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Marienville Trail Riders Club trip to the Upper Peninsula - 2019
30 club members from the Marienville Trail Riders Snowmobile Club spent a week at Pine Bluff Resort in Curtis, Michigan. Most club members arrived on Sunday, February the 17 and were able to check out the trails on that first day. On the second day, the club took a trip to Mackinac Island crossing the infamous ice bridge and making the 7.9 mile trail around the Island. The members had a great lunch on the island at the Mustang Restaurant and headed back to Curtis via Naubinway. Total miles travelled was 194 , arriving back to a well enjoyed hot tub. Tuesday, the club took a trip up North to Paradise and stopped at the Tahquamenon Falls for freshly brewed root beer. After recording 134 miles some of the group took off to the pool and hot tub. On Wednesday they travelled north again and stopped at Pine Stump for lunch for a total of 145 miles. Thursday, the club took a ride to Grand Marais, stopping at the brewery for their great tasting creme soda and lunch. Again, the club road back to Pine Bluff Resort for more hot tubbing, swimming, or story telling. Total mileage was 135. The highlight of the day was going to Chamberlains for a great steak dinner. On Friday, the club made a short trip to Bear Trap for their fresh out of the oven apple dumplings. Friday’s mileage was 109 for a weekly total of 742 for one group. The club would like to thank Ray Bish, Joe Rogers, Byrum Compass, and Joe LeClair for splitting up the groups and leading the way. As Gabby Burkhardt would say, “it’s not the miles, but the smiles”. Everyone had lots of smiles! Most members put on over 800 miles for the week, but some members recorded over 1000 miles in the five days they road. The snow was deep and the trails were in excellent shape. Even though we had to return a day early , because of a potential storm, the club is looking forward to next year or possibly another trip this year…..Jerry Thornton
Marienville Trail Riders Club trip to the Upper Peninsula - 2018
Twenty-one snowmobilers spent a week from February 18 to the 25, 2018 in Curtis, Michigan. The group rented three beautiful lodges at Pine Bluff that had heated floors, five separate beds with three bedrooms. Each lodge included satellite TV, fireplace, in a large room along with a fully equipped kitchen and a full bathroom upstairs and downstairs. The upstairs included a washer and dryer. The group was able to eat all of their meals, with the exception of going out to eat Wednesday and Friday evening, in their lodge for breakfast and dinner. The three lodges booked six, seven and eight riders, respectively. The cost for each person was $184.00 not including the cost of gas and lunches for the seven nights and eight day stay. Mother Nature cooperated by making sure there was enough snow on the trails and there was not a day riding that we did not see a groomer or two. President of the Marienville Trail Riders Snowmobile Club, Ray Bish and vice president Joe Rodgers co-planned the event and it could not have been a better trip. The first day of riding, they, along with fellow club rider Bubba Harris broke us up into three groups as they all headed out to Bear Trap in three different directions. As luck would turn up and good planning by Ray Joe and Bubba, everyone showed up at Bear Trap for lunch at about the same time? It was a great ride with many miles covered, some fast, some slow and some with very fast speeds. The rides resulted in everyone being satisfied with the ride and speeds enjoyed by all. The second day saw three more groups head out in three different directions again only to connect at Paradise for lunch. One group had some bumpy trails coming across the northern loop by way of Grand Marais because the groomer broke down. We all had a great ride with some stopping at Whitefish Point and some stopping at the waterfalls south of Paradise. Wednesday proved to be a day for shopping for some and others returned to the trails as some headed out to Grand Marais and others travelled to Buck Horn with lots of smiles and miles occurring. To quote a long time snowmobiler from the club, Gabby Burkhardt, “It’s not the miles, it’s the smiles. “ As with any trip, especially with 21 sleds, the group did have a few breakdowns but with the expertise of Joe and Ray along with Gregg Dalton and Brian Popoleo, everyone whose sled broke down was able to be hauled back to Curtis. Another experienced Michigan rider was Ray Lamison who road in the back of the pack, making sure we did not lose anyone. Jerry Thornton held the record of towing two sleds back to Beartrap and making four trips there in the six days of riding. On one of the towing trips, while following Joe Rodgers, Jerry Thornton was super glad to find out how smart Joe was when the two finally got to the gas station at Seney where Thornton’s sled took 10.3 gallons of gas and his tank only held 10.9 gallons. This was after making two trips to Beartrap and having passed three gas stations signs 30 miles previously. Al Cemer and Roy Daniels put on the most miles for the week as they road to Wisconsin on Wednesday so Al could buy a new Polaris to finish the week. Back at Pine Bluff, the snowmobilers were able to relax in a large hot tub or swim in the luxury in-door pool or play billiards. Another attribute about staying at Pine Bluff was that it offered the riders easy access to Manistique Lake which was frozen over and provided the riders a chance of increasing the mileage they rode or easy access to other trails. Thursday saw the groups downsize to two groups as they rode to Trout Lake or Munising. During one of the trips, the members remember the smashed sled that is in a glass case at Newberry. This is just a reminder of the hazards of riding if you do not have your sled under control. Friday they made the trip to Grand Morais or Pine Stump. On the final day, one group made it to the ice caves and back to the lodges by 4:30. A round trip of 220 miles, while the other group went to Pine Stump for lunch and back. Total miles traveled by some was 970 miles for the week but everyone had more smiles than they could handle in one week. Everyone is looking forward to next year’s trips. Thank you Ray and Joe, keep up the good work!
