May 2019 Newsletter
~ May 2019 ~
Your membership is valid through December 31, 2019.
President's Message

Summer is coming!

As reported at the annual meeting on March 30, the past 12 months were full of recreational activities for CVOA. Over 20 events were led by 16 different leaders involving over 630 members – which all adds up to a lot of fun. Thanks to everyone who stepped up to offer suggestions or be a trip leader.

That brings us to this year’s calendar which you’ll see in this newsletter. We have scheduled our board & membership meeting dates and Range activities and are working on many exciting ski trips for winter 2020, which are all described in detail this month. But, if you look at our upcoming schedule of summer recreational activities we have just one summer adventure on the books as of this publication: The Sky Lodge weekend in Jackman on June 17-20. This is a great time and might have a few openings, but what else do you want to do this summer?

Remember, as stated in the Jan. 29, 2000 minutes, “The purpose of the organization, among other things, will be to promote and encourage outdoor recreation and conservation . . .” Over the past nineteen years we have been fortunate to have members promote a variety of recreational activities and to have people willing to organize and lead the events. But it looks like we really need to do a lot of ENCOURAGING to get more recreation on our calendar for this summer.

It was a busy winter for sure, but now the beautiful Maine summer looms ahead with much potential for bike rides, hikes, kayak and canoe adventures, cookouts etc. etc. I am encouraging you to think about what you would like to do and contacting either Cindy or myself to get it on the calendar. You don’t have to necessarily be the leader of the event; we just really want to know what our membership would like to do in the coming months. Thanks for all your suggestions!

On another note, in celebration of our upcoming 20 th anniversary we are excited to be offering a new line of CVOA apparel for sale. New board member Valerie Hudspath has worked hard with member Mike Pilsbury to offer a selection of vests, jackets and hats. Details and the order form are included in this newsletter.

Bonnie Farrar ~ CVOA President
Calendar of Events
May 18
- Rte. 27 Cleanup
May 19
- Sugarloaf Marathon
June 17-20
- Sky Lodge
June 23
- Board/Member Meeting
July ?
- ???
August ?
- ???
September 29
- Board/Member Meeting
October 12-13
- Sugarloaf Homecoming
January 18-25, 2020
- Austria Nordic Trip
Jan. 24 - Feb. 4, 2020
- Val Gardena Ski Trip
February 1-8, 2020
- Park City/ Deer Valley Ski Trip
Feb. 26 - March 4, 2020
- Jackson Hole Ski Trip
February ?, 2020
- Quebec Ski Trip
Range Events
May 11
- Range Cleanup and BBQ
May 15
- Gate Lock Combination is changed
May 18
- Begin weekly Saturday 5-Stand shoots
May 19
- Begin weekly Sunday trap shoots
May 22
- Begin weekly Wednesday trap shoots
Contact us!
President Bonnie Farrar:, 207.735.3984
Vice President Mark Curtis:, 207.441.9532
Treasurer Mark Frank:, 207.778.4695
Secretary Cindy Foster:, 207.237-3711
Adventure Coordinator ???? :
Range Officers Neal Trask and Diane Stone:

Or reply to this newsletter and your question or comment will be forwarded to the appropriate person.
Future Events & Adventures
Route 27 Clean-up Volunteers Needed!
Saturday, May 18
           Communities along the 26.2 mile route of this year’s Sugarloaf Marathon are once again gearing up to make the route litter-free for the hundreds of runners expected for the race. The annual pre-marathon litter patrol will be held Saturday May 18 with upwards of 200 volunteers walking the entire route collecting unsightly debris that has accumulated over the winter. “The clean-ups that have been conducted over the years mean that runners in the marathon, and other visitors to the area, get to enjoy the wonderful scenery we have without the clutter of bottles, cans and coffee cups,” according to a news release issued on behalf of the clean-up crews.

           On the 18th, volunteers in Carrabassett Valley, Eustis and Kingfield will be asked to check in at 8 a.m., at which time they will be issued a clean-up assignment covering a mile of the marathon route, or other areas included in the project, and pick up litter bags. In Carrabassett Valley the sign-up location is the Town Park, located next to the Town Office. In Kingfield it’s the Gateway Parking Lot next to the sled shed at the local snowmobile club. And in Eustis, volunteers are asked to meet at the Cathedral Pines Campground.

