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By Greg Spinks Community blogger
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Dog Days of August

There are plenty of berries on the native Mountain Ash trees this August. For more information, read On the Wild Side below.

The weekend looks like it will be weather perfect in northwestern Pennsylvania. Even next week looks weather-great, according to the forecasts,  just as some schools begin to re-open. We are still in the Dog Days of August, which actually started back in July.

However, it is looking increasingly likely that the weather will be miserable in Tampa, Florida as the Republican Convention opens in that city. A possible hurricane will be in the area and it will be called Issac. For those watching the convention, there will be plenty of weather related news. Hopefully, Tampa doesn’t take a direct hit.

Back to our region, even when I was in school (a long time ago), it always seemed that weather turned spectacular, warm sunny days. When the goldenrod began to bloom, you knew the school bells would start to ring. In Florida, hurricanes seem to be the sign that schools will be opening.

But with the current political landscape and the beautiful Dog Day  weather, it is time to remember former  Crawford County Judge Pearson Chase. He was a Democratic judge and in 1880, he declared the equal but separate educational system for black students and white students as unconstitutional in Pennsylvania. It took a lot of courage on his part. Here is a  quick link to the STORY.

It took a lot of courage for Meadville resident, Black American Elias Allan who refused to send his two children to a segregated school in Meadville. He staked his position with the Crawford County Court of Common Pleas and was successful before Judge Chase. The 1854 Pennsylvania equal but separate law was declared unconstitutional as a result of the actions of two not to be forgotten Americans.

 

On the Wild Side

The native herb Boneset is now blooming along with the goldenrods in many fields and meadows.

The Goldenrods are still blooming, a sure sign school is about to open. Some people blame the goldenrod for allergies but most often it is ragweed which blooms at the same. Goldenrods are fascinating plants and attract a wide range of insects such as the praying mantis, the Gall Fly and the Goldenrod Spider. For an overview of the goldenrod and it’s medicinal uses, click GOLDENROD.

Blooming at the same time is the native perennial, boneset.  Boneset has vivid white flowers and also attracts a wide range of insects, including the honeybees. I watched literally hundreds of them feasting on the boneset flowers earlier today. For an overview of boneset, actually the original “aspirin”, click BONESET.

The native American Mountain Ash trees are also adding some vibrant colors in many areas and the blackish elderberries are ripening fast. But act quickly, the birds always seem to get there first. Here is some good information about our native Mountain Ash Trees.

We’ve been seeing plenty of deer in the woods, though it is hard to count points on the bucks with all the foliage but there seems to be some nice ones. Will the buck rubs be early this year like everything else?

 

Canadohta Lake

Read about nine year old Jeffery Skovin's monster cat fish catch below.

BOOK SALE: The Canadohta Lake Book Swap program has been temporarily suspended. The program is sponsored by the Canadohta Lake Art Society under the direction of Ann Bergheim, who said in an interview that a new location is being sought.

She also said the program will have a giant book sale on Saturday, September 1. The sale features over 1,500 book titles for all age groups. It will be held being at 11 a.m. at Hawthorne Park. All hard cover books will cost a quarter while paperback books will be sold for a dime. For more information, BOOKS.

The sale ends at dusk when the community celebrates Light Up the Night, an occasion to remember all of the deceased from the lake community. Campfires, flares and candles will be lit all around the lake, The Canadohta Lake Area Business Association is selling special outdoor luminaries which can be used for this occasion. The cost for five luminary candles is $3 and can be purchased at Sally’s on the Lake.

Timberland Bait Shop – Jerry and Sarah Van Tassel of Timberland Bait Shop hosted a victory party for the District 3 Little League ball club on Friday evening August 17. During the victory party, there was another reason to cheer. Jeffery Skovin, nine years of age, caught a monster catfish.

“We were hosting a victory party for our District 3 Little League baseball team who won their playoff game in the league and their parents,” Van Tassel said. “Jeff caught this channel catfish which was 18 pounds and 33 inches long. It was a great catch during a baseball victory party. It was just great.”

Van Tassel’s nine year old son, Marshall, also plays on the winning team, according to Sarah Van Tassel.

 

Crawford County Conservation District Woodcock Creek Nature Center

Learn more about our woodland areas and the native trees.

Summer Tree Identification - Tuesday, August 28 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. with Mark Lewis of the Pa Forestry Bureau. Rain or shine, take a walk on the grounds and learn about some of our native trees.

Woodcock Creek Nature center programs are free and open to everyone. However, registration is required. It is simple just call the center at 814-763-5269. Children under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult. If special accomodations are needed, please let the Center know when you register.


Pymatuning

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.

 

Goodell Gardens

There plenty to see and do at the “Gardens”. For more information, Goodell.

 

Darl Black Fishing Report – Dog Days of Summer Fishing

Catch up on all the latest fishing news in the region. For more information, Fish.

Final Comment

Some schools open this Tuesday and the trails in the woods will be filled with silence as these neighborhood high school students return back to the classroom. ahhh Peace and Quiet!



 

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