MTA is pleased to announced that Elle O’Casey has joined our volunteer Board of Directors. Elle has worked in the field of recreation and conservation for several years now both in the US and abroad. Her work with the National Park Service Stewardship Institute and the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program will undoubtedly be of great value to MTA and its users. We are glad to have her on board!
MTA is grateful to have the support of the Office Block, a collaborative office space in downtown Barre operated by Stone & Browning Property Management. We have our monthly Board meetings here and it’s an awesome place for collaborating and putting heads together. It’s open to start-ups, independent entrepreneurs or anyone who needs a functional, stylish space for doing good work. There are no long term lease agreements and no utility bills, just all the amenities of an office. Membership is month-to-month.
Office Block users get:
Check out the video: THE OFFICE BLOCK TOUR
For more information call today or visit:
Winter (?) Update
We’ve been hard at work at Millstone making the best of things so far this winter. We got off to a slightly better start than last year, but the weather continues to disappoint us overall. We’ve managed to do more grooming than last year already, though, and it’s not over yet. Our fingers are crossed that the rest of the season will be more cooperative.
In addition to mounting a useful new storage box on our grooming sled, the folks from Mountain Grooming recently stopped by to give us some upgrades from the factory. Now we’ll be even more ready to hit the trails with our Bearcat, which we acquired in part thanks to a grant from the Vermont Mountain Bike Association.
Logging in Town Forest
The next phase of logging has gotten underway in the Town Forest. Due to this work, we are not grooming the Heifer Pasture loops or trails on the lower side of LittleJohn Road, and we recommend that folks avoid these areas for the safety of everyone involved. The first logging phase last year was successful overall and cleanup/restoration was minimal, so we are confident that we’ll be in good shape in the current logging area before too long after operations are complete. It may even help us out with some terrain options for the future.
Finally, we are continuing to expand our presence on TrailHUB, by adding updated GPS-tracked maps for the winter season and informative pins that should be helpful in finding your way around Millstone. Be sure to download the TrailHUB app from your favorite app store to have a navigable map of our trail system in the palm of your hand!
On Saturday, October 8, 2016, MTA held its annual meeting at The Quarry restaurant in Barre. A primary focus of this gathering was to celebrate and honor the amazing volunteers who have maintained our trails throughout the year. We had a great turnout and a great time; thanks to everyone who came out to join us. The results of the Trails Crew Awards and MTA’s election of officers are below.
2016 Trails Crew Awards
Most Trail Time (Most hours of maintenance logged)
Barb Schwendtner Winner 29 Hours Trail Service
Runner Up: James Hoyt
Best Lumberjack (Most blowdowns removed)
Runner Up Greg Jancaitus
Best Earth Mover (Moved the most dirt and stone)
Cindy Lindeman 9 hours of earth work
Runner Up: Jacob Grossi 6.5 hours of earth
Most Hot Air (Most hours leaf blowing)
James Hoyt 12 hours of Leaf Blowing
Runner Up: Jason Jacques 6 hours leaf blowing
Best Carpenter (Most time fixing/building wood features)
Jason Jacques over 300 yards of bridge work
Runner Up: Barb Schwendtner 100 yards of bridge work
Best Proselytiser (person who reached out the most to new people, impacted new memberships/volunteers the most)
Runner Up: Dirk Anderson
Weekend Warrior (Person who showed up most consistently, ie every week)
Barb Schwendtner 5 of 6 trail days attended
Best Rider (Person who showed up to the most group rides)
Kristy Hunt 18 rides
Runner Up Ben Brown
Best Young Trail Builder
2016-17 Officers, Board of Directors
Stephen J. Maas, President
Peter Kopsco, Vice-President
Ano Lobb, Secretary
David Anderson, Treasurer
Bike Magazine recently profiled the Millstone Trails in its November 2016 issue. Author Graham Averill and photographer Chris Milliman toured the trails and met some familiar faces along the way. With permission from the magazine, we are posting the article here for your enjoyment.
The Millstone Trails Association would like to invite you to our Annual Meeting and Trails Crew Awards!
Each year the MTA holds an open to the public annual meeting in which we elect board officers as well as hear from the public.
This year we will be gathering to celebrate and honor the amazing volunteers who have maintained our trails through out the year. We hope you will join us in showing appreciation for the wonderful trail system and the people who make it all happen!
We invite you to come meet with us and stay to celebrate with us at The Quarry Restaurant and Tavern.
Millstone Trails Association Annual Meeting and Trails Crew Awards
The Quarry Restaurant and Tavern Upstairs Venue
Saturday, October 8 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
Grand Lookout and the Whetmore trails are temporarily closed to bikes/hiking. A LARGE group of cliff divers were caught in the Quarry with injuries resulting. As a result of this incident, Rock of Ages (the owner of this private property) and the Barre Town Police have asked us to close these trails for the remainder of the year. Please respect their decision. Anyone caught in these areas will be asked to leave and may be fined. Access to “Gnome Man’s Land” will no longer be via Grand Lookout. Please go around and go in by Barre Town school or Websterville Rd. Sorry for the inconvenience. It’s unfortunate that the actions of some inconsiderate individuals have to ruin things for a large group of trail users.
Bike racers, runners and volunteers take note: two events are upcoming this weekend:
First up is the Millstone Relay on Saturday.
See http://gearworksproductions.com/millstonerelay for all information. The race organizers are looking for a couple of volunteers to help; if you’re interested, drop them a line!
Then on Sunday, The Barre Heritage Festival 5K Race gets underway. See http://cvrunners.org/?page_id=379% for all the details.
Due to these events, we invite non-competing trail users to explore the Gnome Man’s Land or Canyonlands regions of the MTA trail system this weekend.
Learn to Identify Invasive Plants!
Tuesday, July 19, at 9:00 am
Dan Singleton, Washington County Forester, will join the Tuesday Morning Walkers. Dan will discuss how to get rid of invasives in your own yard, too.
Tuesday Morning Walkers info: Every Tuesday at 9:00 am, beginning June 7, 2016, and continuing through September, join Marianne Kotch and Suzy Klinefelter for easy to moderate walks, exploring various trails and lookouts. All ages and newcomers are always welcome. All walks begin at the kiosk at the 44 Brook St., Websterville 05678 parking area and last approximately an hour and a half. If it’s raining enough for an umbrella, the walk will be cancelled.
Questions? Can’t make any of these days/times? Call Marianne Kotch at 476-4185 for details or to set up a personal tour.
Please note: the Town will be closing the 44 Brook St parking area for Rockfire on June 25th at 6pm, meaning no one will be able to enter the parking lot after that time, although anyone still in there will be let out after that time. Contact Rockfire with any questions and enjoy the show!