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Conservation Corps to have busy year at Tayamentasachta

April 08, 2005|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Tayamentasachta, the Greencastle-Antrim School District's environmental educational farm, is in line for another round of improvements by state-paid work crews.

Charles White, director of the center on Leitersburg Road, applied for the grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. The money will come through the Pennsylvania Conservation Corps, a job-training program for young adults.

PCC crews, by doing hands-on projects, learn skills they can use to find jobs. "It also teaches them the work ethic," White said.

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White applied for this year's grant to pay for a year's worth of projects at Tayamentasachta.

Pennsylvania Conservation Corps crews have, for the last decade, done annual projects in Greencastle and Antrim Township financed by grants that White secured.

Those projects included construction at Tayamentasachta of a 30-foot by 60-foot classroom, rebuilding the center's spring house and repointing its 1820s brick farmhouse and barn.

They also built and repaired the network of trails through the center's 120 acres.

Elsewhere in the borough and township, PCC crews built a restroom at the Jerome R. King Playground, built a gazebo and planted trees at the township's new park off Grant Shook Road and replaced the windows and siding at the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce headquarters on East Baltimore Street.

White estimates that grants for materials and labor for PCC crews have topped $500,000.

The PCC's main project at Tayamentasachta this year will be repairing a century-old frame farmhouse. The work will include replacing the windows and roof, installing vinyl siding, new subfloors in six rooms, repairing porches and making the house handicapped accessible, White said.

Three years ago, the Greencastle-Antrim School Board voted to tear the house down saying it had outlived its usefulness.

A local couple rented the house from 1969 to 2002.

White said once it's repaired, it will be used as a community technology training center.

Other Tayamentasachta PCC projects this year include thinning and removing trees, undertaking more trail construction and maintenance, removing graffiti from picnic tables and trees and painting the barn and main house.

The crews also will build 20 picnic tables and do interior work in the main house.

The work will begin July 1 and run through June 30, 2006.

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