Silers Cave Schedule

OCTOBER 2019 Reserved on October 12. Please read the Silers Cave Management Plan before asking for permission to visit. NSS and other cavers please e-mail the cave manager at SilersCave@karst.org. Youth and other groups, please fill out the cave trip request form. We do not supply leaders. You must find your own qualified leaders.

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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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Bob Eppley 1939-2017

By Kim Metzgar I got to know Bob Eppley after the 1985 rescue of “Regina,” who became lost while waiting for friends near a Chestnut Ridge cave. She wandered away and triggered a search with hundreds of firemen. I was a reporter for the Latrobe Bulletin at the time and I got paired with Bob, […]

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Fence Lizard Study

Clambering over sharp-edged rocks to Con Cave’s entrance in the abandoned quarry face, you’ve probably glimpsed an Eastern Fence Lizard, Sceroporus undulatus. Sometimes, they’ll remain motionless, hoping to remain invisible on rough gray rocks and tree bark. Usually, these wary reptiles dart into crevices and scurry around the the back sides of trees away from […]

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Coon Cave Closing

By Kim Metzgar Every year the MAKC helps the Forbes State Forest with management of Coon Cave, Lemon Hole and Barton Cave. These are gated caves. The DCNR’s mission is different than that of the Pennsylvania Game Commission and actually includes recreation. So, in exchange for allowing the caves to be open from Memorial Day […]

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MAKC: A Look Back III

Volume 8, Number 2, Fall 2005, 22 pp. This issue details the update of the gate on Hesston Cave, a leased property. Tom Metzgar describes a big spring in Somerset County, from an old newspaper reference. The gating of Casparis Mines by the Pennsylvania Game Commission is detailed (newspapers described the gating as a cave […]

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Casparis Gated, But Not?

By Kim Metzgar Tom Metgar and I and Finn recently went to Casparis Quarry to do some surface work prior to me finally completing the cave map. We connected one of the side cave passages via a surface survey and I was uncertain as to the connecting point inside. Something was wrong with the surface […]

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New Tshirt

Dave Field came up with the idea of our latest t-shirt. Passengers in cars driven by cavers often experience riding with someone who is driving under the influence of geology. Nail-biting, berm-driving, near misses. Caver and cartoonist John Tudek came up with the sketch. Tshirts are available in orange, lime green, yellow and dark pink. […]

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