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Posted: January 30th, 2015

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Wojak

Monday, February 2 is Groundhog Day. It’s a day rich, maybe not in correct weather forecasts, but rich in history and mid-winter celebration.
The Native American people in the the Punxsutawney area had a lot lot of respect for the groundhog They held the animal in high esteem. The First People considered the groundhog as the reincarrnation of their ancient ancsetors.
Even the name Punxsutawney comes from the Delaware word “ponksad-uteny” meaning the land of many sandflies. Even the very word woodchuck comes the Deleware word “Wojak” or ancestral grandfather.
When the German settlers arrived in the region during colonization, they brought their traditions. One of those was Candlemas Day, a day early Christians celebrated as the day when Jesus was presented to the temple and the purification of his mother Mary. (Luke 2:22-39). February 2 was also viewed as the close of the Christmas season (forty days).
It was a mid-winter day to light candles in hopes of an early spring and good planting weather. As with many Christian holidays, there were pagan roots as well. One was the Imbolc Festival when people would see if any animals, such as serpants or badgers, came out of their dens on the day, a sign taken to be an indication of spring’s soon-to-be or not-to-be arrival. Centuries later, the Germans looked for hedgehogs on the day to predict the upcoming arrival of spring.
Now when the settlers arrived in the New Land, they needed an animal for their traditons and customs. They found the respected Wojak who was easier to deal with more so than wolves, bears or badgers.
The first official record of the day in America was written by James Morris, a shopkeeper in western Pennsylvania. From his journal entry written on February 4, 1841: “Last Tuesday, the 2nd, was Candlemas Day, the day on which, according to the Germans, the Groundhog peeps out of his winter quarters, and if he sees his shadow he pops back in for another six weeks nap, but if the day be cloudy he remains out, as the weather is to be moderate.”
The first official celebration of Ground Hog Day was held on February 2, 1886. The editor of the Punxsutawney Spirit, Clymer Frees wrote: “Today is groundhog day and up to the time of going to press the beast has not seen its shadow.”
Happy Wojak Day!

On the Wild Side

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The results of the November Bear Season are beginning to be released. In 2014 a record number of hunters bought bear licenses, 173,523 in all. The bear harvest was also about as high as expected with 3,366 bears taken. It was the seventh highest harvest and would have been higher, according to bear biologists, if the weather would have cooperated more. Many areas in the state had a rather severe ice on the opening day of bear, Nov. 22. Tragically, one person was killed by a black bear in New Jersey recently, but in general a black bear is fairly harmless. Since 1900, 61 people have been killed by black bears, many more have died from lightning strikes, dogs, and bees. Discover more at Black Bears.
It is estimated that the total bear population in PA is about 18,000. The photo above was taken near Wattsburg on Creek Road and the Erie County Fairgrounds.
Ice is forming and getting safe in many locations. Two ice fishing tournaments are scheduled for Valentines Day. See the Pymatuning and Canadohta posts below.

Yard and Garden

 

No outdoor picnics were likely held the first day of spring 2013.

No outdoor picnics were likely held the first day of spring 2013.

January and February are the months many gardeners prune fruit trees, berry bushes and ornamental trees and shrubs. Learn more about the best time and methods and discover PATrees. Gardeners can also contact the Master Gardeners at the Crawford Extension Office at 814-333-7460.
http://www.patrees.org/pruning-trees-properly

Canadohta Lake

The annual ice fishing tournament at Canadohta is set to open in mid-February.

The annual ice fishing tournament at Canadohta is set to open in mid-February.

Timberland Bait Shop on Dutch Hill Road will sponsor the 10th annual Canadohta Fishing Tournament on Valentines Day. Cash awards will be awarded for the largest fish caught in several different categories. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the Bait Shop. For more information visit the Web site, Timberland Bait, or call the shop at 694-3474. More in Go Crawford next Friday.

Pymatuning Winter Festival

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The 39th annual Winter Festival will be held at Pymatuning, February 14 and 15. The event is sponsored by the Pymatuning Trailblazers Snowmobile Club. It opens at 7 a.m. at Shelter #4 at the Old Jamestown Beach.
There will be plenty of snowmobile rides for kids, guided snowmobile rides along the trails, a raptor watch and plenty of snowshoe activities with Linda Armstrong, the Park’s Environmental Coordinator.
For more information, http://www.goerie.com/winter-fun-days-come-to-pymatuning-feb-14#

Maple Taste and Tour

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The annual Maple Syrup Taste and Tour weekend is set for the March 14 and 15 It’s a great weekend for fun and to learn more about the art of maple syrup production. Many of the local producers are participating in the event again this year. Each will have special activities and demonstrations, free samples and maple syrup and products for sale. For more information, Taste and Tour. The local maple producers always win many awards at the State Farm Show every year.  Discover more about some of our local maple producers at Maple Awards.

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

French Creek Pete will likely predict the sap will soon rise.

French Creek Pete will likely predict the sap will soon rise.

Please call to register 814-763-5269. More information can also be found at Crawford Conservation District.

