December 2006
Bicycling & more in Central Massachusetts & beyond
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Autumn means hunting season, and the presence of hunters in the woods means hikers and mountain bikers need to use extra caution. Most hunting seasons in Massachusetts run between mid-October and mid-December. While hunting accidents are rare (statistics show that hunting is safer than many sports, including cycling), cyclists can enhance their safety by wearing, a hunter's orange vest. These are available in the sporting goods departments of most department stores. Avoid white or brown clothing (you don't want to look like a deer). Hunting is not allowed on Sundays in Massachusetts.

In 2006, archery season for deer is Oct. 16-25, and shotgun season for deer is Nov. 27-Dec. 9. A complete list of Massachusetts hunting season dates is at

Sunday, Dec. 10
We've booked the Spruce Room at Wachusett Mountain Ski Lodge for our end-of-the-year gathering on Sunday, Dec. 10. The Spruce Room has a fireplace and overlooks the pond. We'll have an optional noontime hike to the summit of the mountain, and the party will start at 4:00 p.m. with cash bar and cheese & crackers. Dress is casual -- if you want you can change clothes after the hike in the ski lodge restrooms. At 5:15 we'll have a dinner buffet featuring chicken piccata, stuffed shells, roasted vegetables and pasta, and more. Seven Hills annual awards and recognition will be presented. Cost is $27.50 per adult, $12.00 per child. Tickets must be ordered by Nov. 22. The ticket order form will be sent to you separately from this newsletter.

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