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Posted: April 19th, 2014

Easter, Earth Day and Warmer Weather

Hopefully, the warm weather of Easter Sunday today signals winter’s final demise. Easter Monday promises to be almost as nice but the weather will turn cooler for Tuesday and Wednesday before it begins to improve  later on in the week.

The warmer weather did however signal an end to the region’s First Harvest, Maple Syrup. The harvest was above average for many producers. Learn more about the season below in the Maple post.

There are many activities planned at the Crawford County Conservation District and at Pymatuning for Earth Day on Tuesday. More information is posted below.

It was amazing to see how much ice remains out on Lake Erie, a grim reminder of how harsh this past winter actually was. It also seems as if a lot of people are still dealing with head colds for this time of year

It depends on Mother Nature, but many of the local farmers are expressing some optimism about the upcoming year. More information, Farm.

On the Wild Side

The wild leeks are ready for picking and every day seem to get a little bigger. The spring peppers are also enjoying the more spring-like weather. Sunday and Monday evening there should be quite the chorus in bogs, swamps and ponds.

The yellow finches made an appearance this past week, at least in my neighborhood.The finches are a good sign of more spring and summer weather. Hummers should be here rather shortly, a true sign of better weather. Reports claim the first Hummers, Ruby-throated, seen in the Pittsburgh area were viewed on April 12. A good Web site to track the progress of the Hummers can be found at http://www.hummingbirds.net/map.html

 

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

• “Earthstravaganza!” Monday, April 21, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Live music by the Earthday Singers! Judy Acker, Audubon PA, Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, and volunteers from the Crawford Senior Environmental Corps, will offer activities, crafts and snacks. Celebrate Earth Day a day early with us.

The Crawford County Conservation District’s 35th Annual Tree Sale Distribution is on Friday, April 25, from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Crawford County Fairgrounds Home Show Building #1. For more information call Laura Dengler at 814-763-5269. All orders are due by Friday, April 4, 2014.

ALL Woodcock Creek Nature Center events require pre-registration. The programs are free and open to the public, unless otherwise specified. Call Kathy Uglow at 814-763-5269 to register or for more information. Event information is also available at http://www.crawfordconservation.com. All children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Please let us know if you require special accommodations.

Pymatuning Earth Day Clean Up

Earth Day Clean up, April 22 at 6 p.m., meet at shelter #3 near the dam and dress for the weather. Persons with kayaks or canoes are asked to bring them to help clean the debris on Ackerman Islands, others will clean the shoreline. Please call the Park Office to register the proper amount of supplies can be on hand, 724-932-3149.

Crawford County Pomona Grange

CRAWFORD COUNTY POMONA GRANGE

TO RECOGNIZE KOREAN WAR VETERANS

At the 2012 National Grange Convention, passed a resolution to designate one group of Veterans to be recognized each year.  World War II Veterans were recognized during 2013 and the Veterans to be recognized during 2014 are Korean War Veterans.

A program is being planned for this recognition on Saturday, November 1st from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Atlantic Grange which meets at the I.O.O.F. Hall in Atlantic.  The program will be open to the public and all Veterans.  The hall is handicapped accessible.  Light refreshments will conclude the recognition.

Names and addresses of Korean War Veterans are requested from the public so that the names may be submitted to The National Grange for preparation of certificates.  Anyone with names of Veterans from Crawford County is asked to contact Pomona Lecturer Susan Tau by August 31st in order to compile a listing and notify Veterans of the recognition.  Notification may be sent to 14687 West Road, Saegertown, PA 16433 or by phoning 814-763-4831.

Maple Syrup

According to several maple producers, this past season was above average for maple syrup and there are plenty of maple products available for sale. Please check the NW PA Maple Association for a list of producers, here. Some producers termed this year’s sap run as “exceptional”.

Also Hurry Hill Maple Museum is open every Sunday through May from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, Hurry Hill. It makes for a good family outing on nice spring day.

 

 

 

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Posted: April 13th, 2014

The region enjoyed the first nice spring weekend and the weather ws spectauclar for the opening day of trout. However, don;t put away the winter coats and ice scrapers just yet. Winter will make another apperance Tuseday and the cold will linger for a day or so before the temperatures rebound some.

The warm weather did bring the leeks up and the spring peepers started their singing over the weekend, at least in this neighborhood.

Easter is right around the corner on April 20 and in the sky there will be a lunar ecpilse on April 14. However, the weather forecasts are calling for plenty of clouds and percipitation.

Earth Day will be on April 22. Hopefully, the weather improves since there are many outdoor acivities being planned.

On the Wild Side

The warm weather also brought many spring bulbs up such as the daffodils besides the healthy and flavorful leeks. According to some folklore, once the peepers begin to sing, we can expect three more snowfalls.

In another spring note, the honeybees and other native bees were out flying around for a few days. Both the groundhogs and the snapping turtles were all out and about as well.

It’s a good time of the year to get into the woods and search for sheds.

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center


• “Salamanders,” Wednesday, April 16, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Dr. Scott Wissinger, Allegheny College Biology Department, will have some live salamander friends with him at this fun, informative presentation.

• “Earthstravaganza!” Monday, April 21, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Live music by the Earthday Singers! Judy Acker, Audubon PA, Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, and volunteers from the Crawford Senior Environmental Corps, will offer activities, crafts and snacks. Celebrate Earth Day a day early with us.

The Crawford County Conservation District’s 35th Annual Tree Sale Distribution is on Friday, April 25, from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Crawford County Fairgrounds Home Show Building #1. For more information call Laura Dengler at 814-763-5269. All orders are due by Friday, April 4, 2014.

ALL Woodcock Creek Nature Center events require pre-registration. The programs are free and open to the public, unless otherwise specified. Call Kathy Uglow at 814-763-5269 to register or for more information. Event information is also available at http://www.crawfordconservation.com. All children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Please let us know if you require special accommodatios.

Pymatuning

Earth Day Clean-up, April 22 at 6p.m., meet at shelter #3 near the dam and dress for the weather. Persons wiyth kayaks or canoes are asked to bring them to help clean the derbis on Ackerman Islands, others will clean the shoreline. Please call the Park Office to register the ptoper amount of supplies can be on hand, 724-932-3149.

Crawford County Pomona Grange

CRAWFORD COUNTY POMONA GRANGE

TO RECOGNIZE KOREAN WAR VETERANS

At the 2012 National Grange Convention, passed a resolution to designate one group of Veterans to be recognized each year.  World War II Veterans were recognized during 2013 and the Veterans to be recognized during 2014 are Korean War Veterans.

A program is being planned for this recognition on Saturday, November 1st from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Atlantic Grange which meets at the I.O.O.F. Hall in Atlantic.  The program will be open to the public and all Veterans.  The hall is handicapped accessible.  Light refreshments will conclude the recognition.

Names and addresses of Korean War Veterans are requested from the public so that the names may be submitted to The National Grange for preparation of certificates.  Anyone with names of Veterans from Crawford County is asked to contact Pomona Lecturer Susan Tau by August 31st in order to compile a listing and notify Veterans of the recognition.  Notification may be sent to 14687 West Road, Saegertown, PA 16433 or by phoning 814-763-4831.

 

 

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Posted: March 30th, 2014

The second weekend of Spring was another winter weekend, a repeat of the first spring weekend, Drivers out and about last night were confronted with some rather wicked driving conditions. However, after today, Sunday March 30, April will bring some much needed warmer temperatures.

There are some signs of spring. Many people have spotted robins, the owls have been hooting at night and crows are cawing during day. Even the turket buzzards are back. Last week, the first signs of life came to the garden with the garlic rising.

One sure sign of approaching spring is the maples sap run. Maple syrup is the First Harvest of the Year. The maple producers have been busy gathering and boiling. According to many of the maple producers; who participated in last weekend Taste and Tour open house, the crowds seemed to be larger than usual this year. Usually by mid-March the producers are actually thinking of winding down maple syrup production, but Mother Nature had some other idea. Be sure to stop by your neighborhood Sugar House and treat yourself to some pure and natural maple syrup and other maple products.

On the Wild Side

With warmer weather, healthy leeks should soon appear in many moist, woodland areas.

The Corry Fish Hatchery has been busy stocking trout throughout the region. Trout season, opens April 12. For more information, Trout.

Now that the maple sap is running, it won’t be long before the wild leeks appear, maybe even this week if the weather forecasts hold true. The onion-garlic flavored bulbs are a favorite for many people. Leeks have many uses in the kitchen in just about any recipe calling onions, They can also be dried or pickled for future use.

At just about the same time as the leeks appear so do the Mayapples, Jack-in-the-Pulpit , trout lilies, and trilliums. These important and fascination native wildflowers will add even more color to woodland areas.

Be sure to get out and enjoy the best flower show around and it’s all free. It’s also a good time to keep an eye out for shed, the antlers bucks lost earlier this winter. It is a growing hobby among many.

Hurry Hill Maple Farm Museum

The only Maple Museum in the region will be open every Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Sunday from now until the end of May. Learn more about making maple syrup, view some of the artifacts, and learn about some of the fascinating history of the all natural product.

If you are interested in backyard maple syrup, be sure to make the Maple Farm Museum a must stop on a family outing some Sunday. According to Jan Woods of the Museum, there is still plenty of time to make syrup. For more information on Hurry Hill, First Harvest.

For a listing of other Sugar Houses which have maple syrup and maple products for sale this year visit, PA Maple.

 

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

 

April events:

• “Worms…and We’re Not Fooling,” Tuesday, April 1, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Join Bertha Mesarch, Penn State Master Gardeners, to learn all about how worms can be very important and useful critters. Find out how to make your own worm bin for home!

• “Let’s Paint Rock Houses,” Tuesday, April 8, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Limited to first 18 registrants. Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, will show you how to paint rocks to look like little houses or cottages. You can use them for whatever you imagine…doorstops, paperweights, in the garden or by your porch or walkway…you decide. Materials provided to create a rock house to take home.

• “Salamanders,” Wednesday, April 16, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Dr. Scott Wissinger, Allegheny College Biology Department, will have some live salamander friends with him at this fun, informative presentation.

• “Earthstravaganza!” Monday, April 21, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Live music by the Earthday Singers! Judy Acker, Audubon PA, Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, and volunteers from the Crawford Senior Environmental Corps, will offer activities, crafts and snacks. Celebrate Earth Day a day early with us.

The Crawford County Conservation District’s 35th Annual Tree Sale Distribution is on Friday, April 25, from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Crawford County Fairgrounds Home Show Building #1. For more information call Laura Dengler at 814-763-5269. All orders are due by Friday, April 4, 2014.

ALL Woodcock Creek Nature Center events require pre-registration. The programs are free and open to the public, unless otherwise specified. Call Kathy Uglow at 814-763-5269 to register or for more information. Event information is also available at http://www.crawfordconservation.com. All children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Please let us know if you require special accommodations.

