Portage Lakers ATV Club receives Yamaha Grant

15 years ago
Trail restored

    The Portage Lakers ATV Club recently completed a trail restoration project with the help of a grant from Yamaha. The group applied for and received the Yamaha OHV Access Initiative Grant to repair a portion of the trail that had been a constant issue. 

    The Yamaha OHV Access Initiative “is a pro-active, grassroots program supported by Yamaha dealers and customers nationwide promoting safe, responsible riding and sustainable, open riding areas.” The goal of the grant is “guaranteeing responsible access to our nation’s trails.” The local Yamaha dealer sponsor for this project was Roger’s Sport Center in Fort Kent.
    The portion of the trail that was restored is located at the end of the West Road in Portage Lake and is known as the Don Cyr Memorial Trail. A lot of work was done to restore and improve safe riding conditions, as well as bringing the trail up to state ATV codes.
    “This portion of the trail always got washed out and was a problem” said club member Ginger Nelson, “so recycled culverts were added and replaced, as well as ditching, leveling, smoothing and widening of the trail.”
    Soil and gravel were also added in areas that required it. Work was done by hired hand and the hard work of volunteers, most being ATV club members. Special thanks to contractor Robert Flint of R and I Trucking from Portage Lake.
    In recognition of the trail restoration, the project was named as “The Don Cyr Memorial Restoration Project 2009.” A new sign was also purchased from the Sign Shed in Ashland and is now in place.
    The total estimated cost for the project was $7,650. The club was able to obtain $5,650 from the Yamaha grant towards the project!  
    Thank you to all the club members for your hard work and dedication in making our trail systems what they are. Without you, the rest of us wouldn’t be able to enjoy such good riding.

Club meeting

    There will be a Portage Snowmobile Club meeting on Friday, Jan. 1, at 6:30 p.m. at Dean’s. All current members and anyone else interested in participating should attend.

Northwood Manor celebrates Christmas

    The residents, staff, family and friends recently enjoyed their annual Christmas party at the manor. Everyone feasted on a tasty variety of  food that was prepared by the staff, including a roast turkey dinner with all the fixings, lasagnas, chips and dips, salads, veggie platters and a smorgasbord of homemade desserts!
    A special thanks to Ron Fournier of Garfield for roasting the turkeys once again. He always does a great job and has been a good friend to the manor over the years.
    Local family musicians, Joel and Shannon Deabay of Oxbow, and brothers Rodney and Brian Carney of Ashland, got together to perform some acoustic toe-tapping country tunes and classic Christmas music for the guests. They were very generous with their time and talent, which was appreciated and enjoyed by all!

2009 reflections

    As we approach the last days of 2009, like many, I am reflecting on the past year and all that has come, good and bad.
    I have spent a lot of time this year thinking of my loved ones, and the passage of time. I don’t know if it’s my age, the fact that I am away from them or just plain life. But I have been thinking. My Dad has been sick for some years now, slowly disappearing due to the side effects of dementia. My Mom, though always healthy — “the rock” — is beginning to slow down a bit. It’s normal, a part of life and one that I accept fully. I just find myself studying their faces and appreciating every moment that I have with them.
    I feel extremely thankful that we were blessed with another year together. All of my loved ones for that matter, because someday, this won’t always be so. I am thankful to have the insight to realize this.
    This time last year, we had no idea what my brother would be facing in just a few short months. One ache and a doctor’s appointment set his world, and ours, upside down. It changed everything. The past 10 months of his life have been filled with surgeries, chemo and a stem cell transplant. I am happy to report in just the past few weeks, the news has been a true miracle. Remission! Thanks be to God.
    But it makes you think. And it should.
    On to happier ‘thankful’ thoughts — this was the year my sweetheart and I “made it official.” Not that it wasn’t, but I know my Mom feels better now. It was a special day for us.
    In 2009 I was also really lucky to take on the duties of a Star-Herald correspondent! Though it’s on a small scale, I have always aspired to write in some sort of public forum, and feel I am now on the path towards the direction of my dreams. Usually all it takes is that first step to set the wheels of destiny in motion.
    I have a group of girlfriends that consists of four girls I have known since grade school, plus two. I often refer to them as “the loves of my life” which indeed they are. With them, I am most myself; I giggle too much and feel my absolute, authentic best. They inspire me and refresh my soul in a way no one else ever could. For them, I am thankful; and to them, I owe so much.
    By nature I tend to be a deep thinker and a person who has always appreciated her life, good and bad. I know there are lessons in everything that happens, we just have to listen to hear them sometimes. So this year, take the time to tell the people you love how you feel about them, try something you have always wanted to do, live in the moment and enjoy the small things as much as the big ones. Live your life. It’s the only one you’ve got!  
    May all of you enjoy good health and the big and little things that life brings to you in 2010. Thank you for taking the time to read my ramblings, and for all your kind words. For that, I am also thankful ~ Susan
    Susan Feeney-Hopkins is the correspondent for Ashland, Portage Lake, Oxbow, Masardis, Garfield, Nashville Plantation and surrounding townships. She can be reached at 435-8232 or feenhop@aol.com.


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    LOCAL MUSICIANS treated the residents and guests at Northwood Manor’s Christmas Party to some beautiful music. Those performing, from left: Rodney Carney, Joel Deabay, Brian Carney and Shannon Deabay.





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    PROVING GROWN-UPS are included on Santa’s list, Alice Black is enjoying unwrapping her gifts at the Ashland Christmas party, held at the manor.











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    HOLIDAY FUN — Activities Director Jennifer Durand and resident Alma Goding took a spin on the dance floor during the Northwood Manor Christmas Party.








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    TAKING A BREAK from all the party fun at the manor are, from left: Pauline Craig, her daughter Lois Howes and Muriel Gordon.






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    NEW TRAIL SIGN — Members of the Portage ATV Club place a sign designating the Donald Cyr Memorial Trail in recognition of the Yamaha OHV Access Initiative Restoration Grant awarded to the Portage ATV Club. Pictured, from left: Milton Jandreau, Gary Hafford and Don Belanger.