The Good News: Caving To Resume

MAKC response to COVID-19: The MAKC recognizes the issues regarding COVID-19 and any impacts it may have on caves, caving, cavers, and bats.  Masks, gloves, social distancing, and CDC, state, county, and local guidelines are encouraged as much as possible.  Any travel restrictions are to be followed, as are the desires of landowners.  Where caving […]

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The Bad News: Summer Soirée Cancelled

After careful consideration, the MAKC Board on June 13, 2020 at an outdoor, socially-distant meeting, has decided to cancel the free members’ event scheduled to be held in August at Lincoln Caverns. It was not an easy decision and we were looking forward to returning to a favorite cave with a great host. Hopefully we […]

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Cave Openings Delayed

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and Governor Wolf’s travel ban, our board of directors is delaying the opening of our preserves which are scheduled to open on April 15 following the end of our bat hibernation closure. We are also asking that persons refrain from visiting any other preserves while the travel ban is in […]

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Board Elections Held

On Saturday, November 16, 2019, three new faces joined the MAKC Board, one of whom is not entirely new to the board. Andrea Gillis, chairman of the Ohio Cavers and Climbers, and a former board member and board chairman of MAKC, rejoined the board to fill out a one-year term. Ryan Maurer joined the board […]

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Andrea Gillis

Board Member (term expires 2020) Andrea Gillis rejoined the board in 2019 to fill out a three-year term. She is a former board member and former chairman of MAKC, as well as chairman of the Ohio Cavers and Climbers. While on the MAKC board a number of years ago Andrea spearheaded a project to clean […]

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Silers Cave Schedule

2020 February Reserved February 15, survey trip. All surveyors welcome Reserved: Saturday, February 29, one trip open. March Reserved, Saturday, March 14, one trip open. April May June July August September October Reserved: Unavailable for the month of October.   Please read the Silers Cave Management Plan before asking for permission to visit. NSS and […]

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Silers Cave Survey

Silers Cave contains approximately a mile and half of maze passage. The cave was originally mapped in the 1930s, and again in the early 1980s, but the new owners of Silers Cave have requested an up-to-date map be made, and we are happy to oblige. A core group has already formed, but new members with […]

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Smile and Benefit MAKC

Online shopping is a great way to buy just about anything, and when you buy something on amazon.com you can also benefit MAKC. Amazon.com has a program called smile. MAKC is registered. A portion of everything you buy can benefit our cave conservation efforts. Instead of going to the link www.amazon.com, please visit smile.amazon.com. Type […]

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Water Level Research at Cleversburg Sink

March 2 Finally, after 15 years of fruitless discussions and suggestions to implement some type of scientific study of the fluctuating water levels in Cleversburg Sink, Franklin County Grotto is now participating in just such a project. Professor Tom Feeney from the Department of Geography and Earth Science at Shippensburg University contacted Jonathan Peterson a […]

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Cleversburg Sink Fever

April 26 By Jeff Jahn There is an old commercial about ketchup where the catch phrase is “anticipation” and shows the red tomato sauce oozing slowly out of the container onto that juicy hamburger. This is kind of how cavers feel about Cleversburg Sink as its access is based on an anticipated lowering of the water […]

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Steve Pasterick, 1950-2018

Stephen J. Pasterick, 68, of Apollo, passed away Sunday, December 9, 2018. Born November 23, 1950, at home in the Paulton section of Washington Township, he was the son of the late Thomas and Pearl (Dudenas) Pasterick. Steve was a heavy equipment mechanic for A.T.I. and retired after 41 years in 2012. He was a […]

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Dennis Melko Joins Board

Dennis Melko NSS 36693 • Pittsburgh, PA In 1971 I first visited show caves with my mother where my parents grew up, in what was Czechoslovakia (behind the Iron Curtain). I remember a guide pointing out bullet holes in speleothems where gestapo had chased partisans through a cave there. Another was high in the mountains. […]

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Library Gets New Paint Job

By Tom Metzgar Building Committee Back in 2009 when we bought our Blairsville headquarters complex, we knew it would require a lot of work. That’s a major reason why we got it for such a low price. Poor “curb appeal” made these buildings less desirable. During our first eight years of ownership, we focused on […]

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John E. Wienel III, 1950-2018

On Thursday, September 6, 2018, age 67, of Middlesex Twp., Valencia. Born in Pittsburgh, PA on December 8, 1950, he was the son of the late John E. and Lorrainna Langdon Weinel, Jr. John was the founder of his own company and was very active with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission for water rescue. […]

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