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Trails are still Great

06:00 AM - Mar 28, 2020

A lot of people are practising distance and are still riding. Sleds are still traveling from their homes in Bathurst. Spoke to at least three people and they said trails are phenomenal. A lot of people are secluding themselves at their camps in the trail system. Rogers Lake closed. Gov and Serp open for gas only. Locals running every day. Trails are self grooming as i usually is this time of year.

CO 19  Canada  cases 4675  53 Deaths     New Brunswick 45 cases  March 27,   6 PM
United States  Cases  100,000 an increase of over 30,000 in one day
                                       1539 Deaths an increase of 530 in one day
                                       But everything is going incredibly well

Folks we are in hard and scary times here in North America when we are depending on a reactionary Government and not a proactive Government. This is an article just today:

         How To Get More Ventilators And What To Do If We Can't
Factory capacity can be ramped up, but the components come from overseas and they could be hard to find.        Assessing The Current Ventilator Supply Is Difficult.
Precise, reliable counts of available ventilators do not exist yet. The estimate most people cite comes from a 2009 survey that said 62,000 units were scattered across hospitals and clinics around the country. The number today is probably at least a few thousand higher, if only because that figure is a decade old and the population has grown significantly since then.
      So that sounds like a lot. But it’s not as if those machines are just sitting there waiting for somebody to use them. On a normal day, the majority of working ventilators are already in use for patients with everything from cancer to heart disease. Usage rises even more during flu season.
   “The need for ventilation services during a severe pandemic could quickly overwhelm these day-to-day operational capabilities,” a February report from the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security warned.       Hospitals can free up ventilators by cutting back on certain elective surgeries, as they are already, and by switching patients to alternative forms of breathing assistance that would not be appropriate for COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. (Some breathing devices can disperse droplets from the patient’s airway, potentially spreading infection.)
    And there are other ventilators, possibly quite a lot of them, that could be put to use. The federal government keeps an emergency stockpile and officials have indicated it’s about 10,000 units, although the precise number and location are classified because it is part of the government’s defense plans against bioterrorism and biological warfare. 
         The above was just a bit of the excerpt. 
Just think that if you come down with this virus, it could be the last time you will ever see your loved ones again as witnessed by thousands of families world wide and is happening on a daily basis here in North America, especially in the USA. And the numbers above could be just a tip of the iceberg. Stay safe out there and practice social distancing.

Hurting Times

08:00 AM - Mar 27, 2020

Friday, Mar 27th, Club #1
     How much more can Bathurst endure 
 Caribou Mines closing. 
 Small business suffering ( CO 19 ) 
 Smelter just shut down 

Stay Safe

07:00 AM - Mar 26, 2020

Thursday, Mar 26th, Club #1
   Just a short message to all of our friends: I hope you are all safe and well and being diligent during these trying times as we should be focusing on our community, our families, our friends and neighbors. We are in serious times with family and friends being affected with some being laid off and a lot are hoping for some relief in this regard. I have been putting some stats together and it looks like Canada’s cases are increasing each day (we are now at 3365; 1430 three days ago). We are doing moderately well here in New Brunswick at 26, 18 yesterday and none so far in Bathurst. Of course these are just known cases and the figures are definitely much higher. Stay well. 

The great influenza epidemic of 1918-1919 saw more than 35,000 cases and 1,400 deaths in New Brunswick. A few months prior to the outbreak, the province appointed its first Minister for Health, a first in not only Canada but also the British Empire. It proved to be a fateful development.

Prior to 1918, disease outbreaks and public health in general in the province had been dealt with in a haphazard, reactive manner. There had been various Health Acts in the 19th century in 1833, 1877, 1898 and finally in 1903, when municipalities were compelled to finance their own health boards. However while intentions were good, progress was slow and finance always an issue. Lack of strong central control, as in a Department of Health, was the real problem.

The growing progressive reform movement of the early 20th century allied to the pioneering work of individual doctors saw a gradual change of attitude.

The new Department of Health initially came in for scathing criticism from opponents of public health measures. This soon faded as the epidemic spread. And by the time it had receded early in 1919 the province’s death rate of 4 per 1,000 was, after Ontario, the second lowest in Canada. The concept of preventative public health measures was here to stay.

