Monday, December 30, 2013

Trail Notice

Walker Lumber Company has completed working and crossing the trail near the old Johnson & Morgan Tipple. The stop signs will be removed and the trail back bladed and leveled. In the Spring a triaxle load of trail mix will be applied in that area to make final repairs.
Thank you all for your cooperation & patience.
Snow Shoe Rails to Trail Officers

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

2014 Membership Renewal

Snow Shoe Rails to Trails membership year runs from January to December each year. 

Please fill out a new application and send to Snow Shoe Rails to Trails, P.O. Box 314, Clarence, PA 16829. Remember to attach a copy of your insurance and registration information to your application.
Motorized Users (ATV, UTV or Snowmobile) - Membership will be $20.00 per each motorized unit -" No family discount"
Non Motorized Users - $20.00 Individual or Family

Complete a separate Application for each machine. 
Make Check Payable to “Snow Shoe Rails to Trails”

Download a 2014 Membership Application, Click Here.

You can now get memberships during normal store hours at several of our local corporate sponsors. You will need to provide them a copy of your registration and insurance information to receive a membership sticker. You will also be charged an additional $2.00 for handling fee. They are:
2-3-4 Motor Sports - Wingate
Amy Burd - Notary Public - Bellefonte
Best Line Powersports - Route 322 (Centre Hall Location)
Carns Equpment - Clearfield
Casanova Nostalgia - Munson
Hall's True Value Hardware - Snow Shoe
Hidden Comfort Camo & Seating - Philipsburg
Jack's Snack Shack - Yarnell Road
Jim Verost's Used Cars - Philipsburg
Log Cabin Motors, Inc. - Bellefonte
Newman's Sandwich Shop (Formerly Ludwig's) - Clarence
Raymond's Tire Distributor, Inc. - Pleasant Gap
Snow Shoe Sandwich Shop - Show Shoe

Truck Stuff And More - Bellefonte

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

CMATVA Elk Ride Update

It was a beautiful morning on Sunday, November 10,2013 when the atvs-utvs started pulling in at Newman's Restaurant in Clarence for breakfast. A great meal was provided by the Newman staff along with the friendly service. After breakfast, everyone traveled to Benezette and met up with Henry Sorgen who led the crew to a nice place to park the vehicles. From there to the Elk center for registration and turn in the toys for children. Some people toured the center, watched a movie and bought a few items while others chatted in the parking areas. 
People were divided into different crews and then rode their atvs-utvs to Benezette Restaurant for dinner and then to the winery to purchase items or gifts. The leaders took everyone on a tour looking for Elk traveling roads deep down into the hollows.  One large herd of Elk of about 92 was seen near the Elk center. A great time had by all. A big thank you to CMATVA  President Henry Sorgen & their volunteers to coordinate such a large event so we all could enjoy the day and have a positive economic impact on those businesses.
We also want to thank JP & Chris of Best Line Powersports, Kurt & his wife from Carns Equipment and Lee Williamson of Williamson Insurance Agency for participating in the event. It was nice to see their support for a nice gathering of atvist.

View photos from this event, click here.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Work Detail - Tues., Oct. 29th

The Rush Township Supervisors requested at their October Meeting that the SSRT install both missing atv crossing signs on the Casanova Road. They also stated that recently the road was tarred & chipped and the crossing would need to be repainted. They suggested we do it asap. So, Eric Brooks took care of ordering the material needed and scheduled the work detail on Tuesday, October 29,2013. Those helping at the work detail were: Eric Brooks, George Holt, Terry Long, Ken Mehallow, Jack Miller, Jim Verost and Larry Mayes.

View photos from this event, click here.

