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
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
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 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
Simply call to register – 814-763-5269.
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!
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
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
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
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.