Snow Travelers donate scholarships, sporting goods

The Fulton Snow Travelers Snowmobile Club has hosted the Great Eastern Whiteout Vintage and Antique Snowmobile Show every winter since 2010, and also conducts the Everet Regal Memorial Vintage Snowmobile Show and Powersport Swap Meet each fall.

Some proceeds from these fundraisers are earmarked for buying and maintaining snowmobile trail equipment, and the rest is distributed in the form of donations and scholarships.

This year the Snow Travelers presented $2,500 in awards, beginning in May with a donation of sporting goods to the Catholic Charities CYO Program.

All CYO Program activities are free of charge and supervised by a trained staff headed by Coordinator George Timmins.

On May 21, Mike Schimid, representing the Fulton Area Snow Travelers, presented a check to the Rev. Jane Dasher for the Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Spiritual Care Unit.

On June 5, Phoenix high school scholarship night, club member Bill Monette presented $250 scholarships to Gabriel Anthony and Corey Bowman in memory of Everet Regal.

A Phoenix resident, Regal was a master snowmobile engine builder and the head wrench of the famed Widowmakers race team, winners of the 1970 World Championship for snowmobile racing.

Anthony will be attending Onondaga Community College to study mechanical designs.

Bowman has enrolled to study welding technology at Mohawk Valley Community College.

On June 7, Bill Monette and Ken Wheelock presented two $250 scholarships to Jordan Barlow of Pulaski and Kyle Norton of Oswego during the Oswego County BOCES presentation of scholarship awards.

The awards were given in memory of master snowmobile engine builder and BOCES teacher Spike Nolan.

Barlow has been offered a full-time position as a small engine tech for Deatons in Pulaski.

Norton plans to expand his education in the auto body field.

On June 22, Jim Watkin of the Fulton Area Snow Travelers presented the Fulton Area Boy Scouts Troop 715, headed by Scout Leader Doug Devendorf, with a check for $250 for helping with cleanup after the Great Eastern Whiteout.

Scouts Ethan Hancock and Josh Hotaling were present for photos. Show organizer Jim Latino also gave the scouts a new tent for their efforts.

Since it’s inception, the Fulton Area Snow Travelers organization has given back more than $12,000 to the community.

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