The 1918 influenza epidemic was almost unique in its severity. Between 50 and 100 million people died globally, rivaling the 14th century Black Death in Europe. Ironically, like tuberculosis, it often targeted the very healthiest of active young people. Feverish aches, frantically gasping for air, coughing up blood, the victim could die within a day or two.

In Canada, 50,000 people of a population of eight million died. Soldiers arriving in Quebec after The Great War brought it in and it soon spread across the country. Saskatchewan had a death rate of 10.1 per 1000, Alberta, 11.5. However the worst rate by far was among the 61,000 troops in military camps across the country where the mortality rates ranged from 15% to 75%. This puts the New Brunswick rate of 0.4% into perspective.

The epidemic swept into the province in October. The individual tragedies quickly mounted. Three Bouctouche brothers on home leave from Sussex military camp caught the disease and all three died within a day, their mother on the following day. Fredericton saw 1,000 cases out of a population of 7,500. In Grand Falls, 75 had died by the end of the month.

The new Department of Health consisted of Dr. William F. Roberts, the Minister and the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. George C. Melvin. According to Roberts, the epidemic was like a fire, ‘a fire greater and more deadly than any experience in The Great War.’ Both of these men favoured central control of public health matters in areas as diverse as food inspection, slaughterhouse control, free venereal and tuberculosis clinics, pasteurization of milk and vaccination of school children. They were the right people in the right place for the storm that was coming.

They had a strong sense of social responsibility. They believed that social ills could only be alleviated through public health measures.

Roberts ran for a Liberal seat in the legislature in 1917 on a platform of establishing a provincial department of health. Once elected he put his Bill to the Liberal caucus which was lukewarm in support and then to the legislature where there was fierce opposition. He had, for example to return to caucus three times before it was accepted. Nor did he depend solely on health or social or humanitarian grounds in his persuading. Good health is good for business was one of this themes. In the end he had to offer to serve without a ministerial salary as a final carrot before the Bill was narrowly adopted on April 26, 1918.

The ‘baptism of fire’ was not long in coming. With the return of the troops, the disease spread rapidly and the death toll rose. By mid-October, thousands lay sick and dying in New Brunswick.

Roberts’ response was swift: he shut down the province. On October 9 he ordered all schools, theatres and churches closed. All public gatherings and meetings were prohibited. Streetcar numbers were restricted. Trains were fumigated. Caskets of the dead were ordered closed and only family members were allowed to attend funerals. Using telephone and telegram, a province wide strategy was coordinated. Nursing, Red Cross and other voluntary organizations were brought into play. In all of this, Roberts stood firm and refused requests from churches and other bodies for exceptions to be made.

The epidemic peaked in November 1918 and was fading by the end of January 1919. The new Department of Health was undoubtedly a key factor here. Praise was showered on it and on Roberts. Previous opponents saw the necessity of strong central public health control. Within a year further improvements in public health had been achieved. Vaccination of schoolchildren, control of two smallpox outbreaks, free venereal and tuberculosis clinics, pre-natal and pre-school clinics. The pasteurization of milk was made mandatory.

Closing Message

05:50 AM - Mar 23, 2020

Monday, Mar 23rd, Club #1
     We’re in our first day of shut down and there is no looking back. Right now we all should be focusing on your community, our families, our friends and neighbors. We are in serious times with family and friends being affected with some being laid off and I’m afraid that this is just a start. I agree that this is a bad way to end a season, but we must all do our part conforming with all the safety measures put in place by our governments. For myself I’m paying attention to my family and friends.  
     For our final message, on behalf of the Nepisiguit Snowmobile Club #1 I first want to thank all our members who signed up with the club this year plus all those who rode our trails this past season. We want to acknowledge all of our sponsors, without them it would be impossible to put a product out there for you snowmobilers. Lastly we want to thank Joan, Charlene, Micheline, Jessie & Bryce at the lodge, Ron Scott our director of grooming operations and his operators: Roger, Bryan, Mickey & Troy who all did an amazing job.   
   Going forward the club is in decent shape and we have our usual problems of keeping the system running. We’ll be working on our groomers getting them stored away and making them ready for next year. We opened Trail 504 into the park, which was a big plus to the overall trail system and although we didn’t get the desired right to open the much needed Trail 501 into the city at the beginning of the season, but through consistent appeals to DTI through political and other officials by the club and our City Government we finally got the right to cross highway 11, but this only came in the last two weeks and hopefully will have this in place next season. 
    I will be giving info from time to time on this venue. Stay well Paul.

Groomers are in the Barn

05:30 AM - Mar 22, 2020

Sunday, Mar 22nd, Club #1
     Well this is the last official day for snowmobiling in New Brunswick as dictated by the CO 19 crisis. We did our last grooming on the trails as we moved all our groomers from the remote locations back to our shop. The trails will go black at midnight tonight, but I’ve downloaded our section of trails as they appeared last night. We’re leaving them in great shape and actually going forward with looking at the weather it is that time of the year where able to groom does become a bit of a task with temperatures hovering above zero in the daytime. The trend however, shows some good weather for the next two weeks. As I mentioned in Saturday’s post, even though the trails are shut down the NBFSC has lease rights until April 15th and no other vehicles are legally allowed on these trails. There will be gas at the lodges on Trail 23, namely Rogers Lake, Governors, and Serpentine. 
    We want to thank all who understand the position that the NBFSC took and the clubs have no choice but to conform with this decision. I’ve had some great comments on our efforts this year and those are noted in our comment section plus some on our FB site. Just for you info our Club #1 was just under our five year average of 2300 hours with 2125 hours groomed as of today and logged just over 17,000 Kms grooming. I’ve attached yesterday’s grooming map and a two week temperature chart. To all who have chimed in to my conditions blog, I hope I didn’t bore you, but truly it is information for our sledders from away in other parts of this province and our NS and PEI members and friends who want to know as much info before treking 200 to 700 Kms. I’m not through yet. 

Two Days Left. If you're Sledding, Take your snacks.

05:40 AM - Mar 21, 2020

Saturday, Mar 21st, Club #1
     That was a long day yesterday with a lot of banter going back and forth with trying to explain the fact of this CO 19 crisis is the reason why the NBFSC shutting down the trail system. As everyone knows by now Sunday midnight the NBFSC is closing down the trails and also the grooming. We will be moving the groomers back to the shop tonight. The Nepisiguit Lodge is still in the close down mode and that will be happening through Sunday when we will close our doors for the season. 
     Take this for what it is worth; the trails are in excellent shape and will remain so for weeks even without grooming. I’ve been told that the private clubs will be selling gas as long as the snow lasts, but no other amenities and they are Rogers Lake, Governors and Serpentine. Even though the trails are shut down the NBFSC has lease rights until April 15th and no other vehicles are legally allowed on these trails.  
    I was a bit curious about all of grooming termination dates as I have records going back as far as 2005 and the average runs around April 4th to 5th and in a lot of cases we would only have one groomer running just to touch up here and there. The earliest was in 2012 when we went from winter to summer in two days March 19 and 20 when the temperatures reached 28 degrees centigrade. Now as I also reflect back there were many years where sledding continued well after April 15th. 

What is Coming? I don't Know

11:55 AM - Mar 20, 2020

Just seen this on the NBFSC facebook

The New Brunswick Federation of Snowmobile Clubs Inc.  

Update to all,

FCMQ (QUEBEC)trail system, CLOSED 

OFSC (Ontario) trail system , CLOSED

NBFSC will have an update at 1:00pm today.

