I am glad of the last snowstorm; I measured about 11 inches of powder here. It makes great skiing. For the first time this year I had time to run my snowmobile and homemade trail groomer over our 2-3 mile loop of logging roads we use for cross-country skiing. The only caution was that the snow was so soft that all the protruding rocks made fast riding unwise, as the "sled" jumped unpredictable whenever I hit a rock a little too fast. A word to those who ride in the fields locally: those famous Maine rocks can really dump you off a snowmobile in a flash if you are hot-rodding! Although my groomer smoothed the trails and covered the rocks, I found a lot of them barely concealed by a thin dusting of snow and mighty unyielding for skiers who hit or fall on one! Another six to 12 inches of snow will eliminate that problem. Now, the only fly in the ointment is other snowmobilers who ride our trails and rut them up for skiers. Probably the predicted mixed precipitation on Tuesday will mess up the skiing.
In other news, Ann Morton, Gould Class of 1958, came to the Bethel Legion Post/Unit 81 meeting last Tuesday and made a special presentation to the post. It was an empty whisky bottle distributed in 1968 with a label commemorating the 50th year of the American Legion, which was chartered by Congress in 1918. Ann said her classmate, Ray Coulombe, had given her the bottle and asked that she offer it to our Legion post. The Coulombes lived on the Flat Road during the 1950s in the farmhouse where Cleve and Katherine Lovejoy lived until a couple years ago. Post Commander Bob McCartney accepted the bottle and put it in the display case in the post dining room.