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By Greg Spinks Community blogger
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Posted: November 16th, 2014
Well, maybe this week...

Well, maybe this week…

The upcoming week looks like it will be a lot of fun for those who enjoy winter outdoors.We could also see plenty of frigid temperatures. Be careful driving and get ready.
Unfortunately, because of the storm and cloud cover, star gazers won’t likely get to view the Leonid Meteor Shower on Monday evening.

On the Wild Side

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A snowy owl was spotted near Presque Isle last week. They should arrive in the Pymatuning area shortly. The best advice is to leave the owl undisturbed if you discover one. Just watch it and enjoy.
This will be an important week to keep the bird feeders filled.

Yard and Garden

No outdoor picnics were likely held the first day of spring 2013.

No outdoor picnics were likely held the first day of spring 2013.

Any leaves that didn’t get raked are under a lot of snow. Hopefully, all the needed tools and equipment got safely inside before the weather worsened. The next big coule jobs will be pruning shrubs and fruit trees during the winter months.

Spartansburg Book Sale

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In December, the Spartansburg Educational Foundation is holding a Used Book Sale at the Spartansburg Fire Hall in conjunction with a Gift Wrapping Booth. The Spartansburg Educational Foundation is raising funds for the proposed Charter school the community would like to establish. The group is very active and to keep up to date with events and fund raisers, visit their Facebook page.
Folks may bring their presents to be wrapped while browsing through our huge collection (thousands) of books! Here are the details as follows:
Book Donation Day: Thursday, December 11th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.. Books may be dropped off for donation to the book sale during this time at the Spartansburg Fire Hall.
Book Sale Day 1: Friday, December 12th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Books will be sold at marked prices. The Gift Wrapping project will also begin that day.
Book Sale Day 2: Saturday,December 13th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.. Books will be sold at marked prices until NOON. From noon to 3:00 p.m., books will be $1.00 a bag! The Gift Wrapping project will also be going on during that time.
Project Support Our Troops

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Support Our Troops with donations

Project Support are troops is gearing up for the holidays and are currently getting ready to send needed holiday packages to our troops overseas. According to Kim Lengling one item which is really needed is Bag Balm.
“We anticipate shipping 500 boxes this Christmas, with postage costs running at least $6900.00” stated Kim Lengling, Co-Chairperson of Project Support Our Troops. “One thing we would like to special request this year  is Bag Balm lotion. With the extreme conditions that our Troops endure in certain areas, Bag Balm is “like Gold over there”.
For more information, details, Lest We Forget
Or call or visit: Kim Lengling
Full Circle Events, LLC
814-724-9099
www.full-circle-events.com

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

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Call to register – 763-5269
“Owls”
Monday, November 17, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
“Tree Cookie Ornaments”
Monday, December 1, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., $2.00 materials fee, Limited to first 20 registrants.
“Local History–Cambridge Springs”
Monday, December 8, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
“Last Minute Gift Baskets”
Monday, December 15, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Limited to first 18 registrants.
“Monday Movie Matinee”
Monday, December 29, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

 

And Just for the Heck of It

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Posted in: Uncategorized
Posted: November 9th, 2014

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In the Western Pacific one of the strongest storms ever recorded, Typhoon Nuri, will impact the weather in much of Northen Hemisphere for much of the upcoming week. Some forecasts are predicting very cold air and lake effect snows.
Nuri is expected to slam Alaska Friday and Saturday with hurricane force winds which will change the jet stream and bring extreme artic air into Canada and much of the United States. Some areas could see upwards of a foot of snow or more This could very well be an important week to monitor local forecasts. Tuesday could be our last nice Fall day before the cold air plunges across the Great Lakes. Some forecasts are already predicting polar vortex.

Tuesday. November 11 is Veterans Day. It’s a very solemn Day when reflection and thanks should rule for the many sacrifices made by our veterans. Project Support Our Troops posted below is one of the many ways everyone can quietly show support. Please read Project Support Our Troops below.

On the Wild Side

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The rut has certainly began. Deer are seemingly moving everywhere and there’s plenty of buck rubs to observe. Be careful driving.
Turkey season closes Saturday, November 8 and will re-open again around Thanksgiving until rifle season opens for deer on Monday, December 1 in Pennsylvania. For those who hunt New York State, rifle for deer opens on November 15

Yard and Garden

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Plenty of homeowners have been busy raking leaves. The wind and the rain brought many of them down in yards. Leaves are a valuable source of nutrients and can be used in the vegetable bed or flower beds. It does make life a little easier if you can mow the leaves first. The lawn will appreciate the extra benefits as well.

