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mik - Tue, Aug 10, 2021, 6:12 P
Soapbox Build Party
Hey all. Are you building a cart for the September 19th Soapbox Races (and if not, why not!?!) and need some help or advice? Well, ponder no more…

Come to a soapbox cart build party at Nova Motocycles on 2nd Street in Turners this Saturday morning at 10:00. There will be some extra bike parts and small lumber on hand and “experts” who may be helpful.

You’ll be glad you did.

https://montaguesoap...-Soapbox-Build-Party
 
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mik - Wed, Aug 11, 2021 9:37 P
We have 11 people registered to race, but many of them are from CT, NH or NY. Looking for MA racers!
mik - Wed, Jul 28, 2021, 6:07 P
Looking For Bike Parts
Hey all. The Montague Soapbox Race is back on this coming September, and my buddy Ben Goldsher is entering a cart for Hawks & Reed. He has enlisted the help of Ben Mailloux of Half Pint Homes to build it, and we’re looking for a used bike. Willing to pay, but a donation would be accepted as well. Any kind of bike will do, though a kids bike with foot brakes would be higher up our wish list.

Also, if any one out there wants to enter a cart, too, or maybe be a sponsor of some kind (the race is a fundraiser for Parks & Rec), you can check out https://MontagueSoapboxRaces.com for more info.

There will also be a race in Greenfield the Sunday before. https://GreenfieldSoapboxRaces.com If you’re building a cart, you may as well race in both.

Or… give us you’re unused kids bike. :-)
 
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mik - Tue, Apr 28, 2015, 8:55 P
Montague Soapbox Derby Update
Over the past nine months I have been contacted by dozens of people about why the derby did not happen in 2014, and will it happen in 2015? Well, the answer to both questions is the same. The Montague Soapbox Derby needs a sponsor: an organization that is willing to be the fiscal agent, and the administrator of the derby.

MCTV was the owner for the first four years of the derby. They took out the insurance, and set up the bank account where all monies went into and came out of. And they were the beneficiary. If there was any profit, it went towards the station's capital needs for things like cameras, etc.

After running it for four years the board of directors and staff of MCTV decided not to hold it the following year, and ultimately to divest themselves of it altogether. It was now time to find a new owner for the derby.

I contacted many organizations in Montague. By March of 2014 it was apparent I was coming up empty, so I called it. No derby that year. I tried one additional organization in January of this year, 2015, but after a month of deliberations, they decided to not pick it up either.

So now I am appealing to the general public, and calling all organizations in Montague. If you enjoyed the derby in the past, or are looking to potentially bring in some money at an annual event, please contact me and let me know if you are interested in being the new owner of this event.

What does it take? At a minimum, you will need to set up a bank account, take out the insurance, and be the official organization associated with the event when meeting with the police department, fire dept, parks and recreation, and the select board. You would also need to build a committee of about seven or eight people, each with active participation in building the event. On the day of the event it takes about 40 volunteers.

I would definitely remain on the planning committee and would act as a consultant to the event, though I do not really want to be the director anymore. I would actually like to race in it for once!

Although MCTV did not fully maximize all the potential income, we did learn many things over the first four years, and now know what it would take to have the event generate several thousand dollars... while providing a day's entertainment for everyone.

A full planning document is available from the homepage of MontagueSoapboxDerby.com.

So, if you have Montague pride, and belong to an organization that has active board and member participation, and are seeking potential new income from an annual event, please contact me at 413-­320­-5336 about taking on the Montague Soapbox Derby.

You'll be glad you did.

Mik Muller
413-320-5335
 
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mik - Mon, Oct 6, 2014, 8:07 A
Clifford Phillips
Clifford H. Phillips

Clifford H. Phillips, 50, of 117 Ashfield Road, Buckland, died Friday, Oct. 3, at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.

He was born in Holyoke, Sept. 29, 1964, the son of Neil and Patricia (Underwood) Phillips.

He was a 1982 graduate of Franklin County Technical School in Turners Falls.

