FRYEBURG – Late September saw the members of the Saco River Task Force conducting its annual review of the season’s river activities.

According to the review, the task force initiatives have continued to reinforce the message that the Saco River can provide a safe and wholesome outdoor experience for water sports enthusiasts of all ages and abilities.

It received funding for the effort from Fryeburg and Lovell; and another donation of $15,000 from Poland Spring made it possible to place a new patrol boat on the water, designed specifically for river operations.

As in past years, the bulk of the work of the task force has been geared toward safety issues. Some 76 summonses were issued for safety violations, down from past years.

In addition to routine safety patrols, members responded of “incidents” on the river, ranging from medical emergencies to a downed aircraft.

Next year the Task Force has identified new jobs it would like to tackle, such as increasing the number of patrols, joint training with members of the Recreation Council and commercial livery staff and increased educational efforts designed to increase safety awareness.

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