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Shanksville Picnic August 2nd to 3rd

Since 1930 Shanksville has had a Community Picnic.  This year it will feature more than a dozen events starting with a Grand Anniversary Parade and Car Cruise Friday at 6:30 p.m. and including an awesome Fireworks Display on Saturday at 9:30 p.m.

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Regatta weekend August 9th to 11th

This year's Regatta Weekend will NOT be the weekend of the Shanksville Picnic, but the following weekend instead.  This year's Regatta will include more Borough and Community involvement with Fireworks provided by the Service Corp. on Saturday, and Borough subsidy of events coordinated largely by the Marina and other local businesses.  We are hopeful the Pirate Ship reappears and look forward to defending our shores against its formidable hot-dog cannon.

More details will be provided as they emerge.  Check the Borough web site for updates.

Local Electronics Recycler Gets Acclaim

JVS Environmental on nearby Cornerstone Road is making a big splash in the County and at the State level with their unique 'demanufacturing' approach to safely disposing of electronic waste.  They now have a second companion operation in Meyersdale.

Read below or download a PDF of a recent article in the Daily American.


ATV Rules of the Trail

OHV=Off Highway Vehicle


Borough web site - Please visit the 'new' smart-phone friendly web site regularly for news and updates:

Minutes of Council meetings are archived there.

e-News and Indian Lake Posts are archived as well:

Smoke Signals Forum - Unless folks other than the 'hackers' start using this user-driven-forum tool, it will be taken down.  To see what it is about, go to:

Well 99 Violation Cleared

In August 2015 the DEP issued a Notice of Violation (NOV) identifying that structures had been built too close to Well 99, directly below (on the back side of) our Dam, and requested that we take action to rectify this violation and regain control.  In investigating this we also discovered that 2 lots directly across from the spillway were at greater risk of flooding, and that in 1962/1963 had to be purchased by the Lake/Dam's owners before DEP would permit the lake to be filled.  Zoning these lots as a Wildlife Preserve was deemed adequate control at that time, but over the years the lots became owned by PBS, and due to a deed recording error, thought by some to belong in Stonycreek Township and not within Indian Lake Borough.  Our Zoning controls do not apply to property outside of the Borough.  DEP was not happy and threatened fines if we did not regain control, or outright ownership.

Skipping forward about 3 years, recent court rulings have established that these properties are and have been in the Borough as we believed.  Jurisdiction is still sufficient to avoid Dam Safety/Flooding concerns, but the Drinking Water folks insisted on outright ownership of land close to Well 99, so we purchased the minimum amount (a small arc) by exercising our eminent domain authority.  The court permitted the parties to settle the details by agreement rather than a definitive order and we have 30 days to prepare it and 45 days to reappear with a signed document.  While a very lengthy and costly process, we have re-assured a continued source of drinking water and have Dam Safety/Floodplain jurisdiction and controls in place which will no longer risk placing our Dam permit in jeopardy.
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