NSS President Visits MAKC Library

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
On a hot June day, when we had scheduled a front door replacement project at the MAKC library, we were pleased to be visited by NSS President Gordon Birkhimer. Gordon, who was in the area visiting family members and friends, not only stopped by for a visit, but he quickly lent a hand. Read More

MAKC Open House May 15, 2010

Friday, March 2, 2012
The MAKC invites all of its members to attend the grand opening of its cave and karst education center and library at 137 East Campbell Street, Blairsville, PA 15717 at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 15. We will have an outdoor backyard barbecue throughout the day. Please feel free to bring any food items you wish to contribute. We will have a special volunteer recognition ceremony at 6:30 p.m. that evening, followed by a special fund raising auction. Items for the auction are welcome. Read More

House Projects Completed

Thursday, October 1, 2009
I wanted to take a few minutes to thank all the volunteers we had this past (August work) weekend for their help and participation. Read More

MAKC House Projects

Friday, March 2, 2012
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. Read More

History Behind The Library Purchase

Saturday, May 2, 2009
The Mid-Atlantic Karst Conservancy has tossed around the idea of a headquarters for a number of years, ever since we’ve been given donations of books, slides and other material to develop an archive of caving in our region. Available space at the various members’ homes where the items are now stored is at a minimum, and MAKC equipment and donations are everywhere from Renick, West Virginia, where John Pearson is storing our pressure washer; to Cambridge Springs, Pa., where Phil Gowaty and Sue Moore store financial records; to Monroeville, Pa., where Paul Damon, Sr., is storing books and slides of the Frank Mielcarek Collection; to Derry, Pa., where the Metzgars are storing the tarp and many of the sales items (Phil and Sue have sales items, too). The Metzgars also have two map cabinets donated to MAKC by former board member John Shero. One is full of a complete set of Pennsylvania topographic maps, donated by John Pearson. The other is full of Kim Metzgar’s cave map collection, to be donated to MAKC. Bruce Sundquist, better known as the author of numerous hiking trail guides, and who used to cave with Sierra Club, recently donated his old caving equipment to us. We also received a recent donation of a large format map digitizer from the Western Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation, which is being stored by Jeff Jahn of Front Royal, Va. Read More