THE JUNE DATC FESTIVAL: The DATC Festival went pretty well. We probably had about twice as many people in attendance than we did last year, we had a lot more volunteers, vendors were happier, and everyone seemed to like the location on High Street. I would say it was a successful collaboration between the Appalachian Trail and the Duncannon community. We polled the vendors after the festival and we received overwhelmingly positive responses with almost all saying they would return for next year. We still have plenty of room to grow and look forward to your cooperation and participation next year on Saturday, June 20th.
HAWK ROCK VANDALISM: Some time during Friday, August 1st, a lovestruck loser decided to proclaim his love by setting up a table and chairs at Hawk Rock, painting about 30 red hearts along the Appalachian Trail, painting graffiti on a large rock a third of the way up the mountain, and spray painting a love message across all of Hawk Rock. You can read more about it here. We also happen to have a pictue of a guy who might know something about it.
HAWK ROCK CLEANUP – PART 1: On Sunday, August 24th, the DATC, the Mountain Club of Maryland and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy joined together to remove a large amount of the new graffiti and some of the old stuff too. Hawk Rock is looking better than it has in years but our work is not done yet.
HAWK ROCK CLEANUP – PART 2: We have scheduled another cleanup day for this coming Sunday September 14th, and we are asking volunteers to carry water and help with some light trail maintenance. We will be at the Duncannon Recycling Center between 10AM and 2PM and you are welcome to come out and help us or just bring some water jugs and get to know us. Either way, it will be a fun day with some really good people.
NEW ARTICLES ON THE DATC WEBSITE: Check out these interesting new articles on DuncannonATC.org:
- 2014 DATC Festival Photos
- The Duncannon Stack & the Whispering Sands
- Cattails – The Supermarket Plant of the Swamps
- Earl Shaffer’s 1948 Trail Diary Transcribed
- Hawk Rock Vandalism
- Upcoming Duncannon Outdoor Club Hike
- Cleaning Hawk Rock – Part 2
NEXT MEETING: The Duncannon Appalachian Trail Community Advisory Committee will hold its next meeting Wednesday, September 10th at 6:30 PM in the Duncannon Municipal Building located at 428 N. High Street. An RSVP is not required but it’s greatly appreciated. Our agenda will focus on our recent work on Hawk Rock and trying to prevent future vandalism. Deb Takach would also like to discuss the new Duncannon Outdoor Club schedule.
JOIN US OR HELP LEND A HAND: Anyone who would like to be involved with the DATC, offer guidance, or influence its policies is welcome to attend our meetings. There are many ways to help such as: planning our next 2015 DATC Festival, fundraising, supporting the Duncannon Outdoors Club, learning about Appalachian Trail maintenance and inspiring people to enjoy outdoor activities in the Duncannon area. We look forward to seeing you.