Sure was a scorcher last week and for much of the weekend. Today, Sunday promises to bring some cooling rainfall and usher in a week of more pleasant weather. It may have been a hot summer to date, but the summer months are flying by quickly. Seems like Memorial Day weekend was just a couple weeks ago.
According to weather forecasters, however, the June and July heat will likely continue throughout much of August and September will below average rainfall.
Gardens and lawns as well as agricultural fields will appreciate the rain. For those who grow flowers, herbs or vegetables in pots, it has been a chore keeping everything watered properly. UPDATE: The heavy rains are here Sunday at noon.
Roadside stands appear to appear nearly everyday filled with the local harvest. Support local agriculture, and buy home-grown produce. Many communities have farmer’s market’s, such as Cannadohta and Titusville where inexpensive, healthy and flavorful locally grown produce is readily available. It is a good way to save some money since food prices are expected to rise because of the severe drought in much of the nation.
This past weekend was the popular Canna Doo Wop community festival. It was well attended, according to Ann Bergheim, the president of the Cannadohta Lake Area Business Association (CLABA). Ann now says she’s going to take a much need break and relax. It has been a busy summer.
Important Update: The Book Swap has been temporarily suspended until the Canadohta Art Society can find a new headquarters. The popular program has drawn hundreds, if not thousands of fans over the last several years. According to Ann Bergheim, the suspension is only temporary and she welcomes any comments or ideas of where the program can be re-located. The program currently has a wide range of topics available for all age groups. Bring a book and take a book home. We will announce the new location, dates and times when decisions are made.
For an enjoyable and relaxing meal stop by the Frog Pond Restaurant. The food and service is excellent. I have had meals at the Frog Pond on numerous occasions and have never been disappointed. According to Bergheim, it has been a busy summer at the popular eatery. CLABA also conducts their official meetings at the Frog Pond. Be sure to stop in and enjoy the relaxing, family atmosphere and great food. UPDATE: Bergheim noted that this an unusally busy weekend at the Frog Pond with many customers showing up to support the respected establishment.
Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center
All events are free (unless noted otherwise) and open to the public. Registration is required. Simply call the center at 814-763-5269. The center also hosts some great hiking tails and this is a great time of the
year to observe what’s going on in nature. Many wild flowers are now in full bloom
• “Nature Journaling,” Tuesday, August 7, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Bring a journal and pen, pencil or drawing supplies and join Lynn Sandieson, Crawford County Conservation District, for an excursion and “journaling time” on the grounds of the Nature Center.
• “Basic Compass Course,” Tuesday, August 14, from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Limited to first 20 registrants. Join Brian Pilarcik, Crawford County Conservation District, for an introduction to using a compass. Materials and compasses will be provided.
• “Butterflies Walk,” Tuesday, August 21, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Lynn Sandieson, Crawford Conservation District, will lead us on a scouting expedition at the Nature Center and through Stainbrook Park to search for and identify some of our most common species.
• “Summer Tree Identification,” Tuesday, August 28, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Mark Lewis, Service Forester, Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry, will lead a tree identification walk on the Nature Center grounds. This program is open to all ages and will be held rain or shine.
A Pymatuning Festival will be held at the popular State Park on September 1 from 10 a.m. To 5 p.m. The event will be held at the park on Damn Road just outside of Jamestown.
There will be food vendors, an Arts and Crafts Show live music and much more. All proceeds go to the Pymatuning Lake Association.
The final Tea Time Talk will be held on Sunday, August 12 at 3 p.m. with Brett Maloney, a well known landscape artist from North East. The cost is $3 for members and $7 for nonmembers. For more information on this event or other events at the Gardens click, Gardens.
The popular fishing and boating lake lake has now been closed to all fishing and boating. Both dams have had some serious structural problems and have been leaking. The repair work will be costly and take some time to complete. The 562 acre lake in Crawford County, is well known for it’s bass and musky fishing
Hunting – Doe Licenses
There are still doe licenses available in several nearby management area, according to the PA Game Commission. In 1A-21259 are available, in !B915 remain and in 2B 2,696. Hunters can apply for the licenses beginning on August 6. For more information, visit the Web for the PA Game Commission.
As mentioned summer is just blazing along.