July 2014

Hello All!

By the time this reaches you, we will be through July with another summer waning and a new snowmobile season fast approaching. Hard to believe!

On July 12th, a meeting was held at Walt’s Tavern in Conneaut and hosted by the McHugh’s. This was our second meeting at Walt’s and was attended by some 40 Snowseeker’s and friends. We had a good cookout on a splendid day and even managed to get some things done, after which we enjoyed a boat ride on beautiful Conneaut Lake and a bon-fire at the McHugh’s later. Thank you Mike and Lauraine for hosting and Walt’s for providing camping and the meeting pavilion! While we were busy at the meeting, Scott Thomas & Bruce Moody were at the clubhouse mowing & weed wacking in prep for Thunder weekend, so I guess I’ll have to excuse them from attending…Thank’s guy’s!

As a friendly reminder, your annual due’s are due in July and will be late in September. Please see Loretta and take care of this ASAP. Same goes for all garage space holders. Thank you!

Bill Eastly has set our Annual Highland Open Golf Outing at Kane Country Club for September 6th, with tee times starting at 12:02. Please let Bill know if you and your group plan on attending. This is always a good time and another Snowseeker tradition.

PSSA will be hosting a 2 separate Powersport Show’s this fall, the usual East show October 24th through the 26th in York, Pa., and an additional West show in Monroeville on December 12th through the 14th. This is the same show we had a booth at last year in Lebanon, PA., where we learned a lot. The event is under new management and should be a lot more convenient for Snowseeker’s to attend. I would hope the club will have a display at least at the West show in Monroeville. We will need some help with display ideas, transporting, and set-up. We certainly have enough memorabilia and what not to fill up several booths. I’m sure Norb will have more on this soon. Please think about it!

Next years Spring Bash will take place once again at St. Ferdinand’s on Saturday, April 11th.

We are still looking into getting Wi-Fi at the clubhouse for your phone service. Michael will have more on this soon.

Speaking of Michael, the club just completed hosting the 9th Annual ‘Thunder in the Forest’, and I would have to say it was the best one yet. Even Mother nature co-operated, except for a brief bike wash early Saturday morning. From the set-up Friday morning, to the registration, to the Friday cook-out, welcome party and Shiner’s playing Friday night, to the Saturday morning breakfast, the actual ride, the post ride dinner, and the prize hand-out, and even the clean-up, everything went off with-out a hitch. The crowd we now have returning every year are all good people and can’t wait to participate, with some even scheduling their vacations around it. This speaks volumes about this important fund raiser and every member who participated should be proud of this event. Even Michael, who is usually ready to pull his remaining hair out by Sunday, was already planning next years. Although everyone who was there helped, I would like to thank Jim Wright for food shopping & cooking breakfast Saturday, Dean Cercone & the whole Saturday crew who didn’t ride, for the excellent food prep and Saturday dinner, James & Christina for room assignment, Lana & Dave for tirelessly working the registration, Dean Wack for prize handout work, Sandy Mueller for organizing the silent auction & pre-cleaning the clubhouse, Ken Kelly for route lay-out & poker hand draw, Rick from James City Cafe’ for bringing over his big tent and picking it back up since we didn’t need it this year, Roy Stillman for the hay wagon stage, and the Shiner’s for playing for gas money. If I missed somebody, I’m sorry, but EVERYONE who was there helped out in some way, and thank you everyone for that! It was an awesome event! We will decide at Augusts’ meeting a benefactor for this years proceed’s.

That brings me to my close. This will be my last newsletter as your President, as term limits have thankfully set in and Norb will be taking office in September. This will be a relief for those of you who have grown tired of my long winded ramblings here. However, I will use this last opportunity to thank each and every Snowseeker member, and I mean that from the bottom of my heart! The last 3 years have flown by, mainly because of the most unselfish members of any organization I have ever belonged to. (And I’ve belonged to quite a few). Yes, we haggle and go back & forth on ideas, and sometimes threaten to quit if we don’t get our way, but, to a tee, we ALL step up when called upon and put our differences aside and get things done. Even the few times when even I, thought, well, that idea or fundraiser or whatever is dead, you, the member’s, always come through and even surprised me a few times! I think the club, as Dave & Lana passed it on to me, is in good shape both physically & financially, as we move forward and pass it on to Norb & crew. Some of our trials & tribulations & highlights, if you will…Fire at The Kaufman House, new social room roof, Benefit Cornhole Tourney, Snowseeker Web-site & FaceBook page, PSSA Show booth last fall, Sled & Quad Raffle, security cameras at clubhouse, clubhouse wiring re-done, new upstairs ladies bathroom, kitchen remodeling phase one complete, the well & water systems now keep up with demand, new garage floor & repairs, and new garage roof. We continue to be a presence in the ANF decision process, (thanks Bones & Tim), we continue to have our Annual event’s like the Canoe Trip, Golf Outing, the aforementioned Thunder, Highland Open Golf Outing, Deer & Bear Camp’s, Thanksgiving Dinner & wood cutting week-end, Breakfast with Santa, and our successful Spring Bash. Our elections are back on schedule with member’s wanting to run for office, we continue to be a 100% PSSA club and continue to meet 12 months of the year. Our new Associate Membership is almost full. Our coffer’s are full, the checkbooks balanced, we don’t owe anybody, and our Charity donations are second to none in this state. If I missed an event or function, I’m sorry, but I think you get what I mean. To say this is a full slate for our 45 or so member’s would be an understatement, and for that you should all be proud! I know I am, and, once again Thank You!

See you at Jim & Lori’s next Thursday, August 7th.

