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Posted: October 18th, 2014

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Last Saturday, October 11 in Lewisburg, PA,  organizers had the 18 annual Wooly Worm Festival. During the festivities, judges examine the woolies, measuring the stripes and twelve other segments. The numbers are crunched using what has been termed a very complicate formula. The end result is the prediction for the upcoming winter.

The prediction?

“A cold winter with a couple heavy snowstorms (is expected). But the worms just did not see snow all winter long.”

The official woolie worm forecast !

This Saturday and Sunday could bring the region’s first snowfall, according to forecasts. The cold wet weather is expected to remain until mid-week.

On the Wild Side

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Hunting season for many small game animals opens this Saturday and the following weekend. Here is the general hunting schedule but be sure to check the exact dates for whatever management zone you will be hunting.

 

Squirrels – Red, Gray, Black, and Fox

Oct. 18-Nov. 29; Dec. 15-24 and Dec. 26-Feb. 21

 

Ruffed Grouse

Oct. 18–Nov. 29, Dec. 15-24 and Dec. 26-Jan. 24

 

Rabbit

Oct. 25-Nov. 29, Dec. 15-24 and Dec. 26-Feb. 21

 

Pheasant

Oct. 25-Nov. 29, Dec. 15-24 and Dec. 26-Feb. 21

 

Quail

Oct. 25-Nov. 29, Dec. 15-24 and Dec. 26-Feb. 21

 

Yard and Garden

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Weather-wise, it might not be the best weekend to work in the yard or garden. But it is time to get garlic planted, divide some perennials, plant or relocate trees and shrubs.

Last weekend’s frost. at least in this neighborhood, put an end to many garden vegetables. A frost does make some more flavorful vegetables such as cabbages and Swiss Chard.

 

Military Style Canteen

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Embracing Our Veterans, a PA Registered Non-Profit, will be holding a WW11 Military Style Canteen to raise funds for programs to assist local veterans and their families.

The event will be held on Saturday, November 8 at Street Track N Trail on Conneaut Lake Road, Conneaut Lake.The authentic Military Canteen will be displayed by the generosity of the NW PA Military History Museum. Coffee, juice, cookies and donuts will be served by the Donut Dollies and enjoy era music of the 1940’s. The organization encourages all veterans to come in uniform and recieve an extra ticket and recieve an extr ticket for a chance drawing for a $100 Street Track N Trail gift certificate or gas cards.

The event is free and open to the public.

All proceeds from donations will directly benefit Embracing Our Veterans which provides supplemental help to local veterans and their families.

To learn more about Embracing Our Veterans, please visit www.embracingourveterans.org or visit us on Facebook at embracing our veterans

Hurry Hill

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The leaves are at their peak and its a good time to visit Hurry Hill Maple Farm Museum on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. While you are thwere enjoy a great maple sundae; the proceeds help to fund the Edinboro Area Historical Society. Besides dishing up sundaes, members of the Historical Society will help with various children’s activities and  answer questions.

It’s a fun museum to visit and is the repository for Virginia Sorenson Newbery Medal which she was awarded for her novel, Miracle of Maple Hill.The website for Hurry Hill is well worth the visit. It can be found at http://hurryhillfarm.org/

There is a wealth of information, history and other facts about maple syrup and about the farm museum itself. Be sure to watch the video the First Boil.

Hurry Hill  is located at 11424 Fry Rd. in Edinboro .

For more information about the Maple Farm Museum, Discover, Take Your Time at Hurry Hill.

Pomona Grange

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The Crawford County Pomona Grange will hold a special recognition program for Korean War Veterans on November 1. The special program, which begins at 1 p.m., will be held at the IOOF Hall in Atlantic and is open to the general public. According to Susan Tau of the Pomona Grange, all  Korean War Veterans in the region have been sent special invitations.

During the program, the Veterans will receive special certificates prepared by the National Grange.

The keynote speaker for the special program is Kim Lengling, a Conneaut Lake business person, published author and retired Air Force Veteran. Her talk is entitled “Living With PTSD”.

In speaking with Kim this week, she told me she is about to announce a publishing date for a second book. Her first book “INSPIRE” is about PTSD and female veterans. Her company is called Full Circle and can be found here www.full-circle-events.com

More information about Kim and Full Circle and her book INSPIRE can also be found on her Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/FullCircleEventsLLC

She has been active in Project Support our Troops and recently co-founded Embracing Our Veterans.

Following Kim’s presentation, there will be light refreshments and live music provided by Conneaut Lake teacher, Penny Veree. The special event will end at 3 p.m.

