• 22 Mar 2016 11:34 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)

    This year PSLS celebration of National Surveyors Week is centered on the idea of calibration.  You read that correct, this year, we will celebrate surveyors all year!  Throughout the year, we will be looking for chapters and individuals to volunteer their time to perform service to the profession and to the community. 

    The first activity was the 2016 Photo Contest, which has just ended.  The winners will be announced March 24.

    The second activity we are asking members to participate in is a survey.  This survey has two goals.  First, the survey will assess the current use and knowledge of Calibration Base Lines (CBL).  Second, the survey seeks to identify individuals who can help with public relations opportunities. Please complete the survey by March 28.

     The results of this survey will be used to further our goals to National Surveyors Week.  

    With respect to CBL, this includes performing a field assessment of every CBL in the state, developing an online map of CBL with improved resources, and developing a long-term goal for the maintenance of CBL in Pennsylvania.  

    With respect to public relations, this includes hosting several events for the public centered on calibration of personal fitness devices (FITBIT FUN DAY) and accuracy of GPS and coordinates (CELL PHONE CHALLENGE) as well as developing a list of individuals that can help advertise these events and promote the profession.

    This week, we are asking surveyors to print the NSW flyer in the link below and post copies, with permission, in your favorite community gathering place (e.g. coffee shop, 4H club, community center, etc.) to promote national surveyors  week! 

    After posting your flyers, take a selfie with it or a picture of where you posted it and share it with PSLS on our Facebook page or via email.

    Also, this week, send out press releases!  Click this link for a sample Press Release.  You can add your company name and send it out to any media sources you may have along with a copy of the NSW Flyer and/or a copy of the Governor’s Proclamation.  

    If you do not have any media contacts, you can send the edited Press Release to PSLS ( with the county or area where you would like to have it published.  PSLS will take care of sending it to the correct media contacts.

    Please remember to complete the survey by March 28 and watch your email for updated information on National Surveyors Week events this year.

  • 22 Mar 2016 11:27 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)

    The Penn State Surveying Society is hosting it's annual golf tournament for the surveying society. Below are links to the sign up forms for sponsors and teams. 

    This is a great opportunity to show your support for the students.

    Sponsor Form

    Team Form

  • 18 Mar 2016 11:40 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)

    The Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors is to announce the opening of the 2016 "TRIG-STAR" competition. We are cosponsoring this National High School Math Skill Award with the National Society of Professional Surveyors and are offering high schools in Pennsylvania the chance to compete. The complete information on the Trig-Star Program, meeting dates, and requirements are in the attached letter. More information can be found at

  • 18 Mar 2016 11:36 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)

    The Pennsylvania Land Surveyors’ Foundation, Inc. is offering academic scholarships to students who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree or associate degree in land surveying. We hope that several students will be interested in taking advantage of this opportunity to help fund their education.

    Attached you will find a Scholarship Application and Instructor Recommendation form.  This information can also be found at pass this information along to those students whom you believe will qualify and benefit from financial assistance.

    Each year, the Foundation presents approximately $15,000 in scholarships to individual land surveying students who are outstanding scholars, students, and citizens. By sharing this information with your students, you will help us to reach a wider audience and be able to provide funds to the outstanding students who will become tomorrow’s land surveyors. 

  • 11 Mar 2016 2:34 PM | Office Manager (Administrator)

    PSLS Photo Contest

    Get your cameras ready! PSLS is holding a photo contest in honor of Surveyors Week!

    Object: To take a photo which captures the essence of the profession of surveying. Use your imagination and show the world what the profession really is. This is an opportunity to show the public exactly what it means to be a Professional Land Surveyor.


    ·         Photos may be staged, but may not be digitally altered, so no Photoshop or airbrushing. Vignettes, sepia tones, etc are permitted.

    ·         Photos must be appropriate for public viewing

    ·         Photos must be submitted by posting on the PSLS Facebook page. (Staff will assist if necessary)

    ·         Photo must be the original work of the person submitting

    ·         Photo submissions must include a signed media release form (To be sent separately to PSLS)

    ·         Judging will be done by the Surveyors Week Planning Committee and all decisions are final

    ·         Photos must be received by Noon on Monday March 21, 2016. Winners will be announced by Noon on Thursday March 24th, 2016.


    ·         1st Place winner receives a FitBit personal health device

    ·         2nd Place: $100

    ·         3rd Place: $50

    Small Print: All photo submissions become the property of PSLS. PSLS will use the photographs in Newsletters, online postings, and other media.

  • 22 Dec 2015 7:07 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)

    Survey Van Vandalized & Survey Equipment Stolen

    To Whom It May Concern:

    We would appreciate that you communicate this information to ALL of your members to be aware of stolen surveying equipment.

    On Thursday, December 10, 2015 while our survey crew was working in the City of Syracuse, NY, our survey van was vandalized and the following survey equipment with serial numbers shown for each item was stolen. A police report has been filed with City of Syracuse Police Department.

    Anyone who becomes aware of any of the following equipment should contact Jeff Phillips, PLS @ 585-364-1622 or

    List of equipment stolen with serial numbers are as follows:


  • 17 Dec 2015 12:01 PM | Office Manager (Administrator)
    PSLS Life Member Ronald Griffin passed away on December 14th.  Ron joined PSLS in 1983 and became a Life Member in 2000. 

