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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Restored Sign In Library

By Dean Snyder The Alexander Caverns sign was discovered in a barn near Milroy. It was obtained by Todd Karshner, who brought it to a MAR field meet at Rupert Cave. It was on sheet metal and was mounted on plywood. There was no marking on the sign to indicate who painted it, or its […]

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Rogers Belmont Changes Hands

The Mid-Atlantic Karst Conservancy, Inc., leased this cave in Virginia for a number of years. It had been a long-closed cave. Board Member Jeff Jahn and Front Royal Grotto successfully managed the cave with very few problems and with good landowner relations. The property changed hands in 2016 and, in spite of continued warm relations […]

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Library Renovations in 2016

By Tom Metzgar It’s November 6th, and the caves are closed for bats. Dave Field had a hankering to go caving, so he suited up and slithered into the crawlspace under the downstairs bathroom. Here, he’s dumping a bucket of 1A gravel on top of the newly-installed vapor barrier over what had been a bare […]

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MAKC at OTR

By Tom Metzgar The MAKC has set up our booth at OTR every year since 1997. The Robertson Association (TRA) generously provides space for cave conservancies on Vendor’s Row. One of the TRA’s numerous volunteers, vendor coordinator Norma Dee Peacock, makes sure that we get a prominent spot next to the Forks of the Cheat […]

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