Mark & Sandy

 

UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER:

*** Pay your dues & garage spaces ASAP…

*** August 7th, Meeting and cook-out at Jim & Lori’s, eat around 6, meeting to follow, Please bring a covered dish or dessert, and we will finish off our scrumptious leftovers from Thunder! Board meeting moved to September!

***September 4th, Board Meeting at 7p.m., Regular Meeting and installation of new officers at 8:00 p.m., back at the Harmony Moose for winter.

*** September 6th, Annual Snowseeker Highland Open Golf Outing, with tee times starting at 12:02. Please let Bill know if you and your group plan on attending.

9th Annual Thunder in the Forest

PA Snowseekers 9th Annual
THUNDER IN THE FOREST
Motorcycle Poker Run

All vehicles are welcome to participate in the run!

PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT THE PA BREAST CANCER COALITION

Pre-Run Party / Registration Friday July 25th Live Entertainment

FEATURING THE SHINERS

PA Snowseekers Club House,
The Highland Haven
(814) 837 – 6437
Highland Corners, PA

Poker Run Saturday July 26th Registration
Breakfast Served from 8:00 AM > 10:00 AM
First Bike out at 10:00 AM
Leaving from and ending at the Highland Haven (PA Snowseekers Clubhouse)
Post Run Dinner – Prizes, Silent Auction, 50/50 and Raffle

Overnight Lodging / Showers available 7/25 & 7/26 (first come first served)
(you must bring your own towels and sleeping bags)
Tent space available – $5.00 per night per person + Ride and Post Run Dinner charge

 *WEEKEND PACKAGE $65 Single Rider / $75 Couple

Live Entertainment, Pre Run Party, Registration on 7/25,
Registration, Breakfast, Poker Run, and Dinner on 7/26
*7/26 RIDE & POST RUN DINNER ONLY

$35 Single Rider / $45 Couple

Room Reservations:
TEXT or call James Carr 724-462-4152 

Questions contact:
msteinmetz@hughies.com
First come, first serve reservations.

In the event the clubhouse is booked
Marienville Microtel 814-927-8300
Regular rates apply

May 2014

Hello Once Again Snowseekers,

Once again, I will combine 2 months of newsletter’s, as I, just like you all, are just too busy this time of year!

With our annual elections of officers last month at May’s meeting, I am pleased to announce our 2015 Board of Directors and Officers:

President: Norb Belsterling
Vice-President: Art Amsler
Secretary: Sandy Harris
Treasurer: Loretta Hayes
Board of Directors: Dave Ford, Jack Belsterling, Ken Kelly, Scott Thomas, and Mark Mueller.

We had a very good turnout for elections with a lot of member’s running for office. Thank you too all members who ran! It is a very important part of any successful club, as new & fresh ideas are needed, along with some rest for the weary! The new officers and board will start their terms this September.

Well, once again we pulled off our major fundraiser of the year, our 4th Annual Spring Bash, and once again we topped ourselves and had the best one ever. All tickets that were available were sold, the food was plentiful and delicious, and Ginny’s charity baskets were once again a huge hit. I would have to say that we as a club should definitely plan on this annual event once again next year, as it’s just too good a time to pass up. Yes, a lot of work, but once again we turned it into a good time, which is the Snowseeker way! Thank you all who attended, sold tickets, (50/50, Bash Tickets, Basket Tickets, etc.), worked the door, the kitchen, clean-up, set-up, donated prizes, time & covered dishes & desserts, drove around getting last minute item’s, and our MC, Jay Wack, it was an outstanding effort by all and you all should be commended for it. We will now replenish our coffer’s along with our club’s Charity account and enjoy the fruits of our labor. A special thank you has to go out to our chairpersons, Scott & Sandy Wilke and Jim & Cathy Wright, who continue to tweak the Bash for it’s continued success, and, of course, Ginny Kline, for her endless pursuit of basket items and Lottery Tree tickets. Thank you all!

Our major fundraiser also let’s us do things like the garage roof replacement, scheduled for this past weekend, May 31st. The roof was installed along with the trim & soffit & fascia. We also installed ridge vent and gable vents, along with some painting and touching up. With the cement poured last spring, the garage is looking good for the foreseeable future!  Breakfast & dinner were provided from leftovers from the Bash.

Our summer meeting schedule is set, with Junes to be held at the Everett’s, 301 Knox Ave., Ellwood City 16117, on June 5th, Julys will be back at Walts on Conneaut lake July 12th at noon, and Augusts’ will be back at Jim & Lori’s. Please keep in mind the date & venue change for July’s meeting, due to the 4th of July holiday. Walt’s is the same place we had last year at his pavilion out back. Camping is available for free, or make other arrangements on your own. As usual, the club will provide grill fare, please bring covered dish or dessert to share at these meetings! Thanks to the Everett’s, Walt’s, & Hart’s for hosting!!

In other club news, we have once again made a nice donation to the Highland Township Fire Department. Jim & Terri Everett were awarded room #19. Loretta is looking into Wi-Fi at the club, for our phones and future snow-cam, and the clubhouse was once again recently treated by Terminex as per our contract with them. Sandy Harris found a set of keys in the backyard of the club-house, as of yet unclaimed.

In trail news, work will be performed on Trail #15 with trees being removed. Gas will again be available this coming winter at Graybil’s, with some more trail work to be done behind there. The groomers are under a 5 year contract, with 4 more years to go…

The Annual Clarion River Canoe trip is scheduled for June 14th. Call Derek Hayes to reserve yours or for more info.

Our 9th Annual Thunder in the Forest Motorcycle Run is on for July 26th, with the Shiners returning to entertain us. I’m sure Michael & committee will have more on this soon.

