~ November 2021 ~
Message from our president and vice president . . . . .

We are well into fall and for the die-hard skiers among us the season is perhaps only a month away. CVOA is ramping up activities for the upcoming season and you will hear about some of them in this newsletter.

Please read the following item by Cindy Foster who will soon be leaving the area to be closer to family. Cindy has been deeply involved in CVOA affairs for many years and has made innumerable contributions to the scope and quality of our activities as well as establishing many of the “back-office” functions that are needed to serve our members. There are not enough words of thanks to express our appreciation for all that Cindy has done for CVOA. She will be missed for her friendship and significant involvement in the Sugarloaf area. 

CVOA officers and board will be looking for several volunteers to take over the functions performed by Cindy so please let us know as soon as possible if you have interest in any of these functions. 

We and CVOA wish Cindy the best as she begins a new adventure in her life. 

~Steve & Thom
Time to Move On, by Cindy Foster
It has been four years this month since my husband Greg passed away, and I have stayed busy with CVOA, Sugarloaf Ski Club, the CV community, friends, my little dog Ford, RV travels, and life. Now it is time to move on: it is time to move west to be near my kids and grandkids. And the process is going quickly! If all goes well, I will close soon on the purchase of a house in Greeley, Colorado, close to my daughter and her husband, and depart for Colorado around December 5th.

No one person is expected to do all I did, so I’ve broken it down into several possible positions and responsibilities as my recommendation to the board. 

Traditional tasks of the Secretary:
• Call Board/Member meetings on behalf of the officers.
• Attend Board/Member meetings.
• Take and record meeting minutes.
• Maintain contact info for board members.
• Hold historic documents for CVOA.
• Receive CVOA mail at your Carrabassett Valley mailbox and forward as needed – this could be done by someone on behalf of the Secretary.
• Receive occasional questions from the “Contact Us” page on our web site.

The secretary, or an event coordinator and/or newsletter publisher would:
• Keep a calendar of events, solicit information for the monthly newsletter
• Publish our monthly newsletter in Constant Contact (CC) – our planning tool and method of communication with members
• Send occasional CC emails about “Show N Go” events
• Send occasional CC reminder emails
• Work with Patti Johnston, Membership Secretary, to keep CC contacts current

Ski Trips Coordinator – work with ski trip leaders and Great Events to assemble a schedule of ski trips for the next year. Maintain historic records of past ski trips. Help ski trip leaders as needed.

Webmaster – monthly update to the Newsletter Page; other changes when appropriate. Manage changes to officers’ cvoa@gmail accounts

Manage Range ID Badges in May and then throughout the year.

I am forever grateful to Patti Johnston for taking on the role of Membership Secretary, which is a big and very important position.

And to Sam Hudspath, who has taken over the annual Range Groups invoicing.

Please take a moment to ask yourself “How can I help CVOA be all it can be.” If you think you’d like to join our great team of officers and directors, or have any questions at all, give me a shout by email cvoa.secretary@gmail.com or by phone (207) 829-6110. Also, you can be in touch with our president Steve Smith at cvoa.president@gmail.com or (207) 799-8254; or with our VP Thom Johnston at cvoa.vicepresident@gmail.com or (207) 852-3595.

I look forward to hearing from you, and will work with you on making the transition.

Thank you for your consideration and support of CVOA,
Cindy Foster

p.s. – on a side note, I will keep my Sugarloaf Village house for some time, and expect to be back in Maine in the summer for a visit.
Your membership is valid until Dec. 31, 2022
Thank you for being a 2022 member of CVOA.
CVOA's Neal Trask Range
At our September meeting, the attending members voted to name the CVOA shooting range the COVA Neal Trask Range in recognition of Neal’s leadership since the beginning.

When CVOA was formed in 1999, the main mission was to address issues property owners in the Valley had with recreational use of their lands. One of these issues, brought up by Neal at the first meeting of the founding members, was the use of privately owned gravel pits to sight in hunting rifles, a potential safety issue for the neighbors of the pits.

Neal worked with the Carrabassett Valley Sanitary District and the result was a long-term lease on land where the club could build a rifle range with proper berms, etc. Once the lease was signed (cost of $1 a year), Neal organized a work detail to clear an area for a road and a 100-yard rifle range. Since the first range was installed, the club has gradually added other features: 100-yard, 50-yard and 25-yard shoot ranges; a trap range; a state-of-the-art 5 stand range; an archery range; a warming hut; rest rooms and a storage building. The range has gone from an annual liability for CVOA to an income producer for the club, providing funding to support the other functions of our association.

