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Trail Riders prepare for winter

TICONDEROGA Winter is still, hopefully, a few weeks away, but the Adirondack Trail Riders are already looking forward to snow. We had a good winter last year, said Tracy Smith, president of the Ti-based snowmobile club. We had a lot of participation and hope for an even better winter this year. The Adirondack Trail Riders will kick off their season today with a chicken barbecue at 4 p.m. at the Ticonderoga Fish & Game Club on Middle Chilson Road. Tickets are $10 each and proceeds will benefit Walt Maher, a club member battling illness. Besides the barbecue, the club will hold a 50-50 raffle and a One Day Buck Contest that will award prizes for the first and largest deer taken today. The Adirondack Trail Riders maintain 35 miles of state-designated trails in the Ticonderoga area that link the community to Lake Champlain, Schroon Lake, Crown Point and Moriah. Grooming those trails takes about 16 hours a week, depending on weather conditions. The job of maintaining those trails should be a bit easier this winter thanks to the purchase of a second grooming machine. Hopefully that will improve trail conditions, said Mike Vigliotti, club vice president. Smith and Vigliotti pointed out the snowmobile trail from Chilson to Hague will be closed and not maintained by the club this winter. Property easements for land to allow the route were not successfully negotiated. The club, and its 125 members, is still hoping to expanding the local trail system. Were working on getting landowners permission, Vigliotti said. We cant do anything without a land owners permission. Respect, responsibility and safety are key elements of the Adirondack Trail Riders, Smith said. The clubs mission is to promote safe and responsible riding, he said. We hope to get as many members as possible. Were also always looking for volunteers to help out. Membership information is available on the club website, www.adirondacktrailriders. com Also on the website is information on upcoming events, trail maps and state registration vouchers. Snowmobilers can now get state registration vouchers from the club website, www.adirondacktrailriders. com, or by calling Karla Vigliotti at 585-7110. The vouchers allow for a reduced rate registration. The Adirondack Trail Riders meet the second Wednesday of each month, year-round, at 7 p.m. at the Ticonderoga Fish & Game Club. Interested people are welcome to attend.

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