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Welcome Leap Year with February

We are all use to gardening catalogs appearing in the mailbox during January, although some companies send them earlier in December. But that is a busy month with little time for most.

I’ve decided to try my hand at growing sweet potatoes this year. If anyone has some pointers, let me know. What really caught my eye however was this article from AP about the warming conditions in Pennsylvania, what was once a Zone 5 is now a Zone 6 (USDA)

(http://www.wftv.com/ap/ap/agriculture/gardeners-farmers-get-new-growing-guides/nHHdL/ ); the state in general over the last 30 has become warmer. Maybe it will be a good year to try sweet potatoes in the garden.

The upcoming week will feature more warm weather for the end of the month and the first week of Feb. Almost seems like a winter leaped past us, even the wooly bears must be confused.

Maple syrup season is right around the corner and the annual Maple Taste and Tour weekend is scheduled for March 24 – 25th. This year there are 16 participating sugar shacks for the weekend taste and tour.

If you want to learn more about backyard maple syrup read about the workshop listed below under Crawford County Conservation.

The local producers as well as the beekeepers had a tremendous showing at the State Farm Show. More information here at http://www.goerie.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120127/GOCRAWFORD0101/301279972

 

Crawford County Conservation – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

Maple syrup is an old time craft, if you want to attend the session at the Woodcock Creek Nature Center, be sure to dress for the weather since some events will be outside.

Backyard Sugaring – Feb. 1 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. with Laura Dengler and Mark Lewis the Crawford County Forester. Dress warmly because some of the events will be held outside and certainly, you’ll learn the proper way to tap the tree. Please, be sure to call and register, 814-763-5269. Sweet treats will be available at the end of this informative session.

 

Beginning Snowshoeing – on Feb 7 – there are two different sessions, so when you call to register indicate which session you will attend. The first session is at 4 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. and session 2 will be from 4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Each session is limited to 15 participants. The Allegheny College Outing Club will lead this event. Be sure to dress for weather conditions.

Snowshoeing is a great winter activity, a green activity and a healthy sport and for the most part inexpensive. Join the fun.

 

Canadohta Lake

The ice remains thin at Canadohta Lake as January ends.

Dave Cherry, the newly elected president of the Canadohta Lake Area Business Association (CLABA) is still facing some medical issues. It could mean some changes in the leadership of CLABA which could be announced in late Feb. after their meeting at the Frog Pond. A speedy and safe recovery, Dave.

UPDATE: Dave has resigned due to health considerations, Ann Bergheim, the vice-president is now president of CLABA. Again, Dave Godspeed in your recovery, take it easy.

Ann Bergheim is working hard with the team at the Canadohta Lake Breeze to have the publication on the stands by Memorial Day weekend. Ann tells me she is in contact with a person who is familiar with the original construction of the popular spot (it was one of his relatives). He will be writing about some of his memories for the Breeze.

The book swap is back in full swing every Sunday after a short holiday break. The popular swap is held every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Canadohta Laundromat. After Memorial Day, the swap will leap over to Hawthorne Park next the Sally’s on the Lake.

 

Happy Ground Hog Day on Feb 2 (for whatever that means. Thinking the animal is going to be confused with the winter weather. And for the Heck of It:

Feb 5 – Super Bowl

Feb. 7 – Full Moon, called the Snow Moon or Wolf Moon

Feb. 12 – Lincoln’s Birthday

Feb. 14 – Valentines Day

Feb. 20 – Presidents Day

Feb. 21 – Mardi Gras

Feb. 22 – Ash Wednesday and George Washington’s Birthday

Feb. 29 – Happy Leap Year!

Phillipsville

The old tavern at Phillipsville burned to the ground last week. It was a popular spot for many including many of the anglers at Lake Pleasant. The tavern was well known for it’s good home cooked meals (and hamburgs). It was sad to go and see the ruins.

 

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