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By Greg Spinks Community blogger
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December Changes and Traditions

The traditional lore about wooly bears is that they can predict the upcoming winter, but life,like the weather and politics seems just a tad too unpredictable.

Hunting License

Beginning on Feb 16, Pennsylvania hunters will not have to display their hunting license on the outside of a jacket or hat. The new law was adopted by the State Legislature and signed by Gov. Corbett. A hunter must still carry the license while hunting as well as one other form of identification such as a driver’s license. It seems like a good change.

The legislature is also considering allowing Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania. Contact your local state legislator to voice your opinion on the matter. Pennsylvania is one of six states which continue to ban the sport on Sunday based on an 1870′s Blue Law. For many rural communities, legal hunting on a Sunday is expected to create a significant economic impact, according to the bill’s sponsor Rep. John Evans of Crawford County. A change in the Sunday hunting law would be a welcome change for many hunters, including those who own property. For more information, Sunday Hunt.

Hunting, like the wooly bears and politics, is unpredictable, guess it depends on which way the wind is blowing.

Personal Observation: More and more PA hunters seem to be purchasing a New York hunting license in order to hunt on Sundays. It’s a short drive for many in the region and the hunting, while the the license is expensive (my view), is good. Pennsylvania, while denying the hunters an opportunity to enjoy Sunday hunting, is loosing quite a bit of cash.

On the subject of hunting, PA muzzeloader opens the day after Christmas.

Many family’s rely on the extra meat and it seems more hunters are donating their harvest to food banks and soup kitchens. More on this next week.

 

War Ends


Today, Dec. 18 and a week before Christmas, the war in Iraq ended.  Thousands of American troops were killed and maimed, and thousands of Iraqi’s lives were also snuffed in the deadly conflict. Many from the northwestern region have been killed and many returned with serious injuries. The war, which lasted some 8 1/2 years was costly; the price tag will likely be in excess of $800 billion when it is all added up. Remember all of our military personnel during the Christmas season, particularly those remaining in war zones.

 

Canadohta

Dave Cherry of Canadohta Lake, the owner of Sally’s on the Lake and the newly elected president of the Canadohta Lake Area Business Association, is resting comfortably at home following surgery last week at the Titusville Hospital. Send a card, it would be appreciated as he recuperates at home or leave a get well quick message on Facebook where he has a page.. He writes that a full recovery is expected.

 

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

Be sure to call the center to register at 814-763-1585. Events are free and open to the public unless there is a published fee to cover needed materials.

January 12, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Wild Asian Elephant Relocation, a slide show with Shayne Hoarchlander of the PA Game Commission.

Jan 20, Ice Fishing – Persons must call Chad Foster, of the PA Fish and Boat Commission, to register for this free event. He can be reached at 814-683-5120 or register online at pfbc.state.pa.us

Pictured above are wild rose hips which can be eaten or used in decorative crafts. They are also a favorite food for many birds and small animals. Read more about the wild rose hips in the link  found below In the Woods.

 

Christmas Tree

Despite the harsh economic times, many homes and yards have some really nice traditional displays. Christmas trees appear to be largely available at many of the small businesses around the area. Shop locally and buy your tree from local farmers. Berkey’s of Spartansburg is one good and reputable choice. They also sell wreaths for both indoors and outside.

If you are purchasing a cut tree, try to get the freshest possible; the tree will last longer if given plenty of water, some recommend about a gallon a day. Make a deep straight cut on the bottom of the tree before it is placed in the stand, or simply cut some of the trunk. This helps the trees vascular system get the needed water.

My tree is a live tree I dug up in the woods and planted in an old canning kettle. It won’t be real a real traditional tree; it will stay outside and thinking I’m going to do (try) something with solar lights

 

In the Woods


It started to snow early this morning, around 4 a.m. In this region. All morning it has been getting heavier than the hour before. But there is no wind and it doesn’t seem all that cold…just yet.

The woods are a winter landscape with this snow, perhaps the heaviest of this winter season (about four, maybe five inches). This December hasn’t been very traditional for snowfall just yet, but the warmer weather has been a welcome change.

Not much has been moving since the snow started, there wasn’t a track to be found, not even at the brush pile; but the blue jays must be hungry (as usual). The green Christmas Ferns and the red Rose Hips are the only color this morning except white.

Merry Christmas!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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