JANUARY 2020 Newsletter
~ January 2020 ~
President's Message

Happy New Year!
With the Christmas holidays behind us, the airwaves have been busy with after-Christmas sales. You can get a 50-inch television for a mere $279 or next year’s Christmas decorations for 80% off. My husband told me this morning that he could save $15,000 off the $51,000 sticker price for a 2019 Ford F150 truck (fat chance, dear!) . . . What amazing deals abound this time of year!
This evening at a social gathering of multi-generation skiing folks, the cost of a CVOA membership came up. For some background here, the lovely “parents” have an out-of-state daughter, her husband and their two older daughters, all visiting for the holidays. Said daughter found out that there were a few spots left on CVOA’s Jackson Hole ski trip – her favorite ski area. The conversation quickly turned to, “How do we sign up?” Hmm . . . just join CVOA and send in your registration.
They were certainly surprised that for a mere $15 (couple/family membership) they could join CVOA and take advantage of a great deal with a great group of people venturing to Jackson Hole for a week in late February. Next, I happened to say, “We even have a shooting range!” “What???” was the response. “Our daughters love to shoot trap!” “Yep! For only another $50 both your girls could take advantage of CVOA’s state-of-the-art range!” They were speechless.
It certainly is a deal! The cost of being a member of CVOA has not changed in 20 years. (The range fee just recently increased slightly to support improvements at the range.) Where else can you still find 1999 prices?
Another idea – CVOA’s future is in the hands of our next generation. Sign up your adult children with a gift membership and ensure that CVOA will continue for another 20 years.
See you on January 18 th at our 20 th in 2020 Celebration!
All the best for a great year ahead,
Thank you for joining or renewing for 2020.
Your membership is valid through Dec. 31, 2020.
Calendar of Events

January 18
- CVOA Celebration ~ 20th in 2020
January 19
- Board/Member Meeting
Jan. 22 - Feb. 1
- Italy / Val Gardena Ski Trip
February 8
- Full Moon Evening Event
February 10 - 14
- Quebec City Ski Trip
Feb. 26 - March 4
- Jackson Hole Ski Trip
March 28
- Annual Meeting
June 22-25
- Sky Lodge of Moose River
July TBD
- Day in Bremen
How to Contact Us
  • President Bonnie Farrar: 207.735.3984: cvoa.president@gmail.com
  • Vice President Mark Curtis: 207.441.9532: cvoa.vicepresident@gmail.com
  • Treasurer Mary Frank: 207.778.4695: cvoa.treasurership@gmail.com
  • Secretary Cindy Foster: 207.829.6110: cvoa.secretary@gmail.com
  • Adventure Coordinator Patti Johnston: 207.745.5815: cvoa.adventures@gmail.com
  • Range Officers Neal Trask: 235-2732; and Diane Stone: 240-4752; OR both at: cvoa.range@gmail.com
Future Events & Adventures
Celebrate CVOA ~ 20th in 2020
Saturday, January 18, 2020
5:30 to 9:00 - King Pine Room
Great News! We can fill the King Pine Room!
While that is unlikely to happen, the good news: it is not too late to send in your checks and save your seats at the 2020 Celebration. To the 110 or more people who have already sent in their reservations, Thank You.
Paid Reservations are being taken until Sunday, January 12.
  • We will be taking pre-paid reservations only.
  • However, your checks will be held until the day of the event.
  • Your reservation can be cancelled (and your check voided) through Monday, January 13.
  • After that date, we will make every effort to fill a cancellation with a new reservation.
To reserve your seats, mail a check for $35 per person, made out to “CVOA” to CVOA, Valley Crossing #6, CV, ME 04947, including the attendee names. Reservations paid with cash may be delivered in an envelope to Cindy Foster or Bonnie Farrar.
Members are welcome to bring guests; please pay for their reservation with a separate check, yours or their own. Be sure to note they are your guests, and include their names. This event will not be open to the general public.
This is going to be a fun night of celebrating CVOA … its beginning, its people and all that it has accomplished in 20 years!

Here are the details for the evening:
  • 5:30 to 6:15: Social time, trivia contest, and on-going slide show
  • 6:15: Buffet Dinner: Caesar salad, marinated grilled flank steak, roasted salmon, roasted potatoes, fresh vegetable, rolls & butter, and dessert (dietary needs can be accommodated with advance notice)
  • 7:00: Program to honor our Founders, followed by Maine comedian “Jimmy Brown”
  • 7:45 to 9:00: Elvis impersonator “EP Rocks” for entertainment and dancing

We hope you will join us!
The Event Committee: Bonnie Farrar, Mark Curtis , Valerie Hudspath, Patti Johnston, and Jeannette Parker .
~ Bonnie (735-3984) and Cindy - (829-6110)
Board/Member Meeting
Sunday, January 19
Time: 12:30 p.m.

Location: Town of Carrabassett Valley Office

All are welcome.
CVOA Drop-in Bowling
Most every Sunday at 2:00
(January 5, 12, 19, 26)
After three weeks of CVOA’s drop-in bowling, there is no question we will continue through the winter. With as many as 14 bowlers, or as few as 5, each Sunday has been declared FUN! The cost for CVOA members is just $10, including shoes.
Full Moon Event
Saturday, February 8, 5 to 8 pm
Mark your calendars NOW for this fun evening of outdoor activities under the light of the full moon from 5 - 8pm, at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center. After an invigorating workout either cross country skiing, snowshoeing or ice skating, we will gather back in the lodge to warm up and enjoy Crockpots of Hot Hearty Soups, Chowders and/or Chili.