He was an equipment operator for Local Union 98 based in Springfield.

For the past seven years Cliff owned and operated Cliff ’s Smo k in’ Backyard Barbeque in Buckland.

Cliff was a member of the Western MA Rod and Gun Club, the Fraternal Order of Eagles both in Shelburne Falls and the Ashfield (MA) Rod and Gun Club.

An avid snowmobiler he was a member of the Buckland Riders. He also enjoyed deep sea fishing and four-wheeling adventures.

Survivors besides his mother of Buckland include his wife the former Kelly E. Charette whom he married on October 11, 1997; his step-daughter Ashley Sturgeon of Easthampton; his brother John Phillips of Warren, NH; and three grandchildren Willow, Blue and Layla Sturgeon.

There will be calling hours Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Smith-Kelleher Funeral Home in Shelburne Falls.

There will be a celebration of life service at a later date to be announced.

It is suggested donations be made to the National Kidney Foundation of MA, RI, NH, & VT, 85 Astor Avenue, Suite 2, Norwood, MA 02062.
 
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mik - Mon, Apr 28, 2014, 4:45 P
Derby This Year
Hey folks,

Sorry to say it, but I don't think there'll be a Soapbox Derby this year. MCTV has enough on its plate this summer and fall to be able to spare any resources to run the derby, and I need to focus on my business, so unless an organization steps forward to run it, I'm going to skip a year.

Mik
 
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JanetMasucci - Mon, Sep 23, 2013, 2:28 P
No live broadcast?
Yes, there were a myriad of problems setting up and recording the Soap Box Derby, it is a big and complicated task. I am impressed at how well the MCTV staff and volunteer crew kept their cool and held it together, problem solving one thing after another. It was my pleasure to be part of the process. I think we got a recording, so you will have to see the race post-production, Art.
 
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mik - Mon, Sep 23, 2013, 10:47 A
No live broadcast?
Yes, we looked forward to broadcasting it on MCTV as well. But, despite our best intentions and testing -- someone sabotaged the line from the park down to the port we normally plugged in to broadcast. The wire was laid out on Thursday, and tested multiple times. So, probably Saturday night someone came along and compromised the cable in multiple locations. We found one of the points, but not the other(s) on Sunday morning when the staff was setting up. No matter what we tried, the station was getting only black from the park. Oh what a world. Next year we try something different.
 
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Art - Mon, Sep 23, 2013, 9:40 A
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Mik: What happened to the Soap Box Derby on MCTV? I have gone every year but due to illness looked forward to watching it on TV this year. Art
 
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mik - Tue, Aug 6, 2013, 12:22 P
2013 Montague Soapbox Derby is ON!
Attention Soapbox Derby Racers!

Get ready to race in the Montague Soapbox Derby on Sunday, September 22nd, 2013!

Visit our website www.MontagueSoapboxDerby.com to sign up for one of the 100 available racing slots. We've kept the advance racer fees at the same rate to make it affordable. Sign up right now! As an incentive, the first 25 racers will get some free derby shwag.

http://montaguesoapb...0&title=Forms++Rules

We are also looking for race day volunteers; please let us know if you can help. We've got t-shirts and other collectibles for volunteers, and will provide refreshments.

Good News For Local Businesses

We are working with many local public access TV stations so we can air the race live on more area cable access stations this year in addition to Montague, including Greenfield, Shelburne, and very likely Bernardston / Northfield and the Deerfield area as well. We can offer some great publicity to the fine local businesses who have sponsored the Derby as well as some new ones. Space is limited, so if you know of a business that would like to be a sponsor, please let us know. All sponsors will not only have a hay-bale banner at the race, but will be mentioned on the air by the announcer, as well as showing up in print on the screen. Don't miss it.

We will also be listing sponsors on our Facebook page as they come aboard. Please check it out, like it, and pass it on.

https://www.facebook.com/MontagueSoapboxDerby

For those of you who participated last year, note that we will have 2 reliable back-up generators to avoid any electrical interruptions. We apologize for last year's long interruption and will conduct intensive public relations to boost attendance.

