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THE NEW HAMPSHIRE SNOWMOB THE NEW HAMPSHIRE SNOWMOBILE ASSOCIATION NEWS www.nhsa.com

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VOL. 48, No. 4 – Winter 2016

THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE NEW HAMPSHIRE SNOWMOBILE ASSOCIATION 614 Laconia Road, Unit 4, Tilton, NH 03276

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This Issue… THE NEW HAMPSHIRE SNOWMOBILE ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Departments NHSA Sno-Scoop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Trail Tales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Treasurer's Monthly Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 A Message from the President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Ed Klim Article . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Fish and Game Sno-Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Camp Sno-Mo Update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Club News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Kids Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Making the Tracks We Follow Today . . . . . . . . . 31 NHSA Affiliated Clubs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Dealer/Contributor Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Classified Ads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Advertiser’s Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

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Support Local Businesses Do you know who supports riders, trails and their local economy?

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Marathon Snowmobile Trek I had the chance to try something I’d always dreamed of doing.

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Safe Riders! Campaign Celebrates 20th Anniversary!

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NHSA Office

614 Laconia Road, Unit 4, Tilton, NH 03276 Phone: 273-0220 • Fax: 273-0218 nhsaoffice@nhsa.com EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Gail Hanson execdir@nhsa.com

THE NEW HAMPSHIRE SNOWMOBILE ASSOCIATION NEWS OFFICIAL PUBLICATION NEW HAMPSHIRE SNOWMOBILE ASSOCIATION, INC. 614 Laconia Road, Unit 4, Tilton, NH 03276 The SNO-TRAVELER is published six times per year from September thru April by The New Hampshire Snowmobile Association, 614 Laconia Road, Unit 4, Tilton, NH 03276. Subscription fee is included as part of NHSA membership dues. Annual subscription fee is $15.00 per year for non-members. Periodicals Postage paid at Tilton, NH and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Please send all address changes to the Sno-Traveler, c/o the New Hampshire Snowmobile Association, 614 Laconia Road, Unit #4, Tilton, NH 03276 Telephone: 603.273.0220 • Fax: 603.273.0218 E–mail: execdir@nhsa.com • Website: www.nhsa.com MANAGING EDITOR: Gail Hanson We reserve the right to refuse ads or articles which, in the opinion of NHSA, are in poor taste or do not support the purpose aims of the association. Typesetting, layout done by Millennium Integrated Marketing, Manchester, NH 03101 603.792.2200 Printed by The Concord Monitor, Concord, NH 03302 The NHSA assumes no responsibility for typographical errors that do not materially affect the value of the advertisement. This publication’s liability for an error shall not exceed the cost of the space occupied by the errors.

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Articles from the Sno-Traveler may be copied and reprinted if credit is given. Letters and other commentary from readers are welcome.

Important Agency Contacts BUREAU OF TRAILS Chris Gamache, Chief 172 Pembroke Road Concord, NH 03302-1856 271-3254 c_gamache@dred.state.nh.us

Steve Pulver (1989-1990) 439 Candia Road, Chester, NH 03036

Terry Callum, Jr .(2008-2011) 1253 Second NH Turnpike, Newport, NH 03773

John Violette (1987-1989) 12 Woodland Circle, Bow, NH 03304

Craig A. Mayo (2006-2008) 155 Avery Road, Sunapee, NH 03782

Charles Case (1983-1985) (deceased)

Lucy Ford (2004-2006) 80 Patten Road, Alexandria, NH 03222

Conrad (Russ) Hardy (1981-1983, 1985-1987) (deceased)

Dana Cabana (2001-2004) 1570 Route 106 North, Loudon, NH 03301

Carol Pelletier (1979-1980) 21 Mack Hill Road, Amherst, NH 03031

Ron Booth (2000-2001) (deceased)

Barton Witham (1977-1979, 1980-1981) (deceased)

Dennis Ford (1998-2000) 80 Patten Road, Alexandria, NH 03222

David Mayhew (1975-1977) (deceased)

Paul Vahey (1996-1998) (deceased)

Catherine Dickson (1973-1975) (deceased)

Charles Kurtz (1994-1996) P.O. Box 221, 230 Bean Rd., Errol, NH 03579

Everett Coutermarsh (1972-1973) (deceased)

Harold Case (1992-1994) 41 Chase Rd., Londonderry, NH 03053

C. Willard Pike (1971-1972) (deceased)

Gerry West (1990-1992) P.O. Box 221, Epping, NH 03042

Ellis Ring (1969-1971) P.O. Box 214, Northwood, NH 03261

NHSA County Directors

BELKNAP ASSISTANT Nelly Roache 23 Fellows Hill Road Northfield, NH 03220 365-9666 nelly@roache.org CARROLL DIRECTOR George Kaye 139 Pine Hill Road Center Ossipee, NH 03814 986-9666 THE2KAYES@yahoo.com

TREASURER Marie Hixson 1332 Winona Road New Hampton, NH 03256 968-9038 doo-n@metrocast.net

VICE PRESIDENT Beth Horvath-Palmer PO Box 249 N. Sutton, NH 03260 927-6364 stoneycreekfarm@tds.net

SECRETARY Wendy Parker 68 Blair Avenue Hillsboro, NH 03244 496-6764 snowparker@comcast.net

PAST PRESIDENT Russ Davis, Jr. 6 Marine Drive Gilford, NH 03249 552-7456 rdavisjr@metrocast.net

EASTER SEALS Mike Cormier 555 Auburn Street Manchester, NH 03103 621-3457 mcormier@eastersealsnh.org

Russ Davis, Jr. (2011-2013) 75 Meadowbrook Lane, Gilford, NH 03249

BELKNAP DIRECTOR Warren Piquette PO Box 39 Lochmere, NH 03252-0039 524-1683 pax2@metrocast.net

PRESIDENT Roger Wright 630 Red Water Brook Road Claremont, NH 03743 543-3669 rogr.wright@comcast.net

FISH & GAME Major John Wimsatt 11 Hazen Drive Concord, NH 03301 603-271-3129 john.wimsatt@wildlife.nh.gov

Past Presidents of NHSA

NHSA Officers 2015 – 2016

Wendy Parker (Secretary), Beth Horvath-Palmer (Vice President), Roger Wright (President), Marie Hixson (Treasurer). Missing in photo is Russ Davis (Past President)

OFFICE ASSISTANT Phyllis MacDonald NHSAOffice@nhsa.com

CARROLL ASSISTANT Don Foote 7 Maplewood Road Center Ossipee, NH 03814 918-0958 donfoote43@myfairpoint.net CHESHIRE DIRECTOR Kim Bergeron PO Box 48 Dublin, NH 03444 499-0546 kebergeron@myfairpoint.net CHESHIRE ASSISTANT Dean Beaman 15 Upper Snow Road Winchester, NH 03470 239-6853 20trucker@gmail.com COOS DIRECTOR Cheryl Spillane 521 Mt. Misery Road Littleton, NH 03561 444-9835 CbSpillane@aol.com

COOS ASSISTANT ~Vacant~ GRAFTON DIRECTOR Evelyn Ferrell 1059 Route 118 Dorchester, NH 03266 786-2770 eferrell@roadrunner.com GRAFTON ASSISTANT Lucy Ford 80 Patten Road Alexandria, NH 03222 744-5497 thefords@metrocast.net HILLSBORO DIRECTOR Bill Bolton 42 Norris Road Weare NH 03281 345-2949 bill.bolton@myGSC.com HILLSBORO ASSISTANT Sheila Beaulieu 20 Jackson Road Mason, NH 03048 878-2314 csbeaulieu@myfairpoint.net MERRIMACK DIRECTOR David Murray 111 River Rd. Penacook, NH 03303 568-6030 davidmurray12345@hotmail.com MERRIMACK ASSISTANT Dan Weed 21 Birchdale Road Bow, NH 03304 228-3188 weedfamily@comcast.net

Any mail to Directors and Assistants should be sent directly to THEIR full addresses (as printed above), NOT to the NHSA office, except when stated otherwise.

ROCKINGHAM DIRECTOR Dave Copeland 43 Blaisdell Drive Northwood, NH 03261 942-8303 dbcopland@yahoo.com ROCKINGHAM ASSISTANT Robert Kennedy 4 North Road Fremont, NH 03044 Cell: 234-0043 kennedyr1@comcast.net STRAFFORD DIRECTOR Joe Gorman, Sr. 28 Finethy Road Alton, NH 03809 875-2173 gorman3@tds.net Cell: 235-8983 STRAFFORD ASSISTANT Russell Neal 50 Evergreen Valley Road Milton, NH 03851 603-350-0646 rcneal22@gmail.com SULLIVAN DIRECTOR Michael Joyce PO Box 679 Charlestown, NH 03603 603-477-8999 polarisman136@hotmail.com SULLIVAN ASSISTANT ~Vacant~ CONTRIBUTOR / DEALER DIRECTOR Miles Cook 23 Farmington Road Rochester, NH 03857 335-5700 mcook@metrocast.net


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by Gail Hanson, Executive Director

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

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2016 Tri-State Reciprocal Snowmobile Weekend January 29th, 30th, and 31st Following are the ground rules for the weekend: All snowmobiles legally registered in Maine and Vermont will be able to operate on New Hampshire trails during the three-day open weekend. Vermont snowmobiles need to display, pursuant to Vermont law, a valid Vermont Association of Snow Travelers, Inc. trails maintenance assessment, also known as the trails pass. All New Hampshire laws and rules regarding the operation of snowmobiles must be adhered to, such as speed limits, youth operation standards, etc. All snowmobiles legally registered in New Hampshire will be able to operate in Maine and Vermont during the reciprocal weekend. All Maine and Vermont snowmobile laws and rules must be complied with, including the Vermont mandatory liability insurance and youth requirements, etc.

For information on snowmobiling rules in Vermont, visit http://www.vtvast.org/VAST/Requirements.html For information on snowmobiling in Maine, visit http://mesnow.com/SnowmobileLaws.html

2015-2016 Sno-Traveler Club News Deadlines & Mailing Dates Issue Date

Club News Due at NHSA Office

Approximate Mailing Date

Late Winter

January 20th

February 17th

Spring 2016

February 24th

March 23rd


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Trail Tales

by Chris Gamache, NH Bureau of Trails

CHRIS GAMACHE

NH BUREAU OF TRAILS

Green Trails Today, but Snow Tomorrow (why you need to register your sled)

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I am writing this article on December 18th and it is 40 degrees with blue skies. It rained most of yesterday. Statewide our trails are green and brown; no white to speak of. But, this is exactly how last winter started too. It was 50 and raining on Christmas Eve. However, we had some major snow statewide and great riding for the rest of the winter and riding into May. Most riders want to wait until they have enough snow to ride at their house before they register their sleds and that is some flawed logic. We always have some trails for riding during the winter and your sport always depends upon your registration to make trails happen. Riders need to realize that it costs maintenance dollars to keep trails open regardless of how deep the snow pack in their front yard is. Bridges, culverts, gravel and groomer repairs are constant costs that do not take a break when we have low snow winters, or when winter comes a little later than hoped. It costs less to register your sled than to go skiing for a day at a major resort!! So let’s not wait; join a club and get your decal on your sled! By the time this article comes out there will be snow on trails and riding in NH!!!

Support Local Businesses Do you know who supports riders, trails and their local economy? Local businesses do. And do you know who owns local businesses? Local landowners,

many of whom allow trails on their lands. We all like to go for a ride and stop by our favorite pizza or burger joint for a meal. We like to fuel up trailside and if we have issues with our sleds we want to get to a trailside business that can help us. What if none of those businesses were available to us? Not such a great ride. Next time you are heading north for ride try to keep the little local guy/ gal in mind. Instead of stocking up or buying everything at the big chain store think about picking up an item or two from the smaller local business. Keeping the local businesses open is vital to our trail experience and to keeping the character of where we like to ride intact. Please try to do your part and support local businesses; especially those that support our trails.

RTP Survives in new Federal Highway Bill The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) stayed alive in the new 5-year Federal Highway Bill. The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015 keeps the RTP as a set-aside of the overall highway program. It locks the funding available to states at the level we received in 2009 (that is the level we have been locked at since 2009 also). The good news is that this guarantees that for the next 5 years we will continue to have an annual RTP grant program. We still have not received authorization for the 2015 RTP projects to start yet and this past Wednesday (Dec 16th) the Governor & Executive Council approved adding 10 months to all of the contracts so grantees can get work done in 2017. Thank you to them all for their tremendous support for trails. RTP funds come from un-refunded federal gas tax which is sold to off-highway users (snowmobiles, OHRVs, etc). A portion of those dollars are then returned to us to do trail projects. The passage of the FAST Act provides for some reliability in this grant program allows us to try to get back to operating the program with consistency in NH. The program in the future will be run on a Federal Fiscal Year (October

to the following October). That means applications will not come out in the winter and work done that summer. Applications will come out in the spring and funding would be available starting later that fall and the following summer. Clubs will need to plan a little differently for major projects. It will still work well for equipment purchases though. The FAST Act did keep the ‘opt out’ provision in place for the program though. That means that a State’s Governor can ‘opt out’ of the program and use the funds for highway projects. In the past only CT, FL and KS have done this. Our Governors have been great at keeping the funding where it belongs, on our trails!! Congratulations to all of us for all the work to protect this program and thank you to our Congressional Delegation for their continued support of our trails and the recreational, health and economic impacts they have for NH residents and visitors.

Looking for a few good folks for Team Yeti Team Yeti needs your help. Easter Seals Camp Sno-Mo is closing in the $3 Million total raised at the Ride-In. We are only $90k, or so, off the mark and this is hoped to be the year. That other wintery dude, that Fish & Game has mistakenly thrown their support behind, is failing hard at bringing winter to NH so far. Yeti is in the Rockies brewing up storms and blowing them east for us, but ‘him’ (I can’t even bring myself to use his name) is kicking back with his feet up playing Xbox with his brother Heat Miser, and when he loses his brother gets to turn the snow to rain. Guess he is losing A LOT!! Anyway, Yeti needs your help this year to help Camp Sno-Mo! Get your Team Yeti shirts and show your support for winter and help gets some kids to camp, and new folks involved with snowmobiling (all proceeds go to Easter Seals Camp Sno-Mo)!!!!! ❄

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Over 90,000 full time jobs are generated by the snowmobile industry in North America. Those jobs are involved in manufacturing, dealerships, and tourism related businesses.

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Treasurer’s Monthly Report Dated: November 2015

Total Income:

$29,309.13

Total Expenses:

$130,826.85

Net Income/Loss

-$101,517.72

Respectfully Submitted, Marie Hixson Treasurer

The above figures are based on an accrual bookkeeping system. These figures show an overview only.


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A Message From the President

ROGER WRIGHT

NHSA President

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This year we also have the possibility of achieving a large milestone of snowmobilers exceeding over 3 million dollars raised for Camp Sno-Mo since we began. That would be truly amazing! Clubs and individuals are rallying now to hit that target and feel free to contact your club if you can help at all for this great cause. How can you help? Contact your local club or County Director to contribute by donating items to your County Basket. The County Basket is auctioned off on Saturday night. You could make a cash donation at the Easter Seal Ride in or simply mail it to NHSA before the event. Of course, the best way to contribute is by attending the Ride-in for the weekend. Participate in the many events including bidding on items in the Silent Auction and/or bid on items in the Live Auction on Saturday night. Even if you can’t make it for the weekend, a day trip to the event on Saturday provides lots of activities to enjoy. The event will be held again at the Town & Country Inn in Gorham NH. I hope to see you there! See you on the trails! ❄

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The well-maintained snowmobile trails that everyone enjoys are due

to an enormous volunteer effort by the snowmobile clubs throughout New Hampshire. Local snowmobile clubs depend on permission from private land owners to have their trails cross private lands. In several states, clubs have now lost a main artery trail for the

season due to landowners closing off their property. The reason?

People riding off the trails, and exhaust pipes being too loud. When snowmobilers do not follow the rules, trails get closed. Remember,

respect for the landowners will ensure a continued partnership with the clubs allowing use of scenic trails in New Hampshire.

PLEASE FOLLOW THE RULES AND STAY ON THE TRAILS!

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now is coming! The first significant snowfall of the season is forecast in the next few days as I write this article. Welcome news for everyone who has been waiting for the white gold. Warmer than average temperatures and the lack of snow overall has delayed the start of the snowmobile season. There is a good side to the delay in snow though. Club volunteers in almost every club have taken advantage of the weather and continued to make improvements to the trails for as long as possible. Hundreds of projects that otherwise would not have happened. It will result in an improved riding experience for all the riders without question. December is coming to an end and I’m optimistic it will be a very snowy January.

I want to say a big thanks to the many club volunteers who prepare our trails for the riding season. It takes a tremendous volunteer effort year round but summer projects can be most labor intensive. It’s a large undertaking with a wide variety of projects. Projects include maintaining and rebuilding bridges, maintaining water bars and repairing trail erosion. Removing fallen trees, trimming face slappers, signing trails so you know where you going and a long list of other items. A tip of the helmet to those volunteers who work tirelessly so everyone else has the best trails in the northeast to ride. There are several clubs that hold events and fundraisers throughout the year and the winter months filled with a variety of them. Please stop by as many events as possible to support the clubs. The 2016 Easter Seal Ride-in to benefit Camp Sno-Mo on February 5th, 6th, & 7th is coming fast. Chairperson Marie Hixson and the entire committee is working hard preparing for this year’s event. As always, the fundraising goal is to allow for as many children and young adults the opportunity to go to camp as possible. For those not familiar with Camp SnoMo, the camp provides camping experience for children and young adults with disabilities and special needs.

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Effective Engagement with Members of Congress by Ed Klim, International Snowmobile Manufactures Association

ED KLIM

INTERNATIONAL SNOWMOBILE MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION

1. Research Your Topic Before Requesting a Meeting

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Prior to making a call, develop a thorough understanding of the issue you wish to raise and the Member’s position (if any) on that issue. On emerging issues, your chances of securing a favorable outcome are enhanced if you contact the office before the Member has formed a policy position. If it is a settled issue, understand that Members rarely change a prior position.

2. Be Realistic in Your Expectations A demand that Congress balance the budget in 2016 is unrealistic. Requesting a Member to embrace the tough policy choices required to generate a balanced budget by 2025 is realistic. And so it is with our issues: demand unfettered access to wilderness areas is

unrealistic, while requesting reasonable access to nonwilderness areas is realistic.

3. Be Concise, Polite, and Positive in Your Discussion There are slightly less than 800,000 constituents in each Congressional District. While 30 minutes of face time with your Congressman/staff does not seem like much to ask after an arduous trip to DC (or his/her district office,) if each constituent demanded 30 minutes of time with their member they would have a hard time doing the job we elected them for (whatever that is these days!) So: • Craft a 5 or 10 minute script for your meeting and leave some time for dialogue with the person you are meeting with. • Do not become agitated if the Member is neutral or disagrees with your position, as it never leads to positive outcomes. Offending a Member or staffer could change their attitude from a neutral opponent to a dedicated opponent. • Seek out areas where a positive discussion is possible, and then ease into areas of potential disagreement. Keep your radar up and if the feedback is negative, pull back and find something else positive to discuss.