Spartansburg Book Sale

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In December, the Spartansburg Educational Foundation is holding a Used Book Sale at the Spartansburg Fire Hall in conjunction with a Gift Wrapping Booth. The Spartansburg Educational Foundation is raising funds for the proposed Charter school the community would like to establish. The group is very active and to keep up to date with events and fund raisers, visit their Facebook page.
Folks may bring their presents to be wrapped while browsing through our huge collection (thousands) of books! Here are the details as follows:
Book Donation Day: Thursday, December 11th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.. Books may be dropped off for donation to the book sale during this time at the Spartansburg Fire Hall.
Book Sale Day 1: Friday, December 12th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Books will be sold at marked prices. The Gift Wrapping project will also begin that day.
Book Sale Day 2: Saturday,December 13th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.. Books will be sold at marked prices until NOON. From noon to 3:00 p.m., books will be $1.00 a bag! The Gift Wrapping project will also be going on during that time.
Crawford County Conservation District

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Call to register or for more information 814-763-5269 or vist the Web page at, http://www.crawfordconservation.com/
“Sucking Bugs!” Session 2 (You may register even if you did not attend Session 1!)
Wednesday, November 12, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
“Owls”
Monday, November 17, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
“Tree Cookie Ornaments”
Monday, December 1, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., $2.00 materials fee, Limited to first 20 registrants.
“Local History–Cambridge Springs”
Monday, December 8, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
“Last Minute Gift Baskets”
Monday, December 15, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Limited to first 18 registrants.
“Monday Movie Matinee”

Project Support Our Troops

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Project Support are troops is gearing up for the holidays and are currently getting ready to send needed holiday packages to our troops overseas. According to Kim Lengling one item which is really needed is Bag Balm.
“We anticipate shipping 500 boxes this Christmas, with postage costs running at least $6900.00” stated Kim Lengling, Co-Chairperson of Project Support Our Troops. “One thing we would like to special request this year  is Bag Balm lotion. With the extreme conditions that our Troops endure in certain areas, Bag Balm is “like Gold over there”.
For more information, details, Lest We Forget
Or call or visit: Kim Lengling
Full Circle Events, LLC
814-724-9099
www.full-circle-events.com

American Legion Post – Union City

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The Union City American Legion Post 237 will be moving to new quarters sometimes in the late spring or early summer of 2015.
“We expect our new building to be ready by early summer, maybe earlier,” Post Commander Sam Samokar said. “We had a groundbreaking ceremony in late September and the foundation and block work is now beginning. We have been planning this now for quite sometime and we are really excited about this.”
Currently the Post is located at  1 South Main Street in downtown Union City. The new location will be just east of Union City at 9225 Route 6 in Union Township. The new building will provide for more space, better access and ample parking.
Special thanks to Marilyn Miller who has been taking photos of the construction progress.

Hurry Hill

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Hurry Hill Maple Farm Museum will be open on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the month of November. With two major holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas, Hurry Hill is a good place to get some quality maple products for the kitchen of for gifts.
It’s a fun museum to visit and is the repository for Virginia Sorenson Newbery Medal which she was awarded for her novel, Miracle of Maple Hill.The website for Hurry Hill is well worth the visit. It can be found at http://hurryhillfarm.org/
There is a wealth of information, history and other facts about maple syrup and about the farm museum itself. Be sure to watch the video the First Boil.
Hurry Hill  is located at 11424 Fry Rd. in Edinboro .
For more information about the Maple Farm Museum, Discover, Take Your Time at Hurry Hill.

And Just for the Heck of It

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November is National Diabetes Month. Did you know: The actual name of the disease is diabetes mellitus. Diabetes comes from the Greek meaning siphon. Aretus the Cappadocian, a Greek physician during the second century A.D., named the condition diabainein. He described patients who were passing too much water (polyuria) – like a siphon. The word became diabetes from the English adoption of the Medieval Latin diabetes. From the Farmers Alamanac.

