~ September 2020 ~
President's Message

Hello again, Members.
Not too much to report as the world is still on "All ahead, SLOW". Hope you are all well and safe. We are closing in on early Fall, so hopefully we will have more to report on possible upcoming activities. We have a Board Meeting coming up that will include updating some language in our bylaws. You are all, of course, invited to the "Virtual" Zoom meeting. Cindy will have more details on this and other items in her section below. Until then, best wishes.

~ Mark Curtis
Your membership is valid through Dec. 31, 2020.
Calendar of Events

September 27
- Board/Member Meeting
October 4
- Range MTA shoot
October 10-11
- Sugarloaf Homecoming
- Think about Show 'n Go events you might be able to host when we comfortable getting together outdoors.

January 23 - 30
- Big Sky, Montana POSTPONED to 2022
February 6 - 13
- Aspen/Snowmass, Colorado
February 20 - 27
- Snowbird/Alta, Utah - Postponed to 2022
Board and Member Meeting
Sunday, September 27 at 3:00pm by Zoom
Our next Board and Member meeting will be held via Zoom on Sunday afternoon, September 27, at 3:00 pm. All members are welcome to attend. A Zoom link will be made available on September 24.
If you are a general member and would like to participate, please reply with your request.
If you have any items you would like to have placed on the agenda, please contact our president, Mark Curtis, at cvoa.president@gmail.com or reply to this email.
Early in the year, it was suggested that we should review our bylaws and assess the content. Mark Curtis, with input from others, made a number of suggestions; there are no significant changes, mostly minor corrections and clarifications.
An earlier email served as the requisite 30-day notice of proposed changes to our bylaws, which will be discussed and voted upon at the September 27, 2020, Board/Member meeting.
Mark Curtis, CVOA President
Cindy Foster, CVOA Secretary
Homecoming October 10-11, 2020
8/30/2020 - The latest word from Sugarloaf is that Homecoming will occur this October, but with changes required by the current situation. Here is what is posted on the Sugarloaf website: “Reunite with your Sugarloaf family at the 2020 Homecoming Celebration, October 10-11. We'll be offering scenic lift rides and live music all weekend and plenty of fun activities for all ages. Like all events, there's a chance that we'll need to cancel, postpone, or restructure Homecoming 2020. We'll continue to adhere to all safety guidance from the Maine CDC.” The details and updates can be viewed at this webpage: www.sugarloaf.com/events-calendar/homecoming-2020
In addition, Sugarloaf has announced the Home Show and Craft Show has been cancelled and all activities will take place outdoors most likely with booths along Main Street and music on the Beach.
CVOA has not made a decision on how it may participate in Homecoming. In the past we have had a table with information about the organization and its activities, and where new members join and existing members renew their membership. If it is feasible for CVOA to have an outdoor booth or participate in another way the membership will be notified along with a request for volunteers to assist.
~ Steve Smith, VP

2021 Ski Trips
In mid-August our officers and ski trip leaders met via Zoom, and made some challenging decisions, based on a number of factors.
Our Big Sky trip with Mike Parker has been postponed until 2022. Mike will work with Great Events & Escapes to establish the dates for the trip.
Although we had announced that the Snowbird/Alta trip was cancelled, we decided it more appropriate to postpone it until 2022. Trip leader Bonnie Farrar will work with GE&E to establish dates for the trip.
That leaves Aspen/Snowmass, scheduled for February 6 - 13, 2021 as our only scheduled ski trip option for 2021. We currently have 16 members signed up for the trip who are enthusiastically looking forward to the trip; in fact, one person wrote "We are packing now... just kidding, of course, but we are looking forward to the trip."
Jon and Lee are really hoping we will have enough people to run the trip in 2021. There are spaces for up to 32 people, filling 2BR/2Bath condos at Snowmass. CLICK HERE to view and download the complete packet of information.
If you have any interest in joining the group, give a shout out to Lee and Jon Goss at 207-370-5572 so they can add you to the list and look for your reservation form.
Hoping you are all staying well and safe,
Cindy Foster
on behalf of: Mike Parker, Bonnie Farrar, Lee and Jon Goss, Mark Curtis, Steve Smith and Sam Hudspath
Range News
Hello All,

August has been another busy month! It’s been wonderful seeing the Range get so much use from members and guests, alike.

