rivercat

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    rivercat got a reaction from snorander in Affordable Trail Signs Every Club Can Make   
    At least three clubs in Merrimack County ave gone with aluminum signs on steel posts that have a life cycle over 10 years , (yes sometimes trails change and those intersections change) However two of the clubs reached out to local businesses for "sponsorship" and not only covered the cost of the project but MADE money enough to put into reserve for updates  as necessary, the businesses are listed at a couple major intersections on the trail system and I believe on the club websites. Sponsorship = FREE signs!
    I do want to say hats off to you Bruce because ANY improvement is an improvement!
    I Did request at a recent NHSA trails meeting, WHY CANT WE ADOPT A STANDARDIZED trail marking/signing system for the ENTIRE STATE?
     Not ONE of the "excuses why we couldn't standardize within the committee made ONE OUNCE of sense to me,,, but I recently have discovered that Im 20 years AHEAD of most curves, so I shut up and went with the "floor".  Canada, Maine and Vt  has accomplished it, whats so difficult? 
    BTW I brought to the NHSA table SIX plus years ago that we needed a Statewide electronic map, it just happened this season. 
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    rivercat reacted to pathfinder in Fish and Game Executive Director being shown the door   
    Wide Open, I deeply respect your opinion and your position on increased speed limits. You, however, hit the nail on the head with your description of today's sleds "can turn on a dime,stop,go and handle like they are kids toys".  You are correct in your description, but unfortunately they give you a false sense of security and induce you to take it to the next level, until you are over your head depending on a super sled to take care of you. I use to take out rookies to the sport daily and teach them how to ride and have a good time. We would take off at a screamin' 20 mph and come back in at 40, in one piece. It wasn't unusual for some of these rookies to get instantly hooked and show up a couple of weeks later with stuff like an RX1, MXZ, and think they have it all figured out.  Lots of them crashed, some got beat up, some died...
    By the way, some of the mid 70's liquid Nitro Rupp's use to hit 94 miles an hour in 660 feet back then, and they were 340's. You had to "ride" them, they didn't mask much with super suspension, super brakes, wide front ends.... You had to use your head...
    pathfinder
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    rivercat reacted to smallengineguy in NH GRASS DRAGS - RACE INTO WINTER   
    Love how this site continues to be the "Bash the NHSA site"... Step up if you can do better.
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    rivercat got a reaction from snorander in Fire at Murray Farm   
    Hey Thanks so MUCH everyone,,,,,  snowmobiling friends and friends from far and wide have been reaching out,,,, several came to lend a hand for a day or more,,, many well wishes from ALL OVER ,, my entire service building and offices , heating plant including my chip plant, water storage and booster pump,, fertilizer for this spring,,, this seasons seed packs for our customers,  just serviced our zero turn mower,,, all GONE ,,,, the gable on our greenhouse that was destroyed was 174' wide. It took 100% of all the heating equipment hung on that gable,, we lost our stand by generator,  all our tools, and I just put a $35,000 standing seam roof on the building last summer,,, we had just taken a delivery of a NEW gas boiler that wasn't installed yet, the wreckage list is surreal.... 
     
    I have no choice other than to be POSITIVE,,,  the good in neighbors, friends, family, no one was hurt, the cat survived, MOST of my plants that were not burned will make it,,,,,,  INSURANCE?  grossly underinsured, 
     
    I hope my inspiration will inspire others,,,,, its all I really have always wanted in life,
     
     
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    rivercat reacted to Bearcat250 in Off Trail Idiots get another trail closed   
    I don't post much on this site but I'm going to chime in. There is a place for them to ride, Montana. Don't screw it up for the people that follow the rules and respect landowners.
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    rivercat reacted to Freedom Rider in Off Trail Idiots get another trail closed   
    Why should law followers and club volunteers have to find them places to ride? I know in the 70s the club's had to find it on there own. I spent a lot of my teenage years going out with club elders doing exactly that.
     
