Year One of our state-wide trails video passed its final edits. Lori Elliot, Grant Administrator, has sent the web-site link to all our sponsors and clubs who participated. You will find the link in the Keystone Snowmobiler, Pennsylvania State Snowmobile Association (PSSA) web-site and Facebook. Please use it to spread the work of all our clubs, sponsors, PSSA, American Council of Snowmobile Associations (ACSA) and the International Snowmobile Association (ISMA). Without their help both financially and in the generous giving of their time this would not have been possible. Thank you to Mike Grant, Executive Producer for Snow Trails TV who went out of his way to make this video.
The video will be shown on the Destination America Channel at 8am the first two Sundays in October. It is worth your time to view.
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 Wilds. We are in need of sponsors from the PA Wilds Benezette/Clearfield/ St. Marys 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 this 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 )
What can you do to help improve our snowmobile trails? Support your local clubs and PSSA for starters. Contact your local representatives and urge them to support land owners (HB 544). Explain the need for an increase in the Registration Fee. Since the current fee of $10 has been the rate for many years most members recognize the situation as in need of an 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.
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 on Sunday at 3:30 pm. Volunteers are needed. If you can help in any way contact Travis Mathna the PowerSport Chair at (1-717-677-8089).
Plan to be there. Help support your Association!
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.
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.
Clubs who conduct small games of chance raffles are reminded that the State requires a license and permit for your events. If you have any questions contact your county Treasurer.
Think Snow! (Lets do a SNOW dance!)
Liz Krug, President
PS. Board Meeting September 23, 2017 10am. Contact your Regional Director for comments, issues etc.
Power Sport Show Starts Friday October 27 at 5pm and ends Sunday October 29 with drawings at 3:30 pm.