Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 April 2015 20:58
Androscoggin Valley –The Nansen Ski Club received $19,500 and the Gorham-based Coos Cycling Club was awarded $20,000 in the recent round of grants given out by the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund.
The fund, managed by the N.H. Charitable Foundation, recently awarded 16 grants totaling $578,655 through its competitive application program.
In the Androscoggin Valley, the Nansen Ski Club received $19,500 to build a warming hut and provide storage for club at Milan Hill State Park. The $20,000 to the Coos Cycling Club received will allow it to build a five to 10 mile non-motorized recreational trail in Gorham.
The Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire received $15,000 to provide 4,000 hot, nutritious meals in the communities of Berlin, Groveton, and Woodville.
Other grants awarded were:
* Association sportive des jeunes handicaps de l'Estrie of Coaticook, Quebec received $4,725 to offer a daily summer camp experience for eight youth with disabilities in 2015.
* Centre d'initiative en agriculture de la region de Coaticook of Coaticook, Quebec received $25,000 to purchase new greenhouse infrastructure and support farm apprentices in the Coaticook region.
* Cohos Trail Association of West Stewartstown received $3,280 to create and produce graphic displays for 10 trailhead kiosks.
* Connecticut River Artisan Group of West Stewartstown received $10,000 to offer high quality, cultural activities to people visiting and living in the North Country.
* Ecole Secondaire La Frontaliere of Coaticook, Quebec received $20,000 to upgrade sound and lighting equipment for the school's auditorium, which serves the community of Coaticook.
* Governor's Institutes of Vermont of South Burlington, Vt. received $3,500 to provide scholarship funds for up to four youth participants to take part in educational programs in South Burlington, Vermont.
* New Hampshire Lakes Association of Concord received $15,000 to continue supporting the Summer Youth Employment Program for six participants in the Colebrook community.
* New Hampshire Teen Institute of Nashua, received $19,475 to provide leadership and empowerment training for 40 Coos County youth in Nashua.
* North Country Community Recreation Center of Colebrook received $150,000 to support capacity building and general operations over three years.
* North Country Health Consortium of Littleton received $210,000 to provide flexible operating and capacity building support over three years.
* Northumberland Adult Diploma Program of Northumberland received $19,500 to support its adult high school programs over three years.
* The Town of Canaan, Vt. received $18,675 to hire a consultant team to develop a multiyear strategic plan for the town of Canaan.
* The Town of Pittsburg received $25,000 to construct a gazebo and walking path within the town park.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 April 2015 19:42
PITTSBURG – A lone snowmobiler riding off trail in the Rump Mountain area of Pittsburg became mired in deep snow and was unable to get his snowmobile out Monday evening.
Todd Twine, 42 of Bedford, attempted to get out for several hours before calling an associate for assistance. The call was forwarded onto Fish and Game Conservation Officers at around 8 p.m. After initially speaking with Mr. Twine, he decided to forgo the help and continued to attempt to get out alone.
After several more hours of attempting to get his snowmobile out proved unsuccessful, Twine called again at midnight and was too exhausted to continue on and requested a rescue. With the forecasted rain showers and the remoteness of the area, a conservation officer was dispatched to rescue Mr. Twine.
Twine was able to maneuver through waist to chest deep snow approximately quarter mile until he came out to an established snowmobile trail where he was met by the responding officer and driven out via snowmobile. He arrived safely back to his vehicle at around 4:30 a.m. Mr. Twine was tired and wet but was otherwise uninjured.
Twine was cited for operating a snowmobile off an established trail and may incur the cost of the rescue if his actions are found to be negligent or reckless.
There have been several similar calls this winter for assistance by snowmobilers who get stuck while riding off trail. Riders are reminded that it is illegal to ride anywhere, other than an approved snowmobile trail, without written landowner permission.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 14:25
Written by Barbara Tetreault
BERLIN – All OHRV trails have closed for mud season and that means the city's connector trail is closed as well.
The state Bureau of Trails has officially closed both snowmobile and ATV trails including those at Jericho Mountain State Park.
Berlin Deputy Police Chief Brian Valerino said ATVs cannot travel on city streets until the trails reopen.
"The ATV trails are closed as of today," Valerino said Monday. "All city streets are closed as well," he added.
City Councilor Diana Nelson, who is also on the Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce board, said the city opened its streets to ATVs as an economic incentive and to allow residents and visitors easy access to the region's extensive OHRV trail network. She said there is no need for that access since trails are closed.
Valerino said violators are subject to a fine.
Depending on conditions, the trails are scheduled to re-open May 23. At that time, people can resume operating ATVs on city streets to access trails and local businesses.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 11:20