LORR

Your snow dance is working please do not stop, but you can change it for a sun dance to give us a little warmth on the trails. The Tucker has been out on all the trails at least once. Still every time we go out we find more trees down. We would like to thank our groomer operators for the many hours they spend outside making our trails some of the best in the area. It is not an easy job. They don’t just sit in the warm cab driving, but they have to get out and clear away the many trees that keep coming down across the trails. If you get a chance, come be a helper in the shotgun seat for a night. They would appreciate the help.

As you are out on our trails, keep an eye out for “Carl the Cardinal” hanging around. If you spot Carl, take a picture with him and post it on our facebook page. He keeps moving from tree to tree during the season.

MARK YOUR CALANDERS – February 17, 2018 – LORR POKER RUN.

Information will be posted on our Facebook site when we get closer to the date.

Our meetings are being well attended and hope to see more people as the season gets into full swing. After the meeting snacks and drinks are enjoyed by all. One new member has volunteered to completely update our website. We will post a note on Facebook when it is up and running.

We are always seeking new members to help support our activities. Feel free to join the Littleton Off Road Riders Snowmobile Club (LORR) by contacting our membership director Scott Simons at  scsimons@comcast.net or by attending one of our club meetings held at the Opera House on Main Street in Littleton. Our meetings start at 7:00PM and the dates are posted on our website. Club membership is $25 for the year. We certainly hope you can join us!

My closing thought, as always: Please respect the landowners that our trails traverse. Without their permission and without the work of club members, our Littleton and NH snowmobile trail system would not exist. Stay on the trails as we have no “off trail areas” to play.

That’s all for now, ride safely, stay to the right and enjoy the trails.

 

See you on the TRAILS!

Scott Simons, Treasurer

Littleton Off Road Riders Inc. Snowmobile Club

LORR

This Thanksgiving holiday week we are giving thanks to our sponsors and other local businesses that have helped us. Dodge Construction, Val Polson from Meadow Leasing along with Hight and Sons have helped our club in so many ways. Without them we would still be working with shovels and pick axes. We also give thanks to club crew member Doug Cross. The time and energy he has given us is a god send. Without him we would still be fumbling with landowner relationships. We give thanks to Jenna Hayes and the growing crew she assembles to work at the NHSA grass drag event. The money earned at this event has helped the club afford insurance and has allowed the club to start saving for a new groomer. Thank you, thank you, a million times thank you.

To keep the holiday spirit alive our next event will be the Pot Luck Christmas Party and Yankee Swap. This year it will be held on December 15. Location and time will be posted on our Facebook page The only club business to be discussed will be the planning of a Poker Run. We are planning on having the poker run on February 17, the week AFTER Lisbon`s Vintage Race. If all goes well the poker run will be bigger and longer next year. Some of our club members would like to see a Mega 150 mile run that includes several North Country clubs. That’s a little much for a rookie like me but if the demand is there, who knows what can happen.

In the mean time the Littleton Off Road Riders will be having fun playing a weekly game of Spot Carl the Cardnial. Once a week, the groomer driver will move the bird to a different section of trail. When a snowmobile rider spots the Cardnial, they should take a selfie with the bird and post it to our Facebook page. What started as a silly little game became a very competitive game of who would be first to post a selfie with the Littleton Carl the Cardinal. You should check out some of last year’s selfies on our Facebook page and Friend us. We will be using Facebook a lot to post our up coming club events and would Like you to know all about it.

We are always seeking new members to help support our activities. Feel free to join the Littleton Off Road Riders Snowmobile Club (LORR) by contacting our membership director Scott Simons at  scsimons@twc.com or by attending one of our club meetings. We certainly hope you can join us!

 

By Michelle Schafer

LORR

We ended last season with our Landowner Appreciation Breakfast on April 22, 2017. The breakfast was held at the Topic of the Town and was well attended by our landowners and club members. I would like to thank Michelle Schafer for setting up the logistics and Denny Fekay for hosting the event at his restaurant. It was a great time to meet our trail supporters.

The club applied for the summer Grant In Aid funding for bridge repairs, trail grading, replacing 5 culverts and boulder removal from trails, which was approved. Doug has been busy ordering lumber and screws for the bridge jobs. If you can help with the bridge repairs, please send us an email and Doug will get back to you with the details.

We had a summer cookout at the president’s house that was well attended by members and guests.

The club will be sending down a large group of volunteers to the “Race into Winter” event this October to help out with the work for the weekend. Hope to see many of our old friends there.