4. Be Patient – Don’t Expect Overnight Results or Miracles Most Members – even the Speaker of the House – are very limited in what they can do. A determined opponent can be a formidable obstacle to the change you are seeking, so give Members a chance to advance your proposal. Call the office from time to time to make sure that the Member is up to speed on the latest developments on your issue. Offer to engage allies in other states to help generate support from other Members of Congress. And, make sure that your friends and neighbors are made aware of the effort being put forth by your Member of Congress.

5. Invite Them to a Community Event During the 100 or so annual office visits in Washington I am amazed at the large number of people who are completely unaware of the work put forth by the local clubs to make snowmobiling such a wonderful recreational and economic activity. There is nothing like first-hand experience with a knowledgeable guide to open the eyes of policy makers to the importance of snowmobiling. Seeing truly is believing, so invite your Member of Congress for a ride with your club. The Congressional gift ban prevents them from accepting anything of

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value, so keep the trip simple and maximize the face time the Member has with the local club and businesses. Invite a staff member as well. They may have the time available and will pass on the good word.

6. Thank Them for Making Time for You Never underestimate the power of a “Thank You.” A kind word of thanks will pay dividends for you and your fellow club members. Best of Luck with your communication effort! ❄

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KNOW?

From Pelham to Pittsburg and everywhere in between, New Hampshire offers some of the best snowmobiling in all of New England. With 7,000+ miles of snowmobile trails and not one leads to your office, it has become a New Hampshire lifestyle for the snowmobile enthusiast. This is made possible through the partnerships with thousands of landowners who generously open up their land for the recreation of snowmobiling. Countless club volunteers work tirelessly to construct and maintain this vast trail system. It's New Hampshire Naturally! Remember, respect for the landowners will ensure a continued partnership with the clubs allowing use of scenic trails in New Hampshire.

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HASLETT, MI, DECEMBER 8, 2015: For the past 15 years I have felt it necessary to make regular trips to Washington DC to promote snowmobile enthusiasts’ access to public lands. These trips, initially prompted by the Clinton Administration’s proposed ban on snowmobiles in all National Parks, have given me a healthy perspective on the challenges facing those who petition Congress on behalf of “special interests.” For snowmobile enthusiasts, the media’s assignment of a negative image to our “special interest’ of maintaining public access to public lands complicates our mission. Specifically, Members of Congress from areas outside the snowbelt have been led to believe that our use of public lands is a net detriment to those

lands. To counter this, most of my time in Washington DC is spent undertaking non-partisan educational outreach to Senators and Members of Congress from states where it rarely, if ever, snows. Because every vote counts, every newly elected Congressman or Senator receives a full briefing on our issues. From the most conservative district in Texas to the most liberal in California, Members and staff in each office are educated on the tremendous improvement in environmental performance from our sleds and the significant economic benefits generated by enthusiasts using a trail system painstakingly built and maintained by the dedicated volunteers who form the heart of every local snowmobile club. As important as it is for me to educate the Members, it is even more important that you effectively engage your own Member of Congress or Senator to ensure that they are an advocate for your interests. While that may sound as attractive as a root canal to many of you, it is important that you use your constitutional right to petition your elected officials. To assist you in this effort, following are suggestions on how to be effective when interacting with offices.


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Fish and Game Sno-Notes by Major John Wimsatt, New Hampshire Fish and Game

MAJOR JOHN WIMSATT

NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME

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back burner projects, equipment maintenance, lingering paperwork and court cases from a very busy deer season.

Due to the absent snowfall, my boys are in a semi-state of shock. After countless hours and dollars invested in their off-season sled projects, they are more than ready for the recreational return. This “snowless cabin fever” is not known to be fatal but can be devastating for parents! On a positive note, the Tri-State Reciprocal Snowmobile weekend is scheduled for January 29, 30 and 31, 2016. This 3-day weekend has evolved to become one of the must-do events of the winter riding season and I am planning to be on the trails throughout the weekend. Another premium event not to be missed is the NHSA Easter Seals Ride-In for Camp Sno-Mo February 5, 6 and 7. My family and I attend this key fundraiser annually and it has become an annual tradition we truly look forward to. Please consider participating in this great event and/or making a financial donation to help NHSA reach the $3 Million dollar mark! Lots of new and exciting activities are being planned to include the annual

live auction and the opportunity to bid for the coveted one-of-akind “0” 2016/2017 Snowmobile Registration! At last year’s Ride-In, Jay and Nellie Roache of the Belmont Bogie Busters Snowmobile Club were the winning bidders. For the second year, the number “0” was produced on a NH Snowmobile Registration Decal. They earned the opportunity to purchase this snowmobile registration at face value and display it on their snowmobile for this winter. This unique decal will be auctioned off every year at the Ride-In. All auction proceeds go towards the operation of Camp Sno-Mo in Gilmanton Iron Works, NH and ensure that dozens of campers with a variety of life challenges get the opportunity to experience everything that this camp offers from fishing to hiking and so much more. Pete and Gail

Hanson were last year’s winning bidders and set the bar very high. This year, Jay and Nellie took top honors and represented their club with distinction with a whopping $2500.00 bid making it the most expensive snowmobile registration

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history! Congratulations to the Roache family and the Belmont Bogie Busters for this tremendous charitable contribution to the campers of NHSA’s and Easter Seals Camp Sno-Mo. Get together with your fellow club members and be this year’s high bidder for this unique and charitable registration! Have a great riding season. Snow will be here by the time you read this…..or it will be the Yeti’s fault! Ride Safe ❄


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Plaistow Powersports to sponsor Snow Bike class at East Coast Snocross,Presented by AMSOIL, Woody's Traction and FXR A bike is lighter than a sled, has ample power and handles easier than a snowmobile. I think they'll be fun to race and fun to watch as part of our weekends. We thank Plaistow Powersports for their valued support." Plaistow Powersports was founded in 2002 by Chris Mackin. The dealership is located at 125 Plaistow Road (Route 125) and offers powersports vehicles, parts and accessories for the Arctic Cat, Polaris, Yamaha, Suzuki and Kymco brands, with full service available after the sale. They also carry a full selection of trailers featuring the Kendon, Load Rite and Karavan brands. "Snow Bikes really appeal to the dirt bike rider who wants to ride year-round," sales manager Chris Kenney said. "A bike with one of these rugged, high-quality conversion kits from Timbersled offers maneuverability unlike a snowmobile. It should be exciting to see them race on the ECS tour this winter. We're happy to be on

board, and hope more motorcycle riders will give Snow Bikes a look both on the track and in our showroom. They bring a new level of fun to winter." Podium finishers in all ECS Plaistow Powersports Snow Bike Finals (both Saturday & Sunday) this season will receive gift cards for Plaistow Powersports with a value of $75 for first place; $50 for second place and $25 for third place, along with a $100 contingency from Polaris for first place. What makes this new class so appealing to dirt bike enthusiasts is the fact Timbersled offers four snow bike conversion systems available at nearly 200 dealerships across the U.S. And Canada. Timberlsed says the system can be installed or removed in less than three hours. The goal is to provide motocross riders here in the northeast a chance to stay sharp and have fun during the winter months. East Coast Snocross, presented by AMSOIL, Woody's Traction

and FXR, is an ISR affiliated sanctioning body for snowmobile racing in the northeastern United States. ECS maintains a regional circuit intended to keep grassroots snocross racing healthy in

this part of the country while also cultivating new talent for tomorrow’s factory-backed national Pro teams. For more information, please go to www.eastcoastsnocross.com. ❄

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CLARKSBURG, Mass. (Jan. 5, 2015) - Among the hot topics being discussed in race shops around New England as the 2016 snocross season approaches is the addition of a class for Snow Bikes. They're gaining in popularity, and one of New Hampshire's most active dealers is ready to promote the concept region-wide. Officials at East Coast Snocross (ECS) are proud to announce that Plaistow Powersports, a fullservice Snow Bike kit dealer in Plaistow, New Hampshire, has signed on to sponsor the new Snow Bike class for 2016. Championship points will not be tallied during this initial season, yet this new class will still run two qualifying heats and a final each day during all ECS race events. "This partnership with such a reputable dealer is greatly appreciated as we launch this exciting new class," series owner Kurt Gagne said. "Interest in the Snow Bikes is really growing as we get closer to our first race.


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By Major John Wimsatt, N.H. Fish and Game Law Enforcement Reprinted with permission from the January/February 2016 NH Wildlife Journal

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and cooperative weather, it is well worth it. Our day started early, with several fresh inches of snow on Corridor Snowmobile Trail 4 at the Winchendon, Mass./ Fitzwilliam, N.H. state line. The temperature was 28°F. We headed north through Monadnock Sno-Moles Snowmobile Club territory, worked through a few navigational re-routes in Keene, and cruised toward Westmoreland, where we connected to Corridor 5. Traveling on to Walpole through rolling fields and woodlands, we enjoyed scenic views and several turkey sightings. We then rode on to Alstead, Unity and the Sugar River. If you have not experienced the Sugar River Trail and covered bridge ride, with some of the state’s most beautiful winter scenes, be sure to add it to your “short list.” On to Croydon and Grantham, then Lebanon, Enfield and Canaan. I was looking forward to reaching Dorchester and Lyme, as I am familiar with this territory from my years patrolling as a field

warden. This area offers some of the finest and most scenic miles of riding in the state. The sun had set, and temperatures were falling fast, as we pressed on to Warren, Benton and Haverhill. Traffic was light to non-existent on these trails, but around 7:00 p.m., I caught a glimpse of movement. It was a snowmobiler on foot; his machine had blown a drive belt. He was surprised – and pleased – to cross paths with us in the dark of a cold night. We gave him a ride back to his sled and helped him get a new belt installed. We fueled up in Haverhill and headed for Littleton on the wellgroomed Ammonoosuc Rail Trail. Along the way, we met a hard-working groomer operator. We were happy to make it to a convenience store and sandwich shop in Whitefield for a quick meal and last gas fill up. We stayed on Corridor 5 to Jefferson, then on to Trails 12 and 19. The Presidential Range Riders’ trail system was outstanding, which helped make those last

very cold miles go by quickly. We crossed paths with another groomer just before we arrived at the Town and Country Motor Inn in Shelburne at 10:00 p.m. The temperature was now 15 degrees below zero, a 43-degree drop since we had left the state line at 8:30 that morning. Our journey was 247 miles long and took 13½ hours, so we had averaged about 18 miles an hour. For Eric and

I, it was the longest and best ride we have ever taken. To see and patrol so much of our great state in one day was simply fantastic. Get in on the fun. Join a club, get registered, take a snowmobile safety class and be ready for another great winter of riding in New Hampshire. Ride safe! ❄

SAFE SNOWMOBILING MEANS... Never consume alcohol or drugs before or during snowmobiling. Become familiar with the snowmobile you ride. Operate at safe and reasonable speeds. Stay on trails and areas where snowmobiling is permitted.

Avoid travel on unfamiliar frozen bodies of water. Use extra caution at night.

Always wear a helmet and proper clothing. Never ride alone.

Keep your snowmobile properly maintained.

Let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return.

Become familiar with the terrain you will travel on.

Carry emergency supplies.

Listen to the weather forecast before you leave.

Learn survival skills.

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old nights and heavy snows mark the beginning of winter sports activities that so many New Englanders enjoy. Snowmobiling and skiing top the list for many, while ice fishing, snowshoeing and sledding appeal to young and old alike. For snowmobile enthusiasts, the Granite State offers over 7,000 miles of groomed and maintained trails stretching from Massachusetts to the Canadian border. There are countless options for day trips with family and friends throughout the state. Last winter, I had the chance to try something I’d always dreamed of doing – traveling almost the entire length of the state from south to north by snowmobile. Conservation Officer Eric Hannett and I traversed most of that trek on our way to the charitable Easter Seals Ride-In in Gorham to benefit Camp Sno-Mo. While we made the trip in one day, it would make for an exciting two-day expedition for experienced riders. A ride like this is a challenging adventure, but with good planning


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cross a special part of North America, summer weather is uncertain but winter always brings snow. More than 10 million people look forward to that blanket of white and the pleasures of enjoying the outdoors on snowmobiles. Many things make snowmobiling fun: the breathtaking beauty of a snow-filled woods, field or mountain; the precision performance of a well-designed machine; the satisfaction of traversing the winter landscape with friends and family. Yes, snowmobilers savor the winter world, and that calls for extra responsibility. Training, experience and awareness are all traits of the accomplished snowmobiler. You are the “Safe Riders! You make snowmobiling safe.” Snowmobiling is fun, but it’s work, too. It challenges the body and mind, and that’s part of the reason you’re so relaxed at the end of a day of snowmobiling. While you are riding, the wind, sun, glare, cold, vibration, motion and other factors work together to affect both driver and passenger. Yes, there’s plenty of challenge awaiting you as you drive your snowmobile into the winter wonderland. Alcohol magnifies and distorts those challenges and can quickly turn an enjoyable outing into a situation that’s hazardous for you and others. Alcohol and snowmobiling, simply, do not mix. Forget that myth that alcohol warms up a chilled person. It

opens the blood vessels and removes the feeling of chill, but it does nothing to increase body heat. Instead, it can increase the risk of hypothermia, a dangerous lowering of the body’s core temperature. With alcohol, you may only feel warmer, while your body chills dangerously. Alcohol increases fatigue, fogs your ability to make good decisions, and slows your reaction time. It’s part of a formula for disaster. And don’t forget – In NEW HAMPSHIRE it is illegal to operate while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs Operating a snowmobile while under the influence of alcohol and/ or drugs is illegal and extremely dangerous. The same laws and penalties for operating motor vehicles while under the influence apply to snowmobiles to include implied consent, hefty fines, jail time and loss of your driving privileges. The legal blood alcohol concentration limit for operating a snowmobile is similar to motor vehicle, .08%, or attempting to operate while impaired.

As a safe rider, you: • Know your abilities and don’t go beyond them; • Know your machine’s capabilities and don’t push beyond them. • Know your riding area. Get a map. Talk to the local folks. • Learn more – reading manuals

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and other materials from manufacturers, administrators and snowmobile associations, or watch videos or computer programs from these sources. Snowmobile clubs, state and provincial associations offer courses, information and activities. Many members are certified driving and/or safety instructors.

Keep your machine in top shape You have two good guides available for snowmobile maintenance: the owner’s manual that came with it and your dealer. Consult both to make sure your machine is kept in top form for dependable, enjoyable fun. Your local club or association may also conduct safety and maintenance programs. Before each ride, follow the “pre-op” check outlined in your owner’s manual.

Follow the rules Regulations on sled registration and use are different in various parts of the snow belt. Check with natural resource and law enforcement agencies and snowmobile dealers or clubs in the area you are visiting to make sure your ride results in legal and hassle-free snowmobiling. Remember, too, that some states and provinces have age restrictions for snowmobile operation, often requiring that children are supervised by adults.

Safe Crossing Be careful when crossing roads of any kind. Come to a complete stop and make absolutely sure no traffic is approaching from any direction. Then cross at a right angle to traffic.

Dress appropriately

Safe Riders drive within the limits of their machine and their abilities. Remember, speed is not the measure of snowmobiling fun. You should always ride at a speed in which you can stop within your line of sight. Slow down and enjoy the scenery and the experience. Ease up on the throttle especially when near other machines, people, trees, animals and other objects. It’s good sense – and it’s the law.

Wear layers of clothing, so that you can add or remove a layer or two to match changing conditions. A windproof outer layer is especially important, as are warm Take a friend gloves or mitts, boots and a helmet. Don’t snowmobile alone. Not Make sure your helmet is safety- only is snowmobiling more fun certified, the right size and in good with family and friends, it’s safer condition. A visor is essential for too! clear vision and wind protection and the chin strap should be snug. Wear glasses or goggles that File a plan offer protection from the sun. Airplane pilots and boaters file flight and float plans, respectively, Think ahead so that others know where to look Remember, it’s you, the Safe if they’re overdue. Rider, that makes snowmobiling “Snow plans” describing your safe. Many problems will be machine and your planned route avoided by using common sense. can be time – and life-savers. Minor problems can be overcome Leave only with your family or by carrying a useful tool kit, spare friends. parts, flashlight, first-aid kit, Like those who file travel plans, and a few survival items such always let your family and friends as high energy food, fire starting know you’re back or have arrived equipment and a compass. at your destination. No one likes needless searches. Take it easy Today’s snowmobile is a mechanical marvel. It provides inspiring performance, reliability and pleasing aesthetics, combined with essential safety design and components.

A good turn Other snowmobilers and car drivers need to know what you’re up to. Remember the basic hand signals:

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 eft Turn: left arm extended L straight out Right Turn: left arm out, forearm raised, with elbow at 90-degree angle Stop: left arm raised straight up Slow: left arm out and angled toward ground

Take care of the trail.

Take the honorable trail Beautiful trail systems and riding areas are available throughout North America. Stay safe and legal within the areas that you are permitted to ride or those for which you’ve obtained permission

Stay alert Focusing on the tail light of the snowmobile ahead of you is the cause of many accidents. If your eyes are fixed on the tail light, you are not likely to notice the slight turn the machine ahead makes to avoid collision or the object that was almost hit. After snowmobiling for several hours, your reaction time slows. Be aware that even though you

Beware of darkness Low-light and darkness require special care. Slow down and watch for others. Overcast days require extra caution. Don’t over drive your headlights. Ask yourself, “Am I driving slow enough to see an object in time to avoid a collision?” At night on lakes and large open fields, estimating distances and direction of travel may become difficult. It is important to keep some point of reference when riding at night.

Beware of water The safest snowmobiling rule is never to cross lakes or rivers. Besides the danger of plunging through the ice, you have far less traction for starting, turning and stopping on ice than on snow. Collisions on lakes account for a significant number of accidents. Don’t hold the attitude that lakes are flat, wide open areas, free of obstructions. Remember, if you can ride and turn in any direction, without boundaries, so can other riders. The threat of a collision, then, can come from any direction. However, if you do snowmobile on the ice, make absolutely sure the ice is safely frozen. Don’t trust the judgement of other snowmobilers. You are responsible for your own

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safe snowmobiling. Drowning is a leading cause of snowmobile fatalities. Consider buying a buoyant snowmobile suit. If you go through the ice, remember that your snowmobile suit (even a non-buoyant one) and helmet may keep you afloat for several minutes. Slide back onto the ice, using anything sharp to dig in for better pull. Kick your feet to propel you onto the ice, like a seal. If the ice keeps breaking, continue moving toward shore or the direction from which you came. Don’t remove your gloves or mitts. Once on the ice, roll away from the hole. Don’t stand until well away from the hole.