Wednesday, February 4, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Laura Dengler, Crawford Conservation District, will share her broad knowledge of maple products and how to cook with them.  If you think that maple is only used for syrup or candy, you will be amazed at the wide array of delicious foods that can be made with a touch of maple!  Everything from maple barbeque sauce, chili, mustard, pancakes and sugar, to maple dips and cotton candy!  Maybe she will let us taste some samples…ahhhh.
–“Let’s Count Birds!”
Thursday, February 12, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
We will be counting birds at the Nature Center!  If the weather is good, we may even go for a short walk.  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).
–“Earth Tales from Around the World”
Monday, February 16, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Join Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, to relax and enjoy a late afternoon snack as she reads selected stories from “Earth Tales from Around the World” by Michael J. Caduto.  The author states, “Stories are the heart and soul of many cultures.  They tell us who we are and what we believe in.  To traditional cultures, stories are sacred.  Let us enjoy these stories. Let us treat them with respect and reverence.” You will have the chance to help select (by audience vote!) which stories you will hear.
–“Forest Gardening”
Monday, February 23, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Did you ever try a “Paw Paw” smoothie?  How about some stir fry with saute‘ed Fiddle Heads and green beans?  Allegheny College senior Meghan Pierce will share information from her thesis on “Forest Gardening and Edible Plants of NW PA.”  See what kinds of native edible plants are “out there.”  You will also receive recipes to take home and try on your own.  We will get to enjoy a sample of something yummy that we may have never even thought to try!

And Just For the Heck of It

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Punxsutawney Phil has made quite a name for himself over the years. He made an appearance on the Oprah Show (1995); met President Ronald Reagan (1986); and, even gone a bit political  by wearing a yellow ribbon in support of the American hostages in Iran (1981).  Phil went high-tech when in  1996 he got his first website and in 1998 his forecast was sent live over the internet.

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Posted: January 25th, 2015
Well, maybe this week...

Well, maybe this week…

Welcome to the final week of January! The weather will be somewhat typical with snow for much of the weekend followed by some frigid temperatures. There are some signs the season is in the early stages of change. Daylight is increasing a little both in the morning and in the evening.
The weather is perfect for many winter activities within the upcoming weeks. There are two traditional  ice fishing tournaments scheduled in February, a Winter Festival at Pymatuning and many snowmobile activities. See the posts below.
Some of the maple producers will also be busy during the upcoming weeks getting ready for the sap runs. The sap usually can start to move in mid-February.

On the Wild Side

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The ice is now thick enough in many areas that anglers have begun venturing out on it for fishing. Use common sense and safety precautions.
The birds are many feeders have been active all week with the snow and cold temperatures. Hawks are also on the prowl looking for food. If possible locate feeders near some cover for the birds where they can escape. Hawks don’t always win.
One bird usually not very welcome at the feeders are the black starlings. These noisy birds usually appear in huge flocks and can make quite a mess. They are a non-native species which was introduced to North America in the 1890′s. The are native to Europe, West Asia and North Africa.

Yard and Garden

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Both the Crawford County Conservation District and the Crawford Master Gardeners will be having special sales in the upcoming months. The Conservation District will be selling trees, shrubs, blueberry and other berry species. A complete listing of what will be available will be posted on their Web site around the first of Febraury.
In the meantime, the Master Gardeners will be tending locally grown vegetables and plants for sale which will be on May 21 and 22. They will also be conducting a pollinator friendly yard contest in the spring. For more information or gardening and yard questions, call the Master Gardeners at the Ag Extension office 333-7460. Both organizations use the proceeds from these sales to fund their workshops, educational and outreach programs.
Pollinators have been in a sharp decline in the past decade because of habitat loss, pesticides and invasive plants. There are ways to help the vital pollinators. For more information,
Canadohta Ice Fishing

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The 10th annual Canadohta Ice Fishing Tournament will be held Valentines Day, Febraury 14. The tournament opens at 7 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. The cost is $15 per person. Cash prizes are awarded for the largest fish in several different catagories. Rgeuster at Timberland Bait Shop or on the day of the tournament. More information next week or visit http://www.timberlandbait.com/Pages/CanadohtaIceFishing.aspx

Pymatuning Winter Festival

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The 39th annual Winter Festival will be held at Pymatuning, Febraury 14 and 15. The event is sponsored by the Pymatuning Trailblazers Snowmobile Club. It opens at 7 a.m. at Shelter #4 at the Old Jamestown Beach.
There will be plenty of snowmobile rides for kids, guided snowmobile rides along the trails, a raptor watch and enjoy plenty of snowshoe activities with Linda Armstrong, the Park’s Environmental Coordinator.
For more information, http://www.goerie.com/winter-fun-days-come-to-pymatuning-feb-14#

Mayple Syrup Taste and Tour

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The annual Maple Syrup Taste and Tour weekend is set for the March 14 and 15 It’s a great weekend for fun and to learn more about the art of maple syrup production. Many of the local producers are participating in the event again this year. Each will have special activities and demonstrations, free samples and maple syrup and products for sale. For more information, Taste and Tour.

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

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Be sure to register for all education programs…call 814-763-5269.

-Wednesday, February 4, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Laura Dengler, Crawford Conservation District, will share her broad knowledge of maple products and how to cook with them.  If you think that maple is only used for syrup or candy, you will be amazed at the wide array of delicious foods that can be made with a touch of maple!  Everything from maple barbeque sauce, chili, mustard, pancakes and sugar, to maple dips and cotton candy!  Maybe she will let us taste some samples…ahhhh.
-“Let’s Count Birds!”
Thursday, February 12, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
We will be counting birds at the Nature Center!  If the weather is good, we may even go for a short walk.  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).
-“Earth Tales from Around the World”
Monday, February 16, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Join Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, to relax and enjoy a late afternoon snack as she reads selected stories from “Earth Tales from Around the World” by Michael J. Caduto.  The author states, “Stories are the heart and soul of many cultures.  They tell us who we are and what we believe in.  To traditional cultures, stories are sacred.  Let us enjoy these stories. Let us treat them with respect and reverence.” You will have the chance to help select (by audience vote!) which stories you will hear.
-“Forest Gardening”
Monday, February 23, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Did you ever try a “Paw Paw” smoothie?  How about some stir fry with saute‘ed Fiddle Heads and green beans?  Allegheny College senior Meghan Pierce will share information from her thesis on “Forest Gardening and Edible Plants of NW PA.”  See what kinds of native edible plants are “out there.”  You will also receive recipes to take home and try on your own.  We will get to enjoy a sample of something yummy that we may have never even thought to try!

And Just for the Heck of It

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Did you know that flocks of black starlings are called, murmurations ?

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Posted: January 18th, 2015

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Martin Luther King is Monday and many offices, banks and business will be closed to honor and remember the Civil Rights leader.
The weather for the upcoming week will bring somewhat “milder
conditions”. Snow and rain however are also in the forecast nearly every day. On many back roads this past week ice conditions were the norm. Be careful driving.
It’s been a great week for winter sports although it was bitter cold on some days.On January 16 Conewago Creek was selected as the Pennsylvania River of the Year. The creek flows through western New York State and through northwestern Pennsylvania before it empties into the Allegheny. For more information, http://pariveroftheyear.org/2015/01/16/conewango-creek-named-pennsylvanias-2015-river-of-the-year/

Special Note and Congratulations to Dereck Wilson of Titusville. From a Dept. of Ag Press Release : Harrisburg – At the end of the two-day Meat Breeding Sheep Show from Friday, Jan.16 to Saturday, Jan. 17 the Southdown Ram exhibited by Derek Wilson from Titusville, Crawford Co., and the Suffolk Ewe exhibited by Kyle MacCauley from Atglen, Chester Co., were crowned supreme.
The judge for the two-day show, Travis Hoffman, narrowed down his choices for Supreme Champion Ram of the meat breeds to the Tunis, Southdown and Horned Dorset before he declared Wilson’s the winner.
In the ewe lineup, Hoffman pointed out the Cheviot, Shropshire and Suffolk as his top three.
“She is super correct and does it with a tick more femininity than the others,” said Hoffman about MacCauley’s Suffolk before deeming her as the Supreme Champion Ewe for the meat breeds.

On the Wild Side

Okay, it isn't a Groundhog.

Opposum’s are generally somewhat frowned upon. And yes, at times they can be somewhat of a nuisance. Known for “playing dead” when scared the opossum could be an important ally in the fight against Lymne’s Disease.
According to research, the opposum kills upwards of ninety percent of the ticks which transmit the disease when they frequently clean themselves. For the article, click opossum.

Yard and Garden

With the January weather, one has to wonder what is on tap for next month?

With the January weather, one has to wonder what is on tap for next month?

Both the Crawford County Conservation District and the Crawford Master Gardeners will be having special sales in the upcoming months. The Conservation District will be selling trees, shrubs, blueberry and other berry species. A complete listing of what will be available will be posted on their Web site around the first of February.
In the meantime, the Master Gardeners will be tending locally grown vegetables and plants for sale which will be on May 21 and 22. They will also be conducting a pollinator friendly yard contest in the spring. For more information or gardening and yard questions, call the Master Gardeners at the Ag Extension office 333-7460. Both organizations use the proceeds from these sales to fund their workshops, educational and outreach programs.
Pollinators have been in a sharp decline in the past decade because of habitat loss, pesticides and invasive plants. There are ways to help the vital pollinators. For more information, pollinators.
Pymatuing

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The PymatuningTrailblazers Snowmobile Club will have their annual Snowmobile F-U-N Run on Saturady, January 25. If conditions are not favorable that day, the F-U-N Run will be Saturday, Feb. 7. The Run will be at the Jamestown Firemen’s Club at 501 Denver St. in Jamestown. Choose and drive whatever you prefer, snowmobile, truck or car. However, no ATV’s or YTV’s.
It is expensive to maintain the trails and the proceeds help to fund trails upkeep and maintenance.
According to Kathy Morninstar of the Trailblazers :
“Participants that pre-register can start at any one of the participating businesses the day of the event.  You can pre-register at any of the following: in Jamestown area at The Anchorage, 1955 Williamsfield Road; or Bob’s Place, 3624 Williamsfield Road; or Jacob’s Gable Inn, 4350 U. S. Highway 322; or the Jamestown Firemen’s Club, 501 Denver Street; or Welcome Inn, 7299 Snodgrass Road; in the Conneautville area at Fatboy’s Saloon, 12714 Dicksonburg Road; or at Smokin’ J’s Country Corner Inn, 17880 Cole Road; or in the Linesville area at Spillway Inn, 493 S. Mercer Street.”

