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Club Members at the Meeting January 6, 2006

Send your photo's to be uploaded for all to see our trails.  Include people sleds and fun!!  Send to buckaroosof302@gmail.com

2012-2013 Season

Link to 2013 Dick Page Ride In

Some images of the Dick Page Ride In, 2013
(more via link on Picture page)

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President, Milt Lamberton

Milt started riding in 1964 on a '65 Ski-doo.  In 2013, he took his last snowmobile, 1993 Yamaha for a ride around the house

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December 6, trail work album on Pisca

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A rear view with Caleb and Karl on the snowmobiles
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Karl drives the Clubs first 6 wheeler with snowmobiles and snowman in tow.
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Don't let this happen to you! Buckaroos rescue sled brings in a casualty
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Caleb drives the Clubs new to us 6 wheeler. The rescue sled with injured snowmobiler in tow.

2012 Groton Fall Foilage Parade

Thanks to Kitty, Karl, Caleb, Betty and Buzzy

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Our two floats were two big for the camera to get a clear picture

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2011-2012 Season

New 2

Photo Album Link

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Members of Buckaroos of 302 Green Up

Link to 2012 Dick Page Ride In pictures

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Wednesday, February 8th Trail Pictures by Todd Boylan

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Pictures of tracks  were taken by Todd Boylan, Secretary of the Buckaroos of 302, on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012
What animal made these tracks?

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Pictures taken Saturday, February 4, 2012

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Bill Cassidy with Matt Puffers excavator filled in all the wash-outs from Ricker Pond up rt. 232 to the five corners.  Bill also repaired the wash-outs, culverts and ditches from New Discovery on Rt. 2 to CA 18 where he filled in around the bridge and continued filling wash-outs, cleaning ditches & culverts on rt. 232 from CA 18 to Hookerville Cut-Off road.  Bill also used the excavator to fill in the wash-out from CA 7 to the Groton State Forest highway.

Terry Dana with his excavator filled in the wash-outs and re-installed the two culverts on rt. 232 on Albert Biastre's land at five corners.

Peter Uttero with his excavator installed 4 culverts on rt. 2004.

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Butch Gandin using his John Deere tractor filled in the wash-outs on rt. 302 between Groton State Forest highway and CA 5.

Matt Puffer and Bill Cassidy with Rowdens roll-off truck moved the big boulder that rolled down from the upperside and landed on the railroad bed at Lake Groton.

 

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Trail work day, Tuesday October 11th.  Howard, Todd (Club Secretary) and Gary (Treasurer) spent 6 hours clearing trees, brush and checking signs from Lakeside Drive to New Discovery Parking lot.

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Route 302 bridge next to Upper Valley Grill
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Rail road bed near Groton Pond
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Boulder on Rail Road bed near Groton Pond
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Trail near Bridge in West Groton
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Meadow between Seyon Pond Road and Bridge
On Sunday Aug. 28, 2011 Tropical storm Irene hit Groton with a mighty force.   In West Groton we recorded 7 1/4 inches of rain but our Town Clerk Linda recorded close to 10 inches.  Started raining about midnight Sat. night and rained continuously till about 6:30 Sunday night.  Brooks and rivers came up anywhere from 6 feet to 8 feet wiping out everything in its path.  State highway roads and Town roads received extensive damage.  The Upper Valley Grill & General Store was an island with the force of water running all around the building.  A lot of damage to outside parking area, fuel pumps and fuel storage tank.  Owner Bill Kane is in the process of having the restaurant & store foundation and structure checked today.  Bill reports that he will be "back in business asap".  The Upper Valley Grill & General Store is very important to this area.  Bill runs  a four season business but he is especially popular with the Snowmobilers.  You can always count on the Upper Valley Grill being open for business.   Be sure and give Bill your thanks and encouragement.   The raging water behind the Upper Valley Grill just would not fit under the snowmobile bridge that is located below the Grill on rt. 302.  The bridge is about 66 ft. long 12 or so feet wide and is a good 15 to 20 feet over the Wells River.  All the debris and force of the water put a "bow" in the bridge.    As we get more pictures of trail damage we will post them on the popular Buckaroos of 302 website.   Hopefully we can get started on repairing the flood damage on the trails from the flood on May 26/27 and now the extra costly damage from tropical Irene.  We still have not received any funds from VAST or FEMA.  

