Tag: safety

Fire Chiefs' Association of Massachusetts Requests Assistance

SAM clubs clearing trails are probably finding many downed trees and limbs due to the October Nor’easter and Hurricane Irene. The Fire Chiefs’ Association of Massachusetts are requesting assistance in identifying obstructed fire roads and emergency access points in the ...Read more

Published on Saturday, November 5, 2011 in General Announcements, News & Updates, Safety
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HID: The 6,000 Kelvin Question (Jim Tucker)

In the last issue we looked at future technology with regard to ABS brakes on sleds. This month we will follow that same thread and ask what other real world upgrades sled makers could give us? If you have been ...Read more

Published on Thursday, October 27, 2011 in Guest Columns, News & Updates, Safety, Snowmobile Tech
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2012 Massachusetts RTP Round is Now Open!

The 2012 Massachusetts Recreational Trails Program Grant Round is now open! Please visit the Recreational Trails Program website for grant guidelines, application materials, and paperwork guidelines: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/services-and-assistance/grants-and-technical-assistance/greenways-and-trails-program.html The 2012 Statewide Trail Education Grant Round is also open with the same ...Read more

Published on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 in General Announcements, News & Updates
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Groomer Operator of the Year: Paul Mastrianni

As you know, every club or organization has members who could be called unsung heroes. This club is no different. Paul is up early every Saturday and Sunday, heading out to a meeting, to clear trails, or to groom. He ...Read more

Published on Saturday, April 2, 2011 in General Announcements, News & Updates
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Recognition for Heroism at SAM Annual Meeting

Coldbrook Snowmobile Club members Robin Grant Briner, Massachusetts Environmental Police Officer William Woytek, and Dean Zuppio were recognized for saving the life of fellow SAM member David “Butch” C. Poudrier this past January. Their fast and professional actions saved Mr. ...Read more

Published on Saturday, April 2, 2011 in General Announcements, News & Updates
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Environmental Police Alert Operators of New Rules

Massachusetts Environmental Police Alert Off-Highway Vehicle Operators of New Rules. New age restrictions, safety education and registration requirements go into effect. With the onset of spring, the Massachusetts Environmental Police (MEP) are reminding snow machine, all-terrain vehicle and dirt bike ...Read more

Published on Thursday, March 17, 2011 in General Announcements, In The News, News & Updates, Safety
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Coldbrook Members Recognized for Saving Life

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette ran a story about several Coldbrook Snowmobile Club members who saved a fellow snowmobiler’s life earlier this winter. Photo (L-R) Robin Grant Briner, left, and Officer William Woytek, right, share a moment with David and ...Read more

Published on Monday, March 14, 2011 in General Announcements, News & Updates, Safety, Vintage
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Burgy Bullets Assist Fire Department

WWLP Ch 22 News reports the Burgy Bullets Snowmobile Club being credited by the Northampton Fire Department for getting a snowmobile and rescue sled that can be used to respond to emergencies. Tim McQuestion, Deputy Chief of the Northampton Fire ...Read more

Published on Friday, February 4, 2011 in In The News, News & Updates
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January 16 to 22 International Snowmobile Safety Week

January 16 to 22, 2011 marks International Snowmobile Safety Week, the annual reminder to everyone involved in the sport to have but ride safe. Snowmobiling is a fun and exciting family activity enjoyed by over 4 million people across the United ...Read more

Published on Sunday, January 16, 2011 in News & Updates, Safety
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Snowmobile Safety and Enforcement Program Kick-Off

The Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts announces their trail safety and enforcement grants. Recognizing that the first major snowfall will allow snowmobile enthusiasts an opportunity to ride, the Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts (SAM) announces the implementation of a $5,000 Trails Safety ...Read more

Published on Friday, January 14, 2011 in General Announcements, In The News, News & Updates, Safety
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Ice Is Unpredictable (video)

Never consider ice safe. The up and down temperatures have made ice conditions unpredictable all over New England. There have been several instances of people going through the ice this winter, including riders on snowmobiles. MassWildlife has posted ice strength ...Read more

Published on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 in News & Updates, Safety
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Safe Sledding: Starting Your Snowmobile (Randy Toth)

Starting your snowmobile may seem like a very simple and safe operation. It generally is, but occasionally this simple act can turn embarrassing, costly, or even deadly when “Sleds Go Wild.” It is quite an experience to witness a snowmobile ...Read more

Published on Friday, January 7, 2011 in Guest Columns, News & Updates, Safety
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Keep Those Tires Rolling! (Jim Tucker)

For those of us not lucky enough to be retired and permanently settled in snow country or others that can load their sled in the back of a pickup truck, the rest of us will have to deal with a ...Read more

Published on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 in News & Updates, Safety, Snowmobile Tech
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Adams Sno-Drifters Rescue Hikers on Greylock (Dan Gould)

Last Monday’s blizzard dropped about two-feet of snow in the Berkshires and winds in excess of 50mph were reported across the state. Warm and comfortable in bed, Brian Janik, president of the Adams Sno-Drifters Snowmobile Club, got a wake-up call ...Read more

Published on Sunday, January 2, 2011 in General Announcements, News & Updates, Safety
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Zero Alcohol Tolerance When Riding (Rena Sumner)

A little thing happened to me on the way to grandma’s house this year. I was stopped for speeding in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Don’t let the fact that VA and MA are both Commonwealth states fool you. I don’t ...Read more

Published on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 in Executive Perspective, News & Updates, Safety
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Recreational Trails Program – Trails Education Grants

The Department of Conservation and Recreation has Announced an educational Grant Program. “Through the federally-funded Recreational Trails Program, a state may elect to set aside 5% of its apportionment to be allocated to educational projects which benefit all trail user groups. ...Read more

Published on Friday, December 3, 2010 in General Announcements, News & Updates, Safety
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Ride Safe Today – so you can ride again tomorrow! (Ed Klim)

The winter of 2010-2011 is rapidly approaching and the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association has prepared for safety trainers and snowmobile enthusiasts some new and updated Safe Riders! campaign material. The material consists of a 22 minute safety video that is ...Read more

Published on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 in Guest Columns, News & Updates
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New OHV Laws Passed

Many of you have heard about new legislation passed this summer that regulates Recreation Vehicles, Off-Highway Vehicles and Snow Vehicles. SAM worked hard to ensure that safe, enjoyable snowmobiling continues in Massachusetts. Below is a summary report that may answer ...Read more

Published on Saturday, September 25, 2010 in Legislative Affairs, News & Updates
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Safety 101 (by Rena Sumner)

Safety…everywhere we go we hear about safety! We talk the talk…we walk the walk…but do we walk the talk? I made this same comment in 2006 when the SAM Trails and Safety Grant Program originated. At that time Delegates voted ...Read more

Published on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 in Executive Perspective, News & Updates
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