~ June 2023 ~

Hello CVOA,

Message from the President . . . . .

Greetings CVOA members,

The ski season melted its way towards May and unceremoniously ended. The golf course opened a few days ago. A bunch of folks went on trips. The good news is that the Neal Trask Range is up and running, thanks to the efforts of our members on May 20 to clean up and open up our facility on Route 27, just north of the Sugarloaf Access Road. The weekly schedule of 5 Stand Shoots on Saturday morning, and Trap Shoots on Sunday morning is underway. Check out the Range website at https://www.cvoarange.com and its Facebook page at CVOA Shooting Range for some good photos and more information about this year’s upgrades.


Although I have not been up to the Mountain in the past month, member Steve Whitcomb reported this afternoon that work on Sugarloaf’s new lift and trails on the west side are underway. The bull wheel at the top of West Mountain is gone, the haul rope is off the upper towers, the chairs are stored, and the upper lift towers are being dismantled. Trail re-grading at the top of Horseshoe is also in progress. This, plus the new residential area are a very significant investment by the Mountain in our Valley.


In the coming month, three of four CVOA ski trips planned for the 2023-24 ski season will open for applications. If you want to sign up for one or more of the trips, please read and follow the instructions. The timing of your response is crucial. Don’t jump the gun and send your application too early – it will be disregarded. On the flip side, don’t delay once applications are open. Don’t use Fed Ex or UPS. Only send in your response by US mail as the US Post Office postmark is the determining factor for priority. Enclose a check – not Pay Pal, not a credit card number, not cash, not crypto. Finally, please take the time to legibly fill out the forms with all the information requested – particularly your mail and email addresses. Finally, check today to see if your passport is in order. If its expiring soon, renew NOW!

Have a wonderful summer and take advantage of the planned CVOA activities.

Thom Johnston


Calendar of Events

June 2023

June 3 - Coastal Bike Ride 1:00pm. at Trueworthy's

June 3 - 9:00 - 12:00 5 Stand Shoot

June 4 - 9:00 - 12:00  Trap Shoot 

June 10 - 9:00 - 12:00 5 Stand Shoot

June 11 - 9:00 - 12:00 Trap Shoot 

June 13 - 4:00 pm - 6:00pm Women’s Shooting Group - Trap Shooting

June 14 -10:00am Diadema Golf Day

June 17 - 9:00 - 12:00 5 Stand Shoot

June 18 - 9:00 - 12:00 Trap Shoot 

June 24 - 9:00 - 12:00 5 Stand Shoot 

June 25 - 9:00 - 12:00 Trap Shoot 

June 25 - Board and Member meeting

June 27 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm Women’s Shooting Group - Archery

Check out the CVOA 2023-24 EVENTS CALENDAR

Click here: CVOA Calendar

Future Events

🏌️‍♀️🏌️‍♂️ Calling All Golfers 🏌️‍♀️🏌️‍♂️

Wednesday June 14, 2023

It is time to dust off your clubs and join your CVOA friends for a 9 hole round of golf at the beautiful Diadema Golf Course ‼️

Date: Wednesday June 14,2023

Place: Diadema Golf Club

419 New Portland Rd.

North Anson, ME 


Time: 10:00AM ~ 11:AM start and beyond if needed

Golf $30.00 for walkers pp with an additional $10.00 for a cart pp

Lunch $15.00 pp includes tax and gratuities. RSVP required.

A buffet lunch will be served after golf. 

Lunch will include 2 types of sandwiches, salad, fruit, dessert, water and soft drinks. 

Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Please plan to stay and chat about how much FUN we all had together on the course.

Each team will be a foursome. You can put a team together but no worries if you are a single, couple or threesome, a team will be put together for you. 

Please email Nancy at nancymakin48@gmail.com to reserve your golf spot and RSVP for lunch. The earlier you reserve the better‼️We have about 20 golfers signed up with space for more!!