That’s about it for this month and next. We hope to see you this weekend at camp, next week at the Everett’s, or July 12th at Walt’s. Have a safe and happy summer everyone!

Mark & Sandy

April 2014

Hello Snowseeker’s,

April brings to close the 2014 riding season and with it another busy summer season for the Snowseeker’s.

At the May 1st meeting at the Harmony Moose, we will hold our yearly elections with the new officers taking office in September. The President position will be open as required by our by-laws and the 3 year limit for this office. Also, Sandy Harris will be looking for a replacement as she will be stepping down after 5 years of Secretarial duties. Please consider running for 1 of these open positions or for any office or the Board of Directors. All it takes is a nomination from one of your fellow Snowseeker’s.

May 10th will also bring us our 4th Annual Spring Bash Raffle, once again at St. Ferdinand Church in Cranberry Twp. This is only 2 weeks from when you receive this newsletter. This continues to be our major fundraiser for the year. Are you or have you done your part to help support your snowmobile club? While most of the tickets have been handed out, there are still a lot of monies that need turned in before the Bash. Please make sure to sell your allotment of tickets or let Scott & Sandy or Jim & Cathy know where you stand with your sales. We need to try our best and sell ALL tickets this year.

Ginny and the Charity Committee ask all member’s to contribute to the “Bags, Boxes, and Baskets” Chinese auction. The following is included at their request:

We still need items, complete baskets, gift cards and lottery tickets.

Complete Baskets;  LIST ITEMS IN BASKETS , TYPE OF BASKET, AND WHEN I CAN EXPECT IT.

Gift Cards:  PLEASE SEND THESE TO JONI EASTLEY OR TO ME ASAP.

LOTTERY TICKETS:  MAIL asap TO ME

BASKET ITEMS:  I WOULD LIKE THESE BEFORE THE NEXT MEETING.  IT TAKES TIME TO ASSEMBLE THE FINISHED PRODUCT.

DONATIONS OF CASH!  MAIL TO ME. 

Thank you to Jim Wright and Dave Ford for the cash donations at the last meeting.  Also thanks to Scott & Tina Thomas, Doug & Debbie Kyes, Loretta & Sandy, and my husband (who doesn’t realize how much he has donated so far) and to the many friends that have given me so much stuff.

We have a basket with a Kindle e-reader, a large Pittsburgh Pirate Basket, and lots of items to fill baskets.   Thanks Sue, June & Bill, Audrey , and Scott & Tina’s Mothers.

Joni and I couldn’t do this without your help. 

Please be sure and set some time aside and help out with these auction item’s, and of course, with your own ticket sales. We will once again make our 4th Annual Cash Bash a success, and thank you all in advance!

Norb and the House Committee awarded Room #1 to Ken & Sherry Kelly and Room #5 to James Carr. This is your notice that Room #19 is available. Please let Norb or committee know if you would like this room for your use. Thank you Norb and Committee!

On clubhouse issues, the kitchen exhaust fan was repaired, thank you Rich & Lenny. The upstairs ladies room nears completion with the wall mirror purchased from Don’s Glass and installed Trout Weekend. It look’s awesome. We will continue to look for a glass shower door, however, this seems to be a high dollar item due to it’s custom size. Thank you to all involved in it’s remodeling!

It was decided to move forward with the metal roof for the garage. Please think about color and a decision will be made at May’s meeting.

We had a good turnout for Trout Season opener on April 12th, with limited co-operation from the trout. It was good to see activity at the clubhouse and some much needed yard work and sprucing up accomplished. Also, as in years past, the clubhouse was used by Highland Township Saturday afternoon for tax collection.  While cleaning up the yard, Sandy Harris found a set of keys with 3 Theodore house key’s along with a camp gas pump key and another Master lock key. Are they yours?

May should be our last indoor Monthly meeting at the Harmony Moose, that is, if we can get someone to host our Summer Meeting schedule, which is normally June, July, and August and, in recent years, September. Please consider hosting a meeting this summer.

In close, please consider running for office on May 1st. it is your chance to make a difference!

See you then!

Mark & Sandy

UPCOMING DATES & EVENTS

—May 1st -  Board Meeting @ 7:00pm, Regular Meeting & Elections, 8:00 pm @ Harmony Moose

—May 10th – 4th Annual Spring Bash Raffle, St. Ferdinand Church, Cranberry Twp., PA. Please see Ginny or Joni about Basket Raffles, Scott or Jim about covered dishes, set-up, clean up, or kitchen help, and of course, Sell, Sell, SELL those remaining ticket’s of yours…

—June 5th -  Monthly Meeting & cook-out at your house???

—June 14th – Annual Clarion River Canoe Trip, see Derrick Hayes

—July 10th – Monthly Meeting @ Walt’s in Conneaut or at your place??? Date change 1 week later due to 4th of July holiday

—July 26th -  Annual Thunder in the Forest Motorcycle Poker Run,  Michael Steinmetz, Chairperson

 

 

February / March 2014

Hello All,
As some of you may or may not have noticed, this months rendition is a combined newsletter for February and March.  This is due to just too much snowmobiling going on last month on my part! Going forward, it may be in the clubs best interest to keep this every other month news brief, due to mailing cost, time constraints, etc…Please let me know your feelings.

In clubhouse news, this is your notice that Room #1 and Room #5 are available for member’s in good standing to apply for. Please see Norb Belsterling or a House Committee member if you are interested in either of these rooms. The club has also decided to move forward with the garage roof replacement with a metal roof system. This will be discussed at Aprils meeting and a decision will be made on where to purchase, with installation starting likely in May. Please give Scott Thomas any info, input, or pricing before Aprils meeting.