Carry through

Clubs can help law enforcement agencies and many raise funds for charity. For maximum snowmobiling fun – join a club! They are the backbone of the lifestyle activity. ❄

Please Remember...

Snowmobiling is a Privilege...

Just because you’ve parked the sled for the day, don’t rest your Safe Rider good sense. If aftersnowmobile activities include drinking alcohol, select a nondrinking designated driver for auto travel. That will help keep everyone alive and in good shape for that next snowmobile outing!

Join a club

There are thousands of snowmobile clubs scattered throughout snow country, with associations or federations in every state and province. Clubs sponsor outings and events year-around, monitor legislation and speak up in public hearings. They also hold safety and maintenance workshops, build and care for trails and publish newsletters.

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Safe Riders snowmobile to enjoy the outdoors. They treat it with respect • They wait for enough snow cover to protect vegetation • They avoid running over trees and shrubs. • They appreciate, but don’t disturb animals or other outdoor users.

may not feel tired, the motion, wind and vibration of the machine may begin to dull your senses.

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Fish and Game Law Enforcement Promotions Announced CONCORD, N.H. – Three officers of the N.H. Fish and Game Department’s Law Enforcement Division were promoted in a recent ceremony at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord:

Captain James Juneau of Gilmanton is the new administrative captain for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Law Enforcement

Division. His many duties include coordinating with the state’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and working with other state agencies on resource and recreational management goals. He also is involved in the testing, training and evaluation of Conservation Officers, from trainees to senior officers. “Captain Juneau brings valuable experience and specialized expertise to this exciting new challenge,” said Fish and Game Col. Kevin Jordan. “He is a capable, organized leader who cares about the well-being of his officers, and he always goes above and beyond the call of duty in an effort to strengthen the vital relationships between our constituents and the Law Enforcement Division.” Captain Juneau earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University in 1987, where he majored in animal science and minored in natural resources. Prior to joining Fish and Game, Juneau was employed for ten years in the insurance industry, serving in both technical and managerial roles. In 1997, Juneau was hired as a Conservation Officer by the NH Fish and Game Department. He graduated from New Hampshire’s 114th Full-time Police Academy in 1998 and has steadily completed supervisory and managerialrelated training programs throughout his 18-year career with Fish and Game. Captain Juneau’s first Fish and Game patrol was the Alton area in District Two. In 2004, he was promoted to Sergeant and became the District Two Assistant Chief. In 2010, he was tapped to become a Lieutenant and the District Five Chief, responsible for managing Fish and Game Law Enforcement operations serving 44 towns in the populous southern tier of New Hampshire. In addition to prosecuting criminal and fish and game cases and conducting major investigations, Juneau has assisted with coastal law enforcement. In 2006, Juneau was selected

as the New Hampshire Wildlife Officer of the Year by the ShikarSafari Club International. He has served as both Treasurer and Vice President of the Conservation Officers Relief Association. Captain Juneau has been or is a Field Training Officer, a Defensive Tactics Instructor, and a member of the Advanced Search and Rescue Team, the Conservation Officers’ Oral Interview Board, and the Fish and Game Dive Team. He is a certified instructor for expandable baton and handcuff use. He was the first officer in the Department to become certified in the operation of Thermal Imager technology, and he is now a certified instructor within this field. He was also the first in the state to become certified as an instructor for officers investigating tree stand accidents.

has successfully prosecuted both criminal and fish and game cases, and has mentored many new CO recruits to help them meet physical fitness requirements. In 2005, Hawkes was honored with both a Congressional “Above and Beyond the Call of Duty” Award and a NH Fish and Game Life Saving Award. That same year, he was selected as the Officer of the Year for the Northeast Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs Association. His heroic efforts

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Search and Rescue operation on Franconia Ridge earned him a second Congressional “Above and Beyond the Call of Duty” award in 2011. “Jeremy has been an incredible asset in the field of Search and Rescue. He has worked tirelessly to strengthen the vital relationships between the Department and the volunteer-based search and rescue organizations in the North Country that are so vital to the success of these challenging missions,” said Fish and Game Col. Kevin Jordan. “He brings a high level of professionalism and dedication to everything he takes on – Jeremy will be missed in the mountains and appreciated in his

Sergeant Jeremy Hawkes, currently of Thornton, NH, is the new Assistant Chief in District Six, where he will assist the District Lieutenant with supervising a working unit of Conservation Officers covering several towns in the southeastern part of the state, as well as the entire New Hampshire coastline. He will also help administer the Joint Enforcement Agreement and Atlantic States Marine Fishery Commission contracts. Sgt. Hawkes has more than 14 years of experience as a Conservation Officer in New Hampshire. He began his career with NH Fish and Game in 2001. After his probationary year, he was assigned to a patrol in the heart of the White Mountains (District Three), where he served until his recent promotion. He

new position on the seacoast.” Sgt. Hawkes holds a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife management from the University of New Hampshire. He is a Field Training Officer and a member of the Fish and Game Dive Team, the Advanced Search and Rescue Team, and the Law Enforcement Division’s Honor Guard. He is a certified instructor for both OC (pepper spray) and Physical Fitness Testing, and has provided advanced

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Major John Wimsatt of Northwood is now the Assistant Chief of Law Enforcement. In addition to his new administrative responsibilities, Wimsatt will now have oversight of two coastal enforcement programs while continuing to coordinate offhighway recreational vehicle and snowmobile enforcement, safety education and registration through the 2016 season. He will also coordinate field force activities in cooperation with other law enforcement agencies to address emergencies such as search and rescue, drownings, hunting-related incidents and floods. “The Law Enforcement Division is fortunate to have an officer with John’s abilities and expertise to assist us in promoting the Department’s initiatives,” said Col. Kevin Jordan. “He is respected for his fair and professional approach and maintains good working relationships with our many partners. Not only has John effectively managed complex programs and operations, he often volunteers his services to promote the Department in a positive light.” Major Wimsatt, a Concord native, received an Associate of Science degree with an emphasis in conservation law enforcement from Unity College in Maine in 1992. He was hired as a NH Fish and Game Conservation Officer that same year, starting a career that to date has spanned 23 years of service in Fish and Game Law Enforcement.

Major Wimsatt’s first assignment after his trainee year as a Conservation Officer was patrolling the towns of Boscawen, Salisbury, Andover, Franklin and New London. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2004 and became the District Six Chief overseeing Fish and Game Law Enforcement in southeastern New Hampshire and the seacoast. In 2009, he made a lateral move to become the District Five Chief, managing operations in populous central New Hampshire. His promotion to administrative captain came in 2010. During his tenure, Wimsatt has successfully prosecuted both criminal and fish and game cases and coordinated major investigations. He was honored as the Conservation Officer of the Year in 2001 by the Northeast Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs Association. He received a Certificate of Valor and a Congressional Award for his heroic involvement in the Drega shooting incident of 1997. He is also a former President of the Conservation Officers Relief Association. Major Wimsatt served as a charter member of the Advanced Search and Rescue Team, Assistant Dive Master of the Fish and Game Dive Team, Background Investigator, Field Training Officer and Emergency Operations Center Lead for Search and Rescue. He was instrumental in the creation of the Forever Locked Moose Antler educational exhibit.


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Easter Seals NH Update

By Rob E. Kelly, Regional Director of Camping, Easter Seals NH

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The picture above is from this year’s 2015 Grass Drags and features my son Owen, Paxton (Ms. Camp Sno-Mo) and myself. It may appear that this picture is random and has no connection to the event in Pittsburg but on the other hand it has everything to do with it.

As it shows not only my son and I but also someone who benefits directly from events such as the one in Pittsburg. Paxton has already put in her request to attend two weeks at camp Sno-Mo in 2016. Camp would not be possible if it were not for the great work and efforts of clubs like the Pittsburg Ridge Runners, and Helga who by the way has been organizing the fair for over 17 years to date. I am aware this is just one of the many events taking place throughout the state of NH during the year that are put on by the many NHSA clubs and members who support and benefit camp Sno-Mo. If you or your club is holding an event like this and would like me to attend and represent your camp Sno-Mo please get in touch with me directly. rkelly@ eastersealsnh.org or call 603 3645818.If you would like to learn more about the programs offered by Easter Seals or get involved with camp further please do not hesitate in contacting either Mike or myself directly. There are also employment opportunities available with Easter Seals in ME, RI VT or NH please see the employment advertisement in this edition of the Snow Traveler. *Please watch this space for some really exciting news regarding the refurbishment of the Camp Sno-Mo kitchen that is currently under construction as I write this article. Once again it was a bunch of local, dedicated and committed VOLUNTEERS and friends of camp Sno-Mo from the Wolfeboro area NHSA clubs who started this ball rolling. Remember to like Camp SnoMo on Facebook as we now have a very own page. Thank you all again very much for all that you do and we hope to see you all at the NHSA Ride In in a few weeks. ❄

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When it comes to heat loss, the old adage of losing half of your body heat through your head simply isn’t true. The myth started with a 1950’s U.S. Army Field Manual, but researchers now know that the heat loss through your head is simply because most of the rest of your body is clothed. In reality, a person loses 7 percent to 10 percent of their body heat through their heads. If you have an uncovered head then you will lose heat, but no more than other uncovered parts of your body. Wearing a hat does keep you warmer, just as wearing a long sleeve shirt or wearing long pants instead of shorts.

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hat has now become an annual fixture/tradition on my calendar is the Pittsburg Ridge Runners Craft fair event which takes place the Saturday following the Thanks Giving (November 29th) holiday. On that Friday my son Owen and I head north to Cheryl and Bob Spillane’s home in Littleton NH, which is approximately two hours north of Tuftonboro NH. We spend the night there and then Cheryl, Owen and I leave from Littleton to travel onward for about another two hours to Pittsburg NH, to attend and be present at the craft fair. One of the most amazing things about this event is that the Pittsburg Ridge Runners club house is approximately two or three miles off the main route going through Pittsburg yet it must attract a couple of hundred people. When the doors open at 10.00 am there are cars parked either side of the street. Helga and her staff do an absolutely, amazing job of getting everyone through the doors eager to see what vendors are present. The really nice thing is it is most if not all local crafters selling the wares this event has an amazing community spirit and feel to it.

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New Hampshire Snowmobile Association

44th Annual

February 5th, 6th & 7th • Town and Country Inn & Resort, Gorham, NH

Tentative Schedule of Events Tentative Schedule – check www.nhsa.com for update

Friday, February 5th

Saturday, February 6th

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7:00am – 9:00am

7:00am – 9:00am

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Snowmobilers “Sunrise” Breakfast Buffet Main Dining Room

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Registration/Welcome Table/ Hospitality Area ~ Rose Room (downstairs) Club and individual registration for Union Leader Awards. Donation table, (checks must be payable to EASTER SEALS NH), local Snowmobile Clubs’ info, NH Fish & Game Department, NH Bureau of Trails, Easter Seals NH.

Registration/Welcome Table/ Hospitality Area ~ Rose Room (downstairs) Club and individual registration for Union Leader Awards. Donation table, (checks must be payable to EASTER SEALS NH), local Snowmobile Clubs’ info, NH Fish & Game Department, NH Bureau of Trails, Easter Seals NH. • “Guiding Star” Hospitality Table

• “Guiding Star” Hospitality Table

• “Wish Upon A Star” Candy Bar

• “Wish Upon A Star” Candy Bar

• “Ice Moon” Balloon-a-gram

• “Ice Moon” Balloon-a-gram

• “Reaching for the Stars” Photo Shoot

• “Reaching for the Stars” Photo Shoot

• “Milky Way” Scavenger Hunt for the “Little Dipper” & “Big Dipper”

• “Milky Way” Scavenger Hunt for the “Little Dipper” & “Big Dipper”

• “Lunar Lotto Cards” at Welcome Table

• “Lunar Lotto Cards” at Welcome Table

• “Wish Upon A Star” Coffee Bar

• “Wish Upon A Star” Coffee Bar

“Silent” Night “Auction” items on display ~ Lamplight Room (downstairs)

“Silent” Night “Auction” items on display ~ Lamplight Room (downstairs) 10:30am

“Silver Star” (Novice) guided rides ~ meet in the main lobby ready to ride. 9:00am – 12:00pm & 1:00pm -4:00pm

“Gold Star” (Advanced) guided rides ~ meet in the main lobby ready to ride.

Camp Ride-In ~ located in the Gold Room Crafts, games, winter activities and movies for all ages

Lunch is available in downtown Gorham ~ Please support the local community!

10:00am

Line-up for "The Star Studded” Costume Parade" Meet in rear parking lot of the Town & Country Parade will travel thru town of Gorham, ending at the town common. Cash Prize awarded for: • “Five Star” Sled-adult • “Five Star” Rider-adult • “Special Star”Youth (12 & under) Judging will take place at T&C. Prizes awarded at Closing Ceremonies 3:45pm Donation table closes for the weekend! Donations must be in at 3:45pm to qualify for awards and prizes. No coins accepted. Paper money and checks only (Checks must be payable to EASTER SEALS NH) Dinner is available at the Town & Country and downtown Gorham Please support the local community! 7:30pm – 11:00pm

Camp Ride-In ~ Located in the Gold Room Crafts, games, winter activities and movies for all ages 8:00pm “Shooting Star” Live Auction / County Baskets Shelburne Room 8:00pm - Closing Entertainment in the Town & Country Lounge

Snowmobilers “Full Moon” Dinner ~ Main Dining Room

Bus Trip to the Lancaster Grand Prix Bus leaves from T&C front lobby . Admission charge for the races is $10, children 12 & under free. Signup sheet at front desk

7:00pm - 11:30pm

“Local Club Activities” to be announced

Sunday, February 7th

Lunch ~ support the local community, visit downtown Gorham!

7:00am – 9:30am

5:00pm - 7:00pm

“Camp Ride-In” ~ located in the Gold Room Crafts, games, winter activities and movies for all ages 7:15pm - 8:15pm

Opening Ceremonies ~ Shelburne Room "Ice Moon Prince & Princess" announced 9:00pm - 11:00pm Comedy Night ~ Shelburne Room This will truly be a fun night for all ~ Cash Bar. $5.00 per person/tickets available at door or registration/welcome table.

NO DONATIONS ACCEPTED ON SUNDAY

3:00pm

Snowmobilers Breakfast Buffet - Main Dining Room

“Silent” Night “Auction” Closes (Pick up items 3:00pm - 4:00pm in the Lamp Light Room)

9:30am

3:00pm

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Union Leader Award Forms; “Milky Way” Scavenger Hunt Forms and “Lunar” Lotto Forms are due Please drop off at the registration / welcome table - Rose Room (downstairs)

Awards and Closing Ceremonies - Shelburne Room

NHSA Super Raffle Drawing - Shelburne Room

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Special Auction Item The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department (NHFG) along with the New Hampshire Snowmobile Association (NHSA), and Bureau of Trails (BOT) are pleased to partner together to bring a special auction item for any snowmobile enthusiast. During the NHSA Easter Seals Ride-In Live Auction (Saturday February 6th) the will be auctioned off. All of the proceeds will benefit the Easter Seals of New Hampshire Camp Sno-Mo in Gilmanton Iron Works, NH. The ground rules of the auctioned low digit registration decal are as follows:

The Union Leader Awards 1. Oldest Driver 2. Longest Distance Traveled 3. Longest one-way distance within New Hampshire 4. Youngest Driver 5. Youngest Ride-In Driver on a Mini-Sled 6. Club Participation Award

(1) This awards is given to Oldest NHSA member driving a snowmobile to the Ride-In, a minimum of 25 miles, age is the deciding factor. (2) This award is given to a NHSA member driving a snowmobile to the Ride-In from the furthest location away from the Ride-In and driving one-way to the RideIn. One-Way Mileage measured in miles using odometer reading and documented using gas receipts, motel receipts, etc…. Your club and NHSA dues must be current to qualify. (3) This award is given to a NHSA member driving a snowmobile to the Ride-In from the furthest location away from the Ride-In within the State of New Hampshire and driving one-way to the RideIn. One-Way Mileage measured in miles using odometer reading

and documented using gas receipts, motel receipts, etc…. Your club and NHSA dues must be current to qualify. (4) This awards is given to the Youngest person driving a snowmobile to the Ride-in, a minimum of 25 miles, from the furthest location away from the Ride-In and driving one-way to the Ride-In. One-way mileage measured in miles using odometer reading and documented using gas receipts, motel receipts, etc. Age is the deciding factor. (5) Youngest rider driving a MiniSled type snowmobile at the RideIn. Must be UNDER 10 years old. Age is the deciding factor.

1. None of the proceeds of the auctioned registration decals will go to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, Bureau of Trails or the New Hampshire Snowmobile Association. 2. The highest bidder will be awarded the opportunity to purchase the Low Digit Registration and Decals. 3. The Low-Digit Registration and corresponding Decals (2) can be issued to any Snowmobile enthusiast either resident or non-resident. 4. The price will be the same cost that it would cost to resister said machine plus the highest bid* 5. The low digit will be issued to the highest bidder after the registration fee is paid at the NHFG Headquarters in Concord. 6. The registration will be valid for one year (07/01/2016 to 06/30/2017) 7. At the next year’s NHSA Ride-In following the auction, the Low Digit Decal will be put back up for auction. Unlike other low digits that NHFG manage, this

(6) This award is for the Club with the most registered members attending the Ride-In. Members must be registered in the Hospitality area by 4:00pm on Saturday. No Exceptions! Your Club and NHSA dues must be current to qualify.

was $100.00 the cost of the low digit would be: $100.00 + $64.00 = $164.00 ($100.00

Please get your forms in on time. If you

to NHSA/Easter Seals the night of the auction and $64.00 to NHFG at the Concord

have any questions or concerns, please ask ahead of time. Don’t wait until afterwards.

number will not stay with the registrant for more than the said registration year. They may, however, bid for the registration in future years.

* If a resident NHSA recognized club member was to be the highest bidder and the bid

Headquarters when you register the machine).

