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  1. Godspeed Jim Herbert

    For anyone who has ridden the Groveton Trailblazers trail system in and around Nash Stream over the past 15 years, the great experience that you had is in large part due to the efforts of Jim Herbert. He not only went out grooming almost every day, but in the off-season, he maintained the groomers and drags, applied for grants and organized trail maintenance. If you got to meet Jim, you know what a wonderful person he was. If not, take my word for it, Jim was a talented person and very dedicated to making sure things got done right. Take a few minutes to say goodbye on the funeral home page listed in the obituary below. His family will appreciate knowing how many lives Jim positively affected. JAMES “JIM” M. HERBERT, 79, of Cloutier Dr. in Stark died on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH after a lengthy illness. Jim was born on June 20, 1939, in Burlington, VT the son of James M. Herbert, Sr. and Clara (Dyke) Herbert. He was a graduate of Spaulding High School in Barre, VT. Before retiring Jim worked for Perini of Framingham, MA working in both New Hampshire and Vermont. Jim and Marilyn moved to Stark seventeen years ago from Franklin, NH, and Jim has been the Trail-master and groomer for the Groveton TrailBlazers for the past fifteen years. Jim was a lifelong member of the Mount Sinai Masonic Temple in Barre, VT. He was a Veteran of the US Army served during the Vietnam War. Jim is survived by his wife of 57 years Marilyn Herbert of Stark; three children Marcia Garner of Richmond, VT; James D. Herbert of Claymont, Deleware; and Dianne M. Herbert of Stark; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren and one brother Robert Herbert. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, from 5-8 pm at the Armstrong-Charron Funeral Home in Groveton. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at 11:00 am at the funeral home with Pastor Patricia Williams of the Groveton United Methodist Church officiating. Inurnment with Military Honors will be held at the convenience of the family in the Emerson Road Cemetery in Stark. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Jim's name to the Groveton Food Pantry; c/o St. Marguerite d'Youville Parish; PO Box 247; Groveton, NH 03582. To send the family your condolences via the online register book, please visit, www.armstrongcharronfuneralhome.com
  2. Snow Totals

    We received 3" of new powdery snow from Sunday night's storm. About 40" of snow on level ground right now. We tried doing some riding yesterday but trails were pretty beat after Saturday's heavy traffic probably going to the Snofest.
  3. Snow Totals

    In Stark, we got about 6-8 inches from Thursday's storm. We are now at about 40" on level ground. Did some riding in the Berlin and Groveton trail systems on Friday and they were both in great shape but the snow is soft so it won't take much to dig it up. Still with blue skies and no wind, conditions are about as good as they can get. Enjoy!
  4. Snow Totals

    We received another 4" of damp snow last night (Wed. night). Snow piles around the house are the biggest we have had since we have been here (since 2000). Approaching 3' of snow on level ground. Rode Nash Stream area yesterday and trails were perfect there. Great job Groveton Trailblazers!
  5. Snow Totals

    We received about 10" of wet snow from Friday's storm. We now have about 2.5' of densely packed snow on level ground in Stark. At the very bottom is an icy base a few inches thick. We drove by some picnic tables yesterday and only the table top was visible. Trails were pretty bumped up due to the warm temps but I expect conditions to get better as the cold returns. More snow in the forecast for Monday 2/18 and Thursday 2/21.
  6. How to keep snowmobiling alive in NH

    Unfortunately you wasting your time talking with NHSA. They are not concerned at all with any trail issues. Their action this year in taking $12 of each club membership fee as a "transaction fee" is nothing less than extortion and only helping to sink clubs financially. You need to start with the NH BOT and the clubs themselves. The NHBOT staff are the ones that negotiate the land use contracts with the large landowners and the clubs have the trail agreements with the smaller landowners. Having been a snowmobile trail master for 7 years and now an ATV trail master for 5 years, I can tell you that one of the major concerns of ALL landowners (large and small) is off trail riding. On all of the new trails that I have built or rebuilt since 2007, I have included physical barriers on all side trails to make sure people stay on the main trail. When these barriers are removed or breached, we will go in and fix them on a priority basis. If someone cuts a new side trail to get around a barrier, we will block that. If problems continue, we get Fish and Game involved or use game cameras to find out who is causing the damage. This is part of the commitment that must be made to get new trails opened. I don't know any landowner that says "go ahead and put the trail in anywhere that you want". Some landowners will specify exactly where they want the trail. Others will ask for our recommended route. But in the end, we agree on the trail location and provide the landowner with a detailed map that shows exactly where the trail is going along with the location of all bridges, culverts, gates and rock barriers. In addition to our club, the landowner gets keys to all gates. I do not forsee any easy way to open up off trail riding. In addition to the sensitive environmental areas that need to be protected, lets talk about the practical aspects. Just look at the tree damage from the wet snows that occurred this year. Even if you were able to get landowner permission to run on an ungroomed trail through their land, who is going to maintain it? I can tell you that cutting trees that bent over and frozen to the ground is not only dangerous but extremely hard work. On a groomed trail, the club normally uses the club groomer to help push these trees aside once they have been cut up, but that won't be allowed on ungroomed trails. Having begged for help in clearing our groomed trails over the past 12 years, I doubt very much you will get any of these riders to show up and spend a day hauling a chain saw through 2' deep snow to clear downed trees so they can ride a few miles of fresh powder. Its not much fun doing this work even when I have the groomer. At the end of the day, you are totally wet and exhausted. How about washouts? On our main trails we spent thousands of dollars putting in bridges, culverts and ditches to control water. What do you think those unmaintained trails look like right now after the deluge of rain that we just got? I am sure there are dozens of 2' deep washouts all over the place. Right now the only legal off-trail riding that I know of is in Jericho Mt. State Park. All of the ungroomed ATV trails make great places to hone your off-trail skills. But even there, you may find downed trees or washouts blocking your way so be prepared to cut your way through or turn around.
  7. Snow Totals

    Ended up with 14" of dry fine snow in Stark. Kind of granular in consistency, not fluffy. Very hard to walk through. Don't go off the trail!
  8. Snow Totals

    Got about a foot so far in Stark as of 9am on Sunday. Still coming down and snow not expected to end until mid afternoon.
  9. Merry Christmas, Happy New year

    Well said Jeff
  10. We have a bridge!

    I don't think that is too bad. If you had to build it with steel, you would need heavy equipment to set the beams plus a lot more wood for the deck and railings. Good job.
  11. We have a bridge!

    Very nice product. What is the total length and what did you pay for it?
  12. 2000 Trail Roamer

    Thanks to everyone who called or emailed but the Trail Roamer has been sold.
  13. 2000 Trail Roamer

    Added sweetener to the deal. Free delivery anywhere in New England!
  14. 2000 Trail Roamer

    I already have 6 machines and so I will have to pass on your offer. For anyone else who may be interested, the clutch can be turned easily by hand so the motor is not frozen.
  15. 2000 Trail Roamer

    Pathfinder. I will deliver to Pittsburg if you want to buy it!