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    rivercat got a reaction from jhwentworth in How to keep snowmobiling alive in NH   
    If my memory is serving me correctly there are some over 4000 LANDOWNERS that make up the NH 7000 mile system. Based on the "fragmentation of the land area of NH coupled to the distance and areas desired (for off trail) you can be assured  NH starts with limitations!  One other factor is that Maine  is 33,000 square miles Coos County is just under 1800  with the whole State of NH covering just Under 9000 miles, food for thought!
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    rivercat reacted to John Mercier in How to keep snowmobiling alive in NH   
    Then you are not paying attention to what is being stated. I had a lot of people in their early 20s on sleds... but they are now suffering the result of financial planning. It is very sad to find a 50-60 year old with retirement savings that will not suffice their retirement... to watch them sell the things they loved... and know that even after it is all gone, there will not be enough.
    The numbers in the first post are nationwide. US registrations... not new or used sled sales... have fallen approximately 450,000. Canadian registrations... not new or used sled sales, but actual users... have fallen approximately 165,000. The average age of snowmobile owners has gone up 2 years... even with all those inexpensive used sled available to the younger generation. And the amount spend snowmobiling per capita has gone down from an estimated $4000 annually to $2000 annually. 
    Sales... new or used... is not the issue. Registrations falling, registrants being older, and what each registrant is spending annually... those are the issues.
    Landowners that can no longer afford to hold large parcels... they need the money for retirement... that is an issue.
    How did that happen? When they were young they didn't care about gross income. Now they are old... they are selling things to live off what income they can muster.
    Since the median according to the stats is 45 years old... it probably weighs on them more than it does a 20 year old.
    Polaris and Bombardier realized in their study that the days of the garage full of toys would result in the days of focus on one toy. What will that ''toy'' be in the end? I think it will vary... but it means the community of support will be lower.
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    rivercat reacted to smallengineguy in How to keep snowmobiling alive in NH   
    I'm pretty sure when you go to a dealer and buy a mountain sled, the dealer isn't going to have a class on proper riding and landowner respect. They're going to take the money and hand over the sled, SO actually it DOES matter what the manufacturers push. Posters on the dealer walls of sleds side hilling and high marking. That's what you're SUPPOSED to do with the sled, so let's do it. If you're a 20 something making your first sled purchase, all you care about is the fun, not the consequence.
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    rivercat got a reaction from snorander in NHSA Sno Traveler promoting ME sledding   
    Steve its TOTALLY EASY to "argue the merits of camp Sno-Mo from the outside looking inward,,,  I could easily join you on this topic ,,,,, HOWEVER you may want to take the time this Saturday eve to go to the Andover Pasta Buffet  (at the Middle school)  and take a gander at the way in which everyone pulls together for a common goal,,,,,,, the meal easily fits YOUR budget/price range (jk-jk)   bring a 20 to buy some raffle tickets for a tons of prizes they have ,,,, REMEMBER to take a hard look at how this brings community together,,, and provides a imesureable service to families that have a child that couldn't do camp otherwise!!!!!! You missed Warners last Saturday, and Canterbury the Saturday before!   hope to see you there!!!!   
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    rivercat got a reaction from Rock On in NHSA Sno Traveler promoting ME sledding   
    It isn't necessary to buy a new sled when the time comes nor new gear to go with it,,,, but in regard to not being able to "afford" another registration increase I ask this,,,,,, can we just sit by and watch clubs close down? We are in the process of losing a few each year! Is it far that volunteers use their own resources to keep groomers running to make the trails we all enjoy? lots of the time groomers are plugged in to an electrical outlet  to keep batteries tended and engine blocks warm adding to volunteers electric bill on a month basis, A $54 increase IS two tanks of gas,,,,,,,,,,,,,, BUT it is also $2,000,000 into the STATEWIDE trails/grooming fund! Yes priorities have to determine what are hobbies are and no one leaves the spot that isn't missed,,  for me the RIDE is maybe 30% of the fun,,,,, the MEMORIES are the other 70%!   Lastly as I look at it, its ALWAYS been a rich mans sport, like boating, skiing, golf, bicycling  and going to the games or concerts or vacation!!! NOTHING is cheep!
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    rivercat got a reaction from dirt dummy in Things are quiet here   
    Sorry Dave about your in laws ,,, it’s a difficult chapter of “life” 
    sledaholic THANK YOU for helping Dirt Dummy... he needs all he can get ,,, (kidding there) ,, don’t let him make you help weed his garden !! 
    Me ? Been open at the greenhouse 61 hours a week ,, plus the work AFTER work,
    Either  this Friday Or Monday I receive  42,000 mums  that I have maybe two weeks to plant and get onto irrigation,, YES FALL IS COMING!! ,,, looking forward to early July,, for a day or two off ! 
    And my grass? I think I need to mow and bale it !! 
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    rivercat got a reaction from dirt dummy in Special Meeting   
    The move was made to LEVEL the vote between each and every club ,,  the other benefit would be to get an annual meeting that would fit MORE venues ,,  
    EVERY club is important just as the consensus of a VOTE is important,, 
    could it be AT ALL POSSIBLE that much this guidance is the cumulative EFFORTS of the numerous meeting that took place between the NHSA executive committee and the AG’s office ,,,,, ummmmmmYES !! 
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    rivercat got a reaction from nhgator in Spotted at a local fundraiser   
    I’m colorful enough ,,,,,,   they may confuse me with the gate posts on the rail bed 
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    rivercat got a reaction from nhgator in Spotted at a local fundraiser   
    Well gator ,,, just because I won NINE TIMES ,,,, including my crocheted shawl,,, gotta say I’m thinking of wearing it EVERYWHERE  the laughs  were well worth it!!! 
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    rivercat got a reaction from nhgator in Spotted at a local fundraiser   
    I’m colorful enough ,,,,,,   they may confuse me with the gate posts on the rail bed 
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    rivercat got a reaction from nhgator in Spotted at a local fundraiser   
    Well gator ,,, just because I won NINE TIMES ,,,, including my crocheted shawl,,, gotta say I’m thinking of wearing it EVERYWHERE  the laughs  were well worth it!!! 
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    rivercat got a reaction from Bilbo in &$%*$$# MICE   
    I swear they put PEANUT BUTTER in ALL Electrial wiring !!! 
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    rivercat reacted to RK-SXViper in Money grab New Hampshire style   
    Jeff you might want to be VERY careful of what bear your poking, because I'm getting really tired of your keyboard accusations!! The special meeting the directors went to concluded with leaving executive session and motions and votes being taken back in public session. Minutes were takes and and approved by the board, if you actually got out from behind your keyboard and attended our county meeting last night you'd have seen the minutes for your self!! Usually you're very good with the facts but this time you're way out of line, ask questions before you post misinformation!
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    rivercat reacted to CATRESERVE in Club memberships & sled registrations   
    Our membership is up....we see the money but never see the faces.  A problem all clubs have.
    We need more snow so this forum will get back into sledding pictures, stories, how to get to here or there, etc.  That is what I enjoy....
    Sick of the negative, negative, negative....get enough of that in the NEWS.  My glass is always 1/2 fullnot 
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    rivercat got a reaction from dirt dummy in Online Membership Update   
    I’m going to TRY to shed some prospective 
    so it’s been in the past nearly $100 (in state) to enjoy the “privledge” of riding a snowmobile OFF your own property
    lets THINK of how many directions tat money goes 
    join a club and the club uses it for 
    insurance, equipment, fuel, repairs. trail projects that are self funded, And club administration postage, news letters etc 
    When you go to register and $3 goes to the agent with the rest going to be divided between fish and game for 
    Staff , law enforcement, search and rescue, printing and providing our decals ,their equipment,  insurance, admin 
    and then some goes to NH BOT for staff, admin, signs, their own equipment and the Grant in aide program that is our life blood ,,,
    so is that really all we need ???? 
     
