One Voice In Book Format

By Kim Metzgar I had published serially our story of the fight to save Chestnut Ridge in this very newsletter over a period of time. I felt, for posterity’s sake that I should put it together in a book and in late spring/early summer I did just that. It is available in book format on […]

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2015 Board Elections Held

Congratulations to Walt Hamm, a founding board member who has rejoined the board. Walt replaces Sue Moore, longtime board member and treasurer for many years, who has opted for a break from her very longstanding service. Dave Field has been reelected chairman; Carl Pierce reelected secretary and also to a three-year term on the board, […]

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Summer Billy Clay Work Weekend

By Walt HammSaturday August 22, 2015 was this year’s maintenance work day at the preserve. A year ago members refurbished the parking lot (see Volume 16, Number 4 of the Karst Chronicle) and this year the accumulating deadfall was the primary focus of our efforts. While Tom Metzgar and I had cut and removed fallen […]

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Mudfest 2015

By Dave Field Jeff Jahn and I attended MudFest at Lincoln Caverns July 29 to August 2. We did not get a final attendance count, but believe there were over 150 attendees. There were cavers from New York, Philly, Baltimore-Washington, West Virginia, Ohio, and probably a couple other locations from which I did not catch […]

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Library Books Catalogued

Cataloguing all of the books in the MAKC library was a challenge, a time-consuming challenge. If anyone has a specific research need, let us know. I think periodically, as time permits, I’ll write a little bit in the newsletter about some of our books. For fiction books and children’s books, we do permit lending to […]

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2014 Cave Closings

On three consecutive weekends volunteers from the Mid-Atlantic Karst Conservancy closed Coon Cave, Lemon Hole and Barton Cave for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, as specified in our closure proposal for 2014. The first closure was Coon Cave. We took that opportunity to do a beginner Boy Scout trip with Mark Somers and […]

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Nice Apps For Smart Phones

By Dave Field I found some useful free apps for navigating to your favorite cave searching spot using your smartphone, pad or tablet. The first is ViewRanger GPS. Assuming your device has GPS, this makes your phone or tablet essentially a handheld GPS. You may also be able to locate your position using cell towers, […]

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Brick Project Progressing

MAKC is raising money for its library and education center in Blairsville by giving cavers the opportunity to buy a brick in honor of or memory of a friend, family member, favorite pet, loved one, grotto, or cave. We have had many benefactors thus far from all over the place. Board member Jeff Jahn has […]

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Convention Raffle Winners 2012

MAKC Convention raffle winners:The MAKC decided to raffle off various prizes daily at the 2012 NSS Convention. Winners include: Monday: Hillbilly wine glasses, Tom Metzgar; Billy Clay Pit Print, Frank Herceg; Billy Clay Pit Print, L.J. Graves; Pennsylvania Caves book, Frank Herceg; etched glass bat, Tom Metzgar. Tuesday: Hillbilly wine glasses, Frank Herceg; Billy Clay […]

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McCallisterville Cave Trip

What better way to kick off the Memorial Day weekend than a cave trip to McAlisterville Cave in central PA on Saturday May 24th. Kudos to Kerry Speelman for arranging the trip. Other participants were Sharon Fairchild and Jeff Jahn from Front Royal Grotto and a few other MAKC members and friends including, John Shero, […]

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MAKC Receives Statewide Honor

I received a call January 10 from Marci Mowery, the president of The Pennsylvania Parks and Forest Foundation. The foundation recognizes outstanding service, programs and places which remind us of the exemplary work being done in parks and forests, by both staff and volunteers, to improve Pennsylvania’s quality of life and to protect our natural […]

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MAKC House Projects

The MAKC recently acquired a house in Blairsville, Pennsylvania, for approximately $28,000, paid in full with funds donated for an education center and library. Significant collections have already been donated to the conservancy, including an original postcard index created by the late Dale Ibberson; the Frank Mielcarek Collection of slides, which were saved from a […]

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