Community Hike to Learn about Ticks and Lyme Disease

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On Sat., Sept. 13th the Duncannon Outdoor Club will be bushwhacking 2 miles over moderate to easy terrain at an average pace on the Takach property outside of Duncannon, PA. This is a dog friendly hike. Dogs must be friendly toward other dogs and people. This hike will be limited to 10 dogs with no more than 2 dogs per hiker. You do not have to have a dog to attend this hike. All hikers are welcome. We will be learning about ticks and Lyme disease. Wear long pants and bring water. This hike is appropriate for hikers ages 8 and up. Call 395-2462 or email to register. We will be meeting at the Duncannon Family Health Center to carpool at 9:00 am.

AT Hall of Fame Banquet

NEWS RELEASE  May 28, 2014

GARDNERS, PA. – The fourth annual Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Banquet will be held on Friday, June 6, at the Allenberry Resort in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania.  The Banquet is conducted each year by the Appalachian Trail Museum.

The highlight of the Banquet will be the induction of the 2014 class of the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame.  The 2014 class is A. Rufus Morgan of Franklin, North Carolina; Charles R. Rinaldi of Boca Raton, Florida; Clarence S. Stein of New York City, New York; and Pamela Underhill of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.  Each honoree will receive a one of a kind hand carved hiking stick made by John “Bodacious” Beaudet, a two time A.T. thru-hiker.  In addition, Randy “Windtalker” Motz, will will provide music during the reception, playing ‘Native SoundScapes’ on his Native American flute.  Also, Richard Judy will be present to sign his book ‘Thru: An Appalachian Trail Love Story’.”

Jim Foster, chair of the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame selection committee, said a6 p.m. reception will precede the dinner, which begins at 7 p.m. The cost of the reception and dinner is $30 for museum members and $40 for others.  Complete information on the Hall of Fame Banquet is available at  Tickets may be purchased either at that website, or directly from the Appalachian Trail Museum by sending a check to:
Appalachian Trail Museum
Banquet Tickets
1120 Pine Grove Road
Gardners, PA  17324

About the Appalachian Trail Museum Society

Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame inductees are honored in the Appalachian Trail Museum, which has had approximately 29,800 visitors from throughout the United States and 18 other countries since it opened in Pine Grove Furnace State Park in June 2010.  Located near the midway point of the 2,185-mile-long Appalachian Trail, the museum is across from the Pine Grove General Store on Pennsylvania Route 233.

The Appalachian Trail Museum, Inc., a 501-C-3 not-for-profit organization, organizes programs, exhibits, volunteers and fundraising nationwide for the Appalachian Trail Museum.  Located in the Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Gardners, Pennsylvania, the museum is conveniently near Carlisle, Gettysburg and Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.  Additional information is available


Jim Foster

Appalachian Trail Museum Society


Third Thursdays in Boiling Springs and Carlisle, PA

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) continues its “Third Thursdays” event series with an easy, 4-mile hike beginning at 6 p.m. May 15 in Carlisle, PA. Explore the pastoral farmlands of the Cumberland Valley and learn why this landscape differs from much of the rest of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.)

During the event, Michele Miller, the ATC’s Resource Program manager in the Mid-Atlantic Region, will be on hand to share information about the routing of the Trail through agricultural lands. Heidi Witmer, executive director of the Carlisle-based LEAF Project, will also share gardening ideas for use in a much smaller scale in your own back yard. Space is limited; register by calling 717.258.5771 or online at

The ATC’s Third Thursdays is a series of free, public events in the Central Pennsylvania region. The series began in April and will run through October with a different event each month.

Additional Third Thursdays events include a Boiling Springs History Hike, Cool Off in the Rock Maze Hike, Music & Art in the Park, Yoga Sunset Hike and Nocturnal Friends Hike.

Third Thursdays Event Series Overview:

Boiling Springs History Hike (5 miles, moderate)

Date: June 19
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Boiling Springs, PA

Cool Off in the Rock Maze Hike (3 miles, moderate)
Date: July 17
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Carlisle, PA

Music & Art in the Park
Date: Aug. 21
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Boiling Springs, PA

Yoga Sunset Hike (3 miles, easy)
Date: Sept. 18
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Boiling Springs, PA

Nocturnal Friends Hike (2.5 miles, easy)
Date: Oct. 16
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Boiling Springs, PA

For more information about the Third Thursday events series, visit


Stewardship Opportunity in GA

In honor of the 50th Wilderness Anniversary, the USFS is inviting the public to come and help keep our wilderness wild and pristine. Join Taylor Hamilton and David Kuykendall next Saturday in cleaning up our forest and breaking up fire rings along the AT on Blood Mtn.  in Georgia.

Blood Mountain Wilderness Clean-Up and Non-Native Invasive Species Removal

May 10, 2014

Meet at Lark Gap, across from Helton Creek Falls on Highway 129. Lark Gap is 19.8 miles north of Cleveland, GA and 11.4 miles south of Blairsville, GA.

Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

For more information, contact Taylor Hamilton at or (706) 745-6928 ext. 131.

This wilderness clean-up is held in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Members of the public and local community are invited to participate in various activities focused on stewardship and appreciation of the surrounding Congressionally Designated Wildernesses in Georgia. Future events and activities will be posted as we get closer to their dates and complete details are available.

Appalachian Trail Angels

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Co-sponsored by Howe Library, the Hanover Friends of the Appalachian Trail, and the Norwich Friends of the Appalachian Trail

Gregory Cook“Trail angels” are a part of the Appalachian Trail experience for many hikers. They offer snacks, provide rides, and take hikers into their homes. Gregory Cook has been a trail angel for three years, hosting 260 hikers to date. He will talk about being a trail angel and share stories of the remarkable people he’s encountered at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29. This talk is co-sponsored by Howe Library, the Hanover Friends of the Appalachian Trail, and the Norwich Friends of the Appalachian Trail.

Gregory Cook, MSW, lives in Wilder, Vermont and has been a social worker at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for thirty-eight years. In addition to having been an Appalachian Trail “Trail Angel” since 2011, Mr. Cook is a property monitor for the Upper Valley Land Trust. He is an avid hiker and a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Four Thousand Footer Club.

Date: April 29, 2014