Monday, October 16, 2017

2017 SSRT Raffle Winners and Photos

On Saturday, October 14, 2017, the SSRT held it's 2017 raffle at Best Line Powersports in Centre Hall. Youth Certification Training was held prior to the raffle. A delicious meal provided by Best Line & SSRT was served before, during and after the drawing. It must of been good as all 5 electric ovens were empty!! We want to thank all volunteers who donated food for the event. Best Line was on top of things and provided seating for alot of attendees. Door prizes were provided by SSRT & Best Line. This is the first year that the winner of the atv/utv has been present. This year the 570 razor winner was Kim Shoemaker of Pleasant Gap. Her and her husband were elated!!! Good time had by all!!

Snow Shoe Rails to Trails 2017 Raffle Winners
Winner of the Quilt donated by Mary Jane Peters – Robert Vanim, Emmaus, Pa.

570 Razor-Best Line/SSRT – Kim Shoemaker, Pleasant Gap, Pa.

$250.00 Cash from Restek - Paul Hilkert, Milton, Pa.

$200.00 Cash from Peg & Eric Brooks – Wil Yazzie, Tyrone, Pa.

$199.00 Full Vehicle Detail from Joel Confer Ford – Heidi Hite, Loretto, Pa.

$350.00 Cash from Clarence Moose Lodge#1565 – John Daniel, Smoke Run, Pa.

One half hog, processed and vacuum packed from Mark’s Meat of Lamar/SSRT – Wendy Reskovac, Newton, NJ. – donated back to trail.

ATV Winch from Truck Stuff & More – Joshua Nilson, Moshannon, Pa.

$100.00 Cash from Travis Gheen Construction – Ray Hilliard, West Leechburg, Pa.

Husquevarna Battery Operated Weed Wacker from Carns Equip/SSRTA – Brittany Homan, Centre Hall, Pa.

 $100.00 Cash from Safety Today & Tomorrow, Bob Biggans – Kylie Master, Fayetteville, N.C.

 $100.00 Cash from Raymond Tires –Claude F. Baker, Abbottstown, Pa.

 $100.00 Cash from Pam & Dave Walker – Robert Moore, Howard, Pa.

 $100.00 Cash from Kathy & Rodney Preslovich – Christine McCoy, Cogan Station, Pa.

 Stihl Battery Operated Weed Wacker – Dotterer Equip/SSRT – Sylvia Wellar, Howard, Pa.

$150.00 Cash from Lundberg Paving & Trucking LLC – Barry Ramper 2nd, Harrisburg, Pa.

$100.00 Cash from Jim Verost Used Cars – Irene Biggans, Bellefonte, Pa.

$60.00 Cash from Bruce Brown, $50.00 Gift Certificate Best Line Powersports, $50.00 Gift Certificate Hall’s Market/Subway/Mt. Top True Value Hardware – Walter Allen, Grassflat, Pa.

$100.00 Cash from Audrey & Fred Lingle – David Ludwig 3rd Clarence, Pa.

$50.00 Cash from CMATVA, $25.00 Gift Certificate from Kephart Hardware, $40.00 Gift Certificate from Marlin & Carol Luse to Newman’s Sandwich Shop – Maxine Orwick, Morrisdale, Pa.

$199.00 Full Vehicle Detail from Joel Confer Toyota/Scion – Jim Leigey, Bellefonte, Pa.

$100.00 Gift Certificate from Scott’s Pools, $25.00 Gift Certificate from Steve Seltzer Powersports, $75.00 Cash from Dwayne Kimble – Alan Barnett, Philipsburg, Pa.

$100.00 Cash from Beth & Mark Watson, $50.00 Gift Certificate from Brothers Pizza Wingate, $25.00 Gift Certificate from Key Largo Restaurant of Kylertown – Steve Cooper, James Creek, Pa.

$100.00 Cash from Central Penn Rigg Services, $50.00 Gift Certificate from Carns Equipment, $25.00 Gift Certificate from West Branch Dairy Diner, $25.00 Gift Certificate from Steve Seltzer Powersports - James Mihalko Sr. Madera, Pa.

$50.00 Gift Certificate from Dotterer Equipment, $50.00 Cash from Vinyl Concepts, Dave McCool, $50.00 Gift Certificate to Sheetz from Williamson Insurance Agency – Ted Onufrak, Mingoville, Pa.

 $100.00 Gift Certificate from Saddles ETC, $50.00 Cash from James Banfill, $50.00 Gift Certificate from Rockin V Signs, $25.00 Gift Certificate from Kepharts Hardware, $25.00 Gift Certificate from Genna Beer – Jessi Hershey, Dover, Pa.

