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Glenville honors local trailblazer

Stevens said the trails are a great resource to have locally, and by preparing a groomed trail, the town is able to have a commercial-quality ski area open to anyone in the area.

"Indian Meadows is a beautiful, area and it is nice to be able to use the park to its full potential. Jamie [McFarland] was, of course, very receptive to my suggestion, and we had a few meetings regarding logistics, and I got to work grooming the trails in short order," said Stevens.

Stevens even invented his own "drag" which he uses to groom the trails at Indian Meadows.

The contraption is designed to pack the snow, cut out bumps and ridges, and smooth the snow as it passes over the trail. This past winter alone, Stevens groomed more than 100 miles of trails.

Stevens said the reponse from the community has been outstanding, and he appreciates being recognized for his hours of hard labor.

" I understand that many, many people called the town to voice their praise for the new groomed trail network. Most every person I saw out on the trail while on my snowmobile stopped me to say, 'Thank you,' and how much they enjoyed the groomed trails. A couple of generous folks even donated small amounts of money to offset costs of fuel. Also, the groomed trails allowed us to host Glenville Winterfest's first ever Cross Country Ski Race. Even after all the hours of grooming and maintenance, I even found some time to ski there this winter,' said Stevens.

To help Stevens maintain the trails next winter you can contact the Town of Glenville Municipal Center at 688-1200.

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