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By Greg Spinks Community blogger
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Posted: April 13th, 2014

The region enjoyed the first nice spring weekend and the weather ws spectauclar for the opening day of trout. However, don;t put away the winter coats and ice scrapers just yet. Winter will make another apperance Tuseday and the cold will linger for a day or so before the temperatures rebound some.

The warm weather did bring the leeks up and the spring peepers started their singing over the weekend, at least in this neighborhood.

Easter is right around the corner on April 20 and in the sky there will be a lunar ecpilse on April 14. However, the weather forecasts are calling for plenty of clouds and percipitation.

Earth Day will be on April 22. Hopefully, the weather improves since there are many outdoor acivities being planned.

On the Wild Side

The warm weather also brought many spring bulbs up such as the daffodils besides the healthy and flavorful leeks. According to some folklore, once the peepers begin to sing, we can expect three more snowfalls.

In another spring note, the honeybees and other native bees were out flying around for a few days. Both the groundhogs and the snapping turtles were all out and about as well.

It’s a good time of the year to get into the woods and search for sheds.

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center


• “Salamanders,” Wednesday, April 16, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Dr. Scott Wissinger, Allegheny College Biology Department, will have some live salamander friends with him at this fun, informative presentation.

• “Earthstravaganza!” Monday, April 21, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Live music by the Earthday Singers! Judy Acker, Audubon PA, Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, and volunteers from the Crawford Senior Environmental Corps, will offer activities, crafts and snacks. Celebrate Earth Day a day early with us.

The Crawford County Conservation District’s 35th Annual Tree Sale Distribution is on Friday, April 25, from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Crawford County Fairgrounds Home Show Building #1. For more information call Laura Dengler at 814-763-5269. All orders are due by Friday, April 4, 2014.

ALL Woodcock Creek Nature Center events require pre-registration. The programs are free and open to the public, unless otherwise specified. Call Kathy Uglow at 814-763-5269 to register or for more information. Event information is also available at http://www.crawfordconservation.com. All children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Please let us know if you require special accommodatios.

Pymatuning

Earth Day Clean-up, April 22 at 6p.m., meet at shelter #3 near the dam and dress for the weather. Persons wiyth kayaks or canoes are asked to bring them to help clean the derbis on Ackerman Islands, others will clean the shoreline. Please call the Park Office to register the ptoper amount of supplies can be on hand, 724-932-3149.

Crawford County Pomona Grange

CRAWFORD COUNTY POMONA GRANGE

TO RECOGNIZE KOREAN WAR VETERANS

At the 2012 National Grange Convention, passed a resolution to designate one group of Veterans to be recognized each year.  World War II Veterans were recognized during 2013 and the Veterans to be recognized during 2014 are Korean War Veterans.

A program is being planned for this recognition on Saturday, November 1st from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Atlantic Grange which meets at the I.O.O.F. Hall in Atlantic.  The program will be open to the public and all Veterans.  The hall is handicapped accessible.  Light refreshments will conclude the recognition.

Names and addresses of Korean War Veterans are requested from the public so that the names may be submitted to The National Grange for preparation of certificates.  Anyone with names of Veterans from Crawford County is asked to contact Pomona Lecturer Susan Tau by August 31st in order to compile a listing and notify Veterans of the recognition.  Notification may be sent to 14687 West Road, Saegertown, PA 16433 or by phoning 814-763-4831.

 

 

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Posted: March 30th, 2014

The second weekend of Spring was another winter weekend, a repeat of the first spring weekend, Drivers out and about last night were confronted with some rather wicked driving conditions. However, after today, Sunday March 30, April will bring some much needed warmer temperatures.

There are some signs of spring. Many people have spotted robins, the owls have been hooting at night and crows are cawing during day. Even the turket buzzards are back. Last week, the first signs of life came to the garden with the garlic rising.

One sure sign of approaching spring is the maples sap run. Maple syrup is the First Harvest of the Year. The maple producers have been busy gathering and boiling. According to many of the maple producers; who participated in last weekend Taste and Tour open house, the crowds seemed to be larger than usual this year. Usually by mid-March the producers are actually thinking of winding down maple syrup production, but Mother Nature had some other idea. Be sure to stop by your neighborhood Sugar House and treat yourself to some pure and natural maple syrup and other maple products.

On the Wild Side

With warmer weather, healthy leeks should soon appear in many moist, woodland areas.