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CARROLL COUNTY DIRECTOR

George Kaye

139 Pine Hill Road Center Ossipee, NH 03814 986-9666 THE2KAYES@yahoo.com

CARROLL COUNTY ASSISTANT

Don Foote

7 Maplewood Road Center Ossipee, NH 03814 918-0958 donfoote43@myfairpoint.net

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Mountain Meadow Riders Snowmobile Club PO Box 342 Conway, NH 03818 www.mmrsc.net Facebook.com/MMRSCNH Clem Paquette, President As of the writing of this article in December, we have been experiencing unseasonably warm weather. Unfortunately, we have no snow on the ground and the forecast is not looking promising. We are hopeful that when this article is published we will have a nice base of snow and the trails will be in good condition for our riders! Our volunteers have been busy all fall helping our Trail Master get the trails ready for riding. After much excavation work, the reroute of Red’s Trail is complete, which will make for better grooming and therefore better riding. In East Conway from Pit Road Trail going through the field, this year the trail will follow the same route as last year except instead of crossing River Road onto Snoward Bound’s trail system, it will turn right and stay parallel to River Road and cross at the bridge at Weston’s Beach. The trail will be clearly marked. In respect of the land owners that allow our trails to cross their property, please stay on the marked trail. Our trails are all marked and our maps are printed. If you would like to purchase a map,

please visit our website, www. mmrsc.net and click the “Buy a Map” tab and we’ll mail one right to you! Please support our map sponsors. If you do not have a map yet, you can see who sponsors our map by visiting our website and clicking on “Sponsors.” Most are hyperlinked to take you right to their website or show you their location on a map. We appreciate the local businesses who help us produce this excellent resource for riders. We sincerely appreciate all the time and effort put forth by those who help with the trails all year long. We would love to have new volunteers come out to help come spring. We know life gets busy and that is why we enjoy the relaxation and fun that comes with getting out on the trails, but please remember that it takes a lot of work to keep the trails in good condition so they are fun and safe to ride on. If you are interested in finding out how you can help (and have a great time as well), please contact our Trail Master Colin Preece at 603-662-7790. In December, there were still tickets available for the 2016 SkiDoo MXZ the club is raffling off this year. They may be still available, but check our website, www.mmrsc.net to find out if you can still get a ticket! The drawing will be held at our annual Bonfire in February again this year, but if the tickets are sold prior to the bonfire, the drawing will be held sooner. Since only 500 tickets will be sold, if you wait too long to buy a ticket you may be sorry! The Ski-Doo is on display at Profile Powersports so you can check it out when you stop in. Raffle tickets may be purchased at Profile Powersports or on our website, www.mmrsc. net. As an added bonus, one of our club map sponsors, Abenaki Trail Restaurant and Pub, is giving a $5 gift certificate for each raffle ticket purchased.

Ossipee Valley Snowmobile Club PO Box 261 West Ossipee, NH 03890 www.ovsc.net Marie Kaye, Membership Chair Our annual Swap Meet, which was held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, was well attended this year. For once, having no snow on the ground was an advantage, both for those selling snowmobile paraphernalia, and for the people wanting to browse and hopefully, buy. We had an increased number of vintage sleds in attendance, with some stiff competition for trophies. A big

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thank you to those vintage sled owners who traveled from other parts of the state to display their sleds. Also a big thank you to Mark Fournier, who organizes this event every year and to those who worked behind the scenes to provide food and beverages. Our December 5th club meeting was well attended. After the meeting adjourned, many members gathered at Sunny Villa Restaurant on Rte. 16 in Ossipee for dinner and an informal Christmas gettogether. Our next meeting will be on February 6, which is the same weekend as the Easter Seal Ride In. If you’re not going to the Ride-In, put the February club meeting on your calendar and join us at Canoe King. Once again, clubs throughout the state are busy putting together their county “baskets” to be auctioned off at the Ride In. Over the next few weeks, members from the clubs in our county will be working to develop an attractive basket that will bring in funding for Camp Sno-Mo. Thank you to all our local businesses who help to make this a success and to our member clubs who work to put the basket together, so we can do our part to help send kids to Camp Sno-Mo. As of the writing (late December) the ground is still bare, with no snow in sight. Hopefully, by the time you read this, the ground will be covered in white, the trails will be groomed, and we’ll be happily out riding! Watch our Web Site – ovsc.net – and our Facebook page for news, trail conditions, and upcoming events. Finally, don’t forget to bring your vouchers with you when you register your sleds!

Scrub Oak Scramblers PO Box 185 Madison, NH. 03849 www.SOSSC.COM Submitted by Dave George Hope you all had a great Holiday! Our Christmas Party/ Yankee swap was a huge success as always. We all had a great time and some really delicious Prime rib! Thank you to everyone who contributed to make it happen. Trail work parties have had great turnouts as well and a lot of work was done at the club house. I keep saying that we have a great group and I mean it. We can’t thank each other enough. Many hands makes it a little easier. The third Saturday of each month is when our meetings happen so if you want to join in and have some fun please stop in. Thanks also to Joe and Nancy at the Yankee Smokehouse for feeding the groomer crew again this year at

you’re fine establishment! The next big event is the Easter Seals Ride-In and we have a big crew going this year to partake in the festivities at Town and country in Gorham. Last year was a blast and this year should be even bigger. It happens February 5th, 6th, and 7th. After that we look forward to our own winter carnival February 20th. From 10 to 3pm Events to include: Radar Run - Cash prizes Poker Run Scavenger Hunt w/ Check in Locations 120 cc & under obstacle course for the kids! Snowmobile Show - Prizes for: Vintage - People's Choice - Best in Show We are aiming at having the largest 120cc & under ride in in New England. The first 50 children will receive a special grab bag. And as always our great food booth. Volunteers will be needed so if you have some time please join us. The February meeting will be that night at the clubhouse. Thanks and happy riding!

Seven Lakes Snowmobile Club PO Box 311 East Wakefield, NH 03830 sevenlakessnowmobileclub.com Submitted by Bob Lundgren Hello fellow snowmobilers... writing now, in early December, normally I'd wish you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, but since you won't see this until mid-January how about Happy Valentine's Day! Like all my fellow snowmobilers I've been scanning the skies for the white stuff but all I've seen so far is a white-topped Mt. Washington in the distance. That ol' jet stream and a strong El Nino have totally reversed the US weather pattern this year as compared to last but the season has not even started yet. Many of you are probably waiting until the ground is white to register your machine(s) but this is a bad idea. As you should know the Bureau of Trails and their various grants for equipment and grooming is funded by registration money. Registering snowmobiles even in an uncertain year snow-wise is like buying an insurance policy which covers many expenses in future years. I think you get my drift (oh..bad pun!). In addition to my general statements, I've gotten the following information from other members: Don Foote reported that

98 informational and directional signs have been put up. This will help riders unfamiliar with our system to find food, fuel, etc. As you ride this season, if you have suggestions for additional signs send us a note on our Facebook page. Doug Labree (our Vice President) reports: Seasonal maintenance completed on all grooming equipment. We are anxiously waiting to tryout 2009 tucker1000HD groomer purchased this summer. This should provide much more hill climbing power plus the 12 way plow to remove corner buildup. On Sat the 12th of Dec we held a groomer operators info update at the club house, to make sure every one of our operators is up-to-date on signing changes and the new NHSA accident report. On Sunday December 20th, Cathie Stump reported that we held the annual Secret Santa gift wrapping party at the Safety Building in Sanbornville. On January 9th a snowmobile safety course was also held so there’s always something going on besides just riding. Check out our web page at sevenlakessnowmobileclub.com We hope you had a great holiday season.

Wolfeboro Snowmobile Club PO Box 268 Wolfeboro Falls, NH Sue Gaudette, Correspondent Well, needless to say; Mother Nature has gone into a funk and is causing us some real pains in a certain area! I won’t spend a lot of time elaborating on this; because we are all in the same ‘boat’ – sorry for that reference. So, as not to make this article one of doom, the WSC did have a spectacular First Annual Christmas Party and Yankee Swap. The plan was to have a brief business meeting and then enjoy the food and fun afterwards. This plan quickly evaporated as so many people turned out we had to scare up tables from every corner of the Windrifter Resort lobby and sitting areas to accommodate everyone. Wow – forget the meeting – lets party!! And we had so many wonderful food contributions I don’t think anyone left hungry; or for that matter; needed to eat for a few days afterward! The Yankee Swap was a riot; and everyone enjoyed getting, trading, or trying to keep (hide) their gifts. It was so great to see so many faces, new and original from this club, which has held on with less than 10 active


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people for some time; and now is enjoying our best attendance and pool of helpers in a long time. Thank you all for your time and efforts. Trail work continues; why not:>>nothing else to do! Our Tucker 2000 should be coming back from its make-over in VT, and we have determined that the Tucker 1000 has some issues that would best be handled by professionals, so we are sending it back up to VT when the other one returns for some work. Hopefully all this will get a chance to be tested out…and I don’t mean on grass. Hoping next article contains some references to riding…. Cheers all..

CHESHIRE COUNTY DIRECTOR

PO Box 48 Dublin, NH 03444 kbergeron@myfairpoint.net

CHESHIRE COUNTY DIRECTOR

Dean Beaman

15 Upper Snow Road Winchester, NH 03470 239-6853 20trucker@gmail.com

Hooper Hill Hoppers PO Box 142 Walpole, NH 03608 www.hooperhillhoppers.com Michael Powers – Vice President All seems to be in order at this time. The only thing we need now is some SNOW! Most of the signage is up and all the cows are out of the fields that we use. We had our annual Christmas Party /Yankee Swap at the town hall this year and had a very small group of members in attendance. I would even say the smallest group I’ve seen since I’ve been a member. There seemed to be many with conflicts that day. Maybe people just forgot the date? It was mentioned at the party that maybe a mass emailing or text messaging should be done? What a great

Keene SnoRiders, Inc. PO Box 1511 Keene NH 03431 Ron Robbins, President For a small club tucked into the corner of the State we sure have dedicated members who like to see the trails open and safe for all to enjoy. Within the community there are walkers, bicyclist, runners etc. that use the trail system are grateful for what the club does. So this small club is big in its own way. Our trail system sits in the middle surrounded by other clubs. So if help is needed they lend a hand to keep things moving. It’s like a well oil machine and we thank them. On that note our trails are ready, equipment service, signage is up, and a group of responsible volunteers are ready to make your winter sport fun. So Continued on page 24

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idea, the perfect job for the club secretary. Oh but wait, we don’t have one! That’s right, the club is still in desperate need of someone to fill that position. Ken, Tim, Don & crew have been busy on the weekends working on some of our crossings and bridges. They have repaired a couple of them to get us through this season for as little money as possible. We will definitely be re-planking at least one next fall for sure! The beavers are still giving us a hard time of course. The rail bed has been brush hogged and several trails have been trimmed so all in all we should be in pretty good shape. Three of us went to the annual Trail Masters meeting and learned about Grant writing, Trail signage and Road Crossing permits. It was very interesting to say the least. There was also a small Groomer on display that maybe someday we could get a demo on. We need SNOW for that though! We also learned from a “Little Birdie” that maybe, just maybe, we might have our Rail Bed open from Jiffy Mart clear to Keene next season. We have our fingers crossed for that one for sure. Oh, I forgot, the 2015/2016 schedule has been somewhat finalized and is posted on the website. Check it out. Hopefully by the time your reading this we have snow, you have become a member and your sleds are all registered. If you haven’t registered via online there are still forms you can fill out at Pinnacleview and SMART Power Sports when you go to register your sleds. I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and look forward to a Happy and Safe New Year! THINK SNOW!

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Continued from page 23 join us on the trails and join us at our meetings because its active members that make this happen. Not every member can be an active member so they make it happen in other ways by their generous donations and many thanks goes to them as well. The property owners who allow us to use their land deserve a lot of credit and respect. Without them there is no trail system so stay on the trails or stay home. Well, not sure about the winter as of this writing but as club we do our best to be prepared. What we are sure of we have in place members who in different ways show their support and want to see us move forward, so again thank you.

Little Monadnock Family Trails 110 Fish Hatchery Rd Richmond, NH 03470 603-239-6343 www.lmftnh.com

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As of the writing of this article, it looks like Mother Nature is putting winter on hold for a little while. Which is not necessarily a bad thing for those of us at Little Monadnock Family Trails. ATV/ UTV, Dirt bike and Jeep riders are still enjoying our trails and members of LMFT have been finishing up projects throughout the trail system. One of the big projects that has been completed, is the reconstruction of the bridge on Benson Road. It was a lot of work to get all the supplies to this remote location, but all of our hard work paid off. The bridge has new supports and decking. Thank you to all who helped us with this project. The other big project that we started was numbering trails and junctions, putting up signage and verifying that the trails on the map were correct. We are asking for riders to pay attention to the signs and know what trails they are on. Knowing where you are, comes in very handy in case of an emergency. If you or someone in your group gets hurt, Call 911 and give the trail number and/or the nearest junction number and stay in that spot until help can arrive. In some areas of the trails we are noticing that riders are going “off the beaten path”. Please respect the landowners and the signs that are posted. It is because of these landowners that we are allowed to enjoy riding these trails. Please do not make new trails. We want everyone to enjoy these trails, bring a lunch and

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spend all day and have fun. We have placed trash cans at junctions throughout the trails, please use these for your trash and not the ground. If you are our riding and have a garbage bag, please pick up some of the trash that you may see. If you found that one of our garbage cans is full, please contact us so we can make arrangements to pick it up. With everyone’s help we will be able to enjoy these trails for many years to come. LMFT meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7pm at the Richmond Fire Station. All are encouraged to attend. Go to our website www. lmftnh.com for more details on the club or check us out on Facebook. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 603-239-6343 and leave a message. We will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible. We look forward to seeing you on the trails!

Monadnock Sno-Moles PO Box 265 Rindge, NH 03461-0265 www.Snomoles.org by Michael Agonis, Secretary Hello Snowmobilers, We are patiently awaiting colder temps and some snow as I write this in mid December with warm temperatures. The mild fall has allowed us to complete our bridge projects and I am pleased to announce that two bridges have been widened and re-decked, both in Rindge, which will allow for the new groomer to pass easily. A great new bridge was also installed behind the sand pit in New Ipswich, with nearly a 60 foot span! This project has been years in the works and will smooth the trail leading to Greenville/Wilton and beyond. A great feature is that this bridge is movable when the season is over. Many thanks to the donations by Belletetes Lumber, Sarri Excavating, Bruce Coll, Fafard Brothers Carpentry, and to all the volunteers over the three day Thanksgiving weekend to make it all happen. The new PBR groomer has arrived and has been serviced and the drag rebuilt by our loyal volunteers. This new Groomer is bigger and more powerful and will be tasked with the trails in the Rindge area, where the steep hills on the power lines challenged the Bomby. The new machine will allow for the Bomby rig to groom the Fitzwilliam/Troy area, making our already great grooming even better. We received a very generous donation of new LED light bars for all of our groomers from Chris at C&T Powersports in Troy. Look them up at c-tpowersports.com; they

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make and sell Tools/Accessories for Ski Doo snowmobiles. All groomers have been serviced and are ready to smooth the trails this winter by our dedicated volunteers to be better than ever. We understand that many of our Members are not local to the area and/or don’t have time to volunteer. It seems to be the same core crew of volunteers every week. For those unable to volunteer, but want to help, we have set up a GoFundMe account on our Facebook Page. If you enjoy our trail system, please consider a donation on line to help us buy the materials, fuel and equipment that make our trail system what it is. Every bit helps, and membership dollars are limited. Thank you in advance. The Little Monadnock Family Trails (LMFT) club joined in our December meeting and have advised us that they have been hard at work with trail signage, trail work, landowner access and at making a connection to the Winchester trail system. This is great news. With good snow cover, one now should now be able to access trails from the Nashua area, through the Monadnock Region, to the Vermont border and Northward. We look forward to seeing you on the trails. Check out our website and Facebook page for the latest and greatest news.

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Colebrook Ski Bees

PO Box 125 Colebrook, NH 03576 www.colebrookski-bees.com Submitted by Ken Herchenroder Damm that El Niño! The SkiBees trails are brown and the temperatures are warm as I sit here and write this. The best way to keep up to date on the trail conditions in Colebrook is to visit our website (www.colebrookski-bees.com) or our Facebook page (https:// www.facebook.com/ColebrookSki-Bees). As soon as the groomers go out, you will know. Many thanks to those that helped with bridge work this fall. Some came a distance after seeing a call for help on our Facebook site. A special thanks to you! If all the Ski-Bee members came and helped now and then, it would really help. Being optimistic, reciprocal weekend is January 29th January 31st. To start out the weekend, stop by the Colebrook Country Club on the evening of the 29th and enjoy a Wild Game Dinner with something for everyone. This is a Ski-Bees fund raiser with food prepared by our wild game specialist, Clay. On February 20th the SkiBees will be holding a fund raiser called Austin’s Ride which raises money for Cystic Fibrosis. The ride begins at the Colebrook Country Club at 9:00am and followed by lunch and raffle. When you come up to ride, stop by one of the local area businesses and buy one of our trail maps to help support the club and our grooming fund. Please join a club where you ride!

Pittsburg Ridge Runners Cheryl Spillanu 521 Mt. Misery Road Littleton, NH 03561 444-9835 CbSpillane@aol.com

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17 Dickson Lane Pittsburg, NH 03592 Curt Shaw, President Greetings, Our calendar of coming events is filling up. You can follow it on the new web site. We had our annual Craft Fair Saturday November 28th. . It was another very successful fund raiser for Camp Sno Mo. Thank you to all the volunteers who worked the event, solicited prizes, and to the contributors of raffle gifts and prizes. The Steak Feed is February, 27th, get your raffle tickets ahead of time. We ran out last year two weeks prior to the feed. They are selling even faster this year. We are planning on fireworks again this year. The date will

be January 30th at a place as yet undetermined. Look for further information. We will also have our third annual Blessing of the Snowmobiles at 10 AM at Granite State Power Equipment on January 2nd. We are awaiting information on another dogsled race for this year tentatively scheduled for January 20th. We will resume Pot Luck Dinners prior to our monthly meetings in January. Come on by and join us the second Thursday of each month. Times are 6:30 for the pot luck and 7:30 for the regular meeting. Our new lighting is in place and greatly improves our clubhouse. Trail improvements are completed for Trails 143, 137, 136, 140 and 139 as previously noted. Thank you to Warick Management Company for donating $1300 worth of excavator time, gravel and culvert to the repair of trail 141. Thank you to Chris Hanson who volunteered for the Race into Winter Grass Drags again this year. He volunteered 80 hours of his time and the club received an $800 donation for his efforts. We will have four vintage races again this year. Two of them will be held at new venues. The first race will be held in Groveton on January 23d, the second at Lisbon on February 12th, the third at Errol on February 27th and the last at Pittsburg on March 12th. See you at the races! The new trail maps are ready. Please note the changes to Corridor 20. We recommend trail 128 or 21 as alternative routes. Happy Trails!