Marienville Trail Riders Snowmobile Club and Forest County ATV Club Host St. Patrick’s Day Dinner
Twenty two club members from the local Marienville snowmobile and ATV club held a very successful dinner at the MACA building this past St. Patrick’s Day weekend. The members started serving at 4 pm and were sold out by 6:45. The club had prepared for 100 meals and were able to serve 102 dinners. Along with the wonderful ham and green beans, the quests had a choice of many desserts and either a very large potato or sweet potato along with Cole slaw and a drink. Guests could also partake in the kissing booth, Chinese auction, choose their favorite leprechaun, pick a leprechaun nametag or take a guess at the numbers of pieces of candy in the jar. The dinner was more of a spring party and community service dinner as they only charged $10.00 for the meal. Many the club members came to the dinner to socialize and get outside and appreciated the beautiful weekend. Some snowmobilers where able to ride up at Longhouse Trail, getting in a final ride before spring. Club members would like to especially thank Denise and Gregg Mashensic, Mickey and Dan Stevenson, Joe and Marie LeClair, Dave and Jane Timothy, Roxanne and Jerry Thornton, Gregg and Julie Dalton, Ted and Deb LeStitis, Don and Brenda Fisher, Ray Bish, Ray Lamison, Rick Huth, Jerry Beichner, Hank Bauer and especially Brian Popoleo for helping out. Many thanks to all who donated Chinese auction items. It proved to be a big moneymaker for the clubs. Just a reminder to all ATV enthusiasts, Forest County meetings will start the second Tuesday of the month in April thru November and the meetings will be held in the basement of the MACA building staring at 7pm. The Marienville Trail Riders Snowmobile Club meetings are held the second Sunday of the month at 2pm and held at the Kelly Hotel restaurant.
Marienville Trail Riders Enjoying The Winter
Eight Marienville Trail Riders took advantage of the several inches of snow that fell on Wednesday February 7 and rode the loop. The loop is the 115 mile Allegheny National Forest Main Trail. The members started at the Marienville groomer barn and traveled in a counterclockwise direction. They left Marienville at 9:30 am and travelled to the Russell City store located on Route 66, 22 miles north. They proceeded to Bobs Trading Post, 21 miles north of Russell City, arriving at 11:30 just in time for a very tasty lunch.
After filling their gas tanks at Graybill’s the group proceeded to travel up Trail 1, and took trail 19 up to Jakes Rocks, overlooking the Kinzua Dam. This locally known Longhouse Trail is approximately 33 miles in length and the scenery is spectacular. Leaving Jakes Rocks, they headed toward Warren, Pa. crossing Rt 66. As you cross 66, you pass thru the Dollar Store parking lot where they took a break. And of course, some had to shop! The group then went west until riding thru Chapman Dam State Park. Along the trail, you will find five kiosks with a large map of the trail and individual maps that are available. These kiosks were installed by the Marienville Trail Riders Club. Leaving Chapman Dam, the group continued on to Kellettville, stopping at Cougar Bobs for a break and of course more food. The trails were so nice, the group decided to travel to Mayburg and see the giant icebergs that were left from the flooding during the last warm spell. The group went up Trail 6, then 8. 11, 28 and onto freshly groomed Trail 12. They intersected with trail 1, arriving back at Marienville at 4:30. Total miles traveled was 126 with lots of memories of fun, laughter and beautiful scenery. On Friday February 9. Marienville Trail Riders members Jerry Thornton. Jim Sofrano and Jim Anthony opened the gates to the first half of trail 12 that intersects with the new Knox/Kane railroad bed. This first half of trail 12 is known as the Marienville by-pass and had been closed because of flooding. Darn beavers! The trail opened on Friday, February 9 at 8 am. Mother Nature cooperated by dropping about a foot of snow the two days before the opening. This trail12 by-pass splits the ANF main trail 1 in half, which allows snowmobilers many different trails to use. The two Jim’s and Jerry Thornton continued on to trail 11 and removed a tree that was blocking that route. The club members would like