If you have questions, please visit the website. All will be answered there.

Many thanks!
Mik Muller, Race Director
 
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MichaelNelson - Tue, Apr 16, 2013, 8:47 P
Soapbox derby Carts in Spring Parade
Looking like a rainy day on saturday. Parade has been postponed to Sunday, April 21st at 1pm
 
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pallan - Mon, Apr 15, 2013, 4:02 P
Soapbox derby Carts in Spring Parade
And after you've shined up your Soapbox Derby cart for the Spring Parade keep it ready to roll in the BLOCK PARTY PARADE at 2pm on August 10. Woo-hoo!
 
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mik - Tue, Aug 21, 2012, 3:20 P
Looking for beach chairs
I'm looking to upgrade the seats of two soapbox carts. If you have an old broken or unwanted cheap-o folding beach chair (the small one) and don't want it anymore, please let me know. I'll stop by and grab it. I need two. Color and material don't matter. Thanks.
 
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mik - Wed, Apr 4, 2012, 1:34 P
Soapbox derby Carts in Spring Parade
Racers from the Montague Soapbox Derby or any of the other local races are invited to walk in the Franklin County Annual Spring Parade in Turners Falls on Saturday, April 14th!

Please bring your cart to Crocker Avenue between Montague and Davis Streets near Sheffield Elementary School by 11:00am. We are float #31. Look for the banner and other carts!

Make sure your cart has a strong hook on the front and the back so you can hook up to the cart in front of you.
 
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joelandry - Wed, Mar 28, 2012, 1:59 P
North East Soapbox Derby information
Mik has put together a Website that has a lot of information about Soapbox Derby races throughout the North East.

Thanks Mik

www.northeastsoapbox.org
 
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mik - Sun, Mar 11, 2012, 2:57 P
Soapbox Season Starts Soon!
I'm thinking of fixing my cart up a little and having a test run down some local hills some upcoming weekend day. Who's in?
 
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mik - Wed, Sep 14, 2011, 10:29 P
Looking for a PowerPoint Pro
Montague Soapbox Derby is looking for someone to put together a nice PowerPoint presentation for the derby. Will include Underwriters, sponsors and advertisers. As a fundraising event the position won't be paid cash, but instead you get a t-shirt, a pint glass, and a slide in the presentation to be accompany the shoot broadcast live -- and repeated several times throughout the month on MCTV and other local stations, and again in subsequent years.
 
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thegarth - Tue, Sep 13, 2011, 8:35 A
Looking for bike wheels
I have 2 16.5" wheels attached to an old baby jogger frame...if any/all of that is useful...I can leave it out in the driveway for someone....
 
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mickjen - Mon, Sep 12, 2011, 7:06 P
Looking for bike wheels
I'm sure there are plenty in the drained canal....

:p
 
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Mark1 - Mon, Sep 12, 2011, 4:46 P
Looking for bike wheels
Check our shed if you want - not sure what Bella's bike is. You'll be giving it back, right?
 
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RiverCulture - Mon, Sep 12, 2011, 4:20 P
Outrageous clothing wanted. Bring to TFRC table at the Derby
RiverCulture is excited to have a table at the Derby! We are seeking donations of outrageous clothing for our CostumeCulture shop in October and will have a donation box at our Derby table. More info here. http://www.montaguem...7&ID=303&success=yes Consider looking through your closets for something crazy to contribute.
 
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mik - Mon, Sep 12, 2011, 2:38 P
Looking for bike wheels
I'm looking for a kid's back bike wheel and chain. The rim needs to be 13 1/2 inches on the outside (not including tire). Already asked Joe.
 
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junkman - Fri, Sep 9, 2011, 8:04 A
Fair Parade
A GREAT!!!! job to those who participated in the fair parade. The cars looked fantastic. Good luck at the race on Sept. 17th.
 
