~ August 2022 ~

Hello CVOA,

Message from the President . . . . .


No doubt about it, we had a hot spell. As many observed, however, come January we may fondly remember those precious few July days. Regardless of the weather, intrepid CVOA’ers find reasons to get together. Patti and I attended one of these gatherings last Thursday at Pat’s Pizza in Ellsworth. About 20 members who happened to be in Hancock County showed up to recall last season, speculate on the coming season, and enjoy good company. One of the guests was Cindy Foster, a flatland tourist from Colorado. She came in her RV along with her dog Ford to visit with friends and experience life as it ought to be. If you happen upon one of these gatherings, take a few photo’s and along with a proposed caption, send it on to our newsletter crew, Steve and Elaine Smith. It might find its way into one of our newsletters or other publications.


Looking forward to the fall, CVOA is seeking a few volunteers who would like to greet and meet at CVOA’s table during Homecoming. We organize this event into two hour shifts on Saturday and Sunday, October 8 and 9, so as to not interrupt the weekend. You get to say “Hello” to old friends and to make some new ones as we get ready for the upcoming winter. If you’re interested, please contact me, Thom Johnston at cvoa.president@gmail.com.


We haven’t retired summer yet. There are some upcoming events that may be of interest. They’re set out in the CVOA calendar and in articles in this newsletter.


Calendar of Events

August 2022

August 6 - 5-Stand shoot 9:00-12:00

August 7 - Trap shoot 9:00 - 12:00

August 13 - 5-Stand shoot 9:00 - 12:00

August 14 - Trap shoot 9:00 - 12:00

August 13 - eBike Bar Harbor Carriage Roads

August 20 - 5-Stand shoot 9:00-12:00

August 21 - Trap shoot 9:00 - 12:00

August 27 - 5-Stand shoot 9:00-12:00

August 27 - Paddle Augusta to Hallowell Afternoon?

Val Hudspath

August 28 - Trap shoot 9:00 - 12:00

Future Events

eBike Bar Harbor Carriage Roads

August 13th

CVOA member Ross Horne is hosting an “eBike Bar Harbor Carriage Roads” event August 13th. Ross is the owner-operator of Island Time eBike Rentals, located on beautiful Mount Desert Island. (THERE IS NO RAIN DATE. ALL PAYMENTS WILL BE REFUNDED.)

The cost will be $90 per eBike. Payment MUST be made prior to the event. Call Ross at 207-779-4665 to reserve your eBike and pay by credit card. Ross is not allowed to transact business within the park. The Visitor Center is within the park. 

The group will meet at the Hull’s Cove Visitor Center at 8:30 am. Your ride needs to be completed and bikes returned by 3:30 pm at the same point. If you wish to complete your ride earlier there is a place to return the bikes at the Visitor Center with a supplied lock. 

Ross has reserved eBikes for up to 24 members. If members wish to tag along with pedal bikes that is fine. However, there are NO pedal bikes available for rental. 

Additionally, Ross will need to know the height and gender of each renter. 

Please let Mike Parker know (golfski33@gmail.com) if you are interested in an after ride social, most likely in Ellsworth. 

Mike Parker Event Leader

Ski Trips 2023

The CVOA ski trip of January 28th through February 4th, 2023 to beautiful Sun Valley has filled all 42 slots. However, if you or a friend are interested, trip leader Mike Parker encourages you to still apply. Any applications received will be added to the waiting list. Currently there are no names on the list. Although there is not a guarantee that there will be any cancellations, it is very unusual that there are not. For full trip information please click on (insert link).


Sun Valley Idaho
January 28-February 4

The Telluride Ski Trip has two openings If interested contact Bonnie Farrar.

email bfarrar7@aol.com, phone207.735.3984

The Whitefish Ski Trip has been more than filled.

Range News

Hello Range Members,

Please Note: Starting August 1st, shooting guests and the public daily rate will increase to $10/day. Our rates have not changed since the range opened and this increase will help cover the increased cost of target materials as well as the new metal targets to be installed on the Rifle and Pistol Ranges. Our membership rate is still a low $40/per year so if your guests think they may use the range more than 3 times, joining would be worth the expense and also makes them members of CVOA with all our trips, outings and get togethers.

Range Safety Officer Training Slots Available: We have two spaces available for Range Members interested in becoming certified to be Range Safety Officers. The training is being held in Gray, ME at Howell's Gun Shop on Saturday, August 13th from 8am to 5pm. The Range will cover the cost of the class and your travel. Please contact me by August 1st if you are interested. 

Public Hours will also be changing on August 1st. Public hours will change to Saturday and Sunday from 9am to noon, unless other arrangements are made with a Range Officer. Public hours do not apply to guests accompanied by members. Guest and Member hours are still Dawn to Dusk, Monday through Friday unless a posted event requires otherwise.

Range Committee to meet on Saturday, July 30th at noon at the Range. If you are interested in joining us, we welcome input and help!

Welcome Bill O'Brian who will be taking on the maintenance of the Range after our amazing Sherie and Harvey Packard moved out of the area. Thank you Bill!

Diane Stone

Range Secretary



How to Contact Us
  • President Thom Johnston: cvoa.president@gmail.com
  • Vice President Craig Lehigh:‭ cvoa.vicepresident@gmail.com
  • Treasurer Sam Hudspath: cvoa.treasurership@gmail.com
  • Secretary Tracy Goller: cvoa.secretary@gmail.com
  • MembershipSecretary:PattiJohnston:cvoa.membership@gmail.com
  • Range Chair Ray Stone: ‭raymondhstone3@gmail.com
  • Range Secretary Diane Stone: cvoa.range@gmail.com
  • Range Chair Emeritus Neal Trask
  • Social Activities: Nancy Makin: nancymakin48@gmail.com & Jeannette Parker: jparker16seabreeze@gmail.com
  • Newsletter Editors: Elaine & Steve Smith: golfski@maine.rr.com
Carrabassett Valley Outdoor Association
Valley Crossing #6
Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947