 

Crawford County Pomona Grange

 

The Crawford County Grange in conjunction with the National Grange will hold a special recognition ceremony honoring Korean War Veterans on November 1.The special ceremony will be held at the Atlantic Grange which meets at the I.O,O,F building in Atlantic and will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Anyone with names of Veterans from Crawford County is asked to contact Pomona Lecturer Susan Tau by August 31st in order to compile a listing and notify Veterans of the recognition.  Notification may be sent to 14687 West Road, Saegertown, PA 16433 ,” Susan Tau wrote in an email.

 

Well, maybe this week...

 

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Posted: March 16th, 2014

Happy St. Patrick’s Day; there’s been a lot of celebrations and parades throughout the weekend. Thankfully, Spring also arrives this week on Thursday. Last Wednesday’s snow storm was about the last straw for many weary of the frigid temps, high winds and snow.

There were also a few brief days of something akin to early spring weather during the last week despite the snow storm. For the upcoming week, more early spring weather can be expected; temperatures should reach at least the forty degree mark almost everyday. There will also be days this upcoming week when we’ll enjoy the sun.

The 11 annual Taste and Tour event was this weekend March 14 and 16 and the weather was cooperating, a sure taste of approaching spring.We’ll post an update on how it went next week. The Taste and Tour was sponsored by the NW PA Maple Association.

Gardeners are already chomping at the bit to get outside even though many have already started some garden vegetable and flower plants.Remember to contact the Master Gardeners with any gardening questions at the Crawford County Extension Office at 333-3460.

With outside activity in the sun, clean air, and insects, think the medicine plant Aloe vera, a plant good for both indoors and outside. Dandelions, an important and amazing plant, will also be out in full force shortly. Try to avoid harmful pesticides and help the bees.

On the Wild Side


Despite last Wednesday’s snowstorm, it was surprising how much snow melted by the weekend. There have been reports of robins in the regions and the wild turkey have been out feeding in the fields as have the deer.

The ice fishermen have enjoyed a longer than usual season this past winter. The days for that sport, however, appear to be numbered.

Keep in mind crappie fishing and a pro fishing tournament at Pymatuning for crappie in mid-May. More information will be posted shortly.

Trout season opens April 12 and the Corry Fish Hatchery has been bust stocking local waterways despite the on and off again inclimate weather.

A Little Bit of History

The Edinboro Area Historical Society is currently working on an exhibit to mark the 100 anniversary of World War 1. The exhibit which should open later this spring will be housed in the Douchette House. Members of the historical society are asking area residents who have artifacts, documents or souvenirs and who would like to donate them to contact the society. For questions and more information, contact Allan Montgomery atgardenbien@verizon.net

Canadohta Lake

The Canadohta Lake Area Business Association (CLABA) is gearing-up for the upcoming summer months. One new fund raising event will be a yard sale which will be held in the parking lot of Our Lady of Fatima Church and the social hall. The sale will ne held on May 24 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For vendors, tables are available for $5; food will be available for sale. All proceeds will help various CLABA events such as the popular July 4 Fireworks Display.

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

ALL Woodcock Creek Nature Center events require pre-registration. The programs are free and open to the public, unless otherwise specified. Call Kathy Uglow at 814-763-5269 to register or for more information. Event information is also available at http://www.crawfordconservation.com. All children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Please let us know if you require special accommodations.

March Events

• “Beautiful Gems…Colors, Myths & Legends,” Join Allegheny College Intern Mikki Baxter and Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, to learn more about the rainbow of beauty and the aura of mystery that surrounds various rocks and gems.
• “A Sky Full of Stars,” This is a Nature Center Field Trip to Allegheny College’s Carr Hall Planetarium. Meet us there and enjoy Dr. James Lombardi’s presentation.

April events:

• “Worms…and We’re Not Fooling,” Tuesday, April 1, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Join Bertha Mesarch, Penn State Master Gardeners, to learn all about how worms can be very important and useful critters. Find out how to make your own worm bin for home!

• “Let’s Paint Rock Houses,” Tuesday, April 8, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Limited to first 18 registrants. Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, will show you how to paint rocks to look like little houses or cottages. You can use them for whatever you imagine…doorstops, paperweights, in the garden or by your porch or walkway…you decide. Materials provided to create a rock house to take home.

• “Salamanders,” Wednesday, April 16, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Dr. Scott Wissinger, Allegheny College Biology Department, will have some live salamander friends with him at this fun, informative presentation.

• “Earthstravaganza!” Monday, April 21, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Live music by the Earthday Singers! Judy Acker, Audubon PA, Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, and volunteers from the Crawford Senior Environmental Corps, will offer activities, crafts and snacks. Celebrate Earth Day a day early with us.

NOTE:

The Crawford County Conservation District’s 35th Annual Tree Sale Distribution is on Friday, April 25, from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Crawford County Fairgrounds Home Show Building #1. For more information call Laura Dengler at 814-763-5269. All orders are due by Friday, April 4, 2014.

Just for the Heck of It

The First World War began in 1914 and the United States entered the war in 1917 despite attempts to remain neutral.. More than 4 million Americans fought in the war under the command of Major General John Pershing.

Germany surrendered a little over a year later on November, 11, 1918.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted: March 9th, 2014

There were signs of spring with some warmer temperatures over the last few days. However, there is the potential for a mid-week snowstorm. Stay tuned to local forecasts.

It was an adjustment getting up in the morning and waiting for daybreak on Sunday morning; officially daybreak was at 7: 43 a.m. The clocks were moved forward at 2 a.m. Sunday giving us more daylight during the early evening hours and less daylight during the early morning..

Winter 2013 – 2014 has been harsh. Records have been shattered throughout the region and in much of the country. The Great Lakes remain akin to a frozen iceberg.  NOAA reports that over 90% of the Great Lakes are frozen over as of March 6.

Ponds are also covered with a thick layer of ice, although some creeks are open in places and the water is flowing. Looking at past records, the spring peepers usually begin the last week of March.  For that to happen, there will need to be a big warm-up, fast.

On the Wild Side

Another sign of approaching spring, it’s almost time for shed hunting. Shed hunting involves finding the antlers of deer and elk in the woods. It’s a great time to be out in the woods searching for the trophy antlers and it’s all free. Antlers begin to grow in April and May and many are “shed” in December. Once the snows melt, it’s time to get out there and search.

The deer are moving in herds, the opossums and raccoon have been out and about and the mourning doves have been cooing…maybe they are searching for food or maybe….

 

A Little Bit of History

This old hand corn planter was discovered in a old farm house in the Pleasantville area several years ago. We’ve been tracking down some information on the tool. It was labeled the Acme Hand Corn Planter and was manufactured by the Potato Implement Company located in Traverse City, Michigan. The patent date for this corn planter was September 11, 1900, although it was manufactured and used previous to 1900.

In the Sears and Roebuck 1902 catalog it sold for $.56 cents

Maple Open House Taste and Tour


 

The real sign of spring is maple syrup (forget about changing the clocks around) This upcoming weekend is the 11 annual Open House Taste and Tour weekend at many local Sugar Houses. It is a lot of family fun and each Sugar House offers something unique. For more information, Signs of Spring. The event is sponsored by the Northwestern PA Maple Association which also has more information, Taste and Tour.

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

Tree Sale : The Crawford County Conservation District’s 35th Annual Tree Sale Distribution is on Friday, April 25, from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Crawford County Fairgrounds Home Show Building #1. For more information call Laura Dengler at 814-763-5269. All orders are due by Friday, April 4, 2014.

Educational Events


• “Herbs for Your Home and Health,” Wednesday, March 5, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Allegheny College students Joshua Haffner and Maxwell Lindquist will teach us about herbal remedies. The students are both in Professor Liz Olson’s Environmental Science and Global Health Studies programs. Come and participate in some hands-on demonstrations.

• “Movie Matinee…Vanishing of the Bees,” Join Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, for a “B” movie (pun intended and popcorn provided.)

• “Beautiful Gems…Colors, Myths & Legends,” Join Allegheny College Intern Mikki Baxter and Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, to learn more about the rainbow of beauty and the aura of mystery that surrounds various rocks and gems.

• “A Sky Full of Stars,” This is a Nature Center Field Trip to Allegheny College’s Carr Hall Planetarium. Meet us there and enjoy Dr. James Lombardi’s presentation.

 

ALL Woodcock Creek Nature Center events require pre-registration. The programs are free and open to the public, unless otherwise specified. Call Kathy Uglow at 814-763-5269 to register or for more information. Event information is also available at http://www.crawfordconservation.com. All children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Please let us know if you require special accommodations.

Conneaut Lake Ice Fishing

Two important notes from Conneaut Lake. First, the Van Tassel Bait Shop Ice Fishing Tournament was a success and many large fish were caught including the musky pictured above. It was caught by Sreve Elmen of Guys Mills. The contest was held on February 22 and some 300 anglers participated..

Jerry Van Tasel noted that a lot of Northern pike were caught during the tournament. The northern pike breed in later winter when the water begins to warm. Could the pike know something about the arrival of spring?

More information on the Conneaut Lake Tournament can be found at Van Tassels Bait Shop, or Big Monster.

Secondly, from an email from Darl Black and another sign of approaching spring weather : “I’m in the process of putting together the 3rd Pa Crappie Camp at Pymatuning Lake on behalf of Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau during May 13-15. This events brings together outdoor angling media from various publications across the US, pro crappie anglers and a number of tackle manufacturers for a three day fishing and equipment evaluation on area lakes. Now in its third year, this event has helped to put crappie fishing at Pymatuning in focus across the country.”

More information on the Crappie Tournament as it becomes available.

Just for the Heck of It


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted: March 1st, 2014

Welcome March, another step forward, hopefully, towards spring. Next weekend late Saturday night, if you want, or very early Sunday at 2 a.m., to be official, the clocks are moved forward. Another important day will be March 20, the first day of spring. Thankfully.

Other important and noteworthy dates will be this Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, followed by Ash Wednesday, March 5. March is also Women’s History Month

Locally, the popular Open House Maple Taste and Tour weekend is set for March 15 and 16. Check below for more details and information. March 16 is the Full Moon, sometimes it is calledl the Full Worm Moon and others call it the Full Crow Moon. Not so sure we’ll see any earth worms in the next several weeks, but the crows have been cawing – a possible sign of winter’s demise.

The crows, however, might be a tad premature. Sunday and into Monday could likely be more January-like with snow and cold,  The rest of the week, according to the forecasts, will see at least below freezing weather much of the time.

Not so sure about ” in like a lion and out like a lamb”  this winter.

On the Wild Side

Yuk! Ugly! Get rid of it! Shoot it!

Opossum’s just have a bad reputation and they been out wandering about quite a bit in the last few weeks. They, like other animals are getting a bit hungry. In Native American stories, the opossum once had a beautiful tail but was tricked and the hair on the tail was shaved off. Opossum was so embarrassed by the loss of his tail that he played dead!