Canadohta Lake

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The Pumpkin Hunt will be held at the Bloomfield township ballfields and firehall on Oct. 25th at 6:30. Bring a flashlight, plastic bag for the pumpkins and a costume… Sponsored By Recreation Board.

 

Crawford County Conservation District

 

Civil War Cannon at Woolawn Cemetery in Titusville

Civil War Cannon at Woolawn Cemetery in Titusville

 

“Fall Nature Scavenger Hunt”

Wednesday, October 22, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Stainbrook park, Shelter #2.

“Bat Houses”

Thursday, October 30, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

One bat box per child (per family)

“Sucking Bugs!” This is a TWO SESSION program.

Session ONE:  Monday, November 3, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Session TWO: Wednesday, November 12, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

“Owls”

Monday, November 17, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

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Meadville Halloween Parade

 

The Meadville Halloween parde will be next weekend, October 25. There’s plenty of floats and marching bands again this year. For a fun time, this is a great parade. It will start marching at 6:30 p.m. .

 

Oil Creek Titusville Railroad

 

The Train of Terror, the Oil Creek Titusville Railroad’s, special Halloween train is sold out for this year. However tickets are available for the special Santa Train which will run on November 29 and December 6. For more information, visit Santa Train or call 814-676-1733 for more information.

 

And Just for the Heck of It

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From the Pa Department of Ag:

 

PA’s apple crop is estimated at 11.2 million bushels this year which would be enough for every person

today in the U.S. to have an apple a day for two years. Remember, an apple a day keeps the doctor away.

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Posted: October 10th, 2014

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The weekend weather should be about near perfect. It will be cool but sunny. Tuesday appears to be the stormiest day of the week as temperatures rebound. The strong winds on Thursday this week sure blew a lot of leaves around. Be careful driving with leaves on the road. They can be very slippery.

Mark the evening of October 20. That will be the evening when the Orionid meteor shower will be at it’s best. The shower is the result of debris from a very well known comet, Halley.

 

On the Wild Side

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Hunting season for small game will be in high gear next week and for most of October. Here are some dates but be sure to check the hunting handbooks for special regulations depending on where your hunting.

But in general:

Squirrels – Red, Gray, Black, and Fox

Oct. 18-Nov. 29; Dec. 15-24 and Dec. 26-Feb. 21

Ruffed Grouse

Oct. 18–Nov. 29, Dec. 15-24 and Dec. 26-Jan. 24

Rabbit

Oct. 25-Nov. 29, Dec. 15-24 and Dec. 26-Feb. 21

Pheasant

Oct. 25-Nov. 29, Dec. 15-24 and Dec. 26-Feb. 21

Hopefully no one has made vacation plans to hunt or trap in the eastern parts of Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Game Commission has closed the area for all trapping and hunting until until fugitive Eric Fein is apprehended. The ban affects the following townships: Price, Barrett and Paradise townships in Monroe County, and Blooming Grove, Porter, Lehman and Greene townships in Pike County.

 

Yard and Garden

Native sunchokes are getting ready to bloom and harvest.

Native sunchokes are getting ready to bloom and harvest.

 

There seems to be plenty of apples this year both in orchards and in the wild.Wild apples are usually blemished and smaller but they do pack a lot of flavor. The sunchokes are blooming. Also known as Jerusalem Artichokes, the flowers resemble small sunflowers (pictured above). The bottom tuber is flavorful and healthy. They can be grown in the garden in an out of the way sort of spot. They can tower upwards of seven or eight feet. Discover more at Sunchoke.

It will be a good weekend, if there is no visit from Jack Frost, to pick some remaining vegetables and get the garden ready for winter.

 

Crawford County Pomona Grange – Korean War Veterans

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The Crawford County Pomona Grange will hold a special recognition program for Korean War Veterans on November 1. The special program, which begins at 1 p.m., will be held at the IOOF Hall in Atlantic and is open to the general public. According to Susan Tau of the Pomona Grange, all  Korean War Veterans in the region have been sent special invitations.

During the program, the Veterans will receive special certificates prepared by the National Grange.

The keynote speaker for the special program is Kim Lengling, a Conneaut Lake business person, published author and retired Air Force Veteran. Her talk is entitled “Living With PTSD”.

In speaking with Kim this week, she told me she is about to announce a publishing date for a second book. Her first book “INSPIRE” is about PTSD and female veterans. Her company is called Full Circle and can be found here www.full-circle-events.com

More information about Kim and Full Circle and her book INSPIRE can also be found on her Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/FullCircleEventsLLC

She has been active in Project Support our Troops and recently co-founded Embracing Our Veterans.

