Above are new winter trail signs that are about to be posted. You may have noticed the significant increase in our trail usage, which is a good thing. It’s nice to see so many people exercising safely outdoors during this awful pandemic. We do need to be aware that, during the winter, our trail system is used for a variety of activities. We need to be mindful that your use of the trails doesn’t ruin the trails for other activities. If we ever get some deep snow, fingers crossed, “barebooting” can be a serious problem. Please use snow shoes. At the moment, ice on the trails is increasing and the use of microspikes is an important piece of safety equipment to at least bring with you on your hike.
Many thanks to Team Provost on their successful roadside cleanup! Dad Cory with daughters, Mila (8yo) and Bristol (9yo) tackled Cedar St over the holiday weekend and left it looking so much better for their efforts! Cory Prevost was keen to use the project as a positive learning experience for her daughters and by the looks on their faces, I think we can say, mission accomplished!
We all know how much of a challenge it is to keep our neighborhoods clean so, thanks to everyone who participates.
I hope you’re well and taking good care. I wanted to remind you that this could be a good time to fulfill your fall roadside cleanup commitment. Of course, any time of year is a good time but, right now before the snow flies and the ground gets covered, is especially good! I finished my stretch on Sunday and within an hour I had collected #2 large bags of waste and walked 3 miles. It felt great!
Please feel free to contact me if you’d like to be added to our roster. Everyone is welcome to participate; whether it’s the road you live on and/or use frequently, the more conscientious people caring for our resources, the better!
AAPOA Trail Committee is hosting a trail cleanup day on Oct. 10. Please meet at the pavilion at 10:00 a.m. Participants will be asked to select a trail to hike and police for litter and to trim overhanging brush or branches. Please bring pruning shears and a bag for litter. Participants will be back in plenty of time for the general membership meeting. Contact Bill Gibney at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Under phase 4, which the North Country remains under due to Covid, social gatherings of up to 50 people are permitted. That will allow us to hold the regular fall General Membership meeting.
GENERAL MEETING DETAILS:
When: Saturday, October 10th —- Rain date: Sunday, October 11th
Where: The pavilion at the lake—this will be an outdoor meeting
Time: 2 PM
The membership will socially distance themselves on the lawn area in front of the pavilion.
Please bring your own lawn chairs
The AAPOA Board will spread out in the pavilion.
Please bring/wear a mask
We will attempt to keep the meeting to about an hour
The most important item on the agenda is to approve an AAPOA budget for 2021. The proposed budget is very similar to the current 2020 budget and contains no major additions. The biggest budgetary increase is to our insurance liability coverage, which is a required expense. Dues remain the same.
We will place the agenda, the budget, and a potential change to our by-laws on our website: (www.ausableacres.org) within a few days.
If you are not able to attend this meeting (we understand that the U.S./Canadian border remains closed) and would like to offer a comment on a specific agenda item, you are able to send that comment by connecting to the following link: https://ausableacres.org/contact-us/ or call the AAPOA at 1-518-217-8519.