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Youths help prepare Nordic trails
RUMFORD -- On a crisp, fall morning, more than 25 youths volunteered to help members of the Chisholm Ski Club to do work on the Nordic trails at Black Mountain of Maine.
By 8:15 Saturday, the youths, donning orange vests due to hunting season, took to the woods, many of them carrying bush cutters or pruners. With them were about a dozen CSC members.
CSC member Paul Jones said the task involved cutting brush and overhanging limbs and branches along the ski trail. The club is again hosting the U.S. Cross Country Championships the first week of January and there is still work to be done on the trails and other projects to finish up.
The work day was organized by Dirigo High School sophomore Sawyer Smith, a member of the Cougar Nordic ski team. He did this as part of his community service commitment with his school.
Working on a section of trail with Samuel Rock, Oscar DeRoche, Ben Buck and Seth Tacheny, Sawyer noted, "We might come back (to do more trail work. Last year, the high school team did some work (at the mountain)."
Through emails and talking to other youths, he was able to gather a large group of middle and high school ski team members from Dirigo and Mountain Valley to help with this effort.
CSC member Ray Broomhall noted, "They go all out. They're doing to good thing for the club."
CSC member Herb Adams added that it's great not only to get young people away from watching television, but to have them involved with the mountain at a young age.
As the crew completed work on the Nordic trails for the day, everyone headed back to Muriel's Kitchen, where the ladies had prepared a number of delicious foods for everyone to enjoy.
Last Saturday, more than 25 youths volunteered to help members of the Chisholm Ski Club to do work on the Nordic trails at Black Mountain of Maine as the club prepares to again host the U.S. Cross Country Championships the first week of January. (Times photo by Bruce Farrin)