Ridge Runners to close season with supper

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The Chapman Ridge Runners Snowmobile Club will hold a public supper from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, at the clubhouse at 94 Town Hall Road in West Chapman.  

The meal will feature a choice of roast beef or barbecued chicken with potatoes, vegetable, salad and a roll, chili with cornbread or beans, or hot dogs with brown bread.  All are welcome to support the work of the club’s volunteer groomers. Proceeds will support trail grooming work.  

ATV riders take notice

ATV riders, remember that trails will not be open until the end of May.  They will open when the official date is posted.  When riders go on soft trails before they are officially open, the ATV club runs the risk of landowners closing the trails due to damages caused by riding on soft, wet and muddy trails.   

Disappointing as this sounds, there are always a few riders who go on the trails before they are open.  This early riding cancels out expensive bulldozing and ditching to prepare the ground for all users.  Should riders have questions or need more information, call Mickey Maynard, club president, at 764-1236.

Guest reader Gail Gibson, a former fifth-grade teacher and principal of Mapleton Elementary School, shares a book with a group during family reading night. She remembers the start of the popular event at the school.
(Courtesy of Terry Sandusky)

Elementary Reading Week

Last week was Mapleton Elementary School Reading Week, brought to the students and families by the school and the Mapleton Parent Organization.  The school hosted a reading session featuring children’s book author and teaching author Lynn Plourde.  

On Wednesday, students were encouraged to dress up as their favorite book characters.  Several rooms decorated their doors based on a book chosen by the class.  A big hit of the week was a book fair brought to the school by Laura Hale, owner of Neighborhood Books in Presque Isle.

Keith Draper, guest reader at Mapleton Elementary, came dressed in his firefighter gear and read “Even Firefighters Hug Their Moms” by Christine Kole McLean. He handed out many Smokey Bear comic books about forest fires.
(Courtesy of Terry Sandusky)

The biggest event of the week was family reading night.  The school and the parents organization teamed up to bring back the event, which for many years was a student, family and staff favorite evening.  

On Wednesday evening, students and their families, grandparents or caregivers came together at the school for the “SPRING Into the Love of Reading” celebration. The evening started with the MPO serving pizza in the cafeteria. Then a round-robin reading series began, with each family attending three reading sessions with a special guest reader.  The evening guest readers were:  Gabe Cheney reading “Where the Wild Things Are,” Keith Draper reading “Even Firefighters Hug Their Moms,” Rebecca Langille reading “Roxaboxen” and Lois Brewer reading “Abiyoyo.” 

Families stand in line for pizza during the recent Mapleton Elementary School Family Reading Night. The Mapleton Parent Organization served the meal to everyone who attended.
(Courtesy of Terry Sandusky)

Making her return to this special evening was Gail Gibson, former fifth-grade teacher and school principal, who read Mo Williams’ “The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?”  Gibson was happy to return as a reader as she remembers the beginning of family reading Night.  

Dan Duprey, current school principal, was pleased with large turnout of students and their families.  He estimated there were more than 200 students and family members attending the event.  

Terry Sandusky is the Star-Herald correspondent for Mapleton, Chapman and Castle Hill and can be reached at 764-4916 or at starherald.Tsandusky@gmail.com.