~ April 2023 ~

Hello CVOA,

Message from the President . . . . .

Greetings CVOA members,

It’s that time of year when the sun is higher, temps are warmer, snow is softer and the allure of the next season is upon us. Thoughts of golf and gardens spring to mind.  But we haven’t really seen spring skiing yet, and there’s that April snowstorm just around the corner. So as the ski season comes to a close, the Range will prepare to open. To keep track of all the activities, including the spring clean-up, go to the Range’s website at  https://www.cvoarange.com

The CVOA Annual meeting was held at the Shipyard Brew Haus. Publication of the April  Newsletter was delayed in order to provide information on the meeting.  CVOA members who attended enjoyed socializing with friends, a great Italian meal prepared by the Shipyard with a chocolate gooey dessert selection.There was a guest speaker, door prizes and a trivia contest. We have been fortunate all ski season to have fun, well-organized and popular gatherings – over sixty of them. These have had a common denominator – Jeanette Parker and Nancy Makin.  Thank you for your good ideas and hard work that have brought us back together after a tough couple of years.


CVOA elects Board Members and Officers at the Annual Meeting. Candy Anderle was elected to a three year term on the CVOA Board. Officers elected for a one year term were Thom Johnston President, Steve Smith Vice President, Tracy Goller Secretary and Sam Hudspath Treasurer. Mary Frank and Sue Strommer are retiring from the Board, and Craig Lehigh is retiring as Vice President. We greatly appreciate their work on behalf of CVOA and trust they will continue to be active members.

The Annual Meeting speaker deserves special mention. Last spring and summer town manager Dave Cota hiked the entire Pacific Crest Trail – 2,650 miles. With photographs and videos he took us on his journey narrating his experiences with many highs and lows. He showed us the beauty of this wilderness with its high desert, the Sierras, the Cascades, snow-capped peaks and snow packed trails, forest fire damage and cold-water lakes and rivers as he traveled from the Mexican border to the Canadian border.  If you have an opportunity to attend a talk about Dave’s adventure, take it. It will be an evening well-spent.

Thom Johnston

Calendar of Events

April 2023

April 2 - Bowling at the SugarBowl 2-4pm

April 7 - Post Ski Trip Party CV Library 5-7:30pm

April 9 - Easter, No Bowling

April 15 - Range Committee Meeting 3pm

April 16 - Bowling at the SugarBowl 2-4pm

April 23 - Bowling at the SugarBowl 2-4pm

April 30 - Bowling at the SugarBowl 2-4pm


Watch CVOA members Jeannette Parker and Nancy Makin’s interview with Greg Powers regarding CVOA social activities. 

Click on the picture of Jeannette and Nancy to watch the interview.

Future Events

CVOA Sunday Bowling

will continue through the month of April at the SugarBowl

2:00 to 4:00pm

The SugarBowl reserves 2 lanes for CVOA members: 2:00-4:00pm

$10 includes shoes.

Come join the fun Sunday afternoons…..beginners welcome!

April 2,16,23,30

No bowling on Easter April 9th

**Reminder: Tufulio’s Sunday Twofers starts at 4:00. 

Post Ski Trips Picture Party and 2024 Trip Information


April 7, 5:00pm - 7:30pm at Carrabassett Library Begin Room 

Information on 2024 Ski Trips will be shared

BYO and an Appetizer to share

Bonnie Farrar is putting together a slide show so please share your best pictures from this year's Ski Trips. Indicate in the subject line on what trip the pictures were taken. Email them to Bonnie bfarrar7@aol.com

We hope you can attend as this gathering is always a fun time!!

🏌️‍♀️🏌️‍♂️ Calling All Golfers 🏌️‍♀️🏌️‍♂️

Save the Date 

Date: Wednesday June 14, 2023

Place: Diadema Golf Course

419 New Portland Rd.

No. Anson, Me

CVOA and Diadema Golf Course will once again team up to host a 9 hole golf outing. More details will be in the CVOA May Newsletter.

If you know this date will work for you, please email Nancy at:

nancymakin48@gmail.com for an early sign up

Valley Clean Up

The Annual Valley Clean Up will take place Saturday May 13, 2023

CVOA members have supported this effort in prior years. More information to follow in the May Newsletter.

Heads up Bike Trip

Linda & Paul Trueworthy are planning in June to lead a Coastal bike ride in Brunswick. More information to follow.

Range News

Hello Range and CVOA Members, 

Spring is upon us and we will be sending out Range Badges by early May. A Range Newsletter was sent out on March 25 to 2023 range members who supplied us with an email contact. If you did not receive that Range Newsletter and believe you are already signed up for 2023, please contact me. If you have not yet renewed your 2023 membership, we recommend you do so before April 15th so we can include you in the initial mailing list for new Badges.

We are planning some exciting classes for the Summer Shooting Season. Women's Introduction to Handgun Basics, USCCA Class for folks who are interested in applying for Concealed Carry Permits, and Range Safety Officer training are among the offerings. Details are still being worked out, so keep an eye on this space.

The Range Committee will be meeting at the Range on Saturday, April 15th at 3pm. Members interested in attending are welcome!

Reminder that the gate code will remain the same throughout the Winter for those intrepid shooters! The new gate code will not go into effect until May. If you are a 2023 member and need the current code, please contact me.

Diane Stone

Range Secretary



New England Outdoor Center Outing

September 19th & 20th

The cabins are full!!! A big shout out to members that RSVP’d immediately. This event promises to be a great time. Although the allotted number of reservations is filled, if you would like to be put on a cancellation list contact Margie Roberts, trip coordinator, mjaneroberts56@gmail.com

NOTE: To inquire about additional availability, call Shorey @ 207-723-5438 or email neoc.com. Specify you are a CVOA member to receive our preferred rate.

