Work Party Sept 17, 2016

The 9/17 work party was led by Troy Weston, Steve Lyncha and Chad Bell of the MNC with the assistance of volunteers from the Gamma Sig Tau Chapter service fraternity and The Bridge Initiative groups.

The groups started out by clearing multiple downed trees across the Blue trail toward the top of the Mountain. Once on top, they continued the clearing/widening of our existing trails of overgrown brush and downed trees for the emergency responder access across the top of the Mountain toward the Lynch Overlook.

Both of these groups did a great job and some well appreciated hard work.

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Work Party Sept 11, 2016

9/11 Work Party was organized by Penn State University Park Circle K and Council of Lionhearts. Volunteers came from:

  1. Gamma Sigma Sigma Tau Chapter
  2. The Penn State Rotaract Club
  3. The Graduate and Professional Student Association

To allow emergency responders open access to Mount Nittany trails, these fine volunteers cleared trails from the Rockview State Prison land border to MNC maintained trails. Over 30 downed trees eliminated from emergency access path as per guidance from the Central Region Emergency Strike Team (C.R.E.S.T).

Great job and lots of hard work done by all!

Thank You ... One and All!

Thank You … One and All!

Work Party Sept 3, 2016 (Alpha Phi Omega)

As they have many times before, on Saturday, September 3, 2014 a volunteer group from Alpha Phi Omega National Service Sorority assisted the Conservancy with trail maintenance.

All hiked, worked hard and made great contribution!

The group was led by MNC Directors Blake Gall and Bob Andronici.

Let's get this day started!

Let’s get this day started!

 

All together now (moving so fast the camera couldn't capture the action)

All together now (moving so fast the camera couldn’t capture the action)

 

Looks like we made it!

Looks like we made it!

 

Patrick Scholl – Emeritus Board Member

We have the saddest of news to share today. One of Mt. Nittany’s staunchest friends, Patrick Scholl, passed away on March 13, 2016.

Patrick along with his wife Jan were great supporters of the Mountain. Patrick was a longtime Board Member, and served as Treasurer of the Conservancy from November 2001 to November 2008.

Patrick, your final resting spot may be far away, but you will forever be remembered by those that knew and loved you. As mentioned in your obituary below, we hope that people do take in a Spikes game in your honor. They can then look out at Mt. Nittany and be grateful for your tireless work to protect it.

Patrick Scholl

Imparting wisdom at Nov 20, 2010 meeting

 

Patrick Scholl
1952-2016

Patrick J. Scholl, 63, of State College, Pennsylvania died March 13, 2016 at home. He was born to Edwin and Patricia Scholl of Rockwell, Iowa. He is survived by his mother, his wife Jan, and brother, Daniel, mayor of Humboldt, Iowa. His sister, Rose Ann, and father are deceased. Patrick was the Director of Business and Finance for the Penn State University Alumni Association for 28 years and was well known in the State College community. He held a similar position in the College of Agriculture at the University of Wyoming and was the manager of research contracts and grants at Iowa State University.

He received a B.S. degree in accounting from ISU, an MBA from Drake University, and was a doctoral candidate at Penn State. He was certified as a CPA for 30 years.

An active parishioner of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in State College, Patrick served as lector, Eucharistic minister, and assisted with pre-cana instruction. He was also on the Penn State Credit Union board for several terms and the coordinating committee for the annual Juvenile Diabetes Research walk-a-thon.

He traveled to various parts of the world with alumni, including: Costa Rica, Ireland, Russia and the Scandinavian countries. He sailed through the Panama Canal. Patrick received a 50 year medal from the Joslin Diabetes Center and the Alumni Association’s Mentor and Lewis and Karen Gold awards.

Patrick was a baseball fan with season tickets to Spikes games. He visited major league stadiums and annually aired a “Who’s on First” radio segment with local announcer, Steve Jones. On road trips to Iowa he stopped to see the “Field of Dreams, near Dyersville. A memorial Mass for Patrick will be held Saturday, April 9 at 10:30 AM at the Our Lady of Victory Church, 820 Westerly Parkway, followed by a reception in the social hall. Interment will be in Iowa at the convenience of the family.