2010-2011 Season

2nd Annual Eastman Cookout
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Sleds lined up on both sides of the trail
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Great attendance by snowmobilers
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Riders came from Groton and Connecticut and places inbetween
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Surprice Birthday cake for the host
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Nothing beats a hot dog over an open fire
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Great Conversation!!

The 2nd Annual hot dog cook-out hosted by Buzzys Grooming on Sat. Mar. 19th was a huge success.  The day was sunny with a chill in the air.  The Buckaroos of 302 surprised Betty with a big beautiful birthday cake and cards.  Thank you very much.   We estimate 150 to 175 Sledders came and went all afternoon.   There were the Volunteer trail workers, Young Kids, our future trail workers, VAST County Directors, many area Club officers, Groomer Operators and the "Out of Staters" all came to support the day.   We need each and everyone to make the trail system as great as it is.  We thank everyone for taken the time out of their ride to stop and visit.  The season is winding down.  Soon we will be putting the Sur Trac away and the Drivers will get a much needed rest.  Keep checking the web site through the summer for news. 
Thank for your support.  See you next Dec.
Buzzy & Betty

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VAST presented this Certificate of Appreciation to the Buckaroos of 302 for their $50 cash donation, knit hat, sweatshirt and t-shirt.

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Sur Trac and drag with the new 9 ft. tall brush bar all mounted on the side of the drag.  AWESOME !!
Every limb this bar cuts off means a Volunteer does not have to do it!!  The Sur Trac with drag measures 42 ft. 6 inches long and 10 ft. wide.  We remind everyone to always be alert for the equipment on the trails.   We are out there to lay down a good trail for you to ride on.  We can not pull out of the trail so we rely on the snowmobiler to stop out of the trail for us to pass by.  The Buckaroos of 302 Club generously purchased the brush bar, Hydraulic cylinder and hoses.  Bill Cassidy and Mike Davidson installed the brush bar on the drag.  ROBCO transported the groom back and forth from Buzzy's to Bill's garage.  Thursday a Mechanic from Champlain Valley Equip. will come and do warranty work on the Sur Trac.  Than Buzzys Grooming will be ready to go.  This year we are adding another driver to the Sur Trac crew, Shaun Corbett.  Shaun lives in Williamstown.

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On the left, Buzzy takes a picture of Gary digging a ditch to drain water off of the 2004 trail. 
Peter Uttero used his excavator to dig a ditch for a culvert so that the water drains off  trail rt. 2004.  Gary and Buzzy went out on Nov. 10th to buried the culvert.  Hopefully this will take care of that water hole.  Pictured center and right. 
Kitty Diggins and her son Karl Hollistein rescued the Buckaroos of 302 rescue sled from storage.  The rescue sled with accessories will be stored at Kitty's barn in West Groton.  Kitty graciously offered her Polaris snowmobile for the power unit.  We hope that this rescue sled will only collect dust.  But if there is a need please call Buzzy & Betty at 802-584-3630  or Kitty at 802-584-3589. 

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ATV's used to carry supplies and Volunteers to the bridge site

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Scott , Karl and Dean are three of the many volunteers that helped drive 8" and 12" long spikes into the corridor bridge.  A lot of muscle was needed and they showed up to help.  We are very thankful.
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Buckaroos trail work crew.  We are "The Best of the Best" according to the Times Argus Readers.  The pictures show what a great crew the Buckaroos are.  If you would like to join the fun and keep our trail system in the best condition please contact one of our officers.  We always enjoy meeting and working with new trail members.  The workers on this project were:
Back row: Gary, Taylor, Ken, Dean
Front row: Eric, Peter U, Karl, Todd, Peter L, Buzzy, Dave, Scott.

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The Buckaroos of 302 have purchased a 4 ft x 10ft 5 inch banner to Thank our Landowners for allowing Buckaroos and VAST to build and maintain a snowmobile trail on their land.  Without the cooperation of the many Landowners there would be no trails.

Buckaroos of 302 built a float to put in the Fall Foliage Parage on Oct. 2nd.  The Clubs 6 wheeler with driver Karl Hollstein was the power unit for the float.

On the float was Buzzy & Betty's Antique 1964 ten horse Ski Doo and Karl's late model Artic Cat.  A 9 ft. Snowman was greeting the crowd along with other trail signs.   Buckaroos riding on the sleds were Kitty, Amanda and Kaleb.

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Thank you readers of the Times-Argus Newspaper!!!

