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2018 Youth Cross Country Ski Club News

The TBTA 2018 Youth Cross Country Ski Club met on Sunday, January 21st and had over 50 kids and parents on the trails. The location was moved from the APlex trails to the Alpena Golf Course trails because of low snow conditions and warm temperatures. There were many happy kids and smiles! Thank you to the Alpena County Youth and Recreation millage for the funding, Harborside Cycle and Sport for the equipment, Alpena Golf Course and all the TBTA volunteers. Think snow!
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Update Race Info for Ice Fest Fat Bike Race

Some updated info for this weekend’s Ice Fest Fat Bike Race
First: Packet pick up Friday Afternoon till 5pm at Harborside Cycle & Sport 125 N State St. Alpena, MI
Saturday Afternoon 3pm till 5pm at Austin Brothers Beer Co.
Second: Start time has been moved to 5:30 this is going to be a night race so lights are highly recommended.

Third: Start location will be at Austin Brothers Beer Company 812 W. Miller St Alpena, MI 49707
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Fat Bike Groomer Is finished

Our Fat Bike Groomer is finally repaired thanks to Steven’s Custom Fabrication and an extra big thank you to Tim Rumbles of Northern Abstract & Title Agency for your generous donation of $460.00 to get the work done. All us fat bikers owe you!

January Meeting Minutes

TBTA Meeting Minutes -January 4, 2018

Board Members Present

  • Tom Dowd
  • Jeff Blumenthal
  • Tim Rumbles
  • Stan Mischley
  • Ron Anderson
  • Bob Niedzwiecki
  • Spencer Mendel
  • Dennis Vesotski
  • Mary Reichardt
  • Joe Houle

Also in attendance

  • Mike Dipzinski
  • Hal Butler
  • Jen Butler
  • Randy Fairbanks
  • Blake G

Meeting Notes

Norway Ridge Pathway update

After this week’s wind storm we had to scout all the ski trails at Norway and remove several downed trees thanks Dennis and Mike for your help.

2018 Youth Ski Club Announcements

Last year, the Thunder Bay Trails Association (TBTA) was awarded $5500 from the Alpena County Youth and Recreation Fund to form a Youth Cross Country Ski Club for area youth ages 5-17. The TBTA requested funding for six instructional ski sessions on Sundays from January through March. Unfortunately, the mild winter and minimal snowfall, limited the sessions to five. The Alpena County Youth and Recreation Funds were used to pay the cost of the rental ski equipment. The response to the ski program was overwhelming as 46 kids registered and 39-50 kids and parents participated in each session. The Youth Cross Country Ski Club program introduced kids and families to a new healthy winter sport without having to make a large investment in equipment. The TBTA provided groomed ski trails at the Alpena APlex and Alpena Public Golf Course, volunteers to distribute the equipment, instructors, and snacks for the participants. Recently, the TBTA applied for the same Alpena County Youth and Recreation grant to continue the Youth Cross Country Ski Club in the winter of 2018. Fortunately, the TBTA was awarded the Alpena County Youth and Recreation grant and will continue the Youth Cross Country Ski Club in 2018.
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Chippewa Hills Logging Update

Message from Blake Gingrich – Unit Supervisor MDNR-Parks and Rec.:

Chippewa Hills Harvest started last week.  The loggers are currently working in the “H” block (see attached map) and plan on moving into E next week.  The specs from Forest Resources Division require the loggers to quit working by December 15th but if there is no snow will be allowed to stay longer to avoid impacting the skiers.  Once we get 4 “inches or so all operation will be stopped.
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Announcing The Alpena IceFest Fat Tire Bike Race January 27th 2018

Go to the web site here for the details and to register.

Sponsors Needed

Thunder Bay Trails will be hosting 2 races in 2018 and we need sponsors. Funds raised during the race will go toward new grooming equipment and maintaining and building new trails. TBTA gives back to the community 100% of the funds raised by means of advocating, protecting, creating and maintaining non motorized trails in the greater Alpena County area, we also support youth cross country ski club and youth mountain biking.
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TBTA Board Member Meeting Minutes

09/14/17 Thunder Bay Trails Association Meeting Minutes


Tom Dowd, Jeff Blumenthal, Tim Rumbles, Spencer Mendel, Stan Mischley, Bob Niedzwiecki, Dennis Vesotski, Hal Butler, Jennifer Buitler, Marshal Olger, Randy Fairbanks

  1. Meeting Start 6:10 PM
  2. Treasure report- Total balance of $3,075.36 (accepted by dennis/jeff)
  3. Jeff to write grant proposal for new grooming equipment (accepted by jeff/spencer)
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Monthly Board Meeting

Thursday August 3rd at ACC CTR Rm 106 at 6:10pm

On the agenda: New Trails at Norway / Chippewa Hills MTB Race / Winter Fat Bike Trails

The public is welcome.

TBTA Monthly Board Meeting Minutes July 13th 2017

TBTA – July Meeting Minutes                                                                                                                     7/13/17

Board Members: Dennis, Tom, Stan, Spencer, Mary, Jeff, Bob

Members: Randy F, Missy, Amber

Treasure Report: given by Stan, motion to accept by Spencer, second by Dennis

Committee Reports: