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By Greg Spinks Community blogger
Greg Spinks is a Crawford County blogger.   Read more about this blog.
Posted: July 28th, 2014

Looks like July will end on a rather rainy note. The heavy rains beginning Sunday afternoon could very easily lead to some flooding issues. Rains are expected nearly every day this week. On Friday we welcome August and hopefully some dry, sunny weather.

It’s been a fast summer. Sometimes, it feels like Memorial Day was just a few weeks ago.

On the Wild Side

For seniors who like to fish and have purchased a lifetime fishing license, be prepared to spend some money. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission recently voted to require seniors with the lifetime license to purchase an annual trout stamp. The vote was 8 – 2 in favor of the fee increase for seniors. The change goes into effect on January 1, 2015 and does not affect senior anglers who have already purchased the special lifetime license.

The Fish and Boat Commission is facing some fiscal hard times over the next several years and they need to garner more revenue, according to supporters of the measure.

Many wild berries are beginning to ripen in the fields and meadows. Blueberries are also ready for picking. Blueberries can easily be planted in many yards; they are a rather attractive shrub and provide some of the healthiest summer foods known. Native to the Americas, blueberry bushes do not require a lot of care.

Yard and Garden

Most backyard gardens need to dry out some, the ground is saturated and the weeds are growing fast. On the plus side, the tomatoes seem to be doing good. While some gardeners have had ripe tomatoes for a week or so, the first ripening ones here will be ready to pick in a day or so.

There’s still time to plant vegetables for a fall harvest. Peas, beans, lettuce, Chard, red beets are some of the garden crops which can be planted now. Just watch the number of days to maturity on the seed package and be aware of the normal first frost date for your neighborhood.

Call the Master Gardeners on any Tuesday with your yard and garden questions. They are located at the Agricultural Extension Office and can be reached at 814-333-7460. If a call can not be made on Tuesday, call anyway and leave a message. A Master Gardener will return your call.

Pymatuning Lake Association – Kid’s Fishing Derby

The Pymatuning Lake Association (PLA) is gearing up for one of it’s most popular weekend events, the Kid’s Fishing Derby. The derby will be held on Saturday, August 2 and on Sunday, August 3.

The Fishing Derby is free and open to any child between 2 and 15,” Joel Brown, president of the PLA said. “We have a lot of free gifts and prizes which have been donated by many local businesses and social clubs. It is one of our most popular events and last year we had an amazing 481 children participate in the derby.”

For more information, Lederer can be reached at LedererChuck@yahoo.com or contact the PLA at 724-927-9493. Or more information can be found at the PLA Web site at http://www.pymatuninglake.com/index.html

Goodell Gardens

Goodell Gardens Farmers Market is held each Wednesday from 3-6 pm, from mid-June through September!

Offering produce, meat, cheese, eggs, honey, baked goods, maple products and more, residents might even be able to plan an entire meal from purchases from our vendors – complete with dessert! For a complete listing of all the events at Goodell Gardens, Discover

Again this year, Goodell Gardens Farmers Market will accept the Farmers Market Nutritional Program Vouchers that are offered to eligible senior citizens and WIC recipients. For more information about these vouchers, or to receive your vouchers, contact your WIC office, or seniors call (814) 756-5373. The Farmers Market Nutritional Program is offered by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

 

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

Call to Register – 814-763-5269.

 

“Flower Pounding”

TWO SESSIONS:  Wednesday, July 30.   Choose EITHER 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. (Session One) OR 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.  (Session Two)    There is a $3.00 Materials fee and EACH session is limited to first 16 registrants.  We will meet at Stainbrook Park Shelter #1.

Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District,  will demonstrate how to create a floral work of art on fabric, using real flowers and greens as media!  You will make a beautiful bookmark to take home!

“Planting by the Moon”

Thursday, August 7, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

What is a “Moon Garden?” Join us to celebrate the newly planted garden in the Nature Center backyard…thanks to Eagle Scout Kevin Burke.  This program will be presented by Master Gardener Kit Martin. She will share her knowledge of night bloomers and you can learn how to create your own Moon Garden!

“Snakes Alive!”

Thursday, August 14, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Stephanie Feineigle will introduce us to the wonders of our native snakes.  Are you afraid or “creeped out” by snakes? If you want to learn more about these creatures or would like to touch or hold one for the first time, please join us!  Also learn the visual differences between venomous and non-venomous snakes.

And Just for the Heck of It

Corks, like those used to cap a bottle of wine, come from the bark of Quercus suber trees, more commonly known as cork oaks. These trees only grow on southwest Europe and northwest Africa.

But the $ 2 billion cork industry is facing some problems. For whatever reason, the bark on the trees has become thinner and thinner and of lower quality.Some are pointing the finger at climate change as the lead culprit in the changing and inferior bark.

 

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Posted: July 20th, 2014

A week of drier and warmer weather is expected this week. It’s been a trick trying to get outside work done, like grass mowing, with the frequent rains. For some good, Crawford County weather updates, check out the Facebook page, Crawford Weather https://www.facebook.com/pages/CrawfordWeathercom/254604041263110

Actually, the Old Farmers Almanac is forecasting a warmer than normal August with below average rainfall for our region. That be nice.

Because of the cool and wet spring, even the bees haven’t been producing much honey; many of the spring flowers and trees were late blooming.

Local honey, at least for the moment, is getting somewhat hard to come by in some neighborhoods and in some cases beekeepers are worried about honey shortages. Honey shortages have already been reported in Pennsylvania and many other northeastern states. Some beekeepers, however, have indicated that in their neighborhoods, the spring honey flow was late, but the harvest was quality and about average. We’ll have more updates on honey in the next several weeks.

Hopefully, there’s plenty of Goldenrods this fall. They are a rich source of food for the bees just before winter.Similar to the dandelions in the spring, goldenrods are an important natural resource for wildlife. Discover more about dandelions and Goldenrods. They are both fascinating plants.

July is clipping right along; August is almost at the backdoor. It has been a fast summer and it won’t be long before the Crawford County Fair opens.

 

On the Wild Side

PA hunting licenses are now on sale. Doe should have been sent but there is still some time left for some management zones.

The first sighting in Pennsylvania of an Eurasian collared dove was reported in Crawford County back in 1996, although the populations seems to be larger further south and east. The collared doves, which are migrating to the United States from the West Indies, are now a legitimate game bird in the state.

These doves are slightly larger than our native mourning doves and can be hunted with a migratory bird stamp. Th discover more about these birds, Audubon.

The fishing lately has been really good for anglers. The walleye fishing at both Pymatuning and Lake Erie has been producing some catches. Some nice bass have also been  harvested throughout the region. Enjoy our natural resources.

Yard and Garden


Spring isn’t the only time to plant a backyard garden. Many vegetable crops can still be planted in late July and early August. Determine when the first frost date is for your neighborhood and count back. For example, many bean species take 55 days to reach harvest. So planting a crop of beans in late July has the beans ready to pick in mid-September. Peas, lettuce and red beets are also good choices for a fall harvest, as are turnips and radishes.

For your garden and yard questions, contact the Master Gardeners at the Ag Extension Office on Tuesdays and a Master Gardener will answer your questions. If that isn’t possible, call and leave a message and a Master Gardener will return your call. The number to call is  814-333-7460.

 

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

Simply call to register for any program. The number for the Woodcock Creek Nature Center is 814-763-5269.

 

“Field Trip to Erie Bay Front…Explore Lake Erie on the Environaut”

Wednesday, July 23, 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., $8 Due at Registration, Limit of 20 Seats.  Transportation NOT provided…we will meet at the Maritime Museum at Erie Bay Front.  Call Kathy at 814-763-5269 for more details and directions.  This trip features the hands on experience of using underwater robots that are used for many educational tasks while we are cruising the lake.  Dave Boughton, Sea Grant, will be instructing this program.  Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity!

“Flower Pounding”

TWO SESSIONS:  Wednesday, July 30. Choose either 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. OR 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.  There is a $3.00 Materials fee and EACH session is limited to first 16 registrants.  We will meet at Stainbrook Park Shelter #1.