Sad Day in March

05:15 AM - Mar 20, 2020

Friday, Mar 20th, Club #1
     It is a sad ending for a lot of snowmobilers and business’ as well. Due to the Co 19 virus we have no choice but to curtail business at our lodge. This holds true for all lodges in the circuit plus around New Brunswick and there could be more news coming. We will serve gas until the lodge staff finish shutting down the lodge. This could be Sunday at the latest.  
    Having said this, we have one groomer on the trail at post. The #1 left Rogers Lake last night on Trail 23, Piston Alley up to Governors, the 504 to Mt Carleton. Roger is on his return leg back to RL. This is to hook up St Quentin to Trail 19 and I’m hearing (just hearsay) that they are curtailing grooming Trail 19 to the Park since the section of 19 East to Island Lake has been closed. I’m unsure what to say here as people are still riding these trails and are reported to be in good shape as all other trails are. Where are we going from this day forward is just a guess by me. We are like everyone else, just going day by day. Trail reports from most sledders are saying the trails are awesome and to further this statement I would have to say, in all the years that I’ve been involved, that the trails have been consistently the best that I’ve seen. There are a few factors that made this so; and it started as the season began when we had tons of snow and we had a short rainy period that knocked the snow down, which was the start of a perfect base, and since then we barely had any major snowfalls except for three, Jan 12 30 cm, Feb 7 40 cm Feb 28 30 cm and a lot of 10 to 20 cm ones just to help maintain the base. There were no back to back to back storms at all and a few sprinkles of rain here and there. A lot of people feel “omg the sky is falling”, but I’ve always said, you need a bit of rain to shore up the base. Then of course the major factor is grooming, but looking back on my records we are just a touch below average in grooming hours. Yes this could be the end of a perfect season.
     There is supposed to be a little precip today, but going forward we are looking at some great sledding weather. My message to you today is that you take care of yourself and especially your families and as always, we appreciate our members and all sledders for your support. I’ll continue to keep you informed as much as I can.  

Breaking News: Nepisiguit Lodge is closing

04:00 PM - Mar 19, 2020

With the NB Governments mandatory statement by Premier Higgs curtailing all food and beverage outlets in the province we have no choice to close our doors of our Nepisiguit Sports Lodge Snowmobile Club #1 to all snowmobiling public as of 10 PM tonight. The Nepisiguit Lodge Club #1 will close its doors to food and beverage. For gas, we will be selling fuel until 7 PM Sunday as our staff will be on site doing their usual yearend clean-up of the lodge. We will continue with grooming until such time that the traffic ceases to a crawl. At this point the trails are in decent shape and we will have one groomer out on the trails tonight.

We are still Going Strong

05:25 AM - Mar 19, 2020

Thursday, Mar 19th, Club #1
     Well here we go with another day with everybody is trying to figure out what the next day is going to bring. I’ll start with saying our trails are 9 out of 10 and depending who is doing the ratings it could range from 6 to 12 out of 10, but hey we are still sledding so make the best of it. I’ll drop some pics here and a comment from a good friend from PEI. 
    First here is brief lowdown on venues along our trail system. 
     There is a lot going on with the Coved 19 virus effecting snowmobiling throughout the province. Venue Closures and reduced services
1.Sugary: We are sorry to announce that for everyone safety we are going to shut down our brunches on Saturday and Sunday, because of the Corid-19 virus, the rest of the business is still going to run as normal. 

2. Mt Carleton closed for the season plus Grooming terminated.

3. Serpentine . Gas only and shelter with snacks. No lodging

4. The Island Lake Club is sad to announce you that we are going to close our door starting Tuesday march 17 due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) until further notice. Only the gas service will be open to our clients. Thank you for your understanding please share.

5. Visit Governors FP page for their take. Open for complete business

6. Mt Carleton Park shut down for business with no gas and curtailment of grooming through the Park

7. Atlantic Host as of today, no restaurant , no bar. Accommodations and Room Service are available

8. Rogers Lake complete business as usual

9. Nepisiguit Lodge complete business as usual gas and food.

    There have been decisions made by these venues to remain open status quo or shut down certain services and that is their decision and must be respected. Going forward, all of the above may change but at least not without a day or two’s notice. Check yesterdays 12 AM post.
Here is a quot from a friend: "Trails were great for the most part. A little rough through the park. But everywhere else I would say 9 out of 10. Perfect weather too." Grooming last night: # 1 Roger heading east on 23-NMS-22-301 back 507-Red pine shelter then 507-22-23-RL . # 2 Bryan host -360-Bass R-shop.-  #3 Mickey NSL-360-Nine Mile Shelter-NSL  all on 23

