynicki was spending a vacation day out clearing a trail in woods near his house when the messages on his telephone answering machine began piling up.

He returned to find one from Gina Purtell, director of Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, another from Neal Van Sloun, owner of Sylvan Nursery where Mr. Krynicki has worked for 16 years, now as head of maintenance.

“I  saw the phone light flashing and kind of had an inkling what it might be all about,” Mr. Krynicki said. He knew that this was Allens Pond rubber duck race day and remembered that Mr. Van Sloun had purchased a duck apiece for him and others at Sylvan awhile back.

“I called and found out that my duck had won the grand prize” — dinner for two anywhere in the world.

He next called his wife Melissa who was at a birthday party with their 6-year-old son Alex.

“Her reaction was the same as mine. Wow!”

Mr. Krynicki knew better than most what his duck Sunny (named by his son Alex) was up against having helped release the racing ducks at the derby’s start in the channel at Barney’s Joy a few years ago. “They are all at the mercy of the tide and the wind — it’s quite a sight, all those ducks floating along.”

They haven’t yet chosen a precise dinner location for their all-expenses-paid dinner for two, round trip airfare and two nights lodging.

“It really hasn’t all sunken in yet.”

But they do think they’ve narrowed the selection down a bit.

“The Mediterranean somewhere. It’s a place we have always wanted to go but never really thought we would.” This time of year would be good — nice weather and things aren’t as hectic at the nursery.

The odds against Sonny were greater than ever in this, Allen Pond’s tenth annual Duck Derby.

Jennifer Costa of the wildlife sanctuary said that this year’s anniversary was a record breaker with 5,866 yellow rubber ducks competing in  the sanctuary’s biggest annual fundraiser.

There were lots of other winners in both the duck derby and the races on Sunday morning.

A total of 55 ducks brought prizes to their owners.

Second place, a $300 shopping spree at Lees Supermarket, went to Justin O’Connor of Lexington, Mass.

Third place, a $250 gift certificate to Sylvan Nursery, was won  by Arch Horst of Cambridge, Mass.

Fourth place, a golf foursome at Allendale Country Club, went to Donna Ginsberg of Oakhurst, NJ. (See complete list below).

On Sunday, 18-year-old Mohammed Daud of Swansea was the top male finisher in the Duck Derby 5K with a time of 18:36 and Stacie Jaeger,28, of Saratoga Springs, NY, was the top female finisher with a time of 21:21 (all results are available online at www.coolrunning.com).

Scott Costa edged Dan Nashold for top honors among Westport runners, coming in just behind RC Smith of Little Compton.

From there, a crowd of youngsters tackled the Totally Quackers Obstacle Course  before heading one field over at the sanctuary for the Duck Derby Festival. There participants enjoyed a barbecue, homemade desserts, blues from Neal McCarthy & Friends, and a silent auction and live plant auction, with plants donated and auctioned off by Fred Dabney of Quansett Nursery.

