OTISFIELD — The Otisfield Trailblazers snowmobile club has received a $27,793 federal grant for winter grooming equipment.

 The money comes through the Rural Business Enterprise Grant program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Office, according to Congressman Mike Michaud’s office. Devil Sledders Inc. of Milo received $50,000 through the program, also for grooming equipment.

 “Snowmobiling is one of the great activities that both Mainers and visitors from out of state can enjoy during the winter,” Michaud said in a statement. “This funding will help tourism and increase economic activity for small businesses in Milo, Otisfield, and surrounding areas.”

 According to the town and club Web sites, volunteers from the Otisfield Trailblazers maintain all marked snowmobile trails in the town, including grooming with club equipment. The club was founded in 1972.

 Rural Business Enterprise Grants aim to assist rural projects to help business development. They are also used to fund distance learning and adult education programs.


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