Swift Diamond Riders PO Box 331 Colebrook, NH 03576 www.swiftdiamondriders.com Vicky Schmartz I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas and New Year’s. The boys have been busy getting the groomers ready and all the equipment for the season. As I write this (12-15-15) it is snowing. We could use the cold temperatures and 2-3 inch storms to get the ball rolling for the season. The Farmer’s Almanac says that January is cold and stormy. Pray for snow!!! Memberships are going well and the new program through the NHSA is working well. We will have a link on our website so you can purchase your membership directly if you choose to do so. The Warming Hut is ready for the season and we have the same crew from last year. If anyone would like to volunteer to work in the Warming Hut please call me @ 237-8045. We appreciate Continued on page 26


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Continued from page 24 all help. Snodeo update: Everything is on schedule and I will have updates from Kurt in the next issue of Sno-Traveler and on our website. Volunteers are always needed for this 2 day event. We start set-up on Monday and go right into Thursday. This is our 24th Snodeo. Remember, when you ride, you are not alone on the trails. So please be courteous and safe. There are more families taking up the sport. We all want a safe season!

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Although the snowmobile season is fast approaching I don’t think we could be any more ready bridges are redecked, trails are cut back, groomers are serviced and drag blades are adjusted. One item we often overlook is the consistency of our groomer operators we have been so fortunate to have virtually the same crew for several years Lorraines’s crew is seasoned which is so often underestimated, without this veteran group not only would the trails not be groomed as well but equipment maintenance would skyrocket. We are so lucky not to have these issues, several times this year I have had discussions with other clubs who have had a high turnover rate in their operators and the subsequent issues they have to deal with. I hope when you meet one of the dedicated operators out on the trail please remember to be courteous and realize they are just trying to make your ride better but providing smooth trails a simple thank you or wave can go a long way. During our most recent club meeting on November 27, 2015 at the club house on Route 26 several items were discussed mostly dealing with event dates and future equipment needs. The events so far scheduled are the Vintage race in Errol on Feb 27th and our steak feed on March 5th. It appears the trail system will be very similar to last year with the same logging zones we have worked around for 3-4 years, Greenough Pond road is going to be plowed and so is Courser Brook road. The new heating system which runs on propane instead of oil in the club house is completed thanks to Rick and Dave their efforts

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are much appreciated. We were awarded $542 from the Hawg’s Trawf from the ceiling dollars donated during the season last year thank you Donna and crew for all you have done for the club. The other major item of discussion was whether to rebuild our old groomer or look into getting a new one. The main issue is the cost of the new groomer verses the cost of a major rebuild this will be a continuing discussion all winter so please come to the meetings if you can to give us your input on this important item for our future. The other equipment discussion at the meeting was whether to replace the red concession trailer. The unit we currently have is too small for the volume of food we need to put out during the grass drags and will need some major repairs soon Frank suggested we look at getting a larger trailer with more interior room and better visibility he is going to look into this further to see what is available and if it makes sense to upgrade from the current trailer. Congratulations are well deserved for our newest Iron Dog member Frank Roy this induction was held in New York and is a big honor among the snowmobile community we all know the dedication Frank gives to the club but it is nice that he is recognized by this induction. Our next meetings are January 1st at the club house on Route 26 and February 5th please come and attend if you are in the area. I would like to mention the new membership system put in this year by NHSA has caused some confusion at first but Karen and Kathy are working out the bugs and you can still join the club online thru our website if you prefer that method. Hopefully the season will start early and go long till the next time ride safe and have fun.

White Mountain Ridge Runners PO Box 425 Berlin, NH 03570 www.whitemtridgerunners.com Dalton Binette, Club Webmaster Hello everyone. Hopefully by the time you read this we’ll have a considerable amount of snow in the Berlin area. As of now (Early December), there are small amounts of snow accumulation only in high elevation areas. At this rate, it doesn’t look good for our earliest possible opening day of December 15th; however, we predict the weather will start to change within the next few weeks resulting in some snow, hopefully

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enough to start off our season. On behalf of the club, I would like to thank our volunteers once again for helping us to prepare for winter at the clubhouse. In mid-November, several volunteers helped us to cut and split the clubhouse firewood supply. Club officers have also been hard at work mailing out all of the memberships and making sure the trails and equipment are ready to go. In trail work news, we are still planning on replacing the Dead River park bridge on PT108 under the railroad trestle in Berlin before snow flies. Materials have been pre-ordered for the bridge and we are now just awaiting RTP funding which should be released any day now (Mid-December). We should be able to get this project done before the trails open up which will ensure that this trail can stay open. This project is our highest priority since the current bridge is in poor condition. Please check our website for up to date news regarding this project. Make sure you’re ready to ride by joining the club and getting those sleds registered! We would like to thank the considerable amount of folks who have already joined the club this season. We’re looking forward to doing our very best to provide you all with the best possible trail surface. Remember to monitor our Trail Conditions page on the website for the latest trail info and conditions! As some of you may have noticed, our clubhouse webcam has been down since June due to a webhost transfer of the club website. We are working on reprogramming the webcam and should have it back up and running by early January, if not sooner. For now, please check our second webcam which overlooks South Pond in Stark. Sorry for any inconvenience. As always, we would like to encourage all club members to attend our monthly meetings. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at 7pm at the clubhouse off Jericho Road. Reminders will be posted on our website and Facebook page at least a week in advance. Our active members and volunteers are what make this club successful! Lastly, we are still looking for firewood donations to help keep the warming hut warm this winter. Please contact a club representative or email us at admin@whitemtridgerunners.com if you can help. We thank you in advance for your generosity. Hopefully we’ll soon be out doing what we enjoy the most,

grooming the trails. Keep an eye out for our PistenBully and Tucker groomers this winter on our expansive trail system. Also, make sure you stop by the warming hut this winter and sign the guestbook. See you all out on the trails!

GRAFTON COUNTY DIRECTOR

Evelyn Ferrell

1059 Route 118 Dorchester, NH 03266 603-786-2770 eferrell@roadrunner.com

GRAFTON COUNTY ASSISTANT

Lucy Ford

80 Patten Road Alexandria, NH 03222 603-744-5497 thefords@metrocast.net

Baker River Valley Snowmobile Club 197 N. Dorchester Road Wentworth, NH 03282 www.mybrvsc.org 603-786-2388 Jayne McCullock I’m sitting in a business meeting staring out the window at a beautiful sunny day, temperatures in the 50’s in the middle of December. Something is really wrong with this picture. When are the signs of winter going to come into play? I’m sure every other snowmobiler has the same question in the back of their minds. It’s only a couple days away for the trails to open and not even an inch of snow on the ground. Even though we don’t have the snow on the ground yet, we can still start planning for the season ahead. One of the highlights of the season is the weekend of the Easter Seals Ride-In. Last year was the first Ride-In that we attended. We had a great time from the minute we arrived to the minute we had to leave. We enjoyed the new experience of riding a snowmobile down the sidewalk of a main street, and the whole town

accepting all these snowmobilers for a weekend. There were multiple activities planned for the weekend, highlights being a comedian at night, a poker run and a raffle. Fun was had by all, and I highly recommend that you try to attend this year’s event in February if you can. Once you attend one, you will plan on going back each year after. Our club is in the planning phases of upcoming activities for the club. We are planning a Poker Run for Saturday, January 23rd. Please keep an eye out for more information about the Poker Run as we get closer to the date. As always, we could really use everyone’s help in trying to come up with some creative new activities that could be enjoyed by all. If you have any ideas for the upcoming year, we would really like to hear them. You can come to a club meeting and help plan, you can send us an e-mail or send us a message on Facebook. We need to hear your ideas. To find out more about the meetings, be sure to go to our web page www.mybrvsc.org or “Like” us on Facebook. Hopefully we will see you all on line and on the trails. Stop in an see us at the clubhouse, and enjoy the newly installed “Wifi”. Let’s keep up the support, build our membership and create a sense of community for all to enjoy.

Bridgewater Mountain Snowmobile Club PO Box 368 New Hampton, NH 03256 www.bridgewatermtnsmc.org Submitted by Keith Beausoleil These articles are kind of funny…they’re old news…you likely won’t pick up a paper that was written 30 days ago, because a lot has changed since then. It’s especially silly when we’re in such a changeable weather pattern like we are so far this 2015/2016 snowmobile season. Warm, cold, warm, rain, repeat. Christmas Eve is projected to be 60 degrees and rainy. What? This article written on 12/15/15 won’t be published until the middle of January and our crystal ball predicts we won’t have groom-able snow until middle to late January. Despite all that we are ready for snow and grooming. If anything, this new weather pattern will likely bring snowfall with a higher moisture content making grooming a little easier. A lot of the snow we got last year was so dry it virtually blew away when the groomer passed over it. We’re also going to hope that weather conditions cooperate


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John Moses completed the excavation of the trail reroute, moving crazy big boulders and making the trail like a road! There are some spots where there is ledge that simply could not be moved, so we will mark and sign them for this season, hopefully remove for next season.If you see John Moses or Mike Sharp, thank them for helping us make this possible this season! Groomers and Drags The BR-180 made its way home from the refurb at Prinoth on 12/15; we were hoping there would have been snow to welcome it on opening day, but no luck. Thank you to Ready Equipment (www.readyeq.com) for safely transporting it for us. They have a new location at the old Parkhurst in Bristol, so check them out and thank them, too! We have been performing maintenance on the Tucker and plan on its refurb next year. The drags received their maintenance as well, lowering the blades to improve performance. The hydraulic brush bar was also installed, which will make it easier to use by the groomer operator. Check out the video on Facebook! If you are on the trails and see brush that has been cut, we would appreciate your help moving it off the trail. We installed cell phone boosters on both groomers to increase groomer operator safety. If you have an emergency, please flag down a groomer, as you will be able to utilize the booster with your own cell phone. As a reminder, we now have quarterly meetings; our next meeting will be Saturday, March 12th, at 7 pm at the Hebron Community Center located in the lower level of the Hebron Church. All are welcome!

Hardy Country Snowmobile Club

You ever see one of these? It's called a GPS, which stands for - well, who cares? Point is, this thing uses satellites to tell you where you are, which means that every man can have a fivehundred-dollar reason not to ask for directions. – Red Green Happy Holidays to you the snowmobiling public…..Here in Littleton, the Off Road Riders are ready to ride. We are getting the trails in shape and negotiating trailer parking. Littleton had its fair share of snowmobile traffic last year and we are anticipating

PO Box 43 Hebron, NH 03241 hardycountrysnowmobileclub@yahoo.com hardycountrysnowmobileclub.net This is the saddest December 15th we have had in a long time! As this is being written, it is 50 degrees and no sign of snow in the near future. Hopefully as this is being read, it will be a different story! Update on Corridor 24 Reroute - Woo Hoo! It’s done!!

Littleton Off Road Riders PO Box 281 Littleton, NH 03561 Submitted by: Michelle Schafer Activities Director

a lot more snowmobile traffic this year. The parking lot on Industrial Park road is once again available to us to use this winter. In downtown Littleton, the Little Grill on Cottage Street is offering parking on their newly purchased piece of land. AND On the other side of Littleton, parking will be available at That Dam Pit Stop. At that Monroe Road location you can find ALL the amenities a snowmobiler could ever want. We have read and heard that this year will be a warm year. GOOD! It needs to be warm to snow. A perfect 32 degrees, RIGHT? Whatever the amount of snow that comes our way, we will be ready. All summer long our Tucker 1000 groomer was primped and pampered, oiled and greased, checked and double checked and is ready to go. Just last week the club purchased a Scandik with a drag for grooming and our club has FOUR newly certified groomers. As a club we will have our challenges this 2016, Mt Eustis, GPS mapping, project funding, and wishing for that perfect 32 degree snow fall. On Mt Eustis, a different temporary trail was cut. It’s still steep but this year it will be lit by the ski area. Please use caution on this section. We are working toward a solution to a permanent trail. The GPS mapping project will be quite interesting. We are very excited about being able to see exactly where the trail runs. We are thrilled that we can pin point every bridge and crossing at its exact location. We love the ability to map out new trails without going into the woods, BUT we are not happy about our first field test that shows, to acquire a GPS reading every 50 feet one cannot travel faster than 2.8 miles an hour. So if you happen to see us out snowshoeing this winter or hiking this spring, know that we are taking the time to truly inspect the trail system for your riding enjoyment. Which of course brings us to project funding. To keep these trails pristine we can always use your help. Sponsoring a bridge or purchasing a trail sign is a great way to say ‘I support snowmobiling’. Signs by Scott out in Lisbon has done a great job for us making and posting signs on Littleton’s trail system. These generous sponsors helped fund several projects. This summer’s big project was a section called The Rock Garden. We brought in an excavator to reroute a washed out, heavily used trail. We recently resurfaced Mullikin

Brook Bridge with new 2x8x16s and shored up a small bridge in town that may need to be replaced. The GPS project will more than likely uncover many other little problem areas to keep us going in the coming years. If you would like to keep up with us, we post most events as they happen on FACEBOOK and you can read the meeting minutes on our web site. (www. littletonsnowmobileclub.com) 2016 will bring with it lots of entertaining events. After we receive that perfect 32 degree snow fall, we are planning to hold the 2016 Poker Run with Littleton Chevrolet. We also want to host a trail side barbeque and membership drive. Then we are hoping to return to the Topic of the Town for our Landowner Appreciation Breakfast in May. Thank you for reading! Cheers to the Holidays! Happy New Year!

Mt. Cardigan Snowmobile Club PO Box 203 Canaan, NH 03741 Submitted by:Debbie Mason, Secretary What a difference a year makes! It’s looking to be like a green Christmas this year. They say everything happens for a reason so I hope this lack of snow has allowed those clubs who needed extra time to get some extra stuff done to get it all and hopefully the first snows are not heavy snow so that there is a lot of cleanup to be done. The crew has done a lot of excavating and bridge work to prepare for this riding year. Thank you all the new and old members that showed up to help. Without members/volunteers like you we could not get things done. More work was done on route 24 and it’s in great shape. It was great to see all the excited little kids and exhausted parents during Christmas in Canaan. We once again had a Yankee Swap at our December meeting. We all seem to act like kids when Santa is coming to town! I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday season and had a chance to relax and make memories with their loved ones. Now everyone at once let’s do the snow dance… ready.. set.. snow dance! Hopefully that works. Please ride respectively and responsibly.

Twin State Trail Busters PO Box 858 Lebanon, NH 03766 A great turnout at our Christmas potluck/Yankee Swap meeting held on December 2nd. There was lots of delicious food and a great time had by all. At this meeting, we collect

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items for The Haven, our local food bank/homeless shelter and each year the boxes grow. When we first started, we had little more than a copy paper box full of nonperishable food, cleaning & health supplies. Last year we donated over 76 pounds of needed items. This year close to 100 pounds! So proud of this club and its members who continue to contribute to our less fortunate neighbors. In trail news, the West Lebanon Loop (near the Lebanon airport) was a major focus this year. Work began with a re-route after we had neighboring landowners close their property. The guys then worked their way to the Townsend farm at the top of the hill. With the warm (sigh) weather, a bridge was replaced over the weekend. Many thanks to everyone who helped, your hard work is appreciated. A huge thank you to all of our landowners for their continued generosity. Wishing everyone a Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year.

HILLSBORO COUNTY DIRECTOR

Bill Bolton

42 Norris Road Weare NH 03281 603-529-0616 bill.bolton@myGSC.com

HILLSBORO COUNTY ASSISTANT

Sheila Beaulieu

20 Jackson Road Mason, NH 03048 878-2314 csbeaulieu@myfairpoint.net

Border Riders Snowmobile Club PO Box 644 Pelham, NH 03076 www.Borderriderrsofpelham.com A letter from our secretary Mike Gendreau... The Border Riders have been very active this fall with miles of re-routes and improving troubled areas. A quote from the President Bob Lamoureux “In the history of Continued on page 28

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enough to do another Club Ride and cookout in February…watch our Facebook page and website for the announcements. Aside from renewing your membership again this year with BMSC, we ask that you kindly support the business advertised on our website and the local businesses located on our trail system that support BMSC; Outdoor Performance, Newfound Grocery, and Bridgewater Inn. All of these business owners ride, support the community, and our snowmobile club. Thank you for supporting them too! On the trails again this year you’ll find our trail maps in permanent kiosks at various trail intersections so folks that are passing through know how to find gas, restaurants, and stores within our trail system. You’ll also see connections to clubs to the north, east, and south of us. Last season we received positive feedback from our members about our trail reports and weather conditions. We will continue provide timely updates to you through our website, Facebook, and now on Twitter at @BMSCgroomer. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for quick updates. Don’t have a Twitter account? Get one, it’s free! We love hearing from you! Please provide feedback anytime during the year and always know that the Club operates through a group of dedicated volunteers that welcomes your participation. You can message us through Facebook or send us an email through the website. We have changed our monthly Club Meeting day. New this year, our monthly club meetings are at the Newfound Grocery Store in Bridgewater on the 1st THURSDAY of the month at 7pm. All are welcome to attend the meetings, hear what’s going on, and meet other members who love snowmobiling and enjoy the trails just like you. All clubs exist because someone volunteers their time; we hope to see you soon!

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the club I have never seen so much work being done with so many volunteers. It is amazing!” Our club the Border Riders has been fortunate enough to be one of the gate way snowmobile clubs as snowmobile enthuesists head north in our beautiful state and being so close to the MA. State line makes us proud to be an ambassador for the state and our sport. One of the detriments that we have had to endure is our location and the vast amount of residential development that has taken place within the last decade. We wanted to reach out as we enter 2016 and thank all of the people that have been very instrumental from our local forestry and conservation committees to town land owners and developers as well who have worked closly with us to maintain our vast trail system that encompasses Pelham. In the early 2000’s there was language written into the planning guidelines that really helped preserve trails and acquiring land and open space which assisted in town land and forest connection. The Border Riders along with the town of Pelham has been working on a success model that we hope will spill over into our adjacent towns that have snowmobile clubs but do not operate trail systems in currently and we hope to work with them towards to having an active snowmobile trail system again someday into the near future. We truly hope to work with these neighboring Clubs to continue to promote the sport for local families in their towns as well. One of our goals that we hope the state takes notice of is our goal to reinstitute corridor fifteen so that the state trail system can once again run from the Ma. State border north as it once did. New rail trail initiatives may make this possible with participation from two of our neighboring towns. We look forward to seeing friends and families out enjoying the trails and with all of the work we have done this past year we are looking forward to seeing some snow soon and riding. We believe riders will be amazed at the changes. We wouldn’t have great trails without the help of all of the volunteers. We would like to thank you all! Please visit our updated web site for all of our recent photos and information www.Borderriderrsofpelham.com

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Brookline Ice Breakers

PO Box 198 Brookline, NH 03033 Join the Brookline IceBreakers online at http:// w w w. b r o o k l i n e i c e b r e a k e r s . com/#!membership/cpbk. We had a successful safety class on December 12th with about 20 attendees instructed by Patty Smith. All attendees passed the course and received their certificate. A big thank you to Patty for her time and dedication instructing the safety class once again. The trails are in very good shape for the winter riding; now we just need some snow. All trail signs and snow fences are up and brush clearing continues. Several bridges have been repaired including a compete new bridge on the Hobart Hill trail. Watch our Facebook page for trail work days and join other club members to prepare and improve the trails before the snow flies. The club is still trying to raise private donations to purchase a new drag; donations in any amount are welcome and can be made through the club’s newly updated website. Please join us for our second annual Poker Run on February 20th, we hope to improve upon the successful Poker Run from last season and invite you to attend. We will be hosting the event in along with the Hollis Nor’Easters and the Wilton Lyndeboro Winter Wanderers. Follow the IceBreakers Facebook page https:// w w w. f a c e b o o k . c o m / g r o u p s / BrooklineIceBreakers/ and website http://brooklineicebreakers.com for membership information, scheduled trail workdays and club events.