The Corry Fish Hatchery has been busy stocking trout throughout the region. Trout season, opens April 12. For more information, Trout.

Now that the maple sap is running, it won’t be long before the wild leeks appear, maybe even this week if the weather forecasts hold true. The onion-garlic flavored bulbs are a favorite for many people. Leeks have many uses in the kitchen in just about any recipe calling onions, They can also be dried or pickled for future use.

At just about the same time as the leeks appear so do the Mayapples, Jack-in-the-Pulpit , trout lilies, and trilliums. These important and fascination native wildflowers will add even more color to woodland areas.

Be sure to get out and enjoy the best flower show around and it’s all free. It’s also a good time to keep an eye out for shed, the antlers bucks lost earlier this winter. It is a growing hobby among many.

Hurry Hill Maple Farm Museum

The only Maple Museum in the region will be open every Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Sunday from now until the end of May. Learn more about making maple syrup, view some of the artifacts, and learn about some of the fascinating history of the all natural product.

If you are interested in backyard maple syrup, be sure to make the Maple Farm Museum a must stop on a family outing some Sunday. According to Jan Woods of the Museum, there is still plenty of time to make syrup. For more information on Hurry Hill, First Harvest.

For a listing of other Sugar Houses which have maple syrup and maple products for sale this year visit, PA Maple.

 

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

 

April events:

• “Worms…and We’re Not Fooling,” Tuesday, April 1, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Join Bertha Mesarch, Penn State Master Gardeners, to learn all about how worms can be very important and useful critters. Find out how to make your own worm bin for home!

• “Let’s Paint Rock Houses,” Tuesday, April 8, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Limited to first 18 registrants. Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, will show you how to paint rocks to look like little houses or cottages. You can use them for whatever you imagine…doorstops, paperweights, in the garden or by your porch or walkway…you decide. Materials provided to create a rock house to take home.

• “Salamanders,” Wednesday, April 16, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Dr. Scott Wissinger, Allegheny College Biology Department, will have some live salamander friends with him at this fun, informative presentation.

• “Earthstravaganza!” Monday, April 21, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Live music by the Earthday Singers! Judy Acker, Audubon PA, Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, and volunteers from the Crawford Senior Environmental Corps, will offer activities, crafts and snacks. Celebrate Earth Day a day early with us.

The Crawford County Conservation District’s 35th Annual Tree Sale Distribution is on Friday, April 25, from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Crawford County Fairgrounds Home Show Building #1. For more information call Laura Dengler at 814-763-5269. All orders are due by Friday, April 4, 2014.

ALL Woodcock Creek Nature Center events require pre-registration. The programs are free and open to the public, unless otherwise specified. Call Kathy Uglow at 814-763-5269 to register or for more information. Event information is also available at http://www.crawfordconservation.com. All children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Please let us know if you require special accommodations.

 

Crawford County Pomona Grange

 

The Crawford County Grange in conjunction with the National Grange will hold a special recognition ceremony honoring Korean War Veterans on November 1.The special ceremony will be held at the Atlantic Grange which meets at the I.O,O,F building in Atlantic and will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Anyone with names of Veterans from Crawford County is asked to contact Pomona Lecturer Susan Tau by August 31st in order to compile a listing and notify Veterans of the recognition.  Notification may be sent to 14687 West Road, Saegertown, PA 16433 ,” Susan Tau wrote in an email.

 

Well, maybe this week...

 

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Posted: March 16th, 2014

Happy St. Patrick’s Day; there’s been a lot of celebrations and parades throughout the weekend. Thankfully, Spring also arrives this week on Thursday. Last Wednesday’s snow storm was about the last straw for many weary of the frigid temps, high winds and snow.

There were also a few brief days of something akin to early spring weather during the last week despite the snow storm. For the upcoming week, more early spring weather can be expected; temperatures should reach at least the forty degree mark almost everyday. There will also be days this upcoming week when we’ll enjoy the sun.

The 11 annual Taste and Tour event was this weekend March 14 and 16 and the weather was cooperating, a sure taste of approaching spring.We’ll post an update on how it went next week. The Taste and Tour was sponsored by the NW PA Maple Association.

Gardeners are already chomping at the bit to get outside even though many have already started some garden vegetable and flower plants.Remember to contact the Master Gardeners with any gardening questions at the Crawford County Extension Office at 333-3460.