The Snowseeker’s will hold their annual election of club officers at our regular meeting on May 1st. It’s not too early to consider running for office and getting involved on the business end of things. I know there’s a lot of you out there with good ideas and good intentions for this club. May 1st will be your chance to make a difference!

As a reminder, do not pay your PSSA dues again if you receive a notice from them. We are and always will be a 100% PSSA club, and your state dues are deducted from your yearly Snowseeker dues and forwarded to the PSSA.

On the trails end, things seem to be going good with the ANF. Tim Kelly continues to work hard on our behalf with the ANF and other clubs up there. Plowing continues to be an issue and I saw first hand the Forest Service talk to plow operator about this issue this winter. However, their hands are tied as the oil & gas industry owns the mineral rights, so we’ll just have to deal with it in up-coming winters on shared use roads. The rails to trail initiative continues to be worked on from Lantz Corners east. Other than that, the riding we had was good when we had it up there. Bob’s Trading Post helped out several Snowseeker’s this winter, so please patronize them and thank them if in the area. They supposedly have purchased Graybil marina across from them and plan on having much needed gas there next winter. The bi-annual meeting between the clubs and the Forest Service will be held at your clubhouse on April 26th at 9 a.m.

On May 10th we will host our 4th Annual spring Bash Raffle, again at St. Ferdinand Church in Cranberry Twp. Scott & Sandy and Jim & Cathy have been very busy with our major fundraiser to continue in it’s success. The all cash prize format seems to be a hit with ticket buyer’s. Much has been learned from our first three raffles and this years should be great. Please continue to be diligent with your ticket sales and lets try to avoid last minute unsold ticket turn ins as this just takes off our bottom line profit. If you can’t sell your allotment, please let someone know so we may try and get rid of them.

Ginny has also started her collections for the Bag’s, Boxes, & Baskets Raffles during the Bash. Last year, over 30 baskets raised $1800 for the club and it’s charities. Items need are: completed baskets, Lottery tickets or gift cards, or you can purchase new items and she will make up baskets from these items such as: kitchen items, Pittsburgh stuff, wine, glasses, beer mugs, DVD movies (adult & childrens), snack stuff, bath products, games, puzzles, summer beach items (sun screen, beach towels, sand toys, etc.), pet supplys, small hand tools, and booze. It takes her a lot of time to make these baskets up so the sooner she gets these items the better. Ginny would like to thank all members in advance and especially Shawn & Tina Thomas’ mothers for all they have donated to this cause. Please try and bring something to donate from the above to Aprils meeting for Ginny or call her or Joni Eastley and we’ll make this Raffle a big success again!

In close, the club lost one of it’s oldest original member’s with the passing of Roger Corl last week at the age of 92. For those of us lucky enough to ride with Roger in our youth, we will forever remember him in his 1 piece Ski-Doo suit with his pipe ablaze while riding, no matter what the outside temp was. Roger was even with the Snowseeker’s at our last Yellowstone trip at the young age of 71 in 1993. I sometimes long for these old day’s when a long ride was maybe 30 miles and took all day, and usually included a stop with a fire being built for lunch. Ride on Roger, you will always be an adventurer and a Snowseeker!

Mark & Sandy

 

UPCOMING DATES:
—March 15th, St. Paddy’s Party at the clubhouse, please bring snack or covered dish
—April 3rd, Regular Monthly meeting @ Harmony Moose, 8:00 p.m.
—April 12th, Trout Season opener, Highland Haven club-house
—April 18th, Good Friday Sporting Clays Shoot, see Dean Cercone
—April 26th, meeting between USFS and Clubs, Highland Haven club-house, 9:00 a.m.
—May 1st, Regular Monthly Meeting and Elections @ Harmony Moose, 8:00 p.m.
—May 10th, 4th Annual Snowseeker Spring Bash Raffle, St. Ferdinand Church, Cranberry Twp., PA.

Ginny and Charity committee need completed baskets, lottery tickets, and/or gift cards before then. Please call Ginny or Joni Eastley. Scott and Jim and committee also will need help in the kitchen, at the door, and setting up and tearing down for this event. Please let Scott or Jim know how you can help and Sell, Sell, SELL those ticket’s!!

January 2014

Hello Everyone,

Well, this winter started off with a bang as we had good snow all through bear and deer seasons and into the New Year, with riding to be had at the clubhouse the first weekend of 2014. Then…well, it’s been COLD and that’s about it! Some members have been to the U.P. of Michigan with a few more heading to Gaylord soon, with another group heading to Gaspe’, Quebec in late February. Hopefully, the cold will stay and snow will return to Western Pa. and N.Y soon!

Our 1st Winter Raffle was a success with the winning ticket #804 matching the Christmas Eve Pa. Daily Number, belonging to Ray Guckert and sold by Scott Wilke. Ray picked up his wife’s new Polaris quad at Off Road Express before New Years and even called Mike to thank him. Congratulations to Ray, Scott, Off Road Express, and Mike & Lauraine McHugh for coming up with the raffle idea and running a good raffle to the end. Also, thank you to all members who sold tickets, drove the raffle trailer to different events, and took the time to make it a success. You know who you are, and Kudo’s to all of you! Mike will have a report at February’s meeting.

The club would like to remind all riders that your drivers license, sled registration and proof of insurance are all required while riding on the ANF trails. A few members have reported that the Pa. Game Commission, of all people, have been in the Jakes Rocks area’s checking for such items on both weekends that we’ve had riding this year, so be warned.