The Season is Not Over

11:55 AM - Mar 18, 2020

     Club #1 just had an executive meeting discussing the recent global health crisis and came up with the decision of continuing on business, but with certain precautions being put in place. First with our grooming is that there will be no major changes done here except for the grooming of the Trail 504 into the park. We will do it once more and it is because since the Park groomed the Candy Cane Trail plus 23 and 58 east and south of Mt Carleton and the Trail 19 East linking to Island Lake for the last time on March 16. This will take place in the next day or so.
    For our Nepisiguit Lodge the unanimous decision here is to keep it open for business as usual except for all precautionary measures such as table spacing and more frequent cleaning. We felt that shutting this important stop for most snowmobilers would be a great disservice for food and gas as there are people depending on this. We are asking the Public’s help on this to use prudence when visiting the facilities in our trail system. We would like to think that we are all in this crisis together and to look out for each other. 
    There is a lot of great sledding left in our area and we would only be cheating you out of the last few weeks of what was a perfect year up until now, but again, your cooperation here is crucial. 
    There have been decisions made by other venues to remain open status quo or shut down certain services and that is their decision and must be respected. Going forward, all of the above may change but at least not without a day or two’s notice. Check earlier post with other venue changes. 
     We are getting close to that phenomena of weather dictating self grooming and we are entering the season where there is a lot of good riding. Enjoy the rest of the season, but with caution. 

We'll Be above Water after Tonight

05:00 AM - Jan 30, 2020

Thursday, Jan 30th, Club #1
    Good morning to you from Bathurst. I’m feeling a little better this morning as we’re starting to see some daylight with our groomer problems. Ron worked on the #3 yesterday and had it back on the trail last evening. The #2 should be floated to Bathurst sometime tonight and put to work ASAP once hooked back up to the drag where it was left on the side of the trail for the past 2 & 1 / 2 weeks. The #1 will be out this morning on the California Loop out of Rogers Lake plus trail 22 up to the 22/301 intersection. The #3 did down to Bass River and back to Nepisiguit on Trail 19 and not sure on he plan for the remainder. 
     I was up to the lodge last night and had good reports from sledders on all the trails. We know we could use more snow in areas of 19 from the Nepisiguit Lodge and Bathurst on both the East and West legs of Trail 19. We’ll keep doing our best with what we got to work with in those areas, so just bear with us until we get more snow. These sections rate between 6 & 8. 
     I will report on the supper later, but for now it was a complete success. I will not be answering any questions today as I had an invitation to go sledding today with a good friend. We’re headed up to see Alyre. My first run this year.  

Stay on the right side, especially in corners.

11:00 AM - Jan 21, 2020

Safety Message    Stay on the right side, especially in corners.
      80 to 90 % of our trails are of the wide variety here at Nepisiguit (20ft), but there are areas that are not so wide. In this day and age with so many riders on the trails, we still have people taking corners on the opposite side of the trail. I’m sure everyone out there has experienced this, with many experiencing near misses. One has to realize that you have to slow down making turns, because your sled does drift, some more than others and yes there are other people using the trails other than yourself. 
    Of course there are the strait stretches and in a lot of cases they are up to 25ft wide and more. You still see people running right down the center of the trail, snow dust and all. Think of the person that is coming from the other direction dealing with your snow dust and meeting your buddy following your tracks with his sheep mobile down the center of the trail. I’m going to spell it out for you: 

 S T A Y O N Y O U R S I D E

Grooming plus warnings about riding on non designated trails

05:10 AM - Jan 4, 2017

    -3 in Bathurst at post. Snow turning to rain today. Yesterday the #1 was up to Serpentine from Rogers Lake (trail 23). 21 hour run. On the way back it did the Dry Gulch 506 road. The #2 is very close to a fix and if there is, then both groomers will wait until this snow dries out a bit.
     Just a warning to all snowmobilers wandering off groomed trails on private property: if we abuse our privilege we could lose a very important section of Trail 19 from Atlantic Host going East. Another contentious area is in Gloucester Junction Near East Bathurst, which is again on 19 East. Some sledders are jumping the trail onto the CNR rail bed. We’ve already been warned by the CNR in past years. If we lose this section of trail, then all the work that was done between that area and Route 360 will all be for not, thus cutting access to East Bathurst plus the Peninsula. This no laughing matter if we want snowmobiling to continue here in Bathurst. 