Many, many people, and a good number of local businesses, have donated hundreds of hours of labor and thousands of dollars in materials to make this all happen. However, it was the quiet and continuous leadership of Neal Trask over the past 22 years that caused this all to come about. Those involved with the range over the years want to honor Neal not just for all the time he has put in and the monetary donations he has made, but also to recognize his leadership which resulted in one of the nicest shooting ranges in the State of Maine.

Congratulations to our friend Neal Trask. Please know, Neal, how greatly we appreciate all you have done for the betterment of CVOA and the Carrabassett Valley region. Thank you.

~ Peter Weston
Future Events
CVOA Sunday Bowling resumes …
November 7th at the SugarBowl

Starting Sunday, November 7th, the SugarBowl will reserve 2 lanes for CVOA members:

2 lanes – 2 hours – 2:00 - 4:00 – $10 includes shoes.

Come join the fun Sunday afternoons!
November dates: 7, 14, 21 and 28

**Reminder: Tufulio’s Sunday Twofers starts at 4:00.
Pre-Turkey Trot
Saturday, November 20
Walk at 1, eat afterwards
at Nancy Makin's

Here’s a GREAT way to prepare for your Thanksgiving dinner! Come and join your CVOA friends for a 45 minute to one hour walk around the Sugarloaf Golf Course, and a pot luck meal afterward. Our hostess, Nancy Makin, will lead the group on this walk. It will start promptly at 1:00 pm from Nancy’s house at 6002 Mashie Lane, Village on the Green. (Please plan on arriving a bit early so that the walk can start on time. Car pool if you can, parking is somewhat limited.)

The pot luck will begin on the completion of the walk. Food tables will be set up in the garage and there will be fire pits outdoors to keep everyone warm. Nancy and Jeannette Parker will provide the soups and breads so you need only to bring an appetizer or dessert to share. Please let Nancy know what your preference is.

This event is BYOB and BYOC (bring your own chair). Please dress warmly.

This event is limited to 30 people only, so please reply promptly to Nancy Makin 207.649.2506 or nancymakin48@gmail.com.
The Rain/Snow date is Sunday, November 21.

It’s time to put the Outdoors back into CVOA!
Let’s bring back our Annual Cookie Swap!

Anyone interested in hosting the CVOA cookie swap? In the past, it has been held on the 2nd Saturday in December from 3-5, and sometimes a hike/walk-around has preceded the cookies. Such a fun and festive event.

If you'd like to host this event, get in touch with Jeannette Parker - she will tell you about how she has done it in the past. Jeannette can be reached at jparker16seabreeze@gmail.com or 235-2746.
Mark Your Calendar - CVOA Winter Socials
3rd Thursday, December through March
4:30 - 6:00

First CVOA Social: December 16th at the SugarBowl.
Appetizers Provided.
Hope to see you there!
Show ‘N Go Events
Easy Peasy

The leaves have fallen (mostly) and the days are getting cooler (mostly). Get outside. Visit with friends. Make new friends. Outdoors is what we are all about. How simple it is to think ahead a couple of days, when the weather looks promising, and plan an activity.

With short notice, we will send your details to the entire membership via an email message. Fun, easy, and even if it the turnout is small, worthwhile.

Keep this in mind!
Ski Trips in 2022
Encore Quebec!

At Homecoming, we “test drove” the idea of a CVOA ski trip to Quebec City this winter. There was a good response. Based on this, we are working with our partners at Great Events and Escapes to make this happen!

We are tentatively looking at a 4-night, 3-ski day event, staying in Old Quebec, February 7-11, 2022. As in the past, we would drive up on our own and to the ski areas.

Look for a separate announcement coming to our members later in November.
Snowbird/Alta – February 26 to March 5 – $2,300 pp/do
Trip Leader: Bonnie Farrar – phone: 207.735.3984

We have had a cancellation, and HAVE ROOM FOR TWO TRAVELERS. Contact Bonnie to fill this room!
Aspen/Snowmass – March 5 to 12, 2022 – $2,250 pp – 4 per 2BR/2bath condo
Trip Leaders: Lee & Jon Goss – phone: 207-542-9361

The Aspen/Snowmass trip has filled 8 condos. We also have one condo for four people available. If you are interested, or would like to be placed on the waiting list, contact Lee and Jon.
Big Sky – January 22 to 29 – $2,290 pp/do 
Trip Leader: Mike Parker – phone: 207-649-7308

The Big Sky trip has been filled with the maximum 36 people. If you are interested in being placed on the waiting list, contact Mike.
Range News
Hello All, 

The CVOA Range Committee offers it congratulations to our Founder, Neal Trask, for the well-deserved honor to have our range officially renamed the CVOA Neal Trask Range. We invite you to read Pete Weston’s tribute to our friend and mentor, Neal Trask.