Special thanks to Denny Diodati, president of thwe Pymatuning Trailblazers for sharing the photo above.

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

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For more information on Environmental Education programs at the Woodcock Creek Nature Center call 814/763-526 or
e-mail ee@crawfordconservation.org

– “Working with Clay” Session TWO
Wednesday, January 21, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., LIMITED TO THOSE WHO ATTENDED THE FIRST SESSION.
-“Bioenergy & Bioproducts in PA”
Monday, January 26, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
-“Cooking with MMMMM…Maple”
Wednesday, February 4, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

And Just For the Heck of It

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January 24 is National Beer Can Appreciation Day! On this day beer was first sold in cans in 1935.

 

 

 

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Posted: January 11th, 2015

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January lived up to it’s reputation most of last week. The upcoming week, except for a chance of snow Monday, promises to be somewhat milder, although the night temperatures will remain in the single digits. The improved weather conditions will be appreciated by many local residents traveling to the State Farm Show in Harrisburg. The 99th annual show opened January 10 and will conclude January 17.
There is still enough snow for winter sports. The snowmobilers are enjoying the winter conditions; many of them were on the trails and roads this past weekend..
And a special note in the history of northwestern Pennsylvania: It was 150 years ago in January 7 when Isaiah Fraizer struck oil on his farm. Within weeks, the oil boom town of Pithole was thriving and the history of the region changed rather dramatically.
There will be several events at the now ghost town throughout the year commemorating the events.

On the Wild Side

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During the cold winter months, don’t forget to feed and enjoy the birds. The snow is deep and food is scarce.
It won’t be too long before the sap begins to run and maple syrup buckets will be commonplace in many woodland areas. Nor will it be too long before that famous weather groundhog makes his annual appearnce. Winter’s certainly moving right along!

Yard and Garden

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Both the Crawford County Conservation District and the Crawford Master Gardeners will be having special sales in the upcoming months. The Conservation District will be selling trees, shrubs, blueberry and other berry species. A complete listing of what will be available will be posted on their Web site around the first of February.
In the meantime, the Master Gardeners will be tending locally grown vegetables and plants for sale which will be on May 21 and 22. They will also be conducting a pollinator friendly yard contest in the spring. For more information or gardening and yard questions, call the Master Gardeners at the Ag Extension office 333-7460. Both organizations use the proceeds from these sales to fund their workshops, educational and outreach programs.
Pollinators have been in a sharp decline in the past decade because of habitat loss, pesticides and invasive plants. There are ways to help the vital pollinators. For more information, pollinators.

Pymatuing

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The Pymatuning Trailblazers Snowmobile Club will have their annual Snowmobile F-U-N Run on Saturady, January 25. If conditions are not favorable that day, the F-U-N Run will be Saturday, Feb. 7. The Run will be at the Jamestown Firemen’s Club at 501 Denver St. in Jamestown. Choose and drive whatever you prefer, snowmobile, truck or car. However, no ATV’s or YTV’s.
It is expensive to maintain the trails and the proceeds help to fund trails upkeep and maintenance.
According to Kathy Morninstar of the Trailblazers :
“Participants that pre-register can start at any one of the participating businesses the day of the event.  You can pre-register at any of the following: in Jamestown area at The Anchorage, 1955 Williamsfield Road; or Bob’s Place, 3624 Williamsfield Road; or Jacob’s Gable Inn, 4350 U. S. Highway 322; or the Jamestown Firemen’s Club, 501 Denver Street; or Welcome Inn, 7299 Snodgrass Road; in the Conneautville area at Fatboy’s Saloon, 12714 Dicksonburg Road; or at Smokin’ J’s Country Corner Inn, 17880 Cole Road; or in the Linesville area at Spillway Inn, 493 S. Mercer Street.”

 Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

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For more information on Environmental Education programs at the Woodcock Creek Nature Center call 814/763-526 or
e-mail ee@crawfordconservation.org
- “Crazy Cards”
Monday, January 12, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.,  Limited to first 18.
Handmade cards are sure to delight!  Join Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, to repurpose materials (fabric, magazines, etc.)  into one-of-a-kind creations that you can give to those special people in your life.
– “Working with Clay” Session TWO
Wednesday, January 21, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., LIMITED TO THOSE WHO ATTENDED THE FIRST SESSION.
-“Bioenergy & Bioproducts in PA”
Monday, January 26, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
-“Cooking with MMMMM…Maple”
Wednesday, February 4, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

And Just for the Heck of It

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Astronomer Thomas Lovejoy discovered the Comet Lovejoy, which is named after him, in August, 2014. The comet will reach it’s peak brightness this week. The bright comet will be visible in the southwestern sky and will likely be visible with the naked eye (clouds permiting). As it travels away from the Earth, it will not return until the year 10,000.

