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By Greg Spinks Community blogger
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Posted: August 15th, 2014

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The Crawford County Fair opens this weekend on August 16. It’s a fun time, there are plenty of rides, things to see and do and good food. Many people from a variety of different organizations have worked hard throughout the year to display animals and exihbits. It will be a busy week for many local residents and volunteers who help make the fair the huge success that it is every year. Pictured above is an undated photo of the Fair shared by the Crawford County Fair.

For more information and some history of the fair, check out, Fair Time.

Hopefully, the weather improves for the week-long fair. It seems as if the Dog Days of August sort of bypassed the region; it has been unseasonably cool and wet for August.

The Super Moon this past week was actually super impressive. Hopefully, everyone was able to enjoy it.

 

On the Wild Side

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Penn State Wildlife Center is a great link to learn more about our native wildlife. There is a vast amount of information and links on such topics as rabies, white nose syndrome, how to attract more pollinators, bird feeding and watching, how to deal with nuisance wild animals and a whole host of other topics.

Many wild berries are beginning to ripen, particularly the wild blackberries and elderberries.

 

Yard and Garden

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Ever think about becoming a Master Gardener? Here’s the opportunity. Applications are now being accepted by the Penn State Cooperative Extension for the program. The deadline is August 23 and the cost is $175. Classes will be held from October 2 through March 12. For more information call the Extension Office at 333-7460. or Email lindjoy@hotmail.com

For yard and garden questions, the Master Gardeners are available to answer questions on Tuesday at the Ag Extension Center. Visit or call 333-7460.

Pymatuning State Park

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Enjoy a morning paddle around Woodcock Lake with Linda Armstrong on August 29 at 9 a.m. Meet at Woodcock Lake Park. Bring your own kayak, and equipment as well as something to drink and a snack. Binoculars always come in handy to view wildlife. It is possible that some kayaks may be available from the park. But be sure to call the Park Office as quickly as possible to reserve one.

For more information or to reserve a kayak call the Park Office at 724-932-3142.

 

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

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Please register for any program you will be attending. it’s simple. Just call the Woodcock Creek Nature Center at (814) 763.5269

 

“Ginko Walk” (2 Sessions!)

Tuesday, August 26, Stainbrook Park Shelter #1…. at EITHER 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Session One) or 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Session Two)

Join Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, for a friendly, relaxing Ginko Walk.  Let your creative side come alive!  Writing Haiku is fun…especially when inspired by the surroundings at beautiful Stainbrook Park and the Woodcock Creek Nature Center!

“Soil Painting”

Wednesday, September 3, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.  Registration limited to 20.  $2.00 materials fee.

Find out how to create paintings with a technique that is a bit out of the ordinary! Join Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, to give it a try!

“Family Fishing”

Wednesday, September 10, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Stainbrook Park Shelter #2

NOTE: Special registration guidelines:  Please register with the PA Fish & Boat Commission by calling Chad Foster at 814-683-5126 or register online: http://www.fish.state.pa.us

All supplies will be provided. 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.

Goodell Gardens

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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 Nutrition 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.

And Just for the Heck of It

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By now just about everyone who has a back yard garden has been enjoying fresh tomatoes. But did you know:

“The largest ever tomato on record was grown in Oklahoma in 1986, weighed 7lbs 12oz and made enough sandwiches for 21 people.”

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Posted: August 8th, 2014

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For the most part summer has been cool and wet. It has also been a seemingly very fast summer. August, however, promises some warmer and drier weather, according to several weather forecasts. Hopefully, the drier and sunnier weather will decrease the mosquito population somewhat. Mosquitoes have been awful this summer.

There’s been reports of some sickly acting animals, particularly in the Canadohta Lake area. Be aware and read On the Wild Side post below.

With memories still fresh about our Polar Vortex winter, many people are busy with chain saws, hauling and stacking firewood. The wild blackberries are beginning to ripen and the Fall wild flower shows are just now beginning.

The upcoming weekend should be nice and great weather for the annual Canna Doo Wop  and for the events scheduled at Pymatuning State Park and at the Woodcock Creek Nature Center[ all mentioned in posts below.

