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By Greg Spinks Community blogger
Greg Spinks is a Crawford County blogger.   Read more about this blog.
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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Posted: September 29th, 2014

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The weather has been somewhat spectacular for the last week or so and we can expect to see more nice Fall days in the upcoming week. Hundreds took adavantage of  Saturday, Septemer 27 weather and visited the Asbury Woods Honey Festival.

The festival featured many honey bee demonstrations, free samples, honey products for sale and to learn more about the all important honeybees.

The Festival was sponsored by the Nature Center and the Northwestern Pennsylvania Beekeepers Association who were available to answer questions and demonstrate some aspects of raising bees.

One of the most popular exhibits was the bee observation box. Dozens of people, young and old, appeared to be fascinated with the observation box and there was a large crowd watching it throughout the event.

On the Wild Side

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Deer archery season opens this upcoming Saturday, October 4. Hopefully, the weather conditions remain for the archers. For an overview of the upcoming hunting season, Lake Erie Lifestyles.

The leaves are rapidly changing colors and the wildflowers in the fields are brilliant this year.The sunchockes or Jeusalem Artichokes also began blooming this past week. There are not a convenience food but are certainly flavorful and healthy.

The rare Sabine Gull seen at Pymatuning seems to have left the area. For more information on the rather unusual visitor, Sabine Gull.

 

 

Yard and Garden

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It’s been a great week for yard work of cutting, splitting and stacking firewood. This is also the best time of year to get a soil test done and added the needed nutrients to the soil for next spring. The tests can be obtained from the County Ag Extension Office for $9. It’s also time to get ready to plant this garlic for next year’s garlic harvest.

If you have been out and about in the yard or garden, you have most likely viewed one of our traditional weathers, the Wooly Bear caterpillar. They seem to be plentiful this year.


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 Woodcock Creek Nature Center to Register at 814-763-5269

“Get Moving this Fall!  Health Walk”

Wednesday, October 1, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Wondering why you never quite get that nice, long, leisurely,  outdoor walk to fit into your busy schedule?  Stop–get your calendar out and mark down this event.  Join some friendly companions for a great time…that’s good for you.  Wear comfortable walking shoes and meet Kathy Uglow at the Nature Center.  We will be walking approximately 2.75 miles in all.

“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.

 

And Just for the Heck of It

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 At peak growth, record breaking giant pumpkins can grow 40-50 pounds a day, or more! 

source: http://www.gardenersnet.com/vegetable/giantpumpkins.htm

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Posted: September 19th, 2014

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Officially,  Fall begins Monday, September 22. The Autumnal Equinox occurs at 10:29 p.m. Realistically, it has felt like Fall almost all summer.

No worry just yet about changing the clocks. The clocks don’t get turned back until November, 2 this year. The clocks were moved forward an hour back on March 9.

The upcoming Fall Foliage color show could be somewhat spectacular this year according to some. There’s been plenty of chilly nights and rain, ingredients needed by the trees. Some leaves are already showing the change and some are falling. Be careful while driving, leaves on the road with rain or freezing temperatures can make for some slick conditions.

The weekend looks near perfect except for a chance of rain on Sunday and something of a cool-down for the rest of the week.

 

 

On the Wild Side

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It’s uncertain if the rare Sabine Gull seen at Pymatuning is still residing in the area. It may have moved. In case you missed the unique Gull, more photos by Shawn Collins can be viewed at his album, Sabine or on his Facebook page.

More information about the bird can also be found Rare Gull at Pymatuning.

The Monarch butterflies are also moving through the area on their way to their winter quarters in Mexico. They seem to enjoy the goldenrods and the asters which are now blooming.

Of course the goldenrods and other wildflowers now in bloom are very important for all pollinators and in particular the all important honeybee. What would life like without the honeybees and other pollinators? Here’s a link to an interesting article from Huffington Post,

Bland Meals.

 

Yard and Garden

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Pumpkins seem to be everywhere this year. Many home gardeners always plant them. They are about as popular a decoration during the Fall season and Halloween as the Christmas Tree. Pumpkins are also very healthy and are packed with many needed vitamins and minerals, even the flowers and the seeds. Discover more about the advantages of the pumpkin at Huffington Post, The Great Pumpkin.

