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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.

 

 

Posted in: Uncategorized
Posted: September 5th, 2014

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Some northern and mid-western states could see their first frosts and some snow next week. Locally, we won’t see that just yet but it will be cooling down. The Great Lakes will modify the punch of cooler air from up farther north. But it’s coming and we will see a cool down next week. The weather is changing and by 7:30 p.m. it almost dark enough outside for lights.

The following links are to Go Crawford and are related to the recent Crawford County Fair in case you missed Friday’s edition.

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Maple Award

Grange Awards

 

On the Wild Side

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The fields and meadows are colorful this time of year with many different wildflowers blooming. For many of the pollinators, including the honeybees, these native flowers provide the needed nourishment before old man winter gets here.Three of the most common and essential for pollinators are the goldenrods, boneset and jewelweed. Discover more about these amazing plants Wildflowers.

 

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.

 

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.

More about the Museum next Friday in Go Crawford.

 

PA Farmland Preservation Fall Conference Coming to Crawford County

 

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.

More information, including registration, Conservation District

 

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

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Call to register for all programs. 814-763-5269

“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.

“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.

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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Sunday is Grandparents Day!

National Grandparent’s Day originated in 1978. Then President Jimmy Carter declared it to be the first Sunday after Labor Day.

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Posted: August 29th, 2014

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Hopefully, it will be a safe and happy Labor Day holiday for everyone. Outdoor activities may have to dodge some rain here and there but it doesn’t look to be a complete wash-out.

Monday, Labor Day is a Fish for $1 Day in Pennsylvania, a $1 license is required and all other fishing regulations must be followed. To purchase a $1 license and more information Fish and Boat.

If you are using live fish bait, do not throw it back in the spot where you are fishing unless it was caught in that location. It sounds cruel but throw the bait in a trash barrel. There is an increasing problem with some invasive species which can do serious harm to our lakes and creeks. Discover more information, Invaders.

Last week was nice weather wise and it had to have been hard sitting in a classroom or teaching after the summer vacation.  It was also good weather for the Erie County-Wattsburg Fair which will end today, Saturday. Upcoming Fairs are Albion, Waterford and Spartansburg. Waterford will be September 1 – 6. Check their website at http://waterfordfair.org/intro.htm This is the 77 annual Fair at Waterford

The Spartansburg Fair will be held August 31 and run through September 6. This is the 93rd annual fair at Spartansburg. Discover Spartansburg Fair.

The 70 annual Albion Fair will begin on September 6 and runs through the 13. Discover the Fair at Albion.

Next week in Go Crawford will be several articles about the recently completed 69 annual Crawford County Fair.

 

On the Wild Side

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Invasive round gobies have been discovered in Lake LeBoeuf which empties into valuable French Creek. For more information, visit Go Crawford at Goby. Or Discover the Invaders.

This could develop into a real serious problem and action is required.

Special Note: The last passenger pigeon, called Martha, died at 1 p.m. September 1, 1914 in the Cincinnati Zoological Gardens. The species were thought to be one of the most abundant species in all of North America and were common throughout Crawford County and much of northwestern Pennsylvania. Sad.

The important goldenrods are blooming along with many other important wild flowers which are vital to honeybees and other native insects. Goldenrods are fascinating plants and provide a habitat for a wide range of good insects. Discover more at Sun Medicine published August 24.

 

Yard and Garden

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This is a good time of the year to transplant or divide perennial flowers. It’s also a good time to beginning planning for next years garlic. Garlic should be planted sometime in October and now is the time to get the garden spot prepared for the bulbs.

Last week’s weather forecast from the Farmer’s Almanac should give everyone a little wake up call. The predictions are for an early, harsh and snowy winter, Regardless, it’s time to get some of the outside chores down, just in case.

 

Hurry Hill

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Hurry Hill Museum is now open every Sunday from September  through October from 2 p.m.  to 5 p.m. Learn and discover more about the art of maple syrup production and enjoy some real maple syrup treats. More about Hurry Hill (there’s some really fascinating stories) can be discovered at the website as well as driving directions. If you’re thinking about making syrup next maple season, need more information or supplies, Discover Hurry Hill.

 

French Creek Clean Up

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Volunteers are need for September 7 Clean Up French Creek

Annual French Creek Cleanup

September 6, 2014

Have you registered yet?

We’re excited for the 22nd Annual French Creek Cleanup!  If you’ve already signed up, we send you as many pounds of thanks as trash pulled out of the creek last year!  (Which is almost 35,000 pounds of thanks!!!)

If you haven’t registered yet, don’t miss out on the chance to be a part of this great multi-community event. Head on over to www.frenchcreekconservancy.org and register your team today!

Any waterway in the watershed is fair game!  You can clean French Creek or any of its tributaries; hit one of our great community lakes like Lake LeBoeuf or Edinboro; you can walk the banks or bring your boat! Looking for a place to clean? For some ideas click here! Have another idea? Tell us when you register!

Enjoy free picnic after at Sprague Farm & Brew Works in Venango!  Weigh in at Sprague’s by 4pm to be considered for prizes.

Any questions? Just give us a call at 814-337-4321.

