Chapter News

Date Posted


July, 2007

BVNEMBA Prez Eammon Carleton Says

I've been spending so much time on the bike or swinging a shovel lately I haven't had much time to put down all that's been going on lately. To start with, our Wednesday night ride series seems to be gaining momentum and is as popular as I've ever seen it. We've taken away a lot of the rigid structure that used to guide the spots we ride and now turned control over to you which means you pick the rides you want to do.


July, 2007

Vietnam Update

John Vosburg

The Tuesday Night Trailwork crew is continuing trail building and improvement efforts in Vietnam. This year’s focus is on trail construction clean up and trail braid control on Dirty Little Secret (DLS). We have found that trail braids are due to riders who:

  • want to avoid technical trail features;
  • create short cuts to popular technical trail features;
  • create “reload” braids created for repeated riding (aka sessioning) of technical trail features;
  • are confused riding paths because the trails are so close together.


May, 2007

June 9, 2007, 9–Noon
National Trails Day at Hodges Village Dam

Please join the US Army Corps of Engineers on Saturday, June 9, 2007 from 9AM to 12 noon for National Trail Day.

Recently we have had a forest cut that has left a lot of debris. So we'd like to spend the morning cleaning up and creating a new trail system at Hodges Village Dam Multi-Use area. The project will be spent on the west side of river.

National Trails Day is for communities to recognize, promote, and stimulate the creation of trails to honor the past and imagine the future as part of America's legacy for the year 2007.


May, 2007

New format for Wednesday Night Ride Series

The popular Wednesday Night HUFF Ride Series has been changed for 2007. We've decided this year in order to reduce the commitment that people have to make in leading a regular ride every month that we're going to open up the Wednesday night rides to a full floating ride. Every week will be a different location hopefully suggested and lead by one of you.

This is your chance to share that sweet piece of singletrack that helps you unwind after work. It doesn't take anything to lead a ride, just show up and ride your favorite trails, we'll follow along. It is suggested that rides be doable by all skill levels, helmets are always required and inclement weather may cancel a ride.

Details will be posted on the BVNEMBA website, the main NEMBA website and through the BVNEMBA mailing list. If you would like to lead a ride, email Eammon Carleton with a location and directions a week or more in advance so we have time to get it published.

For more information, go to the Rides Page.

May, 2007

BV NEMBA has a New President

Eammon Carleton has assumed the role of chapter president.


May, 2006

Vietnam Update

  • New trail and technical features on the new trail named DLS.
  • NEMBA tool grant for Vietnam
  • A special Vietnam trail clinic is scheduled for Sunday, May 21 with the Subaru/IMBA Trail Crew.


April, 2006

President's Report

The Blackstone Valley NEMBA Area Reps met to get ready for the 2006 riding and trail care season. We have some exciting plans in the works.

  • Our 5th annual Women's Mt Bike Skills Clinic
  • Several trail care projects are scheduled
  • Our popular "HUFF" ride series will start with daylight savings


March 13, 2006

Vietnam Update

Fafard Real Estate and Development Corp. presented its plan for the Village at Kings Way on the parcel formerly owned by the Robsham family to the Milford Conservation Commission on 2/21/06. The plan is to build a cluster development of 120 unit/ 30 building on 20 acres of the 116-acre parcel.


November 11, 2005

The second Vietnam Trail Care Day of 2005 was a tremendous success.

On a fine, crisp fall day, 25 motivated trail builders took time away from riding to work on the trail we started earlier this year. It was a great family event with kids, dogs, pizza, and plenty of rocks to move. Read more...

September 18, 2005

Blackstone Valley Single Tracks News

President Rich Kordell's chapter news.

June 30, 2005

Volunteers Build New Trail in Vietnam

On June 11, 2005, volunteers braved a hot and humid day to build the 1st new trail on NEMBA's Vietnam property. Read more...

May 24, 2005

New England Trail Builders' School, Hodges Dam, Oxford

On May 21-22, mt bikers and trail builders from all across New England
gathered in Blackstone Valley's own backyard for a weekend of hard work and hard play learning trail building and maintenance techniques from recent MTB Hall of Famer, Kurt Loheit, IMBA/Subaru Trail Care Crew, Jill Van Winkle and Chris Bernhard, and NEMBA's own trail experts, Tom Grimble, Paul Peaslee and Mike Tabaczynski. Read more...