Opossums, however, are unique in that they are the only marsupials in North America/ They carry their young first in the uterus and then later in an external pouch called the marsupium, or “double womb”. Another unusual fact about these native mammals – they have been around since the days of the dinosaurs and the kangaroo is a distant relative.

 

A Little Bit of History

Daylight Savings Time has always been somewhat controversial. According to a Michael Downing, author of “Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Time” : “When the Congress poked its finger into the face of every clock in the country, millions of Americans winced…United by a determination to beat back the big hand of government, daylight savings opponents raised holy hell, vowing to return the nation to real time, normal time, farm time and sun time – the time they liked to think of as God’s Time.”

Gee

Maple Taste and Tour

March 15 and 16 will be the 11 annual Maple Open House Taste and Tour weekend at participating Sugar Houses throughout the region. The event is sponsored by the Northwest PA Maple Association. For more information, check their Web site, here, or click Taste and Tour.

 

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

March events:

• “Herbs for Your Home and Health,” Wednesday, March 5, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Allegheny College students Joshua Haffner and Maxwell Lindquist will teach us about herbal remedies. The students are both in Professor Liz Olson’s Environmental Science and Global Health Studies programs. Come and participate in some hands-on demonstrations.

• “Movie Matinee…Vanishing of the Bees,” Join Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, for a “B” movie (pun intended and popcorn provided.)

• “Beautiful Gems…Colors, Myths & Legends,” Join Allegheny College Intern Mikki Baxter and Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, to learn more about the rainbow of beauty and the aura of mystery that surrounds various rocks and gems.

• “A Sky Full of Stars,” This is a Nature Center Field Trip to Allegheny College’s Carr Hall Planetarium. Meet us there and enjoy Dr. James Lombardi’s presentation.

The Crawford County Conservation District’s 35th Annual Tree Sale Distribution is on Friday, April 25, from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Crawford County Fairgrounds Home Show Building #1. For more information call Laura Dengler at 814-763-5269. All orders are due by Friday, April 4, 2014.

ALL Woodcock Creek Nature Center events require pre-registration. The programs are free and open to the public, unless otherwise specified. Call Kathy Uglow at 814-763-5269 to register or for more information. Event information is also available at http://www.crawfordconservation.com. All children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Please let us know if you require special accommodations.

French Creek Conservancy

Join the French Creek Conservancy this spring and help protect one of the most imortamnt resources in the state and the nation. The creek is important to all of us. Memberships can begin for as little as $25.

For more information, Membership or  The French Creek Conservancy.

Correction and Please Note: The land was donated by Don Merritt and Lois Ward Merritt.

Don Merritt was identified incorrectly as John Merritt in the article posted above in Membership.

 

Scholarships

GrangeA grant for teachers.

 

Master GardenersScholarship for High School Seniors

 

Just for the Heck of It

Congress first approved Daylight Savings Time on March 19, 1918 It was repealed the following year in 1919. Course the flu was bad in 1918 and possums have always played dead.

Was the just a crow cawing?

 

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Posted: February 22nd, 2014

Here’s some good news, for a change.  We will be moving the clocks ahead Sunday March 9 at 2 a.m. It’s been a  harsh, very, cold winter this year. Hopefully, it doesn’t mean we will have more daylight to watch the snow fall and drift.

Now the bad news…It appears from forecasts that the Polar Vortex will return this upcoming week. Expect more very cold temperatures and some snow storms varying in intensity by mid week. It is snow and mud season a time of change.

 

On the Wild Side


Last week the deer were out and about particularly in apple orchards and under wild apple trees searching for food. Over the weekend, even the chipmunks and fox squirrels were out and about, at least in my yard. Neighbors are saying they have seen skunks and opossums also out and about.

From various reports, the ice fishing has been good particularly for perch and blue gill, at least in the Lake Pleasant area.

 

A Little Bit of History

A good friend of mine gave me a copy of a 1935 book “Pioneer Life in the Yukon Valley Alaska”. It is the 1899 account of two Presbyterian missionaries of from our region, the Rev. and Mrs. James Wollaston Kirk in a place called Eagle Alaska.

From the published diary: “When we arrived in Eagle it was midnight on a Friday night and as light as day! What a sensation to be in a land where for so many months, there is absolutely no night! How we loved it.”

 

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

March events:

• “Herbs for Your Home and Health,” Wednesday, March 5, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Allegheny College students Joshua Haffner and Maxwell Lindquist will teach us about herbal remedies. The students are both in Professor Liz Olson’s Environmental Science and Global Health Studies programs. Come and participate in some hands-on demonstrations.

• “Movie Matinee…Vanishing of the Bees,” Join Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, for a “B” movie (pun intended and popcorn provided.)

• “Beautiful Gems…Colors, Myths & Legends,” Join Allegheny College Intern Mikki Baxter and Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, to learn more about the rainbow of beauty and the aura of mystery that surrounds various rocks and gems.

• “A Sky Full of Stars,” This is a Nature Center Field Trip to Allegheny College’s Carr Hall Planetarium. Meet us there and enjoy Dr. James Lombardi’s presentation.

 

The Crawford County Conservation District’s 35th Annual Tree Sale Distribution is on Friday, April 25, from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Crawford County Fairgrounds Home Show Building #1. For more information call Laura Dengler at 814-763-5269. All orders are due by Friday, April 4, 2014.

ALL Woodcock Creek Nature Center events require pre-registration. The programs are free and open to the public, unless otherwise specified. Call Kathy Uglow at 814-763-5269 to register or for more information. Event information is also available at http://www.crawfordconservation.com. All children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Please let us know if you require special accommodations.

