December 2012 Newsletter

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A Quarterly Insight into the happenings of the Ellery Sno-Cruisers




Volume 1, Issue 33 December 2012

Foul Weather Didn’t Dampen Spirits at the Annual Outdoor Show In it’s 21 year history, the annual “Show and Auction” has experienced just about every type of weather imaginable. Everything from Indian summer sunshine to wet snow can be expected this time of year. The weather this year was certainly bad enough to make the ducks want to take cover. Cold temperatures and a steady rain made it unpleasant for everyone participating in the outdoor exhibits. Despite the unpleasant weather, those who did venture out and brave the cold were treated with some great deals at the Auction and saw some great new sleds and equipment on display by a number of the area’s dealers. All-in All, this year’s Show and Auction proved to be a success again this year thanks to all those individuals and businesses who supported us by giving donations, those volunteers who donated their time and all the folks who ventured out to attend.

like to offer their sincere thanks to those individuals and businesses listed on page 2 who donated to the Show and also thank all of the members who donated their time again this year. A special thanks goes out Jamie Carlson, Mike Allenson, Joe Pitts and Austin Carlson for giving up 3 days of their own time to make the trek to Hay Days in Minnesota to purchase auction items.

................... Inside this issue >>> Annual Show and Auction Thanks to Show Supporters Raffle Winners New Trails Caster Comes to the Rescue Treasurers Position Open Opening Date for Trails Join your before you go to DMV Economic Impact News about your newsletter

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Congratulations to this year’s raffle winner Rick Freeburg (pictured here with his family) who drove in from Michigan to pick up his 2013 Polaris Sportsman 400. Hope you enjoy your new ride! Thanks to OffOff-Road Express for their generous hospitality!

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Thanks for your Support!! The Ellery Sno-Cruisers wish to offer their sincere thanks to those individuals and businesses listed below who donated to the 21st Annual Outdoor Show and Auction Summer Wind Rodgers & Sons French Creek Tavern Pine Junction Lakewood Golf Center Ye Hare 'n Hound Coppola's Pizzeria Bemus Point Golf Course Hadley House Fredrickson Builders Supply Auto Plus Leisure Time Honda Suzuki Raynor's Liquor Store State Welding Supply Co Guppy's Tom's Tavern See Zurh House Mike's Nursery Jenna's Lake Service M & M Enterprises Snug Harbor Evergreen Outfitters Webbs' Family Video Feegan's Witch Kitch Modern Expressions Styling Salon Whiskey Hill Saloon Cassadaga Country Club White Horse Inn Nordy's Pizza Denison Enterprises LLC ShurFine Cassadaga Grandma's Kitchen Don Meder Ziebart of Jamestown

Zippo Harley Davidson of Jamestown Extreme marine Urban Cycling Snap Fitness The Cooler CafĂŠ Dean's Snowmobile Parts Ed Shults Chevrolet Cadillac Reid's Powersports Klotz Synthetic Lubricants Jamestown Cycle Shop Maple Springs Lake Side Inn 3 Seas Recreation Shutts Saw & Mower Service Inc Off Road Express Olive's Restaurant Steener's Pub Floors at Your Door Parts Unlimited Bob Murch Barry Johnson Chautauqua Brick Co. inc Woodys Jefferson Terrace Zahm & Mattson Throttle Shop c/o Rick Faulkner Jamestown Awning Village of Bemus Point Media One CMR Auctions Randy Graham Jamie Henderson Community Bank Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Service Ed Shults Ford

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Congratulations to Raffle Winners at the 2012 Snowmobile and Outdoor Sports Show: 1st Prize - Polaris Sportsman 400: Rick Freeburg: Clinton, MI, 2nd Prize - $1,000 Shopping Spree at Schutts Saw & Mower: Amy Reedy, Stockton NY, 3rd Prize - $500 Shopping Spree at 3 Seas Recreation: Troy Tobias, Jamestown NY; 4th Prize - $50:Steve Calebrese; 5th Prize - $50:Jason Nuhter; 6th Prize $50: Mike Latone; 7th Prize - $50: Drew Franczak; 8th Prize - $50: Kerby McCall