The cut off date for sign up will be Sunday June 11th. Bonnie at Diadema and Nancy will put together the foursomes and email all golfers on Monday June 12th with your tee times. 

This is not a handicap tournament… just a FUN outing of golf at this hidden GEM of a course in North, Anson, ME. There will be prizes for the longest drive and nearest the pin for women and men. 

This is a ‘ Rain or Shine ‘ event.

 Looking forward to seeing all CVOA golfers on June 14th‼️

🏌️‍♀️Nancy Makin 🏌️‍♀️

CVOA Board Member and Fellow Golfer

🚴‍♂️ Coastal Bike Ride - Brunswick 🚴‍♀️

Saturday, June 3rd, Rain Date June 4th

Join Linda & Paul Trueworthy for a leisurely scenic ride around the Town of Brunswick.This ride is approximately 18 miles of flat riding.

The ride will start at Linda and Paul's house on 7 Wenger Lane at 1:00 PM and continue thru some quiet neighborhoods on the way to Paul's Marina where there will be a stop for icecream (optional) and views of the water, boats and islands.The ride will continue thru the former Brunswick Naval Air Station, the Bowdoin College Campus and back to the Trueworthy's house.

After the ride we will enjoy happy hour and burgers. Please BYOB and an app, side or dessert to share. 

RSVP to: ltruew@yahoo.com or text 207-208-7305.

Directions to 7 Wenger Lane

From Interstate 295, take Exit 28 Brunswick. This will put you onto Pleasant St. Go to the 3rd set of lights (police station and laundromat on corners) and turn right onto Stanwood St. Go over the RR tracks and turn right onto Hennessey Ave. Drive past 8-9 houses on your left and turn left at the 2nd yellow fire hydrant onto Wenger Lane. House is first on left.

June Board and Member Meeting

June 25, 2023

Recreation, Lunch, Board & Member Meeting

Sunday, June 25 in Belgrade

All CVOA members are welcome to attend. Val and Sam Hudspath have generously offered to be our hosts.

There are many opportunities for activities in the Belgrade Lakes area. Plan to meet at their home around 10 am, and engage in whatever adventure you wish. Activities could include:

  • Paddling – The lawn at the Hudspath’s is flat with a sandy beach from which you can launch canoes or kayaks. They have 3 single kayaks and 1 tandem kayak (or you can bring your own). You can paddle Great Pond and its islands or paddle to the Post Office in Belgrade Lakes, pull up and enjoy a walk around town.
  • Motor boating – You can launch your own craft from a nearby public boat launch. The Hudspaths also have a pontoon boat.
  • Biking – Rt. 27 has a wide shoulder in the area and many locals bike on it.
  • Hiking – There are some easy to moderate trails in the area. Check out www.7lakesalliance.org for descriptions of hikes and maps. Click on “Land” at the top menu bar, then "Trail System." The hikes are 2-6 miles away from the Hudspath’s house.

Lunch at 1pm – CVOA will provide pulled pork and pulled chicken and more. Please plan to bring sides and/or desserts. Please bring your own beverages.

Please contact Val at pvsam1@twc.com to let her know if you are coming for lunch, so we can plan for the appropriate amount of food, and in what morning activity you might be participating.

Board/Member meeting at 2 pm. We hope you will stay for the meeting.

Directions to the Hudspaths’: The address is 40 Abena Shores Drive, Belgrade 04917, on the shore of Great Pond.

If coming from Augusta take Rt. 27 North. At Carter Marine in Belgrade take a sharp right onto Sahagian Road, a paved road. After about 1/3 of a mile turn left at Abena Shores Drive. They are the 3rd house on the left. Park in the driveway or on the lawn.

If you are coming from Rt. 2, take Rt. 27 south to Belgrade Lakes. About 1 mile south of the town, Sahagian Road will be on your left at Carter Marine.

Hope you can join us!!

Val and Sam


Ski Trip Information

Val Gardena Italy

January 24-February 3, 2024

Reservation Postmark Date June 5, 2023

Click on the photos-brochure on right for details and the application. Be sure to scroll thru the multipage brochure.