Monday, October 21, 2013

2013 Raffle Winners

Raffle Held October 19, 2013
Winner of the Home Made Wild Game Quilt by Mary Jane Peters – Donna Bell – Philipsburg, Pa.
1.      2013 Polaris Sportsman 500 – Paul Homrighausen – Sch. Haven, Pa.
2.      $50.00 Cash from Central Mt. Atv – Charles Gheen Jr.- Snow Shoe, Pa.
3.      $50.00 to Sheetz from Williamson Insurance – Richard Irvin – Wilkes Barre, Pa.
4.      $50.00 Cash from Central Penn Rig Services-Jeff Wharran-Bellefonte, Pa.
5.      $100.00 Cash from Jim Verost Used Cars – Dan Long, Bellefonte, Pa.
6.      $50.00 Gift Certificate Best Line Powersports – Carrie Kephart, Philipsburg, Pa.
7.      $25.00 Gift Certificate Genna Beer Distributor & $25.00 Gift Certificate Casanova Nostalgia- Ed Mann, Lewistown, Pa.
8.      $50.00 Cash from Eileen & Terry Long- Barry Peters-Lewistown, Pa.
9.      $50.00 Gift Certificate from Hall’s Market & Subway-John Jones, Julian, Pa.
10.  $100.00 Cash from Raymond Tire Company- Teresa Yost, State College, Pa.
11.  $50.00 Gift Certificate- Best Line Powersports – Russ Johnson, Havre de Grace, Maryland
12.  $50.00 Cash from Jack’s Snack Shack – Howard Hartman, Newport, Pa.
13.  $25.00 Gift Certificate from West Branch Dairy Diner & Electric ATV Electric Handwarmers from Charles & Carole Jensen – Renee Smith, Muncy, Pa.
14.  $50.00 Cash from Travis Gheen Construction-Mark Ebeling, Bellefonte, Pa.
15.  ATV Winch from Truck Stuff & More of Bellefonte – Rich Scott Harper, West Grove, Pa.
16.  $50.00 Cash from Peg & Eric Brooks – Deb Park, Clarence, Pa.
17.  $50.00 Gift Certificate Sheetz from Williamson Insurance –Will Seibert, Harrisburg, Pa.
18.  $50.00 Cash from Kathy & Rodney Preslovich – Robert Wells, DuBois, Pa.
19.  $50.00 Gift Certificate from 234 Motorsports – Donald Homman, Bigler, Pa.
20. 8ft. ATV Trailer from Tracker Built Trailers – Corey Solomon, Mifflinburg, Pa.
21.  $50.00 Gift Certificate Best Line Powersports – Alex Biggans, Snow Shoe, Pa.
22.  $25.00 Gift Certificate from West Branch Dairy Diner & $25.00 Gift Certificate to Genna Beer Distributor- Marian Kephart, Philipsburg, Pa.
23.  $50.00 Gift Certificate from Mt. Top True Value Hardware – Ryan Fry, Mechanicsburg, Pa.
24.  $25.00 Gift Certificate from Newman’s Sandwich Shop & $25.00 Gift Certificate Snow Shoe Sandwich Shop – Jeff White, Julian, Pa.
25.  $500.00 Cash from Restek – Russell Reighard, Mineral Point, Pa.
Seller of the Most Tickets & receive $150.00 Cash is: Amy Burd, Bellefonte, Pa.
Seller of the 2nd Most Tickets & receive $100.00 is Eric Brooks, Centre Hall, Pa.  

View photos from this event, click here! 

Monday, September 30, 2013

ATV Rodeo Update

CMATVA held it's 10th Annual Rodeo at Flat Run Speedway in Allport,Pa. Saturday, September 28,2013. The weather was nice and the turnout was good too. Carns Equipment and Williamsport Honda supported the function and  both brought units to display and drive. The CMATVA did a great job coordinating the event. Good food, raffles, 50-50 and clothing were all on sale at the event. The rodeo was a good time for everyone from youth to adults. Good time had by all that attended.   

View photos from the event, click here.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Carns-SSRTA 1st Annual Pig Roast

A brief rain shower in the morning held the dust down until the early afternoon. Then it rained hard throughout the day. People still came from far away to participate and support the event. We want to thank those dedicated atvist and supporters of the SSRT. Carns Equipment had a great selection of atvs & utvs to look at and several for demo use. There were numerous people that took the demos for a ride and hopefully are prospective customers. Chris, Jim, Kyle Vangor & Joe Walters did a great job cooking the pigs. The stuffing was fantastic.  Everyone was commenting how great the meat tastes as well as the rest of the meal that was prepared by Hall's Market. 
Thank you to Carns Equipment for their support!!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Moose Dice Run Update

The Clarence Moose held a Dice Run on the SSRT on Monday, Sept. 1, 2013. 92 people signed up for the event. This has grown from 40 plus the first year. Bobbi Jo Horner won the low hand and Mark Watson the high hand. A meal was served back at the Clarence Moose when you returned. Thanks to all for your support of this event!!!

View Photos From This Event, Click Here

Monday, August 5, 2013

2013 Marienville Ride Update

A crew of members from the Snow Shoe Rails to Trails traveled to Marienville to ride the Marienville & Timberline trails, August 3, 4, 2013.  Members stayed at the Forest Lodge Motel which has direct access to the trails. The trails included a few rocks, large and small water hole play areas and some nice smooth trails too. Some beautiful scenery of the forest, a few deer and a few hawks. Sit around the fire at night and ate a couple mountain pies. Great time had by all. 