to especially thank Jenks Township supervisor Kevin Carter and groomer operator Joe Rodgers for having braved the cold the day before and removed the ballards and railroad ties that were blocking the Knox/Kane trail. That trail was opened on Friday also, and allows the groomer and snowmobilers another trail out of town without having to ride the roads. The club would like to remind snowmobilers that the trail may close if the weather does not cooperate. This trail was just resurfaced and the studded tracks may cause damage to the new Marienville All-Season Trail. Snowmobilers are asked to stay off the trail if the ballards are in place. The Marienville Trail Riders would also like to thank Forest County Commissioner Robert Snyder for having replaced a culvert that had washed out on the tracks during the last warming spell back in January. The club is also reminding riders to please abide by the 25 mile per hour speed limit in town and to keep your sleds under control. Our trails are sometimes multi-use trails and vehicles are permitted on some of the trails. As you ride out of Marienville on trail 1 in either the east or west direction, you will find the trail groomed on the right side and you ,way encounter sleds coming back into town on the same side of the road. That is why you need to keep your sled at a proper speed. If you enjoy snowmobiling please join one of the three clubs that are trying to keep the trails groomed or volunteer your time. The three clubs are Forest County Club from Kellettville, the Highland Snow Seekers or the Marienville Trail Riders Club. The Marienville Club is co-sponsoring a St. Patrick’s ham dinner on Saturday, March 17 from 4-8. The dinner will be held at the MACA building and a Chinese auction is planned. Many thanks to groomer operators Joe Rodgers and Dan Stevenson from the Marienville Trail Riders, Terry Wood, Dale Weller, and Larry Martin from the Tionesta Snowmobile Club, and Roy Stillman, Bob Hearst, and Rich Hayes from the Highland PA Snow Seekers Club. Another way snowmobilers can help improve trails in Pennsylvania is to join a local club and also be a member of Pennsylvania State Snowmobile Association (PSSA).
2017 Club Picnic
Allegheny National Forest Replaces Two Bridges
The Marienville Trail Riders Snowmobile Club in conjunction with the Forest County Snowmobile Club and the Snow Seekers Snowmobile Club worked with the US Forest Service and were able to replace two bridges. The first bridge was over the Watson Run stream just off of the Blue Jay Road on snowmobile trail 11. The old bridge was built in 1991 but was too narrow for any of the clubs’ groomers which required the replacement. Duffy Construction, from Smethport was the bidder for the job but money available for the two bridges was approximately $10,000.00 short. Thanks to some ingenious work on behalf of Forest Recreation specialist Curt Bowley, the three clubs and the contractor were able to get both jobs completed. The Marienville Area Snowmobile Club was able to have a crew do some mulching and seeding on the Blue Jay Bridge and they tore out and hauled away the Straight Run Bridge. The Marienville Trail Riders Club and the Highland Snow Seekers clubs had to de-obligate their 2016-2017 grooming money that was left over to help fund the projects. The second bridge is located proximately a half a mile south of Duhring on FS Trail #1. Both bridges are part of a multiuse trail system that the Forest Service provides to the public. The Blue Jay Bridge not only is used for snowmobiling in the winter but also for ATV riding in the summer. The Straight Run Bridge is used for snowmobiling but also for the equestrian use. Thanks to the Marienville Trail Riders Snowmobile Club, Tionesta Snowmobile Club and the Snow seekers Snowmobile Club along with the US Forest Service and DCNR. Once the work started, it took only one month to do both bridges. Great job to all involved! A special thank you to Terry Woods from the Tionesta Club for doing all of the paper work involved with the administration of the funds and a special thank you to Forest Service Recreation Specialist Curt Bowley for figuring the work schedule and payment plan. Now if Mother Nature cooperates for this Winter, the installation of these two bridges should make grooming of our trail system much nicer.