Our meetings have been being well attended and hope to see more people as the season gets into full swing. After our meetings, snacks and drinks are being enjoyed by the group, with some interesting stories being told. Check out our Web Site at www.LittletonSnowmobileClub.com for meeting location, date and other information.

We are always seeking new members to help support our activities. Feel free to join the Littleton Off Road Riders Snowmobile Club (LORR) by contacting our membership director Scott Simons at  scsimons@twc.com or by attending one of our club meetings. We certainly hope you can join us!

 

Scott Simons, Treasurer

Littleton Off Road Riders Inc. Snowmobile Club

LORR

Your snow dance is working but please do not stop. We are still waiting for that “big dump” of snow. The few inches that we get now and then have been adding up. The Tucker, Skandic and Polaris have been out on the trails when conditions exist. There are still many icy spots on the trails and you need to be aware of, especially in the open windblown areas, as this rider can attest to. Also, be careful of rocks and sticks that have not been fully buried by the snow. We would like to thank our groomer operators for the many hours they spend outside making our trails some of the best in the area. It is not an easy job. They don’t just sit in the warm cab driving, but they have to get out and clear away the many trees that keep coming down across the trails. If you get a chance, come be a helper in the shotgun seat for a night. They would appreciate the help.

 

As you are out on our trails, keep an eye out for “Carl the Cardinal” hanging around. If you spot Carl, take a picture with him and post it on our facebook page. He keeps moving from tree to tree during the season.

 

Littleton Off Road Riders system now has a Temporary Trail Closure of one of our main trails. Trans Canada will be starting with bridge replacements for their timber harvesting operation, on the Moore Dam loop trail between Old Waterford Road and Hilltop Road Boat accesses. It will require the temporary closure of this section of the loop trail till further notice.  LORR Appreciates Trans Canada for their support of our trail system! We are trying to get permission for an alternate route around this logging area. Please check our facebook and website pages for further status of the reroute.

 

Our meetings are being well attended and hope to see more people as the season gets into full swing. After the meeting snacks and drinks are enjoyed by all.

We are always seeking new members to help support our activities. Feel free to join the Littleton Off Road Riders Snowmobile Club (LORR) by contacting our membership director Scott Simons at  scsimons@comcast.net or by attending one of our club meetings held at the Opera House on Main Street in Littleton. Our meetings start at 7:00PM and the dates are posted on our website. Club membership is $25 for the year. We certainly hope you can join us!

My closing thought, as always: Please respect the landowners that our trails traverse. Without their permission and without the work of club members, our Littleton and NH snowmobile trail system would not exist.

That’s all for now, ride safely, stay to the right and enjoy the trails.

 

See you on the TRAILS!

Scott Simons, Treasurer

Littleton Off Road Riders Inc. Snowmobile Club

LORR

Happy Holidays! The Littleton Off Road Riders are getting into the holiday spirit early this year. We just keep getting good news and well wishes from many different avenues. To get into the public eye, the club entered a Christmas Float into the Littleton Downtown Parade, which is held the Friday after Thanksgiving. Club members meet to decorate a trailer early Friday morning and then line up to take that walk through Main Street. This was the 43rd year the parade marched through Littleton. It was cold and rainy, but we made a good showing of it. Donna Thompson, Sandy Simons and the young Thompson Kids decorated the trees. Doug Cross let us borrow his grandkids sleds (SO CUTE) and Steve Hight pulled out an old fashioned sleigh, from where ever he hides those type of things, to finish off our display. Club members George and Brian Thompson, Scott Schafer and Scott Simon worked to fancy up the truck. We had our gigantic ‘Happy Holidays – Join our club’ sign hoisted high with a six foot inflatable Christmas Moose in the back of the truck. It was grand enough to make the judges Ooh and Ahh before giving us the BEST IN SHOW award. It’s funny, I never realized HOW BIG that Christmas Moose looked until I saw photos in our local paper.

Really good news. - The Lisbon Stump Jumpers WILL be holding its Vintage Snowmobile Race. Mark your calendars for February 11th. Snow or Shine!

More good news. -  The Mt Eustis ski area is coming around and working with us. Another reroute was cut, making the trail going up and down, a lot less steep. This reroute will also give snowmobilers three different lookout points. Mt Eustis does have quite a view. One can see the presidential mountain range during the day and town sky lights at night. If you make a trip up, you must stop and look. Some volunteers for the ski group have also started to promote trails in another part of Littleton, Parker Mountain for instance. We are beginning to meet and discuss with these other volunteer groups the importance of helping to maintain those trails. A cross country skier or fat biker cannot be upset at snowmobiles when it’s the snowmobilers who keep the trails maintained. It’s all about educating the outdoor enthusiast. The More the Merrier it should be, trails that is.