With outside activity in the sun, clean air, and insects, think the medicine plant Aloe vera, a plant good for both indoors and outside. Dandelions, an important and amazing plant, will also be out in full force shortly. Try to avoid harmful pesticides and help the bees.

On the Wild Side


Despite last Wednesday’s snowstorm, it was surprising how much snow melted by the weekend. There have been reports of robins in the regions and the wild turkey have been out feeding in the fields as have the deer.

The ice fishermen have enjoyed a longer than usual season this past winter. The days for that sport, however, appear to be numbered.

Keep in mind crappie fishing and a pro fishing tournament at Pymatuning for crappie in mid-May. More information will be posted shortly.

Trout season opens April 12 and the Corry Fish Hatchery has been bust stocking local waterways despite the on and off again inclimate weather.

A Little Bit of History

The Edinboro Area Historical Society is currently working on an exhibit to mark the 100 anniversary of World War 1. The exhibit which should open later this spring will be housed in the Douchette House. Members of the historical society are asking area residents who have artifacts, documents or souvenirs and who would like to donate them to contact the society. For questions and more information, contact Allan Montgomery atgardenbien@verizon.net

Canadohta Lake

The Canadohta Lake Area Business Association (CLABA) is gearing-up for the upcoming summer months. One new fund raising event will be a yard sale which will be held in the parking lot of Our Lady of Fatima Church and the social hall. The sale will ne held on May 24 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For vendors, tables are available for $5; food will be available for sale. All proceeds will help various CLABA events such as the popular July 4 Fireworks Display.

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

ALL Woodcock Creek Nature Center events require pre-registration. The programs are free and open to the public, unless otherwise specified. Call Kathy Uglow at 814-763-5269 to register or for more information. Event information is also available at http://www.crawfordconservation.com. All children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Please let us know if you require special accommodations.

March Events

• “Beautiful Gems…Colors, Myths & Legends,” Join Allegheny College Intern Mikki Baxter and Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, to learn more about the rainbow of beauty and the aura of mystery that surrounds various rocks and gems.
• “A Sky Full of Stars,” This is a Nature Center Field Trip to Allegheny College’s Carr Hall Planetarium. Meet us there and enjoy Dr. James Lombardi’s presentation.

April events:

• “Worms…and We’re Not Fooling,” Tuesday, April 1, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Join Bertha Mesarch, Penn State Master Gardeners, to learn all about how worms can be very important and useful critters. Find out how to make your own worm bin for home!

• “Let’s Paint Rock Houses,” Tuesday, April 8, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Limited to first 18 registrants. Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, will show you how to paint rocks to look like little houses or cottages. You can use them for whatever you imagine…doorstops, paperweights, in the garden or by your porch or walkway…you decide. Materials provided to create a rock house to take home.

• “Salamanders,” Wednesday, April 16, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Dr. Scott Wissinger, Allegheny College Biology Department, will have some live salamander friends with him at this fun, informative presentation.

• “Earthstravaganza!” Monday, April 21, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Live music by the Earthday Singers! Judy Acker, Audubon PA, Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, and volunteers from the Crawford Senior Environmental Corps, will offer activities, crafts and snacks. Celebrate Earth Day a day early with us.

NOTE:

The Crawford County Conservation District’s 35th Annual Tree Sale Distribution is on Friday, April 25, from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Crawford County Fairgrounds Home Show Building #1. For more information call Laura Dengler at 814-763-5269. All orders are due by Friday, April 4, 2014.

Just for the Heck of It

The First World War began in 1914 and the United States entered the war in 1917 despite attempts to remain neutral.. More than 4 million Americans fought in the war under the command of Major General John Pershing.

Germany surrendered a little over a year later on November, 11, 1918.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in: Uncategorized
Posted: March 9th, 2014

There were signs of spring with some warmer temperatures over the last few days. However, there is the potential for a mid-week snowstorm. Stay tuned to local forecasts.

It was an adjustment getting up in the morning and waiting for daybreak on Sunday morning; officially daybreak was at 7: 43 a.m. The clocks were moved forward at 2 a.m. Sunday giving us more daylight during the early evening hours and less daylight during the early morning..

Winter 2013 – 2014 has been harsh. Records have been shattered throughout the region and in much of the country. The Great Lakes remain akin to a frozen iceberg.  NOAA reports that over 90% of the Great Lakes are frozen over as of March 6.