Sunday August 10 will feature another “Super Moon” and will be the largest Full Moon of 2014 since the moon will be close to Earth ( a mere 221,765 miles away). According to National Geographic, the moon will appear 16% larger and some 30% brighter in the evening sky. This will be the second of three super moonssupermoons in 2014. The first Supermoon was the eveningevning of July 12. We will enjoy another Super Moon the evening of September 9.

Similar conditions for a August 10 Full Super Moon will not happen again until 2034. Enjoy the Super Moon August 10.

 

On the Wild Side

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Since July 30, several raccoons have been spotted which appear to be infected with the rabies virus, according to Lisa Sobocinski of Canadohta Lake. The areas where the diseased animals have been located is in the general vicinity of Pasture Drive, Weed Rd and Cold Spring Rd.

Sobocinski is a former animal control office who worked in nearby Celeron, New York.

“From my experience, we could have a problem with rabid raccoons,” she said. “It is important for people to be aware of what is going on, to educate their children about wildlife ad be careful of family pets.”

A more detailed story will appear next Friday in Go Crawford. Stay away from wildlife, enjoy them at a distance. If a suspicious animals is seen, it is best to call the regional office of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, at  814-432-3187. I spoke with wildlife officer Regis Senko last week. He said there is usually someone in the office up to 11 p.m. to answer calls.

“Most of the time someone is here but during the summer monts, we have vacation schedules to deal with but that is rather rare,” he said. “Call and follow the instructions given by the dispatcher.”

He also noted that people with questions cans also check thwe Game Commission Web site

at  http://www.pgc.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/pgc/9106 look under wildlife.

 

Yard and Garden

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Ever think about becoming a Master Gardener? Here’s the opportunity. Applications are now being accepted by the Penn State Cooperative Extension for the program. The deadline is August 23 and the cost is $175. Classes will be held from October 2 through March 12. For more information call the Extension Office at 333-7460. or Email lindjoy@hotmail.com

Canna Doo Wop – Canadohta Lake

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The popular Canna-Doo-Wop Festival will be on Saturday August 9. The event has numerous events at various locations around Canadohta Lake. There will be an antique Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show, which includes a Chinese Auction, an Arts and Craft Show and a Street Dance.  Canna Doo Wop is a fun time for the entire familyThere is plenty to see and do. Enjoy the festivities Saturday at the lake.

For more information, Canna Doo Wop.


Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

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  • Please register for any program you will be attending. it’s simple. Just call the Woodcock Creek Nature Center at (814) 763.5269

 

“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!

“Ginko Walk” (2 Sessions!)

Tuesday, August 26, Stainbrook Park Shelter #1…. at EITHER 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Session One) or 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Session Two)

Join Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, for a friendly, relaxing Ginko Walk.  Let your creative side come alive!  Writing Haiku is fun…especially when inspired by the surroundings at beautiful Stainbrook Park and the Woodcock Creek Nature Center!

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August 12 at 10 p.m. Stargaze and watch for the meteor showers at Shelter # 4 which is located past the Park Office on the southern end of the lake.

 

August 13 – Kayaking 101, Beach #2 at 6 p.m. Get some beginners instructions on kayaking. Bring your own kayak or reserve one from the Park. For more information or to reserve a kayak and register call the Park Office at 724-932-3142


Goodell Gardens

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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 Nutrition 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.


And Just for the Heck of It – From the PA Dept. of Agriculture:

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Cats are the most common domestic animals diagnosed with rabies in the United States. Dogs are the most common

domestic rabid animals worldwide. Domestic animals positive for rabies in Pennsylvania in 2010 included 56 domestic

cats, four dogs, seven cattle and five horses. In 2009, for the first time, the number of rabid cats exceeded the total

number of all other wild animals reported positive except the raccoon.

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Posted: August 1st, 2014

Finally.

Welcome August – ripe tomatoes and the dog days of a, gasp, waning summer.

There are several important dates to note this month. One date is August 2 National Mustard Day. While ketchup remains somewhat more popular, mustard is catching up fast as one of the country’s favorite condiments.