Premium Gas is once again available for $4.00 a gallon at the club-house. Please be sure to write your quantities down immediately after filling your sleds. Isopropyl has been added to the tank and will be added again after it is filled again. Rich say’s everyone did real well with taking care of their gas and lodging New Years weekend so let’s keep it up. On the garage end also, Scott Thomas reminds us to leave the power on at the fuse box so the dusk to dawn light at the man-door will still work. When locking up the garage, just make sure the power is off to the pump by shutting off the wall switch. If the light above the pump is off, the power to the pump is off. Thank you!

The club welcomes new regular member’s Lou & Cindy Rago from Coraopolis. Lou says he has 4 sleds and they are 4 different makes?? We’ll see. Welcome aboard Lou & Cindy! The club also acted on Doug Kyes application as he changed it from Associate to Regular member. Doug will be at the next meeting, where we will welcome him and his wife Deb as regular member’s. Welcome Doug & Deb!

The club will host it’s 4th Annual Spring Bash/Raffle again on Saturday, May 10th, at St. Ferdinand Church in Cranberry Twp., PA., (same venue as last year). The Bash Committee decided to have all cash prizes this year as thats what ticket buyers requested. There was a question by some members and buyers if you could win more than 1 prize on the same ticket. The simple answer for your buyers is yes, in other words, if you win a prize your ticket is put back in the raffle and you can continue to win prizes, including the grand prize. We hope this clears up any confusion. Please see Sandy Harris if you haven’t gotten your allotment of tickets and turn in sold tickets and monies to Cathy Wright.

As I finish up this month’s ramblins’, it is snowing like it means it with more on the way and below freezing temps well into February. All trails have been opened in Chautauqua Co., N.Y. and Erie Co., Pa., with the ANF reporting fair conditions. There is plenty of riding events in February (see below), so get out and enjoy!

Hopefully, the clubhouse will see many members up next weekend for the 1st of February and well into March! If anyone can stay for a Super Bowl party on Sunday, post same on our web page or Facebook page, including riding conditions from this past weekend. (Come on, I know you all can do it)! Nothing makes this President happier than a club-house full of boisterous Snowseeker’s and a yard full of sled’s and trailers! Hope to see you there!

Think Snow,
Mark & Sandy

UPCOMING DATES AND MEETINGS:
—February 2 – Super Bowl party at clubhouse?
—February 2 -McKean Snow Rider Poker Run, Valley Inn, McKean, Pa .Erie County
—February 6 – Board & Regular Monthly Meeting @ Harmony Moose. Board meets @ 7p.m., Regular Meeting @ 8:00 p.m.
—February 6 thru 8th – Allegheny Resort & Casino ISOC Sno-Cross Races, Salamanca, N.Y.
—February 8 – Corry Winterfest, Corry, Pa. Erie County
—February 9 – Federation Ride In, Stockton Fireman’s Grounds, Stockton, Chautauqua County, N.Y. Free food and Raffles
—February 16 – Pink Ladies Ride, Cherry Creek Sno-Goers, Cassadaga Country Club, Chautauqua Co., N.Y.
—March 6 – Regular Monthly Meeting @ Harmony Moose, Harmony, Pa. 8 p.m.

November 2013

Hello folks,

It is with heavy heart that I open this months newsletter with news of the passing of Ray ‘Gabby’ Burkhardt, an avid snowmobiler and Snowseeker friend, on November 9th, after a lengthy illness. Gabby could usually be found at the Westline Inn, or out on the trail, or at our Snowseeker club-house, sharing his magic tricks to the wonderment of all. You will be missed, my friend!

With that being said and with the Thanksgiving Holiday fast approaching, maybe it’s time we all reflect on how lucky we all are to be Snowseeker’s and the gem we have ‘up there’ in the Allegheny National Forest that we sometimes take for granted. I must say that after last weekends Thanksgiving/woodcutting at the Highland Haven, I couldn’t be prouder to be your President!     Following is a brief summary of the Snowseeker’s that I was tasked to write for Rec Rider magazine by it’s editor at last months PSSA Powersports Show. Even if they don’t find it fit to be printed, a lot of you newer members have asked when we were formed, who started the club, etc., and a lot of us older members need a refreshing. So, here it is…

WELCOME TO THE PENNSYLVANIA SNOWSEEKER’S

    With the 2013-14 snowmobile riding season upon us, I would like to introduce you to the Pa. Snowseeker’s Snowmobile Club, Inc.

    The Snowseeker’s were formed in 1972 by local snowmobile enthusiast Dale Kline and his wife Ginny. As most of the riding opportunities were ‘up north’ around Erie or the Allegheny National Forest, Dale still figured there was enough local interest for a snowmobile club and held an organizational meeting on November 21st, 1972, and the Snowseekers were born! I am proud to say the Snowseeker’s still meet monthly, year round, till this day.

    After that first meeting and traveling for 3 more winters to the Allegheny National Forest (ANF) for Saturday rides at member’s camps, the Snowseeker’s got serious and started looking for  property ”up there”. In 1975, an old general store/gas station that member’s rode to was put up for sale in Highland Corners, Elk County, Pennsylvania, right in the middle of the ANF. The Highland Haven, as it was named by the club, was purchased in 1976 with Roger Corl as our President and continues to be our clubhouse and our home away from home. To this day, it is our base for riding and camaraderie. We also use it for hunting season room & board fundraising, local elections, golf outings, canoe trips, an Annual ‘Thunder in the Forest’ motorcycle poker run for Breast Cancer awareness, and even a few wedding receptions.

    We are unique in that our membership base is in the Pittsburgh area, but our clubhouse is 2 1/2 hours away in the ANF. Club members are very active in local trail issues on the ANF and meet twice a year with National Forest representatives about these issues and try and resolve them.