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Posted: November 2nd, 2014

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As predicted Halloween weekend was rather cold with some wet snow. However, much of this upcoming week would seem to be an improvement. Well, it is November, the month when it gets darker outside an hour earlier beginning on Sunday, November 2. November 11 is Veterans Day. Of course Thanksgiving is the last Thursday of the month, November 27. The Christian season of Advent also opens on November 30.

On the Wild Side

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Deer seem to be about everywhere. Be cautious driving particularly at dusk and at daybreak. There also seems to plenty of buck rubs at least in this neighborhood. Rifle season opens on the first Monday following Thanksgiving, December 1, a tad later than usual. Hopefully, there will be a few inches of snow and not feet.

Military Style Canteen

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Embracing Our Veterans, a PA Registered Non-Profit, will be holding a WW11 Military Style Canteen to raise funds for programs to assist local veterans and their families.
The event will be held on Saturday, November 8 at Street Track N Trail on Conneaut Lake Road, Conneaut Lake.The authentic Military Canteen will be displayed by the generosity of the NW PA Military History Museum. Coffee, juice, cookies and donuts will be served by the Donut Dollies and enjoy era music of the 1940’s. The organization encourages all veterans to come in uniform and receive an extra ticket and receive an extra ticket for a chance drawing for a $100 Street Track N Trail gift certificate or gas cards.
The event is free and open to the public.
All proceeds from donations will directly benefit Embracing Our Veterans which provides supplemental help to local veterans and their families.
To learn more about Embracing Our Veterans, please visit www.embracingourveterans.org or visit us on Facebook at embracing our veterans.

Hurry Hill

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Hurry Hill Maple Farm Museum will be open on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the month of November. With two major holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas, Hurry Hill is a good place to get some quality maple products for the kitchen of for gifts.
It’s a fun museum to visit and is the repository for Virginia Sorenson Newbery Medal which she was awarded for her novel, Miracle of Maple Hill.The website for Hurry Hill is well worth the visit. It can be found at http://hurryhillfarm.org/
There is a wealth of information, history and other facts about maple syrup and about the farm museum itself. Be sure to watch the video the First Boil.
Hurry Hill  is located at 11424 Fry Rd. in Edinboro .
For more information about the Maple Farm Museum, Discover, Take Your Time at Hurry Hill.

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

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Call ro register – 814-763-5269 or for more information and details visit http://www.crawfordconservation.com/events/

“Sucking Bugs!” This is a TWO SESSION program.
Session ONE:  Monday, November 3, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Session TWO:  Wednesday, November 12, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
“Owls”
Monday, November 17, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
“Tree Cookie Ornaments”
Monday, December 1, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., $2.00 materials fee, Limited to first 20 registrants.
“Local History–Cambridge Springs”
Monday, December 8, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
“Last Minute Gift Baskets”
And Just for the Heck of It

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Did You Know?
PA is the fourth largest producer of pumpkins in the nation, with a production value more than $15.5 million — mainly used for decoration.

Posted in: Uncategorized
Posted: October 26th, 2014

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Halloween is this coming Friday and we welcome the month of November the following day, then turn the clocks back.. According to most forecasts, get ready for winter-ish conditions trick or treat night; wet snow and blustery conditions are in the forecasts.

This past weekend’s gusty winds brought many of the leaves down. Be careful driving, leaves can make for some slippery road conditions.

 

On the Wild Side

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In addition to the wet leaves, be careful of deer particularly near dusk. There are plenty of them and they are moving about. Even a quick walk in the woods will reveal numerous buck rubs. It’s that time of year again.

Small game season opened in earnest  this past weekend on Saturday. The Public Game Lands appeared to have been busy, many parking lots had a lot of trucks and cars.

The steelhead are also moving in the lake tributaries and it was a good weekend to fire the smoker and smoke the fish, despite the high winds Saturday afternoon.

 

Yard and Garden

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Time is running out to get garlic planted, perennials and shrubs moved before winter really set in for the long haul. Whatever garden clean-up work can be done in the next few weeks makes spring garden work go a lot smoother.

 

Military Style Canteen

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Embracing Our Veterans, a PA Registered Non-Profit, will be holding a WW11 Military Style Canteen to raise funds for programs to assist local veterans and their families.

The event will be held on Saturday, November 8 at Street Track N Trail on Conneaut Lake Road, Conneaut Lake.The authentic Military Canteen will be displayed by the generosity of the NW PA Military History Museum. Coffee, juice, cookies and donuts will be served by the Donut Dollies and enjoy era music of the 1940’s. The organization encourages all veterans to come in uniform and receive an extra ticket and receive an extra ticket for a chance drawing for a $100 Street Track N Trail gift certificate or gas cards.

