Gov. Hassan signs ATV bills, opens new North Country connector trail
By JOHN KOZIOL
Union Leader Correspondent | August 28. 2014 7:47PM
With Harry Brown, president of the New Hampshire Off Highway Vehicle Association, riding alongside her, Gov. Maggie Hassan pilots an OHRV Thursday morning in North Stratford where minutes earlier she signed into law several ATV-related bills and officiated at the opening of a second north-south connector in the Ride the Wilds trail system. (JOHN KOZIOL/Union Leader Correspondent)
On Thursday, Gov. Maggie Hassan was back in the North Country where she did the ribbon-cutting honors for a critical north-south connector trail.
Hassan called Ride the Wilds “an economic engine for our state,” a great example of a public-private partnership, and proof of “how in New Hampshire we get things done.”
The fact that Ride the Wilds could go from concept into an active and expanding trail system in three years, was “impressive,” said Hassan.
Assistant Department of Safety Commissioner Earl Sweeney said there were many dignitaries at Thursday’s ceremony, adding that lest he offend them all, he would only recognize the most important.
The students, said Sweeney, represent the future of Ride the Wilds and OHRV riding in New Hampshire. He added that getting used to the ubiquity of OHRVs will require “patience and courtesy on everyone’s part.”