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I can officially declare that the 1½ mile stretch of the Hockanum River, from Rt. 74 Water Vernon Treatment Plant is OPEN!! This morning (May 3, 2015) Rob and Carol Grasis, Michelle Gentes (aka: river queen), Larry Morin and I canoed/kayaked this section in about 1 hour's time. I also have to mention that my good friend Fred Kracke was out of town, but he does deserve a mention. Thanks to Fred and all the Blueway Volunteers that have helped in the past to get this section of the Hockanum River cleared of trees/brush and stuff. This section is now "relatively" clear of "obstructions" which need to be [cleared]. - Jerry Kinsman