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Posted: January 2nd, 2015

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Hopefully everyone had a Happy and Safe New Year’s Eve and may health, peace and prosperity rule the New Year. Be careful and take precautions regarding the flu which could be bad this year. About 120 die because of the flu in Pennsylvania. However, this year there could be upwards of 2.000 deaths, according to a panel from the Pennsylvania Medical Society.
While the current flu vaccine is not very effective against a new strain of the H3N2 virus, the medical society still urges people to get the shot; the flu symptoms will not be as severe nor will the symptoms last as long. The flu season generally last from late October to spring, so it’s not too late to get a flu shot.
The weather this weekend will be mild and sloppy with rain, sleet, snow and freezing rain. The early part of the week will see blustery conditions as arctic cold settle in the region.
The first full moon of 2015 will be January 4. It is generally called the Full Wolf Moon.
On the Wild Side

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The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s (PGC)seedling sale begins on January 5 and soon the Crawford County Conservation District will begin their annual seedling sale. The trees, shrubs and seed mixes are all native plants to PA and are of great benefit to our native wildlife.
For more information on the PGC sale, visit the PGC Web site and in the menu bar click General Store. Also on the Web site is useful information and plans for building bird houses. On the Web page click, Self Help.

Yard and Garden

yellow2NOTE Spring arrives March 21or about 73 days from Sunday, January 4.

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.
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.
State Farm Show

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Photo Caption: from Brenda Schmidt: From L to R:  Gary Lee Shidemantle, Madie Duffy (spelled correctly), Dalton Marsteller, Riley Steiner, Becca Rendulic, and Brittany Barr.

The Pennsylvania State Farm Show opens January 10 and continues until January 17. Many people from Crawford County will be making the approximately five hour drive to the state capital. Some will go to enjoy the largest agricultural show in the nation while others will be placing animals, exhibits and home crafts in competition. It is an important show particularly for the # H Clubs and the Wild Country
Dancers.
The Wild Country Dancers, a popular square dance team from both Crawford and Erie Counties will be performing on January 12 in the Square Dance competition. According to Brenda Schmidt, one of the adult leaders along with caller Don Yost, the group has expanded from 19 to 33 dancers this year.

Canadohta Radio

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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 secetary; Brian Blair – treasurer. For individuals or business who wish to donate, volunteer or need more information, Brian Silvis can be contacted at email canadohtaradio@gmail.com. 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

 

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

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For more information on Environmental Education programs at the Woodcock Creek Nature Center call 814/763-526 or
e-mail ee@crawfordconservation.org

“Working with Clay” Session ONE and Session TWO
- Wednesday, January 7 and January 21, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Ages 8+, $8.00 Materials Fee.  You MUST attend both sessions…REGISTRATION LIMITED TO 10.
Start your new year off by creating something unique with your hands!  In the first session, make a clay mug, plate, pot, or whatever you wish!  Come back the second session to learn about glazing and choose to glaze your piece as you want.  Ron McCorkle, NRCS, and Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, will lead the class.
- “Crazy Cards”
Monday, January 12, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.,  Limited to first 18.
Handmade cards are sure to delight!  Join Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, to repurpose materials (fabric, magazines, etc.)  into one-of-a-kind creations that you can give to those special people in your life.

Pymatuning

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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. Remmeber, 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.
And Just For the Heck of It

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Did You Know?
PA produced 23.4 million pounds of cabbage, 490.1 million pounds of pork and 191.4 million pounds of potatoes in 2013. That’s enough for each American to enjoy the PA Dutch staple – 1.3 pounds of pork and a cup of mashed potatoes drizzled with a quarter-cup of sauerkraut.

Sourve: Pa Dept. Of Agriculture

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Posted: December 28th, 2014

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Hopefully, everyone had a safe and happy Christmas holiday. The weather certainly cooperated locally and some of the days had a taste of spring. We will all welcome the New Year 2014 at midnight on Wednesday, December 31.
According to some forecasts, colder air will return for the closing days of 2014 but as of this weekend, no major snow storms are being predicted. The weather has been a disappointment to those who enjoy winter sports.
Happy 2015!

On the Wild Side

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The Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC)is about to embark on a $1.1 million study to determine how many fawns are killed by predators. The study will be conducted in two areas Susquehannock and Bald Eagle-Rothrock state forests. The study hopes to determine which predators, coyotes, bears, fishers, and bobcats kill the most fawns.
Electronic collars will be placed on new born fawns and then they will be monitored one to three times a week. When a collar indicates a mortality, staff members will attempt to locate the fawn and then determine how it was killed and by what.
Susquehannock State Park is in southern Lancaster County and Bald Eagle-Rothrock is in the vicinity of State College, PA.
As part of the study, scent stations will be established monitored by trail cams to see which predators are visiting the site.
It would appear as if the predator populations are increasing; bear sightings, coyotes and fishers are more numerous in northwestern Pennsylvania. Perhaps, there will be some useful data from the rather distant studies which can be applied to areas of northwestern Pennsylvania.