Past Events

Yonder Knoll Hike

March 11th

It was a glorious day with the sun aloft and comfy temperatures! Nine of us enjoyed getting to know one another even better, and taking in this memorable spot. It goes off the Narrow Gauge pathway, a short distance from the Stratton Brook Hut parking lot, and climbs 250 feet in elevation, in a southeast direction, in case you want to make the adventure on your own!  

Trip leader, Jan Mildram

Meet Ski Go

The Tuesday morning Meet Ski Go has been very successful this year!! Many CVOA members including a few new members participated and had a great time. Looking forward to MSG 2024!! The pictures below are from Tuesday March 21st.

3rd Thursday Social

March 16th at the Shipyard

☘️LUCKto have FRIENDS like you☘️…

The Luck of the Irish was with us and 85 CVOA friends when the last 3rd Thursday Social took place at the Shipyard Brew Haus.

Green was appropriately the most popular color. Four lovely ladies pictured here competed for their choice of a green themed gift basket or a $25 Shipyard gift card. By attendees vote the winner was Linda Allen. She chose the gift basket. Steve Schaeffer won the gift card. The trivia contest resulted in a tie…20 prizes, salty or sweet, were given to the winners.

The success of CVOA socials as well as other gatherings is the result of so many members attending. THANK YOU to everyone who put these events on their calendars and attended as often as possible.

If you’re not having fun, you’re not leaving home!

Continue to join CVOA Events! The CVOA Events Calendar will be updated soon. Look for it in the monthly newsletters.

Nancy Makin & Jeannette Parker

Social Sisters & Party Planners

To see more photos of this wonderful event Click Here

Quebec Trip March 20th - 24th

Canada is back!  It was a treat to once again visit our neighbors to the North. Thirty members of CVOA drove across the border for three days of skiing and four nights of cultural immersion in the City of Quebec. We stayed at the Hotel Manoir Victoria in the old section of the City and commuted to Stoneham, Mont Sainte Anne and Le Massif for skiing. 

The best all-around day was at Mont Sainte Anne. It was a classic bluebird sky, little wind, slightly below 0 degrees centigrade, great views of the St. Lawrence River and good snow. It snowed all day at Le Massif making for good ski conditions, but we never saw the St. Lawrence River.

The group gathered for breakfast at the hotel and each evening for après ski. Then it was off to explore the many restaurants in Quebec. One of the unique experiences of the trip was to enjoy the company of some members who have roots in Fort Kent. Patti and I met Cathie and Jamie Martin and their two sons on last year’s Snowbird trip. This year they introduced us to more family and friends from the County who introduced us to Sortilege.

This was a trip where we quickly got to know one another. Even though we drove separately to the ski areas (skis, boots and poles take up too much of the back seat), we wound up sitting in a CVOA cluster putting on our boots (is this a serious case of locker-rooming?), coming in for coffee and leaving at day’s end. Often we would find ourselves riding up the lift and skiing with other CVOA travelers. I guess this is one of the reasons people join CVOA – to be outdoors with new and old friends doing something they like. Some on the trip had such a great time that they are thinking of repeating it next year.

To view additional pictures from this trip click here: Canada Ski Trip Photos

Annual Meeting & Dinner

IT’S A WRAP!! The CVOA Annual Meeting and Dinner at the Shipyard Brew Haus was attended by over 80 members. The highlight of the meeting was guest speaker Dave Cota the Carrabassett Valley Town Manager. On behalf of CVOA, President Thom Johnston presented Dave with a Tufulio’s gift card. Following the speaker members played a quick game of Table Trivia. Twenty members won sweet treat bags. Six members won $25 Tufulio’s gift cards. Don Hathorn was the winner of the Longaberger gift basket. Again this year, a big shout-out to Elaine Smith for managing reservations and Val Hudspath for creating centerpieces for the tables.

On a final note, a tally of CVOA events from Homecoming to the Annual Dinner resulted in a total of sixty-five EVENTS! These included: Range Shoots, Sunday Bowling, Tuesday Meet-Ski-Go, four hikes, four ski trips, and Socials: Driveway Meet ‘n Greet, Pre-Turkey Trot, Soup Social, Cookie Swap, Dance Pie Social and four 3rd Thursday Socials.

The Social Committee, Nancy Makin and Jeannette Parker, sincerely appreciate your attendance and support of these events. Members make our efforts worthwhile. Please contact us if you have an idea or suggestion for an activity or social. We have some fun ideas in the works for next year. Keep your eyes on the Calendar of Events in future Newsletters.

Nancy & Jeannette

Drawing Prize Winners



To foster and promote the conservation of our natural resources

and the creation of recreational opportunities in our region.

How to Contact Us
  • President Thom Johnston: cvoa.president@gmail.com
  • Vice President Stephen Smith:‭ cvoa.vicepresident@gmail.com
  • Treasurer Sam Hudspath: cvoa.treasurership@gmail.com
  • Secretary Tracy Goller: cvoa.secretary@gmail.com
  • MembershipSecretary:PattiJohnston:cvoa.membership@gmail.com
  • Range Chair Ray Stone: ‭raymondhstone3@gmail.com
  • Range Secretary Diane Stone: cvoa.range@gmail.com
  • Social Activities: Nancy Makin: nancymakin48@gmail.com & Jeannette Parker: jparker16seabreeze@gmail.com
  • Newsletter Editors: Elaine & Steve Smith: golfski@maine.rr.com
Carrabassett Valley Outdoor Association
Valley Crossing #6
Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947