President Ron Nihill 315-357-5233
Vice President Bob Gates 315-527-0760
Recording Secretary Kathy Simpson 315-369-2208
Treasurer Don Bartel 315-369-2347
Corresponding Secretary Sandy Nihill 315-357-5233
Club Membership Administrator Cindy Beckley 315-369-2664
Howie Dailey 315-369-2716
Ernie Gilbert 315-369-3695
Bob Gordon 315-357-6339
Paul Chambers 315-357-3046
Bill Gasperino 315-369-2208
Sunshine - Mary Lou Reich 315-357-2412
Trail Grooming- Paul Chambers 315-357-3046
Safety Course - Ron Nihill 315-357-5233
Trail & Building Maintenance - Don Bartel 315-369-2347
PLAN AHEAD FOR YOUR SNOWMOBILE TRIP
If you plan to come to Old Forge during the winter season, you should be aware that you need to renew your New York State Snowmobile Registration before you arrive. The local Department of Motor Vehicles office in Old Forge has limited operating days and hours, also there is not a way to obtain a club membership voucher locally to get the discount from DMV. You can always join our club online to get your voucher through the NYSSA website, but plan on stopping at a NYS DMV office before you head north from the NYS thruway Find a NYS DMV.
MEMBERSHIP EXPIRATION DATES
All Club memberships expire on August 31st. For those members who have already paid your dues for this season, you should have received your membership materials to the address that appears on your mailing label. If you provided an email address, you should have also received an email from NYSSA with your membership number included to access your account online, in case you require additional vouchers. If you do not renew your membership by December 31, 2016, you will no longer receive club newsletters.
NEWSLETTERS – EMAIL OR SNAIL MAIL?
The club sends three newsletters per year, in July, October and January. All members not renewed by December 31st of each year will be dropped from the newsletter mailing list. With the rising costs of printing and mailing, we are mailing via USPS the July newsletter each year, and sending by email the October and January newsletters to all members who provide an email address on their membership application/renewal forms. All emails are kept confidential and will never be shared.
Friday & Saturday, February 2 & 3, 2018: 19TH ANNUAL POKER RUN
SHIRTS & HATS SOLD OUT
Come join us for our 19th annual Poker Run on Friday February 2 and February 3, 2018. It’s fun. Get your buddies and go for it! The purse is $700 and there are over 70 door prizes and last year’s 50/50 was $400. Pick up your playing card at any one of the 26 sponsors (more sponsors this year than we’ve had for years). Get your card stamped from as many sponsors as possible. Go to Daikers restaurant by 5:15 pm on Saturday February 3, 2018. No new hand will be dealt after 7:30 pm. Your one card can purchase up to ten hands for $10 per hand (no need for 2 cards, only one card will be accepted per player). Winner must be present to win. You are dealt as many cards as you have stamps on your card. You need at least 5 different stamps as the poker game is five-card stud. Come join the fun and ride safe. Click here for a list of sponsors.
Friday thru Monday, February 2 - 5, 2018: GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES FREE WEEKEND FOR OUT-OF-STATE SNOWMOBILERS: Registration Fee Waived for Out-of-State Snowmobilers for Promotional Weekend. Click here for more information. *This event is not a club-sponsored activity, but is included here for your information.
Tuesday & Wednesday, February 6 & 7, 2018: OVERNIGHT RIDE TO THE BEECHES RESORT IN ROME.
The annual Inlet Barnstormers Club overnight trip will be held this season on Tuesday & Wednesday, February 6 & 7, 2018. We will leave from the groomer barn on North Street in Old Forge at 9AM on Tuesday and ride to the Beeches Resort in Rome. We will get to the Beeches mid-afternoon after stopping for lunch on the way. There will be a cocktail party at 4:30pm in the breakfast dining room. Bring your own adult drinks. You can make a reservation by calling the Beeches at 315-336-1775 and ask for a room with the Barnstormers. The rates are $89.95 and $99.95 per night with a full American breakfast included. We will be having dinner as a group at 7pm at the Beeches. You can also drive down by car and meet us there for all the fun. If you plan on riding your sled, please call Bob Gates at 315-527-0760 so he will know who to expect on the ride. We will have vehicles to take your luggage if you wish. Any other questions, give Bob a call. If we are not able to ride the sleds due to trail conditions, we will all be driving our cars to enjoy the fun. Snow or no snow we will still go. Hope to see you there!
