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Summerstown Trails to host annual clean-up day on Saturday

sean Oct 31, 2017 - 2:00pm

The Friends of the Summerstown Trails (FOTST) will be holding their Annual Clean-up Day on Saturday, November 4, starting at 9 a.m.

Given that there is less garbage/litter on the trails (good news!), volunteers will also be put to work removing the fallen branches and unwanted growth on the XC ski and snowshoe trails. 

The trails are located in the Summerstown Forest, on County Road 27 (Summerstown Road) between the 401 interchange and the Glen Road crossing.

FOTST president this year is Paul Couture. He and board members Vic Leroux and Jean-Pierre Tibi will be leading the activities.

The Friends of the Summerstown Trails (FOTST) is incorporated as a non-profit group run by volunteers with a stated mandate to maintain and develop green, recreational trails for healthy outdoor activities in the Summerstown Forest. In recent years, an impressive amount of progress has been made as trails have been improved and expanded, new grooming equipment and signage obtained and new activities offered, such as races, instructional lessons, outings for schools and seniors and Family Day activities. Rental of XC ski and snowshoe packages are also offered on weekends.

Ticks! Trails "at risk" area

publisher Jun 29, 2017 - 2:15pm

Check yourself for ticks whenever you go outdoors, but be particularly vigilant if you enjoy the Glengarry Trails.

That warning comes from the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, which has red-flagged the paths as “at risk” areas. “What this signifies is that although it is possible to encounter black-legged ticks almost anywhere in Ontario, there is greater risk of occurrence in those areas,” Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis writes in a recent letter to North Glengarry Township.

The black-legged, or deer tick is a prime carrier of Lyme disease.

Deadly snowmobile season

publisher Apr 21, 2017 - 3:16pm

With the data just in for the entire 2016/2017 season, the OPP is reporting 26 snowmobile deaths, which is the highest number of lives lost since the 2003/2004 season.  There were 12 deaths in February alone. Speeding, driver inattention and losing control were primary causes in half of these deaths. Notably, 17 of the 26 victims were between 45 and 64 years old.

"Our traffic data is compelling evidence that poor, careless behaviour is at the core of the majority of the fatal collisions and incidents we investigate on roads, waterways and trails. Despite the hard facts, some people fail to grasp the magnitude of their role in preventing these senseless deaths. The OPP remains committed to changing these costly behaviours through robust enforcement and education campaigns. The rest is up to Ontarians." - OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, Provincial Commander, Traffic Safety and Operational Support.

Summerstown Trails to officially open on Jan. 8

sean Jan 2, 2017 - 2:48pm

The official opening of the Summerstown Trails for the winter season is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 8, and the Friends of the Summerstown Trails (FOTST) have been busy getting things ready.

For the details, please see the Jan. 4 edition of The Glengarry News.

skiing
(Photo courtesy FOTST)
snowshoeing
(Photo courtesy FOTST)

Snowshoeing race set for Saturday morning in Summerstown Forest

sean Feb 14, 2015 - 12:38am

The Summerstown Trails will host a competitive snowshoeing race on Saturday morning, starting at 10am. The competition is expected to feature local athletes, as well as men and women from further afield. This event is part of a series of races that takes place at various sites throughout Eastern Ontario.