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Winter 2016 25 Sheriff Mike Chamberlain and his deputies to host the opportunity for sled safety checks at the hut. Rick had so many nice things to say about the Sheriff and his crew.The safety check is a positive experience.They do the official checking of the sled and paperwork but they also help to educate riders in the process.They average about one hundred safety checks per year. This can be a challenge to schedule when we have a low snow year like this one so far. When I asked him about what challenges he sees in the future he quickly replied Keeping those volunteers we have engaged and getting new ones involved. Without volunteers VAST does not exist. Its a balance of the folks who live locally and those who dont and who may only be available on weekends. Both groups have much to offer and although it may differ everyone has something to add and can help in getting things done. We need new ideas. Some change is good and should be welcomed. We all have the same goal working together for the betterment of the sport but we may have different ideas of how to get there. We need to be sensitive to making those not from the area to feel a part of the area. After all the clubs and VAST are made up of all people interested in promoting snowmobiling in the state. I realize many if not most snowmobilers are not interested in volunteering but we must be sure that we dont turn off those who are. Rick has had his own set of health challenges this past year but this has made him even more driven to provide an escape for riders. Rick is open to hosting clubs and events fromanywhere in Vermont for their social activities.If you have asocial event which will promote the future of snowmobiling and need a place to meet warm up and offer something to eat to the ridersreach out toRickto share your ideas. Rick commonly known as The Hut Master offers a safe heaven for all riders on his property.They are a family who doesnt ride but loves the sport enough towelcome all riders to their home. If you are in the area please take a moment to stop by check out the place sign the guest book and thank Rick and his wife Cindyfor their generosity. Generous landowners Rick and Cindy Yuris maintain a warming hut for snowmobilers to rest in on their property. Patty Companik photos Landowner Spotlight