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USE CAUTION OUT ON THE TRAILS

January 19, 2018

The Maine State Warden Service is urging people to use caution on ice after a recent string of accidents. We have not been able to assess the current condition of all our trails after last week's warm and wet weather. We, too, are advising riders to use caution and good judgement when out on the trails. Below is the story about the aforementioned accidents, written by Cindy Campbell and published on the Q106.5 website:

 

The Maine Warden Service is urging Mainers to use caution on waterways after a series of accidents involving snowmobiles.

It all started with an incident on Long Lake in MDI on Wednesday. Wardens say a sled driven by Eli Strauss went through the ice, plunging he and the two 12-year-old girls he was pulling on a tube into the icy water. They were able to swim to shore and are being treated for hypothermia. Since then, officials say at least nine more people have reported breaking through thin ice on snowmobiles over a 24-hour period.

In Belgrade , two men broke through thin ice on Long Lake Thursday evening and nearly drowned. 18-year-old Caleb Moore was driving a sled with 17-year-old Joshua Stevens on the back when they went through the ice into Belgrade Stream, at the outlet of Long Pond. Both Belgrade teens were taken to Maine General Medical Center in Augusta where they're in stable condition.

At around noon on Thursday, a Denmark man and his 5-year-old daughter encountered a flooded portion of a trail in that town. 44-year-old Stephen Glasgow and his daughter became submerged in icy water  in the Saco River but were able to get out and call for help. They were taken to Bridgton Hospital for treatment of hypothermia.

In Sangerville on Wednesday evening, two Guilford men broke through thin ice on Manhanock Pond in Sangerville. 52-year-old Brian Gaw and 47-year-old Jason Goggin were on separate snowmobiles when they broke through and both became submerged. They were able to get to shore where they phoned for help.

Wardens say rain and warm temperatures late last week deteriorated ice conditions significantly statewide and, although it's once again turned cold, that doesn't relax the need for extreme caution on ice. The last 48 hours have proven that conditions are still very hazardous. They advise avoiding waterways unless you're certain of ice conditions. Anyone not familiar with the conditions of a waterway should contact the local snowmobile clubs for ice safety information.

 

 

 

2016 HAPPENINGS!

1/4/2016
 
AT BLACK MOUNTAIN - Once we get more snow, you'll be able to snowmobile right to the lodge to enjoy this great entertainment!
 
41st ANNUAL HOPE ASSOCIATION RIDE-IN - Mark your calendar for this long-standing community event: Sunday, February 21, 2016, at Horizons Unlimited, Swain Road, Rumford.


ANNUAL MEETING MARCH 26, 2015

 

The Rumford Polar Bears Snowmobile Club will hold its Annual Meeting and Election of Officers on Thursday, March 26, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. at Sam's Restaurant on Route 2 in Rumford.  During the meeting, nominations from the floor will be accepted for the offices of president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, and trail master. We are also looking for someone to volunteer to serve as Membership Chairperson for next year.  

 


UPDATE:  3/10/15 - Good News! We just received word from the Rumford Police Department that the theft/burglary case at the logging camp on the Swain Pond Trail has been closed. The stolen items have been recovered!


 

MEMBERSHIP NOTICE

10/23/2014

Due to lack of volunteers, we will not be mailing out membership applications this season.  Please pass the word that joining is still a simple matter and membership for a family or individual is still only $25!  You can print a membership form by clicking here to go to the form on our Membership page.  Just fill it out, and mail it along with your check to the address on the form. Or, you can join on-line by using the PayPal links on the Membership page.

Once we receive your application and fee, we will mail you the membership cards and a Rumford Polar Bears Snowmobile Club 2014 Trail Map. 

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR

SUPPORTING OUR CLUB!


SCHOLARSHIP OFFERED

 
If you are a member of the Rumford Polar Bears Snowmobile Club, one of the benefits of membership is a $250 scholarship to awarded to a graduating high school senior who is planning to attend college or vocational school. To qualify for this scholarship, an applicant must be a current member of the Rumford Polar Bears Snowmobile Club. 

To apply, the student must submit the following information on a piece of paper:  name, address, telephone number, and name of the college or vocational school the student plans to attend. This information should be sent to the Rumford Polar Bears Snowmobile Club, PO Box 634, Rumford, ME 04276. or e-mailed to info@snowmobilerumford.com

The winner will be chosen in late May of every year by a random drawing and the scholarship will be awarded upon successful completion of the first semester of college or vocational school. If you need more information, please contact Robert or Louise Stickney by telephone at 364-3848 or by e-mail at info@snowmobilerumford.com.