Following Kim’s presentation, there will be light refreshments and live music provided by Conneaut Lake teacher, Penny Veree. The special event will end at 3 p.m.

 

Hurry Hill

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Visit Hurry Hill Maple Farm Museum any Sunday this month and buy a maple sundae. It is open from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 11424 Fry Rd. , Edinboro.Proceeds help fund the Edinboro Area Historical Society. Members of the society will be on hand helping with tours, children’s activities, serving sundaes and answering question.

For more information and details, Take your Time at Hurry Hill.

 

Audubon – Bird Fest

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The Meadville Audubon will  sponsor an OctoBIRDfest on Saturday, October 18. The celebration will be held at Sprague’s Farm and Brew Works, located at 22113 Route 6 and 19 in Venango, Pa. The fest opens at  4 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m.

“We’ll have a lot of fun activities for people of all ages,” Sarah Sargent of the Audubon said. “There will be special activities for children during the day, such as bird themed educational games and a lot of prizes, a silent auction and a bird trivia game led by Trivia Master Chris Lundberg. Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center will also be bringing some live birds of prey.”

For more information, or to purchase tickets online, contact either Sarah or Judith at the Meadville Audubon at 814-333-1170.

Some additional details about some of the local birds and the Audubon’s Climate Change Report, Birds.

 

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

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Call to register, 814-763-5269/ For more information, http://www.crawfordconservation.com/

 

“Print Fall Tote Bags” Sorry, both of these sessions are full.

Wednesday, October 15, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., $3.00 materials fee.

“Fall Nature Scavenger Hunt”

Wednesday, October 22, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Stainbrook park, Shelter #2.

“Bat Houses”

Thursday, October 30, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

One bat box per child (per family)


And Just for the Heck of It

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October 22 is National Nut Day (seriously). And did you know this fun fact from the Farmers Almanac: It takes 550 peanuts to make one 12 ounce  jar of peanut butter!

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Posted: October 3rd, 2014

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Colorful October brings many changes. Everyday seems to bring more vivid colors in the leaves, the wildflowers continue to brighten in fields and meadows, and daylight is decreasing fast.

October brings to mind the early Greek philosopher Heraclitus who in the 5  century B.C. wrote: “No man evers steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”

How true and a powerful insight. He must have spent a lot of time outdoors in Ephesus. And I would wager a bet, if Heraclitus were here today in October, he’d be powerfully overwhelmed. Nature, as Heraclis wrote, changes constantly.

Another change will begin this weekend, rainy, windy and chilly weather will arrive and last throughout much of next week. The much cooler air over the Great Lakes will make for some amazing cloud formations and conditions will be ripe for water spouts (take heed anglers fishing for steelhead).

Another dramatic change will happen in the skies, the evening of October 8 – in the hours before daybreak , there will be a total eclipse of the Full Moon, often called the Full Hunter Moon.

A total eclipse is rather rare, although we were treated to the celestial show last April. It only happens when the earth, the sun and the moon line up perfectly. We’ll enjoy two more such shows in 2015. A total of four (separated by six months),consecutively is called a “tetrad”. This won’t happen again until 2032.

The total lunar eclipse is also called  a “Blood Moon” in some Christian sects based on some Old Testament prophecies.October also brings a somewhat controversial holiday honoring Christopher Columbus. History is certainly under review regarding his actions.

But October is also the month famous for another holiday – Happy Halloween. It’s a time period which sees a lot of changes particularly at night right at your front door.

Heraclitus would be happy.

 

On the Wild Side

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Hunting season goes into high gear, Saturday October 4 with the opening deer archery season. It’s a fun time in the woods and while it will be cool and damp, the day will be far warmer than opening Day of Rifle season, December 1. For an overview of the upcoming hunting season, Take Aim.

Yard and Garden

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Vegetable gardens are dying back and showing their age. There’s plenty of time this month to get the plot ready for next spring.What gets done now makes spring garden work a lot easier.

 

Hurry Hill : Get Ready for October Sundaes

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Hurry Hill Maple Farm Museum is open every Sunday during October from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.. Stop by and be sure to get a Maple Syrup Sundae every Sunday. Members of the Edinboro Area Historical Society will be serving up the special treat, be available to answer questions and help to lead children’s activities. Hurry Hill is ocated at 11424 Fry Road in Edinboro. For more information, Take Your Time at Hurry Hill.

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

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Call to register 814-763-5269

“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.