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joelandry - Tue, Aug 23, 2011, 6:22 P
Track seems slower
I just ran my cart on the turners falls track with the help of John Landino and it is slower than before it was paved. I ran the same car just before it was paved and it was a lot faster. The new ramps will be a great addition and it sure will give add a couple MPH. My new cart on the new pavement was about the same speed my old cart was last year.

I still have lots of free bikes and bike parts for those who want to build a cart. If you need a bike for just riding around come over and pick one out. Joe landry 863 2915
 
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mik - Thu, Aug 18, 2011, 7:57 P
Montague Soapbox Derby at Two Local Events
There are two events this weekend related to the Montague Soapbox Derby:

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Saturday August 20th is Montague Old Home Days.

We're looking for carts to be in the parade, and then show off during the day. Race Director Mik Muller will be on hand to answer questions and hand out racer applications, and show off some of last year's carts!

Montague town common, Montague Center (corner of Main Street and Center Street)

Parade starts at 2:00 -- show up at 1:45 if you want to be in it.
Post Parade cart show-off: 3:00

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Sunday August 21st is the Soapbox Build Party at Joe Landry's House.

From 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM Joe Landry will open up his studio and workshop to those who need help with their carts. Joe also has about 50 old bicycles set aside just for cutting up and turning into carts and the tools to make it happen! Perfect photo op!

181 Turners Falls Road, Turners Falls, MA 01376

The Second Annual Montague Soapbox Derby will be held on Saturday, September 17th, 2011, at Unity Park in Turners Falls, MA. Up to 100 derby carts will compete for real metal trophy cups and local artist-rendered style-trophies.

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The Official Derby Announcers will include Franklin County representative Steve Kulik, Montague selectboard member Pat Allen, Montague town clerk Deb Borbeau and the Duke of Sports' Russ Brown.

The Montague Soapbox Derby is a fundraiser for Montague Community TV.

For more information, call Race Director Mik Muller. (413) 320-5336
 
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junkman - Wed, Aug 17, 2011, 5:24 A
Derby
Why don't you guys put your energy into building a soapbox derby car. Call it " The Political Piss Pot " or something along those lines. Or Jimmy Cracked Corn... Or maybe a car like on Animal House. that was a cool car.

Anyways the derby is coming. It would be neat if there were a few rivalries battling it out for the trophy. Kind of like the conversation on this board. Only at the derby you will win atrophy. Not sure what the prize is on this board.
 
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mik - Wed, Aug 10, 2011, 3:42 P
Montague Soapbox Derby at Turners Falls Block Party
Turners Falls -- Winners from the 2010 Montague Soapbox Derby, as well as new contestants for the 2011 Derby will be in attendance at the Fifth Annual Turners Falls Block Party, being held this Saturday, August 13th, 2011.

The carts will be part of the parade, which starts at 2:00. After the parade attendees of the block party will be able to sit in and even ride some of the carts.

Jack Nelson of Carriage House Designs will also unveil a marble bench he made just for the derby, complete with an engraved image of the derby logo.

Race organizers are expecting about one hundred drivers at the racer this year, including a group of ten from Sharon, CT, several from Brattleboro, VT, and even one driver from Nazereth, PA. Most of last year's Montague racers are entering again, with some entering additional carts.

Those interested in racing are asked to go to the official website, MontagueSoapboxDerby.com, and download and print the form and send it in with their entry fee check of $25. The application deadline is August 31st.

The race organizers are also looking for vendors, especially food vendors, and race sponsors. Forms for vendors and sponsors are also available on the website. Deadline is August 31st.

For more information, including photos from last year, visit the official race website, http://www.MontagueSoapboxDerby.com

You may also call Race Director Mik Muller at (413) 320-5336
 
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junkman - Fri, Aug 5, 2011, 7:01 A
Battle For The Title
The Soapbox race is quickly approaching. Battle of the bars/towns would be a neat thing to see. In my opinion, the odds are stacked for one of the 3 bars enterring the race. Hands down. Unless someone else wishes for a great challenge.
 
