By The Associated Press
The Delta Democrat Times reports that Stephanie Patton, publisher and editor of the Leland Progress, and Richard Taylor, owner of Farmer’s Feed and Supply, worked to do something about a decreasing duck population in the creek. The new ducks were to be placed in the creek Sunday.
“The Pekin ducks are really pretty. They’ve just sort of become something people think about when they think about Leland,” Patton said.
Taylor and Patton have asked residents and businesses to sponsor a duck for $8 each. So far, 120 sponsors have signed up, and calls seeking duck sponsorships continue to come in, the newspaper reports.
Some of the sponsors have decided to name their ducks. Others have sponsored a duck in memory of loved ones or in honor of someone they know.
“It’s been a nice way to do something good for the community and to honor some of the folks who aren’t with us anymore,” Patton said.
Using leftover sponsor money, Taylor purchased four large stationary duck-feeders to be placed along Deer Creek to keep the ducks in the creek.