The family requests no calls, deliveries or visitations at home at this time. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the church’s Gabriel Project, the Penn State Alumni Association, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, or by purchasing a Spikes baseball ticket to enjoy a summer game.

Work Party Nov 1, 2015 (Lion Ambassadors)

On Sunday, November 1, 2015 a volunteer group from the Penn State Lion Ambassadors assisted the Conservancy with some trail maintenance. The group was led by Mt. Ambassador Steve Lyncha. MNC Director Chad Bell and Mt. Ambassador Troy Weston also went up with the work party.

The small but energetic group cleared brush/limbs along trails. They also removed several dead trees near the trail (widow makers).

Jordan, Alex, Erin, Aubrey, Taylor, and Morgan (Lion Ambassadors)

Jordan, Alex, Erin, Aubrey, Taylor, and Morgan (Lion Ambassadors)

Work Party Oct 24, 2015 (Omega Phi Alpha)

Saturday, October 24, 2015 saw the Omega Phi Alpha national service sorority assist the Conservancy with much needed trail maintenance.

Photo #1 shows the entire team that worked cutting back brush and installing barriers to “erosion risk” areas on the Blue Trail.

Photos #2 and #3 shows the smaller group that helped to install a new log seating bench on the Blue Trail.

Omega Phi Alpha Service Sorority

Omega Phi Alpha Service Sorority

Packing in the chain saw!

Packing in the chain saw!

New log seat added along the Blue Trail

New log seat added along the Blue Trail

Day of Caring – Oct 1, 2015

The Conservancy extends a THANK YOU and JOB WELL DONE to the volunteers who came out to Mt. Nittany during the annual Day of Caring.

Volunteers from the following organizations donated their time and efforts on the Mountain.

  • Penn State Federal Credit Union
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • HRG, Inc
2015 Day of Caring - Penn State Federal Credit Union, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and HRG, Inc

2015 Day of Caring – Penn State Federal Credit Union, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and HRG, Inc

 

2015 Day of Caring - Thermo Fisher Scientific

2015 Day of Caring – Thermo Fisher Scientific

Oak Hall Regional Park Viewing Station

The Centre Region Parks and Recreation Authority and Centre Region COG held a Grand Opening of Oak Hall Regional Park, located at 120 Linden Hall Road, Boalsburg, PA on Saturday, May 2. Joining in the celebration, the Mount Nittany Conservancy also unveiled their 5th viewing station in Happy Valley.

In addition to the first station at the Bryce Jordan Center, viewing stations are also placed at the Mt. Nittany Middle School, the Penn State Arboretum, and inside Lubrano Park. You can read more about these stations at Viewing Stations Erected.

MNC Director Alan Stewart is the person leading this effort for the Conservancy. Alan was honored to be a part of the Oak Hall Grand Opening. Pictured below with Alan is Ron Woodhead. Ron is the Centre Region Parks & Recreation Authority Director. Ron is also a Past President of the Mount Nittany Conservancy and serves as a Director Emeritus of the board.

Alan Stewart speaking with Ron Woodhead also on the dias.

Alan Stewart speaking with Ron Woodhead also on the dias.

Alan Stewart next to the Oak Hall Regional Park Mount Nittany Viewing Station.

Alan Stewart next to the Oak Hall Regional Park Mount Nittany Viewing Station.

 

Work Party May 2, 2015 (Alpha Phi Omega)

On Saturday, May 2, 2015 a volunteer group from Alpha Phi Omega National Service Sorority assisted the Conservancy with some trail maintenance. The group was led by MNC Directors Chad Bell and Doug Wion as well as Mt. Ambassador Steve Lyncha.

The group focused on blocking off of the “closed due to erosion” former trail leading to the Mike Lynch Overlook.  The trail was recently blocked off again shortly after the removal of the replanting/regeneration fencing. Hikers had begun to “flank” the log barricades making new trails on both sides. Volunteers blocked off the top and the bottom of the former trail to the point where it no longer looks like a trail.

Alpha Phi Omega members closing off old section of trail.

Alpha Phi Omega members closing off old section of trail.

Job well done!

Job well done!