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mik - Sat, Jul 30, 2011, 1:23 P
Montague Soapbox Derby Open Call for Sculptors and Artists
Montague Soapbox Derby Seeks Local Artists to Create Winning Trophies

Montague, MA -- The Montague Soapbox Derby, to be held on Saturday afternoon, September 17th, in Unity Park, Turners Falls, is looking for local artists and sculptors willing to help create a series of six to ten trophies for winners of the various style categories of soapbox carts entered into the derby.

Categories can be vague or specific, and trophy sizes may range from six inches to twenty inches in height. Any material may be used, found or crafted, as long as the trophy appears to be a valid, worthwhile object attained through excellence in that category, and must be able to be mounted on a standard wooden base, which will be provided by the race committee.

Artists may sign the trophy, and if they are interested in doing so, may present the trophy at the end of the races in the awards ceremony at the end of the race.

Artists interested in producing a trophy for the derby may call Mik Muller at (413) 320-5336 or go to the official derby website and fill out the "Contact Us" form.

The Montague Soapbox Derby is a fundraiser for Montague Community Cable TV, a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

Contact: Mik Muller (413) 320-5336

http://www.MontagueSoapboxDerby.com
 
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mmuller - Wed, Jul 20, 2011, 1:26 P
Helping Promote the Soapbox Derby
Hey Montagueites and local area residents,

The Montague Soapbox Derby is coming up fast on Saturday, September 17th, and we want to make it a grand day for Turners Falls. And you can help us do that with a minimum of fuss. Here's how...

We have a Facebook page, and hope everyone can post a short message to their Facebook walls, Google Circles, email lists, etc. It takes but a second to do, and you'll be helping us out a lot.

Here's a sample of what you can copy and post. And thanks for any help you can provide with spreading the word! It's going to be a great day!


Hey there! This sounds like yet another fun event in our area, coming up in September. The Montague Soapbox Derby! "Like" their Facebook page and stay in the loop. http://Facebook.com/MontagueSoapboxRaces
 
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mik - Thu, Jun 30, 2011, 3:05 P
Free bikes and bike parts
Here are the dates we're having the Montague Soapbox Derby cart-building parties:

Sunday, July 24, 09:00 am

Saturday, August 21, 09:00 am

August is becoming busy!

http://montaguesoapb...onth=8&thisYear=2011
 
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mik - Thu, Jun 30, 2011, 3:01 P
Now Accepting Racers, vendors and Sponsors
Turners Falls -- The wheels will be spinning 'round and 'round again when the Second Annual Montague Soapbox Races comes to Unity Park in Turners Falls, MA, on Saturday, September 17, at 12:00 noon.

Race organizers are expecting about one hundred racers this year, including a group of fifteen from Sharon, CT, and several from Brattleboro, VT. Most of last year's Montague racers are entering again, with some entering additional carts.

Race Organizer Mik Muller is coming fresh off his success with the Mutton & Mead Medieval Festival, and hopes to top off 2011 with another successful event for the town, and the region. "The race last year was amazing and surprised everyone, including me" said Muller, referring to the number of spectators who showed up and the stories that were told afterwards. He hopes this year will be twice as big.

One thing that could help with attendance is the fact that this year the race will be on Saturday instead of Sunday. Many people had other obligations on the Sunday last year, including a massive clambake just on the other side of the Connecticut River.

"Another thing we'd like to rectify from last year was the fact that you couldn't see the race carts coming down the hill due to the curve and the trees in the way" Muller continued. "This year we hope to borrow risers or bleachers and place them on the outside of the turn at the bottom of the hill." This will allow people to see the carts almost from the very top of the hill, and a better view than from the inside of the turn.

Applications for racers are being accepted right now, with the deadline coming up soon. Those interested in racing are asked to go to the official website, MontagueSoapboxRaces.com, and download and print the form and send it in with their entry fee check of $25.

The race organizers are also looking for vendors, especially food vendors, and race sponsors and underwriters. Forms for vendors and sponsors and underwriters are also available on the website. The deadline is August 15th for them.

