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A long time ago, I was a child. (I started out as Cathy First from Colon, Mi.) For the past several years I’ve been an adult. A lot of things went on between those two stages of life; probably no more or no less than anyone elses. My husband and I moved to “da U .P” from southern Lower Michigan several years ago (yes we were trolls at one time). We owned and operated and operate Clementz’s Northcountry Campground and Cabins just north of Newberry, Michigan until May 2015. We have grown kids and grandkids (who all live downstate). My passion is life and all that Nature has to offer us and trying to photograph it in unique ways. Our intention in life is to see all that Nature has to offer us. We hope that you will be a part of our adventures as we cruise through our lives together. Come back often!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

TAHQUAMENON AREA SNOWMOBILE ASSOCIATION

I will soon be mailing out the TASA dues statements, but for those of you who kindly print the statement from the TASA website, I want you to have the following information. It will be sent out with dues statements.

Dear Business Owner or Snowmobiling Enthusiast,

It won’t be long and winter will be upon us. TASA has been preparing for the approaching snowmobile season since the close of last season. Many people don’t realize there is more to what TASA does than just groom the trails. There are more operating expenses involved for TASA than just covering the fuel costs and paying the groomer operators.

With that said, we all know that the economy is in bad condition and the fuel costs have prevented many people from taking vacations this summer. We also understand that even though TASA worked hard last winter to provide excellent trails, with the amount of snow there was downstate not as many people traveled to the area to have their winter fun. However, the lack of snowmobilers did not lessen the expenses of TASA.

And we all know the cost of fuel keeps going up as does the cost of heating. These are all expenses that TASA has to account for to the State and then wait for reimbursement from the State. Last year the State reimbursed at $4.61 per mile which barely covers what the actual cost of fuel is. Cuts most likely will need to be made some places within the TASA organization (and other grooming organizations). The biggest cut that can be made is to groom less days per week and sad to say, it MAY come to that.

Now more than ever, the Tahquamenon Area Snowmobile Association needs your support. We hope you will take the time to complete the membership form and contribute what you comfortably can. Your dues will assist in maintaining excellent trails and all the other related expenses that is involved.

As within any organization, volunteers are needed. It has been the same people doing the same thing for many years. Anything you can do to help is appreciated.

On behalf of TASA, thank you!

Cordially,

The Tahquamenon Area Snowmobile Association Board Members

President (and Trail Boss) Bob Brown

1st Vice President, Charles Medalis

2nd Vice President, Jim Buckingham

Secretary, Membership, Trail Reporter, Cathy Clementz

Treasurer, Grant Writer, Judy Brown

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