Cochnewagan Trailblazers honor member

MONMOUTH — Cochnewagan Trailblazers officers and members recently assembled at the home of Gilbert “Gib” Pettengill, to honor him and in memory of his wife, Sandy, by dedicating and naming the new clubhouse in their honor. Pettengill was also presented with a certificate of appreciation for his hard work.

Pettengill, who had a long history of dedication to the club, passed away on Oct. 26, 2014, less than a week after the presentation was made.

Pettengill had served the club as an active member and also as treasurer for several years. Over the years, he cleared a significant portion of Monmouth’s more than 40 miles of snowmobile trails, receiving the nickname “Mr. Bush Hog.”

Pettengill and his family had snowmobiled since the 1970s and supported the club in many ways since that time.

Most significantly, Pettengill and his late wife, Sandy, allowed for the Trailblazers to erect a large portable garage on their property that housed most of the club’s various pieces of trail equipment that included ATVs, snowmobiles, tractors and other miscellaneous items. The Pettengills also allowed for grooming equipment to be parked just outside their door during the winter months, which were operated at all hours of the day and night for the past 14 years.

The Cochnewwagan Trailblazers Clubhouse will be erected within the next few months next to the Monmouth Town Garage. The club meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month. For more information, call Hugh LeMaster at 933-2155.

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