(Photo taken with trail cam near Erie County Wattsburg Fair Grounds and shared by Wes Rea.)

Yard and Garden

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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.
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.
Pymatuning

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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. Remmeber, 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.

Canadohta Radio

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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 canadohtaradio@gmail.com. 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.

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

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For more information on Environmental Education programs at the Woodcock Creek Nature Center call 814/763-526 or
e-mail ee@crawfordconservation.org

“Monday Movie Matinee”
Monday, December 29, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
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!
-“Working with Clay” Session ONE and Session TWO
Wednesday, January 7 and January 21, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Ages 8+, $8.00 Materials Fee.  You MUST attend both sessions…REGISTRATION LIMITED TO 10.
Start your new year off by creating something unique with your hands!  In the first session, make a clay mug, plate, pot, or whatever you wish!  Come back the second session to learn about glazing and choose to glaze your piece as you want.  Ron McCorkle, NRCS, and Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, will lead the class.
-“Crazy Cards”
Monday, January 12, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.,  Limited to first 18.
Handmade cards are sure to delight!  Join Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, to repurpose materials (fabric, magazines, etc.)  into one-of-a-kind creations that you can give to those special people in your life.
Union City

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The Union City Volunteer Fire Department will sponsor bingo on Friday January 2 at the social hall, 50 Second Avenue. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and bingo begins at 6 p.m. The kitchen will be open for food and drink purchases. Proceeds benefit the fire department.

And Just for the Heck of It

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Coyotes were revered animals in many early cultures. The coyote plays an important role in many myths told around ancient campfires. The very word coyote is derived from the Aztec word “coytl”, which refers to the god of music, dance and song.
Considered dangerous predators in today’s culture, hunters and trappers killed 40,109 coyotes in Pennsylvania in 2012.

 

 

 

 

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Posted: December 19th, 2014

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Canadohta Radio

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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 canadohtaradio@gmail.com. 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.

Pymatuning

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 ee@crawfordconservation.org

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

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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

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Posted: December 12th, 2014

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There will be a celestial light show this weekend December 13 and 14 to add to the holiday celebrations. The Geminid Meteor shower should be one of the best of the year and meteors could dash across the sky at a rate of 20 to 60 per hour. Hopefully, the skies will clear some. Another night time holiday celestial display will happen with the Full Moon on January 4. It is called the Wolf Moon.
The storm on December 11 was bad. There plenty of vehicles in ditches and numerous accidents. But looking ahead, the weather forecasts do not look nearly as bad. Daytime temperatures for the new week ahead will be above freezing and no major cold weather is expected. At night, the temperature will drop below freezing so be careful when driving. Water from melting snow could pose problems when it freezes on the roads.
On the Wild Side

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Saturday, December 13 is the last day for rifle season for deer in Pennsylvania. Preliminary figures seem to indicate a low harvest this season. The weather certainly didn’t help the hunt.
However, if a hunter wants to help there is a program to help others called Share the Harvest.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission has help to fund the venison donation program, Hunters Sharing the Harvest. The donation means that hunters will no longer be charged a $15 processing fee for donated deer. The donated deer are then distributed to local food banks. If you want to donate a deer, visit www.sharedeer.org for more information including professional participating butchers in your area.

Yard and Garden

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The first of the seed catalogs for 2015 was in the mail here Wednesday. 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.

Pymatuning First Walk

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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

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Last Minute Gift Baskets
-Monday, December 15, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., limited to first 18 registrants
Holidays are fast approaching…you are looking for that perfect gift…what can you do?  Join Laura Dengler, Crawford Conservation District, to enjoy a hands-on gift basket workshop.  Learn some innovative ideas to customize gifts for those “special someones!”
-“Monday Movie Matinee”
Monday, December 29, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
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!
Spartansburg Book Sale – Today Saturday December 13

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In December, the Spartansburg Educational Foundation is holding a Used Book Sale at the Spartansburg Fire Hall in conjunction with a Gift Wrapping Booth. The Spartansburg Educational Foundation is raising funds for the proposed Charter school the community would like to establish. The group is very active and to keep up to date with events and fund raisers, visit their Facebook page.
Folks may bring their presents to be wrapped while browsing through a huge collection (thousands) of books! Here are the details as follows:
Book Donation Day: Thursday, December 11th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.. Books may be dropped off for donation to the book sale during this time at the Spartansburg Fire Hall.
Book Sale Day 1: Friday, December 12th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Books will be sold at marked prices. The Gift Wrapping project will also begin that day.
Book Sale Day 2: Saturday,December 13th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.. Books will be sold at marked prices until NOON. From noon to 3:00 p.m., books will be $1.00 a bag! The Gift Wrapping project will also be going on during that time.
Canadohta Radio

The Canadohta Queen was one of decorated boats chugging along in the popular Canadohta Lake Boat Parade.

The Canadohta Queen was one of decorated boats chugging along in the popular Canadohta Lake Boat Parade.

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 secetary; Brian Blair – treasurer. For individuals or business who wish to donate, volunteer or need more information, Brian Silvis can be contacted at email canadohtaradio@gmail.com. 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.