 

Grange

The March 1st quarterly meeting will be hosted by Atlantic Grange.  A tureen lunch will begin at noon.  Table service and beverages will be furnished by the host Grange.

The business meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m. with the “Welcome” being given by Esther Horne, Master of Atlantic Grange and “Response” by Michael Tau, Pomona Assistant Steward.  The afternoon will include reports of standing committees and Chaplain’s Program in charge of Nancy Holler.

The Lecturer’s program will be presented by Phil Baranyai, Manager of the Crawford County Information Services on “SafeTown and GIS Mapping”.

Kenneth Merritt, Chairman of the Cookbook Committee, has announced that March 1st will be the final opportunity to submit recipes for the new Pomona Grange cookbook being prepared for sale at this year’s Crawford County Fair.

The meeting will conclude at approximately 5:00 p.m.

Maple Season – Taste and Tour Open House

Sugar Maple trees and the sugaring season are unique to North America and nowhere else on the planet. Enjoy the seasons First Harvest and get in on the fun at the annual Taste and Tour Weekend March 15 and 16. For more information on the participating Sugar Houses, click, Maple Syrup.

The weekend fun events are sponsored by the Northwestern Pennsylvania Maple Syrup Association.

Just for the Heck of It

The first successful cell phone call was made on April 3, 1973 in Manhattan by Motorola worker Martin Cooper. The FCC approved their use and sale to the public on September 21, 1983. Those first cell phones weighed 2.5 pounds and cost, well, just, $3,995!

 

 

 

 

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Posted: February 15th, 2014

The upcoming week could bring a small taste of early spring-like weather according to most forecasts. While the region escaped the worst of “Pax”, we did suffer through some extremely cold temperatures. Here the therometer read minus 24 and many others had unofficial readings ranging from minus 18 to minus 28.

The photo’s and live shots of southern regions and the east coast certainly showed the severity of the storm. There is a rather heated debate about naming winter storms; there are advantages and disadvantages.  But why Pax? In Latin “Pax” is translated as Peace and the storm hardly looked peaceful.

Certainly, many of us have names for some of our winter storms but it is doubtful if they could be printed.

Back to reality time, the maple producers and backyard sugaring enthusiasts will certainly be watching the weather and the temperatures next week. It won’t be long now.

The Erie County Co-op and many other retail stores already have spring seeds on the racks and the Master Gardeners of Crawford County are making decisions about which vegetables and plants to plant. The plants are sold to home gardeners sometime in May at a date to be announced.

The Master Gardeners are also offering a $300 scholarship fund to any graduating senior who students who will be enrolled in landscape architecture or design, horticulture or environmental studies. The forms are available at all guidance offices at all secondary schools. For more information, contact the Ag Extension office at 333-7460. More information upcoming in the prnt editions of GoCrawford.

Applications are also being accepted for the Margaret L. Tau Excellence Award by the Hayfield Grange. The $300 award will be given to a Learning Support Teacher in any Penncrest District school. Applications are available at the Guidance Office of any school in the district. More information next Friday on this award in next Friday’s edition of GoCrawford.

Happy President’s Day Monday (no junk mail!) and hope it was a great Valentines Day weekend! Pictured is the statue of Washington in Waterford, read about Tanacharison whose help likely changed world history, The Half King.

 

On the Wild Side

Perhaps, the bees will be stirring if the temperatures get as high as predicted. Beekeepers always expect some losses during the winter months. And it has been a harsh winter. Charles Vorisek, a Linesville beekeepers had problems with the persistant southwesterly winds and had to plow snow around his hives to protect them.

The cold doesn’t seem to bother the deer much. They have been out and about particularly under apple trees looking for leftovers.

A Little Bit of History

Edinboro was settled by about 5o people in 1797 largely through the efforts of Alexander Hamilton and William Culbertson. The First People in area before settlement called the place Conneautee or “the Valley of the Living Snowflake” (take that Pax!). The early settlers built homes near Culbertson’s grist Mill on the shores of Conneatuee Lake, now known as Edinboro Lake. In 1803 the community was officially recognized as Conneautee Township only to be changed in 1834 to Washington Township.

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

• “Tie Some Flies!” Tuesday, February 18, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Limited to first 15 registrants.The Gem City Fly Tiers will be demonstrating the basics and getting you started making your own. Give it a try! All ages welcome.

• “Beginning Snowshoeing,” Monday, February 24, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Registration is limited to the first 15 participants…let us know when you call to register whether you have your own snowshoes! The Allegheny College Outing Club will lead this activity. Dress for the weather.

ALL Woodcock Creek Nature Center events require pre-registration. The programs are free and open to the public, unless otherwise specified. Call Kathy Uglow at 814-763-5269 to register or for more information. Event information is also available at http://www.crawfordconservation.com. All children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Please let us know if you require special accommodations.

Pymatuning – This should be a Hoot!

Owl Prowl February 20, drive around the park and walk some trails in search of owls. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. The Owl Prowl beings at 8 p.m. For more information call the Park Office at 724-932-3142.

Manure Management Workshop

Woodcock Township Bldg.

 

On March 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the township building. Registration required by February 28. Register by calling the Conservation District at 763-5269. Get all the updates on the new requirments. The township building is located at 16250 Hwy. 86 in Saegertown.

Maple Open House Taste and Tour

Mark the weekend of March 15 and 16 for the Northwest Pennsylvania’s Maple Syrup Association

s Open House Taste and Tour event. There are 17 Sugar Houses throughout the region who are participating. Learn about Maple History, get some free samples, purchase some to take home. Some will even have an old, old time candy called Jack Wax. To see which Sugar Houses are participating, Maple Syrup.

