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2008-2009

CLUB MEMBER INSTRUMENTAL

IN RIVER RESCUE

2/2/09

On Saturday evening, January 31, 2009, snowmobiler Mike Thurston and a friend were riding down the Androscoggin River.  Unfortunately, near the confluence of the Concord River, Mike's sled hit open water and he and his sled plunged into the river.  His friend went to get help.

The word went out and the response from area neighbors along that stretch of river was quick.  They and emergency responders combed the banks of the Androscoggin searching for signs of Mike.  Among the searchers was Rumford Polar Bears Club member Dick Bonnell, one of Mike's neighbors.

Fortunately, Mike was conscious and able to cling to the ice and call for help.  Dick Bonnell was among those close enough to hear his cries for help.  Dick had a rope with him.  He tied it around his waist, handed the other end to volunteer firefighter Spencer Couture, and Mike's friends Thaddeus Bennett and Matt Roy,  and ventured out onto the ice.  As he neared Mike, Dick dropped down on his belly and crawled to the edge of the ice.  With great effort, fighting against the current, he was able to reach down into the frigid water and pull Mike to safety.

Once on thicker ice, many other people were there to assist in getting Mike quickly off the river, up the bank, and to the road for immediate medical attention.  Mike's uncle, Club member Dan Stearns, says Mike is out of intensive care and slowly recovering from his ordeal.  We all wish Mike a speedy recovery!

Thank you, Dick Bonnell, for your selflessness, quick thinking, and preparedness.  You are a hero!

Dick not only helped to rescue Mike, but the next day, he and others pulled Mike's sled from the river.  Dick then brought the sled to his workshop to try to get it running again!  Dick, you're the man!


2008 LANDOWNER APPRECIATION DINNER:

A MAGICAL NIGHT

11/20/08

What could be better than friends, good food, and laughter?  That's what was in store for those who attended the Landowner Appreciation Dinner on Thursday night, November 20th at the Eagles Hall. 

As we welcomed the landowners, Scott Grassette and his daughter Kaitlin, provided pleasant background music.  Then a delicious dinner, prepared by Wayne McPherson and his crew, was served.

 
82 Landowners and Club members enjoyed a dinner of chicken cordon bleu.
 
After the meal, there were two drawings:  a 50/50 raffle and a door prize.

Don Barker was the lucky winner of the 50/50 drawing.  That 80 bucks sure put a smile on his face!  And Annie Richard (on the left in the photo above) was happy to win the door prize, a beautiful floral centerpiece presented by Louise Stickney.

 
The entertainment for the evening was provided by local magician Scott Grassette.  His illusions drew a lot of oohs and ahhs from the crowd.
 

Tom Hoyt, a member of the audience, was the "front man"

and a great sport to help Scott out for one portion of his act. 

Tom's facial expressions were perfect and had everyone

roaring with laughter as Scott did his magic tricks from behind.

 
For his final trick of the night, Scott turned a dipping, wet tissue into floating flakes of "snow".  A fitting ending for a snowmobile related evening!

CONGRATULATIONS BLACK MOUNTAIN

OF MAINE, IF&W CORPORATE

LANDOWNER OF THE YEAR!

October 24, 2008
 

Each year, the Landowner Relations Office of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (IF&W) hosts the Landowner of the Year Awards Banquet.  The IF&W accepts nominations from groups of people who use land for recreational purposes.  In 2004, the Town of Rumford was named Municipal Landowner of the Year based on a nomination by the Rumford Polar Bears Snowmobile Club.

This year, the Rumford Polar Bears Snowmobile Club nominated Black Mountain of Maine as Corporate Landowner of the Year and the nomination was accepted. We are very fortunate to have such a great working relationship with the Mountain.  To read the narrative which the Club submitted to nominate Black Mountain, please click here.

Congratulations Black Mountain of Maine!

 

Black Mountain of Maine received the Corporate Landowner of the Year award at the October 21, 2008, Landowner of the Year Awards Banquet. Pictured in the front row are Ron Russell, Polar Bears president, and John Aylward and Brad Adley of the Black Mountain of Maine Operating Board.  In the back row are Louise Stickney, Polar Bears secretary, Major Greg Sandborn, Maine Warden Service, Bob Stickney, Polar Bears treasurer, Lisa Arsenault, Black Mountain of Maine Operating Board, Louanne Cameron, Polar Bears Club member, Rob Cameron, Polar Bears Vice President, and Danny Martin, Commissioner of the IF&W.

