Thursday, May 17, 2018

Work Details on the Bloody Skillet Trail May 15th-16th

Snow Shoe Rails to Trails volunteers showed up in bunches again this year to performed work details on the Bloody Skillet Trail. The rain may have slowed us down on a few things but did not stop us from getting the trail ready for opening day. We worked on top the 2nd day and then worked on the connector trail the 3rd day. There was a large tree that needed to be cut from the switchback. Brad Holdren cut the tree from above and Kraig Haines cut the limbs into smaller pieces from below. Everyone else was carrying and removing the tree limbs. Gary Halsnik and Barry Armstong worked to brush the part of the connector trail from Kato Road to the railroad bed. We also collected some trash from along the Kato Road. Bob Fitterling provided the group some guidance along the way to where we needed to looked for fallen trees. He was going to work with a dozer operator to grade the connector trail down to the Orviston Parking Lot. They were also going to work on one of the other black areas too. Hopefully, they will have time to bring the dozer down over the switchback from DeHaas to the railroad as it is washing out and could use some attention too. We would also like to see some dirt left behind on all the turns as bumping blocks to prevent people from going over on the turns. Thank you again to all the volunteers for a job well done. Thank you to all the atv/utv users for taking out what you bring in as this was definitely the least amount of trash removed from the trail since we have been working here.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Bloody Skillet Work Detail May 14th

The SSRTA had an excellent crew working on Bloody Skillet today Monday, May 14, 2018 getting it ready for Opening Day " Friday of Memorial Day Weekend" This has been the least amount of trash collected of any year since we have been doing the work details here. This a is tribute to the atv users - Thank you all! We cut large and small trees from trail and also pruned back some smaller limbs too. Boyd Musser found one really nice super deep -no bottom hole. Thank you to all the volunteers for helping. We will continue Tuesday morning where we left off today. Wednesday, we will be riding our atvs/utvs from Gillentown Trailhead to the connector trail and work from there to DeHaas Road. Got to see Jim Smith from Penn State utilities-haven't seen him since we both retired.

Best Line Powersports & SSRT Held DCNR Youth ATV Training May 12

Best Line Powersports & Snow Shoe Rails to Trails held DCNR Youth Certification Training on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at their Centre Hall location. Best Line also held customer appreciation day. Trainers were George Holt, Bob Biggans, Marty Wagner and field operations was demonstrated by Julia Lihs and Bryson Wagner. Ed Kitchen, Forest Ranger from Rothrock State Forest also presented do's & don't of atv riding. He also displayed a poster board for all to view of the do's and don'ts. A great presentation. Dave Walker also was busy selling a number of units this day as he did not even get time to eat some of his favorite potatoes & sloppy joes. Thank you to Best Line for their great partnership with the SSRTA. The SSRTA marketing committee is always about recognizing partnerships.

Repairs On Peale/Gorton Road By SSRT - Friday, May 11

Snow Shoe Rails to Trails intended to replace a plugged drainage pipe on Peale/Gorton Road. However, after Fred Lingle uncovered it, he, Gary Halsnik & Andy Basalla unplugged the pipe and the water flowed freely. They built a head way and filled in the roadway where it was half washed out. It was hard to believe how wide the road extended past the plugged end of the pipe after the other half of the roadway washed out. We figured the existing pipe is about approximately 16 ft. Thanks to all the volunteers for helping to make this a safer place on this road.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

May Meeting

May SSRTA Meeting held at Key Largo Restaurant last night. A lot of issues discussed and resolved. Thank you to all the volunteers that attended.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Work Detail Black Bear Trailhead - May 5, 2018

Snow Shoe Rails to Trails held their annual work detail at Black Bear Trailhead, Saturday, May 5, 2018. Some of the duties planned was to install a new corporate board as the rest are all filled. We also wanted to collect trash along Casanova & Coaldale Roads and the 4 miles stretch of SSRT from Black Bear Trailhead to the viaduct bridges. We wanted to paint the railroad ties yellow at the loading ramp and straighten out some of DCNR bollards that were leaning. Then, paint them as time permitted.

George Holt provided the material to install the corporate board. We were fortunate to have some Centre County Probation workers-professional by trade to install the sign board and stain it too. This allowed others to par-take in other responsibilities. Gary & Mary Halsnik, Mark Watson and Larry Mayes led three separate crews collecting trash to fill a Rush Township dump truck. Although a lot of trash was collected, there is a lot more work to be done in these areas.

The SSRT wants to thank all the volunteers, Rush Township Supervisors for the use of their dump truck to unload the trash, Rod Fye-Centre County Recycling & Refuse and Centre County Probation Office.