For more information read Go Crawford on the new station – Canadohta FM.

And Just for the Heck of It

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On December 19, Charles Dickens publishes A Christmas Carol. (1843) and on December 21  “Snow White” premiered at theaters. (1937). And did you know: Poinsettias are named after Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first Ambassador to Mexico who brought the plant back to his plantation in the U.S. He grew the plants in his Greenville, S.C plantation and gave them out as gifts to friends. Poinsettia Day is December 12th. It was declared in honor of the death of Joel Roberts Poinsett on December 12, 1851.

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Posted: December 6th, 2014

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The December Full Moon, known as both the Cold Moon and Long Nights Moon, is Saturday, December 6. The names developed over the years because this is the time of the year when cold tightens it’s hold and the nights are long and dark.
With Christmas fast approaching , thoughts turn to food and many think about healthy foods such as olive oil for cooking, baking and salad dressings. It might be a good idea to buy an extra bottle of olive oil this year. Because of poor growing conditions there very well could be a shortage of oil, according to this article, Olive Oil Apocalypse. Maybe even purchase a couple extra jars of olives, seems like they would also be in short supply.
The upcoming week, after a rainy weekend, looks like perfect flu weather, although no major storms are in the forecasts but we will see see some snow. A major winter storm will be along the coastal areas Tuesday through Thursday so keep an attentive ear to forecasts just in case.  An interesting article in the Buffalo, NY News states that the Lake Erie water temperature off Buffalo registered 40, the lowest temperature since 1976 for the date. The water temperature in Lake Erie at Erie was listed as 41 degrees.

On the Wild Side

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Pennsylvania deer season has another week to go. Although in this neighborhood, plenty of deer have been seen throughout the year, very few deer have been taken during the first week. The cold rain on Saturday sure put a damper on many hunting plans. Incidentally, this Sunday is the final day for deer in New York State.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission has help to fund the venison donation program, Hunters Sharing the Harvest. The donation means that hunters will no longer be charged a $15 processing fee for donated deer. The donated deer are then distributed to local food banks. If you want to donate a deer, visit www.sharedeer.org for more information including professional participating butchers in your area.
The final figures for the four day statewide beer season which ended November 26 stands at 2,444. In 2013, 2,473 bears were harvested in the statewide hunt. This year hunters took 24 bears in Crawford, 93 in Warren and Erie, 13.

Yard and Garden

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This should be another good week to get outside and finish up yard or garden work  and maybe put up decorations.

Canadohta Radio

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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 secetary; Brian Blair – treasurer. For individuals or business who wish to donate, volunteer or need more information, Brian Silvis can be contacted at email canadohtaradio@gmail.com. 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.
Much more information will appear in next Friday’s edition of Go Crawford.
Project Support Our Troops

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Project Support are troops is gearing up for the holidays and are currently getting ready to send needed holiday packages to our troops overseas. According to Kim Lengling one item which is really needed is Bag Balm.
“We anticipate shipping 500 boxes this Christmas, with postage costs running at least $6900.00” stated Kim Lengling, Co-Chairperson of Project Support Our Troops. “One thing we would like to special request this year  is Bag Balm lotion. With the extreme conditions that our Troops endure in certain areas, Bag Balm is “like Gold over there”.
For more information, details, Lest We Forget
Or call or visit: Kim Lengling
Full Circle Events, LLC
814-724-9099
www.full-circle-events.com

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

For more information or to register call 814-763-5269
- “Local History–Cambridge Springs”
Monday, December 8, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
- “Last Minute Gift Baskets”
Monday, December 15, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Limited to first 18 registrants.
- “Monday Movie Matinee”
Monday, December 29, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Pymatuning

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A special New Year’s Day walk will be held at Pymatuning on January 1. Join in the healthy fun on the first day at 10 a.m. (meet at the Park Office and walk or snowshoe if there’s snow until noon on one of the trails. Birding and winter plant identification will be part of the fun. Some snowshoes will be available but those who want to join and need snowshoes should call the park as soon as possible. There;s only a limited number of snowshoes available.
For more information or the reserve some snowshoes for the First Walk , call the Park Office at 724-932-3142.

Spartansburg Book Sale

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In December, the Spartansburg Educational Foundation is holding a Used Book Sale at the Spartansburg Fire Hall in conjunction with a Gift Wrapping Booth. The Spartansburg Educational Foundation is raising funds for the proposed Charter school the community would like to establish. The group is very active and to keep up to date with events and fund raisers, visit their Facebook page.
Folks may bring their presents to be wrapped while browsing through a huge collection (thousands) of books! Here are the details as follows:
Book Donation Day: Thursday, December 11th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.. Books may be dropped off for donation to the book sale during this time at the Spartansburg Fire Hall.
Book Sale Day 1: Friday, December 12th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Books will be sold at marked prices. The Gift Wrapping project will also begin that day.
Book Sale Day 2: Saturday,December 13th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.. Books will be sold at marked prices until NOON. From noon to 3:00 p.m., books will be $1.00 a bag! The Gift Wrapping project will also be going on during that time.