2007-2008

Here's an opportunity to allow your competitive spirit rise to the occasion!
 
 

ANNUAL MEETING ELECTION RESULTS

3/14/08

The Rumford Polar Bears Snowmobile Club Annual Meeting took place on March 13, 2008 at Sam's Restaurant.  Below are the results of the election of officers which took place at the meeting.

President:  Ron E. Russell

Vice-President:   Rob A. Cameron

Treasurer:  Bob Stickney

Secretary/Corresponding Secretary:  Louise Stickney

Trail Masters:   Tom Reed, Fern Dumoulin, and Gene Knox

At-large board member:  John Blais

At-large board member:  Daniel Stearns

Thanks to all who were willing to serve!


ACCESS TO TRAILS IN JEOPARDY

2/17/08

We are in danger of losing access to some of our trails because of the irresponsible actions of a few thoughtless people. There are snowmobilers who are riding off the trails onto private property. They are riding sleds which are very loud and causing a disturbance to landowners, especially late at night.

The Rumford Polar Bears Snowmobile Club has worked hard to maintain harmonious relationships with the landowners who let us use their property for snowmobiling. The landowners do not want to block access, but unless the situation is controlled, that is just what will happen.

We all need to work together to keep our trails open.  You can help by getting the offending sledder's registration number and calling Game Warden Brock Clukey at 207-392-1479. 


FAMILY FUN

2/21/08

It's school vacation week and there are a lot of families out on the trails enjoying this wonderful winter sport of snowmobiling. 

Keep in mind that the Rumford Polar Bears Snowmobile Club trail system makes its way up and down mountains and through the forests. It is not made for speed, but affords riders the opportunity to appreciate the beautiful landscape of Western Maine. 

Let's make it a safe vaction time for everyone:  ride on the right side of the trail and keep a prudent speed.

 

(Click on photo for a larger view.)

Warren and Leah Karlberg with their mother, Kate, enjoyed

the Polar Bears Trails this week.  The Karlbergs are from Gardiner.


HOPE ASSOCIATION RIDE-IN

2/10/08

The weather cooperated for the 33rd Annual Hope Association Ride-In - all the participants got to have a snowmobile ride before the snow started to fall. 

Snowmobile club members from many of the area clubs were on hand to give rides to over 30 people.  Hats (or should we say helmets) off to the Slippery Sliders from the Roxbury-Byron area!  They had 14 club members attending and Mike Worthley and his wife were also there representing the ATV club.

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JOHN BLAIS ON TV!

2/4/08

John Blais, the son of John and Linda Blais, was featured in a WCSH 6 TV news segment about metal trades in Maine.  What a thrill to see one of our young Polar Bears Club members making the news in such a positive way! Young John was the winner of the first Rumford Polar Bears Scholarship a couple of years ago.  That money certainly has been put to good use!

Many of us who come to Club meetings on a regular basis have watched John grow up.  Both big John and little John have been active club members.  From the time he was in grammar school John and his dad sold 50/50 tickets at Club meetings.  His dad taught John to drag the trails and they both pitch in with trail work - brushing, helping with bridge building, and putting up signs. 

Keep up the good work, John, and good luck with your job at D&G Machine!

Click here to see the video which appeared on WCSH 6 TV.

 

TRAIL MAGIC!

 

What's “trail magic” you ask? It's a term used by those hiking the Appalachian Trail who experience unexpected acts of goodwill extended by strangers. For a hiker it might be a package of cookies or candies stashed along the trail, a ride into town, or a home-cooked meal and a night in a real bed.

Snowmobilers experience “trail magic” too. It's the caring and concern showed when snowmobilers encounter a sled stopped along the trail with the cowling raised. The person with the sled trouble won't be passed by, but will invariably be offered help by nearly every passing snowmobiler.

Snowmobile “trail magic” happens when someone notices a problem on a trail and sets about fixing the problem. Maybe it's a sign put up that will help people more easily find their way. Or it's the washed out section of trail that gets Christmas tree bows and snow shoveled into it by some unknown hand or hands.

We say THANK YOU to all these wonderful people who make “trail magic” happen!