Click here for The Beeches Resort website.
Thursday, February 15, 2018: BILLY'S CHARITY DINNER
Billy generously donates 20% of all dinner checks and take-out orders back to our club. Call the restaurant (315-369-2001) to make your dinner reservations at the Barnstormers reserved tables in his cozy dining room and bolster our club’s revenue for grooming. Please be sure to “THANK” Billy Burns for his support! Hope to see many of you there. Members and Non-Members are welcome!
Click here for Billy's Italian American Restaurant website.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018: REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS
Tuesday, March 6, 2018: ANNUAL END-OF-SEASON DINNER MEETING
The Inlet Barnstormers Annual End-of-Season Dinner Meeting will be held Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at the Steak House restaurant in Thendara. Entrees include a choice of Prime Rib, Chicken Cordon Bleu, Baked Stuffed Haddock with Crabmeat Stuffing. There will be a brief meeting at 5:30pm, with appetizers served and a cash bar at 6:00pm and dinner at 7:00pm. If you have 20 or more hours of volunteer work with the club, you are eligible for a free dinner (If you are unsure of your volunteer status, please check with Bill Gasperino, phone 315-369-2208). The cost per person is $37, with tax & tip included. Mail a check payable to the Inlet Barnstormers with your entrée selection to Bill Gasperino, PO Box 1042, Old Forge, NY 13420 no later than February 26. Click here for The Steak House restaurant website.
Friday & Saturday, March 9 & 10, 2018: SNOFEST*
For more info, www.VisitMyAdirondacks.com. *This event is not a club-sponsored activity, but is included here for your information.
April 20-22, 2018: 2018 SLEDNY & NYSSA FORUM
To be held in Niagara Falls, NY. Our club sends representative delegates to this conference to attend seminars and interact with the over 230 clubs across the state.Click here for more information.
WINNERS OF OUR ANNUAL SNOWMOBILE RAFFLE DRAWING
First Prize 2018 SkiDoo MXZ TNT 600HO E-Tec: Gennaro Rotella, River Edge, NJ
Second Prize $1,000 cash: Joyce Healy, Hightstown, NJ
Third Prize $500 cash: Nate Tindall, Hamilton, NJ
Fourth Prize $100: Walter Buchbinder, Fairport, NY
Fifth Prize $100: Nancy Ickes, Etters, PA
Sixth Prize $100: Sam Kurtz, Ephrata, PA
Seventh Prize $100: Eric Bay, Rushville, NY
Eighth Prize $100: Melody Colfer, Alburtis, PA
Congratulations to our winners and thanks to all who participated.
GAS TAX REFUND PROGRAM
The club continues to need your help to make the gas tax refund a success. All those gallons of gas that YOU use on the snowmobile trails include sales tax that the club can get refunded to buy equipment and for trail maintenance etc. You do have to buy the gas in New York State. Use the Gas Tax Refund form that you can download from the club’s website. You must attach the gas receipt for each purchase that you put on the form. When you fill up a page you must sign it on the bottom which gives the Inlet Barnstormer permission to apply for the sales tax refund for the gas you purchased. Please make a copy of the form (download the form here) before you start filling it out so that you always have a blank sheet to start again when you have filled up the first sheet . THAT’S IT! So, send the completed forms to the address on the bottom of the GAS TAX form! The club thanks you in advance for your help. Call Howard Dailey if you need additional information, phone 315-369-2716.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CLUB ACTIVITIES
The club is always looking for volunteers to help with club events and projects. Remember that the club has incentives for volunteers. Please contact any club officer for additional information.
The club is sold out of our shirts and hats for this season. Watch for announcements in the July 2018 newsletter for further information on new club clothing and hats.
PLAN FOR YOUR SNOWMOBILE TRIP
If you plan to come to Old Forge during the winter season, you should be aware that you need to renew your New York State Snowmobile Registration before you arrive. The local Department of Motor Vehicles office in Old Forge has limited operating hours, also there is not a way to obtain a club membership voucher locally to get the discount from DMV. You can always join our club online to get your voucher through the NYSSA website, and perhaps plan on stopping at a NYS DMV office before you head north from the NYS thruway.
