Come To Our Annual Membership Meeting On March 16. We'll Have A Potluck, A Brief Election and Learn About "25 Years Of CVATC"
Our Annual Membership Meeting will be on March 16, starting at 6 pm at the Unitatian Universalist Church, 2 Forge Road, Boiling Springs. HERE is a link to a map. We'll start with a potluck dinner. Bring a dish to share. After we eat, we'll have a brief Membership Meeting to elect officers, followed by a program "25 Years Of CVATC".
Maine Appalachian Trail Conference
Dates: August 4 to 11, 2017
Location: Colby College, Waterville, Maine
Event Overview: The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) holds a conference every two years at different locations in the Eastern US. This week-long event includes over 240 hikes, numerous workshops, and excursions to local areas of interest. The conference will also include ATC’s 41st membership meeting. Each evening there are exciting adventure presentations and stellar entertainment. The event draws people from around the world, but primarily from locations along the nearly 2,200 mile Appalachian Trail (A.T.). At the last conference held in Maine (1997 Sunday River), 1,380 people participated. We anticipate over 1,200 attendees in 2017.
Opportunities for People in Maine to Get Involved:
• Participate in the conference – hikes, workshops, entertainment, excursions!
• Promote the conference locally!
• Become a sponsor!
• Have a vendor table in the exhibit area!
• Donate items for door prizes or for registered participant event bags!
For more information:
Conference Website: www.atc2017.org
To Volunteer: www.appalachiantrail.org/Maine2017Volunteers
To be a Sponsor or Exhibitor, mail to: Exhibits2017@ATconf.org
Hosted by: Maine Appalachian Trail Club and Appalachian Mountain Club – Maine Chapter
Carlisle is the county seat of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, as well as home to Dickinson College. Carlisle also neighbors the town of Boiling Springs, where the Mid-Atlantic ATC Office resides. Folks who are familiar with this area of the Appalachian Trail may remember it as a walk through the “Valley” surrounded by farm fields and cows. The 17 mile stretch of the trail is maintained by the CVATC.
The valley trail includes a long section located in the floodplain of the Conodoguinet Creek. This means soft alluvial, silty soils which compact and turn into deep, sticky mud after heavy rains. CVATC has spent many work trips turnpiking and hauling shale stone in this area to harden the treadway. I can’t even begin to quantify all of the buckets of shale stone that have been hauled over the years. It’s hard on the back and our small club struggles to find younger people to help out with the heavy lifting and hauling of shale, bucket by bucket, wheelbarrow by wheelbarrow.
Enter Dave Webster, the coach of the Dickinson College Lacrosse team. Dave has coached lacrosse at Dickinson College for 15 years. His dedication and enthusiasm is contagious and gains him respect and admiration from his team. Many years ago, at least 12 or more, Dave approached CVATC, offering to bring his team out for an activity day on the Appalachian Trail with the club. He leads his teams with true dedication and felt it would be a good way to give back to the community, as well as a valuable team building exercise. Did I mention that we were talking about over 30 – 40 players.
Imagine the work that can be accomplished in an afternoon when you have that many strong young men willing to lift, shovel, pick, cut and of course, schlep shale, lots of it! Hauling shale has become a rite of passage for team members. We’ve been told that this fun fall tradition is something that all of the players look forward to. Dave has a wonderful relationship with his team and the spirit and competitiveness under his direction is amazing. The team is enthusiastic and the work that gets done in an afternoon is awesome.
Of course, all of this activity takes quite a bit of organizing. Craig Dunn, our club Trailmaster and work trip leader, has faithfully stepped up to organize these trips every year. Starting weeks before the event, he walks the trail, plans the activities, assures materials are available, rounds up extra tools, recruits club members for additional help and carries it off year after year.
The relationship with the Dickinson College Lacrosse Team has become a tradition which we look forward to. It provides the Lacrosse team with an opportunity to get off campus and experience the AT, which is located practically in their back yard. It provides our club with anywhere from 35 to 45 students to do trail work, which would take our small club a year to complete. Over the years, besides hauling shale, the team has helped with other trail maintenance activities including cleaning drainage ditches and water bars, constructing steps, trimming brush and others. We’ve only had to skip one year, due to a hurricane which flooded and closed the trail temporarily.