CLUB OFFICERS FOR 2014-2015

 

President - Ron E. Russell

Vice President - John Blais

Treasure - Bob Stickney

Secretary - Louise Stickney

Trail Masters - Gene Knox, & Tom Reed


ANNUAL MEETING & ELECTION OF OFFICERS

3/18/2014
 
The Rumford Polar Bears Snowmobile Club will hold its Annual Meeting and Election of Officers on Thursday, March 27, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. at Sam's Restaurant on Route 2 in Rumford. During the meeting, nominations from the floor will be accepted for the offices of president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, and trail master. All members are invited to attend.


LANDOWNER APPRECIATION DINNER

11/4/2013

Instead of the regularly scheduled Polar Bears meeting on November 14, we will be holding our Landowner Appreciation Dinner. This is our way of thanking landowners for allowing us snowmobile access on their property.

 

The dinner will be held November 14th, at the Eagles Hall, 13 Rumford Avenue. The Social Hour will be from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 5:30.

 

The cost for Club members will be $8.50 (landowners, of course, do not pay). If you plan to attend, you must let us know by November 8th so we can be sure to order enough food. The count we give to the caterer will be what we must pay for. To make your reservation, call Bob and Louise at 364-3848 or email to info@snowmobilerumford.com. Hope to see you there!

 


2013-2014 SEASON UNDERWAY

9/23/13

Too early to be thinking about snowmobiling you say?  Not for the Rumford Polar Bears Snowmobile Club!  Things start off with the first meeting of the season on Thursday, September 26, 2013.  As usual, the meeting will start at 7:00 pm in the upstairs meeting at Sam's Restaurant on Route 2.  At this meeting we will discuss trail work that must to be accomplised before snow flies.  Also on the agenda will be the status of the Hanover Trail, developing a trail to the downtown area, and the question of re-opening the old Ragged Ass Trail.  We warmly welcome input and help from all snowmobilers!

This is also the time to renew your membership in the Rumford Polar Bears Snowmobile Club and MSA (Maine Snowmobile Association). When you join our Club, you are automatically joining the MSA as well.  Membership is a bargain at only $25 per family!  Joining a club is essential to keeping the snowmobile trails open.  It is the club volunteers, working with landowners, that make it possible for sledders to enjoy thousands of miles of trails in the State of Maine.  Everyone who snowmoibiles should join a club to support these volunteer efforts.  Click here to access our membership page and JOIN TODAY!

 


RON M. RUSSELL HONORED

7/3/2013

At a recent meeting of the Rumford Polar Bears Snowmobile Club, members honored long-time volunteer Ron M. Russell. A plaque was presented to Ron by his son, Ron E. Russell, who is also the Club's president. The senior Russell was recognized for his dedication to the Club as he served in various capacities over the years: treasurer, membership chair, trail mapper, and corresponding secretary. His enthusiasm and perseverance have been a source of inspiration to members. All those present expressed their gratitude for his continued support and for all his efforts toward the betterment of the snowmobiling community.

 
Surrounded by his family is award recipient, Ron M. Russell (seated); standing, left to right, Marie Russell, granddaughter; Mary Allen, daughter; Annie Russell, wife; Ronnie Russell, grandson; Lisa Russell, daughter-in-law; and Ron E. Russell, son.


CLUB OFFICERS FOR 2013-2014

 

President - Ron E. Russell

Vice President - John Blais

Treasure - Bob Stickney

Secretary - Louise Stickney

Trail Masters - Fern Dumoulin, Gene Knox, & Tom Reed


GAME WARDEN SPEAKS AT LANDOWNER APPRECIATION DINNER

10/23/2012

On October 18, 2012, the Rumford Polar Bears Snowmobile Club hosted the annual Landowner Appreciation Dinner at the Eagles Hall in Rumford.  The 50 people present enjoyed a delicious roast pork and roast beef dinner prepared by Greg and Norma Arsenault.

After dinner, Maine Game Warden Brock Clukey made a short presentation and answered questions from the group about recreational uses on their property.

Maine Game Warden Brock Clukey

The Rumford Polar Bears Snowmobile Club hosts this dinner every fall to show its appreciation to the landowners who so generously allow snowmobiling on their property. Without landowner permission there would be no snowmobiling! Snowmobile season is fast approaching, and the Polar Bears wish to remind riders that snowmobiling is a privilege, not a right.

The Polar Bears also express their appreciation to the Rumford Eagles for allowing us to use their beautiful hall for this function.


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Rumford Polar Bears Snowmobile Club
President - Ron E. Russell
Treasurer - Bob Stickney
Vice President - John Blais
Secretary - Louise Stickney
Trail Masters - Tom Reed & Gene Knox

Email: info@snowmobilerumford.com
Phone: (207) 364-3848
Meeting Location: Sam's Restaurant
Time: 7:00pm
Date: 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month, September through April
2nd Thursday of the month, May through August

 

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