Caster Drilling Inc 5363 Stow Road Ashville, NY 14710 Phone: 716-789-2230 Fax: 716-789-2234

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Our Trail System is Growing Keep your eyes defrosted for a few new trails this year. There is a new trail to the airport off the Greenhurst trail (S43). This will give access to the airport restaurant . There will also be a trail head with parking at the airport. Also, at the other end of our trail system in Stockton, there is a new trail running between trails 1D and 4. Thanks to Harold Mong and Tim Ode for heading up the efforts to expand our trail system!

Phone: (716) 483483-1435 • Fax: (716) 483483-3995 •E•E-mail:

Caster Drilling Inc. Comes to the Rescue The completion of the groomer barn took one large step forward thanks to Caster Drilling Inc. Last month, Pernell Caster announced to the club that they will be donating the well to provide water to the building. Because the club must rely largely on fundraising and donations to go forward with the completion of the building, it may have been a long time before we could have had water there. Thanks to Caster Drilling Inc., we will hopefully have a well to provide water at the building before the upcoming season!


RANDY E. RHINEHART Randy E. Rhinehart Attorney at Law 800 Fairmont Avenue Jamestown, New York 14701 (716) 483-1289

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General Practice Real estate Personal Injury Claims

Fax: (716) 483-1920

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Wills & Estates Bankruptcy

Trail Conditions Hotline Courtesy of Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau

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If you want to keep up-to-date on what is going on with your club, join our group on Facebook. You can find out the latest information on trail conditions, grooming, work parties, and other activities. Visit our group at: http://

Meeting Schedule >>> Ellery Sno-Cruisers will have regular meetings December 5th, 12th and 19th at 7:00 p.m. Meetings will be held at the Bemus Point Golf Club. All members are welcomed! The next Board of Directors meeting will be January 23rd at 7:00 at the See Zuhr House.

Officers & Directors President Vice President Secretary Treasurer Signing Coordinator Land Owner Coordinator Trail Coordinators: Bemus-Stockton Trail Stockton Area Trails Gerry Trail Membership Coordinator Directors:

Jamie Carlson Mike Allenson Chuck Hinman *Position Open Ray Head Jim Cheney Ryan Kelley Don Meder Conrad Mason Dawn Gilbert Jim Cheney Greg Stanton Harold Mong Ray Head Tim Ode Don Meder Conrad Mason Jaimie Kayner Donna Crandall

Here is your chance! Club Treasurer Position is Open • • • •

Do you enjoy snowmobiling or being around people who do? Do you enjoy counting money? Do you enjoy being around friendly folks who all have something in common? Do you like a feeling of accomplishment knowing that you have done something to help your community and your local economy?

If you answered yes to the above questions (or at lease a few of them) please consider being a candidate for the Treasurers position. Notify any of the Club officers or directors, drop us a line on the club website or leave a message on the club phone, 716.499.7539. Thanks for your consideration!

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Opening Date for Trails is December 19th‌...Hopefully! Each year a date is set by the State of NY to officially open the trails. This date corresponds with the end of hunting season and is intended to be a general date for opening trails on public lands. It should be noted that each individual club has the final authority as to whether to open their trails or not. Of course one of the main determining factors when deciding to open the trail system is the existence of adequate snow cover but many other factors are also taken into consideration such as requests of land owners, status of signage and the condition of the trails (removing fallen trees and other obstacles). As with every club, the safety of the riders is of upmost concern when deciding to open our trail system and trails will not be opened until they are determined to be safe to ride. This year has been a particular challenge because of the two week extension of bow hunting season. In past years, Trail Stewarts could get out to get some of their signs up in early October before the start of hunting season. This year, bow hunting season was extended to October 1st and therefore, it will be a challenge to get all of the trails marked and signed before December 19th. If we do have snow on the 19th, PLEASE CHECK TO MAKE SURE THE TRAILS ARE OFFICIALLY OPEN BEFORE VENTURING OUT. You can check our website or call the trail hotline at 800-242-4569. Remember, Riding when the trails are not officially open is trespassing. Please respect the Landowners who have graciously given permission for trails to cross their land. Be safe and have fun!

