OK, just a little more about the STC meeting and Christmas party on Dec. 14. Once again we met at the home of our secretary, Lois Morey, all 27 of us. And again Lois’s counters were filled with all sorts of delicious dishes that the members bring, along with what Lois prepares. The mealtime is also a time to have some conversations with old friends and some new ones.

Following dinner comes the gift exchange. Attendees are asked to bring a wrapped gift ($5 or so, marked him, her or either). I should note that the “or so” takes in a lot of territory. For example, the beautiful afghan which Jayne Fitzgerald makes and gifts each year — what price could you ever put on something like that? This year it went to Violeta Holtzapple, wife of Larry, one of our top trail hands.

It’s always a fun time. As per the rules, if you see a gift someone else has chosen and unwrapped, when your number comes up you may take that gift rather than pick one from under the tree. Of course, that person from whom you took it gets to pick another gift, and on and on it goes.

I must note also that I gave a wrong figure when reporting the trail hours. We did indeed have 1,805 hours spent on trail care, but the record, set in 2016 is 1,865, not the 1,817 reported. The main thing is that each and every hour spent on the trails is important, and will be more so in the new year, as we are preparing to nominate the STS for “Trail Of The Year.”

The Winter newsletter is being prepared and members should receive it around mid-January, I believe. It will contain info on the February Frolic, again to be held at the Susquehannock Lodge.

This is our only catered dinner of the year, and is also a time when certain awards are presented. Our speaker for this event will be Tim Morey, DCNR natural resource specialist for State Parks in Potter and Tioga counties. Tim will give a PowerPoint presentation on the Cherry Springs Dark Skies, followed by a Q&A period.

This newsletter will also have in it a dues reminder, and an encouragement to “gift” a new member if you possibly can. This helps us maintain a healthy membership, as the club loses a few to natural attrition each year.

The next STC meeting will be held at the home of Gene and Myra Neefe, on Saturday, Jan 11. The Neefes are at 603 Ross St., Coudersport. Dish-to-pass dinner at 5 p.m., with the meeting to follow around 6.

Have a happy, healthy and safe New Year.

Bill Boyd is a member of the Susquehannock Trail Club. He can be reached at billboydsts@gmail.com.