MEET THE GROOMER
The Marienville Trail Riders Snowmobile Club would like to announce the purchase of a new Trail Groomer. This is a 2002 BR 180 Bombardier. The groomer has an 18 foot drag and will be on display Sat. March 5th from noon – 3PM at the MACA Building in Marienville. We need to thank Congressman Thompson for helping us find a grant thru the Northwest Commission, Greenways Block Grant, and Sue Smith, Regional Planning Manager of Northwest Commission for all her h…elp. The financial assistance was greatly appreciated. Although 2015-16 lacked snow, we believe it was an exception and next year will be back to normal. The Trail Riders are looking forward to the use of this equipment on the trails next year and we feel sure the trails will be smoother. Donations will be accepted to cover future equipment needs. The following special guests have been asked to attend: Congressman Thompson, Sue Smith, Liz Krug – PSSA President, Jim Wolfe – VP of PSSA, Janie French – director of PSSA and Headwaters Charitable Trust, (hopefully available to give an update on the Knox/Kane Railroad Trail purchase), Curt Bowley – USFS, Forest County Commissioners, and Jenks Twp. Supervisors. Marienville Trail Riders applications and apparel order forms will be available. Refreshments will be served free of charge. Thank you, David Timothy, Groomer Project Manager.
PSSA Conference and Awards Luncheon
Our area was well represented this year at the Pennsylvania State Snowmobile Association (PSSA) annual conference. The luncheon and awards presentation was held April 6th at the Days Inn in State College. Jim Seyler, Operations Staff Officer for the Allegheny National Forest (ANF), gave a presentation titled, “ANF Update and How Can we help.”
Curt Bowley, Contracting Office Representative (COR) for the ANF was named PSSA Forester of the Year. The Marienville Trail Riders Snowmobile Club (MTRSC) nominated Mr. Bowley. His cooperation with all the snowmobile clubs in our area has made the trails and snowmobiling around the ANF the best they have ever been.
Jim Wolfe, a member of the Highland Snowseekers was named Snowmobiler of the Year. Jim is also the PSSA Region 4 Assistant Director which covers Elk and Forest Counties. Jim has been very instrumental in snowmobile trail improvement and upgrades all around the ANF Loop.
Ed Fiejdasz, Director, MTRSC and Jenette Fiejdasz, Treasurer, MTRSC also attended the conference.
The Marienville Trail Riders Snowmobile Club (MTRSC) would like to inform the public of the designated snowmobile trails they groom. MTRSC has clearly marked all trails in and around the Marienville area and the Allegheny National Forest that they have signed property agreements with. Any areas outside of these marked trails are not maintained by the MTRSC nor are they the responsibility of the MTRSC. Our club prides itself in being good neighbors with the property owners that allow snowmobilers to use their property. We maintain nearly 72 miles of trails around the 300 mile Allegheny Snowmobile Loop. Please visit our website www.marienvilletrailriders.com for more information and a link to a map of the marked trails. Snowmobilers, please ride responsibly and respectfully.
This is one of the many GPS signs that have been placed throughout the ANF-this sign is at the intersection of T-9 and T-12. In case of an emergency you can call 911 and report the emergency to them, with the numbers and letters (As on this sign “FO 9” they will be able to determine your location and be able to respond to the emergency. These signs have been installed thru the efforts of PSSA and the USFS. Report any hazards on the trail to ANF 814-723-5150 or 814-927-6628. Ride Responsible—MTRSC!
Through the cooperative efforts of MTRSC, USFS, DCNR and grants thru PSSA we now have this section of trail rideable with gates on both ends on ASL 1 @ Duhring to keep out ATV’S and Motor Vehicles–the gates are now OPEN for snowmobiling season. A lot of effort and many volunteer hours went into this project this summer to get it completed (Not to mention the two big storms that halted our work for nearly 2 months). These “Horse Gates” are the first in the ANF which allows multi-purpose use on this trail–So enjoy riding and continue to SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL CLUB–MTRSC
Wolfe volunteers time to maintain Allegheny National Forest trails
Posted: Monday, March 3, 2014 11:00 am
By CHUCK ABRAHAM Era Correspondent email@example.com
KANE — The Allegheny National Forest has approximately 360 miles of trails for snowmobile use in the winter, and Highland Township supervisor and Russell City resident Jim Wolfe volunteers his time to maintain these trails.
In conjunction with the Allegheny National Forest, the Pennsylvania State Snowmobile Association, and various local snowmobile groups, Wolfe has helped repair and rehabilitate approximately 40 miles of snowmobile trails. He has been involved with this endeavor since 1990, and acknowledges that it is truly a labor of love.
“A lot of it is a lot of work,” Wolfe said. “We just clean them up and make them better to ride on.”
Wolfe said that keeping the trails dry and wide enough are key elements in keeping the trails rideable. He said a groomer, or a tractor that pulls equipment for trail maintenance, is used to drag dirt to help keep the trail smooth. He said taking sharp bends out of the trails to get the groomer on the trail for maintenance is critical.