More details will follow as we get closer to the event

To make this event possible, we need volunteers to help as trail leaders, soup makers, set up and clean up, etc. Please contact :Barbara Briggs at bfbriggs@sealoafer.com or Jan Mildram at jmildram51@hotmail.com and volunteer to help make the revival of this event more than just a memory of the past.
Annual Meeting
Saturday, March 28
This year’s Annual Meeting is on Saturday, March 28, 2020. How would you feel about having a social event with hors d’oeuvres and cash bar in lieu of a formal dinner before the meeting? Inquiring minds want to know!
Your preference: Click One:

2020 Ski Trips
Val Gardena, Italy, January 22 – February 1
Trip Leader: Mike Parker, golfski33@gmail.com
Still accepting names of individuals or couples who would like to be on the waiting list. To date there are only one single gentleman and one couple on the list.

Quebec City, February 10 – 14
Trip Leader: Pete Weston, pbweston@maine.rr.com
If anyone is interested, contact Peter as there may be cancellations.
Jackson Hole, February 26 to March 4
Trip Leader: Bonnie Farrar, cvoa.president@gmail.com
There may be room available.
Range News
Our shooting season for 5 Stand and Trap has come to a close . . . However:
Our Pistol and Rifle Ranges will remain open throughout the winter season . Our hours of operation are sunrise to sunset. Please note, our law enforcement officers may need use of the Range for training. That training may be after sunset, and may require full use of the Range. Your understanding is appreciated.
Also note, ours is a passive Range and it is your responsibility to follow all posted rules unless otherwise approved by a Range Officer.

If you use the range, please replace the padlock UNDER the rubber flap to keep the lock dry.

Check out our Facebook page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/cvoa.shootingrange/

And now we have our own website, in progress: www.cvoarange.com
Diane Stone, Range Secretary
Other News
CVOA Web Site
“Oh my dear,” you might say – indeed, our web site needs a refresh and update. Our webmaster Patrick McBrien has been wrapped up with work and life in general, and has not been able to keep the site updated as he had hoped. He needs to pass on the job to someone else.
Are you a web person, even in a hobby kind of way? Would you like to join our CVOA Team? This job does not require vast web knowledge, rather the ability to learn how to work with WordPress, and the interest in simplifying our site. We have some ideas on the direction you might go, and would love to tell you more.
If you would like to tackle this project, or just learn more about it, please contact Bonnie Farrar – cvoa.president@gmail.com or Cindy Foster – cvoa.secretary@gmail.com . We sure could use your help!
Officer and Board positions to fill:
Treasurer, Vice President, Director
It is the time of year when we actively seek new officers to fill positions for the coming year. Elections are held at our annual meeting in March.
Treasurer Mary Frank has made great strides for our financial health, including updates to our Quick Books accounting, and reinstating the CVOA Finance Committee. Unfortunately, Mary has decided to step down from the position. Steve Smith has offered to chair the Finance Committee, which will continue to advise CVOA on financial matters; we still need a treasurer to manage our day-to-day finances using Quick Books.
In the new year, VP Mark Curtis will move up to be our president, leaving a vacancy in the position of vice president.
Also, there may be openings on the Board of Directors. Joining our board is a great way to become more involved with CVOA, without a tremendous time commitment; we have four board/member meetings each year.
If you have any interest in either of these positions, or in joining our board of directors, please contact president Bonnie Farrar at 246-2092 or cvoa.president@gmail.com . We would love to add you to our team.
Past Events and Adventures
Annual Cookie Swap (...no hike)
December 18
CVOA’s Annual Cookie Swap was surely a ‘hit’.

Though it was a rainy dark evening, 27 CVOA’ers (cookie makers and spouses) were cozy, happy and well-fed inside the gorgeous and welcoming home of Jeannette and Mike Parker. They are the ‘hosts with the most’, for sure! Not a soul went home hungry, and everyone enjoyed being with other CVOA friends. We are probably still enjoying some of the dozen holiday platters of cookies.

Many thanks are in order to Jeannette and Mike!!

~ Jan Mildram
Hike to Yonder Knoll
December 21
It was a fun and happy hike up to Yonder Knoll on Saturday, December 21.The sun was out, and the winds were calm. Nine CVOA-ers and two lively four-legged friends made the short trek. The snow wasn’t deep so it was an easy ascent. The trail now has an abundance of orange tape along the way, so it can be quite easily found, even without a leader. There is “yonder knoll” tape at the trailhead on the Narrow Gauge trail. I hope to lead some more trips this winter, if you missed this one, and are interested. This is a ‘hidden gem’. Most of this trip’s group is in the attached photo, taken at the bridge on the way back.

~ Jan Mildram

[note: This is a great example of an impromptu “show ‘n go” event – with only a few days’ notice and an email to the membership, a nice-sized group had a great time. And it took very little planning on Jan’s part. Think about what events you could plan on short notice!]
Community News
20th Annual Sugarloaf Charity Summit
January 25, 2020
The Sugarloaf Charity Summit will return to the mountain for its twentieth year on Saturday, January 25, 2020. The event provides an opportunity for Sugarloafers, old and new, to join forces in the fight against cancer with fun and commemorative activities, the Charity Ball, as well as a raffle and auctions. The funds raised will go to support three organizations that help Mainers facing cancer.
For more information, visit SugarloafCharitySummit.org .
Ski Museum of Maine
Seeks Weekend Helpers
We are seeking volunteers to staff the Ski Museum of Maine in Kingfield on Saturdays and Sundays from 12-4pm during ski season.

Please contact Executive Director Theresa Shanahan at 207.265.2023 or email her at executivedirector@skimuseumofmaine.org for further information or to sign up!
Holiday Card to CVOA from WSKI
Carrabassett Valley Outdoor Association
Valley Crossing #6
Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947