The Snowseeker’s have been the Pennsylvania State Snowmobile Associations “Club of the Year” many times and were named the #1 “New Generation” snowmobile club in the United States by Ski-Doo/Bombardier.

    For you rec rider enthusiasts, our clubhouse is located at 13026 Rt. 948, Highland Corners, PA. 16735, approximately 10 miles north of the Marienville Trail Head and 1 mile from the Timberline Trail Head on the Allegheny National Forest. 

    General Membership is limited to the Pittsburgh areas of Beaver, Butler, Lawrence & Allegheny county’s and was later expanded to include Armstrong, Venango, Mercer, and Washington counties. To be a member with voting rights, you must reside in one of these 8 counties and currently own a registered snowmobile in Pennsylvania. The club also has a limited number of Associate Memberships available for non-snowmobiliers and outdoor enthusiasts. The club meets the first Thursday of each month, year round, in Zelienople, PA.

    Stop in and see us sometime at Highland Corners, or find us on Facebook, or visit our web-site.  See you on the trail, and, in the meantime, ‘Think Snow”!

That’s about it for this month. I truly am thankful for all your hard work that makes us the Snowseekers!

Have a safe and bountiful Thanksgiving Holiday!

Mark & Sandy

 

UPCOMING DATES:

November 23rd, Bear Season opener, see Jim Hart

November 30th thru December 4th, Deer Camp fundraiser, see Scott Wilke

December 5th, General Meeting, 8 pm  –   Harmony Moose

December 7th, Breakfast with Santa,  call Loretta Hayes

December 24th, Christmas Eve Winter Raffle winner announced….could it be you or a friend?? Sell, sell SELL those tickets and give Mike or Lauraine a call.

October 2013

Hello Snowseeker’s!

Once again, as I write, snow is forecast for tonight and the next few day’s, so riding can’t be far around the corner, right? I hope so! Wolfie just reported 2 inches of fresh and 34 degrees at high noon on this 24th day of October in Russell City, so….

The semi-annual trails meeting between the Snowmobile club’s and the U.S. Forest Service that was canceled on October 19th due to the government shut down has been re-scheduled for November 16th at 9 a.m. Please see Jim Wolfe or Hazey for more info or if you can attend.

Scott Thomas had a nice turnout for the October 5th work day, where a lot was accomplished in preparation for this winters riding season. By my count, 17 member’s participated in clearing our connecter Trail #23, splitting and moving wood for the social room, pressure washing the rear siding, installing the new man door in the garage, installing cove base trim in our new kitchen, smoke alarm batteries changed, storm windows installed, a new yard light installed out back, and the upstairs ladies room gutted in preparation for remodeling. Dave Ford has been up there the last couple weekends continuing on this project, and says most of the materials needed have been donated. I’m sure I missed something but all in all, a lot was accomplished while having a good time, which is the Snowseeker way! Thank you to all who came up & donated items and your valuable time. The Haven is looking good, and you are what makes it work!

While working on the bathroom re-modeling, it was noted that the red power miter saw is missing from the club. If you borrowed this saw or know who did, please return it ASAP! It is needed up there and was donated to the club for this type of club-house work. It needs to be returned.

Our Annual Thanksgiving/Woodcutting weekend is fast approaching on Saturday, November 9th. The invitations to our neighbors were hand delivered October 5th, so we should have a good turn-out from them. With the work being done in October, Scott would like to concentrate on the woodcutting to make it easier on everyone involved. We will need chain-saws, woodsplitters, mauls, dump-trucks, gloves and lotsa help for this weekend. Of course, ,the ladies will also need help in the kitchen preparing their usual splendid dinner for our tired and hungry wood crews and neighbor’s. Please plan on attending and helping if at all possible. It’s always a good time! As always, please bring a covered dish, dessert, or snack if attending.

The Snowseeker’s will host their annual Snowmobile Safety Class on November 2nd at Browns Country Kitchen in Portersville. Please give Art Amsler a call if you or anyone you know needs this class and to reserve your space.

The Snowseeker Winter Raffle is also fast approaching and the Christmas eve winner is only 2 months away. While all tickets have been handed out, the McHugh’s have only gotten back minimal ticket stubs and monies. They obviously need to know where we stand on sales so please make it a point to turn in your receipts to Mike & Lauraine at the next 2 meetings or at Thanksgiving weekend. Or, give ‘em a call and let them know where your sales are at. Please, please, PLEASE sell those tickets. As you read this, the Winter Raffle sled/quad display will be at the P.S.S.A. PowerSports Show in Lebanon, PA.

Thank you Doug Keyes and Preferred Fire Protection of Pittsburgh for finishing the Ansul fire suppression system in the kitchen. This system is now fully automatic and can also be discharged manually if needed. Please ask for a demonstration on it’s manual operation, and thank you again Doug!

The club’s annual Breakfast with Santa will be on December 7th this year. Loretta need’s your kid’s names that will be attending and gift request ASAP. I believe she is still looking for a Santa also…

Thank you Norb for filling in for me at the last minute at last month’s meeting! It was a great opening Penguin game, and a great day for hockey! I understand a special guest,  “Windbags’ was there??

Mike McHugh has club emblem decals available for your trailers, please see Mike if interested. Also, Norb still has winter gear available for purchase with the club logo, please see Norb and proudly display your club’s logo this winter!

