Over 100 paddlers take to the water in support of land preservation

The Harford Land Trust held our eighth annual Ben Boniface Kayak Poker Run event on July 13 on Otter Point Creek. 

In total, 113 participants launched from Flying Point Park in Edgewood, most on kayaks but some on stand-up paddleboards.  Paddlers navigated to designated points along the three-mile route to collect five playing cards, with the best poker hands winning prizes at the end. 

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HLT Spring 2019 Newsletter


Have a look at HLT's 2019 Spring Newsletter! Learn more about recent land preservation in Darlington, economic benefits of land preservation, and much more.


Leaving a Legacy in the Heart of Darlington: Cassilly siblings permanently preserve neighboring properties


I enjoy watching an approaching storm roll across the valley. Distant lightning on the horizon and the grass in the field moving like an ocean. I enjoy seeing thousands of fireflies decorate the tree canopy in the woods on summer nights. I enjoy listening to the rhythmic calls of the peepers evolve to the bellows of bull frogs as the season passes,” reflects Andrew Cassilly.

It was an easy decision for siblings Veronica “Roni” Cassilly and Andrew Cassilly, along with their families, to donate conservation easements on their neighboring properties in Darlington.Roni says, “We wanted to ensure that generations to come can find the peace and joy that we have received from this property.”

Andrew and Amy Cassilly were blessed to make their home on Deths Ford Road 29 years ago. Andrew’s sister Roni purchased an adjoining property on Harmony Church Road the next year and later built her home with Carey Marzicola there. Collectively the two properties total 17 acres.