The French Creek Float at Wattsburg is this weekend and the weather looks like it will cooperate. It is a great time for many throughout the region to enjoy one of our most valuable resources. A lot of credit goes to the organizers of this annual event and the countless volunteers whose help usually goes unnoticed.
The upcoming week, if the forecasts are correct, will bring a taste of near summer-like weather. Thoughts and activities are now more focused on yard work and vegetable gardens. Support our local growers when you want to purchase flowers and vegetable for the yard and garden. For some of the plant sales in the region, Buy Local.
The upcoming weeks are also a great time to enjoy another valuable resource in our region, the woodlands. There is a spectacular, free flower show going on right now. Pictured above are the brilliant yellow swamp marigolds in bloom which can be found in many bogs and wet areas. The native marigolds are just one of numerous species now in bloom. For more details and where to watch the show, Wildflowers.
On the Wild Side
The hummingbirds have returned, according to many reports. Several were observed in my neighborhood earlier this week (the feeder went right up after a good cleaning). The hummers are a sure sign that warm, even hot, weather is coming shortly.
Spring gobbler season runs until May 31. For more details, gobble, gobble. From now until then, hunting is legal all day (just in case, in Pennsylvania there is no hunting on Sunday).
The Full Moon is May 25. It is a Super Moon and will appear to be brighter and larger than usual. The May full moon is often called the Flower Moon, because of all the wild flowers blooming this month; the moon in May is also sometimes called the Corn Planting Moon.
Enjoy this years Super Moon with a kayak paddle on Pymatuning May 25. For more information call the Park Office at 724-932-3971 or check the Web site at http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/pymatuning/ or here . More details next week, as well as, some of the numerous Memorial Day (May27) events planned for the region.
Pittsburgh-based Organic Gardening Expert Jessica Walliser will speak at Goodell Gardens on Sunday, May 19, as part of the Gardens’ Tea Time Talks lecture series.
Walliser, a former organic market grower, will share tips and techniques for growing a high-yielding, beautiful vegetable garden without a lot of fuss. Favorite varieties for organic growing as well as topics from amending your soil to pest control will be discussed. Attendees will be taught about the 4-cycle crop rotation schedule and some simple ways to attract beneficial insects to the garden.
Walliser co-hosts “The Organic Gardeners” on KDKA radio in Pittsburgh. She is a contributing editor for Organic Gardening magazine where you can read her ‘Good Bug, Bad Bug’ feature in each issue.
The Tea Time Talk featuring Walliser will be held Sunday, May 19 at 3 p.m. at Goodell Gardens. Cost for admission is $3 for members of Goodell Gardens, $7 for nonmembers, and includes refreshments from Lakeside Bagel & Deli. Registration is required. Call (814) 734-6699 or email email@example.com to register.
Grange News – Prestigious Community Awards Granted at Two Meetings
Both Carey Giles and Marie Smith received Grange Awards for their service to community.
On April 20, the Crawford County Pomona Grange awarded it’s Community Citizen Award to Carey Giles for his time and effort during a very special time of the year. Also at the annual Hayfield meeting, Marie Smith was honored for her many years in the Grange with a fifty year service pin. Unable to attend was Herman Hunter who was honored with a pin for his 70 years of service in the Grange.
During the meeting, Lecturer Chester Tau, introduced the featured speaker, Carey Giles. His topic was “Lighting of Brookhouser Hill for Christmas”. He began his presentation with recollections from the World War 11 era when only a few families lived on the hill. Over the years, the Christmas Hill lighting expanded.
In other Grange news, the Crawford County Pomona Grange awarded its annual Public Service Award to members of the French Creek Rails to Trails Ernst Tail during its May 4 Visitation meeting at the Atlantic Grange. The popular and well kept trail is open from dawn to dusk, free of charge thanks to the efforts of many community volunteers and local businesses. The Ernst Trail is a great place to enjoy and relax – spring into the fun.
For more Grange News and information regarding the Ernst Trail, Grange.
Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center
Now is the time to prepare for a late summer harvest of tasty and healthy food. Learn more at the Woodcock Creek Nature Center.
All events are free and open to the public. Registration, however, is required. It is as simple as making a phone call to the Center at 763-5269.
• “Raised Beds Gardens at the Nature Center,” Wednesday, May 22, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Come ready to get your hands dirty! Join Maria Dreese to find out how the Woodcock Creek Nature Center’s Raised Bed Gardens got their start last year. Then help Maria and staff plant this year’s raised beds with vegetables and pollinators. Be involved in something you can watch grow this summer!
• “Terrariums…”How to,” Tuesday, June 4, from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Terrariums can be beautiful…have you ever wanted to put one together for your house? Terry Lobdell will be showing us how. He will also be bringing a beautiful terrarium for the Nature Center! Come and see it!
• “Family Fishing,” Wednesday, June 19, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Join the Crawford Conservation District and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission for a late afternoon of instruction, casting and fishing! This program is open to all ages and will be held rain or shine, so come dressed for the weather. All supplies will be provided! You do not need a fishing license for this PA Fish and Boat Commission sponsored educational event. NOTE: SPECIAL REGISTRATION — Please register with the PA Fish and Boat Commission by calling Chad Foster at 814-683-5126 or register online at: http://pfbc.state.pa.us. Do not call the Nature Center for this registration!
Canadohta Lake – Some Changes But Much the Same
It will be a fun summer at Canadaohta Lake with many different events scheduled.
Following a recent Canadohta Lake Area Business Association (CLABA) meeting at the Frog Pond recently, several changes were made. The Cottage Tour event was cancelled for this year and a recycling fund raiser project has also been cancelled. Other lake events are “full steam ahead” and this year’s Breeze is at the printer. It should be ready for distribution by the holiday weekend. For more details and information, CLABA.