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 64 Early Winter 2016 | 51 Club News Andover Mountaineers Snow Riders Oh my, what a season it has been and it has just officially started! The Andover Mountaineers Snow Riders have been very busy for the past year planning events, setting schedules and finalizing trail paperwork to get where we are now. I am pleased to say that over the past year we have performed a total of five complete bridge replacements, three of these being done within a timeframe of three weekends! This includes expanding the width of the bridges and replacing beams to not only have safer travel for snowmobilers, but to also better serve neighboring clubs in need of groomer coverage. The participation from both snowmobiler and landowner has been a complete success and everyone involved should be proud! Along with this exciting news, we have had other trail changes that have improved rider safety on our trail system. Please be mindful of these changes and follow the signed trail! We have put out hundreds of stakes in fields to help direct you as you ride. Remember this is a privilege, not a right. Our landowner generosity is what makes the VAST trail system the best in the east. The club just had our annual Christmas party on Dec. 6 after a brief club meeting. Smiles were made with home-baked treats and punch as well as many smiles from the children when Santa Claus made an appearance to hand out presents! After handing out many presents, Santa climbed back into his sleigh and wished all a Merry Christmas and much snow as his reindeer flew him away! On Dec. 10, we had our Annual Pancake Breakfast at the Andover Town Hall. It was a huge success! All proceeds from the breakfast including monetary donations and non- perishable food items were donated WINDSOR COUNTY to our local food shelf, the Chester- Andover Family Center. Our breakfast also included a Blessing of the Snowmobilers by Rev. Tom Charlton, which may have just included a prayer for plenty of snow and fun times on the trail! Our next club event will be the Annual Pasta Dinner on Jan. 7 starting a 5 p.m. The dinner will be held at the Weston Rod and Gun club in Weston, Vt. As always, as with all of our events, this is open to everyone looking for good times and great food. The night will include a blind auction and a 50/50 raffle with many prizes donated by our local businesses and families. This is a great event and helps the club immensely to keep the trails open. It also gives an opportunity for our landowners to come and meet the people utilizing the trail system and making a bond between snowmobiler and landowner alike. Please be on the lookout for our upcoming event on the trail system, the BBQ Ride-In. This is an event that we hold when the weather is just right and it is on the Corridor 12 trail at the intersection of Little Pond Road so anyone can ride or drive to it! Watch our club Facebook account for dates and times or feel free to contact a club member to find out exact details! As always, ride safe and enjoy the view! We hope to see you out there! Sean Snyder, Trail Master Like us on Facebook Andover Mountianeers Snow Riders’Corridor 12, Bridge 2 work was completed by Bluto the dog, Melissa Hale, Zack Gregor, Bob Stanton, Gene Pategas and Dana Griswold Cavendish Green Mountain Snow Fleas Thanks to all who donated food and Silent Auction items, and volunteered their time to work at our second ‘Building a Home for our Tucker’ pig roast. The event also allowed us to recognize and thank 15 of our landowners. We especially appreciated seeing members of the Chester, Ludlow, and Weathersfield clubs at the event. Our trails have been our focus this fall. With the help of volunteers at three trail clean ups in October and November, we’ve been able to clear brush and widen several sections of trails that we hadn’t been able to address the past few years. In addition, we are pleased to report that Corridor 106 in Cavendish has been re-opened thanks to the generosity of the Shapiro/Seaton family. And, we have completed the second phase of replacing our older signs with VAST signs. We hope there is snow on the ground when this issue arrives at your home! Karen Marini, Secretary Like us on Facebook