Kathy Uglow will demonstrate how to create a floral work of art on fabric, using real flowers and greens as media!  You will make a beautiful bookmark to take home!

“Planting by the Moon”

Thursday, August 7, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

What is a “Moon Garden?” Join us to celebrate the newly planted garden in the Nature Center backyard…thanks to Eagle Scout Kevin Burke.  This program will be presented by Master Gardener Kit Martin. She will share her knowledge of night bloomers and you can learn how to create your own Moon Garden!

“Snakes Alive!”

Thursday, August 14, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Stephanie Feineigle will introduce us to the wonders of our native snakes.  Are you afraid or “creeped out” by snakes? If you want to learn more about these creatures or would like to touch or hold one for the first time, please join us!  Also learn the visual differences between venomous and non-venomous snakes.

“Greendale Cemetery Local History Walk”

Wednesday, August 10, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

MEET AT GREENDALE CEMETERY…INSIDE MAIN RANDOLPH STREET ENTRANCE.

Join us for a Nature Center Summer Field Trip! Learn some fascinating local history as we walk at Greendale Cemetery with Caretakers Mary and Jim Vogan. Wear your walking shoes!

Crawford County Conservation District

 

Goodell Gardens

Goodell Gardens Farmers Market is held each Wednesday from 3-6 pm, from mid-June through September!

Offering produce, meat, cheese, eggs, honey, baked goods, maple products and more, residents might even be able to plan an entire meal from purchases from our vendors – complete with dessert!

Again this year, Goodell Gardens Farmers Market will accept the Farmers Market Nutritional Program Vouchers that are offered to eligible senior citizens and WIC recipients. For more information about these vouchers, or to receive your vouchers, contact your WIC office, or seniors call (814) 756-5373. The Farmers Market Nutritional Program is offered by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

For a complete listing of all the events at Goodell Gardens, Discover

And Just For the Heck of It

On July 23 Air Force Colonel Eileen M. Collins becomes the first woman to command a space shuttle. (1999)

and on

July 26 American forces defeat the British at the Battle of Niagara Falls (Lundy’s Lane) (1814)

 

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Posted: July 14th, 2014

Our week is going to start off a tad cooler than normal with some periods of rain. Summer heat will return by week’s end.

There was a nice article on French Creek and the French Creek Conservancy in Sunday’s Pittsburgh Post Gazette. The link to the article can be found, French Creek.

July is also Pennsylvania Lake Awareness Month. The proclamation was made by Gov. Corbett and sponsored by the Pennsylvania Lake Management Society (PALMS). Discover more about Palms, Lakes.

This past Sunday, July 12, a Clean Lakes Festival was sponsored at Conneaut Lake by

The Conneaut Lake Aquatic Management Association (CLAMA). Discover more about CLAMA, Conneaut Lake.

Enjoy our watersheds this month and volunteer to help with clean-ups , water testing or one of the many different activities at many of our local lakes.

On the Wild Side

One happy angler enjoying the many water resources in the region this July.

Pennsylvania hunting licenses are now available. Hurry if you want to get a doe tag. Applications were being accepted as of today July 14. The bucks are beginning to grow their antlers this month and many nice ones have been reported.

The last couple weeks have seen some really great fishing in our local waterways.

Yard and Garden

The rains sure have made the grass grow fast, but it seems the vegetable gardens are also doing well.

Be sure to call the Ag Extension Office on Tuesday with any yard and garden questions and a Master Gardener will answer. Other days of the week, leave a message and someone will get back to you. The number for the ag extension is 814-333-7460.

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

“Count Bats at Night!”

Monday, July 14, 8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Looking for an evening adventure? Come out and join us for a bat observation and count. We will see how many bats exit our Nature Center’s bat houses. Has the population increased or decreased from last year’s count? Let’s find out. Terry Lobdell will lead the program and he will provide our Little Brown Bat population statistics to the PA Game Commission.

“Field Trip to Erie Bay Front…Explore Lake Erie on the Environaut”

Wednesday, July 23, 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., $8 Due at Registration, Limit of 20 Seats.  Transportation NOT provided…we will meet at the Maritime Museum at Erie Bay Front.  Call Kathy at 814-763-5269 for more details and directions.  This trip features the hands on experience of using underwater robots that are used for many educational tasks while we are cruising the lake.  Dave Boughton, Sea Grant, will be instructing this program.  Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity!

“Flower Pounding”

TWO SESSIONS:  Wednesday, July 30.  Choose either 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. OR 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.  There is a $3.00 Materials fee and Each session is limited to first 16 registrants. We will meet at Stainbrook Park Shelter #1.

Kathy Uglow will demonstrate how to create a floral work of art on fabric, using real flowers and greens as media!  You will make a beautiful bookmark to take home!

Be sure to register for all education programs. Just call 814-763-5269

And Just for the Heck of It

Sliced bread was invented on July 7, 1880  by Otto Rohwetter. July 7 was also his birthday. He was born on the same date in 1880. The sliced bread machine took some time before people really accepted it.

The small town of Chillicothe in northwest Missouri became the first place where sliced loaves were sold to the public. http://www.livescience.com/46685-sliced-bread-inventor-anniversary.html?cmpid=557920

 

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Posted: July 7th, 2014

Hopefully, everyone had a happy and safe Fourth. There were certainly plenty of fireworks, picnics, horseshoe games and just about whatever. Of course there were those who had to work at various jobs including farmers who worked overtime to get the hay crop cut and stored.

Not much hay will be taken off today, Monday and Tuesday, the weather will be rainy.

But there is plenty to see and do during the month…Read On.

On the Wild Side

The wild red raspberries are beginning to ripen and the wild lupines are in full bloom, as are the French Creek Iris and the Day Lilies. Yarrow is also blooming in the fields and meadows. Sometimes called the Nosebleed Plant, it is a good garden plant.

Deer seem to be plentiful and many people are seeing some good looking bucks with some sizable antlers.

The Little Brown Bats, however,  are facing a tough year. The populations of these important mammals and pollinators have fallen dramatically. The culprit is a cold loving fungus, calledWhite Nose Syndrome (WNS) which is fatal to the Little Browns. The fungus, however, has not really hurt the Big Brown Bats.

For more information and background details, Discover Little Brown Bats.

The PA Game Commission is seeking volunteers to help determine the numbers of Little Brown Bats which have survived. To help, please visit:

i(www.pgc.state.pa.us) and click on “Wildlife” in the menu bar at the top of the homepage, scroll

down and choose “Little brown bat” in the Wild Mammals section, and then click on “Appalachian Bat Count.” Forms on the website guide interested participants through the steps of timing, conducting a survey and submitting their findings to the Game Commission. Scout groups, 4-H clubs, local environmental organizations, and individual homeowners all can participate in this important effort.

Note: At the Woodcock Creek Nature Center there will be a bat count on July 14 at 8.p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with Terry Lobdell. See below under Crawford County Conservation District.

Or visit Go Crawford

 

Yard and Garden

 

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There’s been more than enough rain for backyard gardens in most areas. An extended period of dry weather would be appreciated by most gardeners, many of whom are hoeing mud and trying to control snails and slugs.

However, along with the wild red raspberries, the blueberries are now beginning to turn purple.

The garlic scapes are swelling an indication that the underground bulbs are maturing.

Discover more about Scapes – The Magic of Twists and Turns.

 

JULY – Lake Awareness Month in Pennsylvania – Conneaut Lake Happenings

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The Conneaut Lake Aquatic Management Association (CLAMA) will be hosting a Clean Lake Festival in celebration of Conneaut Lake during Lake Awareness Month.  The event will be held at Ice House Park on July 12th from 9am to noon.  The day will include displays from local conservation and lakeland area organizations, a chance to see the CLAMA aquatic weed harvester and Conneaut Lake Fire Department’s two Fire Boats up close, games and activities.

The purpose of the Clean Lake Festival is to bring a greater awareness of ongoing management efforts in and around Conneaut Lake to those that love the lake.  The event is FREE to attend and is appropriate for both kids and adults.  We hope you plan to join us for a celebration of Conneaut Lake!

For more information on the Clean Lake Festival contact Brian Pilarcik at 814-763-5269 or e-mail clama.info.pa@gmail.com  For more information on CLAMA check out our website at www.clamapa.webs.com

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

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For more information on Environmental Education programs at the Woodcock Creek Nature Center call 814/763-5269 or e-mail ee@crawfordconservation.org

Registration is necessary but rather simple.  Just call the Nature Center at 814-763-5269

 

“Inspecting Insects Camp…a children’s afternoon…”

Wednesday, July 9, 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Stainbrook Park, Shelter #1, $5.00 Registration fee.  Registration limited to first 24 children ages 6 – 10.

“Count Bats at Night!”

Monday, July 14, 8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

“Field Trip to Erie Bay Front…Explore Lake Erie on the Environaut”

Wednesday, July 23, 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.  LIMIT of 20 SEATS, $8 Due with Registration.

“Flower Pounding”

Wednesday, July 30, Choose EITHER 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. OR 4:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m., Stainbrook Park Shelter #1

Pymatuning

Kayak self-rescue techniques – July 9 at Beach 2. Program begins at 6 p.m.

The program is designed to teach you how to self-rescue yourself in case you overturn. Rescue techniques and safety will be practiced. Wear a swim suit and water shoes (no-flip flops). You can bring your own kayak or canoe. There could also be some kayaks at the park which will be available. Call the Park office to pre-register or to reserve a canoe.

 

Goodell Gardens

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The Farmers Market is now open every Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Be sure to visit and buy local.

Offering produce, meat, cheese, eggs, honey, baked goods, maple products and more, residents might evenbe able to plan an entire meal from purchases from our vendors – complete with dessert!

Again this year, Goodell Gardens Farmers Market will accept the Farmers Market Nutritional Program Vouchers that are offered to eligible senior citizens and WIC recipients. For more information about these vouchers, or to receive your vouchers, contact your WIC office, or seniors call (814) 756-5373. The Farmers Market Nutrition Program is offered by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

The market will be held in the Events Barn and the surrounding events lawn, which is situated within easy access to our parking areas.

For more information call (814) 734-6699 or email info@goodellgardens.org.

There’s plenty to do and see at Goodell Gardens and Homestead. Discover more at ,Goodell.

 

And Just for the Heck of IT

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Did you know : ..The fireworks displays in the region were spectacular. But we also have another lightshow almost everynight produced by Fireflies.  Now fireflies, or lightning bugs, are neither flies nor bugs.  But they are beetles capable of bioluminescence. Most critters capable of emitting light are more often found in the world’s oceans.

 

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Posted: June 29th, 2014

June is nearly history. We welcome the month of July on Wednesday and a few days later on Friday,  Independence Day! Our good neighbors to the north celebrate Canada Day on July 1. Canada became self governing on July 1, 1867. The holiday was formerly known as Dominion Day.

In Pennsylvania July 4 will be a Fish for Free Day for residents and non-residents from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. No fishing licsense is require but all other regulations need to be observed.

Hopefully, July will bring less rain. The heavy rains last Tuesday and Wednesday cause numerous problems for many particularly in the Titusville area. Farmers, who have been busy getting the hay off of the fields, the rain has been troublesome.

July is dubbed national blueberry month and the regions crop should be ripening soon. If the bushes in this neighborhood are any indication, it should be an abundant year for healthy blueberries (the robins are already eyeballing up the green berries in anticipation). Discover more about blueberries – Starflower

The Full Moon in July will be on the the 12. It will be the first of three large “supermoons” which we will enjoy in 2014. The two other supermoons will be on August 10 and the other on September 9. The July Moon is often called the Buck Moon since this is the time of year when antlers begin to show on bucks. It is also called the Hay Moon and the Thunder Moon.

On the Wild Side

The Little Brown Bats are facing a tough year. The populations of these important mammals and pollinators have fallen dramatically. The culprit is a cold loving fungus, called White Nose Syndrome (WNS) which is fatal to the Little Browns. The fungus, however, has not really hurt the Big Brown Bats.

For more information and background details, Discover Little Brown Bats.

