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NCT: Bear Creek Bridge Installed

by Patty Brunner last modified May 08, 2007 05:42 PM

Conservancy volunteers help the North Country Trail

I was amazed at the volunteer effort from everyone the weekend of April 21 on the Bear Creek Bridge project! A 48-foot arched bridge was erected on the North Country Trail in Parker, PA. People came from far and wide including many from the Rachel Carson Trails Conservancy, a North Country Trail affiliate organization. About thirty people worked on the project over the two days and it went very smoothly. Everyone, including the kids, just kept going no matter how tired we were from carrying all the lumber, scaffolding and tools the better part of a mile in and then down a steep slope to the work site. The project was extremely well managed thanks to Dan, Peggy, and Jesse Maurer and all those who helped with the building and preparation of the bridge. The documenting of the volunteer work hours 'banked' $4,600 toward future matching DCNR grant money. Congratulations and THANK YOU to everyone who helped with this project!

Bear Creek Bridge Two Joes Scaffolding

Free Amateur Radio Instruction

by Steve Mentzer last modified Mar 25, 2007 12:10 PM

Sign up to be a licensed amateur radio operator!

The SkyVew Radio Society is offering free classroom instruction to obtain a Technician-level Ham radio license. These are the folks that provide critical communications during our events. The one-day class will take place on an upcoming Saturday or Sunday. Course materials cost $30, and the fee for the license exam is $14. New radio gear is available for under $200. If you're interested, email and I'll let you know when and where!

Free Amateur Radio Instruction

by Steve Mentzer last modified Jul 24, 2012 05:30 PM

We're looking for more licensed amateur radio operators

The SkyVew Radio Society is offering free classroom instruction to obtain a Technician-level Ham radio license. These are the folks who provide critical communications during our events. We need more of our volunteers to be licensed in order to ensure we have coverage in case of scheduling conflicts. Because this is important to us, the Conservancy will pay for your course materials and the test fee, so there will be no cost to you. If you'd like to become licensed, please email

Twenty people and a dog

by Steve Mentzer last modified Feb 12, 2007 04:13 PM

A great turnout for the recent winter hike on the Harmony Trail

On Saturday February 3 we held our now annual deep winter hike on the Harmony Trail. The weather was ideal, sunny with temperatures in the mid-twenties, spurring twenty eager humans and one dog to turn out and hike on a beautiful day. It began at the northern trailhead, then turned onto the North Park spur trail and followed park trails near the Nature Center and along North Ridge road, at ended at the Beaver Shelter, the western trailhead of the Rachel Carson Trail.

At the finish there was hot cocoa, tea, and coffee to warm the body and biscotti and other cookies to fill the stomach, courtesy of Marian Crossman and Patty Brunner. Hike leader Mark Eyerman enrobed the shelter in tarps to protect the crowd from the cold wind. He even fired up a kerosene heater, but it was no match for the weather. Mainly it was used to heat water for the drinks.

Thanks to Mark and Marian for organizing an enjoyable day. And thanks to Monte Pursifull for the pics. We look forward to next year!

At the start..On the trail..At the finish

Challenge 2007 registration is open

by Steve Mentzer last modified Feb 12, 2007 11:32 AM

Register now for the 2007 Rachel Carson Trail Challenge!

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Rachel Carson, in conjunction with the Rachel Carson Homestead we've added two additional events: a 19-mile Homestead Challenge and an 8-mile Family Challenge! For details and to register online, see the Challenge 2007 page.

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