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12 Snowmobile VERMONT Magazine VAST News THUNDER CHICKENS RECEIVE AWARD FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE by Jeff Fay Question what do Frisbees paint brushes and skateboards have to do with snowmobiling Answer all three are tied to the Barre Town Thunder Chickens who received a pre-season honor recently having been recognized by the Greater Barre Area Service Clubs for their long term dedication and support to the community. The Lions Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs annually highlight individuals and organizations that help make the area a better place to live. The Thunder Chickens joined a long list of honorees dating back to 1982 more than 200 in all. Among the accomplishments noted was the club having raised and donated over 45000 for the benefit of the Travis Mercy Memorial Skate Park at the Barre Town Recreation Area and the painting maintenance of the Town Garage on Brook Street which also serves as groomer space for the club. It was also noted that the club assisted in the development of the Quarries Disc Golf Course in the town forest. Long time President Dave Rouleau accepted the honor on behalf of the club as his wife and several other club members shared in the celebration. The Thunder Chickens founded in 1972 maintain 40 miles of VAST trail over nearly 60 landowners property and have a membership exceeding 400. They also manage to squeeze in annual hosting of a snowmobile safety course sponsorship of Freestyle Jump shows and were VAST Club of the Year in 2009. If you are looking for some new trails to enjoy this season check out what the Thunder Chickens have to offer they are having a Poker Ride in February. Thunder Chickens president Dave Rouleau center in chicken hat and other award recipients from the community gather for a goup photo. 413 284-1673 2 Wilbraham Street Palmer Mass. ski-doo sales service Clothing accessories Karavan trailers VAST registrations Factory trained technicians N E W I T E M S CL O T H I N G G E A R The Greater Barre Area Service Clubs award presented to the Barre Town Thunder Chickens.