And to end this note, this year our club will get together at the Schafer’s House (the original Mt Eustis ski lodge) for a holiday pot luck supper and Yankee Swap on December 21, starting at 6:30. Come on by, you might win the door prize.

On behalf of The Littleton Off Road Riders, I would like to wish all of you a happy holiday, safe riding and a very snowy new year. – Michelle Schafer     

LORR

Greetings from the North Country. It’s been a long hot summer and it will be good to see the leaves change.

Everyone knows last winter was pretty dismal. Only the most hardcore riders escaped to the far reaches of Maine and New Hampshire to find rideable conditions. The rest of us was wishing we could somehow make our own snow since Mother Nature wasn’t doing her job. It only takes one bad winter season to throw off even the best planned budget. So, how does a club maintain trails and keep the office running when no snow means less revenue? Have a Bake Sale? Sell T-Shirts? Sell Advertising on Maps and Trails? BEG? After doing ALL OF THAT, I believe volunteering at the NHSA’s Race into Winter/Grass Drag Event is our club’s best fund raiser.

Mathematically speaking, for the amount of time and effort put into the different fund raisers, the Grass Drags is the most profitable. Our club makes $10 an hour per person to work before, during and after the event. The jobs and tasks are simple, we get to meet other club members and the race atmosphere is alive and fun. The event takes place only one weekend out of the year, that’s it. Think about how many cupcakes it takes to make $10 an hour? Think about how many Ads need to be sold? And how many of those T-shirts are still in stock? We still need to produce maps and it’s always great to have that logo shirt but if your club is looking for a solid fund raiser, give the Grass Drags a try. Last year, eight of our club members made enough money to buy a used SKANDIC. This year our take will go to repairing more bridges and continuing to upgrade the trail signage. It’s very reassuring to know there is reliable money to be made to support Littleton’s trail system.

Oh yes, those fabulous trails. As you ride on our trail system, know we have been very busy replacing old and damaged bridges. You will get around our trail system easily as the many new directional signs will keep you on course and in the correct direction. And do not forget that Littleton is famous for its scenic vistas. Plan on stopping and taking in the views from Walker Mountain, the Moore Dam ledges and the legendary Mount Eustis. Do take care in town on the rails. A small section of train tracks remain containing several switchers which can catch and stop a sled in its tracks. We are hoping 2017 will be the year they are removed. The summer of 2017 will also bring a small expansion to our trail system as we plan the reopening of Parker Mountain and the Gary’s Drive connector.

The lack of snow last season may have put a damper on our budgets, but it also gave many of us time to think about how to make the most out of fund raising. 

 

Michelle Schafer

Littleton Off Road Riders

Snowmobile Club

 

LORR

 

We ended last season with our Landowner Appreciation Breakfast on June 18, 2016. The breakfast was held at the Topic of the Town and was well attended by our landowners and club members. I would like to thank Michelle Schafer for setting up the logistics and Denny Fekay for hosting the event at his restaurant. It was a great time to meet our trail supporters.

The club applied for the summer Grant In Aid funding for bridge repairs along the Moore Dam Loop trail, which was approved. Doug has been busy ordering lumber and screws for the bridge jobs. If you can help with the bridge repairs, please send us an email and Doug will get back to you with the details.

We held meetings each month during the summer. Thanks to the Michelle and Scott Schaffer and Steve for the use of their houses for the summer meetings. We will have our next meeting on Monday September 19. Check out our face book page for time and location.

We had a booth at the Littleton Farmers market on Sunday August 28. Michelle, Scott and Doug set up and manned the booth for the day. Several people stopped by to check out the club and talk about the local trails. A few young riders tried out the 120 sleds that we had on display. I am sure that they have them on “Santa’s” list now.

The club will be sending down a large group of volunteers to the “Race into Winter” event this October to help out with the work for the weekend. Hope to see many of our old friends there.

Our meetings are being well attended and hope to see more people as the season gets into full swing. After our meetings, snacks and drinks are enjoyed by the group, with some interesting stories being told. Check out our Web Site at www.LittletonSnowmobileClub.com for meeting location, date and other information.

We are always seeking new members to help support our activities. Feel free to join the Littleton Off Road Riders Snowmobile Club (LORR) by contacting our membership director Scott Simons at  scsimons@comcast.net or by attending one of our club meetings. We certainly hope you can join us!

Scott Simons, Treasurer

Littleton Off Road Riders Inc. Snowmobile Club