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22 Snowmobile VERMONT It was about fifteen years ago and it was my first experience with trail work. It was out on Trail 58 in Island Pond. If you have ridden this trail you may understand what the meaning of the opening is. Jackie Roese and I were given the task of following our husbands down Trail 58 and putting up the rope on this trail. After that day out on the trail Jackie named our group the Rope- A-Dopes and for the next fifteen years our group has been out volunteering for the Brighton Snowmobile Club putting up all that rope. Jackie Roese passed away in early November and The Brighton Snowmobile Club has lost another member of our snowmobile community. Jackie and her husband Stacey are true snowmobilers and both love the sport. They have been snowmobiling for over thirty years. Their snowmobile trips have covered New York New Hampshire Maine and Vermont. My husband Chuck and I would spend Saturday nights having dinner with Jackie and Stacey and would enjoy hearing about their journeys and fun times which included J.K. ending up the Rhubarb and their daughter Barbaras engagement in Rangley Maine on a family snowmobile trip. It was one of those trips to Vermont that they discovered Island Pond and purchased a piece of land and built their home. Jackie called Island Pond home and left Long Island behind. She became a part of the town and part of the snowmobile club. She always helped to support the club any way that she could. She did trail work made lunches painted stakes helped with landowner appreciation sold rae tickets for the fundraiser and so much more. Jackie was also very active with the Island Pond Chamber of Commerce and spent a great deal of time volunteering to help support the town. She was part of the group that kept Friday Night Live serving chicken dinners every week counting ducks for the races decorating boats and working on the Winter Carnival. Family and friends were most important to her. Her door and garage were always open to everyone. It seemed like a large portion of Long Island followed Jackie and Stacey to Island Pond. She enjoyed sitting on her front porch and watching her children and grandchildren wear out the snow and grass on the hill in the summer and winter. The Brighton Snowmobile Club dedicated Trail 142 in memory of Jackie at a fundraiser in January. I know Jackie would be touched by this dedication. I ask that everyone who reads this continues to volunteer and support the sport that she and Stacey loved. The Island Pond community will truly miss Jackie. I know I will. In Memory The Original ROPE-A-DOPE JACKIE ROESEJACKIE ROESEJACKIE ROESEBy Susan Purdell The Original JACKIE ROESEJACKIE ROESEJACKIE ROESE toP Jackie and her daughter Barbara snowmobiling last year in Island Pond. bottoM Susan Purdell presents Jackies husband Stacey with the sign for the trail dedication.