CEDC Awards $4,000 for New Lancaster Snow Drifters Trail

By Edith Tucker
Coos County Democrat

January 15, 2014

LANCASTER — The board of the Coös Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) voted at its Thursday night meeting on Jan. 9 to award the remaining $4,000 of Coös County funds that it was allocated for economic development projects to the Lancaster Snow Drifters to help the snowmobile club pay for some of the materials used on a newly constructed multi-use trail that connects Mount Prospect at Weeks State Park to the Whitefield-Lancaster line, explained CEDC president Chris Diego. From there the trail connects an existing snowmobile trail on the Mountain View Grand property to Corridor 5 in Whitefield.

The club had submitted a grant request for $14,400, because the project included a 30-foot-long steel bridge as well as both a 12-foot and a 10-foot wooden bridge, all built by volunteers. The Club partnered with the Grand Hotel, which paid for the portion of the trail system on their acreage, and Club members donated well over 450 hours of trail work.

Volunteers included Shane, Tyler, and Spencer Beattie, Paul Crane, Ken Bolland, Greg Wescott, Steve Wallace, Shawn Whiting, Haden Gonyer, Hunter Griswald, Mark Desrochers, Matt Maccarone, Doug and Steven Shearer, Keith and Mattie Kopp, Alex Kopp, Brian Doyle, and Normie Vashaw.

Club grant writers Ken Bolland and Shane Beattie pointed out that the trail has the potential to create a “destination spot” for trail users to spend the night, boosting usage at restaurants and gas stations.

With direct access to snowmobiles, the owners of both the Barron Brook Inn and Mountain Lakes Camp ground to stay open in the winter to serve snowmobilers.

The Snow Drifters were recently awarded a $10,000 grant to hire a marketing company to help promote the upcoming Lancaster Grand Prix weekend Jan. 31 to Feb. 2 — to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the “Kilkenny Cup.”

The gala weekend includes the 50th Annivesary Grand Ball on Friday night at the Mountain View Grand hotel: dinner, a cash bar and music from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., two days of races on a 3/8-mile oval at the Lancaster Fairgrounds, and a Saturday night parade and bonfire.

For more details, visit www.lancastergrandprix.com


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