Trails Crew Awards Winners and Election Results

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)
Jeb Wallace-Brodeur
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)
Ben Brown
Runner Up: Dirk Anderson

Weekend Warrior (Person who showed up most consistently, ie every week)
Barb Schwendtner 5 of 6 trail days attended
Jason Jacques

Best Rider (Person who showed up to the most group rides)
Kristy Hunt 18 rides
Runner Up Ben Brown

Best Young Trail Builder
Tyler Hopkins

2016-17 Officers, Board of Directors

Stephen J. Maas, President

Peter Kopsco, Vice-President

Ano Lobb, Secretary

David Anderson, Treasurer

Rock Steady: Tapping Millstone Trails’ Secret Ingredient

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.

Annual Meeting and Trails Crew Awards

mta-awardsThe 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.

Trail Closure Notice

trail-sign-nhe-17514_300Grand 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.

Events this Weekend

highfivephotoBike racers, runners and volunteers take note: two events are upcoming this weekend:

First up is the Millstone Relay on Saturday.
See 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 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!

AngryGnome3Learn 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.

June Volunteer Day Change

395928_415643608473094_712171612_nWant to help out on the trails? Volunteers, take note: MTA’s next trail day will be held on Sunday, June 19 at 8am. (instead of Saturday as previously scheduled). Meet at the town forest parking, 44 Brook street. We will be repairing the Locomotion elevated dirt bridge. Bring gloves, bug spray and a shovel. MTA will bring the rest!

Tuesday Night Group Rides – Join Us!

Credit: Jeb Wallace-BrodeurCome out and join MTA for Tuesday night group rides at Millstone all season long! The first one gets underway on June 14th at 5:30. Meet at the 44 Brook St. parking lot. Rides will be based on fun, not speed or ability level. All are welcome. You must have a mountain bike; no cycle cross, bmx or road bikes allowed. Bring a helmet and bike lights are encouraged. For more information, contact us!

Commune with Nature on Alternate Sunday Mornings!

Samantha Ryan "Maiden Hair Fern"
Samantha Ryan “Maiden Hair Fern”

Commune with Nature on Alternate Sunday Mornings!

Beginning Sunday, June 12, at 9:00 am and continuing on alternate Sundays (watch The World for dates), join naturalist Samantha Ryan for easy to moderate walks through the forest. Bring your camera for advice on photo-worthy sights, including fungi and bugs. Meet at the kiosk at 44 Brook St., Websterville 05678 parking area.

Questions? Can’t make any of these days/times? Call Marianne Kotch at 476-4185 for details or to set up a personal tour.

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