View photos from this ride, click here.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

2013 Chicken BBQ Update

11th Annual Best Line Powersports/SSRTA Chicken BBQ
The event was held on July 20, 2013 at Gillentown Trailhead. Best Line had a few atvs & utvs for display and a 850 Polaris Scrambler - demo model available. The SSRT had clothing for sale, accepted applications for membership, sold raffle tickets. Chris Vangor, family, & friends prepared the bbq chicken to perfection - along with Hall's Market providing macaroni and potato salad, bake beans & dinner rolls. We received a lot of comments "The meal is fantastic"  Jack's Snack Shack sold ice cream and Central Mountain ATVA also had a place set up for handling applications for membership to their organization. Valley ATV Club also has a great showing from the Scranton area. The SSRTA wants to thank all the volunteers for helping to make this event successful and a big thank you for our loyal supporters. Without you, we could not hold such an event. 

Friday, June 14, 2013

Yamaha Grant Project

Please download the following powerpoint file to view photos and information from the Yamaha Grant Project.

Gillentown Trailhead Access Control Project

Saturday, June 8, 2013

2013 Special Olympics at PSU

Snow Shoe Rails to Trails participates in 2013 Special Olympics at Penn State
The trail was invited by Donna & Steve Newburg to participate in the Special Olympics by having a few atvs & utvs on hand at the Olympic Village.
Several members of the Snow Shoe Rails to Trails volunteered to take their atvs & utvs.  They would park the units at the Special Olympic Village - where the participants take a break - and allow them to sit on the units. They also distributed a few items from the SSRT.
Volunteers were: Carole & Charles Jensen of Warriors Mark, Lance & Melanie David of Harrisburg and John & Holly Hosterman of Philidelphia.  
All of the volunteers described the experience as "Very Rewarding!!" and look forward to next year. 

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend "Thank You!"

After traveling to VA to purchase a used toyhauler, my husband and I went to SSRTA to camp and ride our RZR on May 25th. Finding the parking area full, we pulled into the center of the lot to wait until the day users left for the day to get a level spot.  Two brothers from New Jersey were camping in a tent and enclosed utility trailer and told us to pull alongside them. Eric and Stu went above and beyond being good neighbors to help us work the kinks out of operating all the new items on the 5th wheel toy hauler. Although we don't know their last name-a BIG Thank You to our new 4 wheelin friends. You both were awesome!
 Sincerely, Bob and Bonnie Grove

Monday, May 13, 2013

DCNR Youth Training Update

On Saturday, May 11, 2013 Best Line Powersports/SSRTA held DCNR Youth Certification Training at Best Line Powersports- Centre Hall location. Fourteen students attended the training.
Trainers were George Holt, Eric Brooks, Dave Walker, Marty Wagner & Ty Hostetter. Ed Kitchen , Forest Ranger from Rothrock State Forest also helped with the training and made a presentation. At the end of the class session, Ed invited everyone outside to look at an atv. This was not just any atv, it was an atv that a 16 year old boy lost his life.
The wrecked atv was from Perry County, Tuscarora State Forest. The accident was investigated by Ranger Steve Shaffer. He advised Ed Kitchen that the parents of the youth killed wanted to utilize the atv to help prevent future accidents and deaths.
Parents and students paid close attention to Ed speaking about the incident and how to prevent such things from reoccuring. Hopefully, this class and the atv will have an every lasting impression on those attending the training prevent future accidents.
The rain did not stop the children from having their training and enjoying a great time as well. They seem to all love the mud and enjoyed a lunch provided by Bestline and Snow Shoe Rails to Trails.
At the end of the training all students were presented a temporary certificate to operate an atv and also a SSRT T-Shirt presented by Trilby Mayes (SSRTA President)

Monday, May 6, 2013

Work Detail Update 5-4-13

The Center County Probation Office provided a group of people to help with community service. Ken Mehallow led a crew to collect waste from the Avondale to about 1/2 mile past the Black Bear Bridge. Then from the town Casanova to the Black Bear Trailhead. Jack Miller led a crew collecting trash on the trail and installed several signs from Black Bear Trailhead to viaduct bridge. George Holt led a crew installing sign post, plywood and corporate signs at Black Bear Trailhead. Trilby Mayes led a crew collecting waste as well as reposting the entire Informational Board at Black Bear Trailhead. Then, Trilby also supervised the crew to finish painting the gate and several pieces of fence railing at Gillentown Trailhead recently installed by Brooks Welding.

View photos from the event, click here.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Spaghetti Dinner Ride Update

The SSRT held it's annual Spaghetti Dinner Ride on Saturday, April 27,2013. The weather was beautiful, Gillentown Trailhead parked full and the turn out for the dinner was great. Volunteers came from various places across the state to help out for the event, along with Centre County Probation Office help too. Terry & Eileen Long, Trilby Mayes, Tom & Kathy Robbins, Ed Thomas, Lyn Carlin, Shawn Timblin, Erin Cramer, Ken & Faye Mehallow, Jim Verost, Donna Bell & Elizabeth Scalzo all did various things to help out and supervise others.
While enjoying the dinner the trail was also able to get some other work done too. Stained the kiosk out in front of the Moshannon Community Center, Collect waste from aound the center, paint some fence railing along the SSRT - Yamaha Access Control Project.
We got a new sponsor from Lancaster area, Robinson Towing and Body Repairs.