The event is free and open to the public.

All proceeds from donations will directly benefit Embracing Our Veterans which provides supplemental help to local veterans and their families.

To learn more about Embracing Our Veterans, please visit www.embracingourveterans.org or visit us on Facebook at embracing our veterans

 

 

Pomona Grange – Korean War Vets

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The Crawford County Pomona Grange will hold a special recognition program for Korean War Veterans on November 1. The special program, which begins at 1 p.m., will be held at the IOOF Hall in Atlantic and is open to the general public. According to Susan Tau of the Pomona Grange, all  Korean War Veterans in the region have been sent special invitations.

During the program, the Veterans will receive special certificates prepared by the National Grange.

The keynote speaker for the special program is Kim Lengling, a Conneaut Lake business person, published author and retired Air Force Veteran. Her talk is entitled “Living With PTSD”.

 

Hurry Hill

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Hurry Hill Maple Farm Museum will be open on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the month of November.

It’s a fun museum to visit and is the repository for Virginia Sorenson Newbery Medal which she was awarded for her novel, Miracle of Maple Hill.The website for Hurry Hill is well worth the visit. It can be found at http://hurryhillfarm.org/

There is a wealth of information, history and other facts about maple syrup and about the farm museum itself. Be sure to watch the video the First Boil.

Hurry Hill  is located at 11424 Fry Rd. in Edinboro .

For more information about the Maple Farm Museum, Discover, Take Your Time at Hurry Hill.

 

Crawford County Conservation District

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Call to register – 763-5269

For more information, Crawford Conservation

“Bat Houses”

Thursday, October 30, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

One bat box per child (per family)

“Sucking Bugs!” This is a TWO SESSION program.

Session ONE:  Monday, November 3, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Session TWO:  Wednesday, November 12, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

“Owls”

Monday, November 17, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

 

And Just for the Heck of It

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  • Formidophobia is the fear of scarecrows

 

 

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Posted: October 18th, 2014

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Last Saturday, October 11 in Lewisburg, PA,  organizers had the 18 annual Wooly Worm Festival. During the festivities, judges examine the woolies, measuring the stripes and twelve other segments. The numbers are crunched using what has been termed a very complicate formula. The end result is the prediction for the upcoming winter.

The prediction?

“A cold winter with a couple heavy snowstorms (is expected). But the worms just did not see snow all winter long.”

The official woolie worm forecast !

This Saturday and Sunday could bring the region’s first snowfall, according to forecasts. The cold wet weather is expected to remain until mid-week.

On the Wild Side

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Hunting season for many small game animals opens this Saturday and the following weekend. Here is the general hunting schedule but be sure to check the exact dates for whatever management zone you will be hunting.

 

Squirrels – Red, Gray, Black, and Fox

Oct. 18-Nov. 29; Dec. 15-24 and Dec. 26-Feb. 21

 

Ruffed Grouse

Oct. 18–Nov. 29, Dec. 15-24 and Dec. 26-Jan. 24

 

Rabbit

Oct. 25-Nov. 29, Dec. 15-24 and Dec. 26-Feb. 21

 

Pheasant

Oct. 25-Nov. 29, Dec. 15-24 and Dec. 26-Feb. 21

 

Quail

Oct. 25-Nov. 29, Dec. 15-24 and Dec. 26-Feb. 21

 

Yard and Garden

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Weather-wise, it might not be the best weekend to work in the yard or garden. But it is time to get garlic planted, divide some perennials, plant or relocate trees and shrubs.

Last weekend’s frost. at least in this neighborhood, put an end to many garden vegetables. A frost does make some more flavorful vegetables such as cabbages and Swiss Chard.

 

Military Style Canteen

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Embracing Our Veterans, a PA Registered Non-Profit, will be holding a WW11 Military Style Canteen to raise funds for programs to assist local veterans and their families.

The event will be held on Saturday, November 8 at Street Track N Trail on Conneaut Lake Road, Conneaut Lake.The authentic Military Canteen will be displayed by the generosity of the NW PA Military History Museum. Coffee, juice, cookies and donuts will be served by the Donut Dollies and enjoy era music of the 1940’s. The organization encourages all veterans to come in uniform and recieve an extra ticket and recieve an extr ticket for a chance drawing for a $100 Street Track N Trail gift certificate or gas cards.