In Case You Missed

Ice Walk On Canadohta

Farmer of the Year Award

 

Just for the Heck of It

Barrow, Alask, the northenmost American City won’t see temperatures much above minus 16 degrees all week…and those are the high temperatures all week.. For Saturdat, Februay 15 the wind chill will be minus 50 to minus 55.

Chronicles of a Small Kitchen Garden in the Far North (https://alaskavegetablegardening.wordpress.com/

 

An interesting garden blog for Alaska. The best tomatoes to grow in the far north, according to the author, Siberian, Polar Beauty and Yellow Pear! The author lives in Anchorage; Barrow is still 750 miles further north.

Take that Pax

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Posted: February 8th, 2014

It was nice to see the sun and blue skies for a couple days last week despite the harsh temperatures. The sunlight actually felt warm.

The forecasts for the upcoming week indicate we could be in for much of the same during the new week with some frigid temps, some sun and snow. This morning February 8, the thermometer read minus 6, not much different from minus 7 at the northernmost American city, Barrow, Alaska

The cold weather has been both a blessing and a curse for some. For a quick overview on the what the cold may or may not mean,  The Ups and Downs.

The flu is still around, take the necessary precautions. It is not a fun thing to have. There have been fatalities around the nation and locally.

 

On the Wild Side

There were two ice fishing events on Saturday February 8; one at Woodcock Creek Lake and the other at Canadohta. Updates on these events will be posted when the information becomes available. Conditions were cold and near perfect.

During this cold spell be sure to remember the birds and keep the feeders filled. Also, be cautious about pets and the outdoors.

As noted above, the sun felt warm on several days this past week despite the frigid zero weather; a sign of approaching spring. The days are also getting longer; on February 8, sunrise was at 7:25 a.m. and sunset was at 5:46 p.m. We now have ten hours and 20 minutes of daylight. And despite the zero temperatures, water was flowing in many of the creeks, at least in this neighborhood. The crows have also been a little more active, another sign the seasons are at the early stages of change

Perhaps in the next few weeks, the buds on the sugar maples will be swelling and calling for food. The sap will rise in the trees with warmer day time temperatures and freezing nighttime temperatures. Maple Season is getting close.

Just a Little History

Snow, Snow, Snow – The Edinboro region has always had the reputation as the Capital of Snow in the region. Located in the Conneaut Valley, a word from the Iroquois language meaning “land of the lingering snow”, winter posed some challenges.

From the “Fountain”, a publication of the Edinboro Area Historical Society (EAHS) about another era not really in the distant past:

“They gave up trying to keep the roads open. Farmers got out their teams and bobsleds. Bill Sturm, father of Joan Pieper and grandfather Craig Pieper had a bobsled and a team of gray horses. He gathered the milk cans from Townline Road and delivered them to McLane. Jim Horn did the same along Eureka Road and delivered them to Franklin Center. Other farmers from different areas of the township likely did the same. They did not follow the roads, but would travel where the snow was not so deep. Generally this meant following along the edge of the woods.”

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

• “Let’s Count Some Birds,” Thursday, February 13, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. We will be counting some birds at the Nature Center! Judy Acker, Audubon French Creek Outreach Coordinator, will also show us how to participate in the “Great Backyead Bird Count.: This annual project includes bird and nature fans from all over North America (www.birdcount.org)

• “Tie Some Flies!” Tuesday, February 18, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Limited to first 15 registrants.The Gem City Fly Tiers will be demonstrating the basics and getting you started making your own. Give it a try! All ages welcome.

• “Beginning Snowshoeing,” Monday, February 24, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Registration is limited to the first 15 participants…let us know when you call to register whether you have your own snowshoes! The Allegheny College Outing Club will lead this activity. Dress for the weather.

ALL Woodcock Creek Nature Center events require pre-registration. The programs are free and open to the public, unless otherwise specified. Call Kathy Uglow at 814-763-5269 to register or for more information. Event information is also available at http://www.crawfordconservation.com. All children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Please let us know if you require special accommodations.

Maple Season – Taste and Tour Open House

Sugar Maple trees and the sugaring season are unique to North America and nowhere else on the planet. Enjoy the First Harvest and get in on the fun at the annual Taste and Tour Weekend March 15 and 16. For more information on the participating Sugar Houses, click, Maple Syrup.

The weekend fun events are sponsored by the Northwestern Pennsylvania Maple Syrup Association.

And Just for the Heck of It

 

Barrow,Alaska was named after Sir John Barrow, second secretary of the British Admiralty. He advocated northern exploration. According to the Alaska Dictionary of place names, the names Barrow was chosen for the settlement since it was easier to pronounce than any of the Inupiat names. The Inupiat peoples had settled the region for nearly 1,500 years before the beginnings of white settlement.

Birding Magazine named the City of 4,581 as one of top 200 spots for bird watching, describing the bird life as spectacular. There is plenty of daylight to watch the birds in Barrow. The sun doesn’t set for 84 days. The sun comes up on May 10 at 2;49 and doesn’t set until 1:54 a.m. on August 2.

I’d bet some of the Snowy Owls in the region this winter are pretty much very familiar with Barrow and feel right at home. Another guess – I’d bet there are no cows or Sugar Maples way up there.


 

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Posted: February 2nd, 2014

It was really cold for several days last week but we also had two or three days of some nice sunshine. It’s also staying lighter outside by a few minutes everyday – sure signs of approaching spring on Groundhog’s Day coupled with Super Bowl. Winter is on the downhill side.

