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December 15, 2009

 Message from the President

 Here we are again waiting for the start of another great season on the trails.

 Your STR Executive and Volunteers have been busy over the past months getting things ready for the upcoming season.

 A brand new website – www.sunsettrailriders.ca – is now up and running. Special thanks to LOWBIC (Lake of the Woods Business Incentive Corp) for a grant we received, as well as, countless volunteer hours by Darrin Fudali and Gerry Rummery, and the expertise of the staff at Overdrive Design. Check it out!

 A new bridge has been constructed this past fall on “A Trail” east between Highwind  and Ethelma Lakes. Our thanks to the Federal Government, our local MP Greg Rickford, the NTC Fund, and the OFSC. The Federal Government contributed $20,000 and the OFSC matched the contribution with another $20,000.

 One of our groomers, the BR 160, is being outfitted with a brand new set of tracks at a cost of $24,000. This purchase was made possible by a funding grant of $22,000 from NWOSTA (OFSC District 17). Our thanks to NWOSTA!

 Last spring our Mikadusa Warm-up Shelter on L101 underwent a total facelift. New metal roofing, siding, metal ceiling, and interior walls were installed to give this shelter a new look. Thanks to the Volunteer Crew that made this project happen. This past month the Witch Bay Warm-up Shelter was tackled as well. The roof and exterior walls were clad with new metal siding.

 At this time, the groomers and club sleds are being serviced and made ready for action. Trail Bosses have attended signage courses and have been brought up to speed with new signage and safety regulations.

 It would seem that Mother Nature is cooperating with us with great weather for making ice. The Lake of the Woods has frozen over, except for parts of Clearwater Bay – that should be any day. We have reports of ice depths from 6 – 11 inches on some parts. We should be able to begin staking and marking prior to Christmas.

 Permit Sales – the December 1 deadline has come and gone. Sales have had a slow start. To date, we are slightly behind last year’s numbers. This would be partially due to the mild October and November this year as most people aren’t thinking about sledding when they only need to wear a light jacket outside!

 If you are one of those that haven’t purchased your 2009/2010 OFSC Trail Permit or know someone who hasn’t – it’s time – all of our retailers still have season permits available. Your support is necessary to ensure that we continue to have well groomed and safe trails.

 If you would like to come out to volunteer some time – helping with marking or clearing trails this year – please contact Rick Vincent at [email protected] or by phone 807-543-3648.

 Thank you again for your continued support.

 Ken Bracken

President

Sunset Trail Riders

 Contact – [email protected] or 807-543-1077