 

LANDOWNER APPRECIATION DINNER

November 15, 2007

 

The wild, wet weather on Thursday evening, November 15, didn't deter Rumford landowners from attending the Rumford Polar Bears Landowner Appreciation Dinner. 

Ron Russell (seated, left), and his son Ron, along with Bob and Louise Stickney were on hand to greet guests as they arrived at the Eagles Hall.

 

Sixty landowners and 14 Club members enjoyed a delicious roast pork dinner catered by Wayne McPherson. 

Guests line up for the roast pork buffet.
 
After dinner, David Kimball, with that wonderful twinkle in his eyes, entertained the group with his unique brand of Maine humor which generated lots of smiles and laughter.
 
The evening wrapped up with the drawing of the door prize and the 50/50 raffle. 
Rumford Polar Bears President Rob Cameron presents Jane Peterson with the door prize while Jane's husband Herb looks on.
 
Club member Kristen Blais was the winner of the 50/50 raffle which benefited the Polar Bears Scholarship fund.

 

CLUB REORGANIZES GROOMING &

MAINTENANCE RESPOSIBILITIES

 

The Rumford Polar Bears Snowmobile Club kicked off the 2007-2008 season by holding a special pot-luck lunch meeting on October 14, at the home of Rob and Louanne Cameron.

In an effort to distribute the work load and encourage volunteerism, discussion centered on a proposed reorganization of trail maintenance and grooming responsibilities. To this end, it was decided to train several more people to operate the Tucker using mentoring by the experienced groomers along with the groomer awareness training DVD put out by the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands. The goal is to have six groomer operator teams. Trailmaster Gordon Phillips has developed a groomer check list to ensure proper care of the equipment. Fern Dumoulin and Tom Reed put together a proposed trail grooming schedule for when the snow flies.

The entire trail system has been divided into six sections for the purposes of maintenance and signing. The plan is to find six people who will each take responsibility for one section. A list of responsibilities for these “trail maintenance supervisors” is being developed to help them with their work. When it comes time to get a work party together, there will be a work party organizer who will contact club members to ask for help with brushing trails, building bridges, or whatever other work needs to be done. We hope you’ll be able to lend a few hours when you get a call to help!


2006-2007

 

CONGRATULATIONS POLAR BEARS!

 

At the MSA Annual Meeting and Banquet on April 21, the Rumford Polar Bears Snowmobile Club was chosen by the Maine Snowmobile Association as Snowmobile Club of the Year!  Many thanks to those members who volunteer hundreds of hours each year to help make snowmobiling in the Western Mountains a great winter experience.

 
Rob Cameron (left), President of the Rumford Polar Bears Snowmobile Club, accepts the Snowmobile Club of the Year Award from Bob Meyers (right), MSA Executive Director.

OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

ELECTED FOR 2007-08

 

The following officers and directors at-large were elected at the Annual Meeting held on March 22, 2007:

  • President - Rob Cameron
  • Vice-President - Fern Dumoulin
  • Treasurer - Bob Stickney
  • Secretary - Louise Stickney
  • Trailmaster - Gordon Phillips
  • Director-at-large - Dan Stearns
  • Director-at-large - John Blais

OXFORD COUNTY ARC

32nd ANNUAL RIDE-IN

2/11/07

Darren Buker - Ready to Ride!
 

It was smiles all around on Sunday, February 11, as riders from the Rumford Polar Bears and the Byron/Roxbury Slippery Sliders offered snowmobile rides to the residents of Horizon's Unlimited.  Members from both clubs were there from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

After enjoying a delicious hot meal, residents and Club members hit the trails.  It was a perfect day for the outing with a blue, cloudless sky and relatively mild temperatures.  To see more photos, click here.


ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL LANDOWNER APPRECIATION DINNER

12/14/06
Around 20 Club members gathered at the Eagles Hall in Rumford on November 30, 2006 to say "thank you" to the 60 landowners who came to the Landowner Appreciation Dinner.  Landowners were treated to a delicious dinner of barbecued pork tenderloin prepared by caterer Wayne McPherson.  Wayne happens to be both a landowner and a Club member!
 
A delicious meal!

Wayne McPherson (left) serves desert to guest speaker Paul Davis (right)

as Club president Rob Cameron (center) waits his turn.

 

After dinner, guest speaker Paul Davis, MSA Vice President, thanked the landowners for keeping their land accessible for snowmobiling.   He also spoke about current access issues confronting the snowmobile community in other parts of the State. 