“Print Fall Tote Bags”

Wednesday, October 15, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Registration limited to 16 and there is a $3.00 materials fee

Create a fall tote bag with Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District. We will be printing with leaf replicas.  Or, if you prefer to design a bag by stenciling bats…or make you own fall stencil, we will provide the totes and materials.

“Fall Nature Scavenger Hunt”

Wednesday, October 22, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Stainbrook Partk, Shelter #2

A Woodcock Creek Nature Center tradition!  Come and help Laura Dengler, Crawford Conservation District, find many fall nature items in the Park.  She has fall treats on hand to reward all the scavenger hunters!

“Bat Houses”

Thursday, October 30, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., One bat box per child (per family)

Terry Lobdell will teach us how to build bat houses. He will show us what a “rocket box” is!  Find out about bats and how to help them by providing shelter.  See the boxes at the Nature Center.

 

Meadville Audubon

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The Meadville Audubon will have an OctoBirdfest on October 18 at Sprague Farm and Brew Works. Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center will be bringing some birds of prey to the event. There will also be plenty of games and activities for people of all ages. Tickets are available at the door or at the Audubon 301 Chestnut Street. For more information, call the Meadville Audubon at 333-1170. For some “birding news” and some of the rare species seen in the area, and links to help our native species, BIRDS.

 

And Just for the Heck of It

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Your Halloween Jack-o-Lantern will last longer if the cut edges are rubbed with petroleum jelly.

 

 

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Posted: September 29th, 2014

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The weather has been somewhat spectacular for the last week or so and we can expect to see more nice Fall days in the upcoming week. Hundreds took adavantage of  Saturday, Septemer 27 weather and visited the Asbury Woods Honey Festival.

The festival featured many honey bee demonstrations, free samples, honey products for sale and to learn more about the all important honeybees.

The Festival was sponsored by the Nature Center and the Northwestern Pennsylvania Beekeepers Association who were available to answer questions and demonstrate some aspects of raising bees.

One of the most popular exhibits was the bee observation box. Dozens of people, young and old, appeared to be fascinated with the observation box and there was a large crowd watching it throughout the event.

On the Wild Side

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Deer archery season opens this upcoming Saturday, October 4. Hopefully, the weather conditions remain for the archers. For an overview of the upcoming hunting season, Lake Erie Lifestyles.

The leaves are rapidly changing colors and the wildflowers in the fields are brilliant this year.The sunchockes or Jeusalem Artichokes also began blooming this past week. There are not a convenience food but are certainly flavorful and healthy.

The rare Sabine Gull seen at Pymatuning seems to have left the area. For more information on the rather unusual visitor, Sabine Gull.

 

 

Yard and Garden

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It’s been a great week for yard work of cutting, splitting and stacking firewood. This is also the best time of year to get a soil test done and added the needed nutrients to the soil for next spring. The tests can be obtained from the County Ag Extension Office for $9. It’s also time to get ready to plant this garlic for next year’s garlic harvest.

If you have been out and about in the yard or garden, you have most likely viewed one of our traditional weathers, the Wooly Bear caterpillar. They seem to be plentiful this year.


Hurry Hill : Get Ready for October Sundaes

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Hurry Hill Maple Farm Museum is open every Sunday during October from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.. Stop by and be sure to get a Maple Syrup Sundae every Sunday. Members of the Edinboro Area Historical Society will be serving up the special treat, be available to answer questions and help to lead children’s activities. Hurry Hill is ocated at 11424 Fry Road in Edinboro. For more information, Take Your Time at Hurry Hill.

 

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

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Call Woodcock Creek Nature Center to Register at 814-763-5269

“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.

“Print Fall Tote Bags”

Wednesday, October 15, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Registration limited to 16 and there is a $3.00 materials fee

Create a fall tote bag with Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District. We will be printing with leaf replicas.  Or, if you prefer to design a bag by stenciling bats…or make you own fall stencil, we will provide the totes and materials.

“Fall Nature Scavenger Hunt”

Wednesday, October 22, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Stainbrook Partk, Shelter #2

A Woodcock Creek Nature Center tradition!  Come and help Laura Dengler, Crawford Conservation District, find many fall nature items in the Park.  She has fall treats on hand to reward all the scavenger hunters!

“Bat Houses”

Thursday, October 30, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., One bat box per child (per family)

Terry Lobdell will teach us how to build bat houses. He will show us what a “rocket box” is!  Find out about bats and how to help them by providing shelter.  See the boxes at the Nature Center.

 

 

Meadville Audubon

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The Meadville Audubon will have an OctoBirdfest on October 18 at Sprague Farm and Brew Works. Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center will be bringing some birds of prey to the event. There will also be plenty of games and activities for people of all ages. Tickets are available at the door or at the Audubon 301 Chestnut Street. For more information, call the Meadville Audubon at 333-1170.

