Work Party April 2, 2019 (Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy)

Scenes from the trail during the Mount Nittany Conservancy volunteer work party with Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy. Saint Joe’s did a great job helping clear downed trees along the outer trail loop (until we ran out of oil for the chainsaw). They also did an amazing job clearing a few of the overlooks — specificallyContinue reading “Work Party April 2, 2019 (Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy)”

‘Do you know the origin of that word, saunter?’

“Hiking—I don’t like either the word or the thing. People ought to saunter in the mountains—not hike! Do you know the origin of that word, ‘saunter’? It’s a beautiful word. Away back in the Middle Ages people used to go on pilgrimages to the Holy Land, and when people in the villages through which theyContinue reading “‘Do you know the origin of that word, saunter?’”

Le Mont: ‘The End of the Mountain’

Lemont is the community at the base of Mount Nittany. The following are experts from the History of Centre and Clinton Counties, Pennsylvania by Linn, John Blair, 1831-1899. It was published in 1883. It explains how “Lemont” received its name. William Thompson, a brother of Moses, is a justice of the peace, active in township affairs,Continue reading “Le Mont: ‘The End of the Mountain’”

In Memory of Amy Dietz

Amy Dietz (1963-2018) was a member of the faculty at the School of Labor and Employment Relations (LER) at Penn State. She helped create LER’s online program, served as a faculty member in the program, and was the student advisor for all of the School’s MPS students in Human Resources and Employment Relations (HRER). SheContinue reading “In Memory of Amy Dietz”

‘Inspiriting Mount Nittany’

Tom Shakely spoke to the University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA) on February 14, 2018 on Mount Nittany’s significance and historical conservation efforts. As part of his presentation, Tom presented Penn State’s undergraduate student government with the gift of a Mount Nittany Square Inch Marker: Consider a “square inch” gift for any Penn Stater as aContinue reading “‘Inspiriting Mount Nittany’”

Dr. & Mrs. Joab Thomas’s Square Inch

By Tom Shakely I’ve been spending some time recently on scanning and digitizing a few boxes worth of early Mount Nittany Conservancy archives that Ben Novak provided to me. As the Mount Nittany Conservancy’s founder and first president, Ben was instrumental not only in the organization’s major land preservation and fundraising efforts throughout the 1980sContinue reading “Dr. & Mrs. Joab Thomas’s Square Inch”

Day of Caring 2017 Work Party

On Oct 5, 2017 the Penn State Men’s Volleyball @PennStateMVBALL team rose up and assisted the Conservancy during the PNC Bank Day of Caring. 15 players from the team accomplished much in just 3 hours. The team was led by MNC volunteers John Mentzell, Troy Weston and Bob Andronici. Checked and cleared emergency access route from prisonContinue reading “Day of Caring 2017 Work Party”