This heat and high humidity reminds me that snow and lower temperatures are just a few months away. I am happy that others enjoy this type of weather.
In spite of the heat many of our clubs are working on their trails. This is a year round commitment. Thank you. Clubs should have received the information concerning the next round of grants. Use the money wisely as this may be the last grant which can be used for equipment and trail maintenance.
Reminders: House Bill 544 which deals with landowner protection was committed out of committee. However, it still has a long way to go until it is voted on in the House and Senate. Continue calling your State Representatives and Senators. This bill is very important to our trail system. Thank you to all those who made the first calls. We need to continue the calls and emails and show our Representatives that HB 544 is very important to us.
Plan to attend the Annual PowerSport Show October 27 -5pm – October 29 – 3:30 pm
Features include: Friday night (weather permitting) the “Tough Trucks”. The Tractor Pulls will return for the Saturday event. An Antique Car Show is being planned for the Sunday event. This show has something for everyone. The Show will have our vendors, used sled corral, auction, used clothing booth, ticket sales and PSSA clothing as always. The trailer and ATV drawing will be held at 3:30 pm. Plan to be there. Help support your Association!
Volunteers are needed. If you can help in any way contact Travis Mathna the PowerSport Chair at (1-717-677-8089).
Year Two planning of the “Snow Trails” video project is almost complete.
Year Two will feature the Poconos and Huntingdon County plus Erie County and the PA Wild’s. We are in need of sponsors from the PA Wilds – Benezette/Clearfield/ St. Mary’s area. One may have the good fortune to see an Elk during a snowmobile ride in these areas! Any business, tourism bureau or person can help sponsor an area. This is a great opportunity for your trails to be given national attention thru his TV show. The “Snow Trails” TV program is currently changing to Sunday morning at 8am. Contact Lori Elliott, Grant Administrator for further information. (717-236-2050 ext 127 or firstname.lastname@example.org )
Registration Fee Increase: Since the current fee of $10 has been the rate for many years most members recognize the situation as in need of a sizable increase. If we want the trails to continue we will need to embrace a sizeable increase in the next year or two. You should plan ahead for an increase.
Is the glass half-full or half empty? I think it is important to keep a perspective on this fee. What does $25 – $50 buy today? (Haircut, good dinner, case of beer, nice blouse/shirt, DVR) What did the sled cost that you are riding? The clothing and equipment that you purchased?
It is important to note that Nothing has been finalized and discussions will continue with DCNR. As of this writing I am waiting for more information. We need facts before we can discuss anything
Meanwhile, we have sleds which are not registered or carry insurance. Clubs need to work with the local State Police and establish a Safety Check Program for their area. The Snowmobile Fund needs every sled to be registered. Clubs need to insist on this at their events. Why increase the fee if we are not going to have law enforcement on our trails. It is up to each one of us to promote trails in Pennsylvania.
Tickets for chances on the two trailers donated by Blizzard and an ATV donated by the dealers should be returned promptly. Please be generous. All proceeds are used to support PSSA programs.
The next Board meeting will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2017. Give your comments, ideas or concerns to any Board member. We need your ideas to help improve PSSA.
Thank you To Ginny and Dale Kline for their many years of service to PSSA and the Snow Angel Fund. This Fund has helped many children with medical issues. Ginny has now resigned as Chair. If you are interested in this worthwhile project notify a Board member.
Think Snow! (Let’s do a SNOW dance!)
Liz Krug, President
P.S. PowerSport Show – Starts Friday October 27 at 5pm and ends Sunday October 29 with drawings at 3:30 pm.