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Winter 2016 49 ESSEX COUNTY Brighton Snowmobile Club Although the year may be off to a slow start for snowmobiling I am hopeful for a good season because there are three things in Vermont that are usually pretty certain death taxes and snow in the winter. We are fortunate that our season up here in the Northeast Kingdom usually lasts a little longer than others. Our volunteers have been working very hard this fall and early winter. We have an excellent staff of volunteers that have been working at the Welcome Center in Island Pond selling TMAs registrations and maps. They are also pretty knowledgeable about the trails and conditions. There are seven great ladies that are able to keep our sales going for TMAs during Early Bird sales and in the regular season on weekday mornings and all day Friday at the Welcome Center. We also have a great group of volunteers who build bridges brush trails put in culverts mark pack and groom the more than 100 miles of trails. Its all about volunteering in our club. The Brighton Snowmobile Club and the Chamber of Commerce of Island Pond also have activities during the winter. The club holds a dinner dance and rae each year on the Saturday before Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Everyone receives a prize and the grand winner gets a brand new Ski-Doo. This year it came from Brighton Snowmobile Club received delivery of a new drag in December thanks to a VAST Grant-in-Aid. Walts Sales and Service in Derby. Well let you know who the winner was in the next edition. The Chamber holds a Winter Carnival the weekend of Feb. 13 with the Blessing of the Snowmobiles bonfires a night time snowmobile parade as well as other events. Our seemingly little sleepy town comes alive in the winter The Lakefront Inn and Motel in Island Pond sponsors our trail line report at 802-723-4316. Sharon and Bob Dexter do a great job with the report and make changes as the conditions change. This is yet another example of our volunteers working to make our club a success. Be sure to check us out on Facebook or www. for the latest news and conditions. Until next time Think Snow and a lot of it Happy Trails to you until we Connecticut Valley Sno-Riders As of this writing we still dont have enough snow to groom but hopefully with another small snowfall we will. Our groomers are ready to pack and groom and get the trails into shape. Dont forget our Cookout at the Roost event on Saturday Feb. 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Trail 1 between EX401 and EX523. Follow us on Facebook for updates and see the VAST event calendar for more information. We have a need for motivated interested individuals to attend regular meetings and become active. We need help on ongoing trail work help in the club meetings etc. Please contact us if you are interested. John Orlowski President Like us on Facebook meet again as Dale Evans and Roy Rogers would have said many years ago. But we mean snowmobile trails Homer Selby Club News Reporter Like us on Facebook Janet Selby Annie Budrewicz Peg Muraca and Sue Pederson volunteer many hours at the Welcome Center in Island Pond selling TMAs. Missing from the photo are Marilyn Maxwell Phyllis Clough and Dolores Robbin. Club News