Ponds are also covered with a thick layer of ice, although some creeks are open in places and the water is flowing. Looking at past records, the spring peepers usually begin the last week of March.  For that to happen, there will need to be a big warm-up, fast.

On the Wild Side

Another sign of approaching spring, it’s almost time for shed hunting. Shed hunting involves finding the antlers of deer and elk in the woods. It’s a great time to be out in the woods searching for the trophy antlers and it’s all free. Antlers begin to grow in April and May and many are “shed” in December. Once the snows melt, it’s time to get out there and search.

The deer are moving in herds, the opossums and raccoon have been out and about and the mourning doves have been cooing…maybe they are searching for food or maybe….

 

A Little Bit of History

This old hand corn planter was discovered in a old farm house in the Pleasantville area several years ago. We’ve been tracking down some information on the tool. It was labeled the Acme Hand Corn Planter and was manufactured by the Potato Implement Company located in Traverse City, Michigan. The patent date for this corn planter was September 11, 1900, although it was manufactured and used previous to 1900.

In the Sears and Roebuck 1902 catalog it sold for $.56 cents

Maple Open House Taste and Tour


 

The real sign of spring is maple syrup (forget about changing the clocks around) This upcoming weekend is the 11 annual Open House Taste and Tour weekend at many local Sugar Houses. It is a lot of family fun and each Sugar House offers something unique. For more information, Signs of Spring. The event is sponsored by the Northwestern PA Maple Association which also has more information, Taste and Tour.

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

Tree Sale : The Crawford County Conservation District’s 35th Annual Tree Sale Distribution is on Friday, April 25, from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Crawford County Fairgrounds Home Show Building #1. For more information call Laura Dengler at 814-763-5269. All orders are due by Friday, April 4, 2014.

Educational Events


• “Herbs for Your Home and Health,” Wednesday, March 5, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Allegheny College students Joshua Haffner and Maxwell Lindquist will teach us about herbal remedies. The students are both in Professor Liz Olson’s Environmental Science and Global Health Studies programs. Come and participate in some hands-on demonstrations.

• “Movie Matinee…Vanishing of the Bees,” Join Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, for a “B” movie (pun intended and popcorn provided.)

• “Beautiful Gems…Colors, Myths & Legends,” Join Allegheny College Intern Mikki Baxter and Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, to learn more about the rainbow of beauty and the aura of mystery that surrounds various rocks and gems.

• “A Sky Full of Stars,” This is a Nature Center Field Trip to Allegheny College’s Carr Hall Planetarium. Meet us there and enjoy Dr. James Lombardi’s presentation.

 

ALL Woodcock Creek Nature Center events require pre-registration. The programs are free and open to the public, unless otherwise specified. Call Kathy Uglow at 814-763-5269 to register or for more information. Event information is also available at http://www.crawfordconservation.com. All children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Please let us know if you require special accommodations.

Conneaut Lake Ice Fishing

Two important notes from Conneaut Lake. First, the Van Tassel Bait Shop Ice Fishing Tournament was a success and many large fish were caught including the musky pictured above. It was caught by Sreve Elmen of Guys Mills. The contest was held on February 22 and some 300 anglers participated..

Jerry Van Tasel noted that a lot of Northern pike were caught during the tournament. The northern pike breed in later winter when the water begins to warm. Could the pike know something about the arrival of spring?

More information on the Conneaut Lake Tournament can be found at Van Tassels Bait Shop, or Big Monster.

Secondly, from an email from Darl Black and another sign of approaching spring weather : “I’m in the process of putting together the 3rd Pa Crappie Camp at Pymatuning Lake on behalf of Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau during May 13-15. This events brings together outdoor angling media from various publications across the US, pro crappie anglers and a number of tackle manufacturers for a three day fishing and equipment evaluation on area lakes. Now in its third year, this event has helped to put crappie fishing at Pymatuning in focus across the country.”

More information on the Crappie Tournament as it becomes available.

Just for the Heck of It


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in: Uncategorized
Posted: March 1st, 2014

Welcome March, another step forward, hopefully, towards spring. Next weekend late Saturday night, if you want, or very early Sunday at 2 a.m., to be official, the clocks are moved forward. Another important day will be March 20, the first day of spring. Thankfully.