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

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Please call to register – 814-763-5269

“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.

“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!!

 

 

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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Most Americans consider Labor Day a uniquely American experience, but in all reality, Labor Day has it’s origins in Canada. Stemming from 1870’s labor disputes in Toronto, in 1872 a parade was held in support of a strike against the 58 hour workweek. As a result, 24 union leaders who were responsible for organizing the event were arrested under anti-union laws.


source:http://www.dan-taylor.com/10-interesting-facts-about-labor-day/

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Posted: August 22nd, 2014

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Summer 2014 has to go on record as being one of the fastest ever! A week from Monday, September 1, is Labor Day!

If you enjoyed the cold and snow last winter, the upcoming winter could be a repeat. The Old Farmers Almanac is already calling for a harsh and snowy winter. Guess it’s time to get prepared. At least we had some heat and sunshine for a few days last week and hopefully that trend will continue.

This week the goldenrods began to bloom and the sunflowers reached skyward in many gardens. Goldenrods have sort of a bad reputation for being “weeds” that make people sneeze. Although the reality is sneezing and allergies are generally caused by rag weeds. But goldenrods are an important wildflower for many insects including the all important honey bees.

Goldenrods provide the honey bees with their last big meals and help them to store enough food for the upcoming winter.

August is also about sunflowers which can bloom in many different colors. They are ancient, native plants which have been grown since the very beginnings. Sunflowers, symbols of hope and life, have a fascinating history, are healthy, and provide many benefits to our native wildlife. They are a fun plant to grow for all generations and ages. Discover more about Sunflowers.

August is also about dogs. Sure there haven’t been too man “dog days” but August 26 is National Dog Day.

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“A dog is man’s best friend”

“Annually celebrated on August 26, it is National Dog Day.  This day  encourages dog ownership of all breeds, mixed and pure, and embraces the opportunity for all dogs to live a happy, safe and “abuse-free life”.   Dogs give us companionship, they keep us safe and they aid those in need.  It is a goal, for many on National Dog Day, to find homes for all dogs in need of a loving family.  The goal of the National Dog Day foundation is to rescue 10,000 dogs each year.

For more information on National Dog Day, see:

http://www.nationaldogday.com/”

 

 

On the Wild Side

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The PA Fish and Boat Commission has confirmed that the invasive round goby has been discovered in Lake LeBoeuf. This is the first time the invasive gobies have been discovered in the French Creek watershed, according to Brian Pilarcik of the Conservation District. The gobies present a real threat to the native species of French Creek. More on the discovery next week. But if anyone catches one in Lake LeBoeuf, destroy the fish. More information can be found from the PFBC, at Goby.

Wild blackberries and the elderberries are ripening fast now. The woods and meadows are offering one of the best flower shows around. And it’s free.

French Creek

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Annual French Creek Cleanup

September 6, 2014

Have you registered yet?

We’re excited for the 22nd Annual French Creek Cleanup!  If you’ve already signed up, we send you as many pounds of thanks as trash pulled out of the creek last year!  (Which is almost 35,000 pounds of thanks!!!)
If you haven’t registered yet, don’t miss out on the chance to be a part of this great multi-community event. Head on over to www.frenchcreekconservancy.org and register your team today!

Any waterway in the watershed is fair game!  You can clean French Creek or any of its tributaries; hit one of our great community lakes like Lake LeBoeuf or Edinboro; you can walk the banks or bring your boat! Looking for a place to clean? For some ideas click here! Have another idea? Tell us when you register!

Enjoy free picnic after at Sprague Farm & Brew Works in Venango!  Weigh in at Sprague’s by 4pm to be considered for prizes.

Any questions? Just give us a call at 814-337-4321.

Thanks – and we’ll see you at the Cleanup!


Yard and Garden

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With cooler weather approaching, now is a good time to get ready to divide perennials and/or make new perennial beds.The fall is also an excellent time to have a soil test done. A Master Gardener is available on Tuesday at the Crawford Ag. Extension office to answer any of your questions. If Tuesday is hard day, call anyway, leave a message and someone will return your call. The number is 814-333-7460.

 

Canadohta Lake

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Anita Lemmon the president of the Canadohta Lake Business Association (CLABA)  has announced she will step done from the top position on October 11. Read more at, CLABA 

On August 30 beginning at dusk will be the annual Light of the Night Boat Parade. And the Book Swap returns the following day in the park next to Sally’s Store from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Visit and take home a book. According to Ann Cummings, don’t bring a book to swap this time. She would like to reduce the number of  books being stored currently.


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.

“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!


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.

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.

And Just For the Heck of It

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Both sunflowers and goldenrods have been around for a long time and there is a lot of folklore about each.

The goldenrod flower has long been associated with good fortune in folklore. It was believed that wearing the flower would result in meeting your true love the following day. Another folklore claims that a baby bathed in goldenrod leaves would grow up with a sunny disposition.

Sunflowers have also been associated with good luck when they are planted in the yard. If the sunflower is cut at dusk it will bring added luck and if you want to learn the truth about any situation, sleep with a sunflower.

Discover more about the amazing Sunflower.

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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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