Airline ATVers ATV Club, “The Swamp Donkeys”
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO KNOW IN THE MEAN TIME.
DUE TO SCHEDULE CONFLICTS WITH THE SNACKBAR, WE WILL NO
LONGER BE MEETING THERE OR GETTING MAIL AT THAT ADDRESS.
NOW MEETING AT BEDDINGTON TOWN BUILDING/FIRE HOUSE ON RTE.
193, JUST OFF RTE 9. MEETINGS BEGIN AT 6 PM AND ARE HELD ON
THE SECOND SATURDAYS IN SEASON. EVERYONE IS WELCOME.
FRANK & MARYANN JANUSZ (PRES. & SEC/TREAS) 207-454-8133
PETER POORS (VICE PRES& CO-TRAILMASTER) 207-460-4474
SHARON POORS, (MEMBERSHIP) POORSWAY@GMAIL.COM 207-667-2052
NEW MAILING ADDRESS FOR CLUB BUSINESS:
154 LAKE VIEW LANE, CRAWFORD, MAINE 04694
MAILING ADDRESS FOR MEMBERSHIPS:
SHARON POORS- 23 POORS WAY-ELLSWORTH, ME. 04605
FIRST MEETING OF SEASON-APRIL 13, COFFEE AND COOKIES AT 5:30
FOLLOWED BY SHORT CLOSING OUT OF SNOWMOBILE CLUB YEAR , THEN
THE ATV MEETING. THANK YOU. SHARON.
ATV’ERS AND SNOWMOBILERS APRIL 3, 2019
GATES ARE CLOSED
ON AFM LANDS, NO RIDING UNTIL THEY ARE RE-OPENED IN THE
Welcome to the
Airline Riders Snowmobile Club site. We are located on Rte.
9 in the Beddington area, and meet every second Saturday of
the month at the town office building on Rte 193 at 6 pm.
Everyone is welcome. The club was started way back in 1987
and had a few slow years before getting back in action after
the purchase of the snack bar by Frank and Maryann Janusz.
Newer grooming equipment was acquired and several members
took part in the official state groomer operator licensing
Snow has been a little scarce so far, but we are hoping for
more as the season progresses. Our trails are not really
ready yet for riding, only a few small areas had enough to
ride on last week, and with the recent rain (again) they
won’t be trail worthy.
There were quite a few trees down in the trails. We think we
got them all out. Rremember to use caution going around
corners where you can’t see what’s ahead, and ALWAYS
remember not to drink and drive, and maintain a safe speed.
Better to see the scenery than become part of it! You should
always make sure someone knows where you are planning on
going and your expected return time in case you run into
trouble. Use caution when approaching wildlife, and DO NOT
HARASS them. The wardens take a dim view of that, and it can
be dangerous as well.
New members receive a map of trails put together by local
clubs and the information is as up to date as they can make
it. You also receive membership in the state wide MSA, Maine
Snowmobile Association, they have a wealth of information on
their website. AFM, the property owner for most of our
trails frequently has active logging in the woods, so please
watch for signs and stay on marked trails. If you come upon
equipment working, remember they always have the right of
way, and make sure the operator sees you before you attempt
to pass by. For trail information, you can call Pete at
460-4474 or Frank at 454-8133, Maryann at 546-1178. Pete
Stop by if you can for a meeting, we’d be happy to see you.
Ride safely and be considerate of others. Be sure to dress
for the weather, and bring extra essentials like warm
clothing, snacks and gas. Its always a good idea to be
prepared for that “just in case!”
We met earlier this
summer when I stopped by to inquire about the ATV
club membership. We have a camp on Lower Green Lake
that has been in our family for three generations,
and we know the Airline Snack Bar very well, as it
is the last oasis before heading into camp.
Our camp is currently owned by my 2 sisters
families and myself. I've moved to Vermont after
growing up in Blue Hill but my sisters are still in
While we don't have ATV's , the reason we're
contributing is that I know that the club
participates in the maintenance of some of the roads
that we drive on to get into our camp. In particular
31-18-0, 31-22-0 and 35-00-0. We've appreciated the
work on these roads over the years as it is
definitely tough on vehicles getting to the camp.
Please put us on your email list as we'd like to
be a yearly contributor."
Andrew Dombek, Vermont
Club Memberships have been going very
well, up to about 99 now. You can download an
application from the website or pick one up at the
ATVers was founded in 2009 by Frank and Maryann Janusz, then owners of
the diner on Rte. 9 in Beddington, Maine.
We nicknamed ourselves the “Swamp Donkeys” after a visit from a
friend of Frank and Maryann’s from New Jersey, their home state.
Frank’s guest saw a moose on the Stud Mill Road, and wanted to know
if it was a donkey. Frank laughed and said "Yes, we call them swamp
donkeys!" Chances are someone has already thought of calling a moose
by such a name. We try to make atving a fun family event. The
nickname stuck and the Swamp Donkeys were born. It works pretty
well. People tend to remember us!
The Airline ATVers are
responsible for maintaining over 70 miles of trails, most of
which are on the property of the paper company, A.M.F. The
trails cover wooded areas as well as logging roads. You can get
to just about anywhere on the interconnected trail systems. It
is imperative that we as riders, whether with a club or not,
respect and follow the wishes and rights of the landowner, no
matter where the trails are, because riding on someone else’s
property is a privilege, not a right! The Swamp Donkeys promote
rider safety and education, and we believe that atving should be
a fun and safe activity. Our club is pretty relaxed and
informal, while still stressing safety and responsibility on the
road for the rider and others. Please note, at the landowners'
request, dirt bikes are not allowed on our trails. S/S need to
be cautious crossing bridges due to landowners' request. Some
bridges are only 60 inches wide.
This is a Yahoo! map
of the area around the Airline Snackbar where our trails begin.
Click on the small image for a larger view. State maps are
available at the Airline Lodge & Snackbar.
Officers were voted in and other
positions settled on. All terms are for 2 years.
Frank Janusz - 546-1178
Peter Poors - 667-2052
Maryann Janusz - 546-1179
David Bridges - 229-8252
Peter Poors - 460-4474
Trailmaster David Bridges should be able to come
back in july so trailmaster Peter Poors went out and got hit by a
truck and broke his ankle just to keep up. They met at Frank and
Maryanns to talk over strategy !!
Airline Swamp Donkey trail