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 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.
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!
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.