Alana Holmes Martineau, the lead singer from Ruby's Complaint and past winner of Valley Idol, will be singing the National Anthem, and so far the Rendezvous has signed up to be the beer and burger vendor. Harbor Dogs will also be there.

A great day of racing is expected by all.

For more information, visit the official race website, http://www.MontagueSoapboxRaces.com.
 
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mik - Mon, Apr 4, 2011, 1:34 P
Walking in the Spring Parade
Don't forget to let me know if you can walk in the parade with your cart this Saturday.
 
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mik - Fri, Apr 1, 2011, 9:37 P
Walking in the Spring Parade
Spring is here, and a new tradition is born this year: The Franklin County Spring Parade, held Saturday, April 9th, starting at 1:00.

http://www.facebook....rade/174431215927785

The Montague Soapbox Derby will have a section in the parade, and we invite all soapbox racers from 2010 to join us!

We will meet up at about noon, in front of Sheffield School on Crocker Avenue.

http://local.google....nue+turners+falls+ma

Bring your cart and an extra person to help push/pull. We'll have our banner and as many carts as possible.

After the parade we can go meet up somewhere to talk about the 2011 Race and maybe have a cocktail (for the adults -- the kids can have root beer).

Please let us know if you can make it. We hope to see you there!
 
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mik - Tue, Mar 22, 2011, 10:50 P
Other races
Yes, Joe and I will be going to the Sharon, CT, races on July 23. If you would like to join Team Montague let us know. We'll show them how it's done.

http://sharonfiredep...tml?view=1&id=158549
 
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joelandry - Tue, Mar 22, 2011, 10:24 P
Free bikes and bike parts
I have a large inventory of fantastic bikes for soapbox carts. Call me and pick up what you need. Also, keep in mind there will be a session where you can come to my studio and work on a cart. I have tool and a willingness to help. If you need advice before the build give me a call.

863 2915
 
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joelandry - Thu, Mar 10, 2011, 2:08 P
Other races
It is expected that there will be two other races. An adult race in Sharon Ct http://sharonfiredept.org/custom.html?id=7841 and a possible race in Brattleboro. Mik and I are expecting to go to both of them. Hope to see you there.
 
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joelandry - Fri, Nov 12, 2010, 7:27 P
Engraving done
Mik,
I got my trophy engraved and it came out great. Thanks again for a wonderful event and quality trophies.
 
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mik - Wed, Oct 20, 2010, 5:07 P
Montague Soapbox Races DVD Now On Sale
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Turners Falls -- The exclusive DVD video of the 2010 Montague Soapbox Races, held this past September 19 in Unity Park, is now for sale by MCTV.

The whole day was captured by four separate cameras, situated at the top, middle and bottom of the hill. All the action, all the drama, all the laughs, all the chills... all on one single DVD, for your home viewing pleasure.

You can purchase the DVD online at the address below, or by sending a check for $15 plus $2 shipping & handling to Soapbox Race, c/o MCTV, 34 2nd Street, Turners Falls, MA 01376. Please make sure to include your return address. You may also stop by MCTV to purchase in person (and save the shipping and handling).

http://www.MontagueTV.org/images.cfm?g=33&vcid=16
 
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mik - Fri, Oct 1, 2010, 1:52 P
Letter of Thanks from MCTV Board
On behalf of the Montague Community Television (MCTV) board of directors I would like to thank the many people who made the Montague Soapbox Race a success. I apologize in advance the people I inadvertently omit.

The race would not have been possible without director Mik Muller’s vision, enthusiasm and countless hours of hard work and the planning committee of Brandon Stafford, Barry Savinski, Doug Fontaine, Charles Kelley, Hyrum Huskey, Jon Dobosz, Jason Burbank, Greg Garrison, Joe Landry, Deb Bourbeau and Tom Bergeron.

A special thanks to town officials in Montague and their “event friendly” cooperation – from the fire, police, DPW and parks departments to the select board to the many town employees who volunteered their time behind the scenes and on race day. The MCTV team of Robin Mide, Dean Garvin, Kathy Lynch, Donna Festinger, Don Clegg, John Duda, AJ Cook, Janet Masucci, Linda Downs-Bembury, and Jo Schneiderman captured racers on video and Brickett Allis provided the PA system.

