Raffle Update

Leki PolesThe High Peaks Alliance Raffle Drawing will be taking place at the monthly Board meeting on October 12th, 2016. We will be drawing six tickets, each ticket has the same chance of being drawn for any of the six prizes currently available through the raffle. Raffle tickets will still be available for sale until October the 11th. You can purchase raffle tickets by speaking to Dylan Cookson by phone* or e-mail or visiting participating businesses. See our previous post for locations.

Most of the prizes available have been donated by area businesses and High Peaks Alliance volunteers. We are extremely grateful for all of their support and would like to take a moment to recognize their contributions and reiterate our list of prizes.

Chandler Pond Outfitters at 108 Fairbanks Rd Farmington, ME, has donated two wonderful prizes to our raffle including a Universal Tube Fly Tying Method kit, and a 13 foot Fly Rod made by the WFTFL*Y company.

The Ecopelagicon from 7 Pond St, Rangeley, ME, has donated a pair of high-quality Leki hiking poles, of a $60 value.

River’s Edge Sports of Oquossoc, Maine, has donated a pair of books “The Rangeley and Its Region” and “A History of Rangeley Hotels & Camps,” a pair of must haves for history buff who are fond of the Rangeley Lakes and the history of outdoor sports.

One of our own members and Volunteers, John Pietroski of Strong, Maine, donated a Salt and Pepper grinder set from Fletchers’ Mill. Both grinders are shaped like little lighthouses and are Made in Maine with HPA Logo.

Our final prize is a t-shirt and hat set from the High Peaks Alliance.

Prize winners will receive phone calls the day following the drawing. We hope that you all have had as much fun as we did and wish you the best of luck.

*See our Raffle Poster for more contact information.

Rangeley Trail Town Festival

20160903_111512On Saturday, September 3rd 2016, the town of Rangeley celebrated their annual Trail Town Festival. It has been four years since Rangeley was designated an official Appalachian Trail Community in 2012.

The High Peaks Alliance joined them for their celebration. The Fest included many food vendors and several games and activities including boot-tossing and corn hole. AT hikers competed with each other in ice cream eating competitions.

Other attractions included live music by a local musician and the Friday night film festival.

Once again , Maine Conservation Corps and AmeriCorps member, Dylan Cookson setup the High Peaks Alliance tent next to Jeff McCabe of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail and the representatives of the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust.

During the course of the day, High Peaks Alliance board members Bud Godsoe and Betsy Squibb assisted in running the booth. Members of local radio stations went about interviewing the representatives of various organizations at their booths. At once point, Dylan was asked to speak to the assembled visitors from the microphone at Haley Pond Park gazebo.

It was a satisfying visit to Rangeley. Many people stopped near the booth to ask about the HPA and its programs.

Rangeley Region Guides and Sportsmen Association’s Outdoor Sporting Heritage Day

Rangeley Region Guides and Sportsmen Association’s Outdoor Sporting Heritage Day

Rangeley Region Guides and Sportsmen Association threw its annual Outdoor Sporting Heritage Day on August 9th. This year’s theme was Dogs, and I could not have been happier!

20160809_115837I, Dylan Cookson, AmeriCorps member, and MCC Environmental Steward am a big fan of Dogs! And there were eager, friendly, four-legged friends everywhere.

There were vendors selling dog collars and scarfs, dog treats, and dog artwork. Towards the end of the day, many of the visiting dog owners brought their dogs together for a splash competition in the clubhouse pond.

Children and teens would throw objects for dogs to fetch into the pond. The object was to get the dog to make the largest splash they could.

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20160809_111227I attended the event with board members, Kirby and Elaine Holcombe. We had many
people stop by the booth to purchase raffle tickets, and ask about our projects. We also had a visit from member Nancy Perlson and her handsome Australian Shepherd Puppy, Scout.

That’s him on the right. Isn’t he precious!

Perham Stream Bridge

Perham Stream Bridge


Backwoods trail riders take note. The official opening for the Perham Stream Bridge on the multi-use trail in Madrid is happening on Saturday, August the 27th at 12 pm. The bridge is at the confluence of Perham and Orbeton Streams in Madrid Township and is a major crossing on the ITS 84/89 snowmobile trails and the Moose Loop ATV trail. This long-awaited, much needed, single-span steel girder bridge replaces a previous bridge which had been damaged during Hurricane Irene.

A ribbon cutting ceremony, complete with free hot dogs and burgers, is the final stage of a three-year collaborative process between the High Peaks Alliance, North Franklin Snowmobile Club, Narrow Gauge Riders ATV club, landowner Mark Beauregard and others. Funding for the bridge included grants from Maine’s Recreational Trails Program (RTP), the Franklin County TIF program and the Betterment Fund. The contractor for the project was N.F. Luce under the direction of Brian Luce. The trail only needed to be closed for one week while the old bridge was removed and the new one was installed. The bridge is now open for public motorized and non-motorized recreation with a vehicle width restriction of 60” (exceptions being made for snowmobile trail groomers). Food and supplies for the event have been donated by local businesses, The White Elephant in Strong, Edmunds Market in Phillips, and the Coca-Cola Bottling Co Distributor in Farmington.