 
Before the conclusion of the evening, two door prizes were raffled off.  The first was a lovely seasonal centerpiece featuring a red sleigh created by Club member Diane Mitchell.  The winner of this prize was landowner Leonard Lindberg and his wife Virginia.
 
The second door prize was a beautiful hand-crafted quilt created by Club member Kristen Blais.  Kristen is a student at Mountain Valley High School.  She has only recently taken up quilting, but her efforts looked like the work of an experienced quilter.  The lucky winner of the quilt was landowner Isabel Duguay.
 

Isabel Duguay (right) won this beautiful quilt made by Kristen Blais. 

Proud father John Blais helps Kristen display the quilt.

 
The 50/50 raffle of $46 was won by Norman Pelletier.  This year, proceeds from the 50/50 raffle will benefit the Rumford Polar Bears Snowmobile Club Scholarship Fund.  You can learn more about this scholarship by clicking this link:  Scholarship
 
To conclude the evening Rob Cameron led everyone in a short session of Christmas caroling.
 
With sheets of music before them, landowners and Club members get into the spirit of the season by singing a few Christmas carols.
 
Many thanks to the Rumford Fraternal Order of the Eagle for the use of their wonderful facility.


2005-2006

CLUB OFFICERS ELECTED

 

The annual election of officers for the Rumford Polar Bears Snowmobile Club took place at the Club meeting held on Thursday, March 23, 2006. 

The election results were as follows:

  • President - Rob Cameron
  • Vice President - Fern Dumoulin
  • Treasurer - Bob Stickney
  • Secretary - Louise Stickney
  • Trail Master - Gordon Phillips
  • Safety Officer - Tom Reed

Ron Russell graciously volunteered to serve as Chairman of the Membership Committee, a job which he had been doing during the time he served as treasurer.

At this same meeting, the By-Laws were amended to change the frequency of meetings.   The Club will meet on the second Thursday of each month from September through April.

 

 

2005 LANDOWNER APPRECIATION DINNER

 
What a great Landowner Appreciation Dinner we had on December 8! Over 100 landowners and Club members gathered at the Rumford Eagles to enjoy a wonderful dinner catered by Denis Arsenault and his staff.
 

The crowd listened attentively as Club President Rob Cameron made a presentation in memory of Dick Dupuis who passed away this year.  Davis Florist, owned and operated by Dick's family, received a life-time membership in the Polar Bears Snowmobile Club in recognition of all Dick's contributions to the Club over many years.
 

After dinner, guests were entertained by WCSH TV personality Bill Green. His colorful stories had everyone laughing!

 

 

There were smiles all around as Bill Green

told his stories.

This yearly dinner for Rumford Landowners is our opportunity to show our appreciation to them for allowing snowmobilers to use their land.

 

Club President Rob Cameron, MSA Executive Director Bob Myers, and Bill Green all expressed to the Landowners present our sincere thanks for their generosity.

Without them, the sport of snowmobiling would literally be going nowhere in the State of Maine.

MSA Executive Director Bob Myers

was on hand to express MSA's thanks

to Rumford Landowners.

   

Bill Green drew the names of Sandy and Bizz Carignan as winners of the the Door Prize.
 
Many thanks to Bill Green for making the trip to Rumford and to Ron Russell for having the idea and making it happen.
 

 


2004-2005

MSA ANNUAL MEETING & BANQUET

Saturday, April 16, 2005
 
Each year at the MSA annual meeting, special awards are given out based on nominations received from the snowmobiling community.   This year, a local business was honored as the MSA Snowmobile Dealer of the Year.  Many area snowmobilers were in attendance to show their support for Rick and Linda Hebert of Mountain Valley Sports in Peru.
 

Congratulations to Rick and Linda Hebert of Mountain Valley Sports

in Peru, the 2004-2005 MSA Dealer of the Year!

 

If you've been reading the Polar Bears Club Reports and the Dixfield Poodunck Club Reports in the MSA Maine Snowmobiler newspaper, you are aware of the intense competition going on between these two area clubs to recruit new members. 

