Win a Hornbeck canoe

SARANAC LAKE — The Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation, a non-profit based in Saranac Lake, is raffling a very unique, one-of-a-kind Hornbeck canoe. Pete Hornbeck invited his fellow members of the League of Extraordinary Adirondack Gentlemen (LEAG) to build this special boat in August 2020, when, due to COVID-19 limitations, they were unable to go on their annual camping expedition. The boat is signed by each LEAG member, and displays a beautiful loon on both sides of the boat.

Hornbeck was a dedicated environmental advocate and an elementary teacher by profession. He started building boats as a hobby in 1971 and eventually left teaching to devote himself full-time to his craft. For decades, he built his small Kevlar canoes, enabling thousands of people to explore Adirondack waterways, where he also greatly enjoyed paddling. Unfortunately, Pete unexpectedly passed away in December 2020, but his legacy of building lightweight canoes continues on, thanks to the dedicated staff of Hornbeck boats, www.hornbeckboats.com.

“We are extremely grateful to Pete and the LEAG members, including Dan Berggren, Tom Bessette, Tom Curley, Neal Estano, Mike Prescott, and Dr. Daniel Way, for building this fantastic canoe to help support our loon conservation efforts in the Adirondacks,” said Dr. Nina Schoch, ACLC’s Executive Director. “We hope people will help us honor Pete’s memory by making this raffle a huge success.”

Raffle tickets are $20 each, or 6 for $100. To download a form to purchase raffle tickets, learn about and see photos of Hornbeck and of the boat being built, visit www.adkloon.org. Tickets can also be purchased by calling (518) 354-8636.

The winning ticket will be drawn on Oct. 10 — attendance is not required to win.

Shown are the League of Extraordinary Adirondack Gentlemen. Below is the canoe up for raffle. (Photo submitted)

The Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation is a 501(c)3 non-profit that conducts scientific research and engaging educational programming to promote and inspire passion for the conservation of Common Loons (Gavia immer) in and beyond New York’s Adirondack Park.

To learn more about the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation, visit www.adkloon.org or www.facebook.com/adkloon. The Adirondack Loon Center at 15 Broadway is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.


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