 $100.00 Gift Certificate from Bad Boy Toys/Ez Go/Shed World, $25.00 Gift Certificate Key Largo Restaurant, $25.00 Gift Certificate from Alan Anderson Insurance, $50.00 Gift Certificate from Best Line Powersports – Brandon Brooks, Centre Hall, Pa.

 $30.00 Cash from Jennifer & Doug Fye, $50.00 Gift Certificate to Sheetz from Williamson Insurance Agency, $50.00 Gift Certificate from Track N Trail – Scott Lyons, Bellefonte, Pa.

 $50.00 Gift Certificate from Dotterer Equipment, $25.00 Cash from Jack’s Snack Shack, $50.00 Gift Certificate from Hall’s Market/Subway/True Value Hardware – Edward Gummo, Howard, Pa.

 $100.00 Cash from Restek, $25.00 Gift Certificate from Steve Seltzer Powersports, $50.00 Gift Certificate from Track N Trail – Amos Seiders, Pottsville, Pa.

 $50.00 Gift Certificate from Best Line Powersports, $25.00 Gift Certificate from Gena Beer, $25.00 from Cliff Chambers Remodeling, $20.00 Cash from Christopher MacLuckie – Harry Moore, Huntingdon

 $150.00 Cash from Restek, $20.00 Cash from Marylen & Bill Dreibelbis, $10.00 Cash from Sheila & Terrence McGovern – Eric Sayers, Yarnell, Pa.

 5’ by 8’ Trailer from Tracker Built Trailers/SSRTA – Larry Jacobs, Enola, Pa.

Top Sellers of Tickets
Winner of selling the most tickets – Rodney Preslovich – 100
Winner of selling the 2nd most tickets – Marissa Bartley 90
Person selling winning ticket for UTV – Marissa Bartley

Person selling 3rd most tickets – Nathan Poust – 75
Person selling 4th most tickets – Eric Brooks – 50
Person selling 5th most tickets – Jim Verost - 47

View photos, click here.

DCNR Youth Certification Training

On Saturday, October 14, 2017, SSRTA & Best Line Powersports in Centre Hall held Certification Training for 15 Students. Ed Kitchen(Forest Ranger of Rothrock State Forest also participated in the training. Trainers were Bob Biggans, George Holt, Marty Wagner. They were assisted by Todd Shaffer & Dave Brown providing riding examples of each section of the course. At the end of the course, Trilby Mayes, President of SSRTA, provided SSRTA t-shirt to all the students along with their driving certificates. 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Day Of Caring On The Snow Shoe Rails to Trails

Marilee Close scheduled the Bald Eagle Area 8th grade students for a Day of Caring on the Snow Shoe Rails to Trails, October 5, 2017.
The Bald Eagle Area students that volunteered for this project and their teachers - Marci McGonigal and Mandy Woodring were delivered by Jim Cramer bussing. Gary Halsnik and Larry Mayes met everyone and explained the work needing done.

We were divided into two crews, one painting the perimeter fencing surrounding the Gillentown Trailhead. The other crew painted tire rim post used for parking at events.

The students painted a lot more than the trail expected. They got all the rim post painted and about 1/2 of the entire perimeter fence. After the work was completed, they ate their lunch and all did a walk down the trail to the Route 144 tunnel. What a great project for the students to take on and help out the SSRTA for a couple hours. Mrs. McGonigal and Mrs. Woodring did a great job directing their kids and the project. The SSRTA wants to thank everyone involved in "Day of Caring" on the Snow Shoe Rails to Trails.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

5th Annual Carns Equipment/SSRTA Pig Roast

Alot of volunteers made the 5th Annual Carns Equipment/SSRTA Pig Roast a success. Preping prior to the event, during and cleanup afterwards - Hogs were purchased from Marks Meat of Lamar, cooking the hogs all night long - Chris Vangor, family and friends did another awesome job preparing them for the next day event. Alot of members and help from the Centre County Probation Office provided a large crowd a great meal. This was the first time that we ran out of food for the pig roast. It was awesome to have such a large crowd on a rather cooler day. Jack's Snack Shack was on hand to provide ice cream but the cooler weather put a little damper on the ice cream sales this day. Jack always does good when the weather is hotter. We want to thank all the volunteers and the members for their support for this event. Without you there would be no event and fundraiser. Ron Fye and his wife Sheila did a fantastic job parking the trailhead full and then filling in some of the overflow areas. Thank you all and Carns has already scheduled the 6th Annual Pig Roast for September 29, 2018. The State Trails will still be open for this event next years. Thank you everyone from Carns Equipment!!!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Flower Planting at Trail Kiosks

Gary & Mary Halsnik planted flowers at Gillentown & Clarence Kiosk in preparation for Fall and also the Carns/Snow Shoe Rails to Trails 5th Annual Pig Roast & Ride. They sure did a nice job enhancing both Kiosk. We want to thank Mary & Gary for their support of the trail and their efforts to enhance both of these kiosk.

