DECEMBER 2019 Newsletter
~ December 2019 ~
President's Message

Season's Greetings!

Twenty years ago this month, an event occurred that led to the formation of our organization. For those of you who may not know:
December, 1999: Penobscot Indian Nation officials discovered that people using their land were destroying trees, hunting without permission, using all-terrain vehicles and littering. Because of that, the Penobscots had decided to post no-trespassing signs on 23,390 acres they owned in Carrabassett Valley, the acreage covering more than half of the western Maine town. This could have led to serious impacts on local tourism and recreation.
Surprised and concerned local citizens, led by then-CV Town Selectman John McCatherin, gathered to discuss the situation. Town officials then met with the Penobscot Nation to discuss the issue of the posted lands. McCatherin reported that, “The discussions were candid and the list of proposed solutions to some of the problems cited by the Nation were warmly received,” and eventually the situation was resolved and recreational activity resumed.

And the best part was that as a result of the first meeting, some of these local citizens decided to form a group to further promote recreation and conservation in the western mountains of Maine - and CVOA was formed! Kudos to our founders: John McCatherin, George Abbott, Don Fowler, Annie Tuell, Neal Trask, Sherie Packard, and Paul Houlares, as well as the late Dick Crommett. If you see any of these still-local people around, make sure to thank them for having the foresight to create an organization that has grown to over 1,000 people, with a great mission that we all continue to enjoy and promote to this day – 20 years young!

Just in case you didn’t know, next month CVOA will be having a BIG celebration for its 20 th anniversary. You can read more about this not-to-miss event in this newsletter. The response has been great so far and space is limited, so be sure to sign up before it’s too late!
All the best,
Thank you for joining or renewing for 2020.
Your membership is valid through Dec. 31, 2020.
Calendar of Events
December 14
- Holiday Cookie Swap

January 18
- CVOA Celebration ~ 20th in 2020
January 19
- Board/Member Meeting
Jan. 22 - Feb. 1
- Italy / Val Gardena Ski Trip
January 25-27
- West Branch Pond Camp X-C ski trip
- Park City/ Deer Valley Ski Trip
February 8
- Full Moon Evening Event
February 10 - 14
- Quebec City Ski Trip
Feb. 26 - March 4
- Jackson Hole Ski Trip
March 28
- Annual Meeting
June 22-25
- Sky Lodge of Moose River
July TBD
- Day in Bremen
How to Contact Us
President Bonnie Farrar: 207.735.3984 :
Vice President Mark Curtis: 207.441.9532 :
Treasurer Mary Frank: 207.778.4695 :
Secretary Cindy Foster: 207.829.6110 :
Range Officers Neal Trask: 235-2732; and Diane Stone: 240-4752; OR both at:
Future Events & Adventures
Notes from Adventure Coordinator Patti Johnston:
Jeannette and Michael Parker will host a Cookie swap at their home on Saturday, December 14, 3 to 5 pm. Full details below.

On December 8, Sunday afternoon bowling at the SugarBowl will resume for the winter.

We are looking for a full moon adventure for the evening of February 8, 2020. Ski and stew at the outdoor center? Interested in coordinating this event? It is lots of fun.
Sunday afternoon bowling at the SugarBowl
Drop-in Bowling at 2:00 pm
December 8, 15 and 22
Join other members for a fun afternoon. Novice, casual, or active bowlers are all welcome.

The cost is $10, which includes shoes.

Hope to see you there!

ps - most Sundays, but not the beginning of vacation weeks, nor on holidays.
Annual Cookie Swap (...and hike?)
Saturday, December 14
Save the date, and think about what cookies you'll bring to share!
Jeannette and Mike Parker will host the cookie swap at their 1022 Poplar Stream Road home. Plan to bring 3 dozen cookies and a container to bring your share home.
Jeannette will be making a non-alcoholic holiday punch, and BYOB. For your punch or otherwise!
If you WISH to bring an appetizer, please let Jeannette know ( – no need for everyone to bring apps and cookies.
Perhaps we will have an early afternoon walk or ski beforehand. Any ideas?
Celebrate CVOA ~ 20th in 2020
Saturday, January 18, 2020
King Pine Room

This is going to be a fun night of celebrating CVOA … its beginning, its people and all that it has accomplished in 20 years!

Here are the details for the evening:
  • 5:30 to 6:15: Social time, trivia contest, and on-going slide show
  • 6:15: Buffet Dinner: Caesar salad, marinated grilled flank steak, roasted salmon, roasted potatoes, fresh vegetable, rolls & butter, and dessert (dietary needs can be accommodated with advance notice)
  • 7:00: Program to honor our Founders, followed by Maine comedian “Jimmy Brown”
  • 7:45 to 9:00: Elvis impersonator “EP Rocks” for entertainment and dancing

We hope you will join us!
The Event Committee: Bonnie Farrar, Mark Curtis , Valerie Hudspath, Patti Johnston, and Jeannette Parker

Join these folks who have already sent in their checks: Briggs, Crockett, Decrow, Dooling, Fletcher, Foster, Fraser, Gagne, Hudspath, Luke, McCatherin, Murphy, Parker, Sexton, Steeves, Strang Burgess and Whitcomb .