    Or might it be a a good idea to have a common “ASSOCIATION “for clubs? 
    A condiut for communication for clubs 
    training for club “administration “ and groomer operators 
    a brick and mortar office with full time staff ? 
    To host numerous committee meetings 
    including grass drag, Easter seals, trail masters meeting, insurance committee, scollarship, trails, legislative, and more as well as meet with officials from fish and game snd NH BOT each month to bring info Back  to clubs 
    the ability to organize for group insurance 
    an attorney to monitor all bills and possible law changes that could affect our ability to ride 
     
    Now in my THIRD year as a director I’m anything but s NHSA enthusiast,, HOWEVER I am appalled to realize there are people “enjoying” the trails that do not realize how integral an “ASSOCIATION” truly is, that’s supported ( in every way) by snowmobilers 
     
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    rivercat got a reaction from snorander in trail closure ?   
    Oh Yes, face to face, well dressed with the contract,,, not fresh off a trail work party!!!! 
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    rivercat got a reaction from CATRESERVE in trail closure ?   
    Trail access can be a valuable as waterfront to the right person! 
    The current  landowner needs to clearly understand that any new landowner can choose to leave it open or close it once the property is sold ,,  the club needs to do a ONE YEAR written contract  with the current landowner that clearly states that trail use is to be renewed ANNUALLY and can be closed during the season with a 1-10 day notice in the event of a trail issue, make it formal on club letterhead  and have it signed  by the president and trail master with the contact info of every officer and directors contact information,, I'd be shocked if this does not get the trail open for this year. 
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    rivercat got a reaction from CATRESERVE in trail closure ?   
    Trail access can be a valuable as waterfront to the right person! 
    The current  landowner needs to clearly understand that any new landowner can choose to leave it open or close it once the property is sold ,,  the club needs to do a ONE YEAR written contract  with the current landowner that clearly states that trail use is to be renewed ANNUALLY and can be closed during the season with a 1-10 day notice in the event of a trail issue, make it formal on club letterhead  and have it signed  by the president and trail master with the contact info of every officer and directors contact information,, I'd be shocked if this does not get the trail open for this year. 
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    rivercat got a reaction from Patriot in My observation at the NHSA monthly meeting !!   
    Busy ?????? Well yaaaaa,,, spring we broke sales records ,,in spite of SNOW on Mother's Day , then mid June we planted a few mums ,,, 31,000.
    Last few weeks have been relaxing a bit ,, but  starting early September ,,, its mum season !!!  This is one of three fields ,,,