Hollis Nor’Easters PO Box 517 Hollis, NH 03049 www.noreasters.org Doug Cleveland, Treasurer Since last winter the Nor’Easters have been working to continually improve our trails. We rebuilt Primary Trail 501 in Milford including installation of four gates. This was done primarily with Grant-in-Aid funds. In the Hollis Town Forest we built up the causeway in our constant battle to defeat the beavers who try to plug up the beaver pipe and flood the trail every year. On the connector trail, now known as Doug’s Folly, between the cell tower road trail and PT 501 we fixed the drainage issues by installing two culverts and adding gravel and wood chips. We also rebuilt, straightened and improved several other trails,

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including rebuilding or redecking several bridges. Another new trail, Danny’s Way, including a new bridge, was created off the popular Vista Trail providing a new loop in the scenic Birch Hill area. In addition to all this there was a lot of mowing and brush cutting accomplished on all the trails. Many thanks to our Trail Administrator, Jeff Peters, and all the volunteers who helped with these efforts. Again this winter we hope to have several group rides, both long and short, and for all ability and experience levels. Check out our web site and Facebook page for details on upcoming events and dates, as well as the scrolling pictures and videos. Thanks to Jon Lavoie for all the work he has done keeping our web site up to date. Our on line membership program has been very successful. In January you will be able to join the club and get your sled registration voucher right from your home computer, iPhone or tablet. Last year the Pink Ride was a huge success with more than 75 riders and 125 people attending the BBQ cookout afterward at Silver Lake State Park. Dave Jennings, our Trail Master, will again be providing the big grill and be the head chef. The Wilton Lyndeborough Winter Wanderers, Brookline Icebreakers and Merrimack Sno-Buds all joined us in contributing to this fun event. Sue Keough, who has done a truly outstanding job as our club secretary, organized this annual snowmobile ride as a fundraiser for breast cancer in 2012. This winter’s Pink Ride will be on February 13 starting at Silver Lake State Park in Hollis. Riders will depart at 10:00 AM and ride through the beautiful scenic Hollis trails for about an hour before returning to Silver Lake for the free BBQ. The Nor’Easters would like to invite all of our sister clubs in Hillsborough County to join us, as well as anyone else who is interested. All funds raised at this event (over $20,000 last year) will be donated to the St. Joseph Hospital Breast Care Center in Nashua. The Nor’Easters Snowmobile Club also supports several other charities and local organizations including the Nick Jennings Memorial Ride, Easter Seals, and the Hollis Shepherds Fund which helps needy families, especially during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Also, coming up on February 6, the same weekend as the Easter Seals Ride-In, is the Lone Pine Hunters Club annual

Winter Carnival, which is open to the public. The Nor’Easters Snowmobile Club will again be providing snowmobile sleigh rides around the trails near the Nashua River on Lone Pine and Hollis Conservation land for this popular event. There will also be a tubing hill, bonfire and games for the kids. On February 20 our sister club, the Brookline Icebreakers, will be having a poker run. Check out their web site and Facebook for details. Hope you all are having a great winter and good riding.

Hudson Sno-Men 41 Chase Road Londonderry, NH 03053 Submitted by Michelle Rodrigue, Secretary Dear friends. Hope that you all have a good Christmas. As I am writing this we still have no snow up north but hopefully we will have some soon so we can get on your sleds and go riding. We are still holding our meetings on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at the Hudson Rec Center. Not much news with our club, we just wish that we had more members attending our meetings and some news ideas would be welcome. On these words hope to see some of you in the trails and please ride safely.

Merrimack Sno-Buds PO Box 833 Merrimack, NH 03054 http://snobuds.com Submitted by: Steve McCarthy The Merrimack Sno-Buds held their NH snowmobile safety class on December 5, 2015 at Nashua Fish and Game. 25 students passed the course. Thank you to Denny and all of the instructors who volunteered. The Sno-Buds Holiday party will be held on Sunday Dec. 20. Thank you Bill and Pam. The Merrimack Winter Carnival will be held on Saturday February 29 at Wasserman Park. The SnoBuds will provide free snowmobile rides. Always a good turn out (100+), great publicity, and new members. Club meetings are 1/6/2016, 1/20/2016, 2/3/2016, 2/17/2016, 3/2/2016 and 3/16/2016. Meetings are at 7:30 at Merrimack Town Hall. Check out our new Calendar on the Sno-Buds website for future events. That’s it for this month. Think snow, ride safely and best regards

Night Riders PO Box 759 Hillsboro, NH 03244 www.nightridersnh.com Submitted by: Steve Livingston, President What are the Night Riders doing?? What aren’t we doing? We had a very successful Night Light Golf Tournament at Crotched Mountain Golf Club. The same club we cut a brand new trail into last year. We also had another very successful nine hole Golf Tournament at Angus Lea Golf Course in Hillsboro this fall. Our Christmas party is up nextDecember 18th, where we will unveil the beautiful 1969 Bolens sprint raffle sled. Which brings me to our next event - The Vintage Challenge? Last year we had 110 participants and we are hoping for more this year. This is far and away the most fun you can have snowmobiling!! If you miss it you should have your head examined!! It takes place Sunday January 31st at noon. We’ll be leaving from Oxbow Campground. Hopefully we have lots of snow by then. We have also done a lot of trail work and updated signage in preparation for this season. So I hope everyone gets out and rides and enjoys our great sport.

Uncanoonuc Mountaineers PO Box 486 Goffstown, NH 03045 uncanoonucmountaineers.org Trysha Balboni, Publicity Director Hi everyone, Without any snow and with record high temperatures, how can ANY of us have anything to write about? If I wanted a warm Christmas, I wouldn’t be living in New England! I’m hoping Santa was good to everyone and REALLY hoping that my Christmas wish of a snowy winter comes true!! We had an awesome Christmas party last month with a record turn-out! I think the word is really getting out there that we know how to have a fun meeting/party in December. The food was delicious and the Yankee Swap was a ton of fun. The “adult beverages” were definitely the most popular to go around, but ironically so was a snowmobile ornament. And even though it was pouring rain outside and 50+ degrees, we managed to get into the Christmas spirit and enjoy a great evening. Our club meetings are the 2nd Monday of each month (September – May) and all are welcome to join us! Don’t forget to check out our web page and Facebook page for


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Weare Winter Wanderers PO Box 513 Weare, NH 03281 wearewinterwandererssc.org By Dave Ward, --Publicity Director

conditions on our trail system and if for some reason you see that the trails are closed…please stay off of them until they re-open. The clubs planning for the 2016 NH Hillclimb Challenge event at Pats Peak is well under way. This year’s event will be bigger than ever. Pats Peak has been making tons of snow this year to make up for the late start from nature and it looks like there will be plenty of snow for that last run of the season at the Peak. Info at: nhhillclimbchallenge.com/ Come on out and take a demo ride up the mountain. Livingston’s Arctic Cat will be there with a lineup of new Arctic Cat sleds for you to try out and buy. HK Powersports will have both SkiDoo and Polaris sleds for you to test out on the hill. Ride it before you buy it !!! The demo course is a long fun course up the mountain on some of the less steep trails on the mountain. Please remember to watch for grooming on our trail system day or night. Our monthly meetings are the second Thursday of the month at the town library and start at 7:00 PM. Refreshments will be provided, kids are welcome. Ride Safe, Ride Right and see you out on the trails, Weare ever they may take you!

MERRIMACK COUNTY DIRECTOR

Dave Murray

111 River Road Penacock, NH 03303 753-9223 davidmurray12345@hotmail.com

MERRIMACK COUNTY ASSISTANT

Dan Weed

21 Birchdale Road Bow, NH 03304 228-3188 weedfamily@comcast.net

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Andover Snowmobile Club

blocks are then used in summer

PO Box 332 Andover, NH 03216 www.andoversnowmobile.com By Allan Houle

events. This event makes for a

As I write this article it is the official day (12/15) for opening up our trails system, the only thing missing is snow. We have certainly been patient awaiting the first major snowfall for this season and have also be very busy getting the trail system ready. The hard preparation work is complete and we are ready to start grooming. Come on Snow!!! Our December meeting had a good turnout and we were very upbeat about what this season may have in store for us. Club memberships are coming steadily and we will be participating in the NHSA Online Membership Option as we enter into 2016. This means that you have the opportunity to join our club through our website. We are also working on a Facebook page to get word out regarding our club and our club’s activities. Activities for February with be our Annual Highland Lake SnoFest held Saturday Feb. 20, 2016 at the Andover Fish and Game Clubhouse in East Andover, N.H. along snowmobile corridor 2 and highway router 11. We will have hot food, drink, and deserts in the warm clubhouse for all to enjoy. There will be an antique and vintage snowmobile display and we will have a ride permit that will allow show sleds the opportunity to ride on a portion of the railbed and Highland Lake as conditions permit. This is a fun time and is considered a “Fun Raiser” for our club. We would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year and may your rides per great and often. Come on SNOW!!!!

a pancake breakfast hosted by the

Sutton Ridgerunners Snowmobile Club

doing and what club activities

PO Box 453 North Sutton, NH 03260 www.suttonridgerunners.com

season.

Greetings snowmobiler’s, Muster Field Farm Museum’s Ice Day is January 24th in North Sutton. This is an annual Muster Field Farm tradition of harvesting blocks of ice from Kezar Lake and storing them in the Ice House up on the farm. The ice

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wonderful snowmobiling day trip destination. The day begins with Sutton Historical Society and is held at the First Free Will Baptist Church in North Sutton.

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breakfast you can head over to the lake where volunteers cut the ice

Dave Copeland

43 Blaisdell Drive Northwood, NH 03261 603-942-8303 dbcopland@yahoo.com

blocks and load them onto trailers by an ice block fulcrum so that the ice can be transported to the farm.

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY ASSISTANT

The day continues at the farm where visitors can learn how the ice is packed in the Ice House to preserve it for summer use. There are homemade soups and desserts available on the farm in the Ryder Corner School House. In between the day’s activities at the farm and the lake, there is always time to

Robert Kennedy

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take a scenic snowmobile ride up on King Ridge with views over Kezar Lake and to the eastern peaks. Another ride option is to travel to Winslow State Park on Kearsarge Mountain or to Gage Hill on Black Mountain. Any of these are great local rides from North Sutton. Snowmobilers can also find gas and food available at the Vernondale Store located in North Sutton.

For more

information on Ice Day, visit the Muster Field Farm website at www.musterfieldfarm.com. The

Sutton

Ridgerunners

monthly meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month at 7:00pm. We meet at the North Sutton Firehouse on North Road in Sutton, NH.

Come join the

meetings to hear what we are are being planned for the coming Please visit our website at www. suttonridgerunners.com for trail maps, club calendar of events, and latest club news.

We also post

the latest news on trail openings, conditions

and

any

possible

re-routes. Think snow and we'll see you on the trails!

Southern New Hampshire Snow Slickers 73 Tower Hill Road Candia N.H. 03034 Submitted by: Raymond Philibotte Here we are in the middle of December less than a week before our first scheduled Club Ride and the temperatures are hovering around 60 what a mess. I think it’s safe to say by the time you read this article that the first ride will have been cancelled. Anyway on to club news - This past Saturday we had our Open House with a good crowd on hand we actually ran out of hamburgers and I sold 14, SNHSS 500 club tickets which was a good day’s work. A Big THANK YOU goes out to our Social Director Sue Weiss for another fine job putting in on this event, and also to ALL who Helped namely Beth, Steve and Shirley Thanks Guys we really appreciate it!!!!! The dedicated one and only Bob Smith had a work party on the morning of the event and had a group of 6 working on sawing, splitting, and stacking the wood for the upcoming winter. While we are on the subject of work parties the hard working Paul Kimball also had a successful day at Bear Brook. He CONTINUALLY brushes out trails to make them wide for the groomers and for us snowmobilers so we won’t scratch them. All of these work parties Continued on page 32

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Winter has come late this year but the Weare Winter Wanderers put tons of time into being ready for it!! The 3 big groomers have all have received attention and upgrades and have never been more ready to go out and work the trails. The clubs new signs have been deployed and are ready to help you get around our trail system with greater ease. New trail maps are available. Work parties put in countless hours this year. We have seen many new faces at our work parties this fall which is great. Thanks to all. We have constructed two new bridges on the gateway trail. There is now a short bridge just under the dam at the end of drew lake. We removed the culvert and installed this new bridge. This will make this rough spot much better throughout the season and should cure the water issues there. The second new bridge is located on the north side of rte 202. We have re-decked a few more bridges. The club now has land thanks to a very generous donation. It is located on the trail system and is currently being used to store our equipment. Our new trail maps just came out and they are great. Get one and see how well they work with the new signs. We will be assembling a new committee to manage the 2nd annual (motorcycle) poker run for camp sno-mo. This event will be much larger this year with huge prizes offered to the winners. Come join us for a fun time. The club had enough eligible new operators that we have ran another groomer operator certificate training class as well as an all day operator training session. You may notice something new on the trail system this year. Rope has been added to many locations including the cow pasture at browns farm. Last season sleds got off the trail and damaged electric fences and broke fence posts. Please watch for this and stay on the trail. Please stay tuned to our web site and facebook page for current

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by Allan Houle I had the pleasure of traveling out to New York State to visit a good friend and attend the Annual Vintage Snowmobile Show & Swap Meet at the Oak Hill/Durham Firehouse in Oak Hill, New York. I have been attending this show for about 10 years now and always look forward to the event and catching up with friends. There are just some shows that we make sure are always on the list and this is one for me.

Quite a few machines made their way from the Northeast as well, with Bud Gordon and Charlie Bierce making the trip as well. It is great to see the participation from this area as well.

Did you know that Ariens made a snowmobile? The machine in the center is a Moto-Loo, this is the only MotoLoo that I have ever seen at any event. You can also see Another one of my favorites, an Auto Ski snowmobile, these the other side of the Auto Ski in the background. Aaron were another product of Canada and are not seen very Zeolla has brought back many of these rare machines to often. I do remember one dealer that was located in New showroom condition for all to enjoy. Hampton, New Hampshire. Like a lot of dealers of that time this one was run out of a residential garage.

How about a Rupp 800 Magnum, yes an 800 cc triple, triple, triple. That is 3 cylinders, 3 carburetors and 3 separate exhaust pipes. This machine with its polished aluminum, chrome and Ferrari red paint is a work of art. Dan Reiser has done an incredible job with his Rupp’s and they are always a pleasure to see.

Howard Billington brought out this incredible 1972 Viking Vigilante 440 SS F/A for all to enjoy, Howard’s restoration’s are some of the best around and it shows with this one.

This is an excellent collection of Fox Trac snowmobiles owned by Ray and Denis Walters and family. Ray has collecting Fix Trac snowmobiles for many years. The larger machine, second in from the right has a rear mount engine and can really move well through the snow. I have personally seen this machine power through 3 feet of powder. Great collection Ray.

Seeing all these images is setting the stage for our next event. We will be hosting our 31st Annual Museum Rally on Saturday, February 14, 2016 at the New Hampshire Snowmobile Museum Complex in Bearbrook State Park. Feature sled for this year is Sno*Jet. The Museum will be open and will have the fireplace going to keep you warm. There will also be hot food and beverage on site as well. You can find out more by contacting us via the internet at info@ nhsnowmobilemuseum.copm and check out our Facebook page as well. Thank you all and we hope that you get a chance to enjoy the machines from the past. I know that I do, Thank You!!! ❄

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One of the first sleds to catch my eye as I entered the event was this 1975 Scorpion Brut liquid cooled machine. The Brut was originally manufactured by Brutanza Engineering in Brutan Minnesota and was one of the first manufacturers to offer liquid cooling in a production snowmobile. Most sleds at that time were air cooled, liquid cooling was a new technology. Brutanza produced the machine from 1972 thru 1974 and then sold to Scorpion for the model year for 1975 and Scorpion produced the Massey Cyclone for model year 1976.


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are done by volunteers so don’t be shy come on out and help us the more hands we have the less time it takes us to get things done. And please remember to Thank these special people for all their HARD WORK. Membership numbers keep coming in at an impressive rate and that is a good sign especially since the winter is off to a bad start, hopefully the numbers will continue coming in and the winter will return in January as it did last year. Our next event besides club rides is our annual safety course put on by the dedicated LouAnn Caron who tells me the numbers are low but I’m sure by the time the date rolls around we will have our usual Full House. A parent has to be present with the child, and lunch is provided. The date is Saturday January 2, 2016 at 8A.M. The annual Jack Langridge Club Trip is cancelled this year due to the low turnout of the past few seasons I guess people do not like riding North when there is snow in the Southern part of the state that is the only reason I can think of. Last year only 13 members went on the trip and in good years we had in excess of 45 members that participated. In any case I do have an alternate ride planned that week just after the Martin Luther King holiday so think snow!!!!! Next on our planned events is our annual Winterfest fiesta the amazing Sue Weiss has a GREAT DAY planned, including the dinner which will consist of turkey with all the fixings. She also has a chili contest once again this year so everyone bring in your favorite chili to be judged. We will have a bon fire and of course a fireworks display as usual by our own Scott Malo who always ceases to amaze us by providing A GREAT DISPLAY. It’s a great time to register your sleds and join the club if you have not already. Please feel free to bring a dessert as well as a few items for the soup Kitchen and an item for the dog Shelter. We will also have 500 club tickets on sale please consider buying a ticket or two, this fundraiser is for three great organizations Camp Sno-Mo, The Disabled American Veterans and the Santa Fund. To date 370 tickets have been sold that is of course if all the Captains sell their tickets .I have faith in you guys YOU CAN DO IT !!!!! All are invited to this event bring along a friend or a whole family to experience what a great time snowmobilers have. Next is the Easter Seals weekend and as always will be held during

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the first full weekend in February. This year’s dates are February 5, 6, 7, 2016. Snow permitting we are leaving from the clubhouse for a statewide trip going to the Canadian Border and a return trip to the club house. It is a 4 day trip Wednesday thru Saturday dates are February 3, 4, 5, and 6. During the trip we will make a stop at the Town and Country Resort to deliver our yearly donation to Camp Sno-Mo. The alternate plan would be to ride up North only and that is if they have snow by then, hopefully we will have the white gold by then. If members are interested they can even ride up in their vehicles and take in the festivities. Call the Town and Country to make reservations it’s always a great weekend and the T&C are Great Hosts of this event. If you plan on going on this trip please call Ray Philibotte at 603860-8911. For all of our club rides please check the web site often as conditions change. Southern New Hampshire Snow Slickers is a non-profit organization. We have Board of Directors Meetings every first Monday of the Month at 7pm as well as General Membership Meetings the third Monday of the month all are welcome to all of these meetings. Our Web site is snowslickers.org and we are on Facebook. God Bless and please pray for snow.