Deb Bourbeau was in the limelight on race day, recording racers’ speeds and times on the platform but also organizing an incredible team of race officials. Dave Jensen checked in carts and drivers; Miette Muller registered late arrivals; Mandy Hampp ensured their safety inspections were in order; Bob and Wendy Bogusz lined up the racers and pushed the carts to the start line; Mike McAuliffe and Kevin McCarthy set up and released the stop blocks at the starting gate on the countdown; flagman Doug McIntosh radioed Bourbeau when carts were in position, relayed the ‘time to beat’ to the racer, and confirmed when the racer was ready; Linda Ackerman did the radio countdown for racers AND officials; Greg Garrison operated the radar gun on loan from the Erving Police Department; and Dr. Mark Allen, Mike Burek and Jack Nelson were at the finish line to capture and relay times and speeds and ensure the road was clear for the next racer.

Bourbeau was joined on the platform by announcer Russ Brown and Pat Allen who kept the crowd entertained between races. Allen also judged the style awards along with Senator Stan Rosenberg. Hyrum Huskey not only coordinated the radio communications but donated a set of radios to MCTV for future events. Nancy Paglia was the vendor coordinator, Nina Martin the first aid coordinator, and Doug Fontaine was the sponsor coordinator. Chuck Vassar and Barry, Laurie and Bill Stafford acted as the safety inspection team. Tom Bergeron and the DPW ensured blockades were in place at key intersections, swept the street in advance of the race and provided event boxes for trash collection. Barry, Cody and Mary Savinski ran the 50/50 raffle with help from Lindsey Gilbert. Joe Landry set up the announcers’ platform and hosted a build party. Bill Melnick arranged for hay bale delivery and Mike Blanchard coordinated volunteers. Charles Kelley helped the racers at the finish line, and Paul Redeker provided the tents for the first aid area.

A special thanks to all those who set up the hay bales – many of the "race officials" listed above, along with Mike Blanchard, and especially those who restacked the hay at the end of a long day – Ezra Ward, Tim Burbank, Claire Pless, Russ Brown, Mandy Hampp, Nancy Paglia, Stefan Smyth, Cody Savinski and Alan Curtis.

Our underwriters were Greenfield Savings Bank, Narragansett Brewers, Kostanski Funeral Home, Montague WebWorks and Dr. Jordan Quinn, while sponsors included Maniatty Real Estate, Holy Smokes, Joe Gochinski, FirstLight Power Resources, Good Dirt Pottery, The Solar Store, Florence Savings Bank, and Power Down Debt. T-Shirts, cups and posters were screened by SilverScreen Design.

We look forward to an amazing race in 2011 if the excitement and buzz from this year is any indication. Entry applications will start being accepted in May and will be capped at 100 racers total. Those interested in underwriting, sponsoring or advertising or vending at the race may call Race Director Mik Muller at (413) 320-5336. Racers look to the website for information as it comes available. The Race Rules will be locked by October 1st, 2010.

Anne Harding, President
Board of Directors, Montague Community Cable, Inc. -- MCTV
 
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mik - Mon, Sep 27, 2010, 3:46 P
Kyle Bry at the races
Kyle Bry's dad Bill uploaded this quick piece of his race.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1b60LrA9Q0&feature=related
 
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mik - Mon, Sep 27, 2010, 3:44 P
Dave Larue at the races
David "Lash and Crash" LaRue put together a great 3-min video of his runs at the Montague Soapbox Races



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6mGnZ_vohE
 
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mik - Mon, Sep 27, 2010, 3:40 P
John Landino flips his cart
Here's a short video of John Landino flipping his cart at the first annual Montague Soapbox Races in Turners Falls, MA, on Sunday, September 19th, 2010



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itWBFCrS0Ds
 
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stew - Tue, Sep 21, 2010, 8:20 A
WHAT a BLAST !!!!
It really was a blast - fun for the whole family. Even my 10 month old grandson had a blast pulling up all the grass in Unity Park and playing on the swings! Fun, fun, fun!
 
