Oct 31 2014

Join us for Bowling on 15 Nov in Carleton Place

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On Nov. 15th we will be bowling to raise money for the Beauties of the BEAST snowmobile ride.

The cost of the event is $25 per person and includes two games, shoe rental and pizza.

It will be held at the Carleton Place Bowling Lanes.

There is room for 36 people so regisater early by calling Julie-Anne at 613-256-2973.

We hope to see you there.

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Oct 29 2014

BEAST Corporate Ride (Club Ride), 13-15 Feb 2015, Huntsville

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This year the Corporate Ride is taking us to the Huntsville area. We will be leaving on Friday, February 13th and returning on Sunday, February 15th, 2015.

Hidden Valley Resort will be hosting our group this time round. You have the choice of two scenic rooms: a lakeside view at $149.00/night or a hillside room at $129.00/night. The resort will offer a breakfast buffet both Saturday and Sunday mornings for $12.95/person. They will also offer a lockup for our sleds both Friday and Saturday evenings at no cost to us. They may be reached at 1-800-465-4171

The plan is to trailer part way on Friday and then sled the rest of the way. As the date gets closer, we will firm up the details.

The above prices are in effect until December 14th, 2014. After this date, the rooms will revert back to Hidden Valley’s regular rates. There is a seven day cancellation policy. Three days before the ride, your credit card will be charged the amount for the two nights.

Come out and join us for some great fun and sledding. Questions may be directed to Deb at 613-253-5486.

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Sep 30 2014

$180 Seasonal Permit Returns After Generating 21% Growth Last Winter

5_NewsAd_2015_180_HorizontalCOL_3.5x22015 Seasonal Snowmobile Trail Permit Offers 30% Savings if Purchased on or before November 1

Last year, the Old Farmer’s Almanac forecast a snowy, cold winter for Ontario and it was right. Now, with the Old Farmer’s Almanac predicting another good, old-fashioned Ontario winter for this season, snowmobilers can catch a big savings break by purchasing 2015 Seasonal Snowmobile Trail Permits in October. After a 21% permit sales spike last winter, the not-for-profit Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) is selling Seasonal Permits again for a special pre-season fee of $180 when purchased online at www.ofsc.on.ca on or before November 1, 2014.

“The $180-Nov. 1 option we introduced last winter represents a 30% saving off the regular Seasonal Permit fee of $260 and Ontario snowmobilers responded by purchasing many more permits, ” said OFSC President Remi Sauve. “A year over year sales increase of 21% is phenomenal in any business, and that, plus a very snowy winter has generated a considerable momentum for snowmobiling heading into 2015.”

According to recent consumer surveys undertaken by the OFSC, 93% of respondents said they were planning to buy as many or more permits for the coming season as they did last year. Noting that the $180-Nov. 1 option also attracted over 18,000 new permit buyers last winter, the OFSC is confident that with this incentive in place again, even more new participants and former riders will discover the fun of today’s snowmobiling at a very affordable cost for the coming season.

Available on or before November 1, the $180 Seasonal Permit spearheads the success of a new business model for trail operations by the OFSC that debuted last winter. Known as “A Framework For Change”, the new plan is a comprehensive approach, including more permit types with varied fees, allocating more money where it snows each winter, and promoting more efficient trail operations across the province.

“We think it’s important to keep OFSC snowmobiling as accessible as possible for Ontario families as well as for visitors from outside the province. That’s why the OFSC is very pleased with the success of A Framework For Change and a survey response from this past spring showing that 95.8% of snowmobilers believe that Ontario snowmobiling is enjoyable, very enjoyable or extremely enjoyable,” said OFSC Executive Director Paul Shaughnessy.

The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs is a volunteer led not-for-profit association, which through strong leadership, provides a wide range of quality programs and services to, and on behalf of, its member organizations. Our provincial network of organized snowmobile trails connects Ontario communities providing responsible riding experiences that are safe, enjoyable and environmentally sustainable.

 

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Sep 24 2014

2015 Seasonal Permits on Sale in October

picGreat News! The OFSC is holding the line on permit fees for the second year in a row, leading off with our best deal of the season – $180 if purchased online on or before November 1. 

To buy online, you will need:

  • Snowmobile ownership (year/make/model/license plate/VIN)
  • Valid email address
  • Name of the OFSC club you wish to support
  • Valid Visa or Mastercard

If you bought online last year, simply access your account to view the information you have on file, update it as needed and you’re good to go! Visit http://www.ofsc.on.ca/get-started/permits for more info

 

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Sep 22 2014

Driver Training Session, 22 Nov 2014, at the Beckwith Township Office

Ontario Law requires any person 16 years and over to hold a valid Ontario Driver’s Licence or a Motorized Snow Vehicle Operator’s Licence to operate a snowmobile on OFSC snowmobile trails. Persons 12 to 15 years old require a Motorized Snow Vehicle Operator’s Licence.

Each student must produce their birth certificate upon pre-registration. Pre-registration is required on 18 Nov 2014, from 7-8pm at the Lackey’s house (1405 7th Line, Beckwith). ** PLEASE TAKE NOTE: There will be NO registration on the day of the course as there is only one instructor.

The first course is scheduled for 22 November 2014 and will be held at the Beckwith Township Office. The course will cost approximately $40.00 with an extra fee for lunch (optional).

Questions may be directed to Anna Basile, BEAST Driver Training Coordinator at anna.basile76@gmail.com.

