Airline Snackbar ATV Club, “The Swamp Donkeys”
CLUB T-SHIRT !
Limited number available
Updte for Airline Snackbar ATV Swamp Donkeys
May 12, 2018
(Next meeting July 14d)
Our May 12th meeting was held at the diner on Route 9 at
6pm. Current primary
household members are 74 with another 10 associate
During the trail master report, the general opinion was
that not too much had to be done this year in terms of
large projects, that was pending trail inspection
starting on Sunday, May 13th. Pete and Sharon, Steve
Catlin, Frank and Maryann inspected the trails which was
a good number for various opinions and ideas. We found,
sadly, that the bridge on the 504 trail just off the
stud mill needs to be totally replaced. This bridge has
been repaired repeatedly and once we receive the proper
permission, we will replace this bridge with steel
The snowmobile club planned to replace the bridge
between the 45,000 and 31-18-0. It continues to lift
from ice and high water. Half way across, it's a good
height difference from one end to the other. The best
way to take care of this issue is to raise the bridge
and replace it with steel beams.
Information on the date for these major repairs will be
posted when we know more.
We discussed club rides, perhaps to Love Lake similar to
the one taken 2 years ago. Any suggestions are welcome,
the field is wide open for places to go. Please contact
Maryann or Pete and give us your ideas. It doesn't have
to be an overnighter or a long ride, maybe just going to
Machias or somewhere for a picnic.
We have several T shirts from a Camp CaPella ride, I
think one of the first ones, and will be giving them out
at the June meeting to any club member who would like
one. We will be discussing whether or not to have new
club T's made up. Speaking of the Camp CaPella ride, we
will not be hosting the event this year. The club will
still make a donation to the camp for Keely's campership.
At this time, it appears that Cindy Wymouth, formerly of
the Airline Riders, will try to get her new club
interested in it, and we will post if this occurs for
those of you interested in going.
Please be aware of the black flies (Maine State Bird)
are out and very hungry! Be prepared. Remember to stay
off the blueberry fields and report any problem areas to
the club so we can attend to them.
There will still be ample parking behind the Snackbar
for riders as always. They also now have ethanol free
Don't forget machine registration is coming up in June,
don't get caught out there with an unregistered atv, it
could really ruin your day. Also remember the land
owner has posted his land for no machine over 60"
overall width and no dirt bikes.
Ride safely and have a good time.
with ATV Maine
Congratulations to Jens Bergen, a member of the Airline
Snackbar ATV Club. Mr. Bergen won the raffle for the $400.00
gift card by sending back his ticket that had been sent out
in the mail to all the Swamp Donkey members along with his
generous donation. Tickets were also sold by Cindy Weymouth
of the Airline ATV Riders.
All monies raised through this raffle are going directly
to Camp CaPella for camperships, and will help local kids
and adults with disabilities have the summer camp
experience. We don’t have the final tally yet for this fund
raising raffle, but to date it’s over $700.00 , there are a
few more monies coming in.
Thanks so much to all who participated, job well done !
Trails still need brushing out in places, so remember to
bring tools the next time you ride and give those old shrubs
a good whack.
The Snackbar is holding a raffle at the diner to benefit
trailwork for both their snowmobile and atv clubs with trail
maintaining. They have a Windham AR 15 Rifle, 5.56/.223cal.,
approx. value $1,000.00 (inc. tax). Tickets are $10. Each,
only 300 will be sold.
Memberships are up to 91 primary households with 12
associate members. Welcome to all new members and renewals !
Please ride safely, and PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, stay on
marked trails and out of the waterways and blueberry fields.
On our benefit ride, we had a former area rep. of ATV Maine
ride off on the blueberry fields on the ride, shame on you,
you know better and need to set a better example. NO ONE is
exempt from the trail restrictions in place. If they are not
followed, we WILL lose trails, that’s not a maybe, it’s
already been done in places and can and will continu. It’s
up to you !!
The club has new t-shirts
and hoodies for sale, available for club members at the
meeting or at the diner, see Maryann.
plenty of parking at the Airline Lodge & Snackbar. Stop
in for great food and homemade pies. We have gas, a
convenience store, lodging, and a camping area with
hookups. Have fun and ride safe.
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
The Airline Snackbar
ATVers was founded in 2009 by Frank and Maryann Janusz, owners of
the diner on Rte. 9 in Beddington, Maine. We have meetings every
second Saturday of the month, 6 p.m., at the snack bar. Everyone is
welcome. You don’t need to be a member to sit in on a meeting.
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 Snackbar 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.
There is plenty of parking at the Airline
Lodge & Snackbar. Stop in for great food and homemade
pies. They have gas, a convenience store, lodging, and
a camping area with hookups. Have fun and ride safe.
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
3752 Airline Road
Beddington, ME 04622
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