Check out the club photo albums on-line at: Ellerysnocruisers

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Real Estate Advantage 716-484-2020 Club Phone 716-499-7539

Homes & Property on and near the trail. Earl and Ginger Johnson

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You Can no Longer Join your Club at the DMV This year it is important to note that club applications will not be available at the Chautauqua County Motor Vehicle Office. You must join your club, obtain your voucher and take it to the DMV in order to get the reduced registration fee. Joining your club is quick and easy by going to the NYSSA site at https:// Once you join your club and download your voucher, registering your sled has never been easier. Go to the NYSSA site at http:// and click “Renew NY SLED Reg” or “Renew Out of State Sled” and follow the directions. This new on-line registration will prove to be especially convenient for our out-of-state friends who no longer have to waste time when they get into town by going to the New York DMV.

There are many reasons to join your club and register your sled early so what are you waiting for? Get it out of the way now so that you can help to ensure that the registration dollars get used for your benefit and so you can be ready for the long, cold snowy winter that is predicted.

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Study Reveals Snowmobiling has an Annual Economic Impact of $868 Million in NY State A recent economic assessment of snowmobiling conducted by SUNY Potsdam Institute for Applied Research at the direction of the New York State Snowmobile Association (NYSSA) finds snowmobiling delivers an economic impact of $868 million annually on the New York State economy. Based on the nearly 6,000 responses, the assessment determined that the average annual household expenditure for a snowmobiling season is $3,561 and an additional $3,200 for sled expenses that include purchase price and towing. You can view the Economic Assessment by going to: pdf/2012/NYSSA-Economic-Study-ExecutiveSummary-And-Discussion-9-13-12.pdf Local Economic Impact estimates are not yet available but when one considers a few of the following facts, it certainly becomes apparent that the contribution of snowmobiling on our local economy is substantial. •

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Chautauqua County is the third largest destination for snowmobiling in the state behind Tug Hill and the Adirondacks. Neighboring Erie County has the largest number of registered snowmobiles in the state. Snowmobiling is the 2nd largest tourism contributor to the local economy, behind Chautauqua Lake.

Cutting Costs to Improve Your Club The Ellery Sno-Cruisers thank you for your membership to the club and for your participation and support. Since we are a Not-for-Profit organization, we must be especially careful with any expenditures. As with any good organization, we must carefully budget for expenses and always be on the lookout for ways to provide services to our members and supporters in the most cost effective way possible in order to ensure our future existence. Any money we can save in the day-to-day operation is money that we can spend to groom and maintain trails. For many years, the Ellery Sno-Cruisers has printed and mailed out a newsletter to keep our members in the loop with the current events of the club. Most recently, the newsletter has gone out quarterly in December, March, June and September. The downside of mailing out a newsletter is that the cost of printing and mailing one issue is upwards of $1,000.00. $1,000.00 There is also a delay of about two weeks from the time it is submitted to the printer until it hits your mailbox. As with any business, we are looking to use today’s technology to provide our members with the same level of service at the most cost effective and efficient way possible. Beginning with this issue, we will only be mailing out the complete newsletter when it is necessary to include other printed material such as raffle tickets, although, we will be mailing you a post card to let you know that it has been uploaded to our website. Those of you who have already viewed issues on our website know that it looks much better in color. Furthermore, reference links that are printed in the newsletter are active. Let us know your thoughts! Send us a note at

The study shows that, even after adjusting for cost of living and other factors, snowmobiling has been a growing activity during the last decade with significant economic impact for New York State ," said Dr. J. Patrick Turbett, Director of SUNY Potsdam Institute for Applied Research.

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