The event is free and open to the public.

All proceeds from donations will directly benefit Embracing Our Veterans which provides supplemental help to local veterans and their families.

To learn more about Embracing Our Veterans, please visit www.embracingourveterans.org or visit us on Facebook at embracing our veterans

Hurry Hill

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The leaves are at their peak and its a good time to visit Hurry Hill Maple Farm Museum on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. While you are thwere enjoy a great maple sundae; the proceeds help to fund the Edinboro Area Historical Society. Besides dishing up sundaes, members of the Historical Society will help with various children’s activities and  answer questions.

It’s a fun museum to visit and is the repository for Virginia Sorenson Newbery Medal which she was awarded for her novel, Miracle of Maple Hill.The website for Hurry Hill is well worth the visit. It can be found at http://hurryhillfarm.org/

There is a wealth of information, history and other facts about maple syrup and about the farm museum itself. Be sure to watch the video the First Boil.

Hurry Hill  is located at 11424 Fry Rd. in Edinboro .

For more information about the Maple Farm Museum, Discover, Take Your Time at Hurry Hill.

Pomona Grange

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The Crawford County Pomona Grange will hold a special recognition program for Korean War Veterans on November 1. The special program, which begins at 1 p.m., will be held at the IOOF Hall in Atlantic and is open to the general public. According to Susan Tau of the Pomona Grange, all  Korean War Veterans in the region have been sent special invitations.

During the program, the Veterans will receive special certificates prepared by the National Grange.

The keynote speaker for the special program is Kim Lengling, a Conneaut Lake business person, published author and retired Air Force Veteran. Her talk is entitled “Living With PTSD”.

In speaking with Kim this week, she told me she is about to announce a publishing date for a second book. Her first book “INSPIRE” is about PTSD and female veterans. Her company is called Full Circle and can be found here www.full-circle-events.com

More information about Kim and Full Circle and her book INSPIRE can also be found on her Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/FullCircleEventsLLC

She has been active in Project Support our Troops and recently co-founded Embracing Our Veterans.

Following Kim’s presentation, there will be light refreshments and live music provided by Conneaut Lake teacher, Penny Veree. The special event will end at 3 p.m.

Canadohta Lake

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The Pumpkin Hunt will be held at the Bloomfield township ballfields and firehall on Oct. 25th at 6:30. Bring a flashlight, plastic bag for the pumpkins and a costume… Sponsored By Recreation Board.

 

Crawford County Conservation District

 

Civil War Cannon at Woolawn Cemetery in Titusville

Civil War Cannon at Woolawn Cemetery in Titusville

 

“Fall Nature Scavenger Hunt”

Wednesday, October 22, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Stainbrook park, Shelter #2.

“Bat Houses”

Thursday, October 30, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

One bat box per child (per family)

“Sucking Bugs!” This is a TWO SESSION program.

Session ONE:  Monday, November 3, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Session TWO: Wednesday, November 12, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

“Owls”

Monday, November 17, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

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Meadville Halloween Parade

 

The Meadville Halloween parde will be next weekend, October 25. There’s plenty of floats and marching bands again this year. For a fun time, this is a great parade. It will start marching at 6:30 p.m. .

 

Oil Creek Titusville Railroad

 

The Train of Terror, the Oil Creek Titusville Railroad’s, special Halloween train is sold out for this year. However tickets are available for the special Santa Train which will run on November 29 and December 6. For more information, visit Santa Train or call 814-676-1733 for more information.

 

And Just for the Heck of It

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From the Pa Department of Ag:

 

PA’s apple crop is estimated at 11.2 million bushels this year which would be enough for every person

today in the U.S. to have an apple a day for two years. Remember, an apple a day keeps the doctor away.

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Posted: October 10th, 2014

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The weekend weather should be about near perfect. It will be cool but sunny. Tuesday appears to be the stormiest day of the week as temperatures rebound. The strong winds on Thursday this week sure blew a lot of leaves around. Be careful driving with leaves on the road. They can be very slippery.

Mark the evening of October 20. That will be the evening when the Orionid meteor shower will be at it’s best. The shower is the result of debris from a very well known comet, Halley.

 

On the Wild Side

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Hunting season for small game will be in high gear next week and for most of October. Here are some dates but be sure to check the hunting handbooks for special regulations depending on where your hunting.