At the beginning of the season, Ron Russell of the Polar Bears swore to "beat the pants off" Jon Holmes and he worked tirelessly to make that happen (click here to see one way he brought in new members).  His efforts really paid off because the Rumford Polar Bears Snowmobile club was the fifth largest in the state, with 189 members!  However, it wasn't quite enough to beat Jon and the Dixfield Poodunck Snowmobile Club which was the fourth largest club, with 197 members.

This year, the MSA decided to recognize Ron and Jon for their hard work. The "Drop Your Pants for the MSA" was a surprise award presented to Ron and Jon at the MSA banquet.  Congratulations to both of these hard-working club members!

 

 

Bob Meyers presents the "Drop Your Pants for the MSA" to Jon Holmes and Ron Russell.

 

 

Ron Russell proudly displays his award!

Congratulations, Ron, for a job well done!

 
 
 

    


 

THIRD ANNUAL POLAR BEARS

FAMILY FIELD DAY HELD

Saturday, February 26, 2005
 

We got lucky this year and had fantastic weather for our Field Day.  There was a good crowd on hand, even though there were several other activities taking place in the area.

During the Field Day, a special presentation of a trail sign was made to Gordon Phillips for his countless hours of dedication to the Rumford Polar Bears Snowmobile Club. Gordon will decide on whether to have a bridge, a trail, or a trail intersection named in his honor.  As Trail Master for the club, Gordon works tirelessly all year long to make sure the snowmobile trail system is the best that it can be.  His efforts are greatly appreciated by all who use the trails.

 
Club President Rob Cameron (left) made the presentation to Gordon Phillips (right).
 
The winners of the Poker Run were Rick Blanchard in first with a full house and Mike Hanson in second with a flush.
 

Poker Run director Bob Stickney (center) congratulated

Rick Blanchard (left) and Mike Hanson (right) on their winning hands.

 

 

 

 

Long-time club member and volunteer, Frank Bean, was the lucky winner of the 50/50 drawing.

 
The Rumford Polar Bears Snowmobile Club thanks the following people and businesses for their help in making the Field Day such a great success:  Jim Powers, and Pearl and Ernest Phillips for the free use of their fields; Betty and Fern Dumoulin for making "Fern's Famous Beef Stew"; Pepsi for the banner and free soda; MacDonald's and Sam's restaurants for the gift certificates for the kids' goodie bags; the Rumford Public Works Dept for the use of traffic cones; Eric Designs for the discount on the Gordon Phillips trail signs; and lastly, all the club members who so willingly gave of their time and energy before, during, and after the event.
 
 

 


 

NEWS FROM NEIGHBORING CLUBS:

BLESSING OF THE SLEDS

A GREAT SUCCESS

 
Photos and story submitted by Jon Holmes
 
On February 12, 2005, the Dixfield Poodunck Snowmobile Club and the Mexico Trailblazers Snowmobile Club sponsored the annual Blessing of the Sleds.  As in the past, this event was a major fundraiser for both clubs, with over $5,400 raised.  Wendy Martin from Mexico was the "main cog" in getting everything done for the event and she did a GREAT job!
 

With perfect weather, approximately 175 sleds went through the Blessing.

Each rider received a safety CD provided by the MSA.

 

First sled through the "Blessing" of 2005 - young Corbin Wardwell.

 

 


FEBRUARY CLUB RIDE

 

Under the leadership of Gary Clement, Chris Dickson, and Dan Stearns, 14 Rumford Polar Bear Snowmobile Club members participated in a club ride on February 19, 2005.

 
 
 
 

 

POLAR BEARS PARTICIPATE IN OXFORD COUNTY ARC RIDE-IN

 
With clear blue skies and seasonably cool temperatures, Sunday, February 13, was a great day for the annual Ride-In at Horizon's Unlimited on Swain Road in Rumford.  There was a great turn-out of snowmobilers from area clubs, and the Polar Bears were well represented.  Many thanks to all who came to give rides to the residents!
 
 
 
 

 

A GET WELL WISH

 

Gene Knox, one of our core of hard-working groomer operators, recently underwent cardiovascular surgery.  We all want to wish Gene a speedy recovery.  We'll certainly miss his skilled operation of the Tucker!  Hope to see you back on the trails soon, Gene!

GET WELL SOON, GENE!
 

 

THANK YOU CHERYL LYONS!