The PA Game Commission is seeking volunteers to help determine the numbers of Little Brown Bats which have survived. To help, please visit:

(www.pgc.state.pa.us) and click on “Wildlife” in the menu bar at the top of the homepage, scroll

down and choose “Little brown bat” in the Wild Mammals section, and then click on “Appalachian Bat Count.” Forms on the website guide interested participants through the steps of timing, conducting a survey and submitting their findings to the Game Commission. Scout groups, 4-H clubs, local environmental organizations, and individual homeowners all can participate in this important effort.

Note: At the Woodcock Creek Nature Center there will be a bat count on July 14 at 8.p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with Terry Lobdell. See below under Crawford County Conservation District.

Yard and Garden

 

The next week or so will be prime time to taste the first garlic harvest – the hardneck garlic scapes. Usually not found in supermarkets, the scapes are more likely found at road side stands, farmer markets, or from a local garlic grower. The healthy scapes can be used in a wide range of kitchen dishes from pesto’s and salads to soups and stir frys.

Hardneck  garlic grows best in this region; and it has been a medicinal and culinary plants for thousands of years. It’s an easy crop to grow in the backyard. It’s rather carefree, hardy, low maintence and laughs at winter.

Discover more about - The First Garlic Harvest

Another fun and magical plant is the sunflower. Time is getting late to get them in the ground for some more magic from another ancient plant, like garlic. Discover more - Ancient Sunflower

 

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

Be sure to register for all educational programs. It’s simple too, just call 814-763-5269

Coming up Next!

“Birds and Butterfiles” Walk

Tuesday, July 1, 10:00 a.m. – noon

Wear your walking shoes! Bring binoculars if you want!  Judy Acker, Audubon PA will team up with Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, to take you on a 2-hour, late morning, relaxing walk to scout for birds and butterflies.

“Inspecting Insects Camp…a children’s afternoon…”

Wednesday, July 9, 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Stainbrook Park, Shelter #1, $5.00 Registraion fee.  Registration limited to first 24 children ages 6 – 10.

Allegheny College Environmental Science Professor Beth Choate and her students will lead us on an “Insect Expedition” and we will use their “Insect Identification Key.”  Join us to learn some interesting, cool things about insects and go outside to search for bugs to identify.  Make you own personal “Bug Jar” with Kathy Uglow, and take it home to examine more insects!  Water and snack provided.

“Count Bats at Night!”

Monday, July 14, 8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Looking for an evening adventure? Come out and join us for a bat observation and count. We will see how many bats exit our Nature Center’s bat houses. Has the population increased or decreased from last year’s count? Let’s find out. Terry Lobdell will lead the program and he will provide our Little Brown Bat population statistics to the PA Game Commission.

 

Goodell Gardens

The Farmers Market is now open every Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Be sure to visit and buy local.

Offering produce, meat, cheese, eggs, honey, baked goods, maple products and more, residents might even be able to plan an entire meal from purchases from our vendors – complete with dessert!

Again this year, Goodell Gardens Farmers Market will accept the Farmers Market Nutritional Program Vouchers that are offered to eligible senior citizens and WIC recipients. For more information about these vouchers, or to receive your vouchers, contact your WIC office, or seniors call (814) 756-5373. The Farmers Market Nutritional Program is offered by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

The market will be held in the Events Barn and the surrounding events lawn, which is situated within easy access to our parking areas.

For more information call (814) 734-6699 or email info@goodellgardens.org.

Interested in vending at the 2014 Goodell Gardens Farmers Market? Applications are available now! Email us atinfo@goodellgardens.org for more info.

For more information and other activities, visit http://goodellgardens.org/2014/

Pymatuning State Park


Kayak self-rescue techniques – July 9 at Beach 2. Program begins at 6 p.m.

The program is designed to teach you how to self-rescue yourself in case you overturn. Rescue techniques and safety will be practiced. Wear a swim suit and water shoes (no-flip flops). You can bring your own kayak or canoe. There could also be some kayaks at the park which will be available. Call the Park office to pre-register or to reserve a canoe.

Canadohta Lake


The popular fireworks display will be held this year on the evening of July 5 with a rain date of July 6. Earlier in the day will be the Kid’s Bike Parade followed by the Boat Parade.

For more info and details visit  Canadohta.

