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Volunteers fix webcam that offers view of Four Seasons Trail facility

MADAWASKA, Maine — Volunteers, who donated both time and equipment, recently installed new wiring for a popular webcam at the Four Seasons Trail Association lodge.

Last winter, the ethernet cable that hooked up to the webcam froze, compromising the connection according to Colin Jandreau, president of the association.

“It was not a protected cable,” he said. “We tested it this spring, and sure enough it went bad.”  

The Four Seasons Trail Association is a non-profit organization whose goal is to promote year-round outdoor recreation, according to its website. The association has a lodge facility, that was built in 2007 where the trails begin. With three different levels of difficulty, and different loops to choose from, the trails are a popular place to hike, bike, snowshoe, and ski with an estimated 15-20 daily trail users in the summer, and 40-50 in the winter.

The webcam was installed near the lodge to give people a real-time view of the state of the trails.

“People want to know what the trails are like at Four Seasons, moreso in the winter,” said Jandreau. “Even people from the Valley, who don’t live here anymore, want to know what it looks like in Northern Maine and the webcam gives them an opportunity to see what the weather is like here.”

The new wiring for the webcam was installed in a conduit and Jandreau said it should last for a long time. The tools, materials, and labor for the effort were donated by Cole Jandreau, Colin Jandreau, and William Pelletier who, according to Colin Jandreau, was the electrician who brought it all together.

Jandreau said the camera should be connected by next week.

“People typically use it when the seasons change,” he said. “They like to see the changing of the leaves.”

While the trails are free to use, Jandreau said that the association encourages membership, which costs $50 for all seasons. The cost of membership goes back into the maintenance of the area.

“We are all volunteers,” he stressed.

The lodge portion of the Four Seasons Trail is open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“It is a great outdoor place for Madawaska residents, and even Valley residents, to go relax,” Jandreau said.

For more information, visit the lodge or go online to: www.fourseasonstrail.org

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