 

At the December 23, 2004, meeting of the Polar Bears, the Club recognized Cheryl Lyons for her outstanding efforts in selling Maine Snowmobile Association (MSA) Super Raffle tickets for us.  Cheryl works as a clerk at Z&Z Variety and comes in contact with many people in the course of her work. Obviously, she is an excellent sales person, as she sold 669 Super Raffle tickets this year, which was more than double what we sold last year!  What a remarkable accomplishment, and she's not even a snowmobiler!  We thank Cheryl very much for helping our Club.  And it was a big help, because for every $2 ticket that she sold, the Club got to keep $1.  Cheryl was presented with a certificate of appreciation and a gift certificate for dinner at the Penalty Box Restaurant.

Of course, Cheryl wouldn't have been able to sell tickets at work with out the support of her boss.  As a thank you, Z&Z Variety was presented with a complimentary business membership to the Rumford Polar Bears.  This membership entitles Z&Z Variety to be listed each month in the MSA snowmobiling newspaper.

 

Club President Rob Cameron presents Cheryl Lyons with a certificate of appreciation from the Rumford Polar Bears Snowmobile Club. 

Cheryl also received a gift certificate for dinner at the Penalty Box Restaurant.

 

5 AREA CLUBS CASH RAFFLE WINNERS!

 

The drawing for the 5 Area Clubs Cash Raffle took place at the "Think Snow" Dance on December 4, 2004.  The lucky winner of first prize of $1000 was Tommy Marshall.  Second prize of $500 was won by Elizabeth Churchill, and the third prize of $300 was won by Del Tipple.  Congratulations to all of you!  And to all who purchased raffle tickets, thanks for your support of the area snowmobile clubs.

 

THANK YOU LANDOWNERS!

We can never say "thank you" enough to all the generous landowners who allow us to use their land for our snowmobile trails!  Each year we show our appreciation to our wonderful landowners by holding a Landowner Appreciation Dinner. 

This year, the dinner was held on Thursday, November 4, 2004, at the Rumford Eagles Hall.  We were so pleased to have 90 landowners and club members attend.  Click here for more photos.

As you ride the trails this winter, please keep in mind that you are riding on private property which has been graciously opened to us for our snowmobiling pleasure.  In order to keep this privilege, we need to be respectful of the land on which we ride:  stay on the marked trails and carry out all litter.

 

 

TOWN OF RUMFORD RECEIVES LANDOWNER OF THE YEAR AWARD!

 

On Tuesday, October 19, 2004, Rumford Polar Bears Snowmobile Club members and Rumford town officials traveled to the Augusta Elks Lodge to attend a special awards ceremony and dinner.

Each year, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Landowner Relations Program requests snowmobile clubs throughout the state to submit nominations for Landowner of the Year. This year, the Town of Rumford was chosen as Municipal Landowner of the Year!

Congratulations to the Town of Rumford!  We look forward to many more years of working together to promote the sport of snowmobiling!

If you would like to read the narrative which the Club submitted to nominate the Town, please click here.

Attending the Landowner of the Year awards dinner and ceremony were, left to right, (front row) Polar Bears President, Rob Cameron, Louanne Cameron, Safety Director Tom Reed, Janice Reed, Louise Stickney, Linda Phillips, Polar Bears Trail Master Gordon Phillips, and Chairman of the Rumford Board of Selectmen Jim Thibodeau; (back row) Rumford Tax Collector Carlo Puiia, Ivan Arsenault, Polar Bears Secretary Bob Stickney, Polar Bears Treasurer Ron Russell, Gene Knox, and Rumford Town Manager Robbie Welch.
 

 

 

This is the plaque presented to the Town of Rumford as Municipal Landowner of the Year. (Click on photo for a larger view.)

   

 

 

Jon Holmes from the Poodunck Snowmobile Club of Dixfield was also in attendance at the awards dinner.  Some people have all the luck!  As you can see by the photo, Jon was the happy winner of the 50/50 drawing which was well over $100!


ALTERNATIVE HOUSING!

 
Off-season uses for a drag: wasp accommodations! Rumford Polar Bears Trailmaster Gordon Phillips discovered the wasps had made themselves right at home on our drag. Luckily they'll have vacated the premises by the time we need to use the drag again!
 
 
 

2003-2004

POLAR BEARS JOIN IN

FIGHT AGAINST CANCER

 
 

On May 21 and 22, 2004, the Rumford Polar Bears Snowmobile Club entered a team in the Relay for Life at Hosmer Field in Rumford.  The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life is a team-based, overnight event to raise funds for cancer research, education, advocacy, and patient service programs.  There was a Polar Bear Club member walking on the track during the 18 hour event. 