THE NEW YORK STATE SNOWMOBILE REGISTRATION FEE
When you register your sled, you should take satisfaction in knowing that your registration fee is benefitting you way more than it benefits the state. Unlike Vermont - but similar to New Hampshire and Maine, all trail maintenance funds are derived from the registration fees paid. It takes the place of a “Trail Pass” which is what is used in Vermont. In Vermont you must also join a club. All money from the NY registration except $5 goes into the Snowmobile Trail Fund. NYSSA worked hard to have the money the state keeps from each registration reduced beginning in October of 2016. Last season (16-17), $5.1 million was transferred into the Snowmobile Trail Fund including approximately $473,000 that was attributable to the additional $5 which came through NYSSA’s efforts to reduce what the state kept for itself. Last season more than $3.5 million was distributed to municipal sponsors who in turn distributed those funds to clubs who could demonstrate that they expended those monies on trail related maintenance work. $150,000 was set aside to provide local village, town and county law enforcement with reimbursement funds to assist with local law enforcement. The statewide Liability Insurance Policy, approximately $265,000, is administered and purchased through the Trail Fund. Finally, the state dedicates a portion of the funds to the state’s administration of the snowmobile program by supporting three staff positions at NYS OPRHP and their ancillary costs. Any funds remaining stay in the Trail Fund for use the following year. In addition to the Trail Fund, only one other program administered by the state directly supports the clubs who do trail maintenance work. That is the Recreational Trail Grant Program or RTP for short. At least 30% of those funds must support motorized recreation and many grants have been awarded over the years for clubs to buy groomers.
NEW SNOWMOBILE LAW IN NEW YORK STATE
The new law accomplished several tasks: First, it makes clear that the minimum fine for operating without a valid registration is $200. The law also provides a maximum fine of $500 should the court have reason to believe a higher fine would be appropriate. The law also decouples other registration violations such as failure to place the registration properly on the sled from this minimum fine requirement allowing the court to use its discretion up to $200. Previously some courts had imposed the same penalty as failure to register. Half of the fine goes to the Trail Development and Maintenance Fund. Second, the bill makes clear what a snowmobile is by inserting language into the present definition that the equipment must have been originally designed to travel on snow and ice. In many areas permission to use private land extends only to snowmobiles. Lastly, the bill provides increased support for local law enforcement to undertake snowmobile patrols. Over the past several years sheriff deputy patrols have had to be cut back while county budgets have been strained to make ends meet. Our hope is that in the snowmobile destination areas, this funding will help restore those patrols back to historic levels.
SNOWMOBILE SAFETY COURSES
Youth ages 14 through 17 years old may operate a snowmobile, on lands upon which snowmobiling is allowed, without adult or other supervision if they have completed a snowmobile safety training course recognized by the State of New York. If youth ages 14 through 17 years have not completed the training course, they may operate a snowmobile if accompanied by (within 500 feet of) a person who is at least 18 years of age. Youth ages 10 through 13 may operate a snowmobile, on lands upon which snowmobiling is allowed, if they have completed a snowmobile safety training course recognized by the State of New York and are accompanied by (within 500 feet of) a person who is at least 18 years of age. Children less than 10 years old or less than age 14 without a safety certificate may operate a snowmobile only on lands owned or leased by their parent or guardian. A non-resident operator who is a resident of another state or country and is the holder of a valid snowmobile safety certificate issued by that state or country shall be considered the same as the holder of a New York State Safety Certificate. Additional information can be found at:
VISIT THE CLUB’S PROPERTY
The Board of Directors invites you to stop by to see the buildings where we store our trail grooming equipment. The address is 23 Uncas Road (corner of Uncas & Evans Roads). Call any of the directors listed on page one to make sure someone will be there to greet you. Your help would also be appreciated if you would like to volunteer for some of the trail maintenance and grooming or any of the other club activities. Contact any club officer for additional information.
WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK
Stay in touch online, with our website www.InletBarnstormersSnowmobileClub.com, and follow us on Facebook, Inlet Barnstormers Snowmobile Club. You can also join our club online by following the link on our website to www.nysnowmobiler.com. By joining via the New York State