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Fishing Tournament and Flotilla

Cap the Summer Season

A delayed fishing tournament and the annual Flotilla of Fun marked the end of another great summer on Taunton Lake.

The fishing tournament is normally held on the morning of the annual picnic. This year, stormy weather on July 22 forced postponement of the tournament even though the skies cleared sufficiently later in the day to allow the picnic itself to proceed.

Unfortunately, the rescheduled date of September 9 for the fishing tournament coincided with the startup of soccer season at most local schools, so only two youngsters were able to participate. But both had fun and upheld our annual tradition. Next year we look forward to better weather and a return to the usual (large) number of participants.

As family and other community residents look on, fishing tournament winners Molly Hamilton and Colin Evoy receive their trophies from tournament coordinator Brian Petitt. Steve Monahan (left), Taunton Lake resident and a representative for TFO flyrods, congratulates fishing tournament winners Molly Hamilton and Colin Evoy.

Later in the day, the fifth annual "Flotilla of Fun on Thannel Run" was held. Neighbors socialize as they paddle around to various "host" docks whose owners volunteer to provide snacks and beverages to visitors.

The event has been organized each year by Shirley and Paul Martin. This year, residents on other parts of the lake were encouraged to spread the flotilla event throughout the Taunton Lake community, and at least two families did so. It's hoped that the event will grow in coming years to encompass the entire lake community.

Residents of Taunton Lake socialize on a neighbor's dock during the Flotilla of Fun. Organizers Paul and Shirley Martin (in paddleboat at left) join other residents visiting various host docks during this year's Flotilla of Fun.