In the ancient worlds, mustard seed were used for medicinal purposes. The healing herb was used to treat gastric and digestive problems, rheumatism, and to treat colds.

The National Mustard Museum, founded in 1986 is located at Middleton, Wisconsin. When it first opened only a dozen or so varieties were on display. Today, there are over 5,600 varieties from 70 different countries, some for viewing, some for tasting and some for sale.

There are other important dates to watch in the night sky.The Full Sturgeon Moon is set to rise in the sky as another Super Moon on August 10; (the next Super Moon is set to rise on September 8). The Full Sturgeon moon should be particularly bright since the moon will be closer than usual to Earth. Then on August 12 – 13 during the evening hours , if it’s not cloudy or raining, the Perseid meteor shows will put on a spectacular, peak light show in the sky. The night sky activity begins on August 9 and runs through August 14.

On August 12 at Pymatuning, Linda Armstrong is organizing a star gazing event on August 12. See more below under Pymatuning State Park

There will also be a street dance for Canna Doo Wop on August 9 see Canadohta Lake below.

Some weather forecasters are claiming the weather will turn warmer and drier this month. Here’s hoping those forecast predictions are correct.

August is often referred to as the “dog days of summer” but not because of pet pooches.Once again back to the sky, the name dog days   has to do with the star Sirius, also known as the dog star, which rise at the same time as sunrise during the month of August.

On the Wild Side

The weather has been conducive to a surging population of insects particularly mosquitoes. If you’re out and about in the fields and woods, be sure to wear bug repellents. Mosquitoes can carry some serious diseases.

There was a rather strange story from Montgomery County recently. At 6 a.m. a woman was opening a paint store which she manages when she was attacked by a doe. Two men saw the attack and rushed to help her. The doe eventually died and later tested positive for rabies. The two men are now undergoing rabies treatment.

This was the first case of rabies in a deer in Pennsylvania so far this year. But with archery season for deer approaching (October 4). the incident is good reminder to wear surgical gloves when gutting a deer.

It’s also time to practice up with the bow and check tree stands particularly if they were left out all year.

Yard and Garden

Ever think about becoming a Master Gardener? Here’s the opportunity. Applications are now being accepted by the Penn State Cooperative Extension for the program. The deadline is August 23 and the cost is $175. Classes will be held from October 2 through March 12. For more information call the Extension Office at 333-7460. or Email lindjoy@hotmail.com

Pymatuning State Park

August 12 at 10 p.m. Stargaze and watch for the meteor showers at Shelter # 4 which is located past the Park Office on the southern end of the lake.

 

August 13 – Kayaking 101, Beach #2 at 6 p.m. Get some beginners instructions on kayaking. Bring your own kayak or reserve one from the Park. For more information or to reserve a kayak and register call the Park Office at 724-932-3142

Pymatuning Lake Association

The Kid’s Fishing Derby will be held this weekend August 2 and 3. It’s free and there are plenty of prizes and awards. For more information, Lederer can be reached at ledererchuck@yahoo.com; call the PLA, (724) 927-9493; or visit www.pymatuninglake.com/index.html or visit http://www.goerie.com/article/20140801/GOCRAWFORD0102/308019990/Kids-fish-for-fun-this-weekend

Canadohta Lake

The popular Canna-Doo-Wop Festival will be on Saturday August 9. The event has numerous events at various locations around Canadohta Lake. There will be an antique Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show, which includes a Chinese Auction, an Arts and Craft Show and a Street Dance.

For more information, visit  Canna Doo Wop

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center


 

  • Please call the Nature Center at (814) 763.5269 to register.

 

“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 nonvenomous 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!

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 Nutrition 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.

And Just for the Heck of It.

August 2, 1876 –  Wild Bill Hickock is killed during a poker game. He was holding a “Dead Man’s Hand”, two pair aces and 8′s. The game was being played at the No.10 Saloon in Deadwood, South Dakota. At 4:15 p.m., James McCall entered the bar and shot Wild Bill in the back of the head. mcCall was eventually hanged for his crime after a trial.

 

On a more happier note, August 3 is National Watermelon Day

 

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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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