You have to love it when everything falls into place. A month ago, we were still considering using the 9th fairway to groom for this season. Today, the new trail is done, and ready to go! Here's how it all happened.
After several scouting trips in the area of the new trail, we received help from surveyor Owen Littlefield to lay out the final cut through the forest. Owen helped us wind the trail in areas that required the least amount of grading work, while providing great views through the woods. This layout was critical to gain consent from both the Town and Golf Course Boards. After seeing this vision, both Boards sent us out with enthusiastic approval.
On October 5th, a crew consisting of Pete Littlefield, Pete and Jason Richer, Niel and Marvin Pickering, Chris Kenistion, Stuart Nichols, Jim Frenette Sr. , Michele Gannon, John & Lyndon Gillis and Eric Lanthier cut the majority of the trees and brush to create the new path. We scheduled the cut for 2 days, but had it mostly done in 2 1/2 hours!
With the firewood cleaned up, it was time to haul in the utility poles donated by the Big Wolf Association that would become the stringers for our new "Big Bridge". Thanks to Mike Poirier and the Village Electric crew, 5 32' poles were transported from Big Wolf to the Country Club.
With the trail cut and cleaned, we contracted with Kentile Excavating to tune things up, and to help set our bridges. As always, the Kentiles treated this community project well. The little bit of funding we sent to them turned into a long weekend of excavator work. A huge Thanks to Herbert P. Kentile, who donatated his wages for 3 days on that machine - and to Bill, who donated his machine for an extra 2 days. During the last 3 days the trail has really transformed. The bridges are set, the grading is done, and we're ready to start grooming.
Another big Thank You goes out to local builder Ed Barrie - our resident "Bridge-master". If not for Ed, you'd be going across a crooked bridge this winter. His help and patience over the last few days made our efforts really shine! He had to leave early on Sunday, so he wasn't able to help us christen the new bridge he built (bottom photo).
|Herbert P. setting the first bridge piece between the 2 stone abutments he created.|
|"Bridge-master" Ed Barrie on the Big Bridge. Thanks to Ed, our bridge will be great to groom and ski.|
|Shakey skidding in the decking. Today was the first time I've been compelled to wash my ATV. Thanks Shake!|
|From Left, John Gillis, Earl MF Jones, Herbert P. Kentile, Jim Frenette Sr., and Eric Lanthier christen the new 32' x 12' span. Missing from the photo is Ed Barrie.|
The first bridge you'll come to when leaving the parking lot is not even shown here. It's 15' long, and it's stringers are made from logs cut from the site. Here's a shot showing the peeling operation. It was a long process - 104' long in total!!
So go out an see the new trail! Rubber boots would be smart this week. It's on Town land, so there are no restrictions We remind you that the upper trails are closed until the end of hunting season.
Thanks for your support and donations. We hope you are happy with how we are spending your money, and will continue to send more.
Here's the breakdown for the fall of 2013:
Anyone who wants to see a full breakdown of the expenses we've incurred is welcome to see the audit of our account at the Town Hall.
The Grooming (trail expansionist) Crew