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Snowmobile club optimistic about season

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The Sunset Country Snowmobile Club attended to some administrative matters at its general meeting here Tuesday night—and for the most part, its executives are optimistic about this season.

“There was interesting discussions,” SCSC president Rick Socholotuk said yesterday. “There were ideas that were brought up that will be brought up to the board.”

But whether this translates into the club holding its regular events still depends on snowfall, which has been minimal so far this winter, he added.

No dates for the club’s regular “fun runs” or poker derbies were announced.

“We need snow. It’s all pretty iffy right now,” Socholotuk admitted.

Another major area of discussion centered on snowmobile permit prices. Socholotuk clarified that $116.35 of the $160 permit (the price after Dec. 1) goes to the local club. $34.65 goes to the cost of permits while $10 goes to the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Club’s trail insurance.

The money will be used to refurbish trails. Volunteers are welcome to join the group embarking on a snow-packing run Dec. 29 on the LaBelle trails.

In other news, Dave Hyatt and Bill O’Leary were named to round out the 10-person board of directors (not six as was reported in Tuesday’s Daily Bulletin).

Overall, Socholotuk said he was pleased with the 22 people who showed up for the meeting. The number was roughly one-fifth of the confirmed 105 permits sold at last count Tuesday—double what it was two weeks ago.

“That was the biggest turnout in years,” he said. “It showed us that people’s interest is there. There’s a group with a desire to help.

“We welcome all the talent to lend us a hand,” he added.

In related news, Socholotuk will hold his annual snowmobile licensing course Dec. 27 at the clubhouse. Those interested can register with a $23 fee tomorrow between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the clubhouse.

The course is open for those aged 12 to 16, and only the first 20 people will be taken.

“It’s a fun course and the kids need it if they want to operate [snowmachines] off their own property,” Socholotuk noted.

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