From his boss — dinner for two, anywhere on the planet


duckderbyFor 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

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 PrizesValueDuck NamePrize winner nameCity/St
1. Grand PrizepricelessSunnyJim KrynickiSouth Dartmouth, MA
2. Lees Supermarket  Shopping Spree$300Chief DuckyJustin O’ConnorLexington, MA
3. Sylvan Nursery Gift Certificate                                $250Den MotherArch HorstCambridge, MA
4. Allendale Country Club Foursome Golf w/o Cart$240IMSURT 4Donna GinsbergOakhurst, NJ
5. Dartmouth YMCA – Two Youth Memberships$240PageElizabeth ScharlackBrookline, MA
6. Residence Inn – One Night Studio Stay & Breakfast  $200RyderMel YokenNew Bedford, MA
7. Lloyd Center Family Membership & Kayak Tour for 2$150ChrisAmy BurnesSouth Dartmouth, MA
8. Carol Veiga – Original Drawings$150Melvyn 2Cynthia SachsNewton, MA
9. Henley House B&B – One Night Deluxe Stay$135AbbyDiane GilbertDartmouth, MA
10. Carabiner’s Indoor Climbing – Party for Six$132LilaDavid LowArlington, VA
11. Salt Marsh Pottery Gift Certificate$115TonyAntonio SantosNorth Dartmouth, MA
12. Country Woolens Gift Certificate$100Metro 10Wendy BornPhiladelphia, PA
13. Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures Gift Certificate      $100BobRobert CliftonWestport, MA
14. Wind Drift Studio – Sharon’s Murals & Faux Finishes$100PiercedDorothy PiranianBoston, MA
15.  Carabiner’s Indoor Climbing – Beginner Package$90VioletPatricia HolstWestport, MA
16.  ArtWorks!  Family Membership$85KinlochBrandon CherenziaSwansea, MA
17.  Tripp’s Boatyard & Marina – 2 Life Preservers & Flag$85DanaJ.F. BraytonWestport, MA
18.  Mass Audubon Family Membership & Gift Pack$80The QuackenJoanne O’NeillFranklin, MA
19.  WRWA Membership, Tote Bag & Book$80Jolie FayeMark MontignyNew Bedford, MA
20.  Cape Cod Cupola Gift Certificate                   $75QuackerWendy HendersonDolores, CO
21.  Sisters of Solace Holistic Healing Gift Certificate$65DoodlesNadia & Andrew BelovSherwood, OR
22.  The Comfort of Touch Gift Certificate$60RabaDorothy PiranianBoston, MA
23. Ocean Explorium Family Membership$60De-Duck-tionLeah BolesSouth Dartmouth, MA
24. New  Bedford Whaling Museum  Four Admissions$56Ducky DasherAmanda SilveiraNashville, TN
25. The Back Eddy Gift Certificate$50RoccoMarina GunningSouth Dartmouth, MA
26. Black Bass Grille Gift Certificate$50GoompaTerrance ConnollyCedar Grove, NJ
27. Dartmoor Gifts Gift Certificate$50NedMorris FurtadoWestport, MA
28. Dartmouth Building Supply Gift Certificate$50KiwiMerilee KellyTaunton, MA
29. DNRT  Family Membership$50CarolineBarbara FerriSouth Dartmouth, MA
30. Flora Gift Certificate$50MaggiePat ConnellyTiverton, RI
31. Folia Merchandise$50RoryHorace WildesDartmouth, MA
32. Norton Gallery Gift Certificate$50AlecJean McBrideWestport, MA
33. The Packet Gift Certificate$50Callum #10Kate MackenzieBrooklyn, NY
34. Partners Village Store Merchandise & Gift Certificate$50#1Peter BullardDartmouth, MA
35. Sisters of the Wool Gift Certificate$50AdillionJo-Anne C. MassonAcushnet, MA
36. Westport Apothecary Gift Certificate$50Duck DasherFrederick LimaWestport, MA
37. A.S. Deams Gift Certificate$35C Mommy DuckGary CharpentierProvidence, RI
38. Ace Hardware Gift Certificate$25RymanThomas JohnsonWorcester, MA
39. Ageless Beauty Medical Spa Gift Certificate$25ThelmaDiane HartnettWestport, MA
40. Beach Plum Café Gift Certificate$25#8Patton TaborsCambridge, MA
41. Bittersweet Farm Restaurant Gift Certificate$25MatthewHolly SchenckProvidence, RI
42. Davoll’s General Store Gift Certificate$25#1Naomi CardosoWestport, MA
43. Details & Design Gift Certificate$25MikeyDavid LowArlington, VA
44. Head Town Landing Country Store Gift Certificate$25Megan the MonsterMegan ZottoliWoods Hole, MA
45. Ninety Nine Restaurant Gift Certificate$25HenriJoan FreedDeerfield, NH
46. Naughty Dawgs Express Gift Certificate$25JamesamJeanne LeffersWarren, RI
47. Not Your Average Joe’s Gift Certificate$25Marcia #4Christopher BossoBoston, MA
48.  Peckham’s Greenhouse Gift Certificate$25ChaseMegan KelleySouth Dartmouth, MA
49.  Peckham’s Greenhouse Gift Certificate$25GrayMichael JupinSouth Dartmouth, MA
50. Salon Blue Gift Certificate$25MarionetteAndrea FournierFall River, MA
51. Salon Blue Gift Certificate$25MimiLawrence PerezWarwick, RI
52.  Pine Hill Service Station Gift Certificate$50#3Shawn MaloneyHarwinton, CT
 Stealth Duck lunch for 2 and free coffee for one month at F.A. Simmons Store)Speed DemonMary SedneyWestport, MA
Slacker Quacker (one duck for 2014 Derby)Happy PloverCaron Rocha
Decade Duck (a flock of ducks for 2014 Derby)DannyJudith MedeirosSouth Dartmouth, MA