INDUSTRY – Winter is fast approaching and snowmobilers have begun thinking about getting their snowmobiles ready for another season of trailriding. Many snowmobilers are also starting to work in their local clubs to plan for trail maintenance and grooming needs for the upcoming season.

The Northern Lites Snowmobile Club of Industry and Farmington is one of 250 clubs in Maine that work together under the guidance of the Maine Snowmobile Association to provide an interconnecting set of trails throughout the state.

The club invites snowmobilers and cross country skiers in Industry, Farmington and surrounding communities to attend meetings and join the club. Meetings are usually held on the second Monday of the month, September through April, at 7 p.m. at the Industry Town Hall. The next meeting will be held on Monday, Oct. 11, and will feature a barbecue beginning at 6 p.m.

Northern Lites promotes snowmobile safety. Efforts have included working with local game wardens to provide safety checks on the trails and provision of safety courses. A rescue toboggan and accessories have been donated to the Industry Fire Department.

Snowmobile clubs also maintain relationships with landowners by getting their permission for a trail to cross their property, then making efforts to ensure snowmobilers stay on the trail. Clubs are active in supporting local charities. Northern Lites usually donates to the Pine Tree Camp, Operation Santa Claus and the American Lung Association.

For more information about Northern Lites or the meeting on Oct. 11, call Peter Dingley at 778-5024. For more information on a snowmobile club in the area contact the Maine Snowmobile Association at 622-6983.

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