 

Hurry Hill

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Hurry Hill Maple Farm Museum will be open every Sunday during September, October and November from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. There is no admission charge. Hurry Hill is located at 11424 Fry Road, Edinboro.

“Fall is just a nice time of the year to take a Sunday drive, enjoy the leaves and visit the museum and tour our operations and exhibits,” owner Jan Woods said. “Many people are running low on maple products they purchased during the spring runs and want to stock up for Thanksgiving and Christmas.”

During the month of October, members of the Edinboro Area Historical Society will be greeting visitors, helping children with a variety of activities and serving Maple Sundaes. The cost for a sundae is $3.

Last Sunday, we spent the afternoon at Hurry Hill Farm Museum. Discover even more about the farm and museum and make some plans to visit – Take Your Time at Hurry Hill.

 

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.

 

AARP Safe Driving  Classes

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AARP and Active Aging will sponsor Smart Driver classes for individuals 50 years and older. The classes will be held at the Lew Davis Community Building, 1034 Park Ave. in Meadville., Classes begin October 27 and 28 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and there will be a refresher course for previous students to get their updates on October 13.Cost is $20 for non AARP members and $15 for AARP members. To register, or for more information, call Active Aging at 336-1792

 

Canadohta

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The Canadohta Lake Area Business Association (CLABA) will have a very important re-organizational meeting at the Frog Pond on October 11. All members are encouraged  to attend.

 

 

Fall Honey Harvest Festival

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Asbury Woods will have a Fall Honey Festival on Saturday, September 27. The festival will open at 11 a.m. and end at 4 p.m., according to Charles Schroek, the Nature Center’s beekeeper. Admission to the Festival is free. There will be plenty of activities and exhibits for the entire family.

Members of the Northwestern Pennsylvania Beekeepers Association will conduct a number of demonstrations and be available to answer questions. According to Kirk Johnson, the president of the organization, members will demonstrate how to get the honey from the hive and into the jar and Charles Vorisek will bring is ever-popular bee observation box. Johnson will be one of the members taking people out to view the hives kept at the center.

 

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

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Call to register 814-763-5269

 

“Basic Compass”

Tuesday, September 23, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Limited to 20 registrants.

Learn how to properly use a compass with Brian Pilarcik, Crawford Conservation District.  Practice your skills with hands on exercises!  Fun, interesting and useful!!

“Get Moving this Fall!  Health Walk”

Wednesday, October 1, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Wondering why you never quite get that nice, long, leisurely,  outdoor walk to fit into your busy schedule?  Stop–get your calendar out and mark down this event.  Join some friendly companions for a great time…that’s good for you.  Wear comfortable walking shoes and meet Kathy Uglow at the Nature Center.  We will be walking approximately 2.75 miles in all.

“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.

 

Farmland Preservation Conference

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Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Thomas Hylton, a lifelong Pennsylvanian will be the keynote speaker at the Pennsylvania Farmland Preservation Association (PFPA) Fall Conference to be held at the Riverside Inn, Cambridge Springs, PA on Tuesday, September 30th through Thursday, October 2nd.

Other event highlights include a tour of Ernst Conservation Seeds and Apple Shamrock Farm as well as a program on French Creek and an introduction to the new county pictometry imagery.

Please click on the following links for more information:

Conference Registration | Conference Agenda | Speakers & Presenters

Goodell Gardens Farmers Market 

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When Wed, September 24, 3pm – 6pm

Where 221 Waterford Street, Edinboro, PA, United States (map)

Description Goodell Gardens Farmers Market will be open for business!

Featuring a variety of local foods grown in the Edinboro area, Goodell Gardens Farmers Market offers a way for your to meet the folks behind your food!

Past products include produce, baked goods, cheese, salsa, honey, maple, chicken, meat, herbs, plant starts, preserves, art and more!

 

 

And Just for the Heck of It

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For many years, people believed pumpkins, native to both Central America and Mexico, would cure snakebites. It’s not clear just how the remedy was used or if  the pumpkin was thrown at the snake first before it bit.

 

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Posted: September 13th, 2014

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The weekend is expected to be cold with rain for the most part. Sunday and Monday morning could see some of the coldest air since last spring. Looking ahead, the new week won’t see much warmth with highs only in the upper sixties and nighttime lows in the forties. Time to get the wood stoves cranking.