April 24, 2005

Hale Reservation Walkway Installed

On a beautiful April morning, 7 hardy volunteers (2 from Hale and 5 from NEMBA) strapped on their mud bog boots and in three hours helped put together 112 feet of "walkway" across a marshy section of Hale Reservation. Read more...

January, 2005

Blackstone Valley Single Tracks News

President Rich Kordell's chapter news.

November, 2004

Blackstone Valley Single Tracks News

President Rich Kordell's chapter news.

October 24, 2004

1st trail work at Vietnam

An assortment of about 30 people showed up to build an access trail through Milford Conservation property. Read more...

October 17, 2004

Triple Basin Blast Ride

Despite rain a few days before, Dave Freed's 5th annual Triple Basin Blast Ride was a great time. There were 15, 25, and 35 mile groups. See some great pictures of the ride. Read more...

September, 2004

Blackstone Valley Single Tracks News

President Rich Kordell's chapter news.

May 28, 2004

Vietnam Update

Click here for an article on what's happening with Vietnam from SingleTracks #74.

Click here for a list of Vietnam FAQs.

Click here for a map and directions to Vietnam.

May 5, 2004

Milford Daily News - Unhappy dirt bike trails: Milford targets illegal riders By Sara Withee / News Staff Writer

Milford Town officials began plotting their attack yesterday on illegal dirt bike riders off Cedar Street and Interstate 495, an effort aimed at reducing noise, trespassing and parking on private property. Click here

May 2, 2004Hale Reservatin TM day

New trail at Hale Reservation

Check out a few words from Jack Maxwell

May 1, 2004Callahan TM day

Callahan Trail Maintenance Day

Blackstone Valley held a trail maintenance day to help the Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) control erosion and siltation on a steep section of the Pipeline Trail that is within SVT's land. Read more...

April 1, 2004

Women's skill clinic

Women's skill clinic a big success

NEMBA's Blackstone Valley Chapter held our third annual Women's Mountain Bike Skills Clinic on Saturday, March 27, 2004 at Hodges Village Dam, Oxford MA. Read more...

March, 2004

Callahan State Park update

Mark Lamkin and Anne Shepard are working with the Sudbury Valley Trustees to make improvements at Callahan State Park. Read more...

Februrary 29, 2004

Blackstone Valley NEMBA Chapter Meeting


November 1, 2003

Callahan Volunteers meeting update


November 9, 2003

Blackstone Valley NEMBA chapter elections held

After a couple hours of low-key riding in Callahan SP, chapter elections were held at the house of outgoing chapter president Anne Shepard.  Rich Kordell was elected chapter president for 2004.  See the Contact Us page for all Blackstone Valley officers.

November 2, 2003

Boston Globe article about Upper Charles (Vietnam) area

"Groups pitch in to preserve 1,000 acres Passive recreation eyed for large forest" Read more...

October 21, 2003

NEMBA purchases 47 acre Liner Trust parcel "Vietnam."

Individuals/families from Blackstone Valley NEMBA contributed over $30,000.

September 20, 2003

20 riders start, 12 riders finish the 2003 Triple Basin Blast Ride. 


August 31, 2003

Wombats in the Globe

Check out the article in the Boston Globe Calendar section about the Women's Women's Mountain Bike & Tea Society featuring Blackstone Valley's Nancy Smith and Dorraine Werner. Read more...

July 27, 2003

Blackstone Valley NEMBA hosts Mountain Bike Adventure Series Ride

Under the coordination of Rich Kordell, BV NEMBA hosted its 1st MBA ride at Hodges Village. Read more...

July 17, 2003

Callahan State Park update

Blackstone Valley NEMBA reps talk with DEM and Sudbury Valley Trustees. Read more...

April 28, 2003

2nd Annual Women's Skills Clinic

Blackstone Valley NEMBA's 2nd annual women's skill clinic at Hodges Village in Oxford was coordinated by Rich Kordell and led by Anne Shepard and Team Bike Alley racers Lydia Barter and Andy Fitzgerald. Read more...