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Our Beautiful Countryside
Great meals and homemade desserts at the Snackbar where we meet.

Everyone is welcome to come to our meetings. They are held on the second Saturday of the month at 6:00 at the Snackbar Lounge, 3752 Airline Road, Rte. 9, Beddington, Call Frank or Maryann at 638-2301 or 546-1178 for info.


Swamp Donkeys September Newsletter

Please note: 2017 membership dues are now due. Print or call us for a membership application. Fill it out and bring it to a meeting.


Photos from the 2014 Camp Caplla Benefit Ride

Keely and the warden
Keely and the warden

The littlest rider
The littlest rider


2017 Camp Capella Benefit Ride Report.

Airline Snackbar ATV Club, “The Swamp Donkeys”

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 members.  

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 beams.  

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 gas available.  

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. 


POSITION OPEN with ATV Maine  See Details


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.

There is 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.

"Dear Frank,

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 Maine.

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 diner. 

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!

ATV Club Ride


Visit the Airline Lodge and Snackbar web site:
Phone: 207-638-2301


Beddington Area
Trail Report


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.

Club Officers:
Officers were voted in and other positions settled on. All terms are for 2 years.
Frank Janusz - 546-1178
Vice President:
Peter Poors - 667-2052
Maryann Janusz - 546-1179
David Bridges - 229-8252
Peter Poors - 460-4474
3752 Airline Road
Beddington, ME 04622
Tel: 207-638-2301
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 masters consultation!!



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