June 2016 Edition
Updated June 23

Kayak the Upper Chautauqua Lake

Wednesday, June 22

Meet at Long Point State Park at 1:00 p.m. Leader: Dennis Anderson, 716-969-9772. Note that if there is rain that day and below 60 degrees F the event will be called off. Check with Dennis if unsure.


Bike Scandia, North Warren, Russell

Thursday, June 23

Meet at Russell Post Office at 5:30 p.m. Shuttle cars to Scandia. Ride to North Warren and back to Russell Post Office. Supper at Bob Evans. Leader: Pat Spicer, 814-757-8331 evenings..


Redbank Valley Trail Bike Ride (Rescheduled)

Saturday, June 25th.

Greg has rescheduled his invitation to club members to a bike trail scouting trip this Saturday, June 25th. at the Lower half of the RedBank Valley Trail from Climax PA to Redbank Pa. This is a new 16 mile rail trail with a crushed limestone surface. Greg scouted out the parking areas and the trail at road crossings yesterday and was very impressed with the beauty of the area. I will meet others who wish to explore this trail at Betts Park in Warren at 10 AM on Saturday June 25th. Riders should bring lunch and plenty of water as there are no known facilities along the way. This trip will go rain or shine. Call Greg at 814-723-4989 for additional information.


Planning Meeting With Cookout and Talent Show at Windy Knoll (Event Changed)

Sunday,  June 26

Since there is no Commune Outing this year and because of the demand to have the Commune Talent Show anyway, a talent show is planned for the meeting at John and Deb's House. The planning meeting starts at 3:30 p.m. followed by a cookout. Bring a dish to pass. The talent show begins at six. Everyone is encouraged to contribute a song, read a poem, do magic tricks or whatever you would like to do. Leader: John Young, 814-730-2915.



Hikers at Henrys MillsKneeling (l. to r.): Emily and Eric Perlock, Stephanie DiPenti, Bill Massa, Tina Toole, Randy Thomas, Mike Toole. Standing: Justin DiPenti, Jim Eberly, Pat King, Pat Shinaberger, Linda Ross, Marjorie Neel, Earl Ross, Ethan and Tom Best, Linda Thomas, Bus Driver Ray Lowe, Jr., John Shinaberger. Not pictured are photographers Bob Gregerson and Mary Massa.

Hike Honors Merle Caldwell, and Celebrates Two Anniversaries

Twenty hikers braved changeable Spring weather conditions on a 5-mile hike Sunday to honor one person, celebrate an anniversary and promote a trail, having been transported to the starting point by bus. In the mix were members of the Allegheny Outdoor Club (AOC) and the Allegheny National Forest chapter of the North Country Trail Association, two newcomers and two lively sporting dogs.

The hike was in honor of Merle Caldwell who often led a team to maintain a section of the North Country Trail (NCT) from the headwaters of Pell Run to Henrys Mills, accessing the area by a cross-country route off of F.R. 256B where the bus unloaded its passengers. On the forest road, the bus encountered a passenger car whose driver was very perplexed, seeing a “school bus” on a dirt forest road at 2 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon.

Mother's Day in May is the anniversary of the first AOC hike in 1968. The hike Sunday, although a week late, celebrated the AOC's 48th year of “enjoying the Allegheny National Forest in non-motorized activity.”

And since the National Park Service, a partner of the North Country Trail Association, is celebrating its 100th anniversary, the hike also promoted the NCT in the ANF.

Mr. Caldwell's family members who hiked were recognized at the trailhead: daughter Linda and her husband Randy of Warren; Granddaughters Emily and her husband Eric Perlock of DuBois and Stephanie and her husband Justin of Russell.

The bus was provided by the Warren YMCA. Driver was Ray Lowe, Jr., who had no problem negotiating steep Bull Hill out of Sheffield and the two-mile drive back F.R. 256 in Cherry Grove township.


April Outing Pictures

Henrys Mills Outing Henrys Mills, 17 April

Minister Creek Hike Minister Creek Hike, 24 April

State Trail Conference in Warren

September 20 - 23

The event will include a hike on Tom's Run Trail (3.5 miles) and Heart's Content Interpretive Trail (1.1 miles) on the 23rd. Look for details to be announced.