The House Committee would like to remind all member’s that our member’s room’s are their rooms, including the bedding and personal items in it. If you or a guest use a room, you are responsible using your own bedding and for cleaning it up and leaving it as you found it. There have been several incidences of missing items, bedding, etc., from rooms, and rooms left in disarray after use. Let’s ALL take care of this before it becomes an issue, especially before hunting and riding season is upon us. Your usual cooperation is appreciated!

That’s about it for now. Hope to see you all at November 7th general meeting or at the Thanksgiving/Woodcutting weekend on November 9th!

Mark & Sandy

 

Snowmobiling Fun Fact: Over 90,000 full time jobs are generated by the snowmobile industry in North America…

 

UPCOMING DATES:

November 2nd, Snowmobile Safety Class, Browns Country Kitchen, Art Amsler

November 7th, Board Meeting at 7:00 pm, General Meeting 8:00 pm  –   Harmony Moose

November 9th, Annual Thanksgiving/Woodcutting weekend at your clubhouse, please bring a covered dish, dessert, or bar snack and woodcutting tools or ask Scott Thomas what needs done…

November 23rd, Bear Season opener, see Jim Hart

November 30th thru December 4th, Deer Camp fundraiser, see Scott Wilke

December 5th, General Meeting, 8 pm  –   Harmony Moose

December 7th, Breakfast with Santa,  call Loretta Hayes

December 24th, Christmas Eve Winter Raffle winner announced….could it be you or a friend?? Sell, sell SELL those tickets and give Mike or Lauraine a call.

 

September 2013

Greetings everyone,

As I write this months rendition it is 37 degree’s and falls colors are starting to peek out so you know what is right around the corner! It’s time to look over your trailer and get your units ready to roll! On that end, Scott Thomas & crew would like to have a work day at the clubhouse next Saturday, October 5th, to get a handle on some things that need done before winter. We will still have our big woodcutting/Thanksgiving weekend on November 9th, however, next weekend will be to get some other issues out of the way before then. I heard the women’s upstairs bathroom will be started, along with some more garage work, moving wood around front, other kitchen sink installed, etc. Please plan on attending one or the other or both weekends if at all possible, and we’ll get the Haven ready for another riding season.

Thank you neighbor Roy Stillman for handling the emergency water pressure bladder tank replacement for us. It look’s great and hopefully will last a bit longer than the last one, well done!

October 19th is the bi-annual meeting with the U.S. Forest Service and clubs riding on the ANF, to be held at the Highland Haven clubhouse. Jim Wolf says it is no longer limited to 2 member’s from each club and would like to see some more Snowseeker’s there. Left over grooming funds allowed the purchase of new tracks for the smaller groomer, along with 200 tons of stone for the Durhing area trails. Please attend the meeting October 19th from 9am to noon for more info.

We had a wonderful Highland open Golf Outing September 14th hosted by Bill Eastley. It was attended by 26 golfers, about half members and half guests’. All in all, it was a blast and very well run, and it was good to see the additional golfers & guests’ there. Dean Cercone is the current Highland Open champion with a score of 77, so congrats Deano and thank you Bill and to all members who helped out! It really was a nice time.

The Winter Raffle is up and running with tickets being handed out at last months meeting. The sled and quad were at the Golf Outing and then made their way to Presque Isle’s (Erie County) grass drags/swap meet the next day by Shawn & Mike McHugh, where ticket sales were brisk! If you haven’t gotten any tickets yet please see Mike & Lauraine McHugh @ (724) 350-1436 and they will get some to you. They are $10 each and the sled/quad will be raffled off Christmas eve, so we will have to sell ASAP. Please bring ticket monies to the next 3 meetings so we know where we are at with sales. Some one is going to wake up with a nice Christmas morning with a nice gift and a decision to make…:)

Marienville’s quad ride is also next weekend, October 5th, and Mike would like someone to haul the units up to sell tickets at this event if at all possible. Please talk to Mike to co-ordinate if you can haul the units up to Marienville.

Art Amsler will host a Snowmobile Safety Class at Browns Country Kitchen on Saturday, November 2nd. Please see Art if you or anyone you know needs this class.

Our P.S.S.A State Snowmobile/ Outdoor Show is the weekend of October 26th at the Lebanon Expo Center. It sure would be good to have a Snowseeker presence there and maybe even get our quad/sled raffle out there. There will also be a Trails Workshop there (page 4 of your current PSSA paper). If anyone is interested please consider and let me know at or before the next meeting October 4th, and I will see the Board about a stipend to get you there.

Just a reminder, your yearly club due’s and garage storage fee’s are now due and will be late in October so please take care of this if you haven’t already. Thank you!

At Septembers meeting, our new officers were installed, thank you to all who ran for office back in May! Also, Sandy Harris and Scott Wilke are our Snowseeker Woman and Man of the Year, congratulations to the both of you and thank you both for all your hard work and dedication to this club!

In close, October is here and I find myself getting pretty exited about the upcoming riding season. For some reason, it seems like we are due for a good one with plenty of snow at the Haven and all our favorite riding destinations. I sure hope so! Thank you to all Snowseeker’s who hosted a summer meeting, and we’ll see you at the Moose October 4th.

Think Snow!
Mark & Sandy

Snowmobile Fun fact: In 2011 there were 123,063 snowmobiles sold world wide; 51,796 were sold in the U.S. and 40,878 were sold in Canada.

 

UPCOMING DATES:

–October 3rd, Regular monthly meeting, 8 p.m., Harmony Moose

–October 5th, Get ready for winter work bee at the Highland Haven clubhouse, see Scott Thomas

October 19th, Bi-annual meeting between concerned club’s and the U.S.F.S. at the Highland Haven clubhouse

–November 2nd, Snowmobile Safety Class, Browns Country Kitchen, Portersville, see Art Amsler to register

November 7th, Regular monthly meeting, Harmony Moose, 8 p.m.