The 50/50 winner from the Spaghetti Dinner was Shawn Erdman from Northumberland, PA. He won $116.50.
Thank you all for your support of the trail. 

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Work Detail Update 4-26-13

The Centre County Probation Office supplied 11 workers along with several voluntary supervisor to perform the following work. Trash collection from Snow Shoe Ambulance Building to the yellow light in Moshannon, out rt 144 to the crossroads and back down Askey's Cemetery Road to Gillentown Trailhead. Then Up Bumbarger road and down by Ron Fyes to the Tarman Crossing. We gathered about 1 1/2 pickup loads of trash.
We also painted 4 gates and cleaned of  concrete slabs by each gate. Stained the railroad ties at the entrance to Gillentown Trailhead and placed a 2nd coat of stain on the wooden fence by the restrooms. The crews also applied dust control on the trail at Gillentown Trailhead and from Number 10 bridge to Clarence.
Then after all that work, set up the tables at the Moshannon Community Center. Alot of work was performed by a good bunch of people.
Then we got a picture of Henry Sorgen & his wife driving into the Gillentown Trailhead to park for the night. There were several other motor homes and trailers already parked for the weekend. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Work Detail Update 04-13-2013

A lot of members showed up to volunteer for the work detail on 4-13-13. Carole & Charles Jensen & Carl Schmitt led a crew to continue the brushing along the trail where Andy Basalla and Ed Thomas crew left off on March 30. The crew brushed both sides of the trail to the Rock Run Bridge. Jack Miller led a crew to finish cleaning out the trench drains on Number 10 Bridge and brushed the trail on all sides of the bridge. Brandon Brooks operated the backhoe cleaning ditchs near Gillentown Trailhead and along Number 10. Eric Brooks, George Holt led crews painting fence at Gillentown Trailhead. Jake Homan helped with some signage.  Ken Mehallow, Terry & Eileen Long and Trilby Mayes led crews collecting trash from Tennessee Turnpike to Kato Bridge. Tom & Kathy Robbins also helped with this assignment. Signs were installed on both sides of the Kato Road to help direct users of the correct trail use. Green Fluorescent paint was sprayed under each sign to also help with location or direction of trail. Warren & Joyce Frank helped to sand and paint the fence post at the end of the Gillentown Trailhead. Hoagies & beverages were provided for all workers from Jack's Snack Shack. 

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Work Detail Update 3/30/2013

The SSRT held a work detail on March 30,2013. The Centre County Probation Office provided some good workers that were supervised by SSRT members. Andy Basalla & Ed Thomas utilized a crew to brush hemlocks that were covering the ditch line near Rock Run Bridge. Eileen & Terry Long utilized a crew to paint the Clarence & Number 10 gates and railings. They also collected trash along the Clarence Road by Newman's Sandwich Shop and the Tennessee Turnpike. Jim Verost, George Holt, Eric Brooks worked with crews to install a corporate sign at the Gillentown Trailhead. Trilby Mayes worked with a crew to sand and paint the newly installed railing and post for the Gillentown Trailhead Access Control Project. Ken Mehallow lead a crew to collect trash along route 144 from Old Star Garden to the Yellow Light in Moshannon. Jack Miller lead a crew to collect trash on the entire trail from Number 10 Bridge to Black Bear Trailhead. Jack also clean one set of trench drains on the Number 10 Bridge. Brandon Books & Jake Homan also ran the skid steer and Kubota Backhoe digging holes for signs and smoothing out rough spots. Great job done by all.

View Photos From the Event, Click Here

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Friends Gathered at Black Bear

A few friends of past Vice President - Dick Rockey - stopped by the Black Bear Trailhead March 10, 2013 to remember Dick. Alot of past memories were discussed and we knew Dick was looking down on us, just smiling.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Winter Ride & Dinner Update

10th Annual Bestline Powersports-SSRT Winter Dinner Ride 12-29-12

Although we got about 6 inches of fresh snow the morning of the event, there were alot of brave soles that battled the weather to attend the event. They came from as far away as New York & Delaware. They rode the trail with snowmobiles, atvs and utvs.  We heard a number of them complimenting the cooks for the great meal prepared. James Packer of Blanchard won the 50-50 drawing. We want to thank our cooks, the Centre County Probation Office for the help to have this event.  

View photos from this event, click here.