STRAFFORD COUNTY DIRECTOR

Joe Gorman, Sr. 28 Finethy Road Alton, NH 03809 603-875-2173 gorman3@tds.net

STRAFFORD COUNTY ASSISTANT

Russell Neal

50 Evergreen Valley Road Milton, NH 03851 603-350-0646 rcneal22@gmail.com

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Powdermill Snowmobile Club PO Box 324 New Durham, NH 03855 powdermillsnowmobileclub.org Submitted by Matt Murphy and Tom Goss If you’re a rider who also helps prepare and maintain your club trails, you know that excessive brush, hanging tree limbs, widow makers and other obstacles don’t magically vanish from the trails when the first snow falls. The dedication of our trail maintenance volunteers helps make for a fun season for everyone. Of the 82 miles of trails of our PMSC, we’ve managed to brush out, clear, and refresh signage for nearly 40 miles of our trails this year. Culverts have been cleaned, holes filled, stumps and rocks removed in a section of trail that was logged last winter. All of this work is a serious undertaking. It doesn’t start or stop before the snow but is ongoing year round. This was a banner year for member volunteers and we’d like to thank our many volunteers who willingly gave their time and energy to maintain the trails. Many of these volunteers also participated in the repair and maintenance of our grooming equipment during the summer months. With the equipment repairs made, we are ready to groom the trails when the snow arrives. We hope everyone takes the opportunity to join our club and to enjoy our trails this winter. Our Cook Out at the Lookout is planned for February 6 at 1PM. This is a great activity with good food, many friends to visit, and fireworks when it gets dark. For those who have not gone to this before, it starts in early afternoon, on the ridge south of Johnson’s. There will be signs and a banner on Primary Trail 351 to guide you to the event. We will participate in the annual Poker Run that is sponsored by Evergreen Snowmobile Club. This event will be in February and the date is to be announced later. The start point for our club will again be at Hawgs Pen on Route 11 in Farmington, NH, and we will have several stops on the way to Moose Mountain. Another planned activity is to organize a multi-club ride with a social get together at Johnson’s at the end of the ride. We will be contacting local clubs later to set a time and date for the ride and to establish a meeting location such as at the top of Mount Major. As a minimum we will contact the Evergreen, Sevens

Lakes, Strafford, Barnstead, and Lee clubs when there is more information available. We are also grateful to our many sponsors who help support our club as well. Johnson’s Seafood and Steak on RT-11 in New Durham is a huge supporter and provides free additional trailer parking. This year, they’ll be hosting a Winter Carnival on February 20th. So if you ride on State Corridor 22, stop by to savor a tasty steak tip and freshly made sandwiches, and warm up by the fire pit. We’ll also have some raffles going on with great prizes. Looking forward to seeing you there. There will be additional parking this year on the corner of Berry Road and Route 11 across the street from Johnson’s Store. The lot will be available to members and non-members. The club will keep the lot clear for loading and unloading snowmobiles as well as maintaining the parking lot. If you would like to help with the maintenance costs please go to our gofundme.com link located on our website. Any donation is greatly appreciated. New memberships will be available at the PMSC meetings starting with the January 12th meeting due to the new State of NH electronic membership procedures in place as of January 1st.

SULLIVAN COUNTY DIRECTOR

Michael Joyce

PO Box 679 Charlestown, NH 03603 603-477-8999 polarisman136@hotmail.com

SULLIVAN COUNTY ASSISTANT

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Blow-Me-Down Snow Riders PO Box 221 Cornish Flats, NH 03746 blowmedownsnowriders.com Submitted by: Gladys Berry As I sit in front of the computer, its fun to contemplate what type of winter is approaching and how the riding season will be. It is certainly on its way - currently 26 degrees and freezing rain. Since there’s not yet snow on the ground, I’ll take the opportunity to address another subject – social media, and the important role it plays in today’s world. Social media has been broadly defined to refer to “the many relatively inexpensive and widely accessible electronic tools that enable anyone to publish and access information, collaborate on a common effort, or build relationships." As the oldest of seven children, I look back on my childhood and realize how fortunate we were. We played outside in the fresh air and entertained ourselves. Personal computers had yet to be invented. Our main connection to the world was a hard wired party line phone. One of the down sides (and there were many) to a party line phone – it enabled those who wished to spread gossip, to do so having heard the news first hand by listening in on another party’s conversation. A TV antenna rotator enabled us to receive two TV channels; which left little to no bickering over what to watch. Fast forward to today. Personal computers. Cordless phones. Mobile phones. Hundreds of TV channels. It is hard to image life without social media. It allows us to easily stay in touch with our family and friends whether they are just across town or across the country. There are a host of pros and cons to social media. While it can cause problems by decreasing face to face interactions, it can be utilized to document memories and learn about and explore things. The trick - not to let social media consume you; or like they say – everything in moderation. Please take a moment and “Like” us on Facebook – BlowMe-Down Snowriders, and, check out our new enhanced website: blowmedownsnowriders.com/ Think Snow! ❄


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2016 NEW HAMPSHIRE SNOWMOBILE ASSOCIATION

ANNUAL BOOK SCHOLARSHIP SCHOLARSHIP RULES AND INFORMATION The New Hampshire Snowmobile Association will award three book scholarships ($1,000.00, $500.00 and $250.00) to a graduating high school senior who has been accepted at a College, Junior College, or Vocational School or to a College Student who is already enrolled. The student’s Parents or Guardians must be already a member in good standing in the New Hampshire Snowmobile Association for the 2015-2016 year. The Scholarship Committee will review all applications and make its award based upon academic achievement, extracurricular involvement, community service and the quality of the original essay submitted with each application. Financial need is a secondary criterion used in the selection of the winner. Completion of the financial need portion of the application is optional. Students who have provided a complete financial background will be given priority over those whose applications are incomplete when all other considerations are the same. The 2016 essay should be about what snowmobiling means to you, or about snowmobiling in your state (economy, trails, and environment) in five hundred (500) words or less. Your complete application package must be received by the New Hampshire Snowmobile Association office by April 1, 2016. The package must contain the following: your application, letter of acceptance at the college you will be attending, transcript of grades at high school or grade record of the college you are already attending, essay and your recommendations. Black

All application materials are considered Confidential, and will be limited to examination for their intended purpose only and become property of the New Hampshire Snowmobile Association. 2015-2016 NHSA Scholarship Committee

New Hampshire Snowmobile Association 2015-2016 Legal Fund Form

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NHSA Affiliated Clubs BELKNAP COUNTY Belknap Snowmobilers, PO Box 7224, Gilford, NH 03247-7224, www.belknapsnowmobilers.com Belmont Bogie Busters, PO Box 130, Belmont, NH 03220, www.belmontbogiebusters.org Gilmanton Snowmobile Association, PO Box 291, Gilmanton, NH 03237, www.gilmantonsnowmobilers.com Mohawk Trail Riders, PO Box 167, Sanbornton, NH 03269, www.mohawktrailriders.org Mt. Major Snowmobile Club, PO Box 208, Alton Bay, NH 03810, www.mountmajorsnowmobileclub.com SnoStreakers, Inc., PO Box 780, Meredith, NH 03253, www.sno-streakers.com

CARROLL COUNTY Moultonboro Snowmobile Club, PO Box 118, Moultonboro, NH 03254, www.moultonborosmc.org Mountain Meadow Riders, PO Box 342 North Conway, NH 03818, www.mmrsc.net Ossipee Valley Snowmobile Club, PO Box 261, W Ossipee, NH 03890 www.ovsc.net Sandwich Sidehillers, PO Box 113, Sandwich, NH 03259, www.sandwichsidehillers.com Scrub Oak Scramblers, PO Box 185, Madison, NH 03849, www.sossc.com Seven Lakes Snowmobile Club, PO Box 311, East Wakefield, NH 03830, www.sevenlakessnowmobileclub.com Snoward Bound Snowmobile Club, PO Box 400, Center Conway, NH 03813, www.townandcountry.com/new_page_7.htm White Mountain Trail Club, PO Box 712, Glen, NH 03838, www.whitemountaintrailclub.com Wolfeboro Snowmobile Club, PO Box 268, Wolfeboro Falls, NH 03896, www.wolfeborosnowmobileclub.com

Twin StateTrail Busters, PO Box 858, Lebanon, NH 03766, Email: twinstatetrailbusters@yahoo.com White Mountain Snowmobile Club, PO Box 721, Lincoln, NH 03251, www.whitemtsnowmobileclub.org

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY Border Riders Snowmobile Club, PO Box 644, Pelham, NH 03076, www.borderridersofpelham.com Brookline Ice Breakers, PO Box 198, Brookline, NH 03033, www.brooklineicebreakers.com Crotched Mt. Ridge Runners, 32 South Elmwood Road, Hancock, NH 03449 email: sdwestaway@peoplepc.com Hudson Sno-Men, 41 Chase Road, Londonderry, NH 03053, www.facebook.com/HudsonSnomen Merrimack Sno Buds, PO Box 833, Merrimack, NH 03054-0833, www.snobuds.com Night Riders, Inc., PO Box 759, Hillsboro, NH 03244, www.nightridersnh.com Nor'Easters Snowmobile Club, PO Box 517, Hollis,NH 03049, www.noreasters.org Uncanoonuc Mountaineers, PO Box 486, Goffstown, NH 03045, www.uncanoonucmountaineers.org Weare Winter Wanderers, PO Box 513, Weare, NH 03281, www.wearewinterwandererssc.org Wilton/Lyndeborough Winter Wanderers, PO Box 455, Wilton, NH 03086, www.wlww.org

MERRIMACK COUNTY Merrimack County Website: www.merrimackcounty.snowclubs.com Andover Snowmobile Club, PO Box 332, Andover,NH 03216-0332 Email: info@andoversnowmobileclub.com, www.andoversnowmobileclub.com

CHESHIRE COUNTY

Bee Hole Beavers, 61 Piper Hill Road, Loudon, NH 03307, www.beeholebeavers.org

Ashuelot Valley Blazers Snowmobile Club, 40 Old Spofford Road, Winchester, NH 03470 Chesterfield Snowmobilers, PO Box 24, Chesterfield, NH 03443 Hooper Hill Hoppers, PO Box 142, Walpole, NH 03608, www.hooperhillhoppers.com Keene Sno-Riders, PO Box 1511, Keene, NH 03431, www.keenesnoriders.com Little Monadnock Family Trails, 110 Fish Hatchery Road, Richmond, NH 03470, www.LMFTNH.com Monadnock Sno Moles, Inc., PO Box 265, Rindge, NH 03461-0376, www.snomoles.org Monadnock Trail Breakers, PO Box 338, Dublin, NH 03444, www.monadnocktrailbreakers.com Pisgah Mt. Trailriders, PO Box 546, Hinsdale, NH 03451, http://pisgahmtntrailriders.blogspot.com Ridge Skippers, 311 Apple Hill Road, Nelson, NH 03457, www.ridgeskippers.com Stoddard Rock Hoppers, PO Box 900, Stoddard, NH 03464, www.stoddardrockhoppers.org Westmoreland Sno-Belters, PO Box 8, Westmoreland, NH 0346, www.westmorelandsnobelters.com Winchester Trail Riders, PO Box 225, Winchester, NH 03470, www.winchestertrailriders.org

Bow Pioneer Snowmobile Club, PO Box 1772 Concord, NH 03302, www.bowpioneers.org

COOS COUNTY

New Hampshire Trail Dawgs, PO Box 45, Suncook, NH 03275, www.NHTraildawgs.com

Contoocook Sno-Mads, PO Box 682, Contoocook, NH 03229, www.facebook.com/SnoMads Deerhead '400 Snowmobile Club, 54 Island Road, Candia, NH 03034 Fort Mountain Trailwinders Snowmobile Club, PO Box 61, Epsom, NH 03234

Kearsarge Mountaineers Snowmobile Club, PO Box 48 North Sutton, NH 03260, www.kearsargemountaineers.com Kearsarge Trail Snails, PO Box 97, Warner, NH 03278, www.kearsargetrailsnails.com Lakes Region Snowmobile Club, PO Box 480, Franklin, NH 03235, www.lakesregionsnowmobileclub.com Lake Sunapee Snowmobile Club, Inc., PO Box 391, Newbury, NH 03255, www.lsscinc.org NH Sno-Shakers Snowmobile Club, c/o 7133 Oak Hill Road, Loudon, NH 03307, www.snoshakers.com

Colebrook Ski Bees, PO Box 125, Colebrook, NH 03576, www.colebrookski-bees.com Dalton Ridge Riders, 64 Bush Road, Dalton, NH 03598, www.daltonridgerunners.com Groveton Trailblazers, 24 Eames Street, Groveton, NH 03582, www.grovetontrailblazers.com Jefferson Hi-Landers, PO Box 273, Jefferson, NH 03583, www.Jeffersonhilanders.com Lancaster Snow Drifters, PO Box 566, Lancaster, NH 03584, www.lancastersnowdrifters.org Milan All Weather Riders, PO Box 75, Milan, NH 03588, www.milanallweatherriders.webs.com Pittsburg Ridge Runners, 17 Dickson Lane, Pittsburg, NH 03592, www.pittsburgridgerunners.org Presidential Range Riders, PO Box 141, Gorham, NH 03581, www.presidentialrangeriders.org Stratford Nighthawks, 18 Washburn Road, North Stratford, NH 03590, www.stratfordnighthawks.com Swift Diamond Riders, PO Box 331, Colebrook, NH 03576, www.swiftdiamondriders.com Twin Mountain Snowmobile Club, PO Box 179, Twin Mountain, NH 03595, www.twinmtnsnowmobile.org Umbagog Snowmobile Association, 26 Allison Street, Concord, NH 03301, www.umbagogsnowmobile.com Waumbek Methna Snowmobile Club, PO Box 115, Jefferson, NH 03583, www.waumbekmethna.com White Mountain Ridge Runners, PO Box 425, Berlin, NH 03570-0425, www.whitemtridgerunners.com Whitefield Sno Kings, PO Box 64, Whitefield, NH 03598, www.snokings.com

Suncook Valley Sno-Riders, PO Box 301, Center Barnstead, NH 03225, www.suncookvalleysnoriders.com

GRAFTON COUNTY

STRAFFORD COUNTY

Alexandria Ledge Climbers, 80 Patten Road, Alexandria, NH 03222, www.AlexandriaLedgeClimbers.org Asquamchumaukee Valley Snowmobile Club, PO Box 284, Warren, NH 03279, www.avscnh.org Baker River Valley Snowmobile Club, PO Box 122, Wentworth, NH 03282, www.mybrvsc.org Bridgewater Mountain Snowmobile Club, PO Box 368, New Hampton 03256, www.bridgewatermtnsmc.org Bruhawachet Sno-Trackers, Inc., PO Box 441, Rumney, NH 03266, www.bruhawachet.com Central N. H. Snowmobile Club, PO Box 1315, Campton, NH 03223-1315, www.cnhsc.com Connecticut Valley Snowmobile Club, 39 Slate Ridge Drive, Haverhill, NH 03765 www.ctvalleysnowmobileclub.com Hardy Country Snowmobile Club, PO Box 43, Hebron, NH 03241, www.hardycountrysnowmobileclub.net Lisbon Stump Jumpers, PO Box 142, Lisbon, NH 03585, www.lisbonstumpjumpers.org Littleton Off Road Riders, PO Box 281, Littleton, NH 03561, www.littletonsnowmobileclub.com Lyme Pinnacle Snowmobile Club, PO Box 121, Lyme, NH 03768 Mascoma Valley Snow Travelers, PO Box 307, Springfield, NH 03284, www.mascomavalleysnowtravelers.com Monroe Bumper Humpers, 363 Coppermine Road, Monroe, NH 03771, Email:dmitton@roadrunner.com Mount Agassiz Trail Association, PO Box 632, Bethlehem, NH 03574 Mt. Cardigan Snowmobile Club, PO Box 203, Canaan, NH 03741, www.mtcardigansnowmobile.com Pemigewasset Valley Snowmobile Club, PO Box 391, Bristol, NH 03222, www.pemivalleysc.org Snowdrifters Snowmobile Club, 2532 Buffalo Road, Rumney, NH 03266, http://snowdrifters.info/ Squam Trail Busters, PO Box 555, Holderness, NH 03245, www.squamtrailbusters.org

Barrington Snow Goers, PO Box 146, Barrington, NH 03825, www.snowgoers.org

Sutton Ridgerunners, PO Box 453, North Sutton, NH 03260, www.suttonridgerunners.com T-N Arch Trail Travelers, Inc., 136 Bean Hill Road, Northfield, NH 03276, www.tnarchtrailtravelers.org Town Line Trail Dusters, Inc., PO Box 3031, Boscawen, NH 03303, www.traildusters.snowclubs.com

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY Derry Pathfinders, PO Box 692, Derry, NH 03038, www.derrypathfinders.org Exeter Snow Hounds, 75 Beech Hill Road, Exeter, NH 03833, www.exetersnowhounds.org Great Bay Sno-Rollers, 34 Wiswall Road, Durham, NH 03824, www.greatbaysnorollers.com Newfields Sno-Raiders, Inc., PO Box 89, Newfields, NH 03856, www.newfieldssnoraiders.org Northwood Crank Pullers, 47 Meadow Lane, Northwood, NH 03261, www.northwoodcrankpullers.com S-Ki-Mo, 92 North Main Street, Salem, NH 03079 Southern New Hampshire Snow Slickers, 73 Tower Hill Road, Candia, NH 03034, www.snowmobile-nh.com Southern New Hampshire Trailblazers, PO Box 263, Kingston, NH 03848, www.snhtrailblazers.com

Evergreen Valley Snowmobile Club, PO Box 1255, Milton, NH 03851, www.evergreenvalley.org Lee Sno-Travelers, Box 108 Gile Road, Nottingham, NH 03290 Powder Mill Snowmobile Club, PO Box 324, New Durham, NH 03855, www.powdermillsnowmobileclub.org Strafford Swampstompers, PO Box 301, Strafford, NH 03884, www.straffordswampstompers.org