Friday, September 22, 2017


Would you like to ride your ATV from the Snow Shoe Rails to Trails all the way to the Whiskey Springs ATV trails? It can happen! Read about the ATV Connector Trail Study being done by LARSON DESIGN GROUP to determine the feasibility of the most direct, environmentally sound, and sustainable connector trail possible between the Bloody Skillet and Whiskey Springs ATV trails.

Download and read about the connector trail study here:

If you enjoy riding ATVs and want to see this connector trail become a reality, you’re encouraged to attend a public meeting on either December 12, 2017 or December 19, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Durrwachter Alumni Conference Center at Lock Haven University.

The objective of the meetings will be to review the findings of the connector trail study, unveil conceptual routes, and answer questions and concerns. Your participation is needed to make this happen. Local businesses and the ATV community envision the trail as an economic and tourism driver, which would benefit small towns throughout the route.

Questions and comments can be submitted through a dedicated email address at ATVCONNECT@LARSONDESIGNGROUP.COM

Monday, September 18, 2017

Line Painting - Black Bear Trailhead

Work Detail:
Usually every two years the SSRTA paints the caution lines on the Casanova Road near the Black Bear Trailhead. This is the area where the atvs/utvs cross the road. While this year we were rained out when it was originally scheduled. So, Volunteers Gary Halsnik, George Holt, Larry Mayes scheduled help from the Philipsburg Fire Department and Fire Police to assist with Traffic control and to do the job on Monday, September 18, 2017. We met at the Black Bear Trailhead to develop our plan for the day. Dave Crane & Jim Fowler from the Fire Department and Fire Police placed cones/flares signs - Men Working. Then the other volunteers cleaned the pavement, taped the area and the painting was underway. After a few hours of Dave & Jim directing traffic, we moved to the opposite site of the road and completed it. One of the vehicles traveling through was candidate for Centre County Judge, Brian Marshall. Brian introduced himself and we all did the same. Of course he wanted to know what organization we all belonged to and wanted us to explain what we were doing and why. He was very interested in each individual and what we had to say. After a brief talk, Brian was on his way.

After Brian left, we all discussed how nice it was that he stopped in and how interested he was in what we were doing. Seems like a very nice man. 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

DCNR Youth Certification Training at their location in Clearfield on Saturday, September 16, 2017

Carns Equipment and Snow Shoe Rails to Trails held DCNR Youth Certification Training at their location in Clearfield on Saturday, September 16, 2017. The SSRT & Carns also provided a meal to anyone stopping by this day as well as the children taking the course and the parents attending the event. Jim Verost made his special chili - wow the best!! A real big hit. Trilby Mayes helped make the potatoes, hot dogs & kraut. Carns also supplied beverages too. It was great to see all the participants and their parents. It was great to have one of our other corporate sponsors, Lee Williamson at the event. Lee's words were, my god they have a lot of atvs/utvs here and a lot of other things to offer as well. Nice to see the Corson's from Lock Haven stay and have lunch with us too. Great people!!

Bob Biggans & George Holt did a wonderful job as usual providing the training. They always seem to come up with somethings to make it fun and interesting for the kids. Wayne Wynick-retired Assistant Forest Manager of Black Moshannon Forest also assisted with a presentation to the group. Wayne provided some various views & humor to keep everyone interested.

Christian provided another great job or atv inspection checks prior to running the atv. The students stayed well tuned while he reviewed the check list.

We want to thank Justin, Steve, Geoff Carns, Kurt Climie, Rob, Tom and all that helped with the event. 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Snow Shoe Rails to Trails September Monthly Meeting

Those attending the SSRTA meeting last night at the Casanova Nostalgia were treated to a little extra. We were celebrating Mary Halsnik's birthday but then found out it was Gary & Mary's 37th Anniversary. Mary & Gary were treated with cakes and a Happy Birthday song too. Happy Anniversary Gary & Mary. Thank you for all you do for the trail.


Monday, September 11, 2017


Nice testimonial for one of our corporate sponsors, Best Line Powersports in Centre Hall.

On Friday of Labor Day Weekend, I unloaded my razor for a nice weekend of riding with a group of my friends. Well, it shut off and would not start after I unloaded it. A group of my friends helped me put it back on the trailer and I took it to the Best Line Powersports Centre Hall Store location. Fred Yearick, Dave Walker, Marty Wagner and one other gentleman(didn't get his name) got the razor in at the end of the day, made repairs and got me back on my way. I can thank that crew enough for making my weekend!! They turned a terrible situation into a great weekend. Now that's how a business should treat their customers and I sure appreciate it.
-Robert Harris