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    Pictured L-R (Dave Ladd, VAST Awards Committee Chairman; Ernest Choquette, Country Riders Snowmobile Club; Raymond Rodrigue, Orleans Snowstormers; Marshall Bowman, North Country Mountaineers; Merle Young, Glover Trailwinders; Roger Gosselin, VAST Orleans County Director.

Four local snowmobilers awarded for over 30 years of service to VAST

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NEWPORT — Four local snowmobilers were presented with the Trailblazer Award at the last Orleans County Snowmobile Association meeting in Newport Center.

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The Trailblazer Award, presented by the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers (VAST), honors the grassroots spirit and dedication of the many people who have made snowmobiling what it is today, as they have freely given their time, hard work, and resources for over 25 years.

Those awarded were:

Ernest Choquette, with the Country Riders Snowmobile Club.
Raymond Rodrigue, with the Orleans Snowstormers.
Marshall Bowman, from North Country Mountaineers.
Merle Young, of the Glover Trailwinders.

Snowmobiling in Vermont has a rich history of volunteer participation. It all started with a few snowmobilers informally coming together to create and maintain trails and creating VAST, to what is done today to manage the Vermont Statewide Snowmobile Trail System.

As true “Trailblazers,” these four men have forged ahead and built the foundation of healthy and active clubs and counties, not to mention a trail system which is the envy of the Northeast.

For more information, contact Roger Gosselin, VAST Orleans County Director at (802) 274-4502.