46 | Snowmobile VERMONT Club News members armed with chainsaws back to the trails removing multiple large trees. Focusing on trail safety, 2017 has seen placement of many additional new trails signs. To the relief of many, the infamous sap lines have been permanently removed from the beautiful sugar woods. VAST has approved replacement of two bridges. Plans are to complete construction during the upcoming summer. The club will be using recycled H-beams from VTrans. The club distributed 3-pound blocks of Cabot cheese to its landowners. Snowmobiling would not be possible without their generosity. Worcester Rangers have inaugurated a Facebook page. Over the next months, the club hopes to extend its social media presence. Take a minute and ‘Like’ the Worcester Rangers Snowmobile Club. Bob Stewart, Communications vtvast.org/worcester-rangers.html Like us on Facebook Deerfield Valley Stump Jumpers Wow, what a fall season we had. DVSJ volunteers set a new record of stripping and redecking eight bridges throughout our over 60 miles of trails here in Southern Vermont. A very big “thank you” to Allard Lumber in Brattleboro for donating a ton of stock to help our cause. We really appreciative the generosity of this company and the many volunteers that helped throughout the year. DVSJ has over 300 volunteer hours at the time of this news deadline on Nov. 13. In addition, we had the largest number of young adults, ages between 10-17, help the club this year. They were hard at work at the Sand Pit bridges and we really appreciate those efforts. Sadly, we also said to goodbye to a long-time board member and super volunteer, Dan Kotowski. Dan spent a ton of time working on trails, ensuring the club was in good hands as well as being sure we could enjoy the world famous DVSJ Pig Roast. Rest in peace, Dan. Speaking of the Pig Roast that Dan helped get to “World Famous” level, the date has been set to March 3. Location is pending but stay tuned to our website and Facebook page. The club has a few new places to access this riding season. The following are new restaurants and inns that are now accessible: Beer Naked Brewery (formerly Skyline Restaurant), The Nutmeg Inn and food truck and The Wilmington Inn with warm rooms and a tavern. I’d also like to a take a minute to acknowledge Tom Baltrus. Tom spent the last 30 years in the valley helping thousands of people through the Stump Jumpers, as VAST treasurer, Dover selectboard and driving the MooVer buses up and down Route 100. Tom is retiring to an “undisclosed” place where he can stay warm throughout the year. Thank you for all you did, Tom. The entire valley appreciates you. I’d like to thank our landowners. Remember, this is not your land that you’re riding, so please respect it and stay on the trails. See you on the trails. #makethetrailsgreatagain Brian Harty, President dvsj.com Like us on Facebook The materials for this Deerfield Valley Stump Jumpers’bridge were donated by Allard Lumber. Jacksonville E-Z Riders Hello snow travelers! Here is some needed information and updates WINDHAM COUNTY on our two reroutes for the coming season. We are happy to report that we have completed both reroutes at WM 3, which impacted the route to Hogback Mountain 100 N and also the trail to Guilford 9 heading southeast. Again, our core group of volunteers and wonderful landowners helped make it happen. We would also like to thank the town of Whitingham for allowing us to use 400 yards of an old carriage road and Trout Unlimited for quickly helping us with a very large 40-foot old steel culvert that they will be replacing in time for the coming season. The new Hogback reroute is a beautiful trail that wraps around the back side of Gates Pond and reconnects with the existing 100 N just after crossing Sheer Hill Road. Our reroute to Guilford heading southeast is also completed and once again allowing all access to 9E, which has so much to offer and a way to access Guilford and Vernon. New this season, Cherry Creek Sales will have gas and, as always, TMAs, oil, maps, full service and more located just a few hundred yards from WM 22. Our intersection of WM 3 has been moved. The new location is at Lake Hill Road. Seven new intersection signs will be installed at different locations throughout our trail system and by next season hopefully all of the new intersection signs will be installed. We look forward to the coming season and the changes and improvements made in our trail system. We ask everyone to be safe and respect the land we ride on. Our two club ride dates will be announced soon and SNOWFEST 2018 will again be held at the Amos Brown House on Feb. 3. Think snow and we will see you on the trails. An E-Z Rider ezriders.org Like us on Facebook