But Phil saw his shadow this morning predicting six more weeks of winter, and just maybe he’s right this year. Phil, in another era was known as Wojak, Discover the old Wojak.

According to some forecasts, the upcoming week will see another outbreak of colder air by about mid-week, although it is not expected to be quite as harsh as the last several outbreaks and, as usual, there will be periods of snow throughout the week. No real major storms are expected.

However, the same long range forecast predict somewhat stormy weather for our region through the middle of February.

Groundhog Day is just a big festive occasion to break up the winter doldrums. Also known as “whistle pigs”, the rodents can be a real nuisance to farmers and home vegetable gardeners.

It’s a good idea to check around their holes; many times the whistle pig will uncover various artifacts from below the surface, old pottery, coins and arrowheads.

NOTE: Heads Up – There is a cell phone scam that can cost you a lot money. It seems people are getting calls from some far away places. The phone rings once and there is no message. If you don’t recognize the number or the area code, don’t return the call. It could cost you a lot of money. If the call is important, someone will leave a message. Beware of these calls and whistle pig predictions.

On the Wild Side

The Pennsylvania State Legislature is considering pacing a $25 bounty on coyotes despite evidence that the bounty system is rather ineffective and a waste of money, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Coyotes, an adaptive predator, do pose some serious problems for everyone, particularly farmers and hunters who encounter them in the woods. More than a few pets let outside have become meals for the coyotes.

It’s a good debate and perhaps with an open discussion based on the science of wildlife management perhaps a better approach can be found. Discover more about our coyotes at, Eastern Coyote.

Not sure about this but wasn’t there a bounty placed on whistle pigs and crows at one time?

 

Just a Little History

Virginia Sorenson moved to Edinboro in 1952 and she was impressed with the snow and sugaring. She eventually wrote “Miracles on Maple Hill” and was awarded the coveted Newbery Award for children’s literature in 1957.

The award winning book is centered around many local residents and landmarks. The Kreitz Sugar House is the basic setting for the book. It is located near Drakes Mills on Kreitz Road. The family plays an important role in the book. Another character was the hermit of Maple Hill, a man by the name of Tony Beigel who raised bees and goats. When Tony would leave his mountain, he left a sign at the end of his steep driveway which read “Take honey. Leave money. Gone for the Day.”

There is much much more to this intriguing story and the best place to discover it is at Hurry Hill Maple Farm Museum on Fry Road in Edinboro where Janet Woods has complied a lot of information, artifcats and memorobilia, including the actual Newbery medal.

The book is also available for purchase at the Museum. For more information, Hurry Hill.

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

Soon to be announced y the District is the 2013 Tree Seedling Sale. More information here as soon as it becomes available.

 

February events:

• “Turtles in Winter,” Thursday, February 6, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Dr. Peter Lindeman, Biology Department, Edinboro University will talk about what turtles can do to prepare for winter weather.

• “Ice Fishing,” Sunday, February 9, from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. PLEASE REGISTER FOR THIS PROGRAM WITH THE PA FISH AND BOAT COMMISSION. Call Chad Foster at 814-683-5126 or register online at: http://pfbc.state.pa.us. Do not call the Nature Center. Meet at the Woodcock Creek Nature Center for a short program and then we will fish on Woodcock Lake. Bring appropriate clothes for the weather. No fishing license is required and all equipment is provided.

• “Let’s Count Some Birds,” Thursday, February 13, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. We will be counting some birds at the Nature Center! Judy Acker, Audubon French Creek Outreach Coordinator, will also show us how to participate in the “Great Backyard Bird Count.: This annual project includes bird and nature fans from all over North America (www.birdcount.org)

• “Tie Some Flies!” Tuesday, February 18, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Limited to first 15 registrants.The Gem City Fly Tiers will be demonstrating the basics and getting you started making your own. Give it a try! All ages welcome.

• “Beginning Snowshoeing,” Monday, February 24, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Registration is limited to the first 15 participants…let us know when you call to register whether you have your own snowshoes! The Allegheny College Outing Club will lead this activity. Dress for the weather.

ALL Woodcock Creek Nature Center events require pre-registration. The programs are free and open to the public, unless otherwise specified. Call Kathy Uglow at 814-763-5269 to register or for more information. Event information is also available at http://www.crawfordconservation.com. All children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Please let us know if you require special accommodations.

Pymatuning


PA Pymatuning State Park

Saturday, February, 8, 2014

Cross Country/Snowshoe Program

Group Camp

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Enjoy a peaceful evening walking, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing on the 1 mile campground loop near the lake.  Over 100 Tiki torches will provide a luminescent atmosphere for all to enjoy.   A limited number of snowshoes are available to borrow, cross country skis are not provided.  Hikers will also be permitted during this event. Enjoy Bonfire and Hot Chocolate at the conclusion.  Please bring your own head lamps if you desire. We ask that you leave your pets at home for this event. Please contact the Park Office if you have questions – 724-932-3142. Group Camp is located on West Lake Road past the park office

 

Maple Syrup – The First Harvest

The regions maple producers are gearing-up for the season’s First Harvest. This year, the Taste and Tour Open House is set for March 15 and 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the art of making maple syrup, a revered American tradition, enjoy some free maples and purchase a natural, healthy and flavorful locally made product.

This year there are 17 Sugar Houses involved in the weekend fun, each will have something different to offer visitors; some will even be making Jack Wax.

For more information, visit Maple Weekend.

 

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