Other important and noteworthy dates will be this Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, followed by Ash Wednesday, March 5. March is also Women’s History Month

Locally, the popular Open House Maple Taste and Tour weekend is set for March 15 and 16. Check below for more details and information. March 16 is the Full Moon, sometimes it is calledl the Full Worm Moon and others call it the Full Crow Moon. Not so sure we’ll see any earth worms in the next several weeks, but the crows have been cawing – a possible sign of winter’s demise.

The crows, however, might be a tad premature. Sunday and into Monday could likely be more January-like with snow and cold,  The rest of the week, according to the forecasts, will see at least below freezing weather much of the time.

Not so sure about ” in like a lion and out like a lamb”  this winter.

On the Wild Side

Yuk! Ugly! Get rid of it! Shoot it!

Opossum’s just have a bad reputation and they been out wandering about quite a bit in the last few weeks. They, like other animals are getting a bit hungry. In Native American stories, the opossum once had a beautiful tail but was tricked and the hair on the tail was shaved off. Opossum was so embarrassed by the loss of his tail that he played dead!

Opossums, however, are unique in that they are the only marsupials in North America/ They carry their young first in the uterus and then later in an external pouch called the marsupium, or “double womb”. Another unusual fact about these native mammals – they have been around since the days of the dinosaurs and the kangaroo is a distant relative.

 

A Little Bit of History

Daylight Savings Time has always been somewhat controversial. According to a Michael Downing, author of “Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Time” : “When the Congress poked its finger into the face of every clock in the country, millions of Americans winced…United by a determination to beat back the big hand of government, daylight savings opponents raised holy hell, vowing to return the nation to real time, normal time, farm time and sun time – the time they liked to think of as God’s Time.”

Gee

Maple Taste and Tour

March 15 and 16 will be the 11 annual Maple Open House Taste and Tour weekend at participating Sugar Houses throughout the region. The event is sponsored by the Northwest PA Maple Association. For more information, check their Web site, here, or click Taste and Tour.

 

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

March events:

• “Herbs for Your Home and Health,” Wednesday, March 5, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Allegheny College students Joshua Haffner and Maxwell Lindquist will teach us about herbal remedies. The students are both in Professor Liz Olson’s Environmental Science and Global Health Studies programs. Come and participate in some hands-on demonstrations.

• “Movie Matinee…Vanishing of the Bees,” Join Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, for a “B” movie (pun intended and popcorn provided.)

• “Beautiful Gems…Colors, Myths & Legends,” Join Allegheny College Intern Mikki Baxter and Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, to learn more about the rainbow of beauty and the aura of mystery that surrounds various rocks and gems.

• “A Sky Full of Stars,” This is a Nature Center Field Trip to Allegheny College’s Carr Hall Planetarium. Meet us there and enjoy Dr. James Lombardi’s presentation.

The Crawford County Conservation District’s 35th Annual Tree Sale Distribution is on Friday, April 25, from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Crawford County Fairgrounds Home Show Building #1. For more information call Laura Dengler at 814-763-5269. All orders are due by Friday, April 4, 2014.

ALL Woodcock Creek Nature Center events require pre-registration. The programs are free and open to the public, unless otherwise specified. Call Kathy Uglow at 814-763-5269 to register or for more information. Event information is also available at http://www.crawfordconservation.com. All children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Please let us know if you require special accommodations.

French Creek Conservancy

Join the French Creek Conservancy this spring and help protect one of the most imortamnt resources in the state and the nation. The creek is important to all of us. Memberships can begin for as little as $25.

For more information, Membership or  The French Creek Conservancy.

Correction and Please Note: The land was donated by Don Merritt and Lois Ward Merritt.

Don Merritt was identified incorrectly as John Merritt in the article posted above in Membership.

 

Scholarships

GrangeA grant for teachers.

 

Master GardenersScholarship for High School Seniors

 

Just for the Heck of It

Congress first approved Daylight Savings Time on March 19, 1918 It was repealed the following year in 1919. Course the flu was bad in 1918 and possums have always played dead.

Was the just a crow cawing?

 

Posted in: Uncategorized
Posted: February 22nd, 2014

Here’s some good news, for a change.  We will be moving the clocks ahead Sunday March 9 at 2 a.m. It’s been a  harsh, very, cold winter this year. Hopefully, it doesn’t mean we will have more daylight to watch the snow fall and drift.

