~ May 2020 ~
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President's Message

Greetings CVOA members. I hope you are all weathering the COVID-19 storm well. Stay safe, stay at a safe distance and hopefully you have been able to get outdoors and enjoy some safe moments.

Our next Board/Member meeting will be held on Sunday, June 14, with several topics to consider. There are several possible CVOA events on the horizon, but at this time we don’t know if our medical and legislative leaders will allow them to take place. We are hoping to have guidelines by then to work with. 

Our Range Committee is working on new rules, taking the current situation into account, that will allow Range members to use the facilities safely on all fronts. We hope to begin regular trap shoots on June first, with modifications designed to meet the required social distancing. We hope you’ll bear with us and adhere to these rules for good health and safety for you and your fellow members. 

Take care of yourselves and others,
Mark Curtis
Your membership is valid through Dec. 31, 2020.
Calendar of Events

May 16
- Route 27 Cleanup
June 14
- Board/Member Meeting
- Think Ahead to Show 'n Go events you might be able to host when we are cleared to get together.

January 23 - 30
- Big Sky, Montana
February 6 - 13
- Aspen/Snowmass, Colorado
February 20 - 27
- Snowbird/Alta, Utah
How to Contact Us
  • President Mark Curtis: 207.441.9532: cvoa.president@gmail.com
  • Vice President Steve Smith: 207.799.8254: cvoa.vicepresident@gmail.com
  • Treasurer Sam Hudspath: 207.456.9138: cvoa.treasurership@gmail.com
  • Secretary Cindy Foster: 207.829.6110: cvoa.secretary@gmail.com
  • Adventure Coordinator Patti Johnston: 207.745.5815: cvoa.adventures@gmail.com
  • Range Officers Neal Trask: 235-2732; and Diane Stone: 240-4752; OR both at: cvoa.range@gmail.com
  • or reply to this newsletter.
Future Events & Adventures
Route 27 Cleanup through Carrabassett Valley
Saturday, May 16 (or do your share beginning on the 11th)
Volunteers needed
Please help us keep the scenic highway litter-free through Carrabassett Valley. Although the marathon has been canceled, it would be nice to continue the tradition of annual litter patrol. We can do this and still be in compliance with state mandates for social distancing.

The clean-up project was started in the mid-80s and the Carrabassett Valley Outdoor Association has been a major provider of manpower for the event for many years now. Please help us keep this community project going.

Each person or pair will be assigned a mile to collect unsightly debris that has accumulated over the winter.

Volunteers should pl ease contact Al Sleight prior to May 16 th to receive an assigned cleanup mile location. Al can be reached at 649-5333 or alsleight@gmail.com . V olunteers may complete their assigned location anytime during the week of May 11 th . Garage bags and safety vests can be obtained adjacent to the Town Office entrance door. We cannot obtain gloves so please bring your own

Volunteers who pick up prior to the 16 th are asked, if possible, to bring full garbage bags to the dumpster at the Town Office or to the Transfer Station or, if necessary, leave on the side of Rte. 27. Volunteers who pick up on May 16 th may leave full garage bags on the side of Rte. 27.

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 a barbecue will not be held this year.

Thank you for your Volunteerism! Help keep our scenic highway and community beautiful!
~ Al Sleight
Board/Member Meeting
Sunday, June 14
Virtual or in-person TBD
Mark your calendar for our next Board and Member meeting, set for Sunday, June 14 at 2:00pm. At this time, it is possible that our meeting will be held via Zoom; we will know better and have details in the June newsletter.

If you have any agenda items to present, please contact Mark Curtis, cvoa.president@gmail.com
2021 Ski Trips
This is what many of you have been waiting for. . .
Complete details about our three (or four)
 2021 ski trips . . .
Each front page image links to a packet including the 2-page brochure, More Information, and Reservation Information.

On May 23, complete reservation and payment information as well as reservation forms will be emailed to all current members. The reservation forms will require USPS mail service, and may not be postmarked prior to Tuesday, May 26 (May 25 is Memorial Day, Post Offices are closed.)
FYI – as of April 21, 2021
Season Pass Information relative to Big Sky, Aspen-Snowmass, Snowbird-Alta:
Sugarloaf reports: “We've extended our spring sale and lowest rates on all 2020-21 passes into June.”

NEW ENGLAND GOLD PASS - $1169 Adults; $879 Senior
-- 3 Free Days at Big Sky
-- 50% off lift tickets at Mountain Collective Resorts:
         Big Sky Resort, Aspen Snowmass, Snowbird, Alta Ski Area

NEW ENGLAND PLATINUM PASS - $1549 Adults; $1269 Senior
New: Includes an Ikon Base Pass:
         -- Includes 5 days Big Sky
         -- Includes 5 days Alta-Snowbird combined
         -- Does not include Aspen Snowmass
50% off lift tickets at Mountain Collective Resorts:
         Big Sky Resort, Aspen Snowmass, Snowbird, Alta Ski Area

For more information and details:
  • Sugarloaf Season Pass: sugarloaf.com/season-passes
  • Ikon Passes: ikonpass.com/en/shop-passes
  • Note: Ikon Base Pass has Blackout dates (12/26-1/2/21, Jan 16-17/21, Feb 13-14/21) that do not apply to our trips. (Big Sky - Jan. 23-30; Aspen Snowmass - Feb. 6-13; Snowbird Alta - Feb. 20-27). Check with IKON for options of upgrading Ikon Base Pass such as +$150 to include Aspen/Snowmass.
  • Mountain Collective: mountaincollective.com; no blackout dates, no limit on 50% off lift tickets for pass owner
And then there is Quebec City -
Would you like to be the trip leader?