And Just for the Heck of It

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From the PA Dept. of Agriculture:

Did You Know?
Last year through Hunters Sharing the Harvest sportsmen donated nearly 100,000 pounds of venison to more than 4,000 emergency food assistance agencies through the state’s 21 regional food banks.

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Posted: November 29th, 2014

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Hopefully all had a great and safe Thanksgiving holiday. Locally, the region escaped some of the severe weather that plagued much the easten seaboard over the Thanksgiving Day weekend.
The upcoming week will see warmer temperatures with some rain and snow but no major storms.
Smoked a turkey for Thanksgiving for the first time this year. It was one of the best, moist and full of flavor. Around here, this will be a tradition.

On the Wild Side

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Pennsylvania rifle season for deer opens Monday, December 1. Thousands of hunters will take to the woods in a traditional ritual akin to a day with high holiday status. Good Luck and be careful. If your not going to use you deer or only want part of it, it can be donated by processors to local food banks. For more information conatct the Game Commission, your local processor or food ban.
The preliminary stats for Pennsylvania bear season (rifle), which opened last Saturday, indicate that some 2,040 black bears were harvested. The largest was taked in Pittsfield Township in Warren County. The male bear weighed an amazing 677 pounds!
In Erie County a total of 13 bears were taken according to incomplete reports and in Crawford County 20 bears were harvested.
Certainly, there were a lot of “bear stories” spoken at many Thanksgiving meals.

Yard and Garden

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The high winds last weekend and on Monday brought down numerous branches and limbs in many yards…more clean up.
Forgot about four small red cabbages in the garden and picked them Thanksgiving Day in snow squall. They made it through all the frigid temps and snow of the last week or so. Good coleslaw.
Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

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For more information or to register call 814-763-5269
“Tree Cookie Ornaments”
Monday, December 1, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., $2.00 materials fee, Limited to first 20 registrants.
“Local History–Cambridge Springs”
Monday, December 8, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
“Last Minute Gift Baskets”
Monday, December 15, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Limited to first 18 registrants.
“Monday Movie Matinee”
Monday, December 29, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

 

Project Support Our Troops

 

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Project Support are troops is gearing up for the holidays and are currently getting ready to send needed holiday packages to our troops overseas. According to Kim Lengling one item which is really needed is Bag Balm.
“We anticipate shipping 500 boxes this Christmas, with postage costs running at least $6900.00” stated Kim Lengling, Co-Chairperson of Project Support Our Troops. “One thing we would like to special request this year  is Bag Balm lotion. With the extreme conditions that our Troops endure in certain areas, Bag Balm is “like Gold over there”.
For more information, details, Lest We Forget
Or call or visit: Kim Lengling
Full Circle Events, LLC
814-724-9099
www.full-circle-events.com
Spartansburg Book Sale

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In December, the Spartansburg Educational Foundation is holding a Used Book Sale at the Spartansburg Fire Hall in conjunction with a Gift Wrapping Booth. The Spartansburg Educational Foundation is raising funds for the proposed Charter school the community would like to establish. The group is very active and to keep up to date with events and fund raisers, visit their Facebook page.
Folks may bring their presents to be wrapped while browsing through a huge collection (thousands) of books! Here are the details as follows:
Book Donation Day: Thursday, December 11th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.. Books may be dropped off for donation to the book sale during this time at the Spartansburg Fire Hall.
Book Sale Day 1: Friday, December 12th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Books will be sold at marked prices. The Gift Wrapping project will also begin that day.
Book Sale Day 2: Saturday,December 13th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.. Books will be sold at marked prices until NOON. From noon to 3:00 p.m., books will be $1.00 a bag! The Gift Wrapping project will also be going on during that time.
Light Up Meadville

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Light Up Meadville begins on December 5 at Diamond Park at 5:30 p.m. Santa is expected to arrive at 6:15 p.m. and then there will be a parade to the Academy Theatre. There be plenty of Christmas music, lights and Christmas sing-alongs.
The Market House will have crriage rides throughout the evening to tour the downtown area and decorations. Inside the Market House will be plenty of different events, free samples from vendors and other holiday activities.
Many other organizations and businesses will also have special events throughout the evening. The French Creek Conservancy, the Audubon and Nature Conservancy, all located at 301 Chestnut Street, will have a special open house and other holiday activites. Stop in for a visit. For more information, Light Up Meadville.

Christmas in Spartansburg

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The community of Sparatnsburg will hold their traditional Christmas in Spartansburg on December 5 and 6 at various locations. The main center of events will be at the Fire Hall and at the former elementary school. Over 50 crafters are expected.Santa will be there throughout the festivities as well carolers.
There will be free pony rides for children at the Sparatnsburg Park.

And Just for the Heck of It

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From:http://www.cookforest.com/articles/livingwithblackbears/blackbears2.cfm

“Bears may be on the move at anytime, but they’re usually most active at night or during early morning. Bears are omnivorous, eating almost anything from berries, corn, acorns, beechnuts, or even grass to table scraps, carrion, honey and insects. During late summer and fall, black bears fatten up for winter hibernation. At this time, they may actively feed for up to 20 hours a day, ingesting up to 20,000 calories. “

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