© Paul Hutchings
Wilf Curlew, right, accepted the nod to be president of the Junction Trailblazers at the group‚Äôs annual general meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, with Roseanne White remaining the club‚Äôs secretary.
DEER LAKE ‚ÄĒ ‚ÄúWell, somebody had to do it I guess.‚ÄĚ
That‚Äôs Junction Trailblazers president Wilf Curlew commenting after he accepted the nomination as the snowmobile club‚Äôs president. He told The Western Star earlier in the week, and reiterated during the meeting, that he hoped someone else would step forward to take over in the role, citing the need for ‚Äúnew blood‚ÄĚ going forward.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôll get together as an executive and decide where to go from here,‚ÄĚ he said after Wednesday‚Äôs meeting at the Holiday Inn Express in Deer Lake. ‚ÄúWe have signs to put up and we have to get out on the trail to see what needs to be improved, with all the rain we‚Äôve had this fall, there‚Äôs bound to be (felled trees) or flooding. We‚Äôll see what happens.‚ÄĚ
During the meeting other board members elected included, Guy Reid as vice-president, Terri-Lynn Robbins as public relations co-ordinator and Scott Hillyard as the club‚Äôs safety and trail co-ordinator.
Representatives from the Newfoundland and Labrador Snowmobile Federation were on hand and informed the group that the early bird special for the yearly trail passes were extended by a week to Dec. 22. Federation general manager Tony Sheppard said the extension was to compensate for a slow start for sticker sales.
‚ÄúWe had to await the authorization of the sales of the early bird this year from the provincial government, that was a little late this year, so we opted to keep the early bird open another week,‚ÄĚ said Sheppard after the meeting.
The early bird passes sell for $88, which includes a new $8 groomer replacement fee. The club will have to install a large sign that may have been vandalized over the summer.
During the meeting it came to light that the federation will be mostly replacing the groomer operators, as some in the organization were unhappy with how the trails were maintained last year. They also discussed the trail to Howley, and that this year more of an effort needs to be undertaken to maintain it.
More snow is expected later this week, meaning the season is most likely about to get very busy for the local club.