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Winter 2016 63 WINDSOR COUNTY Andover Mountaineer Snow Riders Im writing this during a thunder and lightning storm and its pouring out. It is not very conducive to thoughts of snow flying over the windshield of the groomer as we lay down carpet dreaming of the ride to follow. The lack of snow has not stopped the A.M.S.R. club from having fun and doing good things. We started off the season with our annual Pancake Breakfast and Blessing of the Season. This is our yearly support drive for the local food shelf. With the incredible support of our community we raised almost 1000 and over 155 food items plus several pallets of items from Deep River Snacks and their vendors. A big shout out and thank you to all that attended to help out the Chester- Club News Chester Snowmobile Club Im sad to report that as I write this on Jan. 8 we are still waiting for enough snow to ride in the Chester area. While Santa let us down were hoping Mother Nature will soon deliver lots of white stuff for us to go out and play on. Even with the lack of early snow we sold a healthy number of Early Bird TMAs proving that we all want to go out and ride We held our annual business meeting on Saturday Dec. 19. During the meeting we voted to make our annual contribution to Davids House. Thirty folks attended this meeting which was followed by our Christmas pot luck dinner. Everyone brought one of their favorites to share including carrot cake made by Dolly Bigwood Trailmaster Dicks wife. Yummm A great time was had by all and it was a fun way to kick of the season. As usual our Trailmasters are still hard at work unfortunately not grooming but inspecting trails. They have identified that we have four bridges that will need work before next season. Its nice to know Andover Family Center We had our annual Christmas party in December where over a dozen kids got to sit on Santas lap tell him their wish list and get presents. The adults got to overindulge in cookies and punch. Our trails are looking in great shape we are in the works of remodeling Corridor 12 but its a long process that entails many landowners. Hopefully by 2016-2017 we will have all bridges to 12 and trails to minimum of 8. Grooming equipment was updated over the summer with a new-to-us mountain grooming drag for the Bearcat GS to pull around and a 08 Skandic replaced our aging VK pulling the other 4 hydraulic drag. The ASV Track Truck with its 6 drag will be used in parts of the trail system as bridges and trail width allow. The annual A.M.S.R. Pasta Dinner and Auction fundraiser was a great success and lots of fun. The dinner that the Event Committee put on was top notch with many thanks going to Melissa Hale for her hours in the kitchen and to Steffanie Baker for her time and effort getting auction items from local businesses and having everything so well organized and presented. The Executive Director of V.A.S.T. Cindy Locke was our guest speaker. It was great getting to know her better and being able to have a Q and A session with her was very enlightening. We send a big thank you to her for making the long trip down for our little club. Like our Facebook page for upcoming events such as our annual ride-in monthly meetings community events and perhaps a retro sled show. The big news in the Andover snowmobiling community is that Horseshoe Acres Campground will be open year-round keeping their store and bathrooms opened to snowmobilers. Youll find hot food hot drinks and the friendliest of folks there also TMAs for sale on-the- trail parking and some of the best camping for your RV tow behind or tent. We are busy doing our snow dances a couple of inches this week and Andover Mountaineer Snow Riders Trailmaster Sean Snyder worked on a bridge on Corridor 12 off Newton Rd in Andover this fall. maybe more over the upcoming weekend its a start Safe and happy trails to you all. Steffanie Baker Secretary Like us on Facebook drawing will be at our Snow Fest event on Feb. 20. A complete list of the days activities and rae prizes can be found at along with plenty of helpful club information. Also new for this season is our Picture of the Week contest. We welcome submissions of pictures taken along our trails. A prize will be awarded monthly to the winner. Photos can be emailed to info Our signing project is well underway and we added four new directional signs at Hogback Deer Park Road The Dam and The State Line. We hope to add more next year and are also in the process of adding new directional signs throughout our trail system. Our clubs meetings through the winter will be held the first Saturday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Jacksonville Community Church on VT Route 112. Come join us An E-Z Rider Like us on Facebook