I had the pleasure of meeting Bob and Lori Pinckney of the Shawangunk Snowmobile & Rescue Club when they attended the Walker Valley Shawangunk Day in August 2018. They brought along with them the snowmobile & rescue sled that is used for emergency situations during winter snow events.
I really did not know much about them except that they show up on Adopt-A-Highway signs along Route 52 by the Verkeederkill Park towards the bridge into Pine Bush.
Upon further investigation, this club is very busy all year round. If you visit their website, shawangunksnowmobile.com/wordpress, you will see that this group was founded by Walker Valley residents from a location on Oregon Trail in the 1960s and their first president was Lloyd Greer Sr.
When the club was formed it was known as the Shawangunk Mountain Snowmobile & Rescue Club and they assisted the local fire companies and other first responders with situations that required a snowmobile’s abilities to get people and supplies from point A to point B in those old-fashioned type winters we had way back then.
In 2006 they held their 35th Anniversary Dinner when Fred Hallock was president. In 2007, they changed their name to the Shawangunk Snowmobile & Rescue Club due to the fact that times had changed and the Shawangunk Ridge was no longer available for the snowmobilers to use for riding. They now support riding areas in upstate NY and organize trips to areas in New Hampshire & Maine as well.
Not only do they participate in the Adopt-A-Highway program, they support local Toys-for-Tots fundraising efforts and they award scholarships for OUBOCES students in Nursing, Law Enforcement and Small Engine Repair Mechanic. You will also find them at parades, festivals, fairs & winter carnivals where they feature the club and educate the public about safe and fun snowmobiling. The club also provides safety courses each year to young snowmobilers in safe operations. The group also likes to have fun in other ways such as their annual family picnic and Holiday Party.
The club meets the 2nd Wednesday (Sept-Apr) at Larry’s Chinese Restaurant in Pine Bush at 7:30 p.m. Interested people are encouraged to stop in and check out the group at a meeting or visit https://membership.nysnowmobiler.com for membership information or contact President Bob Pinckney at 914-213-1920.
Stephanie Jansen, President of the Walker Valley Seniors would like to invite area residents to join the group. Anyone 55 and over can join and all you have to do is stop in on a Wednesday and check things out before making a final decision.
Meetings start at 1 p.m., although the meeting on the first Wednesday of the month starts a little later – 1:30 p.m. – to accommodate those who attend the luncheon at St. Paul’s on Route 17K in Bullville.
The schoolhouse community center door opens at around 11 or 11:30 a.m. so members can come and socialize prior to the meeting. Coffee is available and some bring in goodies to share with others. Those members who need the assistance of a health care aid or family member to help them get around are encouraged to bring them along and be with the senior who joins. Yearly dues are $5.00 and the kitty gets $1.00 each week to offset the cost of coffee, tea and condiments. The group does luncheons and special little things once or twice a month. They also play a game after the meeting is over.
Stephanie would also like to remind the seniors about the rules for snow caused cancellations. If the schools are closed due to weather issues the senior’s meeting is also cancelled. If the schools are on a 2-hour delay the seniors will still meet unless told otherwise by a phone call.
Looks like the seniors will be very busy this year. So far, they have planned 5 major activities. The cost stated is for members – non-members are welcome to participate but may have to pay a slightly higher cost: reason enough to join!
On April 25, they will visit Mohegan Sun Casino. Cost is $25. Pick up starts at 9 a.m. Walker Valley Firehouse. Next pick up Pine Bush Firehouse 9:15 a.m.
May 30, they journey to Essex Train and Boat Ride with lunch on the train. Cost $55 for the day. Pick up starts at 8 a.m., Walker Valley Firehouse. Next pick up Pine Bush Firehouse 8:15 a.m.
July 29, it’s off to Sands Casino. Cost $30. Pick up starts at 9 a.m., Walker Valley Firehouse. Next pick up Pine Bush Firehouse 9:15 a.m.
Aug 29, they will visit High Point Country Club Breakfast, Lunch and Rich Wilson as the entertainment. Cost $55.00 for the day. Pick up starts at 9 a.m. Walker Valley Firehouse. Next pick up Pine Bush Firehouse 9:15 a.m.
And on Oct 17, they return to the Mohegan Sun Casino. Cost is $25. Pick up starts at 9am Walker Valley Firehouse. Next pick up Pine Bush Firehouse 9:15 a.m.
Please make note that times can change on May 30 and Aug 29 events. To sign-up for the trips and get more information please contact Stephanie Jansen at 744-6584.
Stephanie would also like to let the community know that at their last meeting, the Pine Bush School District attended and gave the members the opportunity to obtain free tickets to the PB High School musical “Newsies” and a free dinner before the dress rehearsal on March 20 2019.
Also announced: free blood screenings will be held every other Tuesday at the Pine Bush Health Center at no cost to seniors.
Hours are Monday and Wednesday, 11am-7pm; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Call 744-2067 for more information.
Walker Valley residents are gearing up for lots of excitement this year and you are all invited to participate in whatever way suits your style.
Join us at the next Walker Valley Community Enhancement Committee meeting on Weds. March 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the schoolhouse and get in on the action!
Pine Bush Lions Club will hold their first blood drive of the year on Wednesday March 20th from 1:30 - 7:30 pm in the Pine Bush Firehouse.
Walk-ins are welcome.