December 2015 Newsletter
~ December 2015 ~

Thank you for joining or renewing your CVOA membership for 2016. Your membership will get you another whole year of CVOA fun! It will expire on December 31, 2016.
Calendar of Events
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December 12 - Holiday Hike and Cookie Swap

January 10 - Show 'n Go Skiing - every Sunday
January 23 - Winter Social with Delta Knights
January 30 - Board and Member Meeting
February 6 - Bowling & Pizza Party
Feb. 25 - Mar. 3 - Whistler-Blackcomb
March 12 - Annual Meeting
March 18 - Whistler Picture Party
March 23 - Full Moon Ski/Snowshoe, pot luck
May 19-21 - Biking Weekend in Montreal
June 25 - Golf and BBQ at Lac Megantic
July 16 - South Bristol Cove Day
August 13-14 - Maine Huts Weekend Adventure
September 10 - Paddle, Picnic on Saco River
October 8 - 10 - Homecoming Activities
October 21-23 - Bar Harbor Weekend
Future Events & Adventures
Annual Holiday Hike and Cookie Swap
Saturday, December 12, 1:00 pm

Join us for walks in the woods, social time with appetizers, and the chance to collect some yummy Christmas cookies. Looks like we won't need snowshoes, so lace up your hiking boots or winter walkers and come on up to Eustis for the afternoon!
Our first walk will be on trails in the Cathedral Pines. Meet at 1:00 PM on Eustis Ridge Road. Turn left off Rt. 27 across from Cathedral Pines Campground. There is a small parking area, and roadside parking is available as you immediately turn onto Eustis Ridge Road. The trails are wide and flat, with towering pines overhead.
After our first walk, the plan is to drive up the Ridge Road to the Bickford's on Woodcock Lane. Follow Eustis Ridge Road to Overlook Drive, turn left, and then left on to 12 Woodcock, a total distance of 3.5 miles. We will then take a second hike through woods and fields from our house to the scenic vista on Eustis Ridge, a great spot for photos!
Back at the house, gather for apps, drinks, and cookies!
Everyone one is asked to bring an offering for appetizers (or $5 donation), and of course, your cookies if you plan to participate in the swap!! Looking forward to seeing you there!!

Questions? Planning to attend? Contact Glenn and Peg at or call them at 207-712-8503.

Show 'n Go Skiing
Begins January 10

Looking for someone to ski with on Sunday mornings? Back again this year, CVOA is promoting weekly "Show and Go" skiing starting on Sunday January 10th and all abilities are welcome. The concept is simple, CVOA members will meet at the center U.S. flagpole area located outside the King Pine Lodge rental center every Sunday at 9:00am with no RSVP of any kind required....Whoever Shows Goes!!!  So if you're looking for someone to ski with coupled with a little downhill fun and camaraderie with fellow CVOA'ers..Come on out!!!

Event: CVOA "Show and Go" Skiing
When: Sunday Mornings Starting January 10th, 2016
Place: U.S. Flagpole Outside Rental Center, in Front of Base Lodge-Look for the "CVOA Show & Go Meets Here" sign in the window!!!
Time: 9:00AM

For more information contact: Christopher Paradis at
Annual Winter Social with Delta Knights Band
Saturday, January 23
Be part of the team!

Featuring: A Hearty Pot Luck Dinner and The Delta Knights Band


Stratton-Eustis Community Center

Main Street /Route 27

Happy Hour: 5-6 pm (BYOB)

Pot Luck Dinner: 6-7 pm

Dancing: 7-9:30

Cover: $10

We are now asking for teamwork in order to have a successful evening. How can you be part of the team?
  • Kitchen support: Someone to watch & coordinate ovens at the beginning of the evening or kitchen cleanup.
  • Set up crew (4 people) - set up the hall between 4:00 & 5:00.
  • Break down crew - breakdown hall between 10:00 & 11:00.  
  • Trash removal/bottle returns pick up at 10:30-truck helpful but not required.   
Let us know how and when you can lend a han d - contact Zoanne at .
Not for you? There is still one more way to contribute: The Pot Luck Dinner. Your contribution can be in the order of:  appetizers, main dish, veggie/salad, or dessert.

~ Zoanne Paradis

Bowling and Pizza
Saturday, February 6

5:00 pm - bowling at Sugar Bowl in the Valley, followed by pizza for supper.
Space is limited, so reserve your space by emailing:
~ Elise Gebhardt
Montreal Bike Trip - May 19 - 20 -21 , 2016
Make your room reservations now.

Everyone going on the trip will make their own room reservations. Auber ge de La Fontaine is holding a block of rooms for
us until Christmas; reservations must be made by phone (1-514-597-0166).
A guided bike tour with Fitz & Follwell  is being arranged; it will provide riders with an overview of city highlights and history. 
To be on the official list of participants you must register by emailing your interest to and then forwarding a $5.00 check per attendee to: CVOA Montreal Trip, Valley Station, Box 6, Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947. Need more info? Call Glenn and Peggy at 207-712-8503.
We hope you will join us on this adventure,
Your hosts, Glenn & Peggy Bickford

Range News
Weekend Trap Shoots are over for the winter.
It was "The Best Ever" season.

We have wrapped up the trap shooting at the range for this year and what a season it was - "The Best Ever" - as we had the most shooters and shot over three pallets of clays. Not bad considering we shoot trap for the most part one morning a week. Our membership at the range continues to grow, especially the number of trap shooters, and it is great to see their enthusiasm for the sport.

A special thanks to members of the range committee who make new shooters feel welcome, while offering tips on shooting safety and how to become more proficient at trap shooting.

We expect to open the trap range in late May, so come join us then.

The driveway will be plowed down to the warming hut and the new storage building - so those hardy souls who wish to target practice at the rifle or pistol ranges this winter will have a place to park off Route 27.

~ Neal Trask
Annual Range Raffle Tickets
Look for them in your mailbox . . .

We will be mailing out the tickets for our annual raffle within the next two weeks so you will have them in time to purchase for X-mas stocking stuffers.
We have some great prizes again this year:
  • Sugarloaf 2016-17 Season Pass, no blackouts, $1000 value
  • Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm Shield, $450 value
  • Maine Huts & Trails overnight for 2 with meals, $200 value
  • Handcrafted Wooden Bench
  • Day Passes midweek Sugarloaf Golf Course
Raffle Tickets will be $5 each OR 5 for $20.
This is a major fundraiser for the CVOA Range, and your support is appreciated.

Winning tickets will be drawn at the CVOA Annual Banquet in March, 2016.
~ Neal Trask
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Charity Summit Snowshoe Shuffle 
December 30

Member Discounts
Maine Huts and Trails offers a $10 discount on the cost of an annual Maine Huts & Trails membership to all CVOA members. Use the code "CVOA" online, or contact MH&T.

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