Now the bad news…It appears from forecasts that the Polar Vortex will return this upcoming week. Expect more very cold temperatures and some snow storms varying in intensity by mid week. It is snow and mud season a time of change.

 

On the Wild Side


Last week the deer were out and about particularly in apple orchards and under wild apple trees searching for food. Over the weekend, even the chipmunks and fox squirrels were out and about, at least in my yard. Neighbors are saying they have seen skunks and opossums also out and about.

From various reports, the ice fishing has been good particularly for perch and blue gill, at least in the Lake Pleasant area.

 

A Little Bit of History

A good friend of mine gave me a copy of a 1935 book “Pioneer Life in the Yukon Valley Alaska”. It is the 1899 account of two Presbyterian missionaries of from our region, the Rev. and Mrs. James Wollaston Kirk in a place called Eagle Alaska.

From the published diary: “When we arrived in Eagle it was midnight on a Friday night and as light as day! What a sensation to be in a land where for so many months, there is absolutely no night! How we loved it.”

 

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

March events:

• “Herbs for Your Home and Health,” Wednesday, March 5, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Allegheny College students Joshua Haffner and Maxwell Lindquist will teach us about herbal remedies. The students are both in Professor Liz Olson’s Environmental Science and Global Health Studies programs. Come and participate in some hands-on demonstrations.

• “Movie Matinee…Vanishing of the Bees,” Join Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, for a “B” movie (pun intended and popcorn provided.)

• “Beautiful Gems…Colors, Myths & Legends,” Join Allegheny College Intern Mikki Baxter and Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, to learn more about the rainbow of beauty and the aura of mystery that surrounds various rocks and gems.

• “A Sky Full of Stars,” This is a Nature Center Field Trip to Allegheny College’s Carr Hall Planetarium. Meet us there and enjoy Dr. James Lombardi’s presentation.

 

The Crawford County Conservation District’s 35th Annual Tree Sale Distribution is on Friday, April 25, from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Crawford County Fairgrounds Home Show Building #1. For more information call Laura Dengler at 814-763-5269. All orders are due by Friday, April 4, 2014.

ALL Woodcock Creek Nature Center events require pre-registration. The programs are free and open to the public, unless otherwise specified. Call Kathy Uglow at 814-763-5269 to register or for more information. Event information is also available at http://www.crawfordconservation.com. All children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Please let us know if you require special accommodations.

 

Grange

The March 1st quarterly meeting will be hosted by Atlantic Grange.  A tureen lunch will begin at noon.  Table service and beverages will be furnished by the host Grange.

The business meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m. with the “Welcome” being given by Esther Horne, Master of Atlantic Grange and “Response” by Michael Tau, Pomona Assistant Steward.  The afternoon will include reports of standing committees and Chaplain’s Program in charge of Nancy Holler.

The Lecturer’s program will be presented by Phil Baranyai, Manager of the Crawford County Information Services on “SafeTown and GIS Mapping”.

Kenneth Merritt, Chairman of the Cookbook Committee, has announced that March 1st will be the final opportunity to submit recipes for the new Pomona Grange cookbook being prepared for sale at this year’s Crawford County Fair.

The meeting will conclude at approximately 5:00 p.m.

Maple Season – Taste and Tour Open House

Sugar Maple trees and the sugaring season are unique to North America and nowhere else on the planet. Enjoy the seasons First Harvest and get in on the fun at the annual Taste and Tour Weekend March 15 and 16. For more information on the participating Sugar Houses, click, Maple Syrup.

The weekend fun events are sponsored by the Northwestern Pennsylvania Maple Syrup Association.

Just for the Heck of It

The first successful cell phone call was made on April 3, 1973 in Manhattan by Motorola worker Martin Cooper. The FCC approved their use and sale to the public on September 21, 1983. Those first cell phones weighed 2.5 pounds and cost, well, just, $3,995!

 

 

 

 

Posted in: Uncategorized
Posted: February 15th, 2014

The upcoming week could bring a small taste of early spring-like weather according to most forecasts. While the region escaped the worst of “Pax”, we did suffer through some extremely cold temperatures. Here the therometer read minus 24 and many others had unofficial readings ranging from minus 18 to minus 28.

The photo’s and live shots of southern regions and the east coast certainly showed the severity of the storm. There is a rather heated debate about naming winter storms; there are advantages and disadvantages.  But why Pax? In Latin “Pax” is translated as Peace and the storm hardly looked peaceful.

