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 6412 | Snowmobile VERMONT LUNENBURG POLAR BEARS CELEBRATE 50 YEARS By Mike Mutascio How do you celebrate a snowmobile club’s 50th anniversary? Ideas were tossed around for several meetings. Perhaps a party, dance or snowmobile event? Input eventually magnetized towards the club’s legacy of town support. The solution for the Lunenburg Polar Bears was to applaud five decades of accomplishments amongst the residents that helped make it happen. Members elected to combine the gala with the fall town-wide pot luck, “Grub on the Green”at the Common on Sept. 10. Concepts included creating a dramatic outdoor display that showcased the club’s role in propelling Vermont snowmobiling. The priority was to honor the achievements of founding members. The “Event Planning” article in the Late Winter issue of Snowmobile Vermont yielded a great reference. Several summer meetings streamlined objectives, responsibilities, expenditures and redundancies for adverse weather. A friendly offering of food would be provided by town volunteers amongst a backdrop of live music from the gazebo. In advance of the occasion, photo albums were dusted off and uploaded to the club’s Facebook page. Decades of meeting minutes were summarized in the online ‘Milestones’ section. An extensive search resulted in the discovery of rare 1971 club movies. They will be available on the club’s YouTube channel this fall. Members readied the Polar Bears’ fleet, prepared attractive displays and completed marketing objectives. The setup crew gathered on Saturday at 7 a.m. at the Methodist Church parking lot. Several canopies were erected, chairs and tables unfolded and power was routed. By mid-morning, an impressive display filled the heart of town. The club’s entire fleet was lined up street-side in proud order. The Pisten Bully 400 received a complete graphics upgrade. The Mogul Master drag was beaming with a brush cutter sporting a refreshed look. A splendid display of Skandic grooming snowmobiles with a Class IV drag was surrounded by new trail intersection signs. The club’s utility Ranger ATV donned formal wear of new paint throughout. An Sharon and Tom Moore have been valuable landowners for many years. Mike Mutascio accepts a vintage painting of founding club member, Truman Wright. Snowmobile historian and journalist, Midge Rosebrook, gifted the painting to the Polar Bears during the 50th anniversary event. Dana Nason, trailmaster and groomer; Mike Mutascio, secretary; Dick Santaw, vice-president; Tom Kirley, member; Roddy Loynd, member; Mike Audet, member; Jim McGoldrick, landowner; Todd Colby, member and groomer; Gregg Williams, president and groomer; Jeff Balch, member; Don Tibbetts, member; and Floyd Kelley, member proudly pose in front of their 50th Anniversary event displays.