by Deb Dunkle, KTA Trail Crew Leader
Richard and Pam Hershberger have been a blessing this year! As trail meisters, they scouted the region and were ready with plans to work in different areas for this year’s crew. Areas we first concentrated on were in Blair County from Route 164 to Williamsburg. Then we switched down to Bedford County in the Rainsburg area and went farther down to the Martin Hill area. We even got the KTA administration and intern to work on the Yellow Creek Bridge and Maple Run areas!
We started out with over 20 people on Wednesday for a total of 29 volunteers and 498 total hours for the week. In addition to the trail meisters, a big shout out of thanks for their labor of love goes to Marty Gutierrez; John Stein; Ray McCann; Brynn Furnance; Joe Neville; Raymond Arke; Carl Jaymes; Guy Stottlemyer; Lorelle Steach; Tom Bastion; Regina and McKenna Miller; Jennifer, Patty, and Katy Kovacs; Dan Over; David Dilling; Lance Wareham; Kevin Busko; Andrew Goldfine; Tony Barr; Dale Miller; Pete and Laurel Fleszar; Calvin Herline; Travis Feight; and DH Dunkle.
The heat at times was oppressive, but working in and out of the shade helped keep us cool. Of course, the sudden rain kept the workers cooler and boots soaked. Hearing coyotes calling in the midmorning was a bit unnerving, but we kept the brushcutter buzzing and our eyes open! Kevin felt very much at home with the howlings! The overnight thunderstorm on Friday left a large tree overturned along our camping site at Tenley Park. For our Saturday evening program, we incorporated the Great American Campout event at the park.
The Everett Church of the Brethren ladies, headed by Anna and Bev Swindell, outdid themselves again with the delicious meals each morning and evening. Hot showers at the church were available, too. Overall, lots of hard work, good food, and meeting old and new friends culminated in the ninth-year Trail Crew for the Everett region of the Mid State Trail.
Anyone interested in helping with trail work can always contact DH Dunkle by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 814-652-2227.