Monday, February 20, 2023

Work Detail On The Trail

 Jim Leigey, new sign Director for the SSRT scheduled a work detail today, 2-20-23. Jim wanted to replace some old bent and worn out signs. Along with replacing a few signs, Gary Halsnik wanted to broom & shovel off a few concrete pads at the gates. So, we worked from Gillentown to Viaduct Bridge. Jim Leigey logged other signs needed and locations so he could order more signs. Volunteers were Andy Basalla, Ron Gillette, Bob Harris, Gary Halsnik, Jim Leigey and Larry Mayes.


 Pase Excavating LLC

93 Kent Lane
Morrisdale, Pa. 16858

Ph: 814-345-6793

Excavating Business

Friday, February 17, 2023


Centre Dance
2121 Sandy Drive
State College, Pa. 16801
Ph: 814-238-8685
Cell: 814-769-0650
Tap, jazz,hip hop, ballet, dance competition for school
Age: Kids

Thursday, February 16, 2023


Mt Top Area Swimming Pool
PO Box 9
Snow Shoe, Pa. 16874
Community Swimming Pool

Monday, February 13, 2023


M&D Storage
426 W. Sycamore Street
Snow Shoe, Pa. 16874
Ph: 814-625-2825 or 814-571-2087
Contact: Andrew Kotzur

Friday, February 10, 2023

More New Signs

 Jim Leigey, the new Sign Director, is busy again installing the new Clarence Moose Lodge sign at Gillentown Trailhead. We will install the other Moose sign at Black Bear Trailhead as soon as the Maintenance Director installs some new sign boards. It has been too cold but we will get some new sign boards installed as soon as we get some warmer weather.

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

New signs

The new Sign Director was busy yesterday picking up some new signs from Rockin V Signs in Philipsburg.  Jim Leigey removed and installed corporate signs at Black Bear and Gillentown Trailhead. The new signs installed were from Keck's of State College. 

While we were at Black Bear Trailhead, we also installed the new poster advertising the events for the year.

Thursday, February 2, 2023

Snow Shoe Rails to Trails acquires new tractor

SSRTA - Tractor

Snow Shoe Rails to Trails Association recently acquired a new tractor for trail maintenance. Pictured is Dave Bundle of Bradco Supply Company, SSRTA President Trilby Mayes, and Wayne Yearick and Seth Green of Bradco Supply Company.

Using grant funding through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program, Snow Shoe Rails to Trails Association acquired three pieces of equipment — the latest of which is a John Deere tractor.

The tractor arrived in January and was the highest ticket item among the recently obtained equipment, costing $166,000, according to SSRTA Secretary Larry Mayes.

The association was notified it was awarded grant funding in December of 2021. The program is through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The grants total $258,600.

Some of the funding was used to purchase an excavator to dig and clean ditches along the trail, Mayes said.

The excavator, received in August, already saw action. “We probably did three quarters of a mile of brushing alongside the trail to see how it works,” Mayes said. “It works great.”

SSRTA - excavator

Snow Shoe Rails to Trails Association tested out its equipment. Its trail spans over 19 miles.

The association, needing a method to transport equipment, also purchased a trailer, which arrived in December.

“Our trail stretches out over 19 miles from here at Snow Shoe to Winburne,” Mayes said. “We figured we needed a trailer to be able to haul the equipment.”

The tractor expands the areas the association can reach. “We need the big John Deere tractor to reach those high areas and back in off the trail because we have a 66 foot right-of-way,” Mayes said.

Previously, the association spent money keeping the trails maintained. The new equipment allows volunteers to tackle maintenance.

“We get a lot of overhanging limbs that come out over the trail,” Mayes said. “We’ve been hiring contractors for the past ten years.”

Regarding the grant application process, Mayes praised the work of grant writer Michelle Merrow. He expressed gratitude for the association being awarded the funding from the DCNR program.

“This is a quarter of a million dollars,” he said. “That’s a pile of money. We were so fortunate and lucked out.”

SSRTA has ideas for the future, according to Mayes. “Down on our trailhead, we have 20-some acres there. Right above the trailhead itself, where we have four to five acres of parking for people to come in and unload, we’re looking at eventually building a garage down there with an office,” he said. “We could store all the equipment in (it) and free my garage up.”

If this occurred, it would be a multi-year process, he noted.

In addition to pursuing grants, the organization also holds multiple fundraisers throughout the year. The money goes toward paying insurance and maintaining the trail, Mayes said. Last year, liability insurance on the trail was almost $15,000, he stated.

Membership costs $20 a year. Last year was the highest year in paid membership, according to Mayes. The association, which started with 85 members in 1999, has grown to about 4,300 individuals.

SOURCE: The Progress Newspaper
Feb. 1, 2023

All stocked up!

Avarie Motorsports in Julian have stocked up on atvs/utvs, lawnmowers, trailers, Powers saws. If looking for something, stop by and check out their great selection. Laura and Todd Laubach are there to help you with any specific details. Ph: 814-740-9910 or 814-404-2345