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Sep 18 2014

Agenda, Club Meeting No.18 (Thurs, Oct 2, 2014)

Agenda, Club Meeting No.18
Thurs, Oct 2, 2014, 8pm-10pm

The Board of Directors have made some changes to our bylaws and need to have the membership approve the changes. Typically these are done at the AGM but it wasn’t published in the agenda. We are calling a special meeting to be held in conjunction to our regular club meeting on Thursday October 2nd to adopt these changes. If you would like a copy of the proposed bylaws please reply to this notice and one will be forward to you.

For meeting agenda, click on this link to the BEAST calendar:
http://www.snowmobile.on.ca/?page_id=543
Change the month viewed to October, then on Oct 2 for the meeting, click on “BEAST Club Meeting” to see the Agenda.

Meeting Location:
Jim’s Garage

1405, 7th Line of Beckwith Township

Carleton Place,

613-253-5486

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Sep 18 2014

Beast Sponsorship Program 2014/2015

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Promote your business with the BEAST and put your business on the map!

Looking for a great way to reach a loyal local market? The BEAST trail map, newsletter, website and Facebook pages are seen and frequented by local snowmobilers and area consumers alike. Riders love supporting those who share our passion for snowmobiling. Let them know your business wants their business and get on the BEAST map.

To become a BEAST sponsor simply fill out the “2014/2015 BEAST Sponsorship Program Form” and return it with payment and logo submission to a member of the Sponsorship Team listed below, or contact Chrystal at beastsponsor@gmail.com . Questions can also be directed to the Sponsorship Coordinator at beastsponsor@gmail.com .

The BEAST thanks you for your support this season.

See full details on the BEAST website using the following link.
http://www.snowmobile.on.ca/?page_id=2098

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Sep 04 2014

Important Message from the Ontario Federation of Agriculture

District One believes the below email media release from Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) is an important read and could be helpful when the volunteers visit the landowners this fall. We are sharing it with you.

OFA says it’s time to tighten trespassing on farms (2014)

By Keith Currie, Vice President, Ontario Federation of Agriculture

Trespassing on farm property is becoming an increasing annoyance for Ontario farmers. And the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) is taking a tough stance with recommended amendments to the Trespass to Property Act.  Currently, there is no minimum fine for trespassing on farmland, and a poor process for reimbursing farmers for damages caused by unwanted visitors.

Farm fields are enticing wide open spaces for rural neighbours and visitors straying from designated trails or adjacent land. It’s not uncommon for these uninvited trespassers to ride around farm fields on their ATVs, damaging crops and property, disturbing animals and even posing a threat to the farm’s biosecurity.

The Trespass to Property Act was enacted in 1980 to protect the rights of landowners. The act restricts entry to rural properties and allows compensation for property damages. But the current fines under the act are so low they do nothing to discourage trespassers.

The OFA is recommending two main amendments to the current act – imposing a minimum fine of $500 for trespassing, and broader police enforcement of the act to address farm safety and biosecurity concerns related to trespassing.

The current act has no minimum fine for trespassing, but does specify a maximum of $2,000. And damage awards are set at $1,000, which doesn’t go very far to repair fences, recover lost or injured animals, compensate for lost crop yields due to damage or fix damage to barns and farm buildings. The OFA is requesting the ceiling on damage awards be increased to $25,000, the current ceiling for Small Claims Court.

And the low level of enforcements when offenders are caught and charged means farmers are often on the hook for damages.

By adding minimum fines and increasing damage awards, the OFA also hopes to elevate the seriousness of this trespassing situation with regional law enforcers.

Biosecurity is becoming an increasing concern on farms, where the spread of plant and animal diseases is a continuous threat. When unwanted visitors enter farm property on foot or ATVs, they could unknowingly carry a much bigger nuisance than trespassing, spreading the risk of disease. And that’s a problem with a much bigger price tag than a $1,000 in damages.

The OFA has been working with government and policy makers to amend the Trespass to Property Actsince 2005. We need this act updated to reflect the severity of trespassing and the damages that result from thoughtless or reckless behaviour.

For more information, contact:

Keith Currie Vice President Ontario Federation of Agriculture 705-441-3362

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Aug 08 2014

Annoucement of New BEAST Board of Directors for 2014-2015 Season

The Annual General Meeting of the BEAST was held on 7 August 2014 where the new 2014-2015 board of directors (Board) was elected. The Board of eight members is:

 

President Brian Moreau (returnig) (613) 253-3153
Vice President Darin McRae (returning) (613) 831-9909
Treasurer Jim Lackey (returning) (613) 253-5486
Secretary Dave Poaps (returning) (613) 489-0750
Trail Directors Audy Bedard (returning) North West (613) 256-2973
Daryl Rauhala (returning) North East (613) 858-3458
Ian Edwards (returning) South West (613) 257-1359
Rob Thicke (returning) South East (613) 838-2218

 

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Jul 22 2014

BEAST 2014 BBQ & Annual General Meeting

The AGM of the BEAST will be held at 8:00pm on Thursday, 7 August 2014 at Jim’s Garage located at 1405 7th Line of Beckwith, Carleton Place.

We are also pleased to announce that a buffet style BBQ dinner will be served at 6:30pm. Please RSVP with Deb at 613-253-5486 or via e-mail at jlackey@storm.ca before 4 August 2014.

We would like to encourage all members to attend the AGM as this is an opportunity to become a Board Member and influence the direction that the BEAST will take in the future.Slide1

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