Maine’s multi-use ITS 84/89 trail crosses the Orbeton Stream parcel, an area of working forest conserved through a conservation easement in 2015 secured by the Trust for Public Lands with funding from the Forest Legacy and Land for Maine’s Future programs and many generous donors. The High Peaks Alliance served as a local partner for the Trust for Public Land in establishing the easement which preserves public access to this beautiful trail for riders, bikers, and hikers.


The celebration will be happening at the site of the Perham Stream Bridge. Parking for the event will be on Reeds Mill Road near the intersection with ITS 84/89. Additional parking is available near the Madrid Trail Head of the Fly Rod Crosby Trail Those attending can walk, or take an ATV to the bridge from Reeds Mill Road. A truck will also be available to shuttle people to and from the bridge.

Take Route 4 to Madrid and turn onto Reeds Mill Road. Continue for just under five miles. You will pass the Star Yoga Barn on the left, the ITS 84/89 intersection is at the bottom of the hill and across the bridge.

Carrabassett Valley Summer Fest

Carrabassett Valley Summer Fest

Just off the Sugarloaf Regional Airport in Carrabassett Valley, Maine is KC’s Creativity Center. This business provides classes on creative pursuits to its patrons. It also hosted the Carrabassett Valley Summer Fest.



Rain forced the sound technicians to wrap the equipment in plastic.

AmeriCorps member, Dylan Cookson, set up and ran a booth from 12 to 6pm. The day was punctuated by rain which forced many of the patrons to leave and many of us to shelter under our pop-up tents.


The Festival had live entertainment in the form of steel drums and country music. Apart from the rain, it was a good day with many people stopping to ask about the High Peaks Alliance and our projects.

High Peaks Alliance at Kingfield Festival Days

High Peaks Alliance at Kingfield Festival Days

On the weekend of July 14th – 17th, Kingfield celebrated its Bicentennial Year and the High Peaks Alliance was there to share the experience.

20160716_122434On Saturday, the 16th, Depot Street was lined with booths. Our own booth was set up and manned by AmeriCorps member and Maine Conservation Corps Environmental Steward, Dylan Cookson, and Trail Master, Bud Godsoe.


The road had been blocked off and made accessible to foot traffic only. Local businesses and non-profits sold sugary snacks and grilled meat. Visitors were walking and socializing all over the town.

We admit, we were not as popular as the booth that sold Root Beer Floats.The High Peaks Alliance sold raffle tickets, hats, and distributed brochures on membership and the Fly Rod Crosby Trail. Those who visited our booth had already walked the streets sampling the local fare. They came with full bellies, and questions about the High Peaks Alliance, the Fly Rod Crosby Trail, and other local outdoor recreation opportunities.

20160716_080808We were fortunate to have many visitors and a great view of the parade. We were even more fortunate to have been assigned a place next to the booth selling ice cream sandwiches. They were some of the most appealing snacks on the street that day and were being sold by a group of industrious local children, saving up for college.

We also earned the support of a number of union Soldiers who happened along our booth.






Let’s Get Ready to Raffle!

Let’s Get Ready to Raffle!

The Maine High Peaks Region is home to many local businesses that are supported by the region’s abundant natural resources and diverse outdoor recreation opportunities. Fly Shops, Sporting Equipment Stores, Resturants, and Resorts all come together to enable visitors and residents to take full advantage of everything the High Peaks have to offer.

The High Peaks Alliance works to build partnerships between diverse conservation and outdoor recreation interests to maintain and enhance outdoor recreation opportunities. Naturally, we have reached out to local businesses and they have taken an interest in our mission. Together we have introduced the raffle!

Have you been looking to get your hands on some high-quality merchandise or just want an excuse to help fund one of your favorite conservation organizations? Then consider checking out our raffle!

Ticket drawings will take place this fall. All proceeds will go towards High Peaks Alliance’s mission of promoting and enhancing traditional recreational access and conservation in the High Peaks region of Maine. Each ticket gives the purchaser a chance to win one of three prizes:

Website Raffle Prizes

20160603_082642Two High Peaks Area Businesses have contributed to this raffle by donating prizes. The Universal Tube Fly Tying Method kit has been donated by Chandler Pond Outfitters, just off Route 4 through Farmington. Chandler Pond Outfitters is a fairly new business, specializing in the sale of Fly Fishing accessories and Fly Tying Equipment.

EcopelagiconWe also have a pair of high-quality Leki Hiking poles donated by the Ecopelagicon Nature Store off Pond Street in Rangeley, Maine. The Ecopelagicon offers a wide variety of nature themed books, gifts, and hiking and paddling supplies. Also prominent in the store’s shelves are locally produced goods and regional maps and guidebooks.

If you would like to buy a Raffle Ticket, check us out at local celebrations and events all over the High Peaks Region for this Summer and Fall. You can also find our tickets for sale at the following local retailers:

Chandler Pond Outfitters (Starting this Friday)

–108 Fairbanks Rd Farmington, ME

The White Elephant

— 26 S Main St, Strong, ME 04983

Village Scrub Board

–2391 Main St, Rangeley, ME 04970

Video Habits

–2391 Main St, Rangeley, ME 04970


— 7 Pond St, Rangeley, ME 04970