Although snow is not expected here, many parts of Montana and South Dakota saw record, early snows last Friday and into Saturday. The Great Lakes will help to moderate the cold air mass as it arrives in our region.

While locally, no frost is predicted, pay attention to the forecasts. Some nearby regions such as interior New York State and parts of Pennsylvania could see Jack Frost.

The weather is still great to get outside and enjoy the changes taking place.  It’s a fun time to be outside. There’s still plenty to do and enjoy in the region before winter and the real cold arrives. One stop is Hurry Hill Farm Museum, see below to discover more and in case you missed Friday’s edition of Go Crawford, Hurry Hill.

 

On the Wild Side

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A Sabine Gull has been the source of a lot of attention at Pymatuning in the last two weeks. The Sabine Gull is very rare to be seen in this region. They are native to the Arctic and western areas. Many thanks to Meadville photographer Shawn Collins for sharing his photograph above. To view more photos of this rare gull, visit his album at  https://www.flickr.com/photos/pghdjshawn/sets/72157647314128636

or his Facebook page at  www.facebook.com/Shawncollinsphotography

This upcoming Wednesday, more information on the Sabine Gull  and other birding news will be published in Koyote Hill and next Friday read even more about these Gull in Friday’s edition of Go Crawford.

 

Yard and Garden

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September and October are the months to divide perennial flowers beds and to make new ones in the yard. It’s also the best time to get a soil test done. Call the Crawford County Ag Ext. Office for more information at  814 – 333-7460.

The upcoming weeks are also good for transplanting trees and shrubs.

The gardens are beginning to show their age. Next month however is the time to think about planting garlic for next years crop. If you have the space, a pollinator garden is a good choice to have near the home vegetable garden.

Fall can be a busy month in the yard and garden. The more that gets done now makes spring work a little easier.

 

Hurry Hill

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Hurry Hill Maple Farm Museum will be open every Sunday during September, October and November from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. There is no admission charge. Hurry Hill is located at 11424 Fry Road, Edinboro.

“Fall is just a nice time of the year to take a Sunday drive, enjoy the leaves and visit the museum and tour our operations and exhibits,” owner Jan Woods said. “Many people are running low on maple products they purchased during the spring runs and want to stock up for Thanksgiving and Christmas.”

During the month of October, members of the Edinboro Area Historical Society will be greeting visitors, helping children with a variety of activities and serving Maple Sundaes. The cost for a sundae is $3.

Last Sunday, we spent the afternoon at Hurry Hill Farm Museum. Discover even more about the farm and museum and make some plans to visit – Take Your Time at Hurry Hill.

 

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

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Simply call to register – 814-763-5269.

 

“Macroinvertebrate Investigation”

Tuesday, September 16, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Stainbrook Park, Shelter #2.

Members of the Crawford County Senior Environmental Corps (CCSEC) will demonstrate how to gather samples of the “tiny bugs” from Woodcock Creek and identify them with an ID key.  Hands on!

“Basic Compass”

Tuesday, September 23, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Limited to 20 registrants.

Learn how to properly use a compass with Brian Pilarcik, Crawford Conservation District.  Practice your skills with hands on exercises!  Fun, interesting and useful!!

“Get Moving this Fall!  Health Walk”

Wednesday, October 1, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Wondering why you never quite get that nice, long, leisurely,  outdoor walk to fit into your busy schedule?  Stop–get your calendar out and mark down this event.  Join some friendly companions for a great time…that’s good for you.  Wear comfortable walking shoes and meet Kathy Uglow at the Nature Center.  We will be walking approximately 2.75 miles in all.

“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.

 

PA Farmland Preservation Conference

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Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Thomas Hylton, a lifelong Pennsylvanian will be the keynote speaker at the Pennsylvania Farmland Preservation Association (PFPA) Fall Conference to be held at the Riverside Inn, Cambridge Springs, PA on Tuesday, September 30th through Thursday, October 2nd.

Other event highlights include a tour of Ernst Conservation Seeds and Apple Shamrock Farm as well as a program on French Creek and an introduction to the new county pictometry imagery.

For more information, visit the Conservation Districts Website at

http://www.crawfordconservation.com/

 

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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September 23 is the Autumn equinox.It seems as if the weather this weekend is getting us prepared.

The Autumn equinox signals the beginning of Fall. It is the point where there is exactly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness at the equator.

 

 

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