The Nation Valley Snowmobile Association and the Mountain Trailblazers Club rallied for a great cause on Sat., March 5 with a pancake breakfast and rally. Left, front row: Heather Cooke-Erwin, Grayson Cloutier and Logan Patterson. Back row: Bronson Cloutier, Bill Cloutier, Linda Cloutier, Debbie Byvelds and Cindy MacIntosh. See page 6 for the full story. Thompson Goddard Photo
RIVERSIDE HEIGHTS – Nation Valley Snowmobile Association and the Mountain Trailblazers Club held their 2022 Snowarama on Sat., March 5 with approximately 20 participants. The annual event is dedicated to the memory of Jean MacDougal and Debbie McHaffie-Strader and began close to 50 years ago.
A pancake breakfast at the George Jowett Memorial Hall in Riverside Heights South Dundas started the event. Heather Cooke-Erwin, who has organized this event for 30 years, explained that Raistrick Farm Services, the Morrisburg Leo Club and the Riverside Recreation Committee sponsored the breakfast, with proceeds from the meal provided to Easter Seals.
Cooke-Erwin said that the snowmobilers followed a route which ended at the Mountain Trailblazer Club House and had “an outdoor wiener roast” to close the event. She expects that close to five thousand dollars has been raised for Easter Seals from the online auction, breakfast, wiener roast, donations and snowarama.
One of the guests at the kick-off breakfast was Linda Cloutier and her family from Kingston. Cloutier is the community engagement officer for Easter Seals. She explained Easter Seals is celebrating a centennial service to the community. The organization seeks to provide support to children living with disabilities and their families through a variety of programs. More information can be found on their website located at www.easterseals.ca.
Carolyn Thompson Goddard, grew up in Chesterville and attended North Dundas District High School. After completing her BA in Political Science at Carleton University she has worked as a medical secretary and library technician. In 2020 she graduated from Algonquin College with a diploma in Journalism and has been a reporter and column writer for The Chesterville Record for over 10 years.