The Polar Bears team raised $2,800 for the American Cancer Society through sponsorships from friends, family and Club members!  Way to go Polar Bears!!!

 


 

SECOND ANNUAL FAMILY FIELD DAY

March 6, 2004

The Snow Castle

Click here to see pictures of the construction of the snow castle.

Spirits weren't dampened in spite of clouds and the threat of rain showers, as the Polar Bears Second Annual Field Day got under way on Saturday, March 6, 2004.  Everyone was determined to make the best of it and enjoy the day.

And that's just what we did!  With lots of smiles, laughter, good food, and great sliding, the Field Day was a wonderful success.  Although it was a bit disappointing that the poor weather and lack of snow kept some people from attending, it was very heartening to see so many club members participating and to feel the spirit of community flowing amongst us.  You can see what fun we had by clicking here to see the photos taken throughout the day.

Congratulations to Fern Dumoulin!  At a special ceremony during the Field Day, Fern was honored for his many years of service to the Rumford Polar Bears Snowmobile Club.  Fern has been volunteering his time to the Club since 1974.  We are very grateful for his efforts and hope he'll continue with the Club for many more years!

Club President Rob Cameron presents Fern Dumoulin with a sign honoring

him for his many years of volunteer work for the Club.  Fern has chosen

to have a section of snowmobile trail named in his honor. 

Many thanks to all who helped to make our Second Annual Field Day a success:  McDonald's and Sam's for gift certificates for the kids' goodie bags; Pearl and Ernest Phillips and Jim Powers for the free use of their fields; Betty and Fern Dumoulin for making "Fern's Famous Beef Stew"; Seltzer & Rydholm for the banner and soda; the Rumford Public Works Dept for the use of traffic cones; Dunkin Donuts for the discount on coffee and doughnuts; MeadWestvaco for the use of their picnic tables; Eric Designs for the discount on the Fern Dumoulin trail signs; Carrabassett Spring Water Company for the board stock for the Poker Run display; and lastly, all the many club members who so willingly gave of their time and energy before, during, and after the event.


WHOSE BIRTHDAY WAS IT?

On March 5th, 2004, one of our illustrious groomers celebrated a birthday.  Can you guess who?  Below are a few hints.

    

Happy Birthday!!!

If the hints didn't help you, click here to find out the identity of the Birthday Boy!

 

FLOAT TAKES FIRST PLACE

December 6, 2003

The Club entered a float in the annual Christmas in the Valley Parade. This year our float won First Prize (non-profit catagory)! The parade theme this year was “Disney in the Valley.” The float, designed by Diane Mitchell, depicted Cinderella's winter coach, with a snow castle in the back of a pick-up truck, followed by Cinderella riding a snowmobile encased in a stylized "pumpkin". Accompanying Cinderella were three mice, two polar bears (each holding one of the glass slippers), and Cinderella's Fairy God-mother. Thanks to Scott Gauvin for letting us use his sled, and Jim Knight for the use of his generator. Thanks to Diane and Brian Mitchell, Rob and Louanne Cameron, and Louise Stickney for their work in building the float. Special thanks go out to Calpine for their assistance with this year’s float.


 

WOW! THE "THINK SNOW" DANCE

REALLY WORKED!!

December 6, 2003

As area snowmobilers gathered at the Eagles Hall in Rumford for the annual Think Snow Dance, the snow was falling and piling up rapidly.  By the end of the next day, Sunday, December 7th, 34 inches of snow had accumulated on the ground.  All that positive thinking must have done the trick!

Six area clubs sponsored the dance.  Participating clubs were Byron/Roxbury Slippery Sliders, Carthage Webb River Valley, Dixfield Poodunck, Mexico Trail Blazers SC, Peru SC, and Rumford Polar Bears. 

A Presidential Conference - Gary Wentzel, President of the Mexico Trail

Blazers, Jon Holmes, President of the Dixfield Poodunck Club,

and Rob Cameron, President of the Rumford Polar Bears

 

Dance music was provided by Johnny Plus One from Portland. 

