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State Trail Maps are now available at the Snackbar!


NOTICE:
FIRST MEETING OF THE ATV SEASON WILL BE APRIL 14, 2018 AT THE AIRLINE SNACKBAR ON RTE. 9 IN BEDDINGTON. START TIME IS 6:00 pm. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ORDER DINNER BEFORE THE MEETING, PLEASE BE SURE TO ARRIVE WELL BEFORE THE MEETING TIME AS THE DINER CLOSES AT 6 pm. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE !

CALLING ALL SWAMP DONKEYS- 2018-2019 SEASON IS HERE !
The ATV riding season is almost here. There is still snowmobiling going on, but temperatures are supposed to be warming up soon and the gates will be closed for mud season. We will post a notice when the trails are reopened for riding. Everyone needs to pay more attention this year to staying on the trails and off the blueberry fields and out of the streams. Disregarding the landowner wishes will lead to trail closures and loss of riding area.
As you all know, the wind and snow have been a huge factor in the weather this winter, and we can expect limbs and trees down in the trails. Call Pete at 460-4470 if you can help out with trail work or have questions about the trails.
We are hoping to have co-trailmaster David Bridges back with us, it seems like he keeps having “final surgeries” for his ankle and leg every month! Also hoping to see Jimmy McLean back in action after falling off a roof this winter and smashing up his legs in fine style.
Frank and Maryann Janusz have sold the diner and “retired”, but will still be very active in the club. The new owners, Lance and Dianne, welcome riders and will still be hosting the Swamp Donkey meetings at the diner, 2nd Saturdays of the month in season. We are changing the start time to 6:00 pm . If you would like to buy dinner before the meeting, remember they close at 6pm and you must be there before that.
Get your machines tuned up and ready to go, and remember, the land owner wants the bridges at 60” width – overall width of machine.
 

POSITION OPEN with ATV Maine  See Details


Congratulations !


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.


Our club meetings are held every second Saturday of the month at the Airline Diner on Rte 9 , 3752 Airline Rd. Beddington. They begin at 6:30 pm. For more information visit www.airlinesnackbaratvers.com or call 546-1179. Feel free to stop by and see what we are all about (You can download a membership application HERE).



As always, there is plenty of parking behind Snackbar. Please be considerate and do not block campsites with trucks or trailers. See you on the trails. Ride safely.

Airline Snackbar ATVers - THE SWAMP DONKEYS

With membership you will receive the latest ATV trail map for the area, compiled by several clubs. The map comes with your paid membership to the club, extra will be available at the diner for $4.95 each.


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?
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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 I’ll 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.
 

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!

 
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