Duck Derby 2013 Prizes


Duck Name

Prize winner name


1. Grand Prize



Jim Krynicki

South Dartmouth, MA

2. Lees Supermarket  Shopping Spree


Chief Ducky

Justin O’Connor

Lexington, MA

3. Sylvan Nursery Gift Certificate                                


Den Mother

Arch Horst

Cambridge, MA

4. Allendale Country Club Foursome Golf w/o Cart



Donna Ginsberg

Oakhurst, NJ

5. Dartmouth YMCA – Two Youth Memberships



Elizabeth Scharlack

Brookline, MA

6. Residence Inn – One Night Studio Stay & Breakfast  



Mel Yoken

New Bedford, MA

7. Lloyd Center Family Membership & Kayak Tour for 2



Amy Burnes

South Dartmouth, MA

8. Carol Veiga – Original Drawings


Melvyn 2

Cynthia Sachs

Newton, MA

9. Henley House B&B – One Night Deluxe Stay



Diane Gilbert

Dartmouth, MA

10. Carabiner’s Indoor Climbing - Party for Six



David Low

Arlington, VA

11. Salt Marsh Pottery Gift Certificate



Antonio Santos

North Dartmouth, MA

12. Country Woolens Gift Certificate


Metro 10

Wendy Born

Philadelphia, PA

13. Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures Gift Certificate      



Robert Clifton

Westport, MA

14. Wind Drift Studio – Sharon’s Murals & Faux Finishes



Dorothy Piranian

Boston, MA

15.  Carabiner’s Indoor Climbing - Beginner Package



Patricia Holst

Westport, MA

16.  ArtWorks!  Family Membership



Brandon Cherenzia

Swansea, MA

17.  Tripp’s Boatyard & Marina – 2 Life Preservers & Flag



J.F. Brayton

Westport, MA

18.  Mass Audubon Family Membership & Gift Pack


The Quacken

Joanne O’Neill

Franklin, MA

19.  WRWA Membership, Tote Bag & Book


Jolie Faye

Mark Montigny

New Bedford, MA

20.  Cape Cod Cupola Gift Certificate                   



Wendy Henderson

Dolores, CO

21.  Sisters of Solace Holistic Healing Gift Certificate



Nadia & Andrew Belov

Sherwood, OR

22.  The Comfort of Touch Gift Certificate



Dorothy Piranian

Boston, MA

23. Ocean Explorium Family Membership



Leah Boles

South Dartmouth, MA

24. New  Bedford Whaling Museum  Four Admissions


Ducky Dasher

Amanda Silveira

Nashville, TN

25. The Back Eddy Gift Certificate



Marina Gunning

South Dartmouth, MA

26. Black Bass Grille Gift Certificate



Terrance Connolly

Cedar Grove, NJ

27. Dartmoor Gifts Gift Certificate



Morris Furtado

Westport, MA

28. Dartmouth Building Supply Gift Certificate



Merilee Kelly

Taunton, MA

29. DNRT  Family Membership



Barbara Ferri

South Dartmouth, MA

30. Flora Gift Certificate



Pat Connelly

Tiverton, RI

31. Folia Merchandise



Horace Wildes

Dartmouth, MA

32. Norton Gallery Gift Certificate



Jean McBride

Westport, MA

33. The Packet Gift Certificate


Callum #10

Kate Mackenzie

Brooklyn, NY

34. Partners Village Store Merchandise & Gift Certificate



Peter Bullard

Dartmouth, MA

35. Sisters of the Wool Gift Certificate



Jo-Anne C. Masson

Acushnet, MA

36. Westport Apothecary Gift Certificate


Duck Dasher

Frederick Lima

Westport, MA

37. A.S. Deams Gift Certificate


C Mommy Duck

Gary Charpentier

Providence, RI

38. Ace Hardware Gift Certificate



Thomas Johnson

Worcester, MA

39. Ageless Beauty Medical Spa Gift Certificate



Diane Hartnett

Westport, MA

40. Beach Plum Café Gift Certificate



Patton Tabors

Cambridge, MA

41. Bittersweet Farm Restaurant Gift Certificate



Holly Schenck

Providence, RI

42. Davoll’s General Store Gift Certificate



Naomi Cardoso

Westport, MA

43. Details & Design Gift Certificate



David Low

Arlington, VA

44. Head Town Landing Country Store Gift Certificate


Megan the Monster

Megan Zottoli

Woods Hole, MA

45. Ninety Nine Restaurant Gift Certificate



Joan Freed

Deerfield, NH

46. Naughty Dawgs Express Gift Certificate



Jeanne Leffers

Warren, RI

47. Not Your Average Joe’s Gift Certificate


Marcia #4

Christopher Bosso

Boston, MA

48.  Peckham’s Greenhouse Gift Certificate



Megan Kelley

South Dartmouth, MA

49.  Peckham’s Greenhouse Gift Certificate



Michael Jupin

South Dartmouth, MA

50. Salon Blue Gift Certificate



Andrea Fournier

Fall River, MA

51. Salon Blue Gift Certificate



Lawrence Perez

Warwick, RI

52.  Pine Hill Service Station Gift Certificate



Shawn Maloney

Harwinton, CT

 Stealth Duck lunch for 2 and free coffee for one month at F.A. Simmons Store)

Speed Demon

Mary Sedney

Westport, MA

Slacker Quacker (one duck for 2014 Derby)

Happy Plover

Caron Rocha

Decade Duck (a flock of ducks for 2014 Derby)


Judith Medeiros

South Dartmouth, MA


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