People attending the dance had the chance to purchase raffle tickets for items donated by the six-area clubs.  At 10:30 pm the eagerly awaited drawing for the 6-Area Clubs Snowmachine Raffle was held.  This year's lucky winner was Peg Heintz from Dixfield.  She will have a choice of a 2004 Ski Doo Legend 380 with RER (from Frechettes Sales & Service in Dixfield), or a 2004 Arctic Cat ATV 4x4 or $3,000 Cash (from Mt. Valley Sports in Peru).  The winner of the $200 second prize was Amanda Blodgett of Mexico.  The $100 third prize was won by Scott Grassette of Rumford.

Rob and Louanne Cameron announce the raffle winners

 

Once again the Think Snow dance was well attended and a great success ... especially since it brought all that snow!  What a way to kick off the snowmobile season!

Some of the more than 150 people that attended the dance

 

 

2003 LANDOWNER RECOGNITION DINNER

 

On October 30, 2003, the Rumford Polar Bears Snowmobile Club hosted a special evening to recognize area landowners.  If it were not for the generosity of these landowners, our trail system would not exist.  We can't thank them enough for allowing us to snowmobile on their land!

Ron Russell greets arriving guests.

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2002-2003

 

JOHN E. BLAIS RECOGNIZED

 

Fern Dumoulin presents plaque to John Blais

At a recent meeting of the Rumford Polar Bears Snowmobile Club, John E. Blais was recognized for the work he has done for the Club over the last five years.  In addition to his faithful attendance at Club meetings, where he was in charge of the 50/50 drawing, he has also been very active in trail grooming during the winter months and trail maintenance during the off-season.  John is a junior at Mountain Valley High School.

Many thanks for your hard work and dedication, John!


JIM HINES HONORED

March 27, 2003

At the March 27th meeting of the Rumford Polar Bears Snowmobile Club, Rob Cameron (pictured on the right) presented a special plaque to honor and thank long-time member, Jim Hines (left). Over the years, Jim has given many hours of his time to help the Club groom and maintain snowmobile trails and his efforts have been greatly appreciated.

Election of officers also took place at this meeting. Rob Cameron was elected as president, Fern Dumoulin, vice president, Ron Russell, treasurer, Bob Stickney, secretary, and Gordon Phillips, trail master. There will be a special Club meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday April 2, at Sam's Restaurant to discuss the possibilities for a club house and groomer housing facilities.


 

2003 FAMILY FIELD DAY

A GREAT SUCCESS!

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We had beautiful weather for the Family Field Day on March 1st.  Temperatures were in the 30's and there wasn't a cloud in the sky!  Over 100 people attended the event during the course for the day.

The Poker Run drew over 50 riders.  The winners were Gordon Phillips in first place, Buddy Bouchard in second, and Ken MacFawn in third place.  Congratulations, gentlemen!

The Polar Bear slide got a lot of use by children and adults! Everyone wanted to give it a try.

Other activities included a three-legged race, a ring-toss game, and balloon toys fashioned by Diane Mitchell.  For the older crowd, Chris Dickson and Gary Clement came up with some interesting races using one of the Club's utility sleds:  a ball and broom race (one person drives the sled through the slalom course, and the passenger pushes a ball on the ground with a broom), a slalom race - in reverse, and a ping-pong ball carry (the driver must carry the ball in a spoon held in the mouth). 

And, of course, there was food, and lots of it!  Around 85 people enjoyed the lunch.  Fern Dumoulin's beef stew was delicious and a welcome addition to the menu.  There was also ziti and sausage, hot dogs and rolls, biscuits, yeast rolls, cookies, soda, hot chocolate, and coffee. 

At one o'clock, the crowd gathered to watch a special presentation to honor long-time club member and dedicated volunteer, Ivan Arsenault. The Club recognized Ivan by naming a section of snowmobile trail after him. The trail will be marked at both ends by signs which were presented to Ivan by Club President Rob Cameron.  Your hard work for the Club since 1968 is greatly appreciated, Ivan!

And many thanks also to all the club members who volunteered their time to make this event a great success!


PAST CLUB RIDES

Feb 19, 2005 Club Ride (Click to view photos and story)

Feb. 7th, 2004 Club Ride (click to view photos and story)

Feb. 1st, 2003 Club Ride (click to view photos and story)
Jan. 25th, 2003 Club Ride (click to view photos and story)


CLUB MEETING MINUTES

 

May 14, 2009 Meeting Minutes

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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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