Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 6420 | Snowmobile VERMONT CAVENDISH GREEN MOUNTAIN SNOW FLEAS Karen Marini, Secretary We maintain approximately 14 bridges on our piece of the trail system. The Cavendish Snow Fleas were very fortunate in getting a bridge construction grant from VAST and Windsor county in 2014 when we had to do an emergency bridge replacement. The current officers had only been in their positions a month, when in late November 2014, it was discovered that Deryl’s Bridge on Corridor 12 north of WR 43 had collapsed. The bridge was rebuilt by Mike Klassner, Keith Libby, Joe Marini, and Dan Tiernan with concrete blocks, iron beams, and pressure treated lumber for deck beams, decking, and railings. Some of the materials were donated to the club by Dick Jewett and the Chester Snowmobile Club, which helped keep the costs down. We would not have been able to get the bridge replaced without the help of VAST, Windsor county, Dick Jewett and the Chester Snowmobile Club Last year Bazin’s Bridge on Corridor 106 north of WR 70 collapsed. We were awarded a construction grant from VAST allowing us to replace the bridge using the same materials as Deryl’s bridge. Willie Arnow, Willie Arnow, Jr. and Jeff Stearns assisted our bridge builders Fred and Cam Burkhardt, Noah Fisher, Mike and Nick Klassner, Joe Marini and Dan Tiernan. We did not have a need to repair or replace any bridges this year, but will be applying for bridge construction grants next year. ANDOVER MOUNTAINEERS Melissa Hale, Member There are six bridges throughout the AMSR trail system. We have redone three of them this year, two last year and one the year before. These bridges are the twin bridges between Markham Mountain and Middletown Road, Newton Road Bridge, Keith’s Bridge, Rubino’s Bridge and the Horseshoe Acres Campground Bridge. Work on the three bridges this year was completed by volunteers Jason Hale, Melissa Hale, Booner Griswold, Dana Griswold, Sean Snyder, Ian Snyder, Leanna Snyder (who was 9 months pregnant), Nick Baker, Corbin Baker, Steffanie Baker, Gene Petagas, Bob Stanton, Rudy Chica, Mark Bushway, Zack Gregor and Bluto the doughnut loving hound dog. There were also many other friends and family members that helped out behind the scenes. While they may not have worked on the bridges directly, they were part of getting it done by loaning equipment or providing food and drinks to those working each day. We applied for reimbursement from VAST for most of the cost of the bridges, but there will be some expense to the club. The bridge at Horseshoe Acres Campground is the only bridge that is used for anything other than snowmobiling. All other bridges are on private property and are closed for the rest of the year. HURRICANE RIDERS Mary Hutchins, Secretary/Treasurer/Membership Coordinator We have five or six bridges on our trail system and several “puddle-jumper” bridges which are much shorter. They are all built to accommodate the groomer in width. Most of our bridges are gated and off limits during the off season due to landowner requests or location of the bridge. We received VAST grant funding to build a new 12 x 24’ bridge off-site to replace an old bridge. With the use of trucks, tractors and lots of manpower, we slid it into place during the one weekend we had snow last season! VAST grant funding also helped with the cost of redecking one of our bridges this season. We also did work on Corridor 5 in West Hartford where over a dozen trees were down. Two trees were on bridges and of course, bridge repair was needed. We removed broken rails and debris from a bridge and replaced the side rails. Before the season begins we plan to replace some runners on the bridge decks on both bridges at the Charlie Stetson property. The fall work crew consisted of volunteers Fred and Tracy, Wade and Coral, Harold W., Ken K. and Mary Hutchins. We continue to discuss additional work plans at our general membership meetings as trail work is never done. Windsor Bridges The Andover Mountaineers bridge work crew. Cavendish Green Montian Snow Fleas Joe Marini, Dan Tiernan, Mike Klassner and Keith Libby worked on Deryl’s Bridge.