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END OF SEASON UPDATE FOR AIRLINE SNACKBAR ATV- THE SWAMP DONKEYS

NOVEMBER 20, 2018

We are reaching the end of another atv riding season!  Trails are closed to atvs when there is groomable snow, which the sled riders hope is soon. This was an interesting spring and summer with David still out of commission, Pete working 6 days a week, Frankís health issues adding to the changing weather patterns, first too wet, then too hot and humid, then hot, hot and dry and dusty adding to the mix. In spite of all the challenges, several projects were completed with a little help from our friends. All the bridges that we are replacing are being built with steel beams, which should eliminate further work on them for some time. Transporting and placing the huge steel beams would not have been possible without the help of Bub and David from RF Jordan, Roger Gray, Kenny Jordan from Jordan building moving and rental assistance from RF Jordan Construction.

The first project ,in May,  was to get the trails inspected to  find out what needed to be done. Bridge repair began in June on the # 505 trail along with starting the trail signing. In July, work on the steel beams for # 504, more signing. In August was the cleaning of the steel beams, setting them to be welded and doing the welding.  October was setting the beams on site on #504 and decking them. Then a trip to the Guilford area to pick up the crane mats for bridging the stream on #500 and setting them.  November has been signing, decking the #500 bridge and more signing.

On hand at one time or another were Mike Sullivan, Peter and Sharon Poors, Frank and Maryann Janusz, Steve Catlin and the guys who did the trucking and volunteered to stay and help out. A thank you to Skip Butler who was a big help at the dinner for David.  Not trail work, I know, but I sure appreciated the help and support. A thank you to all.

The big change for us has been our new meeting place. Due to schedule conflicts with the diner, we are now meeting on Rte. 193, at the town building, still the second Saturday at 6 pm.

David was up for a visit and is doing very well. His medical folks tell him he is way ahead of where they though he would be !   We had held a couple of fund raising events and we gave him the check when we saw he and Linda. They were extremely touched, and appreciated all the care and concern it showed for them. Being David, the guy with one leg immediately asked us to donate it to Camp CaPella for camperships. He figured the camp needed it more than he did! It is great to see him such good spirits.

Our land owner appreciation dinner is set for December 8, at Patís Pizza in Ellsworth, be sure to call me if you wish to go at 667-2052.

Wishing everyone a happy and safe winter, be careful out there ! and see you next year. Sharon

******** NEW CONTACT INFORMATION********

MARYANN  AND  FRANK JANUSZ
154 LAKE VIEW  LANE
 CRAWFORD, ME. 04694
207-454-8133

PETER & SHARON POORS
23 POORS WAY
ELLSWORTH , ME. 04605
207-667-2052

BOTH THESE ADDRESSES AND NUMBERS APPLY TO THE ATV & SNOWMOBILE CLUBS. WE NO LONGER RECEIVE MAIL AT THE DINER

You can download a membership application HERE.


MysteryMystery!
Several club members rode from Molasses Pond to the Diner by a roundabout way on the 15th and had a great day. The weather was perfect, our trails were well marked. We did manage to find some very rough patches, but survived just fine. A lot of wild life was out and we observed a bald eagle, a hawk, 3 partridges (each in a different location), a mama deer, a baby moose and 2 turtles! We took a picture of the most mysterious sight on our voyage. can you tell what it is?
Click Photos to view larger versions.

SEPTEMBER 12, 2016
THE BRIDGE IS NOW OPEN !!

ATV Entering BridgeThis update is about the removal, replacement and rebuilding of what is an Airline Riders Snowmobile bridge on our club trail in Deblois, which also serves as a bridge for atvs on the trail numbered #515 (Acadia club). Our Airline Snackbar Snowmobile and Airline Snackbar ATV clubs worked together on the project as it needed to be widened and repaired.

Work has been going on all summer long, starting with improving the trail approaching the bridge on both sides to accommodate the trucks and equipment used to bring in the 80 foot steel beams, lumber, welders, etc. The bridge crew was there almost every weekend for a couple of months. It was a huge project. We figure the cost of the bridge in materials and hauling fees alone is in the $10,000 range, and that does not include the labor as it was all done by volunteers from the Airline Snackbar Snowmobile Club and the Airline Snackbar ATV Club.

ATV on New BridgeWe thank Ken Jordan and family for their help moving the steel, and Peter Poors, Mike and Marlene Sullivan, Steve Catlin, Frank Janusz, Dave and Kenny for approximately 200 hours of work. I must also mention that the day before the bridge was completed, six riders from the Newport area happened along and jumped right in to help haul lumber before they turned around and headed back! If I have forgotten anyone, let me know and Iíll fix the write-up.

The gates are up and will have a 64 inch wide opening. This should lead to greater access for side-by-side riders while still barring trucks and prohibited vehicles from using the bridge and possibly damaging it.

If you have any comments or questions please contact us at 638-2301(the Diner) or Sharon at 667-2052. Thank you for your patience while construction was underway. Have fun and ride safely.
 

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!!

Looks like Pete got tired of David getting all the attention with his broken ankle ( heís been healing for 2 years ). He went out and tried to stop a dump truck with his foot. Truck 1, Pete 0. Broken ankle. They were able to get together today at Frank and Maryannís and compare notes and possible return to duty times ! Itíll be a while. We are considering entering them in the sack race (3 legged race) at the next local fair.

 
What You Don't Want to Do with Your ATV!
Al and Linda Halloran were kind enough to share these pictures with us illustrating what you don't want
to happen with your ATV. Thanks to Danny Farnsworth's help they got unstuck!

 
Airline Swamp

Donkeys

 

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