Reservations are now being taken.
  • As with past functions, we will be taking pre-paid reservations only.
  • However, your checks will be held until the day of the event.
  • Your reservation can be cancelled (and your check voided) through Monday, January 13.
  • After that date, we will make every effort to fill a cancellation with a new reservation.
To reserve your seats, mail a check for $35 per person, made out to “CVOA” to CVOA, Valley Crossing #6, CV, ME 04947, including the attendee names. Reservations paid with cash may be delivered in an envelope to Cindy Foster or Bonnie Farrar.
Members are welcome to bring guests; please pay for their reservation with a separate check, yours or their own. Be sure to note they are your guests, and include their names. This event will not be open to the general public.
Your early reservations will help us in our event planning.
In early January, you will receive a reminder of the cancellation deadline, so don't worry about forgetting!
~ Bonnie (735-3984) and Cindy - (829-6110)
2020 Ski Trips
Val Gardena, Italy, January 22 – February 1
Trip Leader: Mike Parker,
Still accepting names of individuals or couples who would like to be on the waiting list. To date there are only one single gentleman and one couple on the list.

Park City/Deer Valley, February 1 – 8 – Cancelled

Quebec City, February 10 – 14
Trip Leader: Pete Weston,
There is one room still available.
Jackson Hole, February 26 to March 4
Trip Leader: Bonnie Farrar,
There is still room for up to four people (but only air seats for three)
Range News
Our shooting season for 5 Stand and Trap has come to a close . . . However:
Our Pistol and Rifle Ranges will remain open throughout the winter season . Our hours of operation are sunrise to sunset. Please note, our law enforcement officers may need use of the Range for training. That training may be after sunset, and may require full use of the Range. Your understanding is appreciated.
Also note, ours is a passive Range and it is your responsibility to follow all posted rules unless otherwise approved by a Range Officer.

If you use the range, please replace the padlock UNDER the rubber flap to keep the lock dry.
Thank you for another fun summer season! We will keep you posted on upcoming events and range improvements.
Diane Stone
Range Secretary
CVOA Board of Directors Open Position
... we would like to fill it with a range member
With Jim Heichel’s departure from the area, he has left his position on our board of directors. We would like very much to have his position filled by a range member. Could you help the Range and CVOA by stepping up to the board?
Please contact our president Bonnie Farrar at or 246-2092 if you would like to find out more.
Other News
Logo Wear: you did it! and Val gets lunch!
YOU DID IT!! We met the minimal order number and have sent the requests to our supplier. I GET LUNCH. I know I should not be thinking about food so soon after Thanksgiving but I AM. 
I am very thankful you all pitched in and ordered the CVOA LOGO APPAREL. Should take about 6 weeks for delivery. For those who ordered in October, thank you for your patience. I can't wait to see all the envious looks from others when we strut our CVOA hats, vests, and jackets. 
Ok, Cindy, did I warn you about my appetite after a day of skiing? And let's just say Bonnie forgets her wallet when I come to visit and we all go out to eat.
Thanks again to all who ordered.
~ Val Hudspath
Past Events and Adventures
November was a quiet, although snowy, month!
Skiers are happy.
Member News
A message from member Bob Farrar,
Chairman of the SMOM Museum Committee . . .
Ski Museum Seeks Weekend Helpers
Do you enjoy Ski History? Do you like visiting and meeting new people? Do you have a few hours you could spare? If so, we are seeking volunteers to staff the Ski Museum of Maine in Kingfield on Saturdays and Sundays from 12-4pm during ski season.

You can volunteer for one day or as many days as you wish. It is easy, fun and would greatly assist the museum.

Please contact Executive Director Theresa Shanahan at 207.265.2023 or email her at for further information or to sign up!
Community News
20th Annual Sugarloaf Charity Summit
Climb for a cure on December 27
The 20th Annual Sugarloaf Charity Summit will kick off with the Climb for a Cure event on December 27, 2019. Grab your friends and family and come join us for a fun moonlit climb, snowshoe or skin up to Bullwinkle’s!
Summit on January 25, 2020
The Sugarloaf Charity Summit will return to the mountain for its twentieth year on Saturday, January 25, 2020. The event provides an opportunity for Sugarloafers, old and new, to join forces in the fight against cancer with fun and commemorative activities, the Charity Ball, as well as a raffle and auctions. The funds raised will go to support three organizations that help Mainers facing cancer.
For more information, visit .
Member Discounts
Original 1901 Maine State Flag, t-shirts, hats
25% off this month - Unique holiday gifts! Or for yourself!
The original 1901 Maine State Flag consisted of a pine tree, a symbol of New England and a North Star, a symbol of freedom on a buff colored background, the color of tanned deer hide.

Increasing in popularity because of its traditional, easy-to-discern design, the Original 1901 Maine State Flag with its distinctive nod to history is perfect for flying, wearing, and showing your fondness for Maine tradition. 

Maine Stitching Specialties, run by members Bill and Julie Swain, is selling the 1901 Maine Flag, t-shirts and hats and would like to offer fellow members of CVOA a 25% discount on any purchases through the end of 2019. By entering the Promo Code CVOA at checkout, you will receive 25% off your total purchase.  
A Snowy Holiday Greeting
Photo by Kathy Miles
Carrabassett Valley Outdoor Association
Valley Crossing #6
Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947