But in general:

Squirrels – Red, Gray, Black, and Fox

Oct. 18-Nov. 29; Dec. 15-24 and Dec. 26-Feb. 21

Ruffed Grouse

Oct. 18–Nov. 29, Dec. 15-24 and Dec. 26-Jan. 24

Rabbit

Oct. 25-Nov. 29, Dec. 15-24 and Dec. 26-Feb. 21

Pheasant

Oct. 25-Nov. 29, Dec. 15-24 and Dec. 26-Feb. 21

Hopefully no one has made vacation plans to hunt or trap in the eastern parts of Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Game Commission has closed the area for all trapping and hunting until until fugitive Eric Fein is apprehended. The ban affects the following townships: Price, Barrett and Paradise townships in Monroe County, and Blooming Grove, Porter, Lehman and Greene townships in Pike County.

 

Yard and Garden

Native sunchokes are getting ready to bloom and harvest.

Native sunchokes are getting ready to bloom and harvest.

 

There seems to be plenty of apples this year both in orchards and in the wild.Wild apples are usually blemished and smaller but they do pack a lot of flavor. The sunchokes are blooming. Also known as Jerusalem Artichokes, the flowers resemble small sunflowers (pictured above). The bottom tuber is flavorful and healthy. They can be grown in the garden in an out of the way sort of spot. They can tower upwards of seven or eight feet. Discover more at Sunchoke.

It will be a good weekend, if there is no visit from Jack Frost, to pick some remaining vegetables and get the garden ready for winter.

 

Crawford County Pomona Grange – Korean War Veterans

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The Crawford County Pomona Grange will hold a special recognition program for Korean War Veterans on November 1. The special program, which begins at 1 p.m., will be held at the IOOF Hall in Atlantic and is open to the general public. According to Susan Tau of the Pomona Grange, all  Korean War Veterans in the region have been sent special invitations.

During the program, the Veterans will receive special certificates prepared by the National Grange.

The keynote speaker for the special program is Kim Lengling, a Conneaut Lake business person, published author and retired Air Force Veteran. Her talk is entitled “Living With PTSD”.

In speaking with Kim this week, she told me she is about to announce a publishing date for a second book. Her first book “INSPIRE” is about PTSD and female veterans. Her company is called Full Circle and can be found here www.full-circle-events.com

More information about Kim and Full Circle and her book INSPIRE can also be found on her Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/FullCircleEventsLLC

She has been active in Project Support our Troops and recently co-founded Embracing Our Veterans.

Following Kim’s presentation, there will be light refreshments and live music provided by Conneaut Lake teacher, Penny Veree. The special event will end at 3 p.m.

 

Hurry Hill

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Visit Hurry Hill Maple Farm Museum any Sunday this month and buy a maple sundae. It is open from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 11424 Fry Rd. , Edinboro.Proceeds help fund the Edinboro Area Historical Society. Members of the society will be on hand helping with tours, children’s activities, serving sundaes and answering question.

For more information and details, Take your Time at Hurry Hill.

 

Audubon – Bird Fest

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The Meadville Audubon will  sponsor an OctoBIRDfest on Saturday, October 18. The celebration will be held at Sprague’s Farm and Brew Works, located at 22113 Route 6 and 19 in Venango, Pa. The fest opens at  4 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m.

“We’ll have a lot of fun activities for people of all ages,” Sarah Sargent of the Audubon said. “There will be special activities for children during the day, such as bird themed educational games and a lot of prizes, a silent auction and a bird trivia game led by Trivia Master Chris Lundberg. Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center will also be bringing some live birds of prey.”

For more information, or to purchase tickets online, contact either Sarah or Judith at the Meadville Audubon at 814-333-1170.

Some additional details about some of the local birds and the Audubon’s Climate Change Report, Birds.

 

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

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Call to register, 814-763-5269/ For more information, http://www.crawfordconservation.com/

 

“Print Fall Tote Bags” Sorry, both of these sessions are full.

Wednesday, October 15, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., $3.00 materials fee.

“Fall Nature Scavenger Hunt”

Wednesday, October 22, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Stainbrook park, Shelter #2.

“Bat Houses”

Thursday, October 30, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

One bat box per child (per family)


And Just for the Heck of It

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October 22 is National Nut Day (seriously). And did you know this fun fact from the Farmers Almanac: It takes 550 peanuts to make one 12 ounce  jar of peanut butter!