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mik - Tue, Sep 21, 2010, 12:39 A
Final Race Results
Here are the final 2010 Montague Soapbox Races results.

http://www.MontagueS...com/index.cfm?p=n.34

An amazing display of courage, creativity, and sportsmanship. This first year was a raging success. Thanks to everyone who helped and attended. Plans are already underway for next year.

Those who helped on the committee or on the day of the race are invited to the Rojo for a de-briefing meeting and celebration. Bring your ideas for improvement.
 
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Jmpar - Mon, Sep 20, 2010, 8:54 A
WHAT a BLAST !!!!
Had a good time
Congratulations to all !!!!!
 
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BillBry - Mon, Sep 20, 2010, 6:52 A
WHAT a BLAST !!!!
What a great day! Thanks Mik and crew for wonderful memories for my Son Kyle and me. Kyle had such a great time he wants to do it again next week, so we will keep our eyes open for other races in the area.
We would also like to thank our sponsors who provided parts and pieces for us to build our car, without them we would not have been able to participate as safely and professionally as we did. A special thanks to all the spectators and fans that came out, it is a great learning experience for our kids to perform in front of large crowds.
Special Thanks to Helen and Jim (brakes)
http://www.mattedwardstree.com/ (shocks)
http://www.moodycustoms.com/ (sheet metal)

http://www.richmoody.com/ (wheels)

Dick Moody Machine (brake mount hubs)

http://www.billbry.com/ (Design and fabrication)

http://www.kylebry.com/ (Design, fabrication and driver)

Picture gallery from day one start of construction to a podium finish in the Teens division.
http://picasaweb.goo...#5518934024400555282

 
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Mark1 - Sun, Sep 19, 2010, 11:43 P
WHAT a BLAST !!!!
A tremendous event! So much fun and so many people from all over having a great time together.

Get ready...if this year is any indication, next year will be jammed with racers and spectators!

Mark1
 
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Clark - Sun, Sep 19, 2010, 10:31 P
WHAT a BLAST !!!!
Mik: Congratulations for a GREAT community event involving ALL ages and segments of the community !!
My wife Martha and I were up visiting and had a delightful time seeing the race AND seeing soooo many of our friends and aquaintenances of over 35 years in Town! While in the audience, I heard a large number of people express their desire to be in the race NEXT year.!!!! Again Mik---CONGRATULATIONS !!!

This is EXACTLY one of the many types [including art shows, pumpkin fests, festivals etc.] of activites that previous citizen groups "dreamed" could get started in the "future" back in the 1980's !!! It was soooo refreshing for us to be you all and see such a HAPPY , FUN activity come to the Town of Montague !!!!! Thanks Mik and the ENTIRE CREW !!!!! Clark
 
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mik - Sun, Sep 19, 2010, 9:16 P
WHAT a BLAST !!!!
Hey, how cool, huh? That was so much fun. Can't wait till next year.

Special thanks to Russ Brown for a great job on the microphone and Deb Borbeau for coordinating the "Race Officials." Stan Rosenberg and our own Pat Allen. So many people in Town Hall came out to help, like Doug and Mandy and... I'm not even sure who else. Jon Dobosz, you rock, sir. As does Tom Bergeron at the Hiway Dept. What a great bunch of people. Linda Ackerman from GSB doing the countdown (don't worry, next year we'll send up food!) and the rest of the Race Committe: Brandon, Barry, Doug, Chuck, Hyrum, Deb, and especially Anne Harding and Greg Garrison. Seriou troupers. And everyone who helped with HAY. Holy crap. Laying down and then re-stacking 650 bales of hay. Oy! Kelly, take it easy!

If you have any thoughts or ideas, please send them to me.

Congrats to all the winners. And to my girl Ivy who won first place in the kids division by a hair! Woohoooo!
 
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