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President: Dale Brelsford
We are posting a special advisory for all snowmobilers using our trails. A portion of our trail to Trout Lake runs along some power lines parallel to M-123. Cloverland Electric is replacing lines and poles along this section, which is about 3 miles long. Work will not be finished until sometime in early January 2014. The area has been signed and you are cautioned to use lower speeds and caution when riding this stretch. Watch for powerline equipment and workers!
TRAILS NOW OPEN
Trails open December 1, 2013! Check the trail report for daily updated information on trail conditions.
USE COURTESY IN TOWNS & VILLAGES
Snowmobilers please be advised that we have received complaints from local residents in the Strongs' Corner area for speeding and reckless driving past their residents. We have posted "Private Driveway Ahead 0.5 miles both in the North and South bound directions on S. Strongs Road. We have added signs on Salt Point Road and in the other Towns in our grooming district. Please exercise courtesy for our local residents. We have advised the local residents that if they see the problem persist we will assist in getting law enforcement involved- -we hope this does not need to happen. Drive safely and have an enjoyable season.
A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU...
A very special thank you from the Snow Chasers to Dale and Mieke Brelsford and Family for chairing a very successful Whitetails Unlimited event.
There will be a groomer meeting Saturday December 7, 2013 at 9:00 A.M. at the Tahquamenon Hotel in Hulbert. After breakfast we will go to the groomer barn in Strongs. Anyone interested in grooming for the 2013-2014 season should plan to attend.
TSHIRTS AT THE LUMBERJACK
All volunteers who did not get t-shirts at the brushing event September 28 because of size or availability problems, your shirts are at the Lumberjack under your names. You can pick them up anytime the Lumberjack is open.
CHIPPEWA SNOW CHASER TRAILS GET A MUCH NEEDED HAIRCUT!
On August 24 and again on September 28, 2013 Snow Chaser trails received their annual haircuts. We held two different events this year and were rewarded with a banner turn out of volunteers for the tasks that needed to be done. On August 24, a crew consisting of Chair, Rex Hyrns, Rick Wainwright, Paul Sutherland, David Santi, Kurt Gallant, Grant DeWitt, Jay Wright and Ed Carlson hacked their way from Strongs to the western boundary of the Hiawatha National Forest on the way to Hulbert. All of the brush and other debris was hauled off the trail and deposited in the woods. Pizza was served to all the volunteers on Saturday evening at the Lumberjack.
On September 28, the Snow Chaser groomer barn was the scene of a hearty breakfast for another group of intrepid brush cutters and haulers. Irene Lawless, Nancy Moran, and Mieke Brelsford manned the fry pans and provided all the volunteers with Eggs, French Toast, Potatoes and sausage. All volunteers packed their own lunches with the goodies provided, for consumption on the trail during the day. This time the scene of the haircut moved to the railroad grade from Strongs to Raco. The offending brush was hacked and moved from the trail by another crew of hard working volunteers led by Rex Hyrns. Ed Carlson, Paul Moran, Steve Johnson, Dawn Johnson, Craig Freeman, Cory Freeman, Todd Freeman, Paul Sutherland, Teri Abbo, David Santi, Scott Hood Larry Aubay Todd Gallant, Kurt Gallant, Grant DeWitt, Ron Handley, Chad Bufka, Jenny Bufka, John Smith Jr. John Smith, Scott Luke, Dan Heingartner and his crew from Indiana, all did yeoman work ridding the trail of encroaching brush. A second crew worked all day Friday and Saturday the 27th and 28th doing the signing for the 85 miles of Trail. This crew consisted of Roman Wood, Jack Dean, Pat Wright and Jay Wright. All volunteers received a Chippewa Snow Chaser t-shirt. Wear them proudly, volunteers! You deserve our thanks for helping to make our trails some of the best in Michigan.
Unfortunately brush continues to grow, even as you are reading this message. Next summer and fall we will need to again attack the new growth. We still have about 1/3 of the railroad grade to improve and we need to continue our way into other areas as they grow more hair!
One final note. This year the plowed roads leading from Hulbert to Silver Creek have been signed. You will see 911 markers and orange diamonds along the way as well as turn signs at the intersections. Our thanks to Grant DeWitt, Paul Moran, and Jay Wright who put up the posts and signs.
On October 28 and 29 2013 Rob Shields from the DNR inspected our trails and with a couple of minor changes approved the brushing and signing. Another feather in the cap of our volunteers! Thanks again!
This year, we had two winners for our Club scholarships. The winner of $500 to the college of his choice is Peter Lauer and the $250 winner is Mitchell Poirier- -Congratulations to both of you and good luck on your higher education goals!!
RUDYARD GROOMER FACILITIES
We do have the Rudyard Groomer Barn facility in use and we are able to start the season with the groomer in a heated area. There is still some interior work to be done prior to hooking up the water and plumbing but this is expected to be completed shortly. We are also ordering gravel to complete the grounds that will provide a circular route for the groomer entrance and exit. The club also has an application turned into the DNR which would allow the grounds as a trail head and thus parking with an outdoor porta-john. Extra gravel was ordered banking on the approval of the application.
CHIPPEWA SNOW CHASERS "52" RAFFLE
The winners of the "52 Raffle" are:
Next regular club meeting Tuesday December 10, 2013.
“Attendees of December Meeting in front of New Pisten Bully”
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