NORC Field Workshop at Millstone

On Wednesday, April 25th, Millstone Trails Association hosted a Field Workshop from the National Outdoor Recreation Conference.  The group included outdoor recreation professionals from all over the country.

MTA Board President Stephen J. Maas welcomed the group in the morning and the day began with a fascinating history lesson at the Vermont Granite Museum, provided by Director Scott A. McLaughlin, all about the history of the granite industry in Barre and elsewhere.  The group was able to check out some of the amazing pieces on display at the museum, as well.

Kate Wanner from the Trust for Public Land then presented a summary of the Barre Town Forest and its history as a recreational destination and perpetually conserved piece of public property, and site of most of the Millstone Trails network as we know it today.

NORC Field Workshop (TA Photo)
Brooke Scatchard, left, owner of the mountain bike trail building company Sinuosity, leads a group on a tour of the trails at Millstone Trails Association in Barre Town Wednesday. (Jeb Wallace-Brodeur / Times-Argus Staff Photo)

Next, the group met up with MTA Board member Peter Kopsko and took a tour at Rock of Ages, to see the operating quarries and the graniteworking factory floor.  A delicious lunch was provided by local favorite Morse Block Deli, in collaboration with The Barre Partnership.

Then it was off to the trails, where the afternoon began with Brooke Scatchard of Sinuosity presenting MTA’s newest trail, Rauli’s Run, which Sinuosity constructed last summer.  It was a great opportunity to discuss trail building, as well as the ways that communities, volunteers and users interact in order to create a trail system like Millstone Trails. Jeb Wallace-Brodeur of the Times-Argus (and MTA Trail Crew) tagged along, capturing a great photo of the walk, despite the rain.

Al Rosa introduced the group to the Quarries Disc Golf course, which he designed and built, showcasing some of the most interesting baskets and answering lots of questions about the unique course.

After a brief respite at #6 Quarry, MTA Board member and Communications Chair Beth Mueller led the group up to the Grand Lookout for some final, lasting impressions of Millstone Trails.

It was a great day, despite the uncooperative weather conditions.  Some photos of the highlights are below.

 

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Join the MTA Trail Crew!

Are you interested in serving on the Millstone Trails ‘Trail Crew’ this summer? Please complete the following form to have your name added to our Trail Crew List and be included on all email updates and announcements throughout the season.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/B9NLGNK

We will continue to hold trail days on Sundays this year and will start at 8:00 am at the Brook Street parking lot. Here are this year’s dates so you can have them on your calendar:

  • April 15th
  • May 13th
  • June 10th
  • July 15th
  • August 12th
  • September 9th
  • October will be reserved for leaf blowing.

Thank you all in advance for your continued support.

The Millstone Trails Trail Crew Team

T-Shirts for Sale!

 

T-Shirts for Sale!

Just in time for the holiday season, MTA is offering a run of t-shirts, custom-designed by Board member and local artist Beth Mueller.

Thanks for your interest and remember – don’t anger the gnome!

Shirts are $20.00 plus $5.00 for shipping and handling by our volunteers.  Shirts are in Heather Grey color and are a 90/10 cotton/polyester blend.

Note: the following styles/sizes are sold out: Women’s Small, Men’s Small, Men’s XL


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End of Season Details

A few end of the season notes…
Hunting season is open, and bow hunters are in the woods now. Please wear bright colors and protect your animals with leashes + bells on their collars. Youth hunting happens next weekend. Trails will be open but please use extreme caution. Friday 11/10 will be the last day of mountain biking, as rifle season begins on Saturday 11/11. Thank you all for making it a great season, and we’ll look forward to seeing you when the trails reopen!

Annual Meeting & Orbea Bike Raffle Results!

Darren Ohl of VTBS draws the winning entry

We drew the winner of the Orbea bike raffle last night at our Annual Meeting, and the lucky entrant was….

Frank O’Neil of Barre!

Frank gets a brand new Orbea Loki, courtesy of Vermont Bicycle Shop and Orbea.

Congratulations to Frank, and thank you very much to everyone who entered.  Your 560+ entries helped us raise a great amount of money, all of which will go directly toward our mission of developing, maintaining and promoting the Millstone Trails.

Below you can see a map of all of the unique locations where raffle ticket purchases originated.  2 countries, 9 states and two provinces were represented. MTA is humbled by the wide-ranging support it receives from its visitors.

MTA also held elections for officers at the Annual Meeting, and all current officers were unanimously reelected for another 1-year term:

Stephen J. Maas, President

Peter Kopsco, Vice-President

Ano Lobb, Secretary

David Anderson, Treasurer

 

View MTA Orbea Bike Raffle in a full screen map

2017 Annual Meeting and Trail Crew Awards

2017 MTA Annual Meeting and Trail Crew Awards

Membership and public alike are invited to MTA’s Annual Meeting and Trail Crew awards at Quarry Kitchen & Spirits on October 14th, from 6-10 PM. We will also be drawing the winner for our Orbea Loki bike raffle; don’t miss it!

The following people (all incumbents) have been nominated to continue serving as Officers on the Board of Directors:

Stephen J. MaasPresident
Peter KopscoVice President
David AndersonTreasurer
Ano LobbSecretary

According to the bylaws, the Membership will be invited to vote on these Officers, if present in a quorum.  In the absence of a quorum, the Board of Directors will vote on behalf of the Membership.

A potluck smorgasbord of delights will be provided, courtesy of the Board of Directors (and anyone else who feels inclined to bring a dish!).

After the business of the Annual Meeting, we will draw the winner of our bike raffle and find out who will be the lucky new owner of a brand new Orbea.  We will also recognize the hardworking efforts of our Trail Crew this season.  The Quarry’s cash bar will be available.

We hope you will join us.  Here are some photos from last year’s Annual Meeting:

New Trail Opening: Details

Credit: Jeb Wallace-Brodeur
Credit: Jeb Wallace-Brodeur

New Trail Opens this Saturday!

Meet at the Brook St. Garage at 10 AM

As recently reported in the Times Argus, Millstone Trails Association will be officially opening its newly created trail this Saturday.  The new trail is a machine-built path through the woods that is intended to be inviting to users of all skill levels, on the bike or off.  We invite the public to join us for this momentous occasion.

We will meet at the Town Forest parking lot on Brook St. in Websterville at 10 AM, then head up to the top-side trail head together.

Hope to see you there!

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