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The Narraguagus Snowmobile Club, organized in January 1969, is very proud of it’s numerous accomplishments. Club members constructed the clubhouse entirely by volunteer labor in 1979 and 1980. Shrubs were also donated and planted along the front of the clubhouse by a Harrington resident.
The most recent addition is a new grooming sled which was purchased in February of 2003. This purchase was made possible by donations from several business members who provided the cash match for the machine. A grant received from the Maine Snowmobile Association’s Capital Equipment Grant Program also assisted the club with the purchase.
Club members have conducted many fundraising events over the years, including banquets, public breakfasts and suppers, a fishing derby, auctions, and poker runs. The main fundraising project, the COMMUNITY BIRTHDAY CALENDAR, is in its nineteenth season and is the main part of the clubs operating budget. The Narraguagus ATV Club has joined the snowmobile club as a partner in the Community Birthday Calendar project. The club also participates in the 50/50 Raffle that the Maine Snowmobile Association conducts. In 2005 a joint fundraising event will begin—GPS Treasure Hunts. Several businesses will be pick-up and deposit spots for waypoint cards and drawing cards. These hunts may be held year round, depending on the interest received in the event. It will be a fun event that families can participate in.
Ride-A-Thons have been done for Cystic Fibrosis, Ronald McDonald House, American Heart Association, and Maine Pine Tree Camp. Other donations have been given to the activities fund at the nursing home in Milbridge, purchase of Shrine Circus tickets to donate to the grammar schools, scholarships awarded through local high schools, and food baskets prepared for the less fortunate families or the elderly at Christmas time.
For the last several years the Narraguagus Snowmobile Club has participated in the Pine Tree Camp Ride-In. The club has received numerous plaques for its contribution to their summer camp program. The clubs goal is to raise at least $1000 for this program yearly, and rely on donations from businesses and individuals to meet their goal. Our trail system continues with improvements and new bridges constructed. In the fall of 2003 members cut a new section of trail along the Fish Hatchery Road, as well as improved other sections of the trail system. The ATV Club is working closely with the Snowmobile Club in locating trails that can be used by either group. The Maine Department of Transportation leases the railroad right-of-way to the Department of Conservation, Snowmobile Division. Use of this right-of-way greatly increases our trail system, but it also means much more work for members as we spend many hours keeping brush cut, putting up signs, and grooming trails. We are very fortunate to have an excellent working relationship with the two local blueberry companies who allow us to cross their land with our trail system, as well as numerous private citizens, and we thank them for this privilege. The trails are well marked and those who snowmobile are encouraged to stay on the marked trails when riding.