           Depending on the number of volunteers assigned to each mile, the clean-up usually takes two to three hours. If you wish to volunteer but aren’t available that Saturday, you can contact your area coordinator for an assigned section so you can do it before the 18 th . The coordinators for the three major areas are; Al Sleight in Carrabassett Valley at 648-5333, e-mail ; Jean Chenoweth in Eustis at 246-7568, e-mail ; and James Boyce in Kingfield at 265-6512, e-mail .

Following the clean-up, the Town of Carrabassett Valley will be hosting a barbecue at the Town Park for volunteers from all three areas, starting around noon. Anyone wishing to help can bring a salad, side dish or dessert, which would be greatly appreciated.

           The clean up project was started in the mid-80s by former Carrabassett Valley Selectman Steve Pierce, who worked with the now-defunct Judson’s restaurant in the early years. It was later picked up by Randy Clukey, who coordinated the Carrabassett Valley effort for over 20 years, followed by John McCatherin over the last half dozen years. Meanwhile, Sherie and Harvey Packard organized a similar project for Eustis and John and Tammy Goldfrank initiated the campaign in Kingfield several years ago.   
           The Carrabassett Valley Outdoor Association, Carrabassett Valley Academy and other organizations have been major providers of manpower for the event for many years now. 

           The Sugarloaf Marathon, now in its 33nd year, is scheduled for May 19, the day after the clean-up. It is Maine’s oldest, continuously run marathon, drawing hundreds of runners from all over the U.S. and eastern Canada. It’s one of the 15 fastest marathons in the country and is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. Winding along a Maine Scenic Highway through the beautiful mountains of western Maine, it starts in Eustis at Cathedral Pines and finishes in Kingfield on the West Kingfield Road. The event also features a 15 K race which starts in Carrabassett Valley and also ends in Kingfield.

           We look forward to your help with this worthy community cause.

In Carrabassett Valley, contact Al Sleight at 648-5333, e-mail .
In Eustis, contact Jean Chenoweth at 246-7568, e-mail
In Kingfield, contact James Boyce at 265-6512, e-mail .

~ Al Sleight
Ski Trips in 2020
We are excited to offer five ski trips for 2020, with variety as well. You will find general information below about all of the trips, and the schedule of emails about the trips and reservations.

* Each trip will also require a $50 per person reservation fee for CVOA.
* All prices are per person, double occupancy.
* Reservations will be prioritized by postmarked date.
* Priority will be given to CVOA members current as of April 30, 2019.
* As in the past, there are often options for handling your own air and transfers, room upgrades, and various lift ticket options.
* (Exception: Val Gardena package has no changes possible, other than getting your own lift ticket.)
Austrian Nordic Ski Trip
January 18-25, 2020
CVOA member Pam Twaddel has worked out the details of this new trip! She is very familiar with the area, and has a lot to share.
The anticipated package price of $885 does not include airfare.
Package includes:
-- 6 nights at Hotel Trofana, in the Leutasch Valley
-- Daily Breakfast, Dinner and afternoon snacks
-- Ski ticket
-- Private transfer from the Munich airport

Airfare options are varied, and currently show non-stop flights from Boston to Munich for $900. Fly out of Boston on Saturday night, Jan. 18, and arrive in Munich Sunday morning, Jan. 19.

Experience some of the finest Nordic skiing in Europe: The Leutasch Valley is located northwest of Innsbruck, in the Tirol region of Austria, surrounded by the Wetterstein and Karwendal Mountains. Known as the Olympia Region Seefeld, the two valleys of Seefeld and Leutasch have hosted 2 Olympics, in ‘56 and ‘76, as well as the World Championships. With over 150 miles of groomed cross-country trails, and over 140 miles of cleared winter walking trails, it is a wonderful area to enjoy Nordic skiing at its best. There are trails for all levels of skiers, with long flat valleys, or winding hills through the woods, including the 25 kilometer Olympic loop. Skiing to a cozy mountain hut, or to the busy ski town of Seefeld for lunch, are wonderful ways to spend a winter day! Or take in an afternoon hike and stop for some gluhwine, a local specialty of warm spiced wine, or a fresh piece of apple strudel. Other activities in the area include rodeling (sledding), horse drawn sleigh rides, curling, or just relaxing after a day of skiing. The hotel Trofana, located in the small village of Obern, offers a wellness room with sauna and steam rooms. Massage is available as well.
If you are intrigued by this trip, and might consider joining the small group of 12, contact Pam at or 207-542-7131.
Val Gardena, Dolomites, Italy
January 24 - February 1
(with optional 2-night pre-trip extension)
Trip Leader: Mike Parker
Note: this trip is offered as a package, and no variations or exceptions will be possible. 
Limited to 30 people
Package cost $1,785 p.p., d.o.
* Round trip air Boston to Milan via Lufthansa Air
* 7 nights’ accommodations at Hotel Digon in Ortisei, Italy
* Breakfast and dinner daily at Hotel Digon
* NOT INCLUDED: Lift Ticket