This month, the Range hosted a special thank you Trap Shoot for Sugarloaf employees. Sugarloaf and it’s employees have regularly helped the Range grow through use of equipment and people power. The 50 yard Range is yet the latest example of Sugarloaf’s generosity. - Here is Crusher at station 5.
We had about 20 folks at the shoot and got to see some first time shooters really excel. The Range supplied shotguns and ammo, plus lunch. The day was warm and sunny. Perfect for shooting.
We also had another Introduction to Trap Shooting. The day was sunny, though a bit windy. Despite the wind, everyone was able to blast clays out of the sky! One shooter started off right handed, but we quickly discovered her strength was as a left handed shooter, taking full advantage of being left eye dominant. Very exciting to see that kind of successful adjustment. 
Here are: Lloyd Cuttler, and mother-daughter Amy and Eliza Patterson; also in the group were Eliza's friend Justin, and Jeff Sanford.

The 50 yard Range is yet the latest example of Sugarloaf’s generosity. Here is their excavator and operator Danny Barker building up the end wall around the 35' telephone poles, which rise from the pile of bark mulch donated by Stratton Lumber.
Our Trap machine is working again and the Wednesday Trap Shoot will go on as normally scheduled.

Our 5 Stand Shoots have also been well attended with regular shooters and new faces. If you enjoy shotgun shooting come check it out.

Rifle sighting season is upon us. The 100 yard Range is available, but the 50 yard Range is not yet complete. Keep an eye on our progress.

We have no planned events for September, but we will be hosting a Maine Trap Association shoot on Sunday, October 4th. If you are not an MTA member, no problem. You can join at the event and give it a try!

Remember, the Range is open from Dawn to Dusk. Guests must sign a Day Use waiver form found at the Gatehouse, and pay $5. Or there are membership application forms also at the Gatehouse.

Hope to see you at the Range.

Diane Stone
Range Secretary
Shoots and Operating Hours

   Five Stand Shoots – Saturdays – 9am until noon, rain or shine
   Trap Shoots – Sundays – 9am to noon, weather permitting
   Trap Shoots – Wednesdays – 10am to noon, weather permitting
   Rifle Range – Every day – Dawn to Dusk
   Pistol Range – Every day – Dawn to Dusk

Trap and Five Stand costs $5/round or you may purchase 10 rounds for $40, which will save you $10 and make it easier for us to manage the sign up for the Shoots. Your 10-round punch card can be used for both the Five Stand and Trap Shoots, and can be used for multiple shooters, with no expiration. Such a deal!
"Take A Hike" is now in digital format!
Thanks to Sue Strommer, who moved this project forward, the CVOA hiking guide "Take A Hike" is now available in digital form as a pdf.

Updates to content are being posted on our website and facebook as they come in.
First published in 2012, "Take A Hike" was pulled together by Nancy Perry, with input from quite a few members at the time. Over the years we have sold 900 copies - not a bad count. In 2017, the last remaining copies were sold at area businesses, and the subject of reordering was addressed at the June 11, 2017, board meeting. The minutes read: The hiking guide is becoming outdated, and it might be time to do a revision. CVOA makes some money from sales of the guide, but not a great amount for the work involved. However, the guide is a nice contribution to the outdoors community, and offers publicity for CVOA. A motion was made, seconded and passed to discontinue ordering the current hiking guide and form a committee to work on a revised version.
At our last board meeting, Sue Strommer took charge of our hiking guide project, and was able to obtain a text document of the early guide. After a few updates by Sue and reformatting by Cindy, the digital version is now available to those who are not fortunate enough to own their own copy.
CLICK HERE to Download and View "Take a Hike". At 58 pages, you might not want to print it, but feel free to save it to your computer or device.
The next phase is to update and expand the contents. Sue would like to hear from any members who can update the current hikes or add hikes to the guide. Whether or not we reprint the book remains to be seen - if we have enough changes and interest, it will be seriously considered. At the very least, we will update the online version.
So, if you can HELP Sue with this project, please reply to this email, or email cvoa.secretary@gmail.com, or reply to this email, and your message will be forwarded to Sue.
By the way, "Take a Hike" is also available via a button on the home page of our website, or at cvoutdoors.com/take-a-hike .
Newsletter Content
It appears that our newsletter will be short of content for months. If you have any tidbits of info, links to sites, shout outs, or a photo to contribute, send them along!
Carrabassett Valley Outdoor Association
Valley Crossing #6
Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947