36 | Snowmobile VERMONT Club News This is the last Saturday before trails open to obtain the Early Bird discount. Big shout out to Nancy and Tony Cardinal, the new owners of the store for their willingness to sell them for us. They will also have maps for sale, gasoline, hot food and snacks. Maps are also available on our website or at Mike Farmer’s house. Tony has told us he will leave the tables on the porch for riders this winter and food will always be available. Please support them for supporting us. Existing members were mailed renewal forms in early November, so they can be purchased through the mail too. There are no major trail changes this year. We are trying to clean up from our late October storm which heavily impacted our town roads in Fairfax and Fletcher. Our early scouting is showing lots of downed trees. We have replaced five bridge decks this year. For the first time, we used guard rail for decking. This will save us time and money in the future having to redeck on a seven year rotation. We also had an erosion problem that a landowner asked us to fix on 104 this year. It was a tough spot on a hill. Scott Hathaway did a great job getting this project completed. Turnout has been pretty good for our work weekends this fall with a couple of new faces showing up to help, along with our normal crew putting in extra hours as is usually the case. We are working on erosion control in two areas with funding from VAST grants. As of this writing, we just had our first almost statewide snow fall. A little late, but it is finally looking like November should. At the county level, we have begun our planning for Franklin county’s hosting of the 2018 Annual Meeting this fall. We have had great participation from all the clubs and things are moving along quite well. Please practice your snow dances. Mike Farmer, President Tony Audet, Vice President fletcherroughriders.com Like us on Facebook Bob Maxon, Nathan Howard and Gary Zamuda install a new deck on the Fletcher Rough Riders’ Corridor 36A bridge. Franklin County Snow Raiders This fall has been a busy one for us. We have redecked two bridges with guardrail and gravel, replaced a bridge with a 30-inch culvert, rerouted a trail on Corridor 7 and placed our new intersection signs. All this was done before deer season. Many thanks to all of the volunteers who helped over the many weekends needed to complete the work. A huge thank you to Robbie Martel and Bryce McNall, as well as Ben Wright for trucking in numerous amounts of fill and stone for the projects. We joined forces with the Vermont Northwest Wheelers ATV club in October and hosted a power sports swap meet. There were about 40 people in attendance, along with Champlain Valley Equipment and Peak Performance showing off new and used equipment and C&M concessions provided some top notch food. We hope to do this again next fall! TMAs are now available at our local point of sale spots: The Bay Store, Peak Performance and Lake Street Auto in St. Albans and Champlain Valley Equipment in Franklin Park West. The Franklin County Snow Raiders have new intersection signs. There is a change in parking at Franklin Park West. Our only approved parking in Franklin Park West is the vacant lot across from F.W. Webb. The trailhead is clearly marked with a large blue metal sign stating “VAST Trail Access Parking.” The old parking lot up the road, near the MVRT, has been closed by the owner and is cabled off. Please respect their wishes. Let’s do the snow dance and hope we have a great winter. Check us out on Facebook at facebook.com/ FranklinCountySnowRaiders. Scott Guptill, President Like us on Facebook Northwest Riders Welcome back, winter. Summer in Vermont is beautiful but there’s nothing better than our snow- covered trails enjoyed from the seat of our snowmobiles. Our officers and volunteers have been busy signing, trimming brush, fixing bridges and tuning up our groomers. With the addition of the LVRT opening last season from Sheldon to Jeffersonville, this has opened up some amazing riding options in Fairfield, Fletcher and beyond. Northwest Riders would like to say a very special thank you to Andy and Linda Gagne for their years of hard work, dedication, kindness and support towards the club, its members and our trails. TMAs can be purchased at any of our 11 depots listed on our Facebook page or purchased right on our website.