Like you, I could go on and on about what a disappointing snow year we had. After all, this was a pretty sorry excuse for a winter, and we were all expecting a little more cooperation from Mother Nature. However, I’d like to focus on the club’s accomplishments since last Fall.
I’ll remember this winter as the RTP Grant season. For those who may not know, the IceBreakers set forth with one major goal this year. That goal was to complete a grant with the State of NH to purchase 2 new complete tracked ATV and grooming drag combos in order to begin replacing our aging fleet of groomers. After many reductions and delays at the State level, I’m happy to announce that we have finally been approved to purchase. Even better, our club has raised the amount of money we needed in order to fund what the grant would not cover. Thank you to everyone for joining this season and a special thank you to those who donated above and beyond the basic dues. Special thanks to Souhegan Valley Motorsports and Team Engineering for helping us fund the drags needed for these two new machines.
Before this season that never was started, the IceBreakers were hard at work replacing and rebuilding bridges. We were able to rebuild the Hobart Bridge, make repairs to others, and refurbish the Ben Farnsworth stone bridge between Mason Road and the Ben Farnsworth connector. Special thanks to Chappell Tractor for help with that. The IceBreakers funded improvements to the Cider Mill Trail with our grant in aid project. This trail was widened and smoothed out creating a great access trail from the parking area at Rt. 130 and Bohannon Bridge Rd.
Our club also went live on a new website complete with a store to buy our new shirts, maps, and online memberships.
As I was riding my motorcycle on a crisp 65 degree Christmas Eve, I thought to myself, people are really going to like the trail improvements we’ve made this year….
As it turned out, we only got a couple weeks of minimal snow coverage. Just enough to get the Pink Ride in, which I was happy to see many Brookline IceBreakers attend. Together, we helped the Hollis based fundraiser collect over $27K to donate to the St. Joseph Hospital Breast Care Center.
Unfortunately, that snow quickly melted away and so did our Poker Run Event. We’ll just have to make up for it next year with one heck of a ride!
Lastly, I’d like to share that the IceBreakers received an email just last week from a town resident reporting broken glass on the far beach, across Potanipo, on the railbed side. Our club was happy to organize an event to clean it up. When I put out a call for help on our Facebook Group, I was expecting a low turnout due to the slow season and the fact that it was now March. However, I was blown away by 10 volunteers from all walks of life who showed up to help. Girl Scouts, neighboring clubs, and a group of ATV enthusiasts came on that Saturday afternoon and we were able to make quick work of a decent size job. Not only did we clean up the glass, but we raked out the entire beach and performed a formidable clean up. This really symbolizes the season we had as snowmobilers, making the best of a cruddy situation.
In closing, I would like to thank our landowners, our business sponsors, and our members. Even with little to no snow, 137 individuals and families joined the club to support our continuous trail and groomer improvements. We appreciate all the support. While membership is closed for the year, if you would like to make a donation, you can do so from our website.
Cheers to a snowier 16/17 winter season!
President – Brookline IceBreakers