Our trusty leader Pete Weston is ready to pass on the baton to someone else for this 4-night trip, typically held in February. This year, the group of 21 stayed in the Hotel Manoir Victoria in Quebec City and skied three mountains. Travelers provided their own transportation by automobile, making for simpler travel, appealing to many.

The trip can be provided by our tour operator Great Events & Escapes at a very fair package price. And if there are 21 travelers, the trip leader goes free.

If you would like to know more about the trip and what is involved, request a copy of the 2020 trip brochure by contacting Cindy Foster, or give a shout out to Pete Weston at pbweston@maine.rr.com or 207-831-8565.
Range News
Range ID Badges

It is that time of year again when we issue your laminated Range ID Badges for 2020. We expect the badges will be mailed from Partners Printing in South Portland on May 22. Then, on May 29, the gate code will be changed to the new code printed on your badge.
Hello All,
Like the rest of CVOA, the Range is trying to deal with a new reality under this pandemic. As such, our typical May clean up and opening will be a bit different this year.
You all should receive your new Range Badges by May 22 and the gate combination will be updated starting May 29th . If you have not yet renewed you membership, you still have time to get your laminated badge. New or renewed memberships done after the initial badge mailing will receive a hand written badge instead.
Cleanup this year will not be held on a specific date. We are asking you to spend some of your free time tackling a few tasks. Trash bags will be available in the Gatehouse for your use. 
We need folks to rake up plastic wads in the Trap and Five Stand fields. Everyone did an amazing job of this last year, so the task should be easier this year. It really helps with the mowing. Also, the Rifle and Pistol Ranges need brass picked up . And, we will have a list of other tasks posted at the Range. 
Sherie and Harvey Packard are continuing their regular cleaning and maintenance of the Range, for which we are ever grateful. Sherie will do her planting magic around the Range.
The Range is asking everyone to practice social distancing while on property.  We ask for no more than five shooters on any of the various ranges at a time. Masks are recommended but not required. If you have any symptoms of illness we ask you stay home. Also, it is not possible to continually disinfect the range surfaces. We recommend you bring you own wipes, or disinfectant, or utilize the bathroom to clean your hands after shooting.
Our regular 9:30am Wednesday and 9am Sunday Trap Shoots are scheduled to begin after June 1st . The Five Stand may have a delay because the ability to social distance is compromised by the enclosed spaces. Keep an eye out for future updates.
The Archery Range is in need of member volunteers to offer improvement ideas and feet on the ground leadership to make those improvements happen. If you are interested, please let us know and we will support your efforts.
Thank you all for your continued support and use of the most beautiful range in Maine!
If you have any questions or comments, please contact me.
Diane Stone
Range Secretary
From Al Burnell
Longtime Range member and volunteer
Hello all...to bring everyone up to date...I have sold my place in Eustis and will be moving out around July 1. Will commence the "snowbird" life as we have bought a place here in Florida near my daughter’s house and will spend summers near my family in Southern Maine. This is mainly a health related issue in response to my heart problems. We will miss our friends in the Carrabassett Valley area and will continue to support CVOA as we move on.
Other News
2020 Community Fund
How it stands today
Here is an update on our 2020 Community Fund, made possible by generous donations from our Sugarloafer community.
CVOA really got the ball rolling with donations; they were many of first early donors, and definitely the momentum at the start. 58 identified CVOA members have given $13,570, supplemented by CVOA’s donation of $2,000.
In total, the Fund has received over $62,000 in donations, and has disbursed over $20,000. We have been able to assist all of the 60 applicants from our service area. Some people are surprised we have not received more applications. I think that as this crisis lengthens requests will increase and become more desperate in nature. If you have opportunity to spread the word about the Fund, please do.
We speak with each applicant individually. It’s been powerful to come alongside our neighbors to listen, learn and help as we can, careful always to be respectful. This is difficult for everyone. It’s hard for most of us to receive without strings attached. Generally, as humans we are much better at giving than receiving. Still, each person I speak with is incredibly appreciative.
This is an amazing partnership; I am humbled by it all.
Peace in the valley,
The Rev. Dr. Pamela Morse
Sugarloaf Christian Ministry
Member Profile - Nancy Makin - Director
Hello CVOA Friends, I am very excited to serve on your Board of Directors for 2020/2021.
My decades of skiing began when I was a child in Rumford, the oldest of five children. Our family “ate, drank and slept” skiing through the winter months. Most of us remain skiers to this day; in fact, three of my siblings have homes in Carrabassett Valley.
My husband John and I purchased our first “camp” in the Valley near the Stallion in 1981, then moving to Poplar Stream Road, and finally to Village on the Green in 1994. Prior to retiring, I owned an Interior Design firm in Waterville where John practiced medicine. After living in Skowhegan for over 30 years and making weekend trips to Sugarloaf we decided to make CV our permanent residence in 2013.
After John’s passing a few months later, many asked if I would continue to live at Sugarloaf. My response was “Your Home is where your Heart is.” My Heart belongs to the beautiful Western Mountains of Maine as well as to Lake Wesserunsett in East Madison where I spend much of the summer.
I am delighted to call myself a mother, grandmother, stepmother, sister, aunt and a friend to many. I am looking forward to seeing you all soon.
Stay well and Stay active!!
Carrabassett Valley Outdoor Association
Valley Crossing #6
Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947