January 14, 2017
Greetings from Aroostook County...
Mother Nature certainly doesn’t know what she wants we have gone from -24 degrees below zero to 40 degrees above with rain. All projects have their fingers crossed that they will be able to get out once the temps drop. All trails were in great shape before the warm temps, so if people have stayed off of them during this spell, projects should not have a lot of damage to repair. The winds blew hard yesterday so please use caution. There might be some water holes in the low lying areas here and there so please right slow.
Once this weather cools off and clubs get back out to do what they do best the entire County should be in good shape for the weekend. Just remember that they will be hard and fast.
The Southern sections of the County have been reporting for good conditions and the Areas South of Houlton and Hodgdon area have been in great condition and will be once again after the weather cools off.
Please check with local officials before venturing out on Lakes and Ponds.
Trail 71A only open the 1st 6 miles to Garfield.
ITS 83 is in great shape from one end of the County to the other, clubs will be out once the weather cools.
ITS 90 is open and completely groomed and in great shape, small detour on Fort Fairfield’s end just follow signs. Clubs will be out once the weather cools
ITS 85 is connected all the way through to the crown. There is a section of road that is plowed at the Red River Bridge where Eagle Lake and Portage meet, this will be plowed for the rest of the season so please use caution. There is a logging operation South of Violette settlement please use caution watch for signs. Clubs will be out once the weather cools.
120 the Deboullie trail is in great shape.
ITS 92 From Fort Kent up through St. Francis to Allagash. Clubs will be out once it cools off.
ITS 81 is in good shape and completely open Logging operation before meeting with Fort Fairfield on the Easton end. Watch for signs and equipment on trail. Clubs will be out once it cools off.
105 trail from Van Buren through Stockholm and South to Mapleton is in good shape. There is a logging operation at the Southern end in the Chapman area, there are alternatives to use. Logging should be complete within the next week. Clubs will be out once it cools off.
ITS 88 From Fort Fairfield is reported open all the way to Ashland, there is a water hole in the Frenchville area and they are hoping that it will freeze by the weekend. Watch out for speed bumps in the Parkhurst Siding area of the Rail bed. Clubs will be out once it cools off.
73B is open and signed there is a logging operation in the Little Black lake area please use caution.
Trail 81 (Swedes Trail) is open and reported to have a few water holes watch for signs. There is a small water hole, it is very well marked.
ON THE SOCIAL SIDE:
Friday January 13, 2017 The Pleasant ridge riders will be having a Chicken Stew/Chili dinner fundraiser at the Clubhouse located on 17 Pleasant Ridge Road in Caswell. The supper will be from 4-7. All proceeds will be going to the groomer fund.
Sunday January 29, 2017
The Pleasant ridge riders will be having a Breakfast fundraiser at the clubhouse from 7-11 all proceeds will be going to the groomer fund.
Washburn trail runners club will officially open for business on January 7th. Saturday hours will be 7-2, Sunday 7-12.
Chapman Ridge runners will be hosting a potluck supper and auction Saturday the 7th at 6pm. At the Clubhouse located at 94 town hall road in Chapman.
Madawaska snowmobile club will be hosting a MSA Northern Region Informational Meeting on January 14th, from 10-2 at the Clubhouse located on the Fournier Road. Light lunch will be served, the public is encouraged to attend. Madawaska fire and rescue will be there with the rescue boggan.
Presque Isle club is having chicken stew on Friday nights from 5-7.