November 9th, Annual Thanksgiving and Woodcutting weekend at the Highland Haven clubhouse

November 23rd-26th, Bear Camp fundraiser, Highland Haven clubhouse, see Jim Hart

November 30th-December 4th, Deer Camp fundraiser, Highland Haven clubhouse, see Scott Wilke

–December 7th, Breakfast with Santa, see Loretta Hayes

August 2013

Hello Snowseeker’s

First off, I would like to thank Jim Hart & Lori Talik for hosting last month’s meeting at there new place. It was well attended with some excellent leftovers prepared by Lori from our Breast Cancer weekend. Although it poured (which seems to be the theme for our picnic meetings this summer), we were well protected in Jimmy’s new man-cave and garage. Thank’s guys for hosting! Amongst other issues at this meeting, the by-law changes that the board and Art Amsler have been working on were motioned and approved. Please see Art if you would like a copy of the revised by-law’s for yourself and thank you Art for your hard work! I also forgot to thank Norb & Judy Belsterling for hosting July’s board meeting at their beautiful house, so thank you Norb & Judy! September’s meeting will be at Mueller Hollow, where we will try once again to stay dry. As usual, 6:00 p.m. start & meeting to follow. Please bring covered dish or dessert and adult beverages.

The Snowseeker’s once again pulled off an excellent 8th Annual Thunder in the Forest motorcycle poker run, chaired by Michael Steinmetz, who once again did an outstanding job organizing this large event. We had awesome weather Thursday, Friday & Sunday, with a wet Saturday (of course) for the actual ride. However, that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm for this event after an excellent party Friday night when the Shiner’s band entertained us to the midnight hour.  We then awoke Saturday to a nice breakfast prepared by the guy’s and started the ride with sunshine. That lasted until afternoon, when the showers (downpours) moved in. I was told by the rider’s who went west on the short (cupcake) ride stayed dry, but I have my doubts. Any way’s, we returned damp but smiling, with some being towed, pushed, and floating, however, safe and sound! We then had our usual excellent dinner out back which Dean Cercone spent all day smoking and grilling. This dinner continues to be an awesome part of this event that  people talk about for some time after. We then moved inside for the hilarious prize presentation with MC Dean Wack on the mike.  All in all it was an awesome Thunder, where a nice profit was raised for Pa. Breast Cancer Coalition and this year’s club recipient, James Carr’s mother Linda. The help from the Snowseeker’s who attended was simply amazing, from the set-up crew Thursday, to the prize organization, to the registration table to the t-shirts, donations, cooking, clean-up and teardown of the stage and tent’s Sunday, everyone helped, and for that Michael and I thank you all! Once again, well done Snowseeker’s!

Jill Sarvis also had another successful BoozeMobile raffle at the bike run with leftover spirits from our Spring Bash. Thank you to all who bought and sold ticket’s and thank you Lij for handling this raffle once again!

Our Annual Highland Open Golf is to be held at Kane Country Club September 14th. Please plan on attending if you can and bring some friend’s!

 As a reminder, your yearly due’s and garage sled storage fee’s are due now and will be late next month. Please be sure to pay ASAP or at September’s meeting.

The Highland Haven clubhouse is looking pretty good and has been treated by Terminex, the first of 4 treatments. Please let someone know if you see any insect activity. The kitchen wash sink still need’s installed and the up stairs bathrooms will be started soon by Guido and Dave. The garage roof was repaired (again) by Will Branem, and he also got an estimate to replace same with a metal roof, hopefully next springs big project. The garage floor looks outstanding, and with some new door’s should be ready for winter! New lodging envelopes were printed and are now at camp for your use, thank you Jessica Brewster! Thank you to all who continue to make the Haven our home away from home!

A few Snowseeker’s have been under the weather lately. Our club founder, Dale Kline, was hospitalized recently and is now home recuperating. Ginny say’s he is as ornery as ever, so I would hope he is on the road to recovery. Ginny has also had health issues recently so the Klines have had there hands full. James Carr’s mom Linda is finishing her radiation treatments. Club friend Lenny Crawford (Crawdad) is home recovering from a stroke, and Hock recently had surgery for a detached retina. We wish you all the best, we will keep you in our prayers, and please get well soon!

The quad/sled raffle is moving forward and Mr.MaGoo will be picking them up as you read this. Tickets will be handed out as he see’s people and will be at the September 5th meeting. They are $10 each and the winner based on Christmas eve’s evening lottery number. Let’s all do our best to sell or buy our fair share and hopefully someone you or I know will have a new sled or quad for Christmas morning!

Don’t forget, our next monthly meeting will be at Mueller Hollow at 6 p.m.  This will be the last of our outdoor summer meetings and we will then move back to the Harmony Moose for what hopefully will be a very snowy fall & winter. See you all September 5th at our place!

Mark & Sandy

Snowmobile Fun Fact: Numerous studies have concluded that snowmobile activity has no significant impact or effect on wildlife populations…just sayin’

 

UPCOMING DATES:

—September 2nd, Labor Day Holiday, Have a safe and happy ho  liday weekend!

—September 5th, Regular Monthly Meeting @ Mueller Hollow, 6 p.m. cook-out with meeting to follow. Please bring covered dish or dessert.

—September 14th, Highland Open Golf Outing, 10 a.m., Kane Country Club, flyer enclosed

—September 15th, Erie County Grass Drag’s, Mound Grove golf course, Waterford, PA. Anyone wanna take the quad/sled raffle trailer up from golf outing, see Mr. MaGoo!