Spring Meeting Set For 4/8/14

Hello,

The Friends will be holding their spring meeting this Tuesday evening at the new Lodge beginning at 7:00.  You might even be able to put in a ski before it starts!

Items on the agenda include the upcoming I Love My Parks Day, finishing details on the lodge, and preparing for our summer programs.

I hope you will consider joining us.

I would like to send out a big thank you to Ed & Judy Fuhr for all the time they have contributed to grooming in what has been a stellar year, but one also requiring a considerable amount of time.  Thank you Ed & Judy!

Finally, if you are not a member of the Friends group, perhaps you will consider joining.  You can do so using Paypal, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.  The suggested Family level of support is  $20.  You can also customize the amount of your donation   Your membership helps with the many financial aspects of our mission, including gasoline and repair for the sleds, as well as the matching funds that are required of grants such as the one the built the lodge.

The Friends of Higley Flow State Park, Inc., is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization and contributions are deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Hope to see you Tuesday,

Tom French
President, Friends of Higley Flow State Park


P.S. - The parking lot near the Lodge is very muddy.  Don't try to park there; stay on the pavement and walk in.  Thanks!



Wednesday Night Skiing April 9, 2014

Hello,

I'm pleased to announce that we will be hosting a last Wednesday Evening at Higley Flow for the season this week.  Thanks to Jenny Townsend for volunteering to host.

The Park and the Lodge will be open from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM on Wednesday.  

Also, a last reminder that we will be holding our spring meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) evening at the Lodge beginning at 7:00 where will will be discussing the upcoming I Love My Parks Day, finishing details on the lodge, and preparing for our summer programs.  I hope you will consider joining us.

Finally, expenses for gas and grooming maintenance do cost several hundred dollars every year.  If you are not a member of the Friends group, perhaps you will consider joining.  You can do so using Paypal, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.  The suggested Family level of support is  $20.  You can also customize the amount of your donation   The Friends of Higley Flow State Park, Inc., is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization and contributions are deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Hope to see you tomorrow and Wednesday!

Tom French
President, Friends of Higley Flow State Park

A Big "Thank You" Is Due
4/3/14 - 
Hi everyone -

We are winding down on another ski season, and a long one at that, with skiing starting early.  All the grooming that Ed and Judy Fuhr, and Bob Washo from SLU do make the skiing more enjoyable for all of us.  If you haven't already thanked these folks for their many hours of service, I hope you will consider doing so.

Best wishes,

Doug Welch

Colton Winterfest ski races go on thanks to efforts of volunteers


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Adam R. Terko, Canton, assistant coach for the St. Lawrence University Nordic Ski Team, competes in the Higley Hustle Ski Races Sunday at Higley Flow State Park as part of the Colton Winterfest. Mr. Terko finished the 10K race in first place.

PUBLISHED: MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2014 AT 7:03 AM
By KATIE ANDERSON, Reprinted from Daily Courier-Observer

SOUTH COLTON — Athletes braved the cold Sunday during Higley Hustle Ski Races, part of Winterfest’s final day of activities.

The 10k and 5k classic races were held in the morning and the 5k and 2.5k skate races started after 1 p.m.

Adam R. Terko, assistant ski coach for St. Lawrence University who said he’s been skiing for nearly 20 years, took home first place in the 10k classic.

“The trail was great. The new snow helped,” he said. “The really nice tracks and cold weather are nice to see.”

Even though Sunday’s skiers enjoyed the trails, overall participation in the races was down compared to recent years. Races organizer Judy A. Fuhr said December’s ice storm could be to blame.

“We expected the numbers to be down,” Mrs. Fuhr said. “People haven’t had the opportunities to train like they normally would because the park was closed.”

Mrs. Fuhr said the extreme cold hasn’t helped with the number of skiers, either.

Ronald R. Gotham, South Colton, assistant timer for the morning races, said 11 racers took part in the 10k and two in the 5k. Normally there are 40 skiers in total.

“They have the races every year, and I try to volunteer in one way or another,” Mr. Gotham said. “They weren’t sure if we were going to be able to reopen, so it wasn’t publicized. This was just in the last week that things really came together with the snow and the state crews being able to clear trails.”

Mrs. Fuhr said about half of the trail network is open for skiing.

“The other half is still pretty buried,” she said. “The fact that we had 60 volunteers picking up branches last week helped considerably.”

Ellie B. Menz, Colton, said she’s one of those volunteers who also enjoys skiing the trails.

“This is a tremendous resource that’s used by a lot of people, but is basically maintained by Judy and her husband Ed and other people who help,” she said. “So it’s all volunteer.”

Ms. Menz said although it would have been nice to have the Higley Trails Lodge open at the start of a great season, she’s been noticing new families coming out to ski and enjoy the new building.

“They’re going out to ski, leaving their things here, coming in to have their lunch and going back out to ski some more,” she said. “It’s just what we always wanted it to be and what we envisioned.”

Mrs. Fuhr said this was really the first weekend that the lodge has been open.

It was built over the summer, but the ice storm prevented them from opening it on schedule.

“It’s definitely helping to bring families out because they can come in and let their kids warm up,” she said.

Overall, Mrs. Fuhr said the rest of the Winterfest weekend was steady with over 200 at the craft fair and multiple vendors for the quilt show.

Sunday’s activities also included recreational snowshoeing and cross-country skiing at Catamount Lodge.

“The concert last night was way up from previous attendance and it was just an excellent concert,” she said.


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Scott A. Bollt, Potsdam, 15, competes in the Higley Hustle Ski Races Sunday at Higley Flow State Park as part of the Colton Winterfest.



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Ethan Townsend, head coach for the St. Lawrence University Nordic Ski Team, competes in the Higley Hustle Ski Races Sunday at Higley Flow State Park as part of the Colton Winterfest.





May 4, 2013 - Some of the volunteers for I Love My Parks workday stand in front of the newly-completed Trails Lodge.