Sunday, December 21 at 6:03 p.m. marks the beginning of the Winter Solstice. It’s the shortest day and the longest night in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Southern Hemisphere, it is the beginning of summer. However, after the 21st here, daylight sticks around a little longer – a little bit at a time each day.
While the weather forecasts for Christmas Eve and Christmas are a little “iffy” this early, it looks more and more likely there will be snow and a White Christmas. Be careful if you have to travel and monitor the weather. However, this weekend and the first part of the new week look rather mild for December.
Merry Christmas to All and work and pray for peace in our world this season.
On the Wild Side
Increasingly, the weather is being blamed as the culprit in what appears to be a low harvest during deer rifle season. It was a tough brown on brown season and many believe, hunters stayed at home or in camps because of the rain and fog.
However, weather conditions could be more conducive for deer hunting in the late archery and muzzle loader season after Christmas. In addition, the deer will have had the time to get adjusted to the woods back to “normal” in the peace and quiet.
Yard and Garden
The winter months are important for gardeners because they provide the opportunity to plan for the upcoming year. The planning isn’t limited to flowers and vegetables. Think food plots and pollinator gardens.
Pollinators have been in trouble now for several years because of habitat loss and pesticide use.
Ernst Seeds in Meadville offers any different varieties of native wild flower seeds which are beneficial to the all important pollinators. There are also plenty of helpful resources which can be used to learn more and get new ideas. One of the best is Conserving Pollinators: A Primer for Gardeners. Or visit PA Native Wildflowers.
Mercer County Master Gardeners are having a workshop entitled “Come Grow With Us—Digging Deep” where Dr. Laura Deeter from OSU will be speaking on Color Theory and Garden Design, Richard States, retired educator and author will be doing a talk on Photographing flowers thru out the season. Judith Acker of the Meadville Audubon will finish up the day talking about “Audubon at Home” or how to make your yard or property more bird friendly. The workshop is from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM. You must pre-register by January 5th and cost is $35.00 per person. Seating is limited. Call 724-662-3141 to register.
For more information also visit, Cone Grow With Us – Digging Deep.
Last Minute Gift Ideas
Last minute gift ideas are right in the neighborhood. Buy and give local farm products for the holidays such as healthy honey, maple syrup products and other produce from local farms.
A listing of the maple producers in the region can be found at, NW Maple Producers at http://www.pamaple.org/members.html and the beekeepers can be contacted at either on their Facebook page or Web page at http://www.nwpabeekeepers.com/
Also, many local museums, historical societies and business organizations have gifts available during the holiday season. The proceeds from these gifts help to fund local community events.
Another last minute gift giving idea is to donate to the proposed non-profit Canadohta Radio.
Canadohta Lake could soon have it’s own community radio station following approval of an application by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
“There’s a great need to have radio station for Canadohta Lake,” Brian Silvis, who began the local radio movement, said. “It be great to be out on the lake or sitting around a campfire listening to music and local information. The radio station would be entertainment and a local source of news for residents, weekend cottage tourists and vacationers.”
The new station WUUK-LP will be on the air at 105.7 as soon as the amount of money needed is raised by the non profit Canadohta Community Radio Group.
The members of the Canadohta Community Radio Group are: Brian Silvis – president; Patricia Keys – vice-president and secretary; Brian Blair – treasurer. For individuals or business who wish to donate, volunteer or need more information, Brian Silvis can be contacted at email firstname.lastname@example.org. or at 732-0759. More information and how to donate can also be found at at the Canadohta Radio’s Web site at www.canadohtaradio.org The Community Radio Group also has a Facebook page. Check it out. Also visit How to Help.
For more information, Canadohta Radio.
Take a healthy First Day walk at Pymatuning New Years Day. Linda Armstrong, the environmental educator will lead the walk which will also focus on birding, winter plant identification and identifying animal tracks if there is snow on the ground. Bring your own snowshoes or there are a limited few available at the Park. Call the Park Office to reserve a pair. The number is 724-3142. If there is no snow, the group will hike.
The First Walk begins at the Park Office at 10 a.m. and ends about noon. According to Armstrong, the walk will be about 2 miles.
On January 10 at the Jamestown Campgrounds, there will be a Hoot and Holler night program beginning at 6 p.m. Hoot at the owls and holler at the moon. Bring your own snowshoes or reserve a pair at the Park Office. Remember, there are only a limited amount of snowshoes available so call early and reserve. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight or headlamp. The Hoot and Holler evening ends at 8 p.m.
Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center
For more information on Environmental Education programs at the Woodcock Creek Nature Center call 814/763-5269 or e-mail email@example.com
Monday, December 29, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday Movie Matinee”
Join Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, to kick back and enjoy a snack and an afternoon nature movie matinee at the Nature Center. There are several choices, we an decide on the the topic together…see you there!
And Just For the Heck of It
The origins of Frankincense and Myrrh:
Both are derived from the resin of trees. Myrrh comes from an Arabian tree known as Balsamodendron myrrh. However, there is no tree known as a frankincense tree. It is derived from the Boswellia trees. It became known as frank + incense because of the prominent odor and steady, long lasting flame it gives when burned.
From the Farmers Almanac