Certainly, many of us have names for some of our winter storms but it is doubtful if they could be printed.

Back to reality time, the maple producers and backyard sugaring enthusiasts will certainly be watching the weather and the temperatures next week. It won’t be long now.

The Erie County Co-op and many other retail stores already have spring seeds on the racks and the Master Gardeners of Crawford County are making decisions about which vegetables and plants to plant. The plants are sold to home gardeners sometime in May at a date to be announced.

The Master Gardeners are also offering a $300 scholarship fund to any graduating senior who students who will be enrolled in landscape architecture or design, horticulture or environmental studies. The forms are available at all guidance offices at all secondary schools. For more information, contact the Ag Extension office at 333-7460. More information upcoming in the prnt editions of GoCrawford.

Applications are also being accepted for the Margaret L. Tau Excellence Award by the Hayfield Grange. The $300 award will be given to a Learning Support Teacher in any Penncrest District school. Applications are available at the Guidance Office of any school in the district. More information next Friday on this award in next Friday’s edition of GoCrawford.

Happy President’s Day Monday (no junk mail!) and hope it was a great Valentines Day weekend! Pictured is the statue of Washington in Waterford, read about Tanacharison whose help likely changed world history, The Half King.

 

On the Wild Side

Perhaps, the bees will be stirring if the temperatures get as high as predicted. Beekeepers always expect some losses during the winter months. And it has been a harsh winter. Charles Vorisek, a Linesville beekeepers had problems with the persistant southwesterly winds and had to plow snow around his hives to protect them.

The cold doesn’t seem to bother the deer much. They have been out and about particularly under apple trees looking for leftovers.

A Little Bit of History

Edinboro was settled by about 5o people in 1797 largely through the efforts of Alexander Hamilton and William Culbertson. The First People in area before settlement called the place Conneautee or “the Valley of the Living Snowflake” (take that Pax!). The early settlers built homes near Culbertson’s grist Mill on the shores of Conneatuee Lake, now known as Edinboro Lake. In 1803 the community was officially recognized as Conneautee Township only to be changed in 1834 to Washington Township.

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

• “Tie Some Flies!” Tuesday, February 18, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Limited to first 15 registrants.The Gem City Fly Tiers will be demonstrating the basics and getting you started making your own. Give it a try! All ages welcome.

• “Beginning Snowshoeing,” Monday, February 24, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Registration is limited to the first 15 participants…let us know when you call to register whether you have your own snowshoes! The Allegheny College Outing Club will lead this activity. Dress for the weather.

ALL Woodcock Creek Nature Center events require pre-registration. The programs are free and open to the public, unless otherwise specified. Call Kathy Uglow at 814-763-5269 to register or for more information. Event information is also available at http://www.crawfordconservation.com. All children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Please let us know if you require special accommodations.

Pymatuning – This should be a Hoot!

Owl Prowl February 20, drive around the park and walk some trails in search of owls. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. The Owl Prowl beings at 8 p.m. For more information call the Park Office at 724-932-3142.

Manure Management Workshop

Woodcock Township Bldg.

 

On March 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the township building. Registration required by February 28. Register by calling the Conservation District at 763-5269. Get all the updates on the new requirments. The township building is located at 16250 Hwy. 86 in Saegertown.

Maple Open House Taste and Tour

Mark the weekend of March 15 and 16 for the Northwest Pennsylvania’s Maple Syrup Association

s Open House Taste and Tour event. There are 17 Sugar Houses throughout the region who are participating. Learn about Maple History, get some free samples, purchase some to take home. Some will even have an old, old time candy called Jack Wax. To see which Sugar Houses are participating, Maple Syrup.

In Case You Missed

Ice Walk On Canadohta

Farmer of the Year Award

 

Just for the Heck of It

Barrow, Alask, the northenmost American City won’t see temperatures much above minus 16 degrees all week…and those are the high temperatures all week.. For Saturdat, Februay 15 the wind chill will be minus 50 to minus 55.

Chronicles of a Small Kitchen Garden in the Far North (https://alaskavegetablegardening.wordpress.com/

 

An interesting garden blog for Alaska. The best tomatoes to grow in the far north, according to the author, Siberian, Polar Beauty and Yellow Pear! The author lives in Anchorage; Barrow is still 750 miles further north.

Take that Pax

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