SULLIVAN COUNTY Blow-Me-Down Snow Riders, PO Box 221, Cornish Flat, NH 03746, www.blowmedownsnowriders.com Blue Mountain Snow Dusters, ORC, PO Box 428, Grantham, NH 03753, www.snowdusters.org Crescent Lake Regional Sno-Riders, PO Box 992, Claremont, NH 03743, www.clrsr.com Hidden Valley Sno-Riders, PO Box 417, Marlow, NH 03456, www.hiddenvalleysnoriders.org Old 4 Rod, Gun & Snowmobile Club, PO Box 679, Charlestown, NH 03603, www.old4rgsmclub.org Shugah Valley Snow Riders, Inc., PO Box 944, Claremont, NH 03743, www.svsrclub.org Tri-Town Trailblazers, PO Box 205, Alstead, NH 03602, www.tritowntrailblazers.com Twin Ridge Mountaineers, PO Box 262, Goshen, NH 03752, www.facebook.com/Twin-Ridge-Mountaineers-Snowmobile-Club-Inc Washington Snow Riders, PO Box 401, Washington, NH 03280, www.washingtonsnowriders.org

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www.fortmountaintrailwinders.snowmobileclubs.com Henniker Trail Travelers, PO Box 168, Henniker, NH 03242, www.hennikertrailtravelers.com


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LAKES REGION

TownePlace Suites by Marriott 14 Sawmill Road Gilford, NH 03249 603-524-5533

MONADNOCK REGION

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ Cardinal Cabins 44-46 Cardinal Drive Pittsburg, NH 03592 603-538-6665 www.cardinalcabins.com Cabins @ Partridge 3 Partridge Road Pittsburg, NH 03592 603-538-6380 www.partridgecabins.com Colebrook Country Club 15 Abenaki Lane Colebrook, NH 03576 603-237-5566 www.colebrookcountryclub.com

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Diamond Peaks Motel & Country Store 1216 Rt. 26 Colebrook, NH 03576 603-237-5104 www.diamondpeaksmotelandstore.com Errol Motel LLC 132 Main Street Errol NH 03579 603-482-3256 www.errol-motel.com F.B. Spaulding Company 244 Main Street Lancaster, NH 03584 603-788-2281 www.fbpaulding.com Lemieux Garage 161 Main Street Colebrook, NH 03576 603-237-4377 www.lemieuxgarage.com Paradise Point Cottages Route 26 Erroll, NH 03579 603-482-3834 www.paradisepointcottages.com Ramblewood Cabins & Campground 59 Ramblewood Rd. Pittsburg, NH 03592 603- 538-6948 www.ramblewoodcabins.com Snowfield Cabins 25 Kingfield Road Pittsburg, NH 03592 603-538-7008 wwwsnowfieldcabins.tripod.com SPA Restaurant & Outback Pub 869 Washington Street West Stewartstown, NH 03597 603-246-3039 www.spa-outback.com

mhtgf-towneplace-suites-gilford/ daSilva Motorsports 7 Moultonboro Neck Road Moultonboro, NH 03254 603- 253-6688 daSilvamotorsports.com Fireside Inn & Suites 17 Harris Shore Road Gilford, NH 03249 603-293-7526 www.firesideinngilford.com Gilmanton Winery 528 Meadow Pond Road Gilmaton, NH 03237 603-267-8251 www.gilmantonwinery.com Granite State Assurance, Allstate Agency 40 East Main Street Tilton, NH 03276 603-729-1150 chesley.gaudet@allstate.com HK Powersports - Laconia 1197 Union Avenue Laconia, NH 03246 603-524-0100 www.hkpowersports.com Interlakes Irrigation Company Design - Installation - Maintenance 26 Shaker Jerry Road Moultonboro, NH 03254 www.interlakesirr.com Meredith Woods Four Season Camping Area 26 Campground Road Meredith, NH 03253 603- 279-5449 www.meredithwoods.com Outdoor Performance LLC 508 Mayhew Turnpike Bristol, NH 03222 603-744-9875 www.nhoutdoor.com Patrick's Pub 18 Weirs Rd. Gilford, NH 03249 603-293-0841 www.patrickspub.com Proline Products LLC 34 Industrial Way Milton, NH 03851 603-652-7337 www.nhtrailers.com Rochester Sports Center 71 Calef Highway Barrington, NH 03825 603-332-1022 rochestersportscenter.com

MERRIMACK VALLEY REGION

Best Western Plus Sovereign Hotel 401 Winchester Street Keene, NH 03431 603-357-3038 www.bestwestern.com Garys Power Equipment 60 Forest Lake Rd. Winchester, NH 03470 603- 239-4953

Bickford's Sports Center 1664 Dover Rd Epsom, NH 03234 603-736-9050 www.bickfordssportcenter.com

Highland Lake Marina Restaurant & Services, Inc 1219 Shedd Hill Road Stoddard, NH 03464 603-466-3943 www.highlandlakemarina.com

Allstate - The Wicks Insurance Group, Inc. 447 Second Street Manchester, NH 03102 603-668-7228 http://agents.allstate.com/kurt-wicksmanchester-nh.html

Livingston's Auto Repair 123 Henniker Street Hillsboro, NH 03244 603- 464-5000 www.livinstonsarcticat.com

Freedom Cycle 110 Manchester Street Concord, NH 03301 603-225-2779 www.freedomcyclenh.com HK Powersports - Hooksett 1354 Hooksett Rd. Hooksett, NH 03106 603-668-4343 www.hkpowersports.com Jordan Equipment Co. 744 Clough Mill Rd. Pembroke, NH 03275 603- 228-3564 www.jordanequipment.com Milwaukee Iron Works 636 North Mast Road New Boston NH 03070 603-497-5073 www.milwaukeeironworks.com Nashua Sports & Cycle 107 Daniel Webster HWY Nashua, NH 03060 603-897-0350 www.nashuasportsandcycle.com Nault's Powersports 420 Second Street Manchester, NH 03102 603-669-7220 www.naultspowersports.com

The Common Man Inn & Spa 231 Main Street Plymouth, NH 03264 603-536-2200 www.thecmaninn.com/plymouth/

Nault's Windham 60 Range Road Windham, NH 03087 603-898-4466 www.naultswindham.com

The Windrifter Resort 337 So. Main Street Wolfeboro, NH 03825 603-569-1323 www.windrifterresort.com

Prinoth, LLC 264 NH Route 106 Gilmanton, NH 03237 603-267-7840 www.prinoth.com

Pinnacleview Equipment Inc 19 Pinnacle Lane Walpole, NH 03608 603-756-4808 www.pinnacleviewequipment.com Serreti Insurance - Allstate 377 Nashua Street Milford, NH 03055 603-672-6061 Troy Arctic Cat & Ski Doo 136 North Main Street Troy, NH 03465 603-242-7839 www.troyarcticcat.com

SEACOAST REGION daSilva Motorsports LLC 710 Route 111 Hampstead, NH 03826 603- 329-7810 www.dasilvamotorsports.com

Franconia Notch Vacations 287 Main Street Franconia, NH 03580 800-247-5536 www.franconiares.com Garneau's Garage 101 Route 302 Twin Mountain, NH 03595 603-846-5790 garneaus@roadrunner.com Green Village Cabins 476 US Route 3 Lincoln, NH 03251 603-745-6623 www.greenvillagecabins.com Josselyns Getaway Cabins 306 North Road Jefferson, NH 03593 603-586-4507 www.josselyns.com Littleton Motorsports 515 Union Street Littleton, NH 03561 603-444-5003 www.littletonmotorsports.com Northern Extremes Snowmobiling 2267 Crawford Notch Highway Bretton Woods, NH 03575 603-986-5406 1328 US Route 302 Bartlett, NH 03812 603-374-6000 northernextremessnowmobiling.com Omni Mount Washington Resorts 310 Mt. Washington Hotel Rd. Bretton Woods, NH 03575 800-258-0330 www.brettonwoods.com/lodging Pine Valley Cabins 3466 US Route 3 Thornton, NH 03285 603-960-9276 www.pinevalleycabins.com

Foss Motors 133 Portsmouth Avenue Exeter, NH 03833 www.fosscars.com

Profile Powersports 1319 White Mountain Highway Conway, NH 03818 603-447-5855 www.profilepowersports.com

White Mountain Wealth Management of Raymond James 29 Maplewood Avenue, Suite 2 Portsmouth, NH 03801 800-221-5701 www.whitemountainwealth.com

SledVentues Rentals of Lincoln, NH 202 Streeter Pond Road Sugar Hill, NH 03586 603-238-2571 www.sledventures.com

WHITE MOUNTAIN REGION Carroll Motel & Cottages 73 Route 3 Twin Mountain, NH 03595 603-846-5553 www.carrollmotelandcottages.com

Town & Country 2928 East Conway Road East Conway, NH 03813 603-939-2698 www.townandcountry.com Town & Country Motor Inn 20 State Route 2 Gorham, NH 03581 603-466-3315 www.townandcountryinn.com


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Classified Ads SNOWMOBILES

RENTALS

SERVICES

2010 Skidoo 600 ETC: Studded, 8inch carbides, electric start, reverse, 2 windshields, mirrors, heat shield hook up. Mileage 1600, stored inside asking $6500, or BRO, excellent condition. Call 224-0803

Errol, NH: Two bedrooms, can sleep up

Sno-Country Shocks: Service, rebuilding, valving of high pressure gas shocks. Fast turnaround, 10 years experience. Located in Colebrook NH. Call Ken at 603-237-5814 or email: scshocks@gmail.com. 

1972 John Deere 400 Snowmobile: additional parts sled, various JD parts. Contact Jim Strickland @ 603-446-7566 jpstrick@myfairpoint.net

MISCELLEANOUS

satellite TV. Reasonably priced.

Call or

email for rates. Errolnhrental@gmail.com 603-482-0921 Planning a family snowmobiling get away? WINTER VACATION RENTAL in Sanbornton, NH on Lake Winnisquam: Sleeps up to 18. State Snowmobile trail 301 right behind the house with For Pictures, Rates and Availability visit:

Home Built Snowmobile Trail Drag: Should be pulled by HD 4 wheeler w/ tracks or UTV. 11 feet long by 54 inches wide, spring loaded draw bar on board electro hydraulic unit to raise front of drag wheels on rear for road crossings. More than 1500.00 invested will sell for 1200.00 or B.O. would consider giving it to a club with a nonprofit standing, as a tax deduction. Call Steve at 603-2616751 for more info or to view drag.

in the Baker River area. Located at 1620'

Milan, NH: Building lots for sale, nice views, near trails, surveyed and perc-tested 603-398-7282. aylls@myfairpoint.net.

www.vrbo.com/598598 Snowmobile Out The Door: into the beautiful and scenic trails of Central NH in elevation we got the snow.

Check

us out at www.homeway.com LISTING #4086570

Retired or semi-retired person or persons to ride: with me and others on various saddlebag trips 4-10 days in Quebec Canada. Call Phil at 603-490-0177

VERMONT

To place a classified ad: Email Gail Hanson at execdir@nhsa.com or fax her at 603-273-0218. Cost: • Free listing for NHSA Members. (You must be a Member to place a classified ad.) • $135.00 charge for each business classified ad

Absolute PowerSports VT 70 Industrial Park Wells River, VT 05081 802-429-2500 www.absolutepowersportsvt.com

Deadline:

Mountain Grooming Equipment PO Box 324 Waitsfield, VT 05673 802-496-3836 www.mountaingrooming.com

All ads will run for 2 issues. Please notify the NHSA office if your object has been sold.

We must have your copy by the 1st of the month ­preceding the issue in which you want to advertise.

Josselyn’s Getaway Log Cabins 306 North Road, Jefferson, NH 03583 Direct Trail Access to Corridor 5 Secluded and handcrafted, spacious log cabins offer fireplaces, private decks w/grills, kitchens, TV/VCR and beautiful log furniture. Kids Free. Pets OK.

1-800-586-4507 www.josselyns.com

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WANTED – SNOWMOBILERS

Northern Outdoors 1771 Route 201 The Forks, ME 04985 207-663-4466 www.northernoutdoors.com

Philbrick Motor Sports 496 Groton Road, #10 Westford, MA 01886 978-799-8001 www.philbrickmotorsports.com

IN SNO-TRAVELER!

LAND – FOR SALE

MAINE

Billerica Motorsports & Marine 6 Riveredge Road Billerica, MA 01862 978-667-1518 www.billericamotorsports.com

ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS

easy access to corridors 11 and 9.

Hacksaw Track: 1” x 128” all picked. No bent or ripped picks, 1000 miles – all Northen Maine. Fits Polaris or Arctic Cat. $400 or BO 603-770-9876

MASSACHUSETTS

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The “Sno-Traveler” and/or the New Hampshire Snowmobile Association cannot and will not be responsible for the authenticity or actuality of the below listed advertisements.

to 6 ppl. Easy access to snowmobile trail,

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NHSA Calendar of Events Date

Event

Location

Information

January 8th

SNHSS Club Ride ~ 6:30pm

Club house to Epsom Traffic Circle Supper at Happy Family Chinese Restaurant

Info: Snowslickers@yahoo.com

January 9th

Warming Hut at Deer Mountain Opens The hut will be open every Saturday throughout the Season

January 9th

NH Snowshakers Spaghetti Supper & Mystery Auction - 6pm

At the Club House 70 Clough Pond Road, Canterbury, NH

To donate an item to for the auction please contact Tom Dow at 603.231.7996 or tdow289@comcast.net

January 12th

Blow-Me-Down Snowriders Club Meeting - 7PM

169 Route 120, Plainfield NH 03781

Information: Gladys Berry 603/543-1118 or gaberry@comcast.net

January 14th

Pittsburg Ridge Runners Club Meeting ~ 7:30pm

PRR Club House - 17 Dickson Lane, Pittsburg

603-538-1142 or www.pittsburgridgerunners.org

January 15th

SNHSS Club Ride ~ 6:30pm

Club house to Salem Supper at Alley Cat

Info: Snowslickers@yahoo.com

January 18th

Southern NH Snow Slickers General Membership Meeting ~ 7pm

SNHSS Club House, 73 Tower Hill Road, Candia

Questions: Jimm@snowslickers.org

January 19th

NHSA Board of Directors Meeting ~ 7:00pm

NHSA Office, 614 Laconia Road, Tilton

273-0220 or email: NHSAOffice@nhsa.com

January 19th -21st

SNHSS Club Trip ~ 6:00am

Meet at liquor store / staying at Mountain View Cabins

Raymond Philibotte @ 603-860-8911 or Snowslickers@yahoo.com

January 20th

Club News Articles are due for the 2014 Late Winter issue of the Sno-Traveler

Call Gail. . . .273-0220 or email: execdir@nhsa.com

January 20th

Grafton County Meeting ~ 7:30pm

Baker River Valley Club House 197 N. Dorchester Road, Wentworth, NH

Direct any questions to Evelyn Ferrell, Grafton County Director Email: eferrell@roadrunner.com Phone: 603-786-2770

January 22nd

SNHSS Club Ride - 6:30pm

Club house to Manchester Supper at Goldenrod

Info: Snowslickers@yahoo.com

January 23rd

Groveton Trailblazers Steak Feed ~ 5pm - 7pm

Groveton Trailblazers Club House

www.grovetontrailblazers.com

January 23rd

Hidden Valley Sno Riders Annual Pasta Dinner for Camp Sno Mo

January 25th

Rockingham County Meeting ~ 7:30pm Hosted by: Exeter Snowhounds

Fremont Depot

Questions? Dave Copeland - 942-8303 Rob Kennedy - 234-0043

January 29th

SNHSS Club Ride ~ 6:30pm

Club house to Northwood Dinner at Johnson's

Info: Raymond Philibotte @ 603-860-8911 or Snowslickers@yahoo.com

January 30th

Andover SMC Annual Italian Buffet Great Italian food, spaghetti, lasagna, meatballs, sausage, salad, garlic bread, and great deserts. We also have our Raffle in place for Easter Seals Camp SnoMo. There are typically over 100 items raffled off with all proceeds from the raffle going to Easter Seals for Camp SnoMo. This is a great cause and a wonderful time.

www.andoversnowmobileclub.com

February 1st

Southern NH Snow Slickers Board of Director Meeting ~ 7pm

SNHSS Club House, 73 Tower Hill Road, Candia

Questions: Steve Lord @ 603-772-0766 or stevel@snowslickers.org

February 3rd

Lake Sunapee Snowmobile Club Meeting - 7pm

Newbury Safety Building

www.lsscinc.org Information: Craig Mayo - 603-393-9004

February 3rd thru 5th

SNHSS Club Trip Easter Seals Ride

Club House to Canada and back

Info: Raymond Philibotte @ 603-860-8911 or Snowslickers@yahoo.com

JANUARY 2016

603-538-1142 or www.pittsburgridgerunners.org

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Contact Joe Baril for tickets 603 446 2292 or joe@barils.com

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Advertiser’s Index To get more information on the products advertised, call the phone number listed below or for fast easy access to online information about Sno-Traveler’s advertisers, point your Web browser to the corresponding advertiser’s Website and/or e-mail addresses listed below. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 800 437-1180 www.libertymutual.com/lm/christophervalley

Absolute PowerSports VT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 802-429-2500 www.absolutepowersportsvt.com

Nault's Powersports / Nault's Windham. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 603-669-7220 or 603-898-4466 www.naultspowersports.com

Bickford's Sport Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 603-736-9050 www.bickfordssportcenter.com

Northern Outdoors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 888-770-SLED www.northernoutdoors.com

Billerica Motorsports & Marine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 978-667-1518 www.billericamotorsports.com

Outdoor Performance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 603-744-9875 www.nhoutdoor.com

Coleman Estates. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 www.nhstateparks.org

Prinoth, LLC - Eastern US. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 603-267-7840 www.prinoth.com

Diamond Peaks Motel & Country Store. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 603 237-5104

Prinoth, LLC.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 450-776-3600 www.prinoth.com

Foss Motors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 888-295-2610 www.fosscars.com

Proline Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 603-652-7337 www.nhtrailers.com

GPS Trailmaster. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 603-493-5474 www.gpstrailmasters.com

Raymond James/White Mountain Wealth Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 800-221-5701 www.raymondjames.com/whitemountainwealth

Indian Motorcycle of North Boston. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 978-251-0747 www.indianmotorcyclesnorthboston.com

Scrub Oak Scramblers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 www.sossc.com

Josselyn's Getaway Log Cabins. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 603-586-4507 www.josselyns.com

The Trailer Outlet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 888-350-6500 www.traileroutlet.net

JPI Pyrotech. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 603-759-9228 www.JPIpyro.com

Wicks Insurance Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 603-668-7228 www.agents.allstate.com/kurt-wicks-manchester-nh.html

Lancaster Grand Prix. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 www.lancastergrandprix.com

Yamaha. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 800-88-YAMAHA www.yamaha-motor.com

These Local Businesses Support

YOUR SPORT.

Please Thank Them by Using Their Services!

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Absolute Power Sports NH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 603-466-5454 www.absolutepowersportsnh.com


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