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Article about Snirt Run was misleading

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As president of the Barnes Corners Sno-Pals Inc., I take great exception to the article in the Times on Feb. 24 titled “Snirt Run has lacked adequate insurance.”

The article is totally misleading and does not represent the facts at all.

The article is premature in that the reporting was done prior to learning the facts.

The correct information is the current policy does cover ATVs as long as it is not a speed event or a timed event.

This information is from the insurance agent who administers the statewide policy for the New York State Snowmobile Association.

A copy of the policy has been provided to Ray Meier, attorney for the town of Lowville.

The field off Bardo Road was not heavily damaged or even damaged at all as it was a plowed field, which would be planted later that spring, well after the Snirt Run.

The picture of those three ATVs crossing the field is spectacular in that the mud is flying.

However, it serves no purpose other than to inflame people who do not understand that it is a plowed field and no damage was done.

This event has grown to become what I believe is the largest ATV event in New York State.

Income generated is in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

There are no motel rooms available in Lewis County with the overflow going to Oneida and Jefferson counties.

Sales and bed tax alone for Lewis County is estimated to be in excess of $25,000 for this one-day event.

A far better use of the Times resources would be to contact and interview the 18 businesses that participate in the event each year and see how important it has become.

Many have told me it is their biggest weekend of the year.

That would be news.

Gary Stinson

Rodman

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