CVOA and the Range Committee would like to send out special thanks to the Town of Carrabassett Valley for their financial help in the creation of our new 50 yard Rifle Range. Carrabassett Valley has continually supported our efforts to make the CVOA Neal Trask Range a singularly beautiful and safe spot for shooting sports. The CVOA Neal Trask Range committee will continue its efforts to improve our Range, and greatly appreciate our town’s support of our goals.

Our Trap and 5 Stand season is coming to a close. We have decided our last Sunday Trap Shoot will be November 7th and our last 5 Stand Shoot will be the following Saturday, November 13th. After the 5 Stand Shoot we hope that some of you can stay around and help us move the clay throwers and picnic benches into the 5 Stand building for the winter. Access to the Trap Machine and voice activation system will continue to be available until the snow flies. At that time, we ask that you discontinue use of the Trap machine. The Trap Field is not plowed for the winter and the Trap machine does not do well in the extreme cold we experience at the Range.

Our Pistol and Rifle Ranges will continue to be plowed and accessible during the winter, as is the bathroom which is heated. Please remember to follow all posted rules and shoot safe.

Unfortunately, we were unable to get our Fall Range Safety Officer Training session set up for this year. Knowing how busy folks are for the winter months, we will be contacting our interested parties for a potential spring class. Thank you to those folks who contacted me to attend the training. Your commitment to our Range is greatly appreciated. I was recently in contact with one of our members who now resides in Florida, and he is using his NRA training certificate with his new range.

As many of you have seen, Stratton Lumber has provided us with a substantial amount of fill for continued Range improvements. Movement of the fill and installation of another water culvert will be delayed until spring. At that time, the new berms around the Trap Field will be modified. There will be an extension of the Archery Range with additional berms and improved parking. We are also reviewing a possible change in the gate structure to an RFID system, which will provide added security in identifying Range users and making handicap entry much easier.

Thank you all for your continued support and use of the CVOA Neal Trask Range.

Diane Stone
Range Secretary
Reports about Past Events
Board/Member Meeting
October 3 via Zoom

In summary:
  • With 15 members present, the following items were included:
  • Treasurer’s Report – included in the minutes
  • The Town of Carrabassett Valley will be sending us a check for over $12,000 in matching funds towards the cost of our new 50-yard range.
  • Stratton Lumber has donated and delivered hundreds of truckloads of fill for berms at the range.
  • Ray is looking in an RFID entry gate for the range.
  • There was unanimous support for naming the range after founder Neal Trask – The range is now named the CVOA Neal Trask Range.
  • Possible events for 2022 were discussed, as well as the tasks an activity director might take on.
  • A donation of $500 was approved for the AOEC for their Caregiver Program.
  • A committee will address CVOA’s financial goals, and consider raising the membership fees in the future.

Homecoming Dance Party at the Parkers

Mike and Jeannette Parker’s Driveway/Garage Dance Party held on Saturday of Homecoming Weekend was attended by 60 - 70 CVOA members. The weather was great …. no need for the overhead heaters nor interest in the bonfire! No dancing occurred either!

Everyone was just so happy to see their Sugarloaf friends!! Handshakes, hugs, smiles and laughter abound!! Such jubilation for being together again combined with excitement for the upcoming season. No one left hungry: typical of CVOA events, there was food aplenty.

We are happy to host this event again next year. Mark October 8, 2022, on your calendar and make plans to join us.

~ Jeannette and Mike
CVOA's Homecoming Table

Homecoming Weekend brought a good number of visitors to the table we hosted in the Sugarloaf Base Lodge. Although we had a new spot in the Guest Services area many folks were able to find us and renew their memberships. A few new registrations were completed and there was excitement surrounding the return to trips and activities.

Many thanks to Mike and Jeannette Parker (who took two shifts!!), Bob and Bonnie Farrar, Val and Sam Hudspath, Steve and Elaine Smith, Thom and Patti Johnston, and Steve and Peg Whitcomb for manning the table and chatting with visitors about our events and purpose.
Other News
The Adaptive Outdoor Education Center sends thanks for our donation of $500 to their Caregiver Weekend program.

How to Contact Us
  • President Steve Smith: 207.799.8254: cvoa.president@gmail.com
  • Vice President Thom Johnston: 207.852.3595: cvoa.vicepresident@gmail.com
  • Treasurer Sam Hudspath: 207.458.9138: cvoa.treasurership@gmail.com
  • Secretary Cindy Foster: 207.829.6110: cvoa.secretary@gmail.com
  • Membership Secretary Patti Johnston: 207.745.5815: cvoa.membership@gmail.com
  • Adventure Coordinator : who will fill this spot?
  • Range Secretary Diane Stone: 207.240.4752: cvoa.range@gmail.com
  • Range Chairman Neal Trask: 207.235.2732
Carrabassett Valley Outdoor Association
Valley Crossing #6
Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947