Or visit, Fireworks.

And Just for the Heck of It

The U.S. and Canada share the largest un-defended border in the world.

 

 

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Posted: June 21st, 2014

Summer sure made a spectacular entrance yesterday, Saturday June 21. The weather was perfect; today and much of the week will be a carbon copy. At least the ground will get a chance to dry out some after the frequent heavy rains which fell the last two weeks or so.

 

On the Wild Side

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According to many beekeepers, there was an unusual lack of honeybee swarms this spring. But they also note that it was a late, cold, wet spring, and the flowers were late. However, with the warmer weather, swarming activity is expected to increase.

A swarm is a natural occurrence and the bees are not aggressive unless provoked. If you happen to see one, don’t panic, call your local beekeeper. They will be more than happy to capture the swarm. For some more local information, swarms.

While in this neighborhood, no one has seen many honeybees, the big yellow bumblebees have been out and about. However, the little brown bats have seemed to all but disappeared. According to Terry Lobdell of Townville, we may have lost over 90 percent of the little brown bats due to White Nose Syndrome. The big brown bats, however, seem to be holding their own. Terry will have an educational class at the Woodcock Creek Nature Center July 15 to explain how property owners can help these important pollinators. More information in the next week or two.

The sunchokes are beginning to grow nicely. It will be another good month or two before they start to bloom (one blooming is pictured above.) Often called Jerusalem Artichokes, they can be planted in a far away spot in the garden. They can get very tall. Discover, the Sunchoke.

 

Yard and Garden

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The hardneck garlic planted last October began to scape this week. The scapes are flavorful in many dishes. They can also be planted next fall although it takes about two years to get a decent size garlic bulb. Discover more about the amazing Garlic Scape.

For yard and garden questions, check in with the Master Gardener Helpline on Tuesday mornings. Just call the Ag Ext. Office at 814- 333-7460. A Master Gardener will answer your questions. If you can’t call on Tuesday, simply leave a message and someone will return your call.

Goodell Gardens

 

 

Gooddell Gardens Farmers Market opened on Wednesday, June 18. The market will be open every Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. until September 24. Stop in and buy local produce produced by our local farming community.

For more information on the events at Goodell Gardens, including the musical program scheduled for this Friday, visit, http://goodellgardens.org/2014/calendar/calendar/

 

Canadohta Lake

The popular fireworks display will be held this year on the evening of July 5 with a rain date of July 6. Earlier in the day will be the Kid’s Bike Parade followed by the Boat Parade.

For more info and details visit  Canadohta.

Or visit, Fireworks.

Crawford County Conservation District Woodcock Creek Nature Center

  • “Take a Dip…a Secci Dip!!” Tuesday, June 24, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Is the water clear…or NOT? Brian Pilarcik, Crawford Conservation District Watershed Specialist will teach you how to use a Secci Disk to determine water turbidity…you can then use yours to test at local waterways and lakes. Learn what the “Annual Secci Dip” is and how to participate. This is a fun program…don’t miss it!

  • For more information, discover Secchi.

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 www.crawfordconservation.org. All children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Please let us know if you require special accommodations.

 

Just for the Heck of It…

Seriously, June 25 is National Catfish Day:  ”On June 25, 1987, President Ronald Reagan began a presidential proclamation with the words “More and more Americans are discovering a uniquely American food delicacy — farm-raised catfish.”

oh well…

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted: June 15th, 2014

Happy Father’s Day today! It is a special day which was finally formalized in 1972 in the United States, although the celebration of dads first began in the state of Washington back in 1908. Whatever.

Do something special for dad today.

And hopefully everyone had a lucky Friday the 13 and Full Moon event over the weekend. A Friday the 13th Full Moon won’t happen again for another 35 years.

The weather looks like it will cooperate for Father’s Day, at least locally, and for much of the week for outdoor activities.There will be periods of thunderstorms, particularly, Monday afternoon. If you enjoy hot and humid this will be the week and it should be a welcome relief from this past week’s cool and rather rainy weather. The warming weather will be welcoming the first day of summer, June 21, the longest day of the year.

The upcoming week is also designated as National Pollinator Week. For more information see below Yard and Garden.

