FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Joel Keefer
April 30, 2010 (716) 753-4672
Mayville: -- With the final numbers coming in, Chautauqua County Executive Gregory J.
Edwards has hailed the County's most recent snowmobile season a major triumph.
"I am pleased to report that thousands of people from Chautauqua County, the
surrounding region and as far away as California used our over 450 miles of snowmobile
trails that are maintained here locally," Edwards proclaimed. "We truly enjoyed a great
Paul Weatherlow, Secretary of the Snowmobile Clubs of Chautauqua County, agreed
with Edwards that the 2009-2010 snowmobile season was a huge success.
"We had a great winter," Weatherlow said. "Missing from the typical weather was the
normal meltdown during the season. We only had one weekend in January where warmer
temperatures and some rain forced cancellation of our weekend events."
Weatherlow said the official County snowfall was just about the normal average with
223" (about 19') falling in Mayville. He stated that the combined membership from the
Chautauqua County Snowmobile clubs from the previous season totaled 3,380 Family
Memberships and over 5,000 snowmobiles.
"Of the 3,380 Family Memberships, 889 were from Pennsylvania, 545 were from Ohio,
and more from other states such as California, New Jersey, North Carolina, Texas, West
Virginia, etc.," Weatherlow said. "Overall, the clubs had a double digit increase in Family
Edwards also received a financial report from County Clerk Sandra Sopak on the number
of people who registered their snowmobiles at the Department of Motor Vehicles.
"Sopak reported to me that they had over 5,000 total snowmobile registrations," Edwards
said. "That was an increase of over 9% from last winter."
Edwards agreed with Sopak's assessment that the large amount of money these
snowmobilers spent in the County's numerous restaurants, bars and stores was a
significant investment in the local economy.
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