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!
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:
Remember folks, camping is not permitted in the Town Forest or elsewhere on our network. If you’d like to camp, check out some of the local options like Lazy Lions Campground or the Millstone Hill Lodge.
The following people (all incumbents) have been nominated to continue serving as Officers on the Board of Directors:
Stephen J. Maas – President Peter Kopsco – Vice President David Anderson – Treasurer Ano Lobb – Secretary
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:
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.
Please join us as we celebrate the newest addition to our trail system. We’ll be dropping the rope on a beautiful new section of trail which completes a 3 mile loop; designed with beginner mountain bikers in mind. This is the culmination of many years of dreaming and planning, and we are so excited to open it up!
Come see us at the Barre Heritage Festival on Saturday, July 29! We’ll be set up in front of the Vermont Bicycle Shop down on Main Street, ready to meet you and answer all questions Millstone. Look for the Millstone Trails tent.
The new trail that we are constructing this summer, built by Sinuosity and legendary trail builder Brooke Scatchard, is making great progress and will be open soon! This trail is part of MTA’s efforts to create a “beginner loop” that will circumnavigate most of the Barre Town Forest property. The goal of this trail is to have a pathway from the Brook Street parking lot over to the Barclay Quarry Rd lot that isn’t extremely technical. From there, options such as Westside are available for return to the Brook St lot, making for a complete loop that will be usable by beginner and intermediate bike riders, all kinds of runners and walkers — just about everyone. It will also give use a reliable route for winter grooming so that we can avoid the wet areas and have a usable winter trail on that side of the forest much sooner than in years past, when we have had to wait for the “Serenity” area to completely freeze up before we can groom.
We will be hosting a trail opening ceremony when the trail is complete. Stay tuned for info!
Until then, please respect the trail barriers and do not use the trail. We have already had some horseback riders circumvent the barriers and tear up the trail. This trail needs to settle properly before use in order to be able to effectively shed water the way it’s designed to. That’s critical for ensuring it’s a responsible trail. Tearing up the trail before it’s ready and open is counterproductive. Please don’t use the trail before it’s open!
This trail build is made possible by the generous financial support of our users, and a grant from VMBA.