Pre-Trip Extension (add $245) limit 16 people
January 22 - 25
* Round trip air on Lufthansa, transfers
* Two nights at Hotel Sempione, Milan, Italy
* Breakfast (only) at Hotel Sempione
Park City/Deer Valley
February 1 - 8
Trip Leader: Cindy Foster
Package cost: $1,945 p.p., d.o.
* Round trip air Boston to Salt Lake City via non-stop Delta Airlines
* 7 nights’ lodging at the Park City Peaks Hotel - (regular shuttle service to mountains)
* Full breakfast daily
* Lift pass: 4 days at Park City; 1 day at Deer Valley
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
February 26 to March 4
Trip Leader: Bonnie Farrar
Package Price approx. $1,775
* Round trip air Boston to Jackson via United
* 7 nights at the newly remodeled 49’er Hotel - Downtown location, shuttle bus to mountain
* Continental breakfast daily
* Five-day lift ticket
* Possible day at Grand Targhee
Quebec City and two mountains in February
3 night trip to Quebec City with 2 days of skiing.
Planned for February, 2020.
Contact Pete Weston.
Calendar of Ski Trip News Releases
May 15 – Brochures with complete information will be sent.
May 26 – Val Gardena reservation forms, to be postmarked May 28
June 1 - newsletter will repeat trip info, and update Val Gardena availability
June 8 – Park City, Jackson Hole, Austria Nordic reservations forms, to be postmarked June 10
Board/Member Meeting
June 23
Mark your calendars and plan to join us. Location is yet to be determined; any ideas?
Spring and Summer Recreation
So many options, so little planning....
It is not too early, nor too late, to add an event to the summer calendar; perhaps you can share your area of Maine with other members, introduce us to something special nearby, plan a hike or paddle, for instance.

For a mealtime gathering, CVOA offers funds to cover some of the costs, to the tune of $5 per member attendee, and it is also appropriate to ask folks to bring a side dish, and BYOB. Also, CVOA maintains a large inventory of paper goods for such events; they are located in the storage unit at the range.

For short notice trips, Cindy, will send out an email for you. If you can plan ahead, we will put it in the monthly newsletter.

New to leading events? We can offer you guidance.
Range News
General News
Hello All, 

The spring shooting season is just around the corner, and you should have received your 2019 Range Badge by now. The new gate code, shown on your badge, will go into effect on May 15th.

On May 11, a Saturday, we will be having our annual Range Cleanup and Cookout starting at 9am. Cookout at noon. Please mark your calendars and plan to help us out. Below this article is complete information about the Cleanup and Cookout. We hope to see you there. 

* Weekly Saturday five stand shoots begin on May 18, from 9-noon.
* Weekly Sunday trap shoots begin on May 19, from 9-noon. 
* Weekly Wednesday trap shoots with Al Poudrier begin on May 22, from 9:30 to noon. 

Are you interested in Pistol Shooting Games? We are looking to add another weekly shooting venue. If you might be interested in participating on a Saturday morning or afternoon, send me a quick email and let me know 

~ Diane Stone, Range Secretary
Cleanup and Cookout at the Range
Saturday, May 11
9 to Noon – Cleanup

We need your help to get the Range in shape for the new shooting season. The cleanup will start at 9am and go to noon. Please come dressed to get dirty and bring work gloves, rakes and carpentry tools if you can help with carpentry. We have a comprehensive list of jobs:

Build and Stain:  
• Build new deck entrance on club house at floor level, and a ramp to the ground
• Stain tractor shed
• Stain around new windows, exterior, on club house

