Sunday, December 2, 2012

Trail Maintenance & Updates

Pine Mountain Construction of Avis, Pa. donated manpower and equipment to roll in the limestone parking lot at Gillentown Trailhead. Thank you to them for the excellent job!!!

November, 2012, Gate/bollards installed in Clarence near Moose Lodge and Newman's Sandwich Shop. The gate/bollards & concrete ramp was installed by Spicer Welding of Julian, Pa. Due to the cold weather painting will take place in the Spring of 2013. Signs were installed by Jack Miller of Jack's Snack Shack of Yarnell.

View photos from both events, click here.

Monday, November 19, 2012

2013 Membership & Application

Motorized Users - Membership will be $20.00 per each motorized unit -" No family discount"
Non Motorized Users - $20.00 Individual or Family
Corporate Sponsorship - $125.00

Please see new application for 2013. You will need to fill out both sides complete. Provide copies of states registration & insurance information. Everyone operating a motorized unit is required to sign the application. One application per unit. Parents must sign for children under 18 years of age.

Download the 2013 membership application by clicking here.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Yamaha Grant

November 14, 2012
Larry Mayes, Secretary, Snow Shoe Rails to Trails announces that: The Snow Shoe Rails to Trails is pleased to announce it has received a Yamaha OHV Access Initiative Grant of $15,000 for  Gillentown Trailhead “Trail Access Control”. The grant was awarded as a part of Yamaha’s OHV Access Initiative promoting safe, responsible riding and sustainable open riding areas.  
The grant will be used to install gate, bollards and fencing to control and promote safe trail access at the Gillentown Trailhead in Snow Shoe, Pa.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Elk Bennezette Ride

Sunday, Novermber 11, 2012 was a beautiful day to be riding atv's/utv's. It was even better if you were with Central Mountain ATVA on a ride to see the Elk at Bennezette. Carl Johnson led the ride by starting out eating breakfast at Snow Shoe Restaurant. Then, everyone traveled to Bennezette and unloaded at the elementary school and the outer parking lot at the Elk Center. We watched a half hour movie about the Elk at the Elk Center before riding the legalized roads for atv's. The first trip around we stopped at various sites and saw only a few elk. By now everyone was hungry  so we rode to the Bennezette Hotel and ate a wonderful meal. Carl Johnson said afterwards, now, let's go see some elk. Well, he was right, they were near and far and there was alot of them. By now it was getting close to 4:30 and it was time for the 41 people and 31 atv's/utv's to head home. What a wonderful way to spend a fall day in Central Pa. If you see this ride scheduled on the CMATVA web site next year, be sure to join their association and take this trip, you will be glad you did. 

Monday, October 22, 2012

Viaduct Bridge Repairs 10-22-2012

A few weeks ago someone vandalized several of the SSRTA signs near the viaduct bridge. They pulled them out of the ground and threw them off  the middle of the bridge. Jack Miller of Yarnell kept making the statement "Why would anyone want to vandalize a sign when they cost so much" Don't people realize that the SSRTA is here to provide a place for atvers to ride. He kept saying I'm going to get that sign in the middle of the Red Moshannon. Well, today, October 22, 2012, Jack met with a few of his friends, Charles & Carole Jensen and took off for the viaduct. "A man on a mission." Please see the pictures of Jack retrieving the signs. Thank you, Jack Miller, for your determination.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