Only a small portion of the trails are used year around. Wolfe said of the 360 miles of snowmobile trails on the forest, only about 20 miles are shared with all-terrain vehicle riders. There are approximately 100 miles of ATV trails that exist on the forest.
Wolfe said the greatest impact the trails have on the area is tourism. He said in a good snow, it is not at all uncommon to see 200 snowmobiles on the trails. Wolfe also said there is a trail in Kane that connects to those on the forest. He said the trail, which crosses U.S. Route 6 by Kane Community Hospital, is a unique trail for not just the area, but all of Pennsylvania.
“It’s the only trail in Pennsylvania that has a hospital on it,” Wolfe said.
Wolfe said the work that he does is based entirely around maintenance and not trail creation. He said there is a certain amount of cost along with all the work that needs to be done when it comes to trail creation.
“Trail creation is a real big deal,” Wolfe said. “You have to file an environmental impact statement and somebody’s got to pay for that. The forest service is not leaning towards opening more trails right now.”
Wolfe said there is a possibility that turning the abandoned rail corridors in the area into snowmobile trails could prove helpful. He said there has been interest in Marienville, Kane and other places which surround the forest in a rail-trail that links their communities with the trail system in the forest more effectively. Wolfe cited the rail-trail that is in the works between Kinzua Bridge State Park and Lantz Corners. However, he said that such an undertaking could prove challenging.
“There’s a lot of people who don’t like it,” Wolfe said. “The railroad runs within 20 feet of people’s houses, especially in the Kane area.”
For those interested in finding a local snowmobile club, visit the Pennsylvania State Snowmobile Association’s website at http://www.pasnow.org/ for more detail
Valentine's Ham Dinner Fundraiser
The Marienville Trail Riders have been hard at work in 2016 on the trails. Many projects have been done and many are still in the working stages. These projects have been done with Grant money and a lot of hard work. As a club, we are proud to improve the local trails for all the snowmobilers to enjoy in the Winters to come. It takes many hours to do Grant work before the trail work can begin. With co-operation from the U.S. Forest Service, we hope to get the trail system to be one that we can ride on and enjoy.
A big THANKS goes out to all that have given of their time.
This year our club purchased another groomer. This will make a big difference in the area’s trail grooming. The members will be learning how to operate the groomer safely and keep trails smooth and enjoyable. If you are interested and have the time, come out and learn to operate the groomers. The U.S. Forest Service will not be grooming in our area this Winter. The Marienville Trail Riders will be responsible for grooming.
With all the good that our club did in 2016, we did have an incident during trail work on the trail 11 project. A dump truck was borrowed to haul gravel for the project. During the work, the truck was wrecked and cost one of our members…$5500. The member was the one that borrowed the truck and felt responsible. There was NO insurance that covered anything. Marienville Trail Riders voted to pay $2000. Someone donated $1000. The member was left with the balance of $2500.
Members of the club are getting together to raise the additional funds. We are doing a Valentine’s Ham Dinner, Chinese Auction, Gun Raffle, Cupid Lottery Board, Turkey Cut-Out Fire Pit Raffle, and a 50/50 at the MACA Building in Marienville on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 from 4 – 8 PM. We are looking for items for the Chinese Auction and door prizes. Tickets for the ham dinner will be $10 in advanced or $12.50 at the door. We need people to help sell gun, fire pit, and dinner tickets.
Please get behind our club and show support.
Contact: Roxanne Thornton 814-927-8218
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Micky Stevenson 814-927-8687
Jane Timothy 717-409-9548
Thanks MARIA for more pictures……………..
Safety Class 2016
PaOHV’s Segregation of Funds Bill Is Law
PaOHV’s Segregation of Funds bill has been signed by Governor Wolf. It is effective in September 18.
This is a major win for PaOHV members.
Senator Pat Stefano’s (R-Westmoreland) legislation divides the Snowmobile/ATV fund into separate funds. Registration dollars paid by ATV owners can only be used to fund ATV projects. Co-mingling of ATV and snowmobile funds ends when the act becomes effective.
The bill redefines the composition of the Snowmobile/ATV advisory committee. A representative from the Department of Community and Economic Development and the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association are added. The two seats allotted to conservation and non-motorized recreation organizations have been removed.
Finally, the bill restructures the DCNR grant program converting it to a semiannual rather than an annual application. There will be two grant application cycles in 2017.
A companion bill, HB 970, was sponsored by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Cameron). PaOHV thanks both Senator Stefano and Rep. Causer for their foresight and leadership on this issue.