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Mid-Appalachian Region of
the National Speleological Society

The Mid-Appalachian Region (MAR) of the National Speleological Society (NSS) is a regional organization of the NSS consisting of various grottos and organized caving clubs within the general geographic area, or region, of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey.   Official MAR Logo

The MAR, an internal organization of the NSS, is dedicated to the principles of the NSS, to promote fellowship among its members, and to advance the science of speleology.

The Mid-Appalachian Region of the NSS was officially established on October 10, 1953 at Shippensburg State Teachers College, currently known as Shippensburg University, in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.

It sponsors two regional field meets (Spring and Fall), and hosts its annual business meeting in the month of February. The region publishes a newsletter, the "MAR Breakdown", which is published three times a year and occasionally publishes county bulletins on Pennsylvania caves.

MAR NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS:      - September 19, 2023

ELIZABETH "BETTE" WHITE, 1967-2023 MAR TREASURER    It is with a heavy heart that I'm announcing the passing of Elizabeth "Bette" White on Tuesday August 29, 2023.

Bette was an active member of the The Mid-Appalachian Region (MAR) of the National Speleological Society (NSS) and the Nittany Grotto from the 1950s to present and her contributions over the years are innumerable.

A memorial service will be held for Bette on Saturday, October 21, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the following location:

    University Baptist and Brethren Church
    411 Burrows Street
    State College, PA

Please keep Will, and the rest of Bette's family and caver family in your thoughts.

Sincerely, with condolences,
Paul Winter
MAR Chair

MAR ANNIVERSARY     The Mid-Applachian Region (MAR) of the NSS is celebrating its 70th Anniversary this year (1953-2023). Happy Anniversary!

2023 FALL MAR     At this time, there are no grottoes that have come forward willing to host this years Fall MAR event. The MAR continues to look for grottos within the region to host future MAR field events. Without a host, there can be no fieldmeet. If interested please contact any of the officers on the MAR Board and/or present your intentions at the MAR Business Meeting in February for future events.

MAR BREAKDOWN     The August 2023 issue of the MAR Breakdown is available. Please feel free to take a moment and read up on the latest happenings.

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