2012 SSRTA Raffle Winners

2012 SSRTA Raffle Winners

Our raffle is one of our largest fundraisers of the year and we want to thank all the sponsors that provided the raffles items for 2012. We also want to thank all of you that supported the raffle by buying tickets. The trail exists because of your support. Bestline Powersports and the SSRTA provided a great meal of Pulled pork, cole slaw,  red skin butter parley potatoes & beverages, Jim Verost Chili- Whow --Bestline Powersport Cupcakes & a special atv cake made by Elizabeth Scalzo & her mom Donna Bell. Of course the special peanut butter cookies and brownies made by Eileen Long & Peg Brooks were great!
 2012 Raffle Winners
  1. Polaris 500 Sportsman - Bestline - Jeremy Taylor, Frenchville, Pa.
  2. $150.00 - Eric & Peg Brooks - David Lichvar, Manns Choice, Pa.
  3. $100.00 - Raymond Tires - Kiersten Gibson, Howard, Pa.
  4. $100.00 - Restek - Scott Confer, York, Pa.
  5. $190.00 Full Vehicle Detail - Joel Confer Toyota - Jessica Rice, Mt. Joy, Pa.
  6. $50.00 gift cert. - 234 Motorsports - William Lingle, State College, Pa.
  7. $50.00 Cash - Eileen & Terry Long - William P. Watson, Bellefonte, Pa.
  8. $50.00 gift cert. - Bestline - Jerry Beveridge, Philipsburg, Pa.
  9. Large Riding Helmet - Carole & Charles Jensen - D.C.Shultz Sr, Flemington, Pa.
  10. Two night stay - Marienville Forest Lodge - Gary Rees, Snow Shoe, Pa.
  11. $50.00 gift cert. - Steve Seltzer Honda - Gary Elder, New Castle, Pa.
  12. $25.00 gift cert to Sheetz - Williamson Insurance - Aaron Ransdorf, Renovo, Pa.
  13. $50.00 gift cert. - Saddles ETC. of Centre Hall - Frank Wetzler, Bellefonte, Pa.
  14. $25.00 gift cert. - Track N Trail - Jared Best, Washington, New Jersey
  15. Atv winch - Truck Stuff & More - Diane Hoyt, Grampian, Pa.
  16. $25.00 gift cert. -  Valley Ag & Turf of Centre Hall - Dave Aissell, Tyrone, Pa.
  17. $25.00 gift cert. to Sheetz - Williamson Insurance - Joe Confer, Beech Creek, Pa.
  18. $50.00 Cash - Barbara & Mike Poore - Laura Snider, Spring Mills, Pa.
  19. $25.00 gift cert. to Sheetz - Williamson Insurance - Erin Cramer, Snow Shoe, Pa.
  20. $100.00 Cash - Restek - Glenn Mummert, Hanover, Pa.
  21. $25.00 gift cert. - Track N Trail - Robert Livergood, Moshannon, Pa.
  22. $25.00 gift cert. - West Branch Dairy Diner - Carole Jensen, Warriors Mark, Pa.
  23. $25.00 gift cert. to Sheetz - Williamson Insurance - Tony Wivell, Spring Grove, Pa.
  24. $25.00 gift cert. - H & B Hardware of Kylertown - Donald Johnson, Orangevlle, Pa.
  25. $100.00 Cash - Restek - Donna Hall, Falls Creek, Pa.
  26. $25.00 gift cert. - Track N Trail - Kathy Wright -- Frenchville, Pa.
  27. $30.00 gift cert. - Snow Shoe Sandwich Shop - Jeff Hosband, Lewistown, Pa.
  28. $50.00 gift cert. - Bestline - Robert G. Hile Sr., Watsontown, Pa.
  29. $25.00 gift cert. - Genna Beer Distributor - Tiffany Moskol, Drifting, Pa.
  30. $100.00 - Restek - Ed Gower, Mount Joy, Pa.
  31. $25.00 gift cert. for Sheetz - Williamson Insurance - Robert Michaels, Lanse, Pa.
  32. $25.00 gift cert. - Valley Ag & Turf of Centre Hall - Pattie Jo Horner, Clarence, Pa.
  33. $25.00 gift cert. - Trach N Trail - Scott Patterson, Waynesboro, Pa.
  34. $25.00 gift cert. - Jack's Snack Shack - Lance R. Reese, Port Matilda, Pa.
  35. $100.00 - Terry Louer Insurance - Charles Jensen, Warriors Mark, Pa.
  36. $25.00 gift cert. - West Branch Dairy Diner - Krista Tobias, Snow Shoe, Pa.
  37. $50.00 - Resteck - Brian Cardaso Sr. - Etters, Pa.
  38. Tool & flashlight kit - Mt. Top True Value Hardware - Irene Biggans, Bellefonte, Pa.
  39. $25.00 gift cert. for Sheetz - Williamson Insurance - Dan Masullo, Bellefonte, Pa.
  40. $50.00 gift cert. - Bestline - Bill Dudish, Snow Shoe, Pa.
  41. $50.00 - Restek - Mary L. Horn, Snow Shoe, Pa.
  42. $50.00 - Jim Verost Used Cars - Mike Zyry, Middleburg, Pa.
  43. $25.00 gift cert. - Genna Beer Distributor - Donna Bowmaster, Howard, Pa.
  44. $100.00 - Marcon Roofing - Ken Howell, Bellefonte, Pa.
Winner of the Quilt made by Mary Jane Peters -- Edward W. Eckels, Altoona, Pa.
Winner of selling most tickets - Amy Burd - 236 tickets - $150.00
Winner of selling the 2nd most tickets - Eileen Long - 164 tickets - $100.00
Winner of the person selling the ticket for the atv - Rodney Preslovich - $50.00

