the Camillus Snowmobile Club have graciously given their time to give free snowmobile rides to people with disabilities.
On Dec. 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, residents of the CNY Developmental Services Organization for Onondaga and Madison Counties were able to enjoy snowmobile rides in the field behind the lodge, music and food.
People of all ages with disabilities lined up anxiously waiting their turn to take a ride on a number of snowmobiles driven by members of the Camillus Snowmobile Club.
"We have 55 people from various group homes in eight counties here with us today," Ronni Kobuszewski, project coordinator for the developmental center said. "Everyone is really excited. This is one of our most popular events."
Locally, St. Joseph's Church and the Fairmount Community Church also host events for the CNY Developmental Services residents.
The snowmobile event was open to the public and people taking care of people with disabilities in their homes were contacted and invited to attend.
"We are happy to continue this tradition," Brian Peyatt, Camillus Snowmobile Club president said. "It lets the community know that we are trying to give back."
Club members along with Parks and Recreation Director Tom Kehoskie have been working together on the Public Accessible Trail Head project, which would include the installation of a permanent ramp, covered facility at Reed-Webster park. When the project is complete it will allow people with mild disabilities to independently launch motorized and non-motorized recreational vehicles to and from trailers in order to access the Erie Canal towpath trails.
A common thread of the day was the smiles on the participants' faces that were able to enjoy three or four rides throughout the day.
"It's fun. I've already gone twice and I am going to go again," Kevin Scerenberg, a group home resident said. "I love snowmobiles!"