 

And Just for the Heck of It

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 At peak growth, record breaking giant pumpkins can grow 40-50 pounds a day, or more! 

source: http://www.gardenersnet.com/vegetable/giantpumpkins.htm

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Posted: September 19th, 2014

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Officially,  Fall begins Monday, September 22. The Autumnal Equinox occurs at 10:29 p.m. Realistically, it has felt like Fall almost all summer.

No worry just yet about changing the clocks. The clocks don’t get turned back until November, 2 this year. The clocks were moved forward an hour back on March 9.

The upcoming Fall Foliage color show could be somewhat spectacular this year according to some. There’s been plenty of chilly nights and rain, ingredients needed by the trees. Some leaves are already showing the change and some are falling. Be careful while driving, leaves on the road with rain or freezing temperatures can make for some slick conditions.

The weekend looks near perfect except for a chance of rain on Sunday and something of a cool-down for the rest of the week.

 

 

On the Wild Side

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It’s uncertain if the rare Sabine Gull seen at Pymatuning is still residing in the area. It may have moved. In case you missed the unique Gull, more photos by Shawn Collins can be viewed at his album, Sabine or on his Facebook page.

More information about the bird can also be found Rare Gull at Pymatuning.

The Monarch butterflies are also moving through the area on their way to their winter quarters in Mexico. They seem to enjoy the goldenrods and the asters which are now blooming.

Of course the goldenrods and other wildflowers now in bloom are very important for all pollinators and in particular the all important honeybee. What would life like without the honeybees and other pollinators? Here’s a link to an interesting article from Huffington Post,

Bland Meals.

 

Yard and Garden

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Pumpkins seem to be everywhere this year. Many home gardeners always plant them. They are about as popular a decoration during the Fall season and Halloween as the Christmas Tree. Pumpkins are also very healthy and are packed with many needed vitamins and minerals, even the flowers and the seeds. Discover more about the advantages of the pumpkin at Huffington Post, The Great Pumpkin.

 

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.

 

Meadville Audubon

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The Meadville Audubon will have an OctoBirdfest on October 18 at Sprague Farm and Brew Works. Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center will be bringing some birds of prey to the event. There will also be plenty of games and activities for people of all ages. Tickets are available at the door or at the Audubon 301 Chestnut Street. For more information, call the Meadville Audubon at 333-1170.

 

AARP Safe Driving  Classes

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AARP and Active Aging will sponsor Smart Driver classes for individuals 50 years and older. The classes will be held at the Lew Davis Community Building, 1034 Park Ave. in Meadville., Classes begin October 27 and 28 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and there will be a refresher course for previous students to get their updates on October 13.Cost is $20 for non AARP members and $15 for AARP members. To register, or for more information, call Active Aging at 336-1792

 

Canadohta

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The Canadohta Lake Area Business Association (CLABA) will have a very important re-organizational meeting at the Frog Pond on October 11. All members are encouraged  to attend.

 

 

Fall Honey Harvest Festival

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Asbury Woods will have a Fall Honey Festival on Saturday, September 27. The festival will open at 11 a.m. and end at 4 p.m., according to Charles Schroek, the Nature Center’s beekeeper. Admission to the Festival is free. There will be plenty of activities and exhibits for the entire family.

Members of the Northwestern Pennsylvania Beekeepers Association will conduct a number of demonstrations and be available to answer questions. According to Kirk Johnson, the president of the organization, members will demonstrate how to get the honey from the hive and into the jar and Charles Vorisek will bring is ever-popular bee observation box. Johnson will be one of the members taking people out to view the hives kept at the center.

 

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

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Call to register 814-763-5269

 

“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.

 

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.

Please click on the following links for more information:

Conference Registration | Conference Agenda | Speakers & Presenters

Goodell Gardens Farmers Market 

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When Wed, September 24, 3pm – 6pm

Where 221 Waterford Street, Edinboro, PA, United States (map)

Description Goodell Gardens Farmers Market will be open for business!

Featuring a variety of local foods grown in the Edinboro area, Goodell Gardens Farmers Market offers a way for your to meet the folks behind your food!

Past products include produce, baked goods, cheese, salsa, honey, maple, chicken, meat, herbs, plant starts, preserves, art and more!

 

 

And Just for the Heck of It

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For many years, people believed pumpkins, native to both Central America and Mexico, would cure snakebites. It’s not clear just how the remedy was used or if  the pumpkin was thrown at the snake first before it bit.

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

Bee-utiful

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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