Paddlers introduce themselves before heading downriver during the Androscoggin River Source to the Sea Canoe Trek in Jay on Friday. Seven paddlers put in at Pine Island and paddled a 3- to 4-mile loop back to the island while discussing the history and features of the river. The trek’s next stage will be a paddling parade in Auburn on Aug. 22 during the Great Falls Balloon Festival. Paddlers will gather at Festival Plaza at 11 a.m.. Pre-registration is required. Paddlers from left are Jonathan LaBonte, executive director of the Androscoggin Land Trust; Barbra Barrett of the Androscoggin River Watershed Council; Eve Abreu of Bridgton; Michael Hoehne (hidden) of Wilton; Angela Werner of Wilton; Phil Poirier of Livermore Falls; and Laura Moorehead of Bridgton.

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