Inside 5-Stand – vacuum walls, window sills, ceiling, floor; wash windows
• Pick and dig rocks in front of 5-Stand
• Rake shell casings on pistol and rifle ranges
• Rake plastic wads on 5-stand and trap fields
• Rake around sign at top of driveway
• Pick-up-sticks (spacers between stacked lumber)

Other tasks:
• Move out picnic tables
• Take trash to Transfer Station
• Set up 5-Stand
• Inventory the clays
• Test trap machines

BBQ: Set up, help cooking

We could really use people with carpentry skills and tools, and painting experience (brushes welcome). We will provide trash barrels, trash bags, cleaning supplies, materials.

Noon – BBQ
At noon, we invite all Range Members, their families, and volunteers to a BBQ and brief Range Meet-ing about our upcoming Range events. Side dishes and desserts welcome.

1:00 p.m. – Trap House training
After the BBQ, we will offer training in the set up and use of the Trap House for those who wish to be certified to run a shoot.

Your RSVP is very much appreciated so we can plan enough food for the BBQ.
RSVP to Diane Stone: 
Email: or text to 207-240-4752
But your help will be appreciated even without an RSVP.
Our new website:
Other News
CVOA Logo Apparel
You might have seen some CVOA logo wear on display at our Annual Meeting. It has been quite some time since CVOA offered logo wear, and the time is now to bring it back.

New member Val Hudspath has worked with member Mike Pilsbury, owner of Northeast Em-blematic, on a selection of apparel. We are delighted to offer fleece jackets, fleece vests, and hats to our members. We are offering these items at very reasonable prices, as this is not a fundraiser, rather it is a fun raiser. Wear your items with pride, and promote CVOA at the same time.

You can reach Val at 207.495.9199 or email her at

Our minimum first order is 48 items; we will place the order as soon as we meet our minimum, which we hope will allow for June delivery.
Available Items, Place your order soon!
ITEM #9890, MEN’s 14.5 oz Sweater/ fleece full Zip jacket , sizes S-3XL, cost $35.00
ITEM #9892, WOMEN’S 14.5 oz Sweater/ fleece full zip jacket , size XS-2XL, cost $35.00
ITEM #9805, MEN’S 11 oz heavy weight fleece VEST, sizes S-3XL.      Cost $25.00
ITEM# 8805, WOMEN’S 10 oz micro fleece vest, sizes XS-2XL  $25.00
ITEM #18-202, BASEBALL Hat 100% Cotton, vintage washed low profile, adjustable fabric strap with brass buckle    Cost $15.00
Member News
Look for bios of our officers and board members throughout the year. And if you would like to tell us about an interesting member, we would love to hear from you.
Mark Curtis, Vice President
Mark Curtis is the newly-elected Vice President of CVOA. He grew up in Marblehead, Massachusetts and attended school there until coming to Maine to attend Colby College. After graduating from Colby, Mark went on to receive his MBA from Thomas College.
Mark worked for CMP for 21 years and then formed a start-up fiber cable construction company with CMP; he retired in 2017.
Mark and Diane, his wife of 42 years, live in Manchester, Maine. They have two daughters and four grandchildren. Mark loves to ski and play golf. He has been a Sugarloafer since 1968 and was on the Ambassador Patrol from 1995-2005. Mark has served on the CVOA board since 2015 and we are lucky to have him on board as our Vice President.

[ed. note: pretty good photo as passport photos go!]
Mary Frank, Treasurer
Mary grew up in a military family. She lived on the East Coast, as well as in France, Germany, and Pakistan. She earned her BA at Vanderbilt University and, later, her MS in Communications Disorders at UNH.

Mary's work history includes Intelligence Analyst for U.S. DOJ, co-owner of an investigative agency in Maryland, sheep farmer in Virginia, and Speech Language Pathologist in Maine. In recent years, Mary served as Franklin County Treasurer.

Mary lives in Farmington, Maine, with her long-time partner, Colon Durrell, also a CVOA member. She has been a Sugarloafer since 1996, when Colon taught her to ski. They can be found in Gondi Village most of the winter.

Mary has been hard at work updating our financial records and processes, and has already made a positive impact on our financial information. We are very fortunate to have Mary on our team.
Carrabassett Valley Outdoor Association
Valley Crossing #6
Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947