 

On the Wild Side

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Hunting and fur trapping licenses went on sale for the 2014 – 2015 season on June 9. The new licenses are valid beginning on July 1. As in the past  liscenses can be purchases at participating merchants or  online at https://www.pa.wildlifelicense.com

The basic adult hunting  and furtaker license remains at $20.70. For other information regarding senior and youth liscenses – http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=596047&mode=2

A Safety Note: If you left a hunting tree stand up over the winter, this is a good time of the year to carefully take it down and inspect it. It was a severe winter and parts could have been damaged. Actually, it’s a good idea to check it every year before climbing up during hunting season and having the stand collapse on you in the wee pre-dawn hours. Tree stands can be dangerous and lives have been lost because of malfunctions.

Read more at, Tree Stand Safety

 

Yard and Garden

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This upcoming week has been designated as National Pollinator Week.

June 16 – 23 has been designated Pollinator Week and effort spearheaded by the Pollinator Partnership and following approval by the US Senate 7 years ago. The alarming decrease in pollinators in the United States was the origins of the movement which is now international in scope.

Honeybees come quickly to mind because of the decreasing populations. But there are other important pollinators facing a similar fate including bats, butterflies, native bees, birds and beetles.

Pollinators are responsible for much of the food on our tables, even that grown in backyard gardens and the flowers everyone enjoys, including the native plants in wild areas.

“• Foods and beverages produced with the help of pollinators include

blueberries, chocolate, coffee, melons, peaches, pumpkins, vanilla, and

almonds. Plants that depend on a single pollinator species, and likewise,

pollinators that depend on a single type of plant for food are interdependent. If

one disappears, so will the other. “

At home, avoid harmful sprays, and plant pollinator friendly flowers and crops.

Native wildflowers are vital to many pollinators, discover more, Wild Flower.

For more information, view the Web site at http://pollinator.org/pollinator_week_2013.htm

NOTE: Celebrate National Pollinator week with Goodell Gardens on June 22!

11 am – 5 pm , the Butterfly Tent will be open! Hand-feed a butterfly for just $3!

3-5 pm - Tea Time Talk with York County Extension Horticultural Educator Connie Schmotzer about the PSU Master Gardeners’ Bee Monitoring Program & Pollinator-Friendly Gardening. Class fee of $7 ($3 with membership) includes light refreshments. Registration required for the class: info@goodellgardens.org or(814) 734-6699.

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For yard and garden questions, contact the Master Gardeners at the Crawford County Ag Extension Office on Tuesday mornings. If that is not possible leave a message and a Master Gardener will return your call as soon as possible. The number is 333-7460.

 

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

 

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  • “Family Fishing,” Wednesday, June 18, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Stainbrook Park, Shelter #2. NOTE: REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT WITH FISH & BOAT COMMISSION by calling 814-683-5126 or register online: http://www.fish.state.pa.us. All supplies will be provided and you do not need a fishing license for this PA Fish and Boat Commission sponsored educational event. Open to all ages and will be held rain or shine.

  • “Take a Dip…a Secci Dip!!” Tuesday, June 24, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Is the water clear…or NOT? Brian Pilarcik, Crawford Conservation District Watershed Specialist will teach you how to use a Secci Disk to determine water turbidity…you can then use yours to test at local waterways and lakes. Learn what the “Annual Secci Dip” is and how to participate. This is a fun program…don’t miss it!

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 www.crawfordconservation.org. All children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Please let us know if you require special accommodations.

Goodell Gardens

 

Goodell Gardens Farmers Market begins Wednesday, June 18! The market will be held 3-6 pm each Wednesday through September!

Be sure to stop this week, as we’re featuring a special Seasonal Food tasting!

Canadohta Lake

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The popular fireworks display will be held this year on the evening of July 5 with a rain date of July 6. Earlier in the day will be the Kid’s Bike Parade followed by the Boat Parade.

For more info and details visit  Canadohta.

Just for the Heck of It

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June 20 Take Your Dog to Work Day Friday after Father’s Day. Not so sure what the boss will say or what the dog is going to do but this day was proclaimed by Pet Sitters International.

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