Final Safety Message

11:00 AM - Dec 29, 2016

 Final Safety Message #5
   Summary: I hope that the safety messages over the last few days have shed some light to those who drive with reckless abandon on our snowmobile trails. There is much more I could have stressed on, but wanted to point out the messages that were closer to the life threatening; speed, stay on your side, parking on trail,  hand signals. If you haven’t read them, just scroll down and do so. Remember, it is rider responsibility, take your time & read these Red signs as they are posted throughout the province. Our trails are not perfect and not engineered. They are maintained by a volunteer organization. All the messages are meaningless if we don’t use some common sense in riding our sleds. One rule of thought; Put your mind in gear before you put your body in motion. 

Hand Signals Make Trails Safer

11:00 AM - Dec 28, 2016

Safety Message #14  Hand signals make the trail safer, BUT if you feel that you are jeopardising your own safety with the use of hand signals then by all means use your discretion to signal.

Communication is an important part of staying safe, having fun and sharing the trails responsibly. Make sure you know and use these signals every time you go out.
Left arm raised at shoulder height, elbow bent and forearm vertical with palm of hand flat.
Left arm extended straight out from shoulder and pointing in the direction of the turn.
Left arm extended out and down from the side of the body with a downward flapping motion of hand to signal warning or caution.
Arm raised from the shoulder and extended straight up over the head with palm of hand flat. In some jurisdictions, the STOP signal may be indicated using the right arm, since the left hand is used for braking. Snowmobiles should watch out for and be prepared to stop for either signal.
Left arm raised at shoulder height, elbow bent and forearm vertical, wrist bent, move arm from left to right over head, pointing to right side of trail. 
Left arm raised, elbow bent, with thumb pointing backward, in hitchhiking motion, move arm forward to backward over your shoulder. 
Raise forearm from handle bar and show clenched fist at shoulder height. 

Parking on the trail.

11:00 AM - Dec 26, 2016

Safety Message #2  Parking on the trail.       It sounds so minor, but can be so deadly if you don’t take these simple rules seriously. If you have reason to stop, whether it is for a rest break, sled problems, or you just stopped to give someone a hand, etc, etc. then, pick a place where it is safe; a strait stretch where it provides good visibility for on coming sleds, never on a corner, a blind hill, a narrow piece of trail and I’m sure there are more. Get your sled completely off the trail or at least one ski off in the snow. Step off the machine on the right side to ensure your own safety. Stay out of the way of oncoming traffic. Parking two abreast is definitely a no-no. I for one don’t profess that I’ve never broken these rules, but these simple rules can save a lot of heartache and misery. I’m just asking you to think about this the next time you stop on the trails. Thank You for reading this.

Nepisiguit Club #1

The Nepisiguit Snowmobile  club #1, which is the oldest snowmobile club in the province, has the largest membership in New Brunswick with 949 registered last season (826 for 15/16),  (849 for 14/15), (794 for 13/14), (809 for 12/14), (765 for 11/12), (579 for 07/08) with a strong Nova Scotia and PEI contingent and maintains a trail system about 400 Kilometers in length. The club started in 69/70 with one small groomer with membership fees of $10 and groomed  about 175 Km in the area between Brunswick Mines (Old Theriault Rd), Highway 430 (Nine Mile East Rd), and the now Caribou Mines.

Trails were designated and signed by such names as Caribou, Bear, Fox, Rabbit and Beaver. Log shelters were built along the trails and were also designated with animal names. One unique feature at the beginning was that all traffic was in one direction. It made for safer trails as the drags were only so wide. The trails were made in a series of 5 loops and one could vary their trip in any combination of loops as they so wished. We only use a small percentage of these trails today in our present system< namely: Nine Mile East, Nine Mile North, Rio, and the Forty Four. As time progressed  the trails expanded closer to Nepisiguit Falls where the Bathurst Fish and Game Ass. had built a lodge which is currently the Nepisiguit Sports Lodge. Then it progressed into Bathurst to the Atlantic Host Motor Inn.  Then the trail system blew up into the Chaleur area ( we were all one club back then) and down to the Miramichi to the Belfont area where there was a thriving club house.

Of course everything was dependent on the volunteer. Some of the founders were Howard Doucet , Bud Kenny, John Labonville  and there were a few more, plus loads of volunteers.  

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