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Posted: October 3rd, 2014

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Colorful October brings many changes. Everyday seems to bring more vivid colors in the leaves, the wildflowers continue to brighten in fields and meadows, and daylight is decreasing fast.

October brings to mind the early Greek philosopher Heraclitus who in the 5  century B.C. wrote: “No man evers steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”

How true and a powerful insight. He must have spent a lot of time outdoors in Ephesus. And I would wager a bet, if Heraclitus were here today in October, he’d be powerfully overwhelmed. Nature, as Heraclis wrote, changes constantly.

Another change will begin this weekend, rainy, windy and chilly weather will arrive and last throughout much of next week. The much cooler air over the Great Lakes will make for some amazing cloud formations and conditions will be ripe for water spouts (take heed anglers fishing for steelhead).

Another dramatic change will happen in the skies, the evening of October 8 – in the hours before daybreak , there will be a total eclipse of the Full Moon, often called the Full Hunter Moon.

A total eclipse is rather rare, although we were treated to the celestial show last April. It only happens when the earth, the sun and the moon line up perfectly. We’ll enjoy two more such shows in 2015. A total of four (separated by six months),consecutively is called a “tetrad”. This won’t happen again until 2032.

The total lunar eclipse is also called  a “Blood Moon” in some Christian sects based on some Old Testament prophecies.October also brings a somewhat controversial holiday honoring Christopher Columbus. History is certainly under review regarding his actions.

But October is also the month famous for another holiday – Happy Halloween. It’s a time period which sees a lot of changes particularly at night right at your front door.

Heraclitus would be happy.

 

On the Wild Side

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Hunting season goes into high gear, Saturday October 4 with the opening deer archery season. It’s a fun time in the woods and while it will be cool and damp, the day will be far warmer than opening Day of Rifle season, December 1. For an overview of the upcoming hunting season, Take Aim.

Yard and Garden

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Vegetable gardens are dying back and showing their age. There’s plenty of time this month to get the plot ready for next spring.What gets done now makes spring garden work a lot easier.

 

Hurry Hill : Get Ready for October Sundaes

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Hurry Hill Maple Farm Museum is open every Sunday during October from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.. Stop by and be sure to get a Maple Syrup Sundae every Sunday. Members of the Edinboro Area Historical Society will be serving up the special treat, be available to answer questions and help to lead children’s activities. Hurry Hill is ocated at 11424 Fry Road in Edinboro. For more information, Take Your Time at Hurry Hill.

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

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Call to register 814-763-5269

“Fall Landscapes…in Your Backyard”

Wednesday, October 8, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Join Scott Sjolander, Urban Forester, Penn State Cooperative Extension Office in Crawford County, to find out what “tips” he has for us on preparing our properties and vegetation for fall and winter. A wide variety of information on everything from when to plant trees to how to harvest grape vines to make wreaths.

“Print Fall Tote Bags”

Wednesday, October 15, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Registration limited to 16 and there is a $3.00 materials fee

Create a fall tote bag with Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District. We will be printing with leaf replicas.  Or, if you prefer to design a bag by stenciling bats…or make you own fall stencil, we will provide the totes and materials.

“Fall Nature Scavenger Hunt”

Wednesday, October 22, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Stainbrook Partk, Shelter #2

A Woodcock Creek Nature Center tradition!  Come and help Laura Dengler, Crawford Conservation District, find many fall nature items in the Park.  She has fall treats on hand to reward all the scavenger hunters!

“Bat Houses”

Thursday, October 30, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., One bat box per child (per family)

Terry Lobdell will teach us how to build bat houses. He will show us what a “rocket box” is!  Find out about bats and how to help them by providing shelter.  See the boxes at the Nature Center.

 

Meadville Audubon

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The Meadville Audubon will have an OctoBirdfest on October 18 at Sprague Farm and Brew Works. Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center will be bringing some birds of prey to the event. There will also be plenty of games and activities for people of all ages. Tickets are available at the door or at the Audubon 301 Chestnut Street. For more information, call the Meadville Audubon at 333-1170. For some “birding news” and some of the rare species seen in the area, and links to help our native species, BIRDS.

 

And Just for the Heck of It

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Your Halloween Jack-o-Lantern will last longer if the cut edges are rubbed with petroleum jelly.

 

 

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