Bill Chenard of Rumford (1956 – 2012)

Provided by Dan “Mouse” Warner

Bill Chenard was a good Nordic Combined skier who grew up in Rumford, Maine. Bill was Jr National NC champion in 1972, New England High School Champion 1973, many times High School Champion in Maine in XC, great all around skier!

After high school, Bill spent a short time on the US NC Ski Team and then returned to New Hampshire to build the XC courses at the Balsams in upper NH. He then moved to Sugarloaf and developed the trail system at Carrabasset Valley Touring Center in Maine. Bill also worked as a 911 operator at Sugarloaf for many years and was the food service manager at UM Farmington until he passed. Married and a father of two, Bill had a cross country trail that wound around his property in Salem ME.

In Bill’s honor the Mt. Abram High School Opener, one of the biggest XC races in ME, will be named after Bill for his long time dedication to XC skiing in the Sugarloaf area. Anyone wishing to make a donation in Bill’s memory can send it to the Chisholm Ski Club, PO Box 616, Rumford Me 04276

Bill Appleyard of Salisbury (1933-2012)

We have received the sad news of the death on Feb 11, 2012, of long time Salisbury supporter Bill Appleyard.

Bill had retired a few years ago from his position as chief publicity man for SWSA and had recently moved to Chatham Mass on Cape Cod where he could fish, watch birds, and do other things he had always loved. Bill’s obituary says that he had been a SWSA member and volunteer for 35 years, and we know that for many of those years, he was the one who got out the press releases that led to articles in the Hartford Courant and other newspapers, which brought the people into the gate on the second weekend in February, year after year. Bill was a refined gentleman, warm and outgoing, always with a smile to give or lend. He came to be a great friend to many who came through Salisbury one weekend every year.

His obituary can be read here: William E. Appleyard