We thank Coach Dave Webster for the opportunity to share in the enthusiasm he instills in his players and we hope in turn, the team is introduced to a valuable resource that they may return to in the future. We hope this tradition will continue for many years to come.
Our friends at the ATC Mid-Atlantic Regional Office will have a holiday themed Hiker Happy Hour on Dec. 15 at 6pm, at the Holly Inn in Mt. Holly Springs. To RSVP, message Jane Gillwood or Jorie Hanson @BoilingSpringsATCommunity on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council is hosting a showing of an educational film called "Hometown Habitat", at the Carlisle Theater on November 12th. The film highlights people's personal efforts to plant and promote pollinator habitat in their own back yards. For more information and to obtain tickets, follow THIS LINK.
Tom Scully was awarded Keystone Trails Association's highest award on October 15. The prestigious Citation Award for Lifetime Achievement was announced at KTA's Annual Meeting, held at Whitehall Camp and Conference Center in Emlenton, Venango County, Pennsylvania.
Katherine Barker, a member of KTA's Board of Directors honored Tom with this statement: “Tom earned this highest award as someone who has already contributed what seems like several lifetimes’ worth of service to PA’s trails. When it comes to trails, Tom can provide what is needed from start to finish. Tom can propose a new trail, like those in the Ibberson Conservation Area. He can propose a relocation, taking an existing trail through a more scenic area, past a better view, off a road as he has with parts of the Appalachian Trail (AT), the Darlington Trail, and the Standing Stone Trail. Then he helps build and maintain the trail with over 21 years of experience in trail maintenance. Once the trail exists he draws up the map, like Keystone Trails Association’s AT maps; helps to write the guidebook; monitors the boundary; design, build or landscape as he has with 2 AT parking lots.”
Tom serves as a Board member and Secretary of CVATC, and also personally maintains a portion of our section. Tom is also active in Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club and the Standing Stone Trail Club, among others.
For more information on the hiking awards and other programs sponsored by the Keystone Trails Association, visit the website at www.kta-hike.org.
CLICK HERE for complete details.
On July 26, contractors for South Middletown Township replaced the walking bridge that carries the Appalachian Trail over a stream near the Furnace Stack just south of Children's Lake in Boiling Springs. The new bridge replaced an old deteriorating walking bridge there. A crane was brought in to remove the old bridge and replace it with a new one.
South Middleton Township Supervisor Tom Faley said the wood of the old bridge was rotting and it had become unsound. The bridge is used heavily by A. T. hikers.
Township engineer Brian O’Neill told the township that given the condition of the old bridge, it would cost less to replace it than it would to repair it. The cost of the replacement project is $19,000. Faley said the old bridge was built in 1984 by Boiling Springs High School industrial arts students.
Thanks to the Carlisle Sentinel and its website www.cumberlink.com for one of the pictures and details of this story.
CVATC has announced that the regular meeting place for its monthly work days will be moved back to the Scott Farm A.T. Center, which is at 309 Bernheisel Bridge Road, Carlisle. According to Craig Dunn, CVATC Trailmaster, "This is a more convenient location for us, because our tools are stored there. We moved the regular meeting place for 2015 to our Sherwood Drive parking lot, because of the construction work near the Scott Farm." Middlesex Township closed Bernheisel Bridge Road two time recently to work on a retaining fence and the bridge deck. Those projects are now complete, and the road is now open.
CVATC's first workday of the 2016 season will be March 19, starting at 9 am at the Scott Farm. The club's regular workdays are scheduled for the third Saturday of each month from March through November. For more information on CVATC's trail work, follow THIS LINK on our website.
Middlesex Township completed their rebuilding of the Bernheisel Bridge deck in late January. It looks great. Below is a slide show of pictures of the new bridge deck.