The Kentucky Caver Quarterly Proceedings of the
Bluegrass Grotto: the North Central Kentucky Area Chapter of the National Speleological Society
[contents] [next] vol. 40. iss. 1, December 2005

cover: Minton Hollow entrance to Sloan Valley Cave System (photo, John L. Cole)

The Sinks of the Roundstone Cave Clean-up (Oct. 29, 2005) James Dixon (BGG)
The Rockcastle Karst Conservancy (RKC) sponsored a successful clean up of Sinks of the Roundstone Cave. More than forty people participated in the endeavor to remove the debris left behind by careless visitors and flood waters. Stream levels were low enough for crews to access most areas of the cave so trash missed by previous efforts was removed. In just six hours from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM a 200 ft2 dumpster was filled nearly to it's brim with everything from old tires to broken glass.

During clean up some paint balls were discovered. After further investigation it was obvious that gun-toting vandals shot down several roosting bats.
The clean up was spearheaded by Andy Neikamp with the help from members from DUG, GCG, BGG, ESSO, Pine Mountain and others. This effort by caring cavers was recognized in the Oct.30th issue of the Lexington Herald Leader newspaper.

Kentucky Caver, Resurrected! (Oct. 18, 2005) Arthur Cammers (BGG)
At the October 2005 meeting of the BGG our  organizational issues along with future goals and


perspectives of the grotto landed on the table along with elections and other upkeep issues that resurge in the shadow of the impending new year. After Al Gore invented the Internet and we all started to use it, the BGG newsletter, The Kentucky Caver, gathered dust and cobwebs. Why write it? We were using email in real time, we had loose commitments to post cave trips, and meeting minutes to the group's website. As if we are not in each others faces enough Al Bell's invention ricocheted back at us and we fell in love all over again with the phone  in its smaller lighter portable form. Look around as you drive through town and take notice, whether they are walking or driving, they are on the cellie. I took a call on my bicycle on the way to work a few days ago; it was the plumber.

At
the October meeting the cavers came up with more than a few reasons to write the Newsletter. Not one of the least of these reasons was the maintenance of organizational focus.  If you need a modern ticket to affix to the newsletter call it a collective blog. My speller does not even recognize blog yet; there now it does. I was watching the news on Pres. Bush's third nomination to the supreme court, Samuel Alito. The conservati (I made that word up) were appealing