Groton Highway Garage

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Volunteer workers L to R:  Matt Puffer, Kaleb Hollstein, Butch Gandin, Milt Lamberton, Peter Uttero, Gary Lamberton, Dean Edson, Taylor Lamberton, Todd Boylan, Karl Hollstein, Ken Wyman, Peter Lyon, Dave Spencer.  Buzzy Eastman was behind the camera.  Big Thank you goes to all the trail workers on Sept. 11th.

Matt Puffer in his excavator.  Butch Gandin brought his John Deere Tractor with dump trailer.  Peter Uttero came with his dump trailer.   All this equipment was used on the trail work project on Sept. 11th.  Buckaroos of 302 have a great  trail volunteer work crew.

2009-2010 Season

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Ryan, a senior at BMU School, is restoring a 1974 Skidoo for his Exit Project.  He is doing some of his communitee service requirements by assisting the Buckaroos with Trail Maintenance.  Sunday, Ryan spent over 3hrs helping remove signs from the trail system.

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March 6th & 7th was a beautiful week-end. A hot dog roast was held at Buzzy & Betty Eastmans at Jct. CA 10 in West Groton. The event was open to everyone. It was fun and everyone enjoyed telling stories. We hope this will become an annual event

2010 Dick Page Ride In

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Grooming News Flash:
 
Buzzys Grooming Owned by Buzzy & Betty Eastman are pleased to announce that they are purchasing a new 2010 Sur Trac Conversion Grooming Equipment.  This new equipment includes the Blue New Holland Tractor with a 10 foot wide drag that consist of several cutting blades and a v-blade.   This new equipment will replace the 1999 Sur Trac that we have used to groom the trails in the past.  The same operators, Buzzy Eastman, Dave Wheatly, Carl Emerson and Doug Smith will be in the drivers seat.  Betty will be reporting on Buckaroos of 302  and the VAST web sites each time the Sur Trac leaves Jct. CA 10 on it's grooming route.  Buzzy & Betty are excited about this new purchase and looking forward to a good snow season JUST LIKE LAST YEAR.
 

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Northland Specialties install new steel guardrail posts at the big culvert on the "loop" trail rt. 302C in the Gore.  Thank you guys.

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Matt Puffer, Bill Cassidy and Buzzy Eastman bolted the plank to the steel guardrail posts on trail rt. 302C.  Thank You guys, this should keep everyone on the trail.

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Taylor, VAST Junior Snowmobilier of the Year, just completed a de-signing project with his father.  They picked a nice warm day in November.

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Ken is a new volunteer to the Buckaroos of 302.  He brings his own weapon to work days, a straight shaft weed wacker with a circular blade that has teeth like a chain saw.  Ken does a great job clearing all diffeent sizes of limbs.  It is amazing how well a job his saw does. 

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Back row Buzzy Eastman, Butch Gandin front row Peter Uttero, Kevin McDonnell, Karl Hollstein. Missing from the picture is Dean Edson and Dave Spencer.

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Buckaroos of 302 float in Fall Foliage Parade Oct. 3rd.  Karl & Kalib Hollstein, Kitty Diggins, Buzzy & Betty Eastman worked on getting the float together. The theme was fall leaves in the valley and snow on the mountains. There was a sign to Welcome everyone to Buckaroos Country, a sign Thanking our Landowners, a sign to urge everyone to join the Buckaroos of 302 Snowmobile Club. Buzzy & Betty's antique 1965 Ski Doo and Karl's Artic Cat snowmobiles were on the trailer. The 8 ft. snowman took his place between the sleds. Karl drove the Clubs 6 wheeler. Kalib and Kitty rode on the sleds passing out candy.

Buzzy mowing Buckaroos trail system.

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Jct. CA 10 on trail rt. 302.
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Greetings from West Groton, Jct. CA 10.  October 13, 2009 Tuesday 7 AM.  First Snow! Join the Buckaroos of 302 Snowmobile Club.

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At the VAST annual meeting the committee honored Buckaroos of 302 member Taylor Lamberton with the "Junior Snowmobiler of the Year" award.  In a special ceremony at the Buckaroos October club meeting we presented Taylor with his award. In the picture are three generations of Snowmobilers (left to right), Treas. Gary Lamberton, Award winner Taylor Lamberton, Pres. Milt Lamberton.

2008-2009 Season

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Sunday Dec. 7th Buckaroos volunteer work crew cutting over head limbs in Peacham Pond area. Left to right. Scott Phelps, Gary Lamberton, Karl and Calab Hollstein, Mike Davidson, Jim Daley, Dean Edson, Buster the dog, Steve Pestretto, Todd Boylan.