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It’s that time of year again for the 43rd Annual Dysart’s Snowmobile Ride-In that will be getting underway on Friday, February 5th and continuing through Sunday, February 7th. So, rev up your engines and join snowmobilers from all across the state, including Newport families, local businesses, and volunteers as they come together to raise money for the Pine Tree Camp. The weekend is expected to attract hundreds from all corners of Maine and raise more than $100,000.
According to Noel Sullivan, President and CEO, the funds will go directly to benefit Pine Tree Camp’s 650 campers. "It’s incredible to think about the impact that snowmobilers and the Newport community has made in the lives of the children and adults with disabilities who attend Pine Tree Camp each summer,” Sullivan said. “All proceeds from the Ride-in go directly to Pine Tree Camp’s Campership fund ensuring that all can attend, regardless of their ability to pay tuition. Last year, Pine Tree Society provided full or partial tuition assistance to 99% of our campers.”
Pine Tree Camp, one of the many programs of Pine Tree Society, transforms the lives of Maine children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities through a unique summer camp experience. At Pine Tree Camp, all campers are able to participate in traditional summer camp activities like kayaking, swimming, hiking on accessible nature trails, fishing and spending time in Maine’s only fully accessible tree house, thanks to the barrier-free facility, a committed staff and peer support.
Established in 1945, Pine Tree Camp is located on 285 acres on the shores of North Pond in Rome. The facility is fully adapted to meet the special needs of campers. For campers, Pine Tree Camp is a highlight of their year. It gives them the opportunity to spend time with their friends in a setting that meets their unique needs. For families, the camp offers an extended period of greatly needed respite from caregiving. Pine Tree Camp has never turned anyone away because they could not afford to pay tuition. This tradition is kept alive by thousands of generous friends, supporters and volunteers.
Pine Tree Society helps people in Maine with disabilities lead richer, more socially connected lives. Too often, people with disabilities feel left out, even isolated. With the help of Pine Tree Society, they’re not alone. The Society shares a spirit of innovation and desire to discover new ways to break down barriers that many find insurmountable. It started as a bold new idea in 1936 and it continues every day. Whether it’s a child discovering her first best friend at Pine Tree Camp or an adult finding his voice with customized assistive technology, Pine Tree Society changes lives. For more information, contact (207) 443-3341 or visit for a full schedule of events.


During the Dysart’s Pine Tree Snowmobile Ride-In, which begins on Friday, February 5th through Saturday, February 7th, there will be the 5th Annual Whoopie Pie Contest. The contest will be held on Saturday, February 6th and will be open to cooks of all ages. Registration for the contest will be from 11 AM to 2:30 PM with judging beginning at 3 PM. The fee to enter the contest will be $5 per category. The contest will be accepting only 1 entry per person, per category. Participants must submit 6 individually wrapped whoopie pies with a recipe attached to each to be eligible for entry into the contest. Judging will take place in two categories: 1st category - Traditional, which is a chocolate cake with white filling. The 2nd category - Gourmet, which can be any flavor cake and filling. Whoopies will be judged on appearance, taste, and preparation. Keep in mind, all judges decisions will be final.
The prizes awarded will be as follows: 1st place - $75 cash and a ribbon in each category. 2nd place - $30 cash and a ribbon in each category. 3rd place - $15 cash and a ribbon in each category. The contest will be held at the Newport Elementary School on Elm Street in Newport. For more information contact Harvey at 314-0637 or Belinda at 426-8586.

The 43rd Annual Dysart’s Snowmobile Ride-In will be taking place on Friday, February 5th and continuing through Sunday, February 7th. In conjunction with this event there will be a raffle to benefit the Pine Tree Camp. Tickets are $5 each or $20 for 5 and are now available by calling Harvey Chesley at 397-2141. The items being raffled off are as follows: The grand prize is a SnoPro Ice Chalet. This is an all-aluminum ice shelter measuring 5’ x 8’, valued at $3,499 and donated by TBA Inc. The 2nd prize is a Jiffy Stealth Auger donated by Dysart’s Lubricant. The 3rd prize is a Forever Pack Basket donated by Plymouth Engineering. The Pine Tree Camp was established in 1945 and provides adults and children with disabilities access to accessible outdoor recreation. For more information on the Snowmobile Ride-In visit or for more information on the Pine Tree Camp contact 443-3341 or visit



Friday, February 5th
LIVE AUCTION: There will be a live auction beginning at 6 PM, with a preview beginning at 5 PM. Food concessions will be available. The auction will be held at the Newport Elementary School.

Saturday, February 6th
BREAKFAST BUFFET: There will be an all you can eat breakfast buffet from 7 to 9 AM. The event will be held at the Hungry Hollow 76er's Snowmobile Club on the Horseback Road in Levant. For more information contact Steve Galen at 884-8340.
Q106.5 EGG RIDE FOR THE PINE TREE CAMP: Riders leave Hungry Hollow 76ers Clubhouse in Levant at 9 AM and arrive at the Newport Elementary School at 11 AM.
CHICKEN BARBECUE: A chicken barbecue will be held from 11 AM to 1 PM at the Newport Elementary School. Courtesy of P & L Country Market and Newport Fire Department.
BEAUTY PAGEANT: The beauty pageant will be held at 1 PM. Contestants must pre-register. The registration fee $15. Call Chris Ayer at 368-2058. The pageant will be held at the Newport Elementary School.
MEET AND GREET: The Dead River Company North Woods Law Meet and Greet will be held from 2 to 3 PM. Come and meet the wardens from North Woods Law at the Newport Elementary School. This event is hosted by FOX Bangor's J.R. Mitchell.
WHOOPIE PIE CONTEST: The Whoopie Pie Contest will begin at 3 PM. Entry time will be between 11 AM to 2:30 PM. The contest will be held at the Newport Elementary School. For more information contact Harvey at 314-0637 or Belinda at 426-0949.
PUBLIC SUPPER: There will be a public supper hosted by Bud’s Shop ‘n Save at 4:30 PM to 6 PM. The cost will be $6 per person and $4 for children under 12. Includes a main entree of salad, roll, dessert and a drink. The supper will be held at the Newport Elementary School on Elm Street.
FIREWORKS SHOW: A Fireworks Show will begin at 6:15 PM at the lake.
AWARDS CEREMONY: The awards ceremony will begin at 7 PM at Newport Elementary School.

Sunday, February 7th
KIDS’ ICE FISHING CLINIC: There will be a “Hooked on Fishing” Kids' Ice Fishing Clinic at 9 to 11 AM. The clinic will be located at the Durham Bridge Road at the end of Sebasticook Lake.
For more information on the events listed above visit or contact the Pine Tree Society at (207) 443-3341. Take note that the majority of events this year will be held at the Newport Elementary School.