Jeremy Taylor of Frenchville, Pa. Winner of the atv.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

DCNR Certification Training Update

DCNR Certification Training October 13, 2012
The Snow Shoe Rails to Trails in conjunction with Bestline Powersports held Youth Certification Training at Bestline Powersports in Centre Hall on October 13, 2012. George Holt, Eileen & Terry Long, Ty Hostettler, Dave Walker provided the training along with Rockrock Forest Ranger "Ed Kitchen". The group of youths were eager to become certified so they could also ride state trails with their parents. A meal was provided by Bestline & SSRTA to all that attended. Trilby Mayes presented a SSRTA t-shirt to all the trainees.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Tour de Forest - 2012 Update

The event is always held on the first weekend in October. Normally there are 75 to 90 miles of trails to ride. A lot of that was reduced this year as two sections of the trail were closed. The road from the Forest Lodge to the back of Marienville was one of those roads closed. It made the ride a little more difficult as we had to trailer our atv's to Marienvile and unload instead of riding from the motel.  A lot of people attending were from Ohio, New York and Pa. Frank & Sue at the Forest Lodge made it a comfortable stay under the conditions of trails being closed. This event helps sponsor the community - fire departments, Lions Club, Relay for Life, local ATV club and many others. For those not wanting to atv can tour some craft shows in surrounding towns -- Franklin, Sheffield. A couple great restaurants for breakfast & dinner. Hopefully the roads will be open for next years event. 

View photos from this event by clicking here.

Monday, September 24, 2012

2012 Pig Roast Update and Photos

The Pig Roast was another hugh success--although bitter sweet.  The campers, motor homes and pickup trucks pulling utility trailers started pulling in Thursday afternoon to enjoy a few days at the Gillentown Trailhead. Then, we got a call from Ed Rovenolt that he was involved in a head on collision--thankfully not hurt- After going home for a few hours, then Ed get't a call that his mother passed away. Ed did find a way to attend the event for a couple hours and then returned home to take care of family matters. The Snow Shoe Rails to Trails sends our condolences to the entire Rovenolt family.
Chris, Jim, Kyle Vangor and Joe Walters prepared the pigs again with some great stuffing. (A big thank you to them for being up all night so we could have a great meal.) Sara & Dave Bastian and Carole & Charles Jensen sliced the meat from the pigs after Chris Vangor was completed. Ed Thomas headed the parking and did a great job getting everyone in and parked in the trailhead and overflow areas. A problem was that campers arriving early parked throughout and Ed had to figure a way to fill in the blanks. -- Tuff job-- Colleen & Rich Randolph came early Friday helping out and kept a watch over the vendor area. Tracy and AJ Shissler did a great job selling  50/50 and raffle tickets. Bob Hile of Watsontown, Pa. won the 50/50 raffle which his winnings were: $228.00. Eileen & Terry Long handled the clothing while George and Sally Holt and Eric Brooks handled the applications. Erin Cramers did her fine job of taking care of the money for meals.  We did have a little rain but not enough to keep everyone from having a good time.  The SSRTA wants to thank all of those attending the event as we could not keep and maintain the trail without your support. 

Monday, August 6, 2012

SSRTA Supported Autism

SSRTA Supported Autism

The Snow Shoe Rails to Trails supported Autism at a recent fundraiser in Pittsburgh. Roger Dunlap of State College took the picture for us to share with everyone. Roger thanks the SSRTA for their support. He lost his son several years ago that was inflected with Autism.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Peale Vandalism - Reward Offered

The gate on the viaduct side of Peale Crossing was vandalized sometime between May 5 & May 11, 2012. The Snow Shoe Rails to Trails is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone providing information that would lead to the arrest, prosecution and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the vandalism of this gate.