    GRIFFIN – Ronald “Ron,” 102, Portage, Ind., formerly of Northern Cambria, died Dec. 14, 2015, at Brookdale Senior Living. Born Sept. 23, 1913, in Houtzdale, son of Joseph and Louise (Todhunter) Griffin. Preceded in death by parents; wife of 641/2 years, the former Dorothy E. Birchall, on Jan. 5, 2002; brothers, Paul and 3-year-old Melvin; sisters, LaRue Carlson and Delores Kuhn; grandchild, Melinda L. Vargo; and great-grandchildren, Brandon and Colby Vargo. Survived by daughter, Karen Diane Fleming, Griffith, Ind.; grandchildren, Michele L. Watters, Melissa L. and Ryan Sullivan and Michael Vargo; and great-grandchildren, Madeline, Gabrielle and Zackery Sullivan and Kera and Sean Watters. Brother of Betty Louise Griffin, Northern Cambria; and Clifford J. Griffin, and wife, Nancy, Wickliffe, Ohio. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Member of St. John’s United Methodist Church since 1929, where he taught Sunday school and was very active in all church activities. He was employed with Barnes and Tucker Co. for 50 years; retired as a mining engineer in 1982; received a coal mining instructor diploma in 1946 from Pennsylvania State College; taught first aid and mine supervision classes for 25 years for Barnes and Tucker Co.; and received a mine foreman, first grade certificate in 1949, professional engineer license. Member of American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers since 1968. He received professional land surveyor license and became a lifetime member of Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors in 2000. After retirement, he taught mine supervision classes for Inland Steel. Former member of North Barnesboro Cemetery Board. Ron wished to thank and have the following people acknowledged for their wonderful help over the years: Henry “Cooney” Caldwell, Jack Emerick, Galen Seese and Dennis Sheehan. Friends will be received from noon until time of funeral service at 2 p.m. Friday at Long-Contres Funeral Homes Inc., Northern Cambria. Interment, North Barnesboro Cemetery.

  • 07 Dec 2015 11:38 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)

    Can anyone recomend a reasonably priced Land Surveying Cogo software that would run on a Mac Firefox or Safari platform.  Dale R. Leonard, PLS

  • 24 Nov 2015 7:42 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)

    Harry Floyd Schoenagel, 80, of Greentown, Pa., passed away Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. He had a summer home in Newport.

    His service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at Hemlock Grove United Methodist Church in Greentown, Pa.

    He was born on Oct. 25, 1935, to the late Fred C. Schoenagel and Letha Schoenagel. He was a lifelong resident of Greentown, Pa., with a second home in Newport. He graduated from Penn State University. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy retiring as a lieutenant commander in the reserves.

    He and his brother opened a surveying and engineering company, which they ran for 35 years, and now it continues under his son. He was a member of the Hemlock Grove United Methodist Church, the Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors, the Wallenpaupack Area School Board, the Pike County Republican Committee and the National Council of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors. He served as treasurer and later as president of the Newfoundland Rotary Club. He also belonged to the Salem Masonic Lodge No. 330. He was appointed by the governor to the Pennsylvania Registration Board for Engineers, Surveyors and Geologists and was secretary of the Pike County General Authority. He was on the board of directors of LA Bank, which is now NBT Bank. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and was a founding member of the Crippled Bear Hunting Club.

    He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Margaret “Peggy Whitehurst Schoenagel; two sons, James and wife Karen, and William and wife Michele; two granddaughters, Kaitlynn and Jenna; brother, Fred C. Schoenagel Jr. and wife Jeannie; and several nieces and nephews.

    Memorial donations may be made to the Hemlock Grove United Methodist Church, 491 Roemerville Road, Greentown, Pa. 18426.

  • 24 Nov 2015 7:41 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)

    Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors (PSLS) is proud to announce that member and past president, Michael F. Brinkash, PLS, has been elected to a second term as Board President of the Pennsylvania State Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists. Mike Sr. was appointed to the board in 2011 and is currently serving a six-year term.

     The State Registration Board is comprised of the Commissioner of Professional and Occupational Affairs, two registered Professional Land Surveyors, five registered Professional Engineers, two registered Professional Geologists and three public members. The Board regulates the practice, licensure and registration of engineers, land surveyors and geologists in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in order to safeguard life, health and property and promote the general welfare. The function of the Board includes investigating, approving or disapproving engineering, surveying and geology applications for those desiring to be licensed in Pennsylvania. Approval of Engineering, Surveying and Geology curricula and to revoke or suspend approvals where they are no longer deemed proper.

     Mr. Brinkash is a 1971 graduate of Mount Carmel Area School High School and was honorably discharged from the United States Army Reserves in 1978. He is a licensed professional land surveyor in Pennsylvania and New York with over 35 years of experience. 

     Mike is a the owner of Brinkash & Associates in Ashland, PA, a member of the Susquehanna Chapter of PSLS, PSLS President from 1989 - 1990, and recipient of the 1991 Surveyor of the Year award.  He also authored and published 'County and Municipal Boundary Descriptions', a 472-page professional textbook copyrighted in 1997. He has been a presenter and speaker for various continuous education workshops on numerous surveying topics over the past twenty years. 

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