Greetings from Marie Hennessy
NERSFL President

Hi Everyone! As I sit here writing my message it is snowing . Winter will be here quicker than we think!

We cannot let summer slip away without mentioning some highlights of our summer events. On a beautiful sunny Saturday in June, captains and stokers from as far as Southern Connecticut biked through Lincoln,Concord and surrounding areas. They stopped for lunch and completed the ride just before the rains fell. Thanks go to Mark Remaly for his work organizing this trip.

Our weekend at Cranmore Mountain Lodge was as enjoyable as always. We canoed on the Saco River and hiked in the White Mountains! Thanks go to Jean Shiner who worked with the owners of Cranmore Lodge coordinating this event!

We have already begun planning next summer's trips. If you have joined us
in the past we hope to see you again. If you have never come on a trip in the summer, "try it you'll like it"!

As tandems were leaving Lincoln, Evan Lenson was hiking the Presidential Range in the White Mountains of NH raising money for New England Regional Ski For Light! Thanks go to Evan for all of his efforts; thank you as well to those who made financial donations in celebration of his hike.

In August Sail Blind competed in the US Blind Nationals in Newport Rhode Island. Blind sailors
Duane Farrar and Jay Kronfeld took first place! Chris Nason and Debbie Keating also competed in the event! Farrar and Kronfeld were honored in September at the Harry McDonough Memorial Regatta in Boston Harbor. Congratulations to all of our NERSFL sailors!

Please let us know if you would like to contribute to our NERSFL highlights in the upcoming issues by calling our NERSFL phone number or sending an e-mail.

We welcome Joe Aibinder to our board! Joe has been an active member of NERSFL for many years. His energy and talents will complement our board!

Thanks go to our board of directors for all of the time and hard work that they contribute to make NERSFL what it is! They are a wonderful group of people to work with! We are hoping by the January trip to have our new brochure available so that you can share with friends
and others in your local community. If interested in obtaining brochures, please call or contact us via e-mail!

Would you like to get more involved in NERSFL? Would you like to help planning events? Would you like to run for the Board ? We always need new people and new ideas!! Please share this newsletter with friends and coworkers. We are always welcome new guides and participants!!!

We look forward to seeing lots of old friends and new at our winter events!!

Winter Events
1) Craftsbury Nordic Center, Craftsbury , VT: January 9-12, 2004
The price is $180 per person double occupancy. This covers lodging, meals from Friday evening through Monday noon and trail fees. There is a sauna in the dorm.

2) Royalty Inn and Great Glenn,Gorham NH: February 27-29, 2003
The price is $115 which covers 2 breakfasts, Saturday night dinner and trail fees. The Royalty Inn has an exercise center, pool and hot tub, so bring your bathing suit.

Payments and Refund Policy
Please make payments by check made out to:
New England Regional Ski for Light, and mail to:
P.O. Box 2170
West Brattleboro, VT 05303.

You must send the total payment for the Craftsbury trip with your registration. You may submit either a deposit of $25 or the entire cost for the Bretton Woods trip. Enrollment and initial payment must be received by December 12. The balance due for the Bretton Woods trip must be received by January 9, 2003. All deposits ( $25 per trip ) are nonrefundable. The balance for the trips is nonrefundable unless your space can be filled. We will do our best to assist you to find a substitute, but it is ultimately your responsibility to find a replacement. Financial assistance is available for people who cannot afford the full cost of a trip. To be considered, submit a letter of need with the application.

Health and Liability forms will be sent to you after we receive your enrollment. All forms must be filled out and signed before you can participate in the event. For your own health and safety, NERSFL requires all participants, sighted or not, to complete the personal health form. This confidential record requires your candid, accurate and legible completion. Every item in every section must be completed. All forms can be found here.

Physical Condition
Anyone in average physical condition can expect to participate in these events. If we have any
questions about your ability to participate , we will call and discuss it with you. In questionable cases, the decision to participate will lie with the participant and his or her physician. Participants must take responsibility for their own health at these events. Your enjoyment will be enhanced by any measures you take to improve your physical fitness and stamina before the event.

Transportation will be available by carpooling. You will be contacted about a week before an event to make travel arrangements. Guides are encouraged to let us know if they are willing to drive and how many passengers they can take. All passengers are expected to contribute towards the cost of gasoline. If you are coming to an event from out of town, do not make travel plans on public transportation prior to 7:00 pm on the last day. It is very difficult to guarantee a
return to transportation centers prior to this time without disrupting other participants.

Please stay tuned for summer event listings!

Tandem Biking
Hiking and Canoeing at the new AMC Highland Lodge in
New Hampshire's White Mountains.

Winter Event Application

Current NERSFL Board
Marie Hennessy- President
Cindy Wentz- Vice President
Earle Prentiss- Treasurer
Sandie Page- Secretary
Mark Remaly
Joe Aibinder
Gil Busch
Chris Nason

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