Trip Leader Mike Parker

Heavenly, Lake Tahoe

February 27-March 5, 2024

Reservation Postmark Date

June 15, 2023

Click on the brochure on left for details and the application. Be sure to scroll thru the multipage brochure.

Trip Leader Bonnie Farrar

Whistler British Columbia

March 2-March 9, 2024

Reservation Postmark Date June 15, 2023

Click on the brochure on right for details and the application. Be sure to scroll thru the multipage brochure.

Trip Leaders Lee & John Goss


March 18-March 22, 2024

CVOA is planning another ski trip to Quebec City. The trip includes four nights in Quebec City and three days of skiing, one each at Stoneham, Mont-Sainte-Anne and Le Massif. This is a great time of year to ski along the St. Lawrence River and to enjoy the restaurants and continental ambiance of Quebec City. These make for a unique trip experience. Accommodations will be at L’Hotel Manoir Victoria in the heart of the old city. Non-skiers on this trip have had just as much fun as skiers.


Don’t worry about airports or airplanes. You make your own schedule. Travelers will drive to the hotel, and from the hotel to the mountains and back each day. The hotel will serve breakfast as part of the package, you’re on your own for supper. In Quebec City, with all of its restaurant choices, you will have no problem finding somewhere to dine.


Pricing and the application process will be communicated as soon as they are available. If you have any questions, contact Thom Johnston at: tandpjohnston@gmail.com

Future Event

Alaskan Cruise 2024

May 31-June 7

CVOA is headed to Alaska!! Based on interest after the May newsletter, the group began making reservations for the Last Frontier Adventure aboard the Chicagof leaving Juneau, Alaska on May 31, 2024 and arriving in Sitka, Alaska on June 7, 2024. This is a 76-passenger cruise ship once captained by CVOA’s very own Kip Files!

“The Last Frontier Adventure is designed for guests seeking more time in wilderness areas and a higher level of activity. The dynamic itinerary features daily adventures like hiking rainforest trails, kayaking in a glacial fjord, exploring Baranof Island’s “Waterfall Coast” and more. Sailing between Sitka and Juneau, you’ll spend the majority of your time in remote locations, including Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. The offering also includes the company’s exclusive Orca Point Lodge”.  

With their permission, I am listing the people who have committed to this adventure already: Mike & Jayne Giles, Diane & Ray Stone, Alex & Mardi Pakulski, Chris & Claire Perkins, Kelly & Paul Conboy, Bob & Bonnie Farrar with other people still interested and possibly booking soon.

There are still cabins available for anyone who wishes to join us. A 15% deposit holds your reservation until final payment, 60 days before departure. There is a 10 % early booking discount (before Sept 30th) as well as a 10% group discount. Additionally, there is a 5% discount (and free alcohol!) for military personnel and 5% discount if you pay in full.

Plans for flights and hotels will be made once the flight schedule becomes available mid-July.

Visit the website at https://www.alaskandreamcruises.com/cruises/2024-last-frontier-adventure/. Email Bonnie, trip coordinator at bfarrar7@aol.com for more information.

Range News

Hello Range and CVOA Members, 

Weekly 5 Stand Shoots every Saturday 9am to noon, rain or shine. Trap Shoots every Sunday 9am to noon, weather permitting. Come early to get a spot! The public and guests are welcome. These are a non-competitive shoots for fun and practice. If you are new to these sports, this is a perfect way to learn!

CVOA Range and the Neal Trask fund hosted Carrabassett Valley Students for a Trap shoot last Sunday. The Range waived guest fees and the cost of clays for the shoot, and members loaned out their shotguns and help supervise the shooters. It was a beautiful day and the group were very attentive students and broke quite a few clays! They also jumped right in to help load the Trap machine and clean up after the shoot.

The new Women's Shooting Group will meet on Tuesday, June 13th and 27th from 4pm to 6pm. We will explore a different shooting sport at each meeting. Trap, Archery, Pistol, and Rifle. Even if you don't have the equipment, we'll share. On June 13th we'll start off with Trap Shooting, which is a shotgun sport where we try to break clays thrown from a Trap House. Typically shooters use 12 gauge shotguns, but 20 gauge will also work. One round is 25 shots and costs $6 to cover the cost of the clays. Hearing and eye protection is required. The Range has loaned eyewear and hearing protection if needed. On June 27th we will explore Archery. We'll start with close,10yard shots and work our way back to the 30 yard shots. There is no additional fee for the archery. The Range has some youth bows and arrows that can be loaned out if you do not have your own. Drop me an email if you'd like to attend, but don't have the right equipment so I can make sure we have enough to share. Bring a friend. Guests welcome for a $10/day fee. (remember: is it only $40 to join, or $30 if your guest is already a member of CVOA, but not the range)

The Range Cleanup Day was a huge success! Thank you all for your help in keeping the range beautiful. The Crew got the whole 5 Stand building stained in 3 hrs!!! Bill O'Brien and the Coburn Gore Boarder Patrol Crew replaced the 100yrd Range targets and brackets, including digging up the old mounting boards. Folks also stained the shooting benches, replaced targets on the Pistol Range, set up the Archery Range, raked, swept, washed windows, and manned the BBQ to feed the hungry crew.

The new Electric Gate and concrete shooting stands for the Trap Field is under way. A special thanks to Harvey Packard, Chuck Gerry, and Bill O'Brien for the last minute help in setting up the forms for the concrete pad. These projects will improve access to the Range for folks with mobility issues. We were not able to do our improvements to the Rifle and Pistol Ranges last year. If you are interested in helping us design and build wheelchair accessible shooting stands for the 100yd and 50yd Ranges please contact me at the email below.

We still have 4 slots for this June's Introduction to Handgun and 6 slots for Concealed Carry Handgun. Non-Range members may also join the class!

Signup for our two offered June courses has begun. Contact for sign up should be directed to Diane Stone CVOA.range@gmail.com.

Introduction to Handgun

Saturday, June 24th

This class is designed for new shooters interested in exploring handguns and learning good basic gun handling skills. 

This course will build new shooters from the ground up. Emphasis will be placed on solid fundamentals of safe handling as well as grip, stance, sight alignment, shot placement and clearing malfunctions. 

The class will be approximately 7 hours in length and will be conducted in both the classroom as well as on range. 

Required equipment:

A well working center fire handgun. Recommended caliburs- .380, 9mm, .40 or .45. This class is not designed for revolvers or rimfire (.22) handguns. 

Ammunition: 100 rounds of standard manufacturer ammunition. Ammunition will be in original manufacturers boxes and no reloaded ammunition will be allowed for safety reasons. 

Long pants and long sleeve shirt recommended. Neck should be high. Closed toe shoes required. Brimmed hat, safety glasses and ear protection required. We will be working from the bench. No holsters. 

Additional supplies: lunch and snacks, ample supply of water or fluids, bug spray and sunscreen. 

We will supply targets, dummy rounds, blue guns and all necessary range equipment to provide a safe and fun day at the range. 


Concealed Carry 

Sunday, June 25

This course is designed for those who are new to the world of self-defense and concealed carry. If you are thinking about carrying a firearm for self-defense this class is the perfect place to start. 

Over the course of six hours, you will learn about the mental, physical and legal realities of self-defense as well as the legal realities of a self-defense incident and how to navigate the aftermath successfully. 

There will be a shooting qualification conducted at the end of class. Successful candidates will need to demonstrate safe gun handling skills and shooting proficiency. 

A certificate will be awarded at the end of the class and shooting qualification which will enable the candidate to apply for their Maine Concealed Carry Permit. 

Each course costs $150 and will offer a full day of invaluable education into